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I was trained as a lawyer and started my career in the Law Department at US Steel in Pittsburgh. After two years, I was recruited by Abbott Labs, where I became Regional Counsel for Latin America and Canada. Five years later I was transferred out of the legal department into management and was sent to Argentina for training in Abbotts affiliate there. Upon my return to Abbott HQ after two years, I was recruited by Rorer International. My last job at Rorer was Managing Director of Rorer Spain. When Rorer was acquired by Rhone Poulenc in 1990, I moved to a small, publicly traded pharmaceutical company in Dallas called Carrington Labs. After two years I was contacted by a former colleague from Rorer to set up a new company called Cytokine Pharmasciences (CPSI). I worked at CPSI for 21 years, as CEO the last eight. In 2011, we sold CPSI to Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a European family-owned company. I then joined a friend from Notre Dame to start two new companies, Hsiri Therapeutics, specializing in antibiotics, and Ranedis Therapeutics, specializing in rare and neglected diseases. I was CEO of both companies until 2015, when I became CEO of the U.S. operations of an Italian-Spanish pharmaceutical company called Italfarmaco. We established a new company called ITF Pharma, specializing in womens health products. I retired from ITF Pharma at the end of 2018. I also have substantial board experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit worlds. I co-founded a local charity called T E Care for people in the township where I lived in Philadelphia. I was also Co-Chair of the Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Classic for 15 years, an annual golf tournament established to honor the memory of Hubert Schoemaker, founder of the pharmaceutical company, Centocor. I am a member of the board of Melmark, a comprehensive multi-service agency, providing residential, educational and therapeutic services for children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, brain injuries and other neurological and genetic diagnoses. I have been a director on the board of the various companies I co-founded, as well as on the Spanish parent of my last company, ITF Pharma. Finally, I am a director on the board of Thetis Pharmaceuticals, a privately held company located in Connecticut.

Areas of Expertise

  • Government Regulations & Contracting
  • Non-Profit
  • Operations
  • Other
  • Product Development & Manufacturing
  • Strategy & Planning

Industry Experience

  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

Dennis F Willson

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