A seasoned team with extensive GI experience
Gary M. Phillips, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Gary M. Phillips, M.D. has served as OrphoMed’s President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2018. Dr. Phillips has over two decades of experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, leading commercial operations, clinical medicine, business strategy and development functions. Before joining OrphoMed, Dr. Phillips worked with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer since 2013. Previously, he was Head of Global Health & Healthcare Industries at the World Economic Forum. Earlier, he served as President of Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals North America (now Indivior), and he held dual roles as President, U.S. Surgical and Pharmaceuticals and Global Head of Pharmaceuticals at Bausch & Lomb. Additionally, he has served in executive roles at Merck Serono, Novartis, and Wyeth. From the University of Pennsylvania, he earned a B.A. in Biochemistry with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa distinctions from the College of Arts and Sciences, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from the School of Medicine. Dr. Phillips maintains an active medical license and practiced as a general medicine clinician/officer in the U.S. Navy, from which he was honorably discharged as a lieutenant commander.
Nikhilesh Singh, PhD
Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Nikhilesh Singh, PhD, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of OrphoMed, has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products, including OTC and prescription drugs. He is the primary inventor on several U.S. and international patents that cover a products ranging from OTC (Vicks® Formula 44), prescription (Intermezzo®) and new chemical entities, including OrphoMed’s novel dimer therapeutics. Dr. Singh founded OrphoMed in 2014 to develop drugs based on a proprietary dimer technology platform. Previously, Dr. Singh founded Transcept Pharmaceuticals to develop, launch, and commercialize Intermezzo®, a proprietary, novel sublingual tablet for the treatment of insomnia.
Dr. Singh is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and earned a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Frank J. Steinberg, DO, FAAP
Head, Medical Oversight
Frank J. Steinberg, DO, FAAP, served as OrphoMed’s founding Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Steinberg has over three decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. During his industry tenure as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Abbott Laboratories, President of Lorex Pharmaceuticals (A Searle/Sanofi JV), and CMO at Transcept Pharmaceuticals, he was responsible for development of several products including seven (7) NDA approvals. He earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from Temple University, Philadelphia and a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Steinberg is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and maintains an active medical license.
Chief Financial Officer
Greg Beyer, Chief Financial Officer at OrphoMed, has more than 25 years of finance, accounting, and operations experience. Before joining OrphoMed in 2015, Mr. Beyer founded Beyer Financial Consulting in 2009 to serve clients in the biotechnology and technology industries. In this role, he provided financial and accounting expertise to companies. In addition, he developed and implemented strategies to increase revenue, enhance profitability, control costs, and improve return on investment. Previously, Mr. Beyer held senior financial roles at Novacea, Inc. and 3Com Corporation. He earned a BBA with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Virginia Sanders, PhD
VP, Preclinical Development & Program Management
Virginia Sanders, PhD, Vice President, Preclinical Development & Program Management for OrphoMed, has over 20 years of experience in research and development in the biopharmaceutical industry. Dr. Sanders was involved in the early proof-of-concept work for OrphoMed’s lead therapy ORP-101. Prior to joining OrphoMed in 2015, she was Director of Program Management at Raptor Pharmaceuticals. Previously, she was a Program Management Consultant for Transcept Pharmaceuticals. Earlier, Dr. Sanders was Associate Director of Program Management at Anacor Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer) where she led the early development work for Kerydin®. Dr. Sanders received a BA in Neurobiology from Wellesley College. She earned a PhD in Neuroscience from University of California, Los Angeles.
Michelle Usher, RAC
VP, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance
Michelle Usher, RAC, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance for OrphoMed, has over 25 years of experience leading the regulatory affairs, QA, CMC, and drug development functions for biopharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations (CROs). Over her career, Ms. Usher has managed over 100 regulatory submissions including 16 NDAs/MAAs in the U.S. and in Europe. Prior to joining OrphoMed in 2017, Ms. Usher served as Head of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance for Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Where she secured the US regulatory approval and European development of eluxadoline. Previously, she served as Head of North America/Latin America Regulatory Affairs and Medical Writing departments for Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC, a CRO. Ms. Usher received a BS in Chemistry from North Carolina State University and completed a Regulatory Affairs Certification in 1994.
Lisa Turner, RPh
VP, Clinical & Medical
Lisa Turner, RPh, Vice President, Clinical & Medical for OrphoMed, has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining OrphoMed in 2017, she served as Executive Director, Clinical Operations for Furiex Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for advancing an antibiotic program from Phase 1 to Phase 2/3 clinical development and for managing one of the Phase 3 clinical trials for eluxadoline. In 1991, Ms. Turner joined Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), a contract research organization. At PPD, as a member of the compound partnering group, she served as program lead for two compounds, participated in technical due diligence for numerous compounds, and helped create development programs for compounds of interest. At PPD, she also served as Chair of the Global Steering Committee, where she facilitated the global implementation of an internal project management system, and she managed the General Medicine division for several years. Ms. Turner is a registered pharmacist who has practiced in retail and hospital settings. She has a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Timothy Costello, PhD
Head, Product Development
Timothy Costello, PhD, Head of Product Development for OrphoMed, has 30 years of experience in chemical process in pharmaceutical process discovery and development with 12 overlapping years of experience in pharmaceutical drug development in the biopharmaceutical industry. Before joining OrphoMed in 2017 he served as Senior Director for Furiex Pharmaceuticals, where he led CMC, scale up, clinical supplies, and commercial production of drug candidates and approved pharmaceutical products. Previously, he worked at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), a contract research organization, serving as Senior Director. Before, he served as Director of Process Chemistry for Forest Laboratories. Dr. Costello began his career at DuPont, where he served for two decades, first in Central Research & Development then in Process Chemistry with DuPont Pharma. He received a BS in Chemistry from the Duke University and earned a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.