Our Leadership Team

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Sanjeev Agarwal, Chairman and CEO

Mr. Agarwal joined Althera in 2015 and has been the driving force behind building Althera’s cardiovascular focused product portfolio and global commercial operations. Mr. Agarwal has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in various functions across US, Europe and ROW markets. Prior to joining Althera, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company’s US and European offices in areas of Sales, Marketing and Commercial Operations. Mr. Agarwal is an MBA and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He is passionate about helping patients live better and stronger.

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Victor Moreira, VP and Head, Managed Markets

Mr. Moreira is a highly accomplished managed markets US Commercial leader with expertise in multiple functions among Account Management (National / Regional Payers, GPOs, Federal, Specialty Pharmacy, Trade), Strategic Contracting, Deal Analytics, Patient Services and Contract Operations. Prior to joining Althera, Mr. Moreira led National Accounts at Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals, a Novartis group company. Before joining Sandoz, Mr. Moreira spent 10 years at GlaxoSmithKline where he held various roles of increasing responsibility. Mr. Moreira has an MBA from Wharton School of Business and an B.S. in Finance and Management Information Systems. His passion is patient affordability and reducing cardiometabolic risk.

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Manesh Naidu, Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Naidu has over 20 years of experience in life sciences in a variety of commercial roles and now leads Althera’s marketing efforts. Prior to Althera, Mr. Naidu was at Mallinckrodt where he headed Commercial Operations for the Hospital franchise and the Corporate Analytics and Insights team. Previously he was the Chief Business Officer at Bellerophon Therapeutics where he helped launch and take the company public after it was spun-out of Ikaria Inc. At Ikaria, he was the GM of the INOpulse program and Head of Commercial Strategy and Analytics. Previously he held commercial roles of increasing responsibility at Novartis and Pfizer. He started his healthcare career at McKinsey & Co. Manesh has a Masters degree in Chemistry and in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA from the Kellogg School Business at Northwestern University.

Ed Gutshall, VP and Head, Sales 

Mr. Gutshall brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to his role as Vice President and Head of Sales for Althera Pharmaceuticals.  Mr Gutshall joined Althera after ten years at Novartis Pharmaceuticals where he most recently led sales for the eastern half of the United States for Cosentyx.  Prior to this, he was Head of Sales and Marketing, Endocrinology for Novartis’ Sandoz Division with responsibility for North America.  Mr. Gutshall also spent thirteen years at Glaxo SmithKline in roles of increasing responsibility. Throughout his career he has developed broad industry knowledge across multiple disciplines including:  Sales, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales Leadership, Operations, and General Management.  Mr. Gutshall’s leadership in multiple therapeutic areas led teams to award winning performance in pharmaceuticals, biologics, and vaccines.  He is passionate about building an innovative, ethical, and energizing culture for the US Sales Team at Althera.

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Dr. Chandir Ramani, Head of R&D and Technical Operations

Dr. Ramani has more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical product development and technical operations in 3 continents. Dr. Ramani joined Althera in 2013 and is responsible for all product development and technical operations including Althera’s own sites and network of external manufacturing sites. Prior to joining Althera, Dr. Ramani worked at multiple sites of GlaxoSmithKline, Patheon, a global Contract Manufacturer as well as other reputed biopharmaceutical firms. Dr. Ramani holds a Ph.D in Pharmaceutics, as well as Masters and Bachelors degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has been noted as an inventor on several US patents including several for Althera. Dr. Ramani is also a registered pharmacist in three US states.

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Charmaine Dias, Head Supply Chain and Operations

Ms. Dias joined Althera in 2010 and has over 20 years of business experience. Ms. Dias has been instrumental in building Althera’s supply chain and business operations across three continents including delivering our medicines to patients in dozens of markets in Europe. Prior to Althera, Ms. Dias worked in various functions in General Electric group companies including GE Life Sciences. Ms. Dias holds a masters degree from Tata Institute and a B.S. in Psychology.

Dr. Patrick Aubonnet, Vice President and Head of Medical Affairs

Dr. Aubonnet has more than 30 years of experience in clinical development and medical affairs with a strong focus on cardiovascular disease and particularly lipid management. Dr. Aubonnet is responsible for all Althera’s medical affairs activities. Prior to joining Althera, Dr. Aubonnet worked in several Pharmaceutical Companies including Fournier Laboratories, including Viatris (combination of Pfizer-Upjohn and Mylan), Abbott and Solvay. Dr. Aubonnet is a Medical Doctor from Nice University, France and holds a Certificate in Pharmacoeconomics, from Monash University, Australia and an MBA, from IAE Nice/CERAM, France.

James Medley, Vice President Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Medley has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in product development and regulatory affairs since 1984. Dr. Medley has worked with Althera since 2016 as a consultant and joined the company in 2021.  He is responsible for US Regulatory Affairs and submissions. Prior to joining Althera, Dr. Medley worked in industry at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Kos Life Sciences, Sanofi-Aventis and Biovail Laboratories, and as a consultant at PA Consulting Group and Camargo Pharmaceutical Services. Dr. Medley holds a Ph.D in Chemistry from Louisiana State University.