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VP, Commercial Operations
Scott joins Synergy with over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with an emphasis on marketing and sales analytics including marketing research, forecasting, competitive intelligence, promotion response modeling, sales force analysis and incentive compensation. He has experience across multiple in-line Rx and OTC brands as well as experience with commercialization, partnerships, acquisitions, and global product launches in gastroenterology and other specialty markets.
Prior to joining Synergy, Scott held business intelligence and commercial operation leadership roles over a seven-year period within Shire Pharmaceuticals' GI Business Unit. Most recently, he was Senior Director, Global Commercial Insights & Analytics, responsible for the Shire’s global GI portfolio. He joined Shire as the Head of Global Market Research for the GI Business Unit, working on recently launched Lialda® and the continued commercialization of Pentasa®.
He previously spent 14 years at Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals, McNeil Specialty Products, and Ortho-McNeil in several commercial operations and analytic leadership roles across a number of therapeutic areas including mycology, allergy, CNS, pain, and women’s health. He came to J&J from IMS Health.
Scott holds a BBA in Marketing from the George Washington University School of Business.
Pamela joins Synergy with more than 25 years of healthcare experience, with a strong background in several US and global commercial-related areas including new product development, product launches, P&L responsibility, sales & marketing leadership, partnerships, and acquisitions. This experience spans numerous healthcare markets including gastroenterology, neuroscience, pain, respiratory care and women’s health.
Prior to Synergy, Pam had an extensive career with Johnson & Johnson spanning all three business sectors of consumer, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Most recently, she was responsible for the Ethicon Advanced Biologics franchise as well as medical device innovation with a focus in the colorectal specialty. Prior to this position, she held several positions at Janssen Pharmaceuticals leading the Invega® Sustenna®, Invega®, Risperdal® Consta®, Topamax®, Aciphex®, and Duragesic® marketing teams.
Pam’s career at Johnson & Johnson began in the Consumer Sector where she progressed through roles of increasing responsibility across OTC and consumer products companies leading notable brands such as Tylenol, Imodium A-D, Stayfree, Carefree, o.b., Monistat, K-Y, Healthy Woman, Uristat, Nizoral Rx-to-OTC switch and the Aveeno acquisition.
Pam’s career in brand management began with Procter & Gamble in the respiratory care OTC franchise. She earned her MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and BS in Marketing/International Business from The American University.
SVP, Sales & Market Access
Marianne joins Synergy with over 25 years of commercial leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with emphasis on P&L and general management, strategy, product launches, brand marketing, sales, commercial operations and market access. She has worked extensively in both US and international markets in the gastrointestinal, CNS, pain and rare disease therapeutic areas. Most recently, Marianne held the role of SVP of Global Commercial operations at Shire Pharmaceuticals where she was responsible for building and leading the market insight, sales force effectiveness and training, marketing services and commercial compliance operations teams to support the $6 billion business. Prior to that, she was the VP of Sales for the GI Business Unit at Shire and was instrumental in guiding the flagship brand, Lialda®, to a market leadership status. Prior to Shire, Marianne spent over 20 years at AstraZeneca in various leadership roles encompassing VP of Global Marketing, National Sales Director, Area Sales Director and she led the marketing efforts for brands such as Vimovo®, Seroquel®, Nexium® and Prilosec®.
Marianne received her BBA in Marketing and Master of Science degrees from Texas A&M University. She is an active member of the National MS Society, where she was previous Board Chair of the Greater Delaware Valley chapter.
Leslie Magnus, M.D.
SVP, Medical Affairs
Leslie Magnus, M.D., joins Synergy with over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with expertise in building and leading Medical Affairs teams (Medical Science Liaisons, Scientific Communications, Medical Information, Pharmacovigilance). Her background includes work in multiple therapeutic areas including gastroenterology, women’s healthcare, neuroscience and neuropathic pain for both launch products as well as established brands. In addition, she has significant experience in clinical research.
Prior to joining Synergy, Dr. Magnus held positions at both large and small pharmaceutical organizations including Allergan, Parke-Davis/Warner Lambert, UCB and Aspreva. At these organizations, Dr. Magnus worked on compounds such as Neurontin, Loestrin, Keppra and several gastrointestinal products.
She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, her medical degree from Albany
Medical College and completed her residency training at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She is an author on numerous scientific publications.
SVP, Manufacturing & Technical Operations
Chhaya Shah joins Synergy with more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with expertise in end-to-end supply chain for commercially marketed and development products, quality assurance, CMC and manufacturing. Prior to joining Synergy, from September 2013 to December 2015, she served as Vice President, Technical Operations, Business Unit Partnership of Shire Pharmaceuticals. she was responsible for end-to-end supply chain for 23 commercially marketed products and 15 development products. From November 2008 to September 2013, she served as Senior Director, Global Supply Chain for GI Division of Shire, and from November 2004 to October 2008 she served as Director, Corporate Quality Assurance—Compliance Division of Shire. In this role she developed Quality Systems for Shire and accomplished approval of multiple products globally including PAI inspections. Prior to joining Shire Pharmaceuticals, she served as Compliance Director—Quality Assurance at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Vaccine Division. Prior to that, she served in a variety of roles with Abbott Laboratories, including leading a manufacturing site.
Ms. Shah earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University. She is a Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Manager and holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.