ROBIN McCARTHY, Director of Business Development

McCarthy has contributed to Dermazone’s revenue-generating success for five years, relying on her extensive experience in sales and marketing, customer service, and project management. During the two years she served as customer service manager, her accomplishments included designing a preferred customer program that significantly increased our customer base. She has been in her current position since 2009, where she focuses on support for DermaCM, our research and development and contract manufacturing division. She manages Rx, OTC, medical devices and cosmetic projects and works very closely with clients to negotiate pricing and ensure timely, profitable product rollout from manufacturing to market. She increased revenues by more than 100% in 2010-2011.

Prior to Dermazone, she spent thirteen years with Blyth, Inc. a home décor company with multiple subsidiaries with direct selling, wholesale, and catalog/internet distribution channels.  From 1993-2004, she held a variety of operations and sales positions at Purple Tree, a Blyth, Inc. company; and then spent two years overseeing business operations and financial administration for Purple Tree, a Tampa start-up direct sales subsidiary.

McCarthy has a B.S. in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

MAYA IVANJESKU, Director of Formulation
Development – R&D

Maya Ivanjesku has almost twenty years of experience as a scientist in 
the pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and biotech industries. As director of R&D for Dermazone, she has managed multiple projects, including OTC’s, cosmeceuticals, Rx topicals, topical medical devices, and nutraceuticals.

She has also worked as quality control manager for Cambryn Biologics, a  start-up company that is seeking cGMP status.  Her responsibilities 
included building a team of scientists to support the R&D process, and organizing, writing and executing calibrations, validation and performance on all lab equipment.

Ivanjesku has worked in quality control and research and development for Oxygen Development, LLC where she guided chemists on developing new formulas; created sales and marketing strategies; and created products for Bare Escentuals, Mary Kay and Arbonne.  She was also a senior research scientist/project manager for Estee Lauder, where she led the development of new formulations and products.

She has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry/clinical chemistry from Medical School Belgrade in Yugoslavia; and a master’s degree in chemistry from Polytechnic University.  She and four colleagues have a patent pending for transparent concealing cosmetic compositions. US Application 20040120908.

GLENN GORMAN,Production Supervisor

With more than 20 years of experience in pharma/medical manufacturing, Gorman is a skilled manager of high-quality, safe and effective production lines in FDA-regulated environments.   He possess a deep understanding of cGMP in making medical products by adhering to rigid standard operating procedures related to product and machine process specifications.

Since 2010, Gorman has supervised the daily operation of Dermazone’s production department, which includes coordinating pre-weigh, batching and filling operations; training employees; and ensuring adherence to safety guidelines.  Before coming to Dermazone, he was the production supervisor at Smith & Nephew Wound Management for two years, where he managed a team of 45-60 associates. Other positions include shift supervisor at King Pharmaceuticals; manufacturing shift manager at Cardinal Health N.A.; and manufacturing supervisor at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Gorman took business management courses at Union County College and completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training.

DEBBIE REED, Quality Assurance Manager

Debbie Reed has two decades of experience in GMP manufacturing environments, and has been overseeing quality systems and processes to ensure compliance with GMPs and product quality at Dermazone since 2007.  She acts as the key regulatory compliance liaison with regulatory agencies; and her other areas of responsibility include document control systems, batch record review, oversight of the stability program and the CAPA program. She manages two quality assurance auditors, a documentation specialist, and two quality control laboratory analysts.

She has also worked as a quality assurance manager at Catalent (formerly Cardinal Health), where she managed eight process quality auditors to ensure manufacturing compliance with GMPs, batch record instructions and standard operating procedures.

Reed has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

JANICE GEARHART, Quality Assurance Specialist

With 25 years in pharmaceutical and food manufacturing, Janice Gearhart has experience in all aspects of the manufacturing process, including project management, quality assurance, quality engineering, technical services, R&D, and operations.  Her areas of expertise include domestic and international production transfers; new plant and product start-ups; and manufacturing process development and improvement.

She was a process engineer II at Smith & Nephew, Inc., where she led a team of 11 to outsource skin care products to third party manufacturers in support of the facility’s closing. Her accomplishments included transferring 75 OTC, medical device and cosmetic products to three suppliers in the U.S. and India while meeting production timelines and resulting in a $1.1 million savings.

She has also worked as the director of quality at J&J Scientific Products; and prior to that, she spent eight at Cardinal Health, Inc., first as a quality engineering manager and then as a technical services specialist.

Gearhart has a bachelor’s degree in food science from Penn State University and has completed coursework in USF’s Engineering Management Master’s Program.  She is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer.

JOHN FEZY, Plant Manager

Allan Croteau, Quality Control Manager

MICHAEL W. FOUNTAIN PhD, MBA , Scientific Advisor

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Fountain has successfully created, financed and grown life science and high-tech companies. Currently, he serves as a scientific advisor to Dermazone Solutions, Inc. and its divisions, including Hyssop Health.

Dr. Fountain serves as the director of the University of South Florida’s (USF) Center for Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship programs. Under Dr. Fountain’s direction, the Center was recognized as the top-ranked entrepreneurial specialty program in the country for its program in Life Sciences Entrepreneurship by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) in 2004. The Center was recipient of the USASBE’s 2005 National Outstanding Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Course Award for the USF Strategic Marketing Assessments for New Technologies course and the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award for Innovative Pedagogy for Entrepreneurship Education in 2006.

Developing interdisciplinary curriculum and research programs in entrepreneurship, Dr. Fountain holds faculty appointments within the Colleges of Business Administration, Engineering and Medicine. Additionally, he is chairman and CEO of Darkstar Information Company, LLC, a USF technology spin-out company. He also serves as the director of the National Consortium for Life Sciences Entrepreneurship, and provides direction to the Kauffman Venture Capital Fellows Program as a member of the Educational Advisory Board for the Center for Venture Education. A past Entrepreneur in Residence at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Dr. Fountain has amassed more than 40 domestic and international patents for his inventions.

Dr. CHRISTOPHER BROWN, Medical Director

Dr. Brown has served in many medical roles, domestically and internationally, throughout his career. Consulting for capital investment groups, Dr. Brown has evaluated many investment opportunities in the medical and biotechnology field. In 2002, he was named medical director and consultant for Dermazone Solutions and its divisions, including Hyssop Health.

He began his professional career as an expert in the laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institutes of Health. Taking leave from his fellowship, he served as an emergency room physician and volunteer physician with the International Medical Corps in Afghanistan. He also served as laboratory director of Projet SIDA in Kinshasa, Zaire.

For 10 years, Dr. Brown owned and managed The Sheridan Clinic, a group practice in internal medicine and infectious diseases in Sheridan, Wyo., and continued as medical director and physician after selling the practice. He also served as director of Sheridan Research Institute (SRI), a not-for-profit entity which promoted integration of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies with traditional medicine.

Dr. Brown’s recent work on a melanoma screening research project with Dr. Rhett Drugge resulted in two abstracts being accepted at the Society of Investigative Dermatology, with manuscripts in preparation for publication. His research on skin cancer and cosmetic medicine continues, and in 2005, he established a private practice in cosmetic medicine and skin cancer in Rhode Island.


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