Leadership TeamExperienced, results-driven leadership
Experienced, result-driven leadership
The TherapeuticsMD management team has extensive experience and a proven track record of success in product innovation, development, and commercialization , including within the women's healthcare industry. We believe that our leadership's ability to leverage our robust intellectual property, product pipeline, and entrepeneurial spirit will continue to guide the company into a promising future.
Robert G. Finizio is the Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, and Director of TherapeuticsMD. Mr. Finizio has 20 years of healthcare experience and co-founded TherapeuticsMD in 2008, leveraging his entrepreneurial and medication technology background into women’s health. Utilizing the Company’s proprietary technologies,
Mr. Finizio is leading TherapeuticsMD through the clinical development and regulatory review for novel hormone therapy products, targeting large, unmet market needs related to menopause management globally. In his current role, Mr. Finizio has raised more than $250 million in capital for the company. Mr. Finizio is a graduate of the University of Miami and taught English in Osaka, Japan before launching his healthcare career, working in the Operating Room for Endoscopy Specialist Incorporated (ESI) in Operational, Sales, and Regional Management roles. After ESI, Mr. Finizio joined OmniCell Technologies a leader in medication management. In 2001,
Mr. Finizio co-founded medication and clinical technology vendor CareFusion, selling it to Cardinal Health in 2006.
John Milligan is President of TherapeuticsMD. An experienced, entrepreneurial healthcare executive, Mr. Milligan has more than 20 years of successful sales, management, business development, and operations experience. Throughout his career, he has leveraged his knowledge of the complex healthcare environment to create numerous successful companies. He co-founded clinical technology vendor CareFusion in 2001, selling it to Cardinal Health in 2006. Mr. Milligan held executive sales and operation management positions with Omnicell, Inc., a provider of clinical workflow solutions; Serving Software Inc.; and HBOC. McKesson Corporation eventually acquired the latter two companies. Mr. Milligan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.
Dan Cartwright is Chief Financial Officer at TherapeuticsMD. His 20 years of financial management experience includes serving as Chief Financial Officer in both the public and private sectors. In addition to his experience in healthcare, Mr. Cartwright worked in the finance, cable, and telecommunications industries. He has participated in several mergers and acquisitions, including those involving American Wireless Systems, Telegeography and WEB Corporation (Arush Entertainment). Before holding his CFO positions, Mr. Cartwright worked for KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a Certified Public Accountant in Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University.
Dawn Halkuff has held numerous senior level commercial and marketing positions over 20 years. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President of the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Wellness Organization and a member of the Consumer Global Leadership Team. Ms. Halkuff was also commercial lead for sales and marketing of the Pfizer Women’s Health Division, focusing on the company’s reinvestment in hormone therapy treatment, including Premarin Vaginal Cream® and oral hot flash treatments. From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Halkuff was Head of Global Innovation at Weight Watchers International, where she created new weight-loss products, services, and solutions for women worldwide. She holds a BA in Psychology from University of Connecticut and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
Yulii Bogatyrenko has over 20 years of experience in biopharmaceutical and consumer businesses, with extensive experience in women’s health. He was previously Senior Vice President of Business Development at Paratek Pharmaceuticals, where he developed global and regional partnerships for the company’s anti-infective products and led the U.S. alliance with Allergan for Paratek’s dermatology products. Earlier, he was Vice President and General Manager at Teva Pharmaceuticals, where he led a specialty women’s health business in Latin America, Asia, Middle East, India and Africa. Prior to Teva, he had global responsibility for Bayer’s Yaz contraceptive franchise. From 2006-2011, Mr. Bogatryrenko was at Pfizer (formerly Wyeth), where he had global responsibility for the Premarin franchise, and led cross-functional product teams in strategic planning and alliance management. He holds an MBA in Finance from Stern School of Business, NYU and a MA in Foreign Language and Literature from Moscow Linguistics University
Dr. Brian Bernick is Co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer at TherapeuticsMD. Dr. Bernick is a practicing, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with over 20 years of clinical medical experience. Dr. Bernick currently serves on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) national committee on Professional Liability. Dr. Bernick was the Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and served on that hospital’s Medical Executive Board as well as the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach Medical Society and VitalMD Group Holding, LLC, the largest physician-owned and managed obstetricians/gynecologists group in Florida. Dr. Bernick is the recipient of several national and regional awards, including recognition by his peers as one of the top doctor’s in his specialty by Castle Connolly as well as the recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s Leadership Award. Dr. Bernick has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as having presented original research at numerous medical conferences. Dr. Bernick holds 14 patents focusing on drug therapies and analysis. Dr. Bernick is an associate professor of Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine. Dr. Bernick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University, received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Chicago Medical School, and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sebastian Mirkin is Chief Medical Officer at TherapeuticsMD. Dr. Mirkin has more than 15 years of clinical development and medical affairs experience in women’s health. His experience includes Global Lead of Women’s Health Clinical Research at Pfizer; Senior Director Clinical Research, Women’s Health at Wyeth; and Global Lead Medical Services at Organon. Dr. Mirkin oversaw the development and successful marketing authorization of several novel medicines including Duavee®, Conbriza®, Lybrel® and Premarin® Vaginal Cream in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Dr. Mirkin holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from National University, Argentina. Trained in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Mirkin completed his fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at the Jones Institute of Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia, and was involved in several NIH and pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials in reproduction, contraception, and menopausal health. Dr. Mirkin’s awards include the New Young Investigator Award from the North American Menopause Society and the Burroughs Fellowship Award from the Society for Gynecological Investigation. Published extensively in the fields of menopause, contraception, and reproductive endocrinology, Dr. Mirkin is an ad hoc reviewer for multiple women’s health-related journals.
Julia Amadio is Chief Product Officer at TherapeuticsMD. Ms. Amadio has an extensive 25+ year background in general management and in leading pharmaceutical marketing and product development organizations, including Johnson & Johnson, Wyeth, Rhone-Poulenc, Aventis, and Daiichi. Ms. Amadio earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Drexel University. Ms. Amadio is an active member and leader in the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She was an adjunct lecturer in the Pharmaceutical MBA program at St. Joseph’s University, and authored a chapter on marketing, market research, and insights in the book Pharmaceutical Development for Women, published by
Wiley & Sons.
Marlan Walker is General Counsel at TherapeuticsMD. Previously, he was in-house IP counsel for Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, which was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceutical International in December 2012. In addition to his experience as an in-house attorney, Mr. Walker has extensive experience in private practice at a number of nationally recognized law firms. Mr. Walker’s particular expertise is in the life science industries, including long-term portfolio strategy and management, patent preparation and prosecution, contract negotiation and drafting, life-cycle management, and Hatch-Waxman. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science (Molecular Biology) degrees from Brigham Young University. Mr. Walker also received a Juris Doctor degree from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Master of Laws degree in intellectual property law from George Washington University Law School.
Dr. Christine Miller is Chief Compliance and Regulatory Officer at TherapeuticsMD. Dr. Miller has over thirty years of experience in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and drug development. Dr. Miller has submitted and obtained approval for many 505(b)(1) and 505(b)(2) new drug applications, including applications for new chemical entities, fast track and orphan designated products. She also has experience with generic drugs, OTC drugs, dietary supplements, and international regulatory submissions from her tenure at Bayer, Bausch & Lomb, Mallinckrodt, Santarus, Sirion Therapeutics, KV Pharmaceuticals, and Novartis Consumer Healthcare. Her most recent industry position was Sr. Vice President, Drug Development for Sirion Therapeutics. Dr. Miller was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance for Santarus and Global Vice President, Drug Regulatory Affairs for Bausch & Lomb, a role which included responsibility for corporate clinical compliance and pharmaceutical manufacturing compliance. Prior to joining TherapeuticsMD, Dr. Miller led the Regulatory Affairs NDA practice for Lachman Consultants. Dr. Miller has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska.
Mitchell Krassan is Chief Strategy & Performance Officer at TherapeuticsMD. He has 25 years of operational and financial management experience. Prior to joining TherapeuticsMD, Mr. Krassan was a principal in EquiMark Limited, a private investment company that provided its portfolio companies with resources in the form of executive management, marketing and financial operations. Earlier on, Mr. Krassan was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer of The Reich Group, a fully integrated direct marketing company with a focus on strategic planning, research, and operations. Mr. Krassan started his career in the big six public accounting where he rose to the level of manager at Arthur Andersen, focusing on operational consulting for closely held companies. Mr. Krassan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland and his Master of Business Administration in Management from New York University.
Jason Spitz is Vice President of Marketing at TherapeuticsMD. Mr. Spitz has over 25 years of marketing, advertising, and general management experience in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical markets. Prior to TherapeuticsMD, Mr. Spitz was Managing Director, Oncology & Hematology at Beacon Healthcare Communications. Mr. Spitz began his career at Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals as a sales representative, rising within the organization over 15 years to lead a global pharmaceutical franchise. He also held senior commercial leadership roles at Aesgen, Inc. and MGI Pharma, Inc. (acquired by Eisai, Inc.). Mr. Spitz received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Business Administration in Pharmaceutical Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Christian Bloomgren is Vice President of Sales at TherapeuticsMD. Mr. Bloomgren has 16 years of leadership experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and diagnostic industries. Prior to TherapeuticsMD, Mr. Bloomgren was on the management team at ViaCell, Inc., acquired by PerkinElmer, creating a successful national sales channel and later leading the Specialty Diagnostics business. Prior pharmaceutical experience includes women’s health product launch and sales management roles at Eli Lilly & Company and KV Pharmaceutical. Mr. Bloomgren served as an Officer in the United States Air Force and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University and a Master of Science degree from
Troy State University.
Michael Donegan is Vice President of Finance at TherapeuticsMD. He has served in this role since April, 2013. Mr. Donegan has a 25-year background in accounting and finance. He has spent a great portion of his career focused on accounting/finance infrastructure and compliance. Mr. Donegan has spent much of the last decade designing and implementing Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance programs for companies of all sizes. He has also had numerous responsibilities at large public companies in corporate finance/accounting roles that include finance systems, global consolidations, and SEC reporting. Mr. Donegan began his career at Ernst & Young, LLP, where he worked in both the audit and tax departments. Mr. Donegan has written and spoken on the topic of finance infrastructure and its impact on financial reporting, having authored Growth and Profitability: Optimizing the Finance Function for Small and Emerging Businesses (Copyright © 2002 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. All rights reserved). Mr. Donegan earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and his Master of Accounting from the University of Florida.