Luis Mora Capitán
Managing Director, Oncology Business Unit
Luis Mora began his career as the Financial Controller for Zambon, S.A. and Pharmazam, S.A. in Barcelona and later as Head of Finance for Zambón Portugal. From 1995-2000 he served as Financial Controller with the Antibióticos Group (Montedison), and as Board Member of Vitatene, in Milan, Italy.
He joined PharmaMar in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Managing Director in 2008.
Nadia Badri, M.D.
VP, Medical Affairs
Nadia is VP, Medical Affairs at PharmaMar since she joined the company in 2011. She has an extensive career in the pharmaceutical industry, in particular in the oncology arena. From 2008 to 2011 she held the position of European Medical Affairs Director Oncology for AstraZeneca in Belgium; previously, she was the European Team Area Leader for Oncology/Hematology at Janssen Cilag Europe, Middle East, and Africa from 2005 to 2008. Before this, from 2001 to 2005 she was appointed International Medical Director-Oncology at Aventis Pharma International in France, a position she held for four years after working as Head of Global Medical Affairs Oncology at Aventis (formerly Rhone Poulenc – Rorer) from 1999 to 2001. She headed the department of Clinical Research Europe/Asia for Rhone Poulenc – Rorer Gencell from 1997 to 1999, and obtained her first position as Medical Director at Chugaï Rhône Poulenc in 1995. She began her career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1989, working for three years as clinical researcher and practicing oncologist at Laboratoires Roger Bellon and Laboratoires Pierre Fabre Oncologie.
Nadia received an M.D from the Hôpital Maillot in Algeria where she did her residency in Internal Medicine while she was teaching assistant within this same department. She completed an internship in Oncology at the Institut Gustave Roussy in France, and has headed the Chemotherapy Unit at the Centre Pierre et Marie Curie in Algeria.
VP, Business Development & Licensing
Heiner graduated in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Cologne, Germany and started his industrial career in pharma at Bayer. Heiner Pieper holds more than 20 years of expience in commercial functions in Europe and Latin America, and has also worked for ASTA Medica AG and Baxter Oncology GmbH in Frankfurt, among others, as country manager in Argentina as well as regional director for Latin America where he led the Oncology operations for key brands such as Navelbine® and Holoxan®. In 2003, he joined Merck KGaA’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, where he took over the role of regional director Latin America and launched the monoclonal antibody Erbitux® within the Oncology franchise.
With the acquisition of Serono in 2007 he moved to business development and headed MerckSerono’s Global BD&L department for emerging markets and general medicine before joining PharmaMar in May 2013 as VP, Business Development and Licensing.
He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Licensing Club in Germany (PLCD) and part of the European network of Pharmaceutical Licensing groups (EPLG).
Carmen Cuevas Marchante, Ph.D.
Director, Research & Development
Carmen joined PharmaMar in 1997 performing in different positions in the R&D Department. In 2003, she was appointed Director of Research & Development at PharmaMar, where she is responsible for the areas of drug discovery, medicinal chemistry and preclinical. Carmen has authored more than 85 scientific publications in specialized journals and has been invited to speak numerous times at international scientific congresses and research institutions. She has an impressive record in the drug discovery space with about 21 patent applications and more than 20 funded research programs. Among other achievements, she is responsible for the development of the innovative synthesis process of the marine-derived anticancer drug, YONDELIS®.
Carmen obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country, and completed her post-doctoral training at the School of Medicine of University of Alcala de Henares in Madrid working within the Pharmacology Department. She also obtained a management development program diploma from IESE.
Ana Belén Irigaray Huarte
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Ana obtained her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Navarra, Spain, and with a master’s degree in Research and Development of Medicinal Products from the same University. She also holds a degree in Public Health from the National School of Health, Carlos III Health Institute. Ana began her career in the pharmaceutical industry at Galderma Laboratories in France as Corporate Regulatory Affairs Officer. She later joined GlaxoSmithkline at one of their production facilities, in the position of “Responsible for Regulatory Affairs” in the international plan to restructure the worldwide production.
Ana joined PharmaMar’s team in 2002 as Regulatory Affairs Group Head, being responsible for several investigational drugs. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the field of international regulatory affairs, Ana was appointed to her current position as Director of Regulatory Affairs in July 2014.
Juan Nogués Ortuño
Director, International Marketing and Sales
Juan obtained his degree in Law and Business Administration (ICADE E-3) at the Comillas Pontifical University and a master degree (PADE) from IESE Business School. He has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector. Since 1983, Juan has held various positions in the commercial department of the Spanish subsidiaries of Roche (Medical Representative and Product Manager), CECA (Product Manager), Glaxo (Marketing and Market Research Manager), GlaxoWellcome (Marketing Director), GSK (Hospitals and Oncology Business Unit Director) and Eisai (Managing Director).
He joined PharmaMar in 2012 as International Sales Associate Director, and in February 2013 was appointed to his current position as International Marketing and Sales Director.
Pedro Berbil Bautista
Director, Industrial Operations
He received his Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid and an Executive MBA from the IE Business School of Madrid. His experience in the pharmaceutical industry has been acquired over a period of more than 25 years in companies such as Bristol Myers and Smithkline Beecham (currently GSK), where he has held different posts of responsibility in the Operations area.
He joined PharmaMar in 2001 as Senior Manager of Production, Industrial Development and Logistics, and was appointed Director of Operations in December 2004.
Luis Rupérez Cuenca
Director, Human Resources and IT
Luis obtained his graduate degree in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid, complementing his background with a Marketing and Sales Management Program and a Human Resources Management Program.
Since 1992, he has been working in the Pharmaceutical Industry where he has held responsible positions as Human Resources Director for companies such as Servier Laboratories in Paris (France) and Antibióticos Farma. Before that, he has also worked in the area of Human Resources in companies of the service industry, such as Ibermática and Sofemasa (Sema Group). He joined PharmaMar in 2003 as Human Resources Director.
Elena Calleja Crespo
Director, Finance Oncology Business Unit
Elena obtained her degree in economics, with a focus on the Public Sector and Monetary Economy, from the Complutense University of Madrid and a masters in Corporate Tax Consultancy from ICADE University.
She started her professional career at PriceWaterhouse in Madrid in the Audit division and then moved to the Tax, Legal and Financial Division, where she worked until 1994. She was Senior Consultant in C&G, where she managed tax consultancy and financial projects in various companies, both public and private, within the logistics, transport and technological research sectors. In 1998, she returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers Madrid as Consultant within the Tax, Legal and Financial Division to various global financial sector clients.
She joined PharmaMar in 2002 as Financial Controller., a position she held until she was appointed Finance Director in April 2008.
José Luis Ortega Conejero
Director, Quality Unit
José Luis received his Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has nineteen years experience in Quality related issues, 13 of them in different management positions within the pharmaceutical industry (Bristol-Myers, DSM Deretil and Justesa Imagen S.A).
He also has worked at the Spanish National Accreditation Body (ENAC) and as a Quality consultant. He joined Pharma Mar in 2004 as the Director of Pharma Mar’s Quality Unit.
Electrical Engineer by profession, Alfonso started to accumulate experience setting up the Press Office of Mercedes- Benz Spain, to, for the last 28 years lead the Communications Department at FCA. Expert in Strategy Definition and Crisis Management, he began work in his current position at PhamaMar in 2016.
Chief Operating Officer of PharmaMar U.S.
Pascal Besman is the Chief Operating Officer working for PharmaMar in the United States, overseeing the implementation of PharmaMar’s operational infrastructure in the United States. Mr. Besman joins PharmaMar from Maxim Group, a New York-based global investment bank, where he served as Head of Healthcare Equity Sales since 2014. In addition to Maxim Group, Mr. Besman served as a health care specialist and institutional equity salesperson at several leading investment banks, including JMP Securities, UBS, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. He authored for many years a widely-read weekly biotech overview newsletter for C-suite executives entitled The Buzz. Mr. Besman holds a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics.
Ali Zeaiter, M.D.
Director, Clinical Development
Ali Zeaiter has recently joined PharmaMar as the Director of Clinical Development in our Oncology Business Unit. Ali Zeaiter is a board certified Medical Oncologist with over 13 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining PharmaMar, Ali was the Head of Clinical Development of the Onco-haematology therapeutic area at Servier Laboratories in Paris between March and September 2018, where he led the integration of Shire Oncology within the French Group starting from April 2018. Before working at Servier, he spent 11 years of his career at F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Basel, Switzerland (between 2007 and 2018). In his role as Global Development Team Leader at Roche, Ali led the development strategies of different projects such as Avastin (in lung cancer, Pediatric and Glioblastoma), Tarceva and Alecensa, and was member of the Lung Disease Area Strategy (LDAS) of the company. Before joining Roche, between 2003 and 2007 Ali served as Medical Oncologist in different hospitals of Paris and in parallel worked 2 years at the oncology-specialized CRO Cvitkovic et Associés Consultants.