Dr Miroslav Reljanovic – Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman
Dr Miroslav Reljanovic is a medical doctor and a board-certified neurologist. Whilst practicing as a physician in a large WHO Collaborating Centre in Zagreb, he was the clinical investigator in numerous Phase II and III studies in the field of neurology and a consultant to various pharmaceutical companies. In 1997 Miro founded Ergomed and he introduced the novel Study Site Coordination model as an intrinsic part of the conduct of clinical studies. This model became a landmark of the Ergomed approach to clinical research, which is paramount to provide high quality.
Miro successfully introduced the first European innovative co-development business model and he has completed several partnerships with European and North American listed biopharmaceutical companies. Together with co-founder Elliot Brown, MB, MRCGP, FFPM, a well-known international expert in drug safety, Miro started PrimeVigilance in 2008, which soon became a leading specialist vendor of contracted pharmacovigilance services to the pharmaceutical industry.
Miro led Ergomed through a successful IPO on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in July 2014 and the subsequent completion of five acquisitions and a secondary offering.
Miro transitioned to Executive Vice-Chairman in July 2017 following the appointment of Dr Dan Weng as CEO, in order to support the Board in growing and developing Ergomed’s CRO offering and to provide strategic guidance on Ergomed’s co-development business and wholly-owned pipeline.
Dr Dan Weng – Chief Executive Officer
Dr Weng joined Ergomed as CEO in July 2017 after six years at EPS International Holding Co., where he was Chairman, President and CEO. During his tenure, Dan oversaw significant growth, both organically and through M&A in Asia, the US and Europe, with revenues increasing over five-fold. He was also a Board Director of EPS Holdings, Inc., a global CRO listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
Prior to this, Dan delivered growth in executive positions at international CROs including MedPace, Icon Clinical Research, PharmaNet and Quintiles, for over 20 years. His background covers multiple therapeutic areas, supporting all stages of development through to approval.
Dan qualified as a medical doctor at Tongji Medical University, China, and holds an MA in Health Planning, Policy and Management from the University of Leeds, UK. He also held research positions at Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California.
Stephen Stamp – Chief Finance Officer
Stephen Stamp brings to Ergomed more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance and general management in both public and private companies in the UK and the USA. Stephen joins Ergomed from US-based AssureRx Health, Inc, a personalised medicine and bio-informatics company where he was CFO. Prior to this he was CFO of EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW), a consumer financial services company and Chief Operating Officer and CFO at Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a specialty pharmaceutical company.
Before leaving for the US, Stephen was Group Finance Director at Shire Pharmaceuticals (LSE:SHP, NASDAQ:SHPG) where he led the IPO on London Stock Exchange as well as a number of major acquisitions and financings. During his time at the Company, Shire’s market capitalisation increased from GBP20 million to GBP3.1 billion. He was also Group Finance Director at Regus Plc (LSE:RGU) where he successfully listed the Company on London Stock Exchange Main Market and NASDAQ. Earlier in his career, Stephen was an investment banker with Lazard in London, advising mainly public companies on cross-border M&A and corporate finance. Prior to Lazard, he worked for KPMG in London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Andrew Mackie – Chief Business Officer
Andrew Mackie joined Ergomed as Chief Business Officer in 2015 having worked with the company as a consultant since 2004. He has been instrumental in developing the co-development business and negotiating the partnerships signed to date. Andrew joins from the Business Development group at Eli Lilly. Previously he was Head of Life Sciences at IP Group and Head of Alliance Management at Antisoma. He brings with him over 25 years’ industry experience in pre-clinical research, clinical development and business development.
After ten years in R&D positions at Novartis, Sanofi and MDS, Andrew joined the UK biotech sector in 1996 at Antisoma as Head of Clinical Development. He establish the clinical development department which ran several oncology phase I to phase III programmes and later managed their strategic alliance with F Hoffman-La Roche. The role also included in-licensing new drug leads. At IP Group, he managed several portfolio companies and worked with the University partners to create new businesses.
Andrew holds a BSc in biochemistry from Queen’s University (Canada), an LLB from the University of London and an MBA from the London Business School.
Sanja Juric – General Counsel and Company Secretary
Sanja Juric joined Ergomed in 2016 after more than 30 years’ career in international law and after having assisted Ergomed as its outside advisor for more than 15 years. As Ergomed’s counsel, Sanja has been on Ergomed core co-development team since the first deal and helped close several co-development transactions.
Sanja holds degrees from the University of Zagreb (LLB, 1985) and the University of Fordham, School of Law, New York City (LLM in International Trade and Business Law, 1992). She has been admitted to the Bar of the State of New York since May 1993 and is listed as an arbitrator with the Chamber of Commerce in Croatia.
Sanja’s experience encompasses both in-house positions, including that of the head of legal affairs of the largest Croatian private company, during the period of its intense expansion via acquisitions and law firm positions. Prior to joining Ergomed, Sanja provided consulting to international businesses and organizations (including IFC, DEG, Avon, Kleeman, Herbalife) and cooperated with multinational law firms (Baker & McKenzie) focusing on cross-border transactions, primarily M&A. Sanja wrote extensively for several international M&A handbooks and participated for many years as an author in the World Bank series of “Doing Business”.