Management Team

Richard J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer

Richard Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA is a co-founder of Flatley Discovery Lab and serves as its CEO and CSO.  Richard received his PhD in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from Babson College.  He has spent more than 20 years in biotechnology working on a wide variety of projects, including DNA and peptide synthesis, protein separation and purification, and drug discovery and development.  Prior to FDL, Richard spent ten years at Genzyme Corporation as a Principal Scientist working in drug discovery for infectious disease, oncology, and metabolic indications.

Claudia Ordonez, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Claudia Ordoñez, MD is our Chief Medical Officer. Claudia joined FDL on October 2015 with 10 years of industry experience in early and late stage programs. Prior to joining FDL, Claudia served as Senior Medical Director at Biogen, where she led the clinical development program for Tecfidera. Before that, she served as Senior Medical Director at Vertex Pharmaceuticals where she led the development and registration of Kalydeco. Claudia served as an Instructor in Pulmonary Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital from 1998 to 2014. She earned a MD from the University of California San Francisco, and a BA from the University of Maryland.

John Wm. Ferkany, PhD, MAS, Senior Vice President, Development

John Ferkany, PhD, MAS serves as Flatley Discovery Lab’s Senior Vice President for Development and is responsible for all non clinical safety and manufacturing efforts.  John joined FDL in early 2013 and brings over 30 years of industry experience in to the organization. He has managed research and discovery teams, and has extensive experience in progressing drug candidates from the laboratory through the development process.  His background in discovery science as well as understanding of the regulatory process has contributed to FDL’s advancement of multiple candidates from the laboratory to clinical trials.  John’s knowledge of the mid stage biopharmaceutical process makes him an ideal fit to the FDL environment.  John has a BS in Zoology from the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology) from the University of Texas Medical Center at Houston as well as a Masters Degree in Administrative Science awarded from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Andrew Kolodziej, PhD, DABT, Vice President for Preclinical Safety

Andrew Kolodziej, PhD, DABT joined Flatley Discovery Lab in 2011 with more than 20 years experience in drug discovery, and has served as Vice President, Nonclinical Safety since 2014. Prior to his role in toxicology, he was Vice President of Research where he was responsible for leading the CFTR modulator discovery programs. Andrew worked at EPIX Pharmaceuticals where he was Product Leader for the company’s cystic fibrosis drug discovery programs. His early career at EPIX focused on developing targeted molecular imaging contrast agents for MRI diagnosis of thrombosis and fibrosis. He received a B.S. with Honors from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in chemistry from MIT, and is a co-author on dozens of peer reviewed publications and co-inventor on several US patents.

Jianmin Mao, PhD, Senior Director, CMC

Jianmin Mao, PhD, joined FDL in 2015. Jianmin brings more than 17 years of experience in small molecule drug discovery and development, having held positions at both biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies across a broad range of therapeutic areas. Most recently, Jianmin served as a principal scientist at Melinta Therapeutics, where he contributed to the success of Baxdela (Delafloxacin). Prior to that, Jianmin devoted his effort in oncology drug development with ArQule, where he contributed to the development of numerous anti-cancer agents, most notably Tivantinib. He is an author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and is an inventor on 12 patents. Jianmin received his BS in chemistry from Lanzhou University, China and his PhD in organic chemistry from the same University.

Brett Truitt, MS, MBA, Director of Drug Product Development

Brett Truitt, MS, MBA Director of Drug Product Development.  Brett is an experienced leader in pharmaceutical product development with over 15 years of progressive responsibility, from hands-on formulation development roles early in his career as a lab scientist at Pfizer and Shire/Supernus Pharmaceuticals, to starting up the formulation development lab at Bilcare and leading the Formulation Development group at Xcelience in the contract research industry, to leading external product development and clinical supply manufacturing at Epizyme and Flatley Discovery Laboratory, which he joined in 2016.  Brett holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and French from the University of Delaware, a Masters in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Cornell, where he graduated with Distinction.

Timothy O’Toole, Director of Clinical Operations

Timothy O’Toole, MS, CPH Director, Clinical Operations:  Pharmaceutical professional with over 30 years of Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical experience. Prior to joining Flatley Discovery Laboratory, LLC in 2017, he served in clinical operations leadership roles at Alkermes, Wyeth, EMD Serono, and Sotio.  Timothy received his MS in Pharmacology from Northeastern University, CPH from Harvard Extension, and BA from Boston College.

Mauri Krouse, PhD, Director of Biology

Mauri E Krouse joined Flatley Discovery Lab in 2012 as Principal Scientist. Prior to FDL, Dr. Krouse worked on cystic fibrosis and CFTR function at Stanford University for 25 years. At FDL he was promoted to Head of Electrophysiology, then Director of Electrophysiology, and has been Director of Biology for the last 2 years. He developed the first potentiator assay at FDL and was pivotal in progressing both correctors and potentiators through pre-clinical testing and onto clinical trials. He received his PhD in Biology from Caltech, and is a co-author on many peer reviewed publications and is highly regarded in the CF community.

Mary Hoffee, MS, MBA, Director of Program and Portfolio Management

Mary Hoffee is the Director of Program and Portfolio Management. Mary Joined FDL in April of 2017. Mary has over 20 years of experience in drug development, program, portfolio and CMC management of early and late stage programs. Prior to joining FDL, Mary was the program director for vaccine programs and co-development programs involving checkpoint modulators at Agenus. She has managed early stage programs (research to Phase I) for biologicals at ImmunoGen Inc as well as Phase I and II CMC programs at Biogen. Mary was program executive for multi-phase biosimilar programs at Epirus. Mary has a MS in biology from Northeastern University and a M.B.A from the Olin School of Business at Babson College.

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