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.

Rudolf Baumgartner, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Baumgartner is a biomedical science executive with over 20 years of experience. He has a proven track record of leading cross-functional teams in private and publicly traded companies, leading multiple development programs from Investigational New Drug (IND) applications through New Drug Application (NDA) submissions and product approvals. Most recently, Dr. Baumgartner served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Inotek Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded biotechnology company, where he oversaw clinical development and operations, medical affairs, regulatory affairs, biostatistics, preclinical development, and intellectual property. Notably, Dr. Baumgartner supported Inotek’s fundraising efforts as a private company and co-authored the Company’s S-1 filing for its 2015 initial public offering. Prior to Inotek, Dr. Baumgartner held senior-level positions at Sepracor and Merck & Co. Dr. Baumgartner began his medical career as a bench scientist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology. He completed his MD at Pennsylvania State University, his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, and his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

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.

Jenna Tagliaferri, Senior Director of QA

Jenna is the Senior Director of Quality Assurance. Jenna joined FDL in March of 2018 and has over 30 years of experience in quality systems, drug development, formulations, and program management. Prior to joining FDL Jenna has held senior positions in QA and Program Management for a number of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device companies including Altea Therapeutics, CibaVision-Alcon, Advisys, and Kimberly-Clark. Jenna is well-versed in quality management and GMP practices and has managed the overall quality for startups as well as for fully integrated organizations carrying out research, development, testing, manufacturing and clinical trials. She is particularly adept in the development of Quality Systems for newer or emerging organizations.  Jenna received her BS in Biology from North Carolina State University.

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.

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