TECHNOLOGY, COLLABORATION AND EXPERTISE
Contura uses the unique technology of its hydrogel platform to address unmet needs, provide superior safety and/or efficacy, and improve the lives of patients.
We work to increase awareness across the scientific community of the benefits our hydrogels offer, and build the evidence base for them.
We use our knowledge and expertise in the development, manufacture and clinical application of hydrogels to continuously improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of our products.
We are led by an internationally experienced executive team with a proven track record of success in managing pharmaceutical and medical device products through multiple regulatory, pricing and reimbursement regimes.
Currently we employ around 50 staff worldwide.
Ian, our Chairman, has over 30 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, including founding Juno Pharmaceuticals Inc. He joined Contura in 2016 as Non-Executive Chairman. Ian was previously Chief Executive of Cobalt Pharmaceuticals (2000 – 2010) and was instrumental in the development of Arrow International business units. Ian’s other past roles include Executive VP of Genpharm Inc. and senior management roles at Amerpharm/Merck Generics, a division of Merck KGaA. Ian also worked in the office of the president of Par Pharmaceuticals (US).
Patrick has more than 20 years of experience running and growing life science companies. He has been Contura’s Chief Executive since 2010, and before that he was the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Contura Patrick was Chief Financial Officer at Inpharmatica Limited (2001 – 2007), a chemogenomics company, and Phairson Medical Limited (1996 – 2001), a protein therapeutics discovery company. Patrick is a Chartered Accountant by training and prior to his career in the life science sector he worked for 10 years in the financial markets practice of Arthur Andersen in London.
Rakesh has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Rakesh joined Contura as Vice President of Marketing in 2009. Rakesh was appointed UK General Manager of Contura in 2010 and General Manager, Northern Europe in 2013. In 2016 Rakesh was appointed to the Board position of Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his time at Contura, Rakesh spent five years at Takeda as EU Head of Specialty Products and held various roles in Corporate Development (2004 – 2009), was at Pfizer as UK Marketing Manager (2003 – 2004), and before that at Pharmacia & Upjohn (1996 – 2003).
Graham brings more than 20 years of pharmaceutical industry experience to the company. He joined Contura in 2016 as a Non-Executive Director. Graham is Chief Executive of Aspire Pharma Limited, which he established in 2009. Aspire specialises in the licensing and marketing of both branded and generic medicines. Prior to establishing Aspire, Graham held sales and marketing roles with GSK and Dominion Pharma, and was Managing Director of Pliva Pharma UK.
Debra has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Debra joined Contura in 2016 as a Non-Executive Director. Debra is Financial Director of Aspire Pharma Limited, which she joined in 2009. Prior to her time at Aspire, Debra worked at Dominion Pharma, which she joined in 1993. Debra trained in accountancy and is an associate chartered management accountant.
Lars has a background in mechanical engineering and is Contura’s Managing Director in Denmark, where the company’s manufacturing base is located. Lars joined Contura in 2015. Prior to joining the company, Lars was Managing Director at DDD-Diagnostic A/S (2009 – 2015), a leading developer and supplier of gamma cameras to nuclear medicine and prior to that he spent more than 18 years in various global general managerial positions with Maersk Medical/Unomedical, a medical disposable company.
Ton has over 30 years of experience in medical marketing and general management in the pharma and medical device industry. Ton joined Contura in 2010 as General Manager, Germany, before progressing to General Manager, Central Europe in 2013. Prior to joining the company, Ton had, since 2003 been running his own medical marketing consultancy, before which he held marketing positions at Phametra (1999 – 2003), a wholesaler of medicinal products, and at Allergan (1988 – 1998).