Our People – Redefining Generic Medicines

Cosette Pharmaceuticals aims to make a major impact on the healthcare landscape by manufacturing generic drugs for the US market, specializing in products in the niche areas of extended topicals and dermatology products. Led by professionals with experience and tenure in the generic pharmaceutical industry, and driven by an exceptional team of 200+ dedicated employees across all functional areas, we offer high-quality products and a robust supply chain. By combining the talents of Cosette’s employees, we are able to better serve the needs of customers and patients. Ultimately, our strength is in our people.

The senior leadership team is comprised of the following individuals:

Apurva Saraf
Apurva SarafPresident & CEO

Apurva brings more than 20 years of pharmaceutical experience in global corporate strategy and operations. Prior to joining Cosette, Apurva was part of Amneal Pharmaceutical’s (NYSE: AMRX) executive leadership team with responsibility for global corporate development and strategic growth initiatives. He has broad experience in commercial operations across various channels and in negotiating and integrating businesses globally. While at Amneal, Apurva also co-founded Gemini Laboratories, a successful endocrinology-focused specialty pharmaceuticals company. Before joining Amneal, Apurva served in positions of increasing responsibility at Ranbaxy USA. Prior to Ranbaxy, Apurva was an equity analyst with UBS, JPMorgan and Credit Suisse in New York, covering the US Specialty and Generic Pharmaceuticals sector.

Apurva earned his MBA in Finance from Baruch College in New York and Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Accounting from Bombay University.

Rajiv Hazaray
Rajiv HazarayChief Financial Officer

Rajiv is a corporate finance expert with 30+ years global experience in executive stewardship. He brings a unique combination of the big picture perspective along with a solid grounds-up understanding of the business. Rajiv’s past experience includes stints as Head of Strategic Planning at Aceto Corporation, CFO at both Citron Pharmaceuticals and Business Analytix, Inc., and an extended career as a Chartered Accountant in India.

Rajiv has a business degree from Babson College and an undergraduate degree from RA Podar College, India.

Serge Ilin-Schneider
Serge Ilin-SchneiderGeneral Counsel

Serge has over 15 years of experience advising pharmaceutical companies through some of their greatest achievements and their toughest challenges. Prior to joining Cosette, Serge was a General Counsel at Wockhardt, a specialty pharmaceutical company. Before Wockhardt, Serge held positions of increasing responsibility at Par Pharmaceutical, an Endo International Company. Prior to going in-house, Serge was an Attorney in the Pharmaceutical Practice at two law firms: Fox Rothschild and Locke Lord. While at these firms, his work carried an emphasis on intellectual property and regulatory issues, including patent prosecution, Hatch-Waxman litigation, counseling and licensing.

Serge earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Doctorate in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his law degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law.

Kian Kazemi
Kian KazemiSr. VP of Commercial Operations

Kian brings over 27 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry to the Cosette Pharma management team. As the Commercial lead for the company, he is responsible for the Sales and Marketing functions, as well as Customer Service, Contracts and Pricing.

Prior to joining Cosette, Kian successfully led other commercial teams as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Service at Rising Pharmaceuticals, and the Vice President of Sales at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Before those roles, Kian worked in positions of increasing responsibility within the sales/marketing functions at organizations such as Fougera Pharmaceuticals, Dey Laboratories and Center Laboratories.

Kian has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, and a BS in Finance from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

Kiran Kumar Kowkuntla
Kiran Kumar KowkuntlaVP of Portfolio and Strategy

Kiran Kumar brings over 17 years of highly diversified experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Cosette as the VP of Portfolio and Strategy, he led Athyna Pharma, a virtual firm focusing on a wide range of strategic services for generic as well as 505(b) (2) drug products.  Before founding Athyna,  he worked as the Director of Technical Operations/Business Development at Rising Pharmaceuticals and Citron Pharma where he executed over 50 pharmaceutical licenses, acquisitions and other co-development partnerships.

He also served in positions of progressive responsibilities encompassing R&D, clinical management, technical operations, portfolio and project management at Sciecure Pharma, Austar Pharma and URL-Mutual Laboratories. Throughout his career, Kiran has a successful track record of building product pipelines, development and commercialization of several complex and high value drug products across multiple dosage forms. Kiran holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from SV College of Pharmacy, India.

Olivia Passucci
Olivia PassucciSenior Director of Human Resources

With nearly 20 years of experience in Human Resources leadership roles, Olivia possesses the skills, knowledge, and experience to serve as a leader and motivator to our employee body. Olivia’s career spans working for companies like G&W Laboratories, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Acelity and Johnson & Johnson.

Olivia earned her mini MBA certificate from Rutgers University and an undergraduate degree from Rider University. In addition, she is Project Management Certified, has a Professional Human Resources certification from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is Development Dimensions International (DDI) certified. Olivia also serves on the Board of Directors for the local 262 Union Health and Welfare Committee.

Becoming the Leaders in Generic Medicines

Cosette is positioning itself to combat rising healthcare expenditures by expanding our product line and providing a continuous supply of high-quality generic medications. Leveraging our talented team, we are helping pave the way for a more accessible and efficient healthcare system.

Join Us

We are building an exciting culture at Cosette Pharma, focused on collaboration, overcoming challenges, and sustainable growth. Come be a part of this team focused on improving human health by developing high-quality, differentiated medicines.

Are you interested in joining our team? We are always eager to hear from talented people. Look at our current job openings and send us your resume.

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