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:

Walt Kaczmarek
Walt KaczmarekPresident & CEO

Walt is a seasoned healthcare executive with more than 30 years of commercial development, marketing, sales and operational experience with generic and branded pharmaceutical companies in addition to pharmaceutical wholesalers. Prior to joining Cosette, he held the position of COO of Aceto Corporation (ACET), a specialty generic pharmaceutical, API and chemical business. Before Aceto, Walt was President, Multi-Source Division of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (MNK) where he led the generic pharmaceutical and API businesses. Prior to Mallinckrodt, Walt held positions of increasing responsibility at Fougera Pharmaceuticals, ending his tenure as the SVP of Commercial Operations where he was the commercial lead on the sale of the business to Sandoz, the generic division of Novartis AG. Walt also held positions of increasing responsibility at McKesson Corporation.

Walt holds a BBA in Management from Stetson University. He currently serves on the Cosette Pharma Board of Directors.

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.

Alison Kessler
Alison Kessler General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer

Alison leads all facets of Cosette Pharma’s strategic legal initiatives. She possesses nearly 20 years of experience as legal counsel, joining Cosette from ConvaTec, where she was Vice President and Global Head of Intellectual Property. Prior to that she was Global Head of Patents at Novartis Consumer Health and US Head of IP for Business Development & Strategic Licensing at Sandoz. Previously, Alison practiced law for 10 years at Goodwin Procter LLP in both the corporate and litigation groups in areas ranging from ANDA opinions, counseling and litigation, risk management, M&A due diligence and deal work, patent prosecution and portfolio management.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.

Perry Venugopal
Perry VenugopalSr. VP of Corporate Strategy

Perry leads all strategic growth initiatives related to Business Development and M&A for Cosette, including Portfolio & Alliance Management. Perry’s diverse 20+ year experience in the pharmaceutical industry spans Business Development, Portfolio Management, Operations, Technology and Consulting. Before Cosette, Perry headed up business development at Taro Pharmaceuticals and Sun Pharma. Before those roles, Perry has an established career track of success in a variety of roles in organizations like Forest Labs, Sanofi-Aventis and Ernst & Young.

Perry is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School, has an undergraduate degree from BITS, Pilani, India, and a Master’s degree from University of Toledo.

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.

Thomas Cobb
Thomas Cobb VP of Manufacturing

Tom has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biological industries, with progressive responsibilities in Operations and Engineering management with a focus on continuous process improvement, improving product quality and financial performance. His career includes tenures at Qualitest, Osmotica, and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Thomas earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at University of Nebraska.

Sandhya Goyal
Sandhya GoyalVP of Research & Development

Sandhya has over 22 years of R&D experience, developing and filing over 80 products across a variety of dosage forms.

Prior to Cosette, Sandhya was the Vice President, New Product Development at G&W labs for over 4 years. Earlier, she held key R&D leadership roles at Ventrus Biosciences, Fougera Pharmaceuticals, Taro Pharmaceuticals and Ranbaxy Labs.

Sandhya holds a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Design and Drug Delivery from Jamia Hamdard, India and an undergraduate degree from Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University, 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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