Ms. Lurker has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2016. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Lurker served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of PDI, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed healthcare commercialization company now named Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Lurker was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Novartis AG. From 2003 to 2006, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ImpactRx, Inc., a privately held healthcare information company. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Lurker served as Group Vice President, Global Primary Care Products and Vice President, General Therapeutics for Pharmacia Corporation (Pharmacia), now a part of Pfizer, Inc. She also served as a member of Pharmacia’s U.S. executive management committee. Previously, Ms. Lurker spent 14 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, rising from a sales representative to Senior Director, Worldwide Cardiovascular Franchise Management. Ms. Lurker serves as chair of the board of directors of X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and as a member of the board of directors of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, both privately held companies. Ms. Lurker previously served as a member of the boards of directors of publicly held Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 2011 to 2015 and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, plc from 2013 to 2016, in addition to serving as a director of PDI, Inc. from 2008 to 2015. Ms. Lurker received a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville. We believe Ms. Lurker is qualified to serve on our Board because of her role as our President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as her broad ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry and her track record of maximizing the potential of new therapies and successfully implementing innovative U.S. and global drug launches, which provide her with valuable expertise and perspective on our corporate strategy, management, operations and governance.
Ms. Jorn's experience and expertise in corporate licensing, M&A and alliance management helped her build US and global pharmaceutical businesses across numerous therapeutic areas, including ophthalmology. Most recently, she was EVP and Company Chair at Valeant Pharmaceuticals and previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at Bausch & Lomb. Earlier, Ms. Jorn was Group VP of Womens' Healthcare and Fertility at Schering Plough. She was also at Johnson & Johnson as the Worldwide VP of Internal Medicine and Early Commercial Input. She began her career at Merck and for more than twenty years held roles of progressive responsibility in a variety of functions including R&D, regulatory, sales and marketing. Ms. Jorn holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from Rutgers University and an MBA from New York University's Stern Graduate School of Business Administration.
Dr. Paggiarino joined pSivida from Lpath, a leader in lipid-targeted therapeutics, where he served as senior vice president and chief development officer. Prior to joining Lpath, he was vice president and therapeutic unit head for retina diseases at Alcon Laboratories, a division of Novartis, where he was responsible for advancing its retina pharmaceutical development pipeline through regulatory approvals worldwide. Dr. Paggiarino previously served as executive director of clinical development and medical affairs at Pfizer Global R&D, with focus on global clinical development in glaucoma, diabetic and degenerative retinal diseases and medical responsibilities for Macugen®, the first anti-VEGF treatment approved for age-related macular degeneration. Earlier in his career he held research and development positions at Angelini Pharmaceuticals, a private company, where he advanced to president of the firm, and Pharmacia Global R&D, where he was clinical program director of ophthalmology with responsibilities including Xalatan®, one of the leading glaucoma therapies in the world. Dr. Paggiarino earned his degree in Medicine and General Surgery cum laude from the University of Rome La Sapienza and has authored numerous scientific articles.
Mr. Nazzaro has served as the Company's Vice President of Operations since November 2009 having previously served as Director of Operations from May 2006 to November 2009. Mr. Nazzaro is the former Director of Manufacturing for Control Delivery Systems. Prior to CDS, Mr. Nazzaro held a variety of positions with Boston Scientific Corporation including responsibilities in logistics, R&D, manufacturing and distribution, including responsibility for distribution of cardiac care devices. Mr. Nazzaro has over 20 years of product life cycle and operations experience. Mr. Nazzaro received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.
Mr. Ross has served as the Company's Vice President of Finance since November 2009 and was previously Corporate Controller from October 2006. Mr. Ross was designated as the Company's Principal Financial and Accounting Officer in March 2009. Mr. Ross is the former Corporate Controller of NMT Medical, Inc. and previously served as Vice President of Finance and Vice President of International Operations for JetForm Corporation. Mr. Ross brings 30 years of accounting and financial management experience to the Company. Mr. Ross received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.