SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 3, 2018
Recro Pharma, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
|490 Lapp Road, Malvern, Pennsylvania||19355|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On January 3, 2018, Recro Pharma, Inc. (the Company) announced that Michael Celano has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Ryan D. Lake has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer.
Michael Celano, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Celano, age 59, has served as the Companys Chief Financial Officer since July 2016. During his tenure as Chief Financial Officer, he has provided financial leadership through several Phase III clinical trials, the filing of the New Drug Application for IV meloxicam 30mg and preparing for commercial launch, as well as through the continued strong performance of the Companys manufacturing division. Prior to joining the Company, from September 2015 until June 2016, Mr. Celano served as the Chief Financial Officer (part-time) of Makindus, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company. Prior to that, from May 2015 until September 2015, he was self-employed providing consulting services to life science companies. From January 2013 to May 2015, Mr. Celano served as the Chief Financial Officer of DrugScan, Inc., a clinical laboratory services company. Mr. Celano also served as Chief Financial Officer at Kensey Nash, a Nasdaq-listed, medical device company, and BioRexis, a venture-funded, life sciences company. Mr. Celano serves on the board of Orasure Technologies, a diagnostic and medical device company. Prior to entering the biopharmaceutical industry, Mr. Celano was a partner at Arthur Andersen/KPMG, where he worked from 1980 until 2004, and led its life sciences practices. Mr. Celano received a bachelors degree in accounting from St. Josephs University.
In connection with Mr. Celanos appointment to Chief Operating Officer, his annual base salary increased from $362,000 to $416,300. All other terms of Mr. Celanos compensation are materially consistent with prior disclosure.
There are no family relationships between Mr. Celano and any director or executive officer of the Company, and he has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Ryan D. Lake, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Lake, age 40, has served as the Companys Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since June 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lake served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance of Aspire Bariatrics, Inc., a privately-held, commercial-stage, medical device company from July 2015 to May 2017. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Lake held executive management and senior finance positions, including Director of the Natural Materials Division, Controller and Senior Director of Finance, at DSM Biomedical (successor to Kensey Nash after its acquisition in 2012), a division of Royal DSM (listed on Euronext Amsterdam), a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. From 2002 to 2012, Mr. Lake held various senior financial positions of increasing responsibility, most notably Senior Director of Finance and Interim Chief Financial Officer, with Kensey Nash Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed, medical device company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lake worked at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Lake is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds a bachelors degree in accounting from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
In connection with Mr. Lakes appointment to Chief Financial Officer, his annual base salary increased from $270,000 to $310,000. All other terms of Mr. Lakes compensation are materially consistent with prior disclosure.
There are no family relationships between Mr. Lake and any director or executive officer of the Company, and he has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Recro Pharma, Inc.|
|Name:||Gerri A. Henwood|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
Date: January 5, 2018