FSD Pharma Adds Biotech/LifeSciences Industry veteran James A. Datin and Robert J. Ciaruffoli, Former Chairman & CEO of Parente Beard/Baker Tilly to Board of Directors
FSD Pharma Inc. (CSE: HUGE) (OTCQB: FSDDF) (FRA: 0K9) ("FSD" or the "Company"), today announced the appointment of James A. Datin and Robert J. Ciaruffoli, CPA to the Company’s Board of Directors.
“It is an honor to welcome Jim Datin and Bob Ciaruffoli to the FSD Pharma Board of Directors,” said Dr. Raza Bokhari, Executive Co-Chairman and CEO. “The experience and expertise they both bring as c-level entrepreneurial executives, leaders and board members of impressive organizations will add tremendous value to FSD. Both gentlemen have been instrumental in achieving outstanding growth for their respective companies, in raising capital to fuel growth opportunities and in driving sustainable shareholder value.”
“I’m pleased to be joining the FSD Pharma Board of Directors,” said Mr. Datin. “The opportunity to contribute at this stage in FSD’s growth is exciting. As a biotech life sciences executive with extensive experience as a member of more than 30 Board of Directors of PE backed and public companies, I am looking forward to helping the leadership and Biosciences Division in realizing FSD’s vision to meaningfully advance into the biopharmaceutical industry.”
“I am very happy to join the board of Directors. The cannabinoid ecosystem is evolving at a very rapid pace and FSD’s leadership focus to incorporate good governance and independence at FSD Board level is very impressive; my lifetime experience as an auditor and accountant I believe is a timely addition” added Mr. Ciaruffoli.
Over the course of his 30+ year career, James A. Datin has been a successful CEO, raised capital for entrepreneurs to grow companies, and has managed companies throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has also completed more than 50 transactions including venture investments, buyouts, acquisitions, mergers, IPOs, licensing and partnership agreements.
Mr. Datin is the current President & Chief Executive Officer of BioAgilytix, a leading global bioanalytical contract research organization (CRO) that supports the development of novel therapeutic biologics. Since he became CEO, BioAgilytix has grown its customer base and significantly increased its facility footprint and capacity, including expansion to Europe with the acquisition of Hamburg-based laboratory IPM Biotech. With his leadership, the company has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America six times, was named CRO of the Year in North Carolina, and has achieved industry-leading customer satisfaction as measured by an independent marketing firm. BioAgilytix was recently acquired by Cobepa, a PE fund.