New executive placements at Marken LLC, Pacira Pharmaceuticals and Agile Therapeutics


March 10, 2018 (Park City, UT) The Hennessy Group, an executive search firm specializing in the life sciences, has announced the successful placement of three key executive roles in leading small-cap pharmaceutical organizations.

Colleen Kelly became Senior Counsel at women’s healthcare company Agile Therapeutics in Q4 2017. Ms. Kelly’s previous role was with Pepper Hamilton, a Philadelphia-based firm ranked as a top-100 U.S. law firm in terms of revenue with specialties in healthcare and life sciences. Agile Therapeutics’ product candidate Twirla recently completed phase 3 trials.

Also in Q4, Julia Yang joined Pacira Pharmaceuticals, where she serves at the company’s VP of Clinical Research. Pacira continues to lead the charge toward the development of safe alternatives to post-surgical opioids with their product EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension), a local analgesic that controls surgery-related pain while reducing or potentially eliminating the need for opioids.”

Dr. Navnit Patel has joined global life sciences supply chain leader Marken as VP of Quality Affairs, where he will focus on enhancing Marken’s industry-leading quality systems and set new standards for the movement and storage of clinical trial materials. Dr. Patel was previously the Director of Quality Assurance & Quality Control for Rutgers University Cells and DNA Repository-Infinite Biologics.

“Each of these roles will be integral to the future growth of these businesses,” said Robert Hennessy, CEO of The Hennessy Group. “As always, my entire team at The Hennessy Group is proud to contribute to the success of organizations like Pacira, Marken and Agile. These are organizations that make a real difference for people and the industry, and have the power to drastically change lives.”

Mr. Hennessy notes that each of these organizations has worked successfully with The Hennessy Group on previous executive search projects, too. “With Pacira, for example, this is just one of a long line of successful executives placements we’ve contributed to. It’s incredibly rewarding to watch and share in the success of all 13 of the leaders we’ve helped Pacira find,” he said.

About The Hennessy Group

The Hennessy Group is a retained executive search firm conducting in-depth searches for executives, CEOs and board directors in the life sciences, both domestically and worldwide. With more than 30-years’ experience, The Hennessy Group offers guaranteed search success for U.S. companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, and diagnostics industries. Learn more about The Hennessy Group at

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