New Appointments

EmpowerPharm is delighted to announce the appointment of Ildiko Riss as Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs.

Ildiko Riss

Ildiko is an accomplished pharmaceutical executive with 30+ years of progressive experience and a strong portfolio of achievements. She has successfully led teams in different areas of pharmaceutical operations, including but not limited to pharmaceutical quality systems, scientific and technical affairs, analytical R&D, and quality control.

She has proven expertise in the development and commercialization of both prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical dosage forms and in understanding related regulatory requirements. She has supported over 70 regulatory submissions (chemistry and manufacturing controls) to different regulatory bodies in her past, resulting in drug approval and commercialization. She has maintained site compliance, led regulatory audits, and just recently successfully guided her team to achieve EU GMP compliance for medicinal cannabis manufacturing, packaging, and testing.

Her previously held roles include pharmaceutical quality, regulatory, compliance, general management at ARA – Avanti Rx Analytics Inc., Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited, Dalton Pharma Services, Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Novopharm Ltd.

EmpowerPharm is delighted to announce the appointment of Giridhar Cheekati as Director, Pharmaceutical Research & Development.

Giridhar Cheekati

Giridhar (Giri) is an industrial entrepreneur with 27 years of experience in pharmaceutical and health product industries with vast expertise in the areas of pharmaceutics research & development, commercial manufacturing, validation, product life cycle management, and quality assurance & compliance. In his past endeavours he was instrumental in the integration of companies and technology transfer of novel branded formulations. Giri comes to EmpowerPharm having worked with world-renowned companies such as Cipla Ltd., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Merck KGaA, Mylan, and Tilray.

EmpowerPharm is delighted to announce the appointment of Pramod Shrotri as Controller to our Finance team.

Pramod Shrotri

Pramod is a highly accomplished finance professional with more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing & retail industries. His high-level experience includes strategy formulation, process improvement, financial planning and control, and costing. He is a highly motivated leader with a proven track record for building, developing, and retaining talent within organizations. His past experience includes 2 years as a Chief Financial Officer with Mouawad Group of Companies, 8 years as a Financial Controller with Al Tayer Group, and 4 years as a Head of Finance with IFFCO group. He also held senior-level finance roles in Finance with Canada Goose Inc., Thermax Ltd., and Sandvik Asia Ltd. Pramod is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

EmpowerPharm is delighted to announce the appointment of James Small as Senior Manufacturing Technician.

James Small

James (Jim) has numerous years of oral solids manufacturing experience from roles with increasing responsibility.  Jim has previously worked at Patheon, WellSpring Pharmaceuticals and most recently at ANI Pharmaceutical where he was a Group Leader within the Tablet Coating Department. Jim’s vast experience will be of great benefit to EmpowerPharm as we complete our equipment commissioning and move forward with clinical manufacturing.