Chief Executive Officer, Chief Science Officer, and Director
Jack Y. Zhang, Ph.D. has served as Amphastar Pharmaceutical’s Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors since its inception in 1996. He has also served as Amphastar’s Chief Science Officer since 2005 and as the President from 1996 until June 2013. Dr. Zhang has over 35 years of experience in chemistry, physics, management, and training including operations management of a chemical manufacturing facility with more than 2,000 employees to the start-up of an analytical laboratory serving defense cleanup. He is the co-founder of Applied Physics & Chemistry Laboratory (“APCL”), a full service, chemical analytical laboratory in Chino, California, where he held the position of President for 15 years. Dr. Zhang is named as the inventor on several U.S. and foreign patents and has authored numerous academic publications. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and was a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the California Institute of Technology.
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Scientist, and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mary Z. Luo, Ph.D. has served as Chief Operating Officer for Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors since its inception in 1996. She has also served as a Chief Scientist since 2005 and Corporate Secretary from 1996 through April 2004. As co-founder of both Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and APCL, Dr. Luo has over 30 years of academic and practical experience in the field of chemistry. She provides scientific leadership through her research and activities in technology transfer, regulatory submission, intellectual property, clinical research, recruitment, and training. Dr. Luo is a professor emeritus of chemistry at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is named as the inventor on several U.S. and foreign patents. She received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University and was a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the California Institute of Technology.
President and Director
Jason B. Shandell, J.D., M.B.A. has served as President of Amphastar since June 2013 and as our General Counsel and Secretary from December 2008 and our Senior Vice President of legal matters from 2012 until his promotion to President. Mr. Shandell has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2010. Mr. Shandell also served as Corporate Counsel from March 2008 until his promotion to General Counsel and Secretary. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Shandell was the Director of Technology at Move, Inc., the industry leader for online real estate. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Shandell was Corporate Counsel at Amgen Inc., the world’s largest biotechnology company. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Shandell was an Associate at the law firm of Shaw Pittman LLP. Mr. Shandell received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1996 and a J.D. and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2000. Mr. Shandell was admitted to practice law in the state of California in December 2000.
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Senior Vice President of Finance
Bill Peters has served as our Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer since April 2014. Mr. Peters previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc., or Hi-Tech, from August 2013 to April 2014 and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Hi-Tech from May 2004 to August 2013. From September 2003 to May 2004 he was Vice President of Corporate Development at Hi-Tech. From 2001 to 2003 Mr. Peters was the Director, Financial Evaluations for the Medco Health Solution subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., or Merck & Co., and Manager of Corporate Financial Analysis and Pharmaceutical Economics at Merck & Co. from 1998 to 2001. During his seven year career at Merck & Co., he also served as Manager of Treasury Planning and Analysis. He began his career in General Electric’s Financial Management Program at its Aerospace division, where he later held positions in financial analysis and internal auditing. He earned an M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University in 1989.
Executive VP of QA/RA, President of Amphastar Nanjing
Diane G. Gerst was appointed President of Amphastar Nanjing Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in March 2014. She served as Corporate Senior Vice President of Quality Assurance from August 2012 until her promotion to President of Amphastar Nanjing. Ms. Gerst also served as Corporate Vice President of Quality Assurance from August 2003 until January 2012. Prior to becoming the Vice President of Quality Assurance, she was our Vice President of Regulatory Affairs from June 2001 to July 2002. Ms. Gerst has previously held various management level positions in Regulatory and Quality including eight years at B. Braun-McGaw and seven years at IMS. She has extensive experience in the areas of quality assurance, drug development, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Gerst received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982.
Executive VP of Production; President of Armstrong
Rong Zhou, M.S., has served as Executive Vice President of Production Center since June 2015, President of Armstrong Pharmaceuticals (Amphastar Pharmaceutical’s subsidiary company) since March 2014 and as our Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs since August 2012. Mr. Zhou served as Corporate Vice President of Scientific Affairs from October 2001 until his promotion to Senior Vice President. From July 2000 to October 2001, Mr. Zhou was Vice President of Scientific Affairs of International Medication Systems (Amphastar Pharmaceutical’s subsidiary company). From July 1999 to July 2000, Mr. Zhou was Associate Vice President of Scientific Affairs of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals. From November 1998 to July 2000, Mr. Zhou was Director of Validation Department of International Medication Systems. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Zhou was a Principle Chemist at Gensia (Sicor) Pharmaceutical’s. Mr. Zhou received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Fuzhou University in 1982 and an M.S. from the Youngstown State University in 1992.