Gregory G. Plucinski
President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Plucinski has more than 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing operations. Most recently, Mr. Plucinski led the start-up of Summit Biosciences Inc., playing the dual role of driving the technical formulation and product development, and also managing the facility and operations. Mr. Plucinski’s recognized expertise in nasal spray formulation, product development and commercialization along with his commitment to Summit’s culture of excellence and accountability has resulted in long-term relationships with multiple Clients and Partners, for whom Summit now commercially manufactures products for both the US and ex-US markets. He has capitalized upon these demonstrated successes by expanding the capabilities Summit offers to Clients, expanding the facility footprint and installing additional capacity, while maintaining an exemplary Quality record and outstanding customer service. Summit has hosted multiple FDA inspections with no 483s and also a successful EMA inspection which led to receipt of an EU GMP Certificate. Prior to leading the start-up of Summit in 2009, Mr. Plucinski served as Vice President of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations at Intranasal Therapeutics, Inc. ("ITI"), where he led the design, construction, start-up, validation and the day-to-day operations of the manufacturing plant. While at ITI, he also led the product development team to successfully develop and manufacture ITI's lead products, midazolam nasal spray for epileptic seizure and hydromorphone nasal spray for acute pain. This work included leading the invention and early development of Nayzilam® (midazolam) nasal spray, CIV. Prior to joining ITI in 2002, Mr. Plucinski has held various senior operational management positions in both start-up and high growth-organizations such as Dey, LP (Merck, KGaA subsidiary) where he led teams to develop and manufacture a diverse array of pharmaceutical and biological products, including a blood substitute, generic nasal sprays and inhalation products. Mr. Plucinski received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky.
Sonia L. Egbert
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Egbert has more than 26 years of experience in the fields of accounting and finance, which includes working with start-up pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Summit Biosciences in 2009, Ms. Egbert served as the Controller at Intranasal Therapeutics, Inc. ("ITI") where she was responsible for Board of Director and investor reporting; cash management; banking, insurance and investor relations; accounting controls; budgeting and forecasting. Prior to ITI, Ms. Egbert was Treasurer and Controller at a successful start-up web-based transportation company. Ms. Egbert also held various director-level positions at a fortune 200 transportation company (BNSF) in the finance, accounting and forecasting and planning departments where she was involved with merger transactions, SEC reporting, managing revenue and capital budgets. Ms. Egbert worked for Deloitte & Touche at various levels in their audit group in both the Minneapolis and Dallas offices. Ms. Egbert holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and is a CPA.
Richard D. Cohen, J.D.
Chairman and Interim CEO
Mr. Cohen has over twenty-four years of diverse business and legal experience in finance, real estate investment, and business development. He is a Principal in Site Realty Group, a privately-held commercial real estate investment firm based in Maryland. He has been a board member of Summit since its founding and was also actively involved in Intranasal Therapeutics, Inc. He is a founding member of YLO, LLC, a venture fund providing seed capital to companies based in Maryland in the hospitality, restaurant, and agriculture industries. He started his career in New York as an attorney in the litigation department of Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck PC. He earned a BA from Emory University and a JD with honors from the law school of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.