Araz A. Raoof, Ph.D., MBA
President Ferring Research Institute, Senior Vice-President Global Drug Discovery & External Innovation

Dr Raoof joined Ferring Pharmaceuticals in July 2019 as President of Ferring Research Institute in San Diego, US and Global Vice-President of Drug Discovery and External Innovation.

Prior to joining Ferring, Araz held senior leadership positions at Janssen Pharmaceutica (Johnson & Johnson) and Elan Pharmaceutical Technologies in drug discovery, early clinical development and external innovation. With more than 25 years in the industry, Araz has been involved in the discovery and development of multiple therapeutic drugs and was instrumental in harnessing cutting edge innovation and building an early drug pipeline.

Araz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Baghdad in Iraq. She obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and completed an International Executive MBA at the Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Araz is the author and inventor of more than 70 publications and patents and a member of numerous scientific bodies internationally.

Adrienne Day, Senior Director, Business Development

Dr. Adrienne Day is the Senior Director of Business Development for Ferring Research Institute, Inc. She has more than 20 years of experience in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries, and has worked in the non-profit, for-profit and startup environments.

Prior to joining Ferring Dr. Day ran a successful consulting practice. She has previously served as Vice President of Business Development at what is now the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Vice President of Business Development Conforma Therapeutics, Senior Director of Business Development at Molecumetics Ltd., Associate Director of Corporate Development at Ligand Pharmaceuticals. She was Ligand Pharmaceuticals’ first Project Manager, and began her biotechnology career at Invitrogen Corporation where she held various positions.

Dr. Day received her B.Sc., B.Sc. Honors, and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California with Dr. Amy Lee and at the La Jolla Cancer Research Center in the laboratory of Dr. Eva Engvall.

Paul Acosta, Director of Human Resources and Administration

Paul Acosta joined Ferring in May 2012 and is dedicated to upholding The Ferring Philosophy – People Come First.

Prior to joining Ferring, Mr. Acosta held several progressively more senior Human Resources leadership positions at Genoptix, a Novartis Company, Avanir Pharmaceuticals and Chugai Pharma USA, a member of the Roche Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of Human Resources including: recruitment, performance management, compensation, employee relations, training and development, succession planning and organization design.  Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from National University, San Diego, California.