Keith James, President Ferring Research Institute, Inc., and Senior Vice President R&D

Dr. Keith James joined Ferring on January 2012 as the Vice President of Therapeutic Innovation. He was promoted to President Ferring Research Institute, Inc., and Senior Vice President R&D in December 2012. Before joining Ferring, Dr. James spent 29 years working at Pfizer. Throughout his tenure at Pfizer, Dr. James’ appointments included positions as Vice President for Discovery Research at the Pfizer Sandwich site; Senior Vice President of the Pfizer Strategic Management Group in New London, CT; Vice President of Discovery Research, at the Pfizer site in Ann Arbor, MI; and Research Site Head at the Pfizer La Jolla site.

Dr. James is a graduate of Imperial College, London and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cambridge University.  He spent two years as a NATO Research Fellow at Stanford University, CA and Columbia University, NY before beginning his drug discovery career.

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.