Gelteq Appoints Seasoned Pharma and Tech Executive, James Pekarsky, as Chief Financial Officer
MELBOURNE, Australia, July 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gelteq Pty Ltd, a global leader in ingestible gel technology for healthcare, nutrition and sports, has appointed James Pekarsky as chief financial officer, effective July 4, as the company accelerates its global launch, including its first major entry into the U.S. market.
Pekarsky brings to Gelteq more than 30 years of finance and executive experience at biotech and technology companies. This includes 15 years as CEO and CFO for publicly listed companies, five years as general manager for large U.S.-based companies in Europe, and 10 years of start-up company experience in Silicon Valley leading several financings, IPOs, acquisitions and exits.
Pekarsky earlier co-founded and served as CEO of BioPharmX, a NYSE-listed company focused on novel medication delivery systems, where he led several financings and its IPO. Since BioPharmX, he has served as an executive consultant for private companies in the medical and high-tech fields, advising on all facets of finance and operations, including fund raising, M&A, business development and corporate governance.
“We welcome Jim’s extensive financial knowledge and operational experience, particularly his success with developing novel pharma delivery systems,” stated Simon Szewach, Gelteq co-founder and executive chairman. “His proven capabilities and knowhow greatly complement our fast-track for growth and our expanding team of industry pioneers. We expect Jim to play an essential role as we continue to ramp our sales and marketing, manufacturing and licensing programs on a global scale, as well as pursue opportunities in the capital markets to accelerate this growth.”
Before co-founding BioPharmX, Pekarsky had served as CFO of a number of successful companies in the semiconductor industry, including Wavesat (acquired by Cavium Networks/Marvell), SiliconBlue Technologies (acquired by Lattice ), Mosys (a Nasdaq-listed company), AccelChip (acquired by Xilinx) and Virage Logic Corporation (acquired by Synopsis). He also led the Nasdaq IPO of Virage.
“I see tremendous market opportunities and multiple ways for Gelteq to capitalize on its extensive IP portfolio and growing number of international patents that support its innovative gel delivery system,” commented Pekarsky. “The sports, health and wellness, and pharma partnerships the company has formed are impressive and support its commercial rollout. I’m looking forward to supporting the company’s continued growth and international expansion.”
Pekarsky received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Gelteq is a global leader in the revolutionary science of ingestible, gel-based medications, nutraceuticals and sports energy. The company’s proprietary technology can gelify virtually any substance to create easily ingestible formulations. Developed and supported by clinical research in collaboration with world-leading universities, the gels have many superior attributes compared to other methods of oral delivery, such as pills and tablets. It markets its products through licensed manufacturing partnerships, global distributors and resellers, and direct-to-consumer. To learn more, visit gelteq.com.
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