Cadrenal Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVKD), a biopharmaceutical company developing tecarfarin, a novel Vitamin K Antagonist (VKA) for unmet needs in anticoagulation (blood thinning) therapy, today announced the appointment of Jeff Cole to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Mr. Cole will be responsible for the Company’s manufacturing and supply chain operations, intellectual property, commercialization strategies, and supporting partnering activities for tecarfarin.
Mr. Cole brings over 25 years of experience in global pharmaceutical manufacturing and commercial operations, finance, and corporate development to the Company. This includes senior executive roles at both private and publicly-traded companies such as Espero BioPharma, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (now Bausch Health Companies), and Legacy Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Cole co-founded Espero, a biopharmaceutical company focusing on the late-stage development and commercialization of medicines to treat cardiovascular diseases, and served as Board Director, President, and Chief Financial Officer where he was responsible for the company’s supply chain, commercialization, and multiple licensing and M&A transactions.
“Jeff is an extremely accomplished pharmaceutical operations executive with a deep understanding of product development, manufacturing, and commercialization. His experience will serve Cadrenal well as we advance our tecarfarin clinical program and evaluate partnering opportunities,” commented Quang Pham, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cadrenal Therapeutics.
While at Valeant, Mr. Cole held roles of increasing responsibility, including as General Manager, Vice President of Corporate Development, and Chief Financial Officer of North America, where revenue more than tripled during his tenure. As General Manager at Valeant, Mr. Cole managed a division of U.S. prescription and OTC products across multiple therapeutic areas with responsibility for product development, supply, and commercial operations. Prior to the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Cole served as Principal in the Financial Management Consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“I am excited to be joining the team at Cadrenal at a pivotal time when demand is increasing for a new anticoagulation therapy to address the unmet needs for patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), and those with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and atrial fibrillation (AFib),” added Jeff Cole. “I look forward to leveraging my experience to advance tecarfarin to the market and help those underserved patient groups.”
Mr. Cole holds an MBA with honors from the University of Michigan and a BS in accounting from the University of Southern California.