Vice President of Technical Operations
Mark Licarde has an extensive pharmaceutical manufacturing background with more than 28 years in the industry. Mark started his pharmaceutical career with Bristol Myers Squibb. His mechanical abilities and in-depth knowledge of equipment afforded an opportunity to assume the newly created position of PM Specialist which included managing the PM schedule for all manufacturing equipment, technical procurement, and parts inventory management for the manufacturing department. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing a budget of $3.6 m and in the first year saved the department an estimated $725 k. His innovativeness, resourcefulness, and leadership abilities earned him the Employee Excellence Award.
Mark also worked at Mylan Pharmaceuticals as a senior manufacturing manager and was responsible for the day-to-day operations in the manufacturing facility. Mark was responsible for floor supervisors, as well as department personnel across 3 shifts in the manufacture and packaging of liquid products (bottled and form, fill, seal). Marks leadership skills directly impacted Mylan through positive retention of employees and ultimately corporate profitability.
Mark served in an entrepreneurial and leadership role at MDS Pharma Services (Tampa). Through his 8-year tenure with MDSPS, he held various leadership positions within the company. As one of the original 12 employees of this company, he played a key role in the successful start-up of this GMP CRO facility. He assisted in the design and layout of the facility, sourced and recommended equipment and systems for purchase, wrote SOPs for equipment and systems, and designed and implemented the preventative maintenance and calibration programs for manufacturing equipment, packaging equipment and the facility operation and support systems. Upon completion of the start-up exercises, he assumed the management duties for the manufacturing department. Mark’s ability to clearly communicate with clients resulted in receiving several client service awards.
As the Vice President of Technical Operations, Mark’s expanded role includes overseeing the Facility and Warehouse operations as well as the Manufacturing Department. Working closely with the department managers allows Mark to better support the personnel, equipment, systems, and processes throughout the facility. This new role also allows Mark to focus on the most important aspect of our business….the needs of our clients. Mark remains as an integral part of a project from the initial discussions to the completion of the project and is always available to interact with clients.