Our Advisory Board Member & COO of Pharma Dr. Richard A. Guarino is selected as Top Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry. 

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field and other affiliations and contributions to their communities.  All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

With over 4 decades of professional experience as an Executive in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Dr. Guarino has proven himself as an expert in the field of new drug approval process. A dynamic, result-driven leader, Dr. Guarino has demonstrated success not only as the President of Oxford Pharmaceutical Resources Inc. and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Validus Pharmaceuticals, but has demonstrated success in all his past positions. His impressive repertoire of prior roles has included Director of Clinical Research for Sandoz Inc., Vice President and Medical Director for Revlon Health Care, President and CEO for Oxford Research International Corp, and Clinical and Regulatory Consultant for Amneal Pharmaceuticals.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Guarino has received many awards and has been recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession of pharmaceutical drug development. For 2019 he is being considered to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professional Magazine), and is also being considered for IAOTP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. For 2018 he was selected as Top Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals. For 2017 he was recognized by Marquis Who’s Who as an industry leader in his field. Throughout his career Dr. Guarino has been active in his community and has served on many boards including the Board of Trustees, Family & Children’s Services of North Essex; Board of Trustees, for Columbus Hospital; Board of Trustees for New Community Foundation; Geriatric Neuropsychopharmacology Subcommittee, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Board of Directors for East Orange General Hospital; Board of Directors for NorCrown Bank; Board of Directors and President of the, Ambassador South Development Corporation; Board of Directors for the Republican Committee; Board of Trustees for Bloomfield College; Member of the President’s Advisory Committee for Fairleigh Dickinson University; Board of Trustees & Chairman of the Board of New Community Foundation; Board of Trustees for Lacordaire Academy and Chairman for Columbus Hospital Foundation.

Aside from his successful career and numerous publications and text books Dr. Guarino is a world renowned lecturer on Good Clinical Practices and ICH Global Regulations and was an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr.Guarino received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, participated in the Master Degree program of Histology at New York University and received his Medical Degree from the University of Siena, Italy. Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP stated, “Choosing Dr. Guarino for this honor was an easy decision for our panel. Dr. Guarino’s numerous awards, accolades’ and accomplishments are extremely impressive. He has tremendous foresight, extensive knowledge, is brilliant at what he does and was exactly what we were looking for. We are truly honored to have him as our Top Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year and we are looking forward being with him at the gala.”

Dr. Guarino states that his work is very gratifying in bringing new contributions for better health care to world populations. When not working, he enjoys returning to Italy where he has many friends and colleagues and spending time with his family. His future aspirations are to continue making a difference in the field of new drug development for future medicines that will promote a healthier population world-wide…


The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview. 

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

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