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The JusGlobal Team

Our Team

Led by Founder, Chairman & CEO Beatrice O’Brien, our team offers more than a century of combined experience in the pharmaceutical development, biotechnology, legal, corporate and high-tech sectors, with an unparalleled record of combining legal and clinical expertise with international business acumen.

The JusGlobal Advisory Board, team and technical staff are united to provide best-in-class multi-industry intelligence. These highly credentialed strategists ensure never-before-seen business, legal and clinical efficiencies, a new level of process transparency and a faster-than-ever time to market for pharmaceutical products and related therapeutic agents.

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Beatrice O'Brien
FOUNDER CHAIRMAN & CEO

From the High Courts of England and Australia to top Wall Street firms, Founder, Chairman and CEO Beatrice O’Brien brings more than 25 years of legal industry experience to the table. CEO O’Brien understands the complex nexus of global business and law that only an international lens can provide. CEO O’Brien was the first Fiji Indian attorney working at Wall Street law firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

Born in Suva in the Fiji Islands, CEO O’Brien was educated in Australia and became an (attorney) solicitor and barrister in the New South Wales Supreme Court. A facile legal mind has allowed her to develop a diverse depth of practice in litigation, corporate real estate, banking and tax law having worked in the UK and the US on some of the largest reorganization and restructuring cases in corporate history.

Ever the innovator, CEO O’Brien founded and leads Attorney Placements International (API), a global legal search, recruitment and consulting firm that facilitates law firm mergers and acquisitions moving entire legal practice groups to new firms and placing partners and associates with high-profile international clients. As an ardent educator, she has created revolutionary programs such as the New York Bar Review Quality Program which assists international attorneys in qualifying their unique skills and experience to practice in the US market.

Now, Beatrice O’Brien, in founding and leading JusGlobal, is introducing technology innovations backed by an assembly of diverse professionals with the highest credentialing to offer unprecedented insight, guidance and security across the legal, pharmaceutical, health care and military clinical trials space. CEO O’Brien speaks fluent Hindi.

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Oliver Ramsbottom
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

A Harvard and Oxford graduate, Mr. Ramsbottom is a partner at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He has extensive international business experience, having worked in London, Mainland China and Tokyo for over 25 years. Mr. Ramsbottom’s expertise includes strategy, corporate finance and business development for global enterprises and financial institutions, including private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds.

Mr. Ramsbottom speaks fluent Mandarin.

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Jack Habert
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

A leading New York banking attorney, Mr. Habert is senior vice president of multinational investment bank Jefferies Group LLC. Mr. Habert specializes in the documentation of derivative products and the regulatory analysis of securities, commodities and insolvency issues relating to derivative products.

Uniquely qualified to offer guidance in the securities arena, Mr. Habert advised and assisted the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in drafting rules to implement various provisions of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act, including joining rules with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) relating to the definitions of swap and security-based swap, swap and security-based swap dealers and major swap and security-based swap participants. He also drafted SEC rules relating to business conduct standards, the new platforms for trading, clearing and reporting security-based swaps and conflicts of interest in asset-backed securities.

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Cantrell Jones
CHIEF LEGAL RESOURCES OFFICER

Renowned attorney Cantrell Jones has been a litigator and counsel for Am Law 100 firms since 2008. Mr. Jones offers extensive legal depth that includes complex commercial litigation, regulatory compliance and internal investigations. His international roles have brought to the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Guam. He has First and Second chair experience in US state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Mr. Jones has served as the U.S. Air Force’s in-country representative (Senior Counsel) to the United Kingdom. He has been based at numerous UK Air Force bases focusing on multiple legal jurisdiction matters and deliverables relating to improving cross-border cooperative efforts and duties between the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense and the 9,600 U.S. military personnel and their civilian components based in the United Kingdom. Mr. Jones is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He earned a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and a M.B.A. from Oxford University.

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Jason Stiehl

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

A noted trial attorney and litigation expert, Mr. Stiehl is a partner in Am Law 100 firm Loeb & Loeb LLP. His practice focuses on both complex consumer class defense as well as corporate espionage litigation and consulting, such as trade secrets and restrictive covenants.

Mr. Stiehl was named a “Best Lawyer” in Trade Secrets Law: The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, Inc. (2019).

Dona Zimmerman
Dona Zimmerman
SENIOR LEGAL EDITOR

A renowned authority on legal writing, Dona Zimmerman has more than thirty years of experience in the legal education industry. She was co-founder and vice president of PMBR, a national preparation course for the Multistate Bar Examination.

Ms. Zimmerman sold PMBR to Kaplan, a US $1.5 billion education corporation.

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Kathleen McMorrow
CHIEF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

As Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Kathleen McMorrow brings to the JusGlobal enterprise a broad yet integrated client-centric view of the marketing and communications process. She oversees brand messaging, market research, business development activities and strategic communications for JusGlobal, and advises our clients in the same pursuits. Under her purview are digital, social, print and broadcast media engagement as well as corporate communications and presentations, speaking engagements and the public appearances of our principals.

An accomplished marketer, media and branding expert and corporate storyteller, Ms. McMorrow has specialized knowledge of both the clinical trials industry and the international law firms’ landscape. She started her post-collegiate career in market research where she conducted intensive B2B studies on behalf of clients such as Standard & Poor’s, A.M. Best and AIG. She next joined a New York public relations firm focused on patient recruitment for clinical drug trials. There, she placed patient-focused stories in the news media coast to coast to attract participants to clinical studies on behalf of clients Janssen and Medtronic.

Ms. McMorrow was recruited by renowned media and strategic communications firm Rubenstein, where she became the youngest senior vice president. She managed practice areas in the law firms/business/financial space and global real estate development arena. After more than 15 years in upper management at Rubenstein, she relocated to the west coast to work as managing director of a cultural competency firm serving international corporate clients. She was also a senior counselor at a Los Angeles financial public relations firm delivering strategies for publicly traded and private equity enterprises.

Ms. McMorrow graduated magna cum laude from The College of New Jersey and holds a graduate certificate in Public Relations Management from Rutgers University.

Duane Lakings
Duane Lakings
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

Duane Lakings delivers a broad array of expertise in various primary areas of drug discovery and development to the JusGlobal enterprise. Dr. Lakings is experienced across nonclinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and toxicology as well as clinical safety, efficacy, chemistry, manufacturing and control of drug substances and proposed drug products and regulatory affairs. He assists pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in evaluating results from their drug discovery and development programs, including document preparation, protocol design and implementation across multiple disciplines, as well as further evaluation of drug candidates to support regulatory submission.

Dr. Lakings has served as president of Texas-based Drug Safety Evaluation and was director of drug safety evaluations at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, New York as well as a senior research investigator II at BMS-PRI (Princeton, NJ). He has been a research scientist at The Upjohn Company in Michigan and he has conducted research for the National Cancer Institute and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Lakings has extensive publishing credits. He has authored or co-authored 44 refereed papers and 150 company-specific papers, nine book chapters on drug development, 26 abstracts for oral/poster presentation, eight commissioned drug candidate evaluation reviews and a 300-page report on biological contract research organizations (CROs).

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Eyal Ron
SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Eyal Ron adds value for JusGlobal Pharma clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device space by accelerating the timeline toward the value inflection point. Dr. Ron delivers an entrepreneurial thought process coupled with science-based evaluation to enhance the overarching enterprise value regarding product candidates, without creating a need for costly infrastructure to foster growth.

With three decades of experience in the development of drugs, biomaterials, devices and drug delivery systems, Dr. Ron has become known for combining science with sound business strategy, making him an ideally qualified expert on the JusGlobal team. He developed and implemented the scientific, regulatory and clinical strategy for several companies. Dr. Ron offers extensive depth in the total therapeutic development process including project management, clinical trials, regulatory compliance and approval, drug delivery systems, quality control and scale-up. Dr. Ron has authored more than 100 papers, book chapters and abstracts. He is also the inventor of 50 patents, principally in drug formulations, drug delivery, tissue engineering and biomaterials.

He has been a founder or principal formulator of biotech companies, bringing seven new medications to market. He has held the position of COO, CTO and CSO, director of pharmaceutical development and principal investigator at several pharmaceutical and biotech firms.

Dr. Ron received a PhD from Brandeis University and has completed post graduate study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a BS at Tel Aviv University.

Richard Guarino, MD
Richard Guarino MD
CLINICAL OFFICER

An experienced clinical practitioner and medical researcher, Dr. Guarino offers professional consulting in clinical, regulatory, and medical communications to drug, biologic and medical device companies. He has led clinical trials for Amneal Pharmaceuticals, the International Services Assistant Fund, Vicus Therapeutics, Revlon Health Care and Sandoz. With more than thirty years of investigatory experience and success in bringing new therapies to market, Dr. Guarino provides strategic solutions to Jus-Pharma in the sphere of manufacturing of drugs, devices and biologics in the planning, implementation, management and marketing of new products.

Dr. Guarino has been a staff physician at St. Barnabas Medical Center and the University of Siena Hospital in Italy. With diverse specialties in infectious disease, gerontology and psychiatry as well as extensive clinical experience, Dr. Guarino’s background as a researcher, educator and medical executive and his extensive list of published work makes him uniquely qualified to serve as Clinical Officer for JusPharma. He earned an MD at the University of Siena, an MS from New York University and a BS from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Patricia Blaine
SENIOR MEDICAL WRITER

Patricia Blaine is a registered respiratory therapist, university instructor and accomplished medical writer. She has served as a consultant in clinical trial protocols for leading pharmaceutical companies such as Eisai, Daiichi Sankyo, Forest Laboratories and Schering-Plough.

Ms. Blaine has been a senior director of medical writing and a staff medical writer for Oxford Research, Corning-Besselaar and Schering-Plough. She has been director of clinical education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Ms. Blaine provided medical writing for a poster presented at a psychiatric conference focusing on a Phase IV multi-site investigatory study on carmbamazepine.

Patricia Blaine earned a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Allied Health Education from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from Seton Hill University (Pennsylvania).

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