Prof. Hermann Luebbert, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of Biofrontera AG. He studied biology in his native city of Cologne, where he completed a PhD in 1984.
After eight years of academic research at the University of Cologne and the California Institute of Technology (USA), he was awarded the habilitation at the ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) Zürich. Prof. Lübbert has held the Chair of Animal Physiology at Ruhr-University Bochum since 1998. During his ten years at Sandoz and Novartis Pharma AG, Prof. Lübbert acquired experience in managing a globally active research organisation.
He founded Biofrontera in 1997 and has since managed the company.
Erica Monaco serves as Chief Executive Officer for Biofrontera Inc. She joined Biofrontera in 2016 and has accepted progressive positions culminating in her appointment to the Board of Directors of Biofrontera Inc. as Chief Financial Officer in January 2020. Erica has provided leadership and has been a key contributor in the success of Biofrontera Inc., from the earliest stages including the launch of the flagship products to the development of the business structure, processes and partnerships required to operate and grow the subsidiary into a $25M entity in 3 years. She was integral to the 2019 merger and integration of Cutanea Life Sciences. Erica is a Certified Public Accountant bringing over 15 years of experience in diverse accounting and financial leadership roles, including audit and tax services with the public accounting firm Deloitte, where she worked with multiple global public companies on diverse projects. She has held corporate finance leadership roles within the pharmaceutical industry and not-for-profit entities, leading teams through accounting system implementations, organizational synergy projects and strategic planning initiatives. Erica received her Bachelor of Business Administration with an Accounting concentration and her Master of Accountancy (M.S.A) from The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.
Mark Baldyga is responsible for the planning and execution of Biofrontera Inc.’s sales and marketing strategy in the US. Mark joined Biofrontera Inc. in May of 2016 as the first employee in the US and was an integral part of the launch of Ameluz . He brings more than 20 years of pharmaceutical and medical device experience to his position with over 13 years focused in the dermatology specialty. Prior to joining Biofrontera, Mark was a Regional Sales Manager with Valeant Pharmaceuticals, where he led a team of specialty territory managers with a robust portfolio of products focused on diseases of the skin. He also spent many years with Stiefel, a GSK company with the primary focus on leading a sales team. He served on multiple advisory boards, launch committees and was a trainer, marketer and peer educator. Investing in people, developing future leaders, and coaching sales people to drive sales results while building their self-esteem, confidence, and a level of engagement is what he loves to do. Mark earned his B.A. from the University of South Carolina.
Dan Walker joined Biofrontera Inc. in 2016 as the Regional Sales Manager in the West Region. In his role, he was instrumental in the successful US launch of Biofrontera. Through his tenure at Biofrontera he helped contribute to the company’s sales training, account development and reimbursement strategies, in addition to building and leading the #1 region for two consecutive years.
Dan has more than 22 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Prior to joining Biofrontera, Inc., Dan held leadership roles in Dermatology at Bayer Healthcare and Galderma Laboratories. During his career in sales leadership, marketing and training, he has successfully helped build high performance teams, markets, and brands. Dan’s industry experience includes medical dermatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, pediatrics and women’s health. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the California State University, Long Beach.
Jeff Holm joined Biofrontera, Inc. in February 2017, and is currently the Head of Professional Relations and Commercial Development. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining long term relationships and partnerships with key thought leaders within the dermatology community. Jeff is also responsible for developing and facilitating the training programs that consistently elevates the performance Biofrontera Inc’s commercial team. Jeff held several leadership roles at Biofrontera Inc. including Sales Management, Head of Training and Development and Head of Marketing. He has over 40 years of industry experience, specifically in dermatology. Prior to joining Biofrontera Inc., Jeff was Executive Director of Taro Pharmaceuticals branded division. Previous to Taro, Jeff was Executive Vice President and COO at Ferndale Healthcare where he helped build and structure the commercial operations. Prior to Ferndale, he started his career with Allergan Pharmaceuticals where his tenure included different positions of increasing responsibility. Jeff received his B.A. in journalism and political science from Texas Christian University.
Jon Lyons, PhD, MBA, serves as Senior Director of Scientific and Medical Affairs at Biofrontera Inc. Jon joined Biofrontera in July 2016 as one of the first few employees in the US as a Medical Science Liaison and has since accepted several leadership positions of increasing responsibility. He brings over 15 years of biomedical research, clinical study management, and pharmaceutical and medical device industry experience to his position. Prior to joining Biofrontera, Jon held management roles at Incyte Corp and Providence Medical Technology, where he led teams of MSLs and CRAs, with a focus on launching and supporting first to market assets in medical dermatology and spinal fusion. He also spent time at DUSA and Smith & Nephew as an individual contributor MSL and Clinical Study Manager, supporting PDT in medical dermatology and total knee and hip replacement devices, respectively. In his various roles, Jon has built and coached high-performing medical affairs teams, supervised Scientific Advisory Board activities with KOLs, and has been integral in operationalizing educational and investigator-initiated study programs at Biofrontera from the department’s inception. Jon earned his PhD in cancer research from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and MBA in Biomedical Management from the University of Memphis.
Daniel Hakansson joined Biofrontera Inc. as Corporate Counsel in January 2019. As Corporate Counsel, Dan is responsible for advising Biofrontera Inc.’s leadership team on corporate governance, contracts, compliance, business policy and other various legal matters. He was also appointed as Head of Compliance in November 2019. In this role, Dan leads the oversight, growth, and expansion of Biofrontera’s commercial compliance program. Prior to joining Biofrontera, Dan worked as a litigation attorney at a private law firm where he represented clients in many practice areas and specialized in Employment Law. During his tenure at the firm, Dan was a key member of the legal team who successfully represented a medical device component manufacturer in a highly contentious and precedent setting trade secret defense. He also has experience working with the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights and as a student clerk for a New Hampshire Supreme Court justice. Dan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he was a member of the Daniel Webster Scholars Honors program. He also received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Erica Gates joined Biofrontera Inc. in August 2019 as the Corporate Controller. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of financial reporting and the related accounting and control strategies and activities. Prior to joining Biofrontera Inc., Erica gained over ten years of progressive experience in both the pharmaceutical and financial services industries after beginning her career in public accounting at Caturano and Company in the audit practice. She brings significant experience in accounting policy, operations and strategy including extensive experience with public company reporting requirements. Most recently, Erica served as the Corporate Accounting Manager at Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. where she was responsible for management of financial accounting and treasury functions within a complex business structure while ensuring compliance with foreign and domestic regulatory requirements. Erica received a M.S. in Accountancy and M.B.A. from Northeastern University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since September 2009.