Team Members Profile
Team Members Profile
George Hampton

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer Mr. Hampton joined Currax Pharmaceuticals in April of 2019 as Chief Executive Officer and serves on its board of directors. Prior to joining Currax, Mr. Hampton served as executive vice president, primary care business unit for Horizon Pharmaceuticals (HZNP), a public biopharmaceutical company. In this role he was tasked with leading the forward-looking strategy, as well as establishing operational goals for the business. Previously, Mr. Hampton served as executive vice president, global orphan business unit and international operations for Horizon Pharmaceuticals. He has more than 25 years of experience as a successful executive in the pharmaceutical and biotech field on both a national and international scale including specific expertise in rare disease (ACTIMMUNE, RAVICTI, PROCYSBI), autoimmune (HUMIRA), primary care, orthopedic (CELEBREX), diabetes (BYETTA), anti-infectives and cardiovascular spaces. This includes roles of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and operations at G.D. Searle, Abbott, (now AbbVie), Amylin and Horizon Pharmaceuticals. Hampton earned his Bachelor of Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He serves on the board of Amyrt Pharmaceuticals (AMYT.L), a biopharmaceutical company. Additionally, he serves on the board of IMAC (NASDAQ: IMAC) regeneration medical centers.

Michelle Parsons

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer Michelle joined Currax Pharmaceuticals in August of 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Currax, Michelle served as senior vice president, financial planning & analysis for Horizon Therapuetics (HZNP), a public biopharmaceutical company. Michelle has over 20 years of experience leading corporate finance, financial reporting, business planning, and systems implementation in the pharmaceutical/medical device industry at the US and global level, including 4 years at Horizon Pharma, 7 years at Fenwal/Fresenius Kabi, and 10 years at Dade Behring.

Erika Tooman, Esq.

SVP, General Counsel

SVP, General Counsel Erika Tooman is Senior Vice President, General Counsel of the Company. She has broad transactional, business development, corporate governance, litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory experience. Her successful track record in strategic intellectual property counseling and portfolio growth and management has been a key contributor to the success of many licensing and M&A deals. Prior to joining Currax, Ms. Tooman served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Pernix Therapeutics, where she oversaw the Contracts, Regulatory and Quality departments, managed intellectual property and litigation, and provided general corporate legal support. Previously, Ms. Tooman was Senior Counsel and a Leadership Team member for Ikaria, Inc. where she grew the world-wide intellectual property portfolio and supported a corporate change of control, R&D spin-off and S-1 filing, culminating with a corporate acquisition by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in 2015. Ms. Tooman earned her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, and Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College.

Dr. Michael Kyle

Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Kyle joined Currax in January 2022 as Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer. Prior to joining Currax, Dr. Kyle served as Head of Development with Jiangsu HengRui Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for developing and leading the clinical, regulatory and medical affairs organizations in the U.S. and Europe.  Previously, Dr. Kyle held various posts across Pfizer’s clinical development and medical affairs organizations including Sr. Director clinical development and U.S. Medical Director medical affairs. He also held global leadership roles as Global Medical Lead Business Development, Chief Medical Officer for the Consumer Health Division and Head of Global Clinical Sciences and Operations for the Upjohn Division of Pfizer.  Throughout his pharmaceutical career, he has provided oversight and leadership for more than 300 phase I-IV trials as well as investigator-initiated studies. Dr. Kyle earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University and his Medical Degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. He is a Board-Certified family physician and completed his residency training at West Suburban Family Medicine Residency Program in Oak Park/River Forest, IL.

Hope Mueller

SVP, Corporate
Development and Strategy

SVP, Corporate Development and Strategy Hope joined Currax Pharmaceuticals in February of 2022 as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy. She has over 25 years’ experience with increasing roles of responsibility at Horizon, Crealta, Catalent, Baxter, Eli Lilly, and Cook Pharmaceutical Solutions.  Hope earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University Bloomington in Biology and her Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. She is the Founder and President of Hunter Street Charity, an organization that provides support for children and families during critical times of need.

Ed Cinca

SVP, Global Marketing and
Strategic Alliance Management

SVP, Global Marketing and Strategic Alliance Management Ed joined Currax Pharmaceuticals in October of 2021 as the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategic Alliance Management. Ed is responsible for worldwide commercial strategy for the entire Currax portfolio with a priority focus on CONTRAVE® (naltrexone  HCI/bupropion HCI), the number one prescribed oral weight-loss branded medication in the US. He oversees the Company’s global partnerships and strategic alliances.  Prior to joining Currax, Ed served as a Novo Nordisk, Inc. (NNI) Leadership Team Member and Vice President, Head of Cardiometabolic Portfolio, where he led the launches of Ozempic, Rybelsus and Wegovy. He previously held roles as the Vice President, Sales Execution and Operations, as well as Senior Brand Director of Saxenda® at NNI. Ed earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University in Finance and his Master of Business Administration from Fordham University. He is also a board member of the New York/New Jersey American Diabetes Association and member of Steps Together, an organization that supports families impacted by medical crises.

Aaron Baratta

VP, Sales

VP, Sales Aaron joined Currax in June of 2019 as Vice President of Sales. His expertise is in launching new companies focused on sales and culture development. He has over 20 years of pharmaceutical experience in various sales leadership positions. Prior to Currax he was Group Vice President of Sales at Horizon Pharma reporting to the GM’s for 3 separate business units focused on sales strategies, talent acquisition, incentive comp design and people leadership development. As the Vice President of Sales at Horizon for the primary care business, sales for DUEXIS, VIMOVO and PENNSAID 2% grew from < 80M to 600M in 3 years. Prior to Horizon, Aaron helped build 3 start-up pharmaceutical companies with Victory Pharma, Cornerstone Bio Pharma and Biovail all in sales leadership roles launching new salesforces. Aaron has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing with a concentration in Sales and Sales Management at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Aaron Chesnut

VP, Technical Operations

VP, Technical Operations

Aaron joined Currax Pharmaceuticals in 2021 as the Vice President of Technical Operations. He has over 20 years of strategic and operational experience in multinational biopharmaceutical organizations and leadership experience with numerous medical device/pharmaceutical functions including research & development, clinical trials, manufacturing, engineering, laboratory testing, quality, and regulatory affairs.

Prior to Currax, Aaron was the Owner and Principal Consultant for Foundation Solutions GxP, where he led a team of senior level consultants for the startup, tech transfer and FDA licensure of biosimilar products manufactured in South Korea. He has also successfully implemented and led Quality Systems for multiple pharmaceutical organizations.

Aaron has worked at biopharmaceutical companies including Baxter BioScience, BiogenIDEC, Genentech Inc., Allergan and PMI BioPharma Solutions.

Aaron has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California.

Laura Lustig

VP, Human Resources

Laura Lustig joined Currax Pharmaceuticals in January of 2020 as the Vice President, Human Resources. Prior to joining Currax, Laura served as the vice president, human resources for Cardiac Science Corporation, a private equity-medical device firm. Previously, Laura was appointed the vice president, human resources for Horizon Therapeutics (HZNP), a public biopharmaceutical company. Laura has more than 25 years of experience leading global human resources building high-performance teams and winning or strong cultures, talent development, organizational change strategies aligned with growth and transformations. Laura spent nine of those years in HR leadership roles at Baxter International, and Fenwal, Inc.