Growing biotech company strengthens sales team, prepares for product launch.
DENVER (October 11, 2017) – As Next Frontier Biosciences prepares to launch its Verra Wellness line of purified cannabinoid products in November, the Colorado-based biotech company has enhanced its experienced sales lineup with the addition of a new Regional Sales Manager, Colin Osborne.
In preparation for the product launch, Osborne plays a key role in generating a new customer base, forging and fostering strong relationships and educating clients on which products best suit their needs. In addition, he develops and implements an optimal sales strategy and product promotion while ensuring brand integrity.
Prior to joining Next Frontier Biosciences, Osborne worked in sales for nine years, notably serving as Sales Manager at Weaver Fundraising, LLC. He also served as Enterprise Software Sales Executive at BigMachines, Inc. and Executive Sales Representative at CBLPath, Inc. He later discovered a passion for the cannabis industry as Account Representative and Project Manager at ALl Packaging Company in Aurora, Colorado, and most recently in his role as Retail Associate at The Green Solution in Denver. A former Marine Officer, Osborne earned his bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and his master’s degree from Villanova University.
“Colin brings a strong and unique combination of leadership, sales and cannabis industry experience to Next Frontier Biosciences, making him well equipped to lead our regional sales team in introducing Verra Wellness to the market,” said Beth Dresser, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at Next Frontier Biosciences. “We welcome his insights and know that our clients and staff will benefit from his guidance as we launch the brand in Colorado and establish ourselves as a global cannabis-infused products leader in other markets.”
About Next Frontier Biosciences: Next Frontier Biosciences is a Colorado-based biotech company focused on developing and commercializing best-in-class purified cannabinoid products that are scientifically formulated for improved delivery. Comprised of an experienced group of biotechnology executives and research scientists, Next Frontier Biosciences is pioneering the development of purified cannabinoid products that provide accurate dosing, improved bioavailability and optimized cannabinoid profiles for fast acting and consistent results. Next Frontier Biosciences’ goal is to leverage its proprietary formulations and premium brand strategy to become a global leader in the market for next-generation cannabis infused products.
The company is led by a talented group of biotech executives and research scientists that help set it apart from the competition. Marc Graboyes, J.D., Next Frontier Biosciences’ co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for leading the development and execution of the company’s long-term strategy as well as the day-to-day management of the company’s affairs. Mr. Graboyes has over two decades of experience working with emerging growth companies and the investors that support them, including eight years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Allos Therapeutics, Inc., a biotech company that he helped take public and sell for nearly $200 million. Prior to that, he was a corporate attorney with several large national law firms, including nearly five years with Cooley LLP. Mr. Graboyes is a seasoned business executive and attorney with deep experience in the areas of strategic planning, corporate finance, corporate development, technology transactions, and mergers and acquisitions, among other areas.
Dr. Paul Johnson, Ph.D., Next Frontier Biosciences’ co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, has over four decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He is an expert in intranasal drug development and delivery systems, and authored or invented over 100 patents and scientific publications. Dr. Johnson has experience in drug delivery and development, molecular diagnostics, cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry/biophysics. In addition, he has led research and development activities for FDA approved drugs including Betaseron, the first-ever FDA approved drug to treat multiple sclerosis. He received a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and conducted his postdoctoral training in biophysics and biology under an American Cancer Society fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Dorothy “Dot” Colagiovanni, Ph.D., Next Frontier Biosciences’ Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company’s research and development activities as well as supporting the commercialization of the company’s products. She has over two decades of pharmaceutical development experience with an emphasis on project management, pharmacology and toxicology. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Colagiovanni held scientific leadership roles with Nivalis Therapeutics and Replidyne, and she also held research positions with OSI Pharma, Gilead Sciences and Nexstar. Dr. Colagiovanni has a broad range of pharmaceutical development experience, starting with early drug discovery and clinical trials through regulatory approval and commercial launch. She completed her Ph.D. at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Molecular Toxicology and a postdoctoral fellowship at Amgen in hematotoxicology.