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Work experience

Mar 2004Present

VP and General Manager

Alkermes, Inc

Alkermes is a fully integrated pharmaceutical company with 2009 manufacturing revenues exceeding $120MM and overall revenues of $320MM. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA the company employs over 550 with 310 at the Wilmington site. Commercial products include Vivitrol® (sustained release naltrexone) and Risperdal Consta® (sustained release risperidone), injectable products based on the company’s proprietary Medisorb

With a staff of four direct reports and as the head of a highly matrixed interface with corporate, lead manufacturing, quality, tech services engineering/maintenance and support personnel for the production of all commercial and clinical dosage forms for worldwide markets. Act as technical advisor and liaison to strategic partner (Amylin) site in West Chester, Ohio.

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Aug 1980Mar 2004

Director Parenteral Manufacturing

Hoffmann-La Roche

Director of Parenteral Manufacturing Operations (2002-2004)

Responsible for plant operations in Nutley, New Jersey. Overall operations consisted of approximately 45 employees. Manufacturing encompassed, sterile liquids and packaging operations for global distribution. A significant portion of the operations was devoted to the launch of a new AIDs product and dosage form production of Oncology products.


Director of Manufacturing


Ensured all Antibiotic facilities, production equipment, processes and pharmaceutical products/packaging met or exceeded cGMP, Roche manufacturing standards, and global regulatory requirements. Developed, recommended, and implemented functionally diverse business objectives and policies ensuring factory aligned with corporate strategy and business objectives in support of antibiotic sales of $600MM. Led decision making and achievement of goals by demonstrating depth and breadth of knowledge of business and customers. Demonstrated leadership and team management skill in cross-functional environments by motivating subordinates to exceed business, factory, and individual performance expectations. 

Various positions of increasing responsibility at HOFFMANN-LAROCHE

Aug 1979Jul 1980

Senior Supervisor Sterile Mfg

Warner Lambert




Sep 1974May 1976


Rutgers University


Over 30 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry focused on Manufacturing and Supply Chain activities. Most recently responsible for manufacturing and all support activities for Alkermes. These duties included Manufacturing (parenteral formulation and filling of Microspheres), Quality, Site operations (engineering/maintenance), Human Resources and Supply Chain.



To work for a company in a positon of influence and leadership.  This will allow me to help shape the culture and set the core values of the company/site while allowing each individuals voice to be heard and ideas to be shared. 


Recommendation re: leadership and teambuilding
"In 28-plus years of business consulting, I've never met a better leader than Gene Rusch. I've had the unique opportunity on different projects to see Gene lead large-scale organizations through periods of significant change. He is innovative, empathetic, determined and successful. Gene can quickly analyze complex situations, design logical solutions, and marshal the resources to achieve objectives profitably. And he can do all that using a respectful approach that enables employees to retain their dignity. Gene's ability to balance the needs of the business with staff demands is exemplary.” June 17, 2009   “Gene is a strong leader. He works with his staff to leverage their strengths in order to achieve company's goals. He communicates directly and clearly articulates his vision. He is effective at removing barriers to progress. Always seeking ways to improve operations and maximize shareholder value.” June 12, 2009    
Plant operations, start-up, process improvement
Record of accomplishment in leading plant start-ups and expansions to meet ambitious product launch and supply objectives. Strong experience in strategic planning and operational analysis with ability to create agendas where teams are always mindful of the financial and regulatory implications of operational decisions and activities. Effective people skills with talent for hiring and motivating winning teams. Agile learner with ability to focus on the big picture critical path.