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Patina Solutions Expands Life Sciences Practice

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Patina Solutions, the fast-growing professional services firm providing accomplished and proven professionals with 25+ years of experience on a flexible basis for key projects and engagements has expanded its Life Sciences Practice, including adding many life sciences executives to its Portfolio of Talent and appointing Garry Barnes as National Practice Director - bringing additional and valuable expertise to this critical area to help clients achieve their goals.

"Our deepened focus and growing expertise in life sciences affords us the opportunity to expand our unique services into a high-growth industry that is under constant government regulatory and consumer pressure to bring safe and effective products to market," said Mike Harris, CEO of Patina Solutions. "Garry and our Patina Life Sciences Professionals have extensive experience working closely with executive teams and functional managers on organizational initiatives that support business strategies and drive results, which will be a major asset in helping our life sciences clients with these and other challenges."

Working with all Patina Solutions offices (located in Milwaukee and Madison, Wis.; Chicago, Ill.; Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Boston, Mass.; Tampa, Fla.; and Minneapolis, Minn.), Barnes will be responsible for growing the company's service offerings for a range of life science projects and engagements that require effective leadership and organizational skills, project strategy and implementation, coaching and mentoring and operational support.  In addition, he will assist in building the Patina Solutions' roster of accomplished life science executives and managers ready to help clients. The Patina Life Sciences Practice will serve pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, diagnostic and retail and specialty pharmacy companies and support the needs of private equity and venture capital firms who have life science holdings.

"Patina Solutions is a rapidly growing company with the right model for today's dynamic business environment," said Barnes. "I am energized by the prospect of successfully aligning our client companies with performance-impacting solutions, delivered by our experienced, knowledgeable Patina Life Sciences Professionals."

Barnes has provided commercial and strategic leadership for many specialty life science companies including Ortho/Johnson and Johnson, Serono Laboratories and Fujisawa Healthcare (now known as Astellas, USA).  Barnes has built and led numerous national sales and marketing organizations to record sales levels and market dominance and was recognized as a "Thought Leader in Specialty Sales" by Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine.  As President and CEO of Sirius Laboratories, Barnes co-directed the turnaround and ultimate merger and acquisition by DUSA Pharmaceuticals.  His extensive background also includes leadership roles in Medical Science Liaison, Product and Market Launch, Wholesale and Retail Trade Relations, Distribution and Managed Markets.  As an entrepreneur and consultant in recent years, Barnes co-founded TriSentric, Inc., a consultancy firm offering commercial strategies for mature and/or under resourced pharmaceutical products.  He is also co-founder and CEO of Xtera Biopharma, Inc. headquartered in Lenexa, Kan.  Barnes received his BS/BA degree with a major in Marketing from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.

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Patina Solutions provides proven, accomplished professionals with 25+ years of experience on a flexible and collaborative basis, helping companies to solve problems, realize opportunities and improve results.  The company's services include execution of special projects and key initiatives, interim executive assignments, consulting and advisory engagements, change management, leadership development and board placements. With expertise across multiple business functions, Patina Solutions serves companies of different sizes and industries from offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Tampa and Minneapolis - along with its growing international capabilities. Patina Solutions was recently named to the 2013 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies.

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