Doug Drysdale


An experienced Corporate Director and CEO: Doug has chaired the Board of a NASDAQ-listed company and, as CEO for the past 12 years, has built and turned-around 3 pharmaceutical companies. During Doug’s 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector, he has formed cohesive management teams, recruited board members, completed 15 corporate acquisitions across three continents and has raised $4 billion of both public and private capital.

In early 2008, Doug teamed up with investors to lead the turnaround of Norwich Pharmaceuticals and became the Founding CEO of parent company, Alvogen Group. During his 5.5-year tenure as CEO, Doug transformed Norwich’s manufacturing from a 2-product facility, adding over 25 products, building extensive R&D capabilities, while improving staffing efficiency by 25%. At the same time, during Doug’s leadership, Alvogen grew from inception to $450 million in revenues across 35 countries, building an R&D facility in NJ, a Contract Research Organization in India and creating a product development pipeline of over 50 products for the US market.

In early 2014, Doug led the recapitalization of NASDAQ-listed Pernix Therapeutics, raising $65 million. Within the first year of taking the helm as Chairman and CEO, Doug rebuilt the management team and board of directors, combined several operating locations, divested a loss-making manufacturing facility, built a 220-person sales team, complete with supporting functions (sales training, sales operations and analytics, marketing) growing the company’s enterprise value from $80 million to around $800 million. Under Doug’s leadership, Pernix raised $465 million of capital.

From November 2017 to July 2020, Doug was a Director and CEO of Tedor Pharma, a family-owned contract manufacturing business. Doug’s efforts to turnaround the business resulted in 60% revenue growth in 2019, leading to Tedor being recognized as one of America’s fastest-growing companies, making it to the 2020 Inc 5000 list.

Previously, Doug was Head of M&A at Actavis Group, leading 15 corporate acquisitions across three continents, between 2004 and 2008, including a high-profile public hostile takeover attempt in Central Eastern Europe. Over this period, Doug raised approximately $3 billion of capital and managed lending syndicates including over 25 banks, to fund the company’s growth. Actavis was sold to Watson Pharmaceuticals in 2012 for EUR4.25 billion.

Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbial and Molecular Biology from the University of East Anglia in the U.K. and was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, in 2012. Doug is an enthusiastic traveler, having traveled to over 45 countries, is an avid reader and enjoys cooking and boating.

Doug Drysdale will be a panelist on the CanEx Webinar on Psychedelics. For more information or to register please [click here]