Ritter Pharma has recruited and assembled an outstanding team of talented and experienced individuals with extensive big pharma & biotech experience.
Ira E. Ritter – Chief Strategic Officer
Alene Campbell – Operations & Corporate Development
Randy Whitcomb, M.D. – Clinical and Strategic Advisor
Howard Foyt, M.D., Ph.D, FACP – Clinical Development
Dick Johnson – Product Development & Manufacturing
Andrew Ritter is the Founder, President and CEO of Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading research and development company specializing in the microbiome and the discovery of treatments for digestive diseases. Mr. Ritter founded Ritter Pharmaceuticals upon his own person affliction with lactose intolerance. He has been actively studying the field of lactose intolerance for over 15 years and currently holds four patents with over a dozen pending patents. Ritter Pharma’s lead product, RP-G28, is a novel therapeutic treatment for lactose intolerance. It recently completed Phase II clinical trials and has the potential to become the first prescription drug to treat lactose intolerance.
Since 2010, Mr. Ritter has also acted as Managing Partner of Stonehenge Partners, a private investment fund which provides working capital and executive leadership to a variety of businesses and industries. Those industries include: Real Estate, Tech, Biotech, Entertainment and Service businesses. In addition, Andrew is a guest lecturerof entrepreneurship at various graduate and undergraduate schools throughout Los Angeles including: Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Anderson School of Business, University of California of Los Angeles and Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Los Angeles Mayor, Richard Riordan, appointed Andrew to serve as a Los Angeles City Commissioner from 2000-2002 (The youngest appointed Commissioner in Los Angeles history.) Mr. Ritter holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a minor in Business from the University of Southern California and was a member of the 2002 Pac-10 Champion baseball team. He graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Executive Education on Influence and Negotiation Strategies.
Mr. Ritter has extensive experience creating, building and managing diverse business enterprises. His success has been his ability to take ideas and grow major businesses. He currently serves as Chairman of Ritter Pharmaceuticals. In addition he provides corporate management, strategic planning and financial consulting for a wide range of market segments. In the health and beauty sector, Mr. Ritter was President and Vice-Chairman of Quality King Inc, the nation’s largest wholesale distributor for health care products with $5 billion in annual revenues (ranked the 18th largest privately held company, Forbes Top 100 List). Simultaneously, he worked as President and Chairman of Rockwood, a business he developed that produced private label HBA products for major national retailers including GNC and K-Mart. In the entertainment sector he served as Chairman of ON-TV, a division of Oak Industries (NYSE Company), where he managed the television division initiating exclusive broadcasts of Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York professional baseball, basketball, and hockey games. During 1980-1985, he produced the first televised home shopping program and directed development of the largest “pay-per-view” channel system for its time. In the personal services market, Mr. Ritter grew a people-to-people business, Elite Personal Search and Lifemates personal matchmaking service, in the U.S. and Canada. In the finance field, Mr Ritter served on the board of directors for the Martin Lawrence Art Galleries (NYSE Company). During his 20 years as a publisher, he produced monthly national consumer magazines including Playgirl. and released books that included It’s OK to Say No childrens’ series and Patti Regan Davis’ Homefront. Mr. Ritter also has a long history of public service that includes appointments by three Governors to several State of California Commissions, including eight years served as Commissioner on the California Prison Industry Authority. In 1981, Mr. Ritter was honored with the City of Hope’s Man of the Year award.
Ms. Campbell brings over 30 years of experience to Ritter Pharma, having held executive positions in the biotechnology, diagnostic, and pharmaceutical industries. In addition to being part of the Ritter Pharma team, Ms. Campbell is a senior partner for BioVirtue LLC, a company that provides executive and consulting services for the medical community. Prior to her work with BioVirtue, Ms. Campbell served as C.E.O. and C.O.O. at MicroPhage, a bacterial diagnostics firm, where she directed finance, research and development, product development, human resources, and clinical affairs. She has held other significant positions in the industry, including VP of Corporate Development at Myogen (now Gilead), General Manager of RPI/SiRNA (now Merck), Executive VP of ChemTrak, and VP of Hana Biologics. Ms. Campbell holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Whitcomb offers extensive clinical trial management expertise to Ritter Pharma. He was a founder and senior clinical research fellow at QuatRx Pharmaceuticals from 2000-2006 and currently serves as a consultant to multiple biotechnology companies. Formerly, he served in various management positions at Parke-Davis, the pharmaceutical division of Warner-Lambert, including vice president for clinical research and drug development. Prior to his tenure at Parke-Davis, he was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Whitcomb has authored multiple scientific publications and is a member of numerous scientific and clinical organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors of Insmed, Incorporated.
Dr. Foyt oversees Ritter’s clinical development efforts as well as assists in building the Company’s overall infrastructure and management team. He brings extensive clinical and leadership experience to Ritter Pharma having spent the last seventeen years at major pharmaceutical companies. Prior to Ritter Pharma, Dr. Foyt served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Cebix, Inc. He previously was Vice President, Clinical Development at Metabasis Therapeutics, which he joined from Pfizer Global Research & Development where he served as Senior Director, Medical & Development Sciences and Therapy Area Site Head—Diabetes & Obesity. He began his industry career over fifteen years ago at Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research, Ann Arbor, MI where he was Director, Clinical Research, Endocrine and Metabolism prior to the acquisition of the company by Pfizer. He earned his medical degree in 1985 from Baylor College of Medicine where he also earned a Ph.D. in Cell Biology. Dr. Foyt completed his residency in internal medicine at Baylor and an endocrinology fellowship at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.
Dick founded RG Johnson Pharmaceutical Consulting which focuses on Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient and finished dosage form production. He specializes in the areas of small molecule development and production, aseptic and sterile product production, and clinical global supply. Before founding his own company, Dick worked for Avera Pharmaceutical as the Vice President of Manufacturing where he was responsible for the development and manufacture of three acquired drug products from GSK, Lilly, and Novartis. He also successfully produced GMP drug substance and drug products approved by US and EU regulatory authorities for Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials. Dick’s 40 year history in manufacturing also includes Vice President of Imaging Operations at the Mallinckrodt Imaging Division of Tyco Healthcare. Dick received a BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina and an MBA from East Carolina University.