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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Shane J. Schaffer, PharmD

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

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Shane J. Schaffer, PharmD is a Co-Founder of Cingulate Therapeutics and has served as the Chairman and CEO since its inception. Dr. Schaffer is a 25-year pharmaceutical industry veteran with experience in pharmaceutical drug development, commercialization and biotech commercial operations. During his career, he has held positions at Pfizer, Novartis and Sanofi (including predecessor companies).

Dr. Schaffer has broad functional and therapeutic expertise through the development and commercialization of several billion dollar brands including the ADHD Franchise of Ritalin® & Focalin®, Lipitor®, Lyrica®, Eligard®, Arixtra®, Hyalgan® and Avapro®/Avalide®. He has led the strategic brand planning, franchise resource allocation and managed care & reimbursement strategy for numerous products.

Dr. Schaffer received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. He served as Chief Fellow and completed a Post-Doctoral Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship at Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy in conjunction with Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis, now Pfizer.

Jeff Conroy


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Jeff Conroy is an entrepreneur and licensing executive with over 30 years of experience in the life sciences. As the Managing Director of Windward Investments, Mr. Conroy has provided strategy and licensing advisory services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, completing over $4 billion in transactions across CNS, specialty, oncology, infectious disease and cardiovascular areas.

Mr. Conroy is the Chairman and Co-founder of Embody, a medical device company developing regenerative products for the repair and replacement of tendons and ligaments. Mr. Conroy is a Director and Past Chairman of the Virginia Biotechnology Association and serves on the Virginia Bioscience Healthcare Research Corporation’s (VBHRC) Board of Directors. Earlier in his career, he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Thermo BioAnalysis and worked for Cambridge Biotech and Abbott Laboratories.

Mr. Conroy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Providence College.

Patrick Gallagher, MBA, CFA


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Mr. Gallagher is a Co-Founder of Cingulate Therapeutics and serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

Currently a Senior Managing Director at Laidlaw & Co., Mr. Gallagher is an accomplished Capital Markets executive, advisor, and investor with a distinguished record of success in both public and private markets. His day-to-day duties include frequent interaction with institutional investors, C-level corporate executives, KOL’s and industry thought leaders.

Prior to joining Laidlaw & Co. Mr. Gallagher was a founding partner and CEO of BDR Research Group, LLC., a healthcare-focused management consulting and investment research boutique specialized in providing advisory services for healthcare investors and their portfolio companies. He began his career with positions at investment and research firms Kidder Peabody, PaineWebber and New Vernon Associates.

Mr. Gallagher’s leadership and strategy initiatives have included business development, go-to-market planning and execution, and identifying new market opportunities for legacy businesses and product lines at several Biotechnology and Medtech companies, including Cingulate, Athenex (f.k.a. Kinex Pharmaceuticals), BioSig Technologies, Protea Biosciences and Evermore Global Advisors. Mr. Gallagher earned an MBA from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Vermont.

Jeff Hargroves


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Jeff Hargroves is the Founder, Board Member and past President of ProPharma Group, a global business providing medical information, pharmacovigilance and compliance consulting services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Prior to this, Mr. Hargroves has held past positions in Operations, Quality Assurance, and Engineering for manufacturing and consulting companies in the drug industry.

As an industry consultant, he has conducted numerous audits, developed quality programs, managed projects for bulk, and finished pharmaceuticals for the human and animal health industries. He is experienced in the conceptual and detailed design of facilities and equipment and the validation of facilities, utilities, process equipment, and cleaning and manufacturing processes for sterile and non-sterile products and APIs.

Mr. Hargroves is active in many industry organizations including ISPE, PDA, DIA, RAPS, FDLI, IVT, and BioKansas. Jeff earned both his BS in Computer Engineering and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

Peter J. Werth


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Peter J. Werth is Founder and CEO of ChemWerth Inc., a privately held Connecticut-based corporation founded in 1982.  ChemWerth Inc. is a full-service generic drug development and supply company providing high quality Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients to regulated markets worldwide. Through exclusive development and partnerships with API manufacturers, ChemWerth Inc. provides expertise in product selection and development, analytical and regulatory services, and strong project management to ensure the highest standards of quality.

With operations in China and India, ChemWerth was one of the first companies to recognize China’s potential to be a major supplier of generic APIs to the U.S.  By 1986, ChemWerth received FDA approval for its first product from China.

Mr. Werth began his career working on the chemical side of the generic drug business from its inception in 1975 in the areas of Research and Development as well as Sales and Marketing.  From 1965 to 1975, he worked in Research and Development for Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, now Pfizer.  Prior to starting ChemWerth he was with Ganes Chemicals, a subsidiary of Siegfried Chemicals, where he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for their U.S. operations.

Mr. Werth envisioned the ability to develop and implement a successful business model for project selection which he believed was the heart of a successful generic company.  Following this business model, ChemWerth has successfully introduced over 130 generic APIs.

Mr. Werth earned a BS degree in Chemistry and Math from Fort Hays State University and a MS degree in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University. He serves as a board of director for the following companies: VM Pharma LLC, VM Therapeutics LLC, VM Oncology LLC, Likarda LLC, Altos Therapeutic, Alzeca, Nuance, Perseus and Cingulate Therapeutics LLC. Mr. Werth has formed LLCs to develop commercial projects using specific technologies which reflect his strong entrepreneurial interests and contributions toward start-ups.   Mr. Werth was the lead investor in the first two companies that targeted generics for companion animals – Putney and Piedmont.

Along with his family, he has established the Werth Family Foundation to support various philanthropic causes, specifically in educational, cultural, and medical-related causes globally. Mr. Werth financed the formation of The Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Connecticut, the Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics at Fort Hays State University and the Werth Center for Coastal & Marine Studies at Southern Connecticut State University.

Curt Medeiros


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Curt Medeiros has over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience throughout the payer, provider, and life science markets. He worked for nearly 10 years at Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health services business that is part of UnitedHealth Group, including several leadership roles with significant P&L responsibility. From 2014 to 2016, Medeiros was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Vice President of Optum Life Sciences, which drives client value by providing best-in-class real-world data, analytics, consulting, and collaborations aimed at improving the health care system for all stakeholders.

From 2016 to 2019, Medeiros was President of both Optum Analytics and Optum Advanced Data & Analytics, growing during that time to oversee a 1,200-employee group that served the analytical needs of external payers, providers, and life science companies. Most recently, Medeiros served as President and COO of publicly traded Ontrak Inc. (NASDAQ: OTRK), a leading AI-powered and telehealth-enabled healthcare company, from December 2019 to June 2021. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gregg Givens


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Gregg Givens has more than 36 years of diverse financial and operational experience across domestic and international FinTech processing, Healthcare processing, manufacturing, asset management, and real estate business environments. For more than two decades, Givens served in finance and accounting leadership roles for publicly traded DST Systems Inc. (NYSE: DST), a provider of advisory, technology, and operations outsourcing to the financial and healthcare industries, with 16,000 employees worldwide and more than $2.2B in revenue.

From 2014 to 2018, Givens served as DST’s Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and Treasurer through its sale to SS&C Technologies. Prior to DST, Givens, a certified public accountant, worked for nearly 15 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has a B.S. in accountancy from the University of Missouri-Columbia.