Management Team

Livio Di Francesco

Livio Di Francesco was appointed Vice President & General Manager for Paladin Pharma in December 2016, and is responsible for the business strategy for the Canadian pharmaceutical operations, optimizing Market Portfolio and Sales and Marketing efforts in multiple therapeutic areas. He joined Paladin in May 2015 as Vice President, Finance, where he led and was accountable for the Canadian business’ Finance function, including responsibility for Financial Planning, and Reporting and Analysis around the business’ financial results. Prior to joining Paladin, Mr. Di Francesco held financial leadership positions at Rheinmetall Defense, Valeant Canada, Tyco Suppression Systems and Siemens Canada. He has a proven track record in acquisitions, consolidating of ERP platforms, and enhancing standardized reporting. Mr. Di Francesco holds a CPA-CMA designation, and completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Isabelle Trempe

Isabelle Trempe leads business development at Paladin Pharma, encompassing merger and acquisitions, product licensing and acquisition efforts, new product evaluations, and alliance management. Prior to joining Paladin Pharma, Ms. Trempe served as Senior Director, Business Development at Labopharm and during that time, completed a number of significant transactions, including securing licenses in the US, Japan, Latin America and Europe. In this role, she was also responsible for the establishing and leading the market research/market data group. Prior to joining Labopharm, Ms. Trempe held business development responsibilities at Elan Pharmaceuticals, based in San Francisco/San Diego, where she led several transactions, including product licensing, acquisitions, and divestitures. From 1996 to 2000, Ms. Trempe held business development positions at Los Angeles based Da Vita Healthcare. Her responsibilities included leading the specialty nephrology pharmacy division and M&A in the US and Europe, DaVita’s first foray into international markets. Ms. Trempe began her career in as an investment banking analyst, at Salomon Brothers in New York and Hong Kong. Ms. Trempe earned a bachelor degree Honors Business Administration (HBA) from Richard Ivey School of Business at Western and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Jean De Serres

Dr De Serres joined Paladin Pharma in October 2014 as VP Scientific Affairs.

An MD by training with a M.Sc in public health and MBA in Bio-pharma industries, he has cofounded MedDiscovery, a Swiss biotech in urology, Biomilestones and Gestion BD, consulting firms in marketing for biopharmaceuticals. He is a board member of MedDiscovery, Cadens Medical Imaging and has served in the past on the board on multiple organizations such as BioQuebec, Montreal InVivo and the Canadian College of Family Physicians.

He was previously CEO at Héma-Quebec, an organization of 1300 employees and $400M in revenue where he launched the stem cells production including a new plant. He was named manager of the year in 2003 for his success in cost-efficiency and development.

He was previously VP R&D, Regulatory and In-licensing for Jubilant/Draximage/HolisterStier where he led the development and launch of products in imaging, oncology and allergy.

From 1999 to 2005, he was Medical Director and General Manager at CSL Behring with sales mostly in hematology and immunology. From 1996 to 1999, he was Director of public health in the Ottawa area. Previously, he was in charge of teaching units as McGill University and a practicing physician in emergency and family medicine. He has given over 1000 presentations on pharmaceuticals, medicine and management.

Daniel Vas

Daniel Vas was appointed Head of Finance & IT effective December 2016. He joined Paladin in October 2008, and held multiple positions of increasing responsibility within Paladin’s finance group. In his role, Mr. Vas oversees and is responsible for all Finance and IT operations. Mr. Vas began his career in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche. Prior to joining Deloitte, he worked overseas in marketing and sales. Mr. Vas is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University, a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Babes-Bolyai University.