AMRI (Albany Molecular Research, Inc.), has named Richard A. Saffee as general manager of large scale manufacturing reporting to Dr. Steven Hagen, vice president of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.
Mr. Saffee will assume responsibility for all large scale manufacturing operations in Rensselaer, New York including oversight for engineering, manufacturing and materials management.
Mr. Saffee brings over 23 years of industrial and leadership experience in the chemical manufacturing of bulk Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) in both human and animal health. Most recently, he led manufacturing activities for multiple US-based operations as site leader for Pfizer Global Manufacturing. Prior to that, he served as site leader for a Pfizer Global Human Health bulk API operation in Holland, Michigan previously owned by Parke-Davis. Prior to the Pfizer acquisition, Mr. Saffee held roles of increasing responsibility at Parke-Davis including director of chemical manufacturing and area production manager. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of chemical manufacturing, technology transfer, regulatory compliance and quality standards, purchasing and materials management, and managing global relationships. He is also trained in Lean Six Sigma techniques.
Mr. Saffee earned a master's degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and a bachelor's of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
AMRI Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Steven Hagen said, "It is with pleasure that we welcome Mr. Saffee to the AMRI manufacturing leadership team. We are confident that his considerable expertise in leading API manufacturing operations in the large pharmaceutical environment will benefit the performance of this facility. The addition of Mr. Saffee, along with several other recent initiatives in our large scale business, is part of a plan to further improve our operations and provide enhanced capabilities, results and value for our customers."