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  • Founded in 1991
  • 43 Employees
  • 1000 monthly visits
  • 9 pharmacology awards

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Elaine Waller, Pharm.D., is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. Dr. Waller has substantial experience in domestic and international regulatory affairs, and in clinical research. Prior to joining Sonus in July 2003, she was Chief Operating Officer at Radiant Research, a clinical site management organization. Dr. Waller’s previous experience includes senior positions in regulatory affairs and clinical research at Hoechst Marion Roussel and Marion Merrell Dow. She began her career in academia at the University of Texas at Austin where she held teaching positions in both graduate and undergraduate pharmacy education and was Assistant Director of Clinical Research at the Drug Dynamics Institute. Dr. Waller received a B.S. in Pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and an M.B.A. from Rockhurst College.

Michael A. Martino serves as the Company’s President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director. Mr. Martino joined Sonus in September 1998 as President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 1999. From 1983 to 1998, he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in strategic planning, business development, marketing and sales, and general management with Mallinckrodt, Inc., a global healthcare products company, including serving as Vice President and General Manager of the Nuclear Medicine Division. Mr. Martino received a B.A. in business from Roanoke College and an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cascadia Community College and sits on the Presidents Advisory Board of Roanoke College. In addition, Mr. Martino is a past Chairman of the Board of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA) and a past Board member of the Technology Alliance.

Alan Fuhrman, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined Sonus in September 2004. He has over 20 years of successful executive management experience with public and private companies in the life sciences and high technology industries. Prior to joining Sonus, Mr. Fuhrman served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Integrex, Inc. from 2002 until its acquisition in 2004. He has also held Chief Financial Officer positions at Capital Stream, Inc. a startup financial services workflow automation company; Medisystems Corporation, an international medical device manufacturer; and NeoPath, Inc., a publicly held medical device company. He received B.S degrees in both Accounting and Agricultural Economics from Montana State University.

Dean R. Kessler is Vice President of Preclinical Development. Mr. Kessler joined Sonus in 1992 as one of the company's first Research Scientists focused on the development of fluorocarbon emulsions for use as ultrasound contrast agents. He served most recently as Director of Pharmacology and Toxicology and was promoted to Vice President in December 2003. He is responsible for biological testing, experimental non-clinical pharmacology and non-clinical safety assessments for new products. He has more than 17 years experience in the preclinical evaluation of new pharmaceuticals. Mr. Kessler's previous experience includes five years at Salutar, Inc in the research and development of novel contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging, ultimately resulting in the successful approval of two New Drug Applications (OmniScan® and TeslaScan®). Mr. Kessler received a B.S. in Pharmacology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology.

Robert E. Ivy was elected as a director of the Company in February 1999 and co-chairman of the board in July 1999. In December 2005, Mr. Ivy was appointed as chairman of the board. Since October 1999, Mr. Ivy has been the President of Insight, Inc. From 1987 until 1999, Mr. Ivy served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Ribi ImmunoChem, a biopharmaceutical company, which was acquired by Corixa Corporation in October 1999. Prior to joining Ribi ImmunoChem, Mr. Ivy served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Oncogene Science, Inc.; President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Berlex Laboratories, Inc. (a subsidiary of Schering A.G.); and President of the U.S.V. Pharmaceutical Division of Revlon Health Care Group. Mr. Ivy began his career with G.D. Searle & Co. in sales and marketing rising to the position of Vice President, Marketing and Sales. Mr. Ivy holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Northwestern University and attended Northwestern University Medical School.

Michelle Burris was appointed as a director of the Company in May 2004. Ms. Burris is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Trubion Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a position she has held since February 2006. From August 2005 to January 2006, Ms. Burris served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Dendreon Corporation. From January 2001 to July 2005, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Corixa Corporation, which was sold to GlaxoSmithKline in 2005. Ms. Burris had worked at Corixa since its inception in 1994, and prior to her last position at the firm, had served in various capacities of increasing responsibility in finance and operations. Prior to Corixa, Ms. Burris held several finance and strategic planning positions at The Boeing Company. Ms. Burris is on the Advisory Board of Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. She received a Post Graduate Certificate in accounting and an MBA from Seattle University, and a B.S. from George Mason University. Ms. Burris received her Certified Public Accountant Certification from the State of Washington; however, she is no longer an active CPA.

George W. Dunbar, Jr. was elected as a director of the Company in November 1997 and served as co-chairman of the board from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Dunbar is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Aastrom Biosciences, Inc., a position he has held since July 2006. From 2004 to 2006 he was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Quantum Dot Corporation. From 2003 through 2004, he was Chief Executive Officer of Targesome, which was restructured and sold during 2004. Mr. Dunbar was previously Chief Executive Officer of Epic Therapeutics, an MPM Capital company, which was sold to Baxter Healthcare during 2002. Earlier, as interim Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Dunbar worked with Dr. Irving Weissman and its founders to restructure both StemCells, Inc. and CytoTherapeutics. Mr. Dunbar’s operating experience includes serving as Chief Executive Officer and a director and engaging in advisory work with many private and public bioscience companies, as well as senior management positions with Ares Serono, Amersham, and earlier in his career with Motorola. Mr. Dunbar is a graduate of Auburn University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, and serves on the Business School’s MBA Advisory Board.

Dwight Winstead has served as a director of the Company since July 1995. Mr. Winstead is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Cardinal Health Clinical Technologies and Services, (CTS) a subsidiary of Cardinal Health, Inc. Prior to his current position at CTS, he served as Group President of Clinical Services and Consulting and President of Pyxis Products, formerly known as AIS (Automated Information Services) since 1997. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Winstead served as Executive Vice President of VHA, Inc., a performance improvement company serving health care organizations in the United States. Prior to his promotion to Executive Vice President, Mr. Winstead served in various capacities of VHA Supply Company, a subsidiary of VHA, Inc., including Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President from 1987 to 1991. Prior to joining VHA, Inc. in 1984, Mr. Winstead served in a variety of materials management and sales positions in several companies, including Ortho Instruments and Worthington Diagnostics. Mr. Winstead holds a B.S. from Delta State University.


In 2007, The Sonus Pharmaceuticals was nominated for a prestigious NWjobs People's Picks awards by Seattle Times as finalist, a local state newspaper. The Sonus Pharmaceuticals won the Eddie award, Neal award by publishing experts.

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