A Company with a Conscience.

We call it

science with a soul®

Evofem Biosciences® exists to advance the lives of women.

We believe this work centers around putting each woman in control

of her sexual and reproductive health.


By providing innovative solutions, such as woman-controlled

contraception and protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs),

we can move swiftly toward our goal of upholding the purpose

each woman chooses for her life.

ABOUT US

Our sole purpose is also our soul purpose:Our sole purpose
is also our soul purpose:
to improve the lives of women.

Our Mission

We will discover and develop
innovative healthcare
solutions

that put women first.

Our Vision

We will give women everywhere control
of their sexual
and reproductive
health.

Our Mantra

Protecting her life’s purpose is
our purpose.

OUR PEOPLE

Saundra Pelletier

Saundra Pelletier

Chief Executive Officer
Inspiration

“I am inspired by successful women who are not defined by their own gender, but rather are inspired by it! “

Bio

Starting in February 2015, Saundra Pelletier has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Executive Director of Evofem Biosciences, Inc. As Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Pelletier has been responsible for the company’s growth and evolution and led Evofem’s transition to the public market in January 2018 (NASDAQ: EVFM).

Ms. Pelletier has assembled an impressive team of seasoned pharmaceutical professionals that have a deep understanding of the women’s healthcare market and what women want and she attracted new investor capital. In total she has led equity financing rounds which have raised in excess of $175 million.

In her over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Ms. Pelletier has launched pharmaceutical brands worldwide and expanded indications on female healthcare brands in multiple countries. Her experience includes a comprehensive range of women’s healthcare products, cardiovascular, pain management, sleep therapies and medical devices. She has had oversight and accountability for Sales, Marketing, Operations, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships.

Previously, Ms. Pelletier served as Vice President, Pharmaceuticals at Women First Healthcare. Prior to that she was with G.D. Searle and in her capacity as a corporate vice president and global franchise leader, Ms. Pelletier managed a $250 million business unit, reorganized companies from the ground up, raised $40 million in capital, managed worldwide partnerships, negotiated cost saving licensing agreements, assessed country infrastructures, developed commercialization plans and hired full scale teams, including contract sales forces.

Ms. Pelletier is a published author, coveted keynote speaker and moderator at key healthcare and political conferences worldwide. She has appeared at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Davos World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the MAKERS Conference, Women Deliver, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, the University of Oregon’s Lundquist School of Business and the University of California, San Diego. She is a trained Climate Reality Advocate and hosted a roundtable session at the International Conference on Climate Change, held in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ms. Pelletier has been profiled by The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, CNN, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Vogue. She was named as a New Champion for Reproductive Health by the United Nations Foundation and was awarded the Athena San Diego’s Pinnacle Award for Life Sciences, which recognizes an extraordinary leader in the application of technical advances in life sciences to develop commercial products.

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Jay File

Jay File

Chief Financial Officer
Inspiration

“I am inspired by the memory of my mother and her endless supply of love, energy, and support.”

Bio

Mr. File has served as Evofem Biosciences' Chief Financial Officer since April 2015. Mr. File has approximately 25 years of diverse accounting and finance experience within a variety of both public and private biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies.
Most recently, Mr. File provided executive financial and accounting oversight services to various biotechnology companies in San Diego, California, assisting in their initial public offering process and helping to establish and improve their accounting and finance operations as publicly-traded entities. Prior to this, Mr. File was Senior Director and Controller of Sequenom, Inc., a diagnostic company that developed and commercialized molecular diagnostics testing services for the women's health market. During that time, Mr. File served as Treasurer of their diagnostic subsidiary and provided assistance in the raising of over $400 million in combined equity and convertible note offerings. Mr. File also assisted in the commercialization of four diagnostic tests in a two-year period, which included Sequenom's revolutionary noninvasive prenatal test for Down syndrome. Earlier in his career Mr. File worked for approximately ten years in public accounting, primarily with Arthur Andersen LLP, where he worked with a variety of clients assisting with attestation and periodic reporting requirements, public offerings and acquisitions.
Mr. File graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

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Russ Barrans

Russ Barrans

Chief Commercial Officer
Inspiration

“I am inspired by women and men who make a difference”

Bio

Mr. Barrans has served as Evofem Biosciences' Chief Commercial Officer since August 2016. Mr. Barrans has over 25 years in the women's healthcare pharmaceuticals and biotechnology space. As the Chief Commercial Officer, he is responsible for the commercial launch and lifecycle management of the Evofem Biosciences product portfolio, oversees manufacturing and supply chain, and provides executive leadership to the sales and marketing team.

Prior to joining Evofem Biosciences, Mr. Barrans was the Senior Director of Women's Healthcare Marketing for Teva Pharmaceuticals from 2012 to June 2015. With significant tenure in life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, Mr. Barrans has held senior level positions at global and domestic companies including Bayer Healthcare and Wyeth Pfizer (formerly Wyeth), as well as, being Chief Executive Officer of FusionRx, a strategic consulting firm servicing biotech and pharmaceutical brands of which Mr. Barrans was the founding partner. Mr. Barrans has overseen directed the launch of over half a dozen brands worldwide including the launch of Mirena, and Plan B One-Step OTC.

Mr. Barrans graduated from California Coast University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and holds an MBA from California Coast University. Mr. Barrans is an Accredited
Pharmaceutical Manufactures Representative of Canada in General Healthcare and Oncology, and has earned his certification as a Business Coach from Brian Tracy International.

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Kelly Culwell, MD

Kelly Culwell, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Inspiration

“I am inspired by the strength and resilience of women around the world.”

Bio

Dr. Culwell is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with over 16 years specializing in women’s health and contraceptive research. She has served as Evofem Biosciences' Chief Medical Officer since April 2015. Prior to joining Evofem Biosciences Dr. Culwell was the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and maintained an academic clinical practice as the Director of Family Planning and Associate Clinical Professor at University of California, Davis. Dr. Culwell previously served as a Medical Officer with the World Health Organization where she developed global guidelines for clinical practice and is widely published in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Culwell received a Bachelor of Science from California Lutheran University, a Medical Doctorate from the University of California, Davis and a Masters of Public Health from Northwestern University. Dr. Culwell completed her post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of California San Diego and her Family Planning Fellowship at Northwestern University. Dr. Culwell maintains appointments as Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Davis and San Diego campuses. Dr. Culwell is qualified as a Diplomat from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As of January 2019, Dr. Culwell is a Director of WCG Cares, a 501c3 working in sexual and reproductive health globally.

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Ellen Thomas

Ellen Thomas

Chief of Staff
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by little girls around the world who want to grow up and be astronauts, engineers, lawyers, professional baseball players, computer programmers, heart surgeons, inventors, and President of the United States!”

Bio

Ms.Thomas is the Chief of Staff of Evofem Bisociences. Ellen has over 25 years of professional experience in board management and corporate governance, healthcare communications, global operations, marketing, thought leader engagement, global meeting/conference event management, pharmaceutical sales, continuing medical education and management consulting. She spent six years in pharmaceutical sales with Eli Lilly & Company, and 10 years in private sector pharmaceutical consulting where she provided strategic oversight in the design and implementation of communications, marketing, scientific, and educational programs for multiple therapeutic teams at Pfizer, Eisai, Amgen, Roche, Organon, Pharmacia, Talecris, Quintiles, and Covance. She has therapeutic experience in women’s reproductive health, CNS, anti-infectives, gastroenterology, anti-fungals, cardiology, smoking cessation, endocrinology, ophthalmology, oncology, and nephrology. She spent two and a half years working in a rural health clinic as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa and has consulted with International Planned Parenthood Federation. Ms. Thomas Sullivan holds a BS degree from Michigan Technological University and an MPH from Columbia University in New York.

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Alex Fitzpatrick

Alex Fitzpatrick

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Inspiration

"I am inspired by my mother who showed me, that with strength in adversity and perseverance, you can achieve anything."

Bio

Mr. Fitzpatrick has served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Evofem Biosciences since October 2017. Mr. Fitzpatrick is responsible for our corporate governance, legal, corporate development, intellectual property and risk management functions.
Prior to joining Evofem, Mr. Fitzpatrick served as Chief Legal Officer of Kyriba Corporation from 2014 to 2015 and Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Compliance Officer and Secretary of Verenium Corporation, a publicly traded biotechnology company from 2010 to 2014. Prior to that, from 2004 through 2010, Mr. Fitzpatrick served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Kintera, Inc., a publicly traded technology company. Following the sale of Kintera, Mr. Fitzpatrick continued to serve in a similar position for a major division of Blackbaud, Inc. Prior to that, as a memberof the business, corporate and technology departments with the law firms Cooley LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP in San Diego, and Rogers & Wells LLP (now Clifford Chance) in London, Mr. Fitzpatrick represented pharmaceutical and other technology companies, investment banks and venture capitalists in a variety of transactions including numerous collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property matters, licensing and financing activity.
Mr. Fitzpatrick received a B.S. in mathematics from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Brandi Howard, PhD

Brandi Howard, PhD

Head of Medical Affairs
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by leading cutting-edge research that paves the way for women to make choices around their family planning goals in order to accomplish everything in life that they aspire to.”

Bio

Brandi Howard is the Head of Medical Affairs and joined Evofem Biosciences in January, 2016. Dr. Howard has been in the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years. Prior to joining Evofem, she spent eight years in various roles at Teva Pharmaceuticals in Women’s Health Medical Affairs, including being the U.S. Medical Director. During that time, she was involved in all clinical trials related to their Women’s Health products including the most recently approved oral contraceptive pill, Quartette. She has extensive knowledge about contraception clinical trials and was part of the teams that conducted research for the approval of Seasonique, Lo-Seasonique, Quartette and Plan B-One Step. In addition, most recently at Teva, Dr. Howard was Head of U.S. Field Medical Affairs and oversaw over 100 field-based Medical Affairs professionals across 8 therapeutic areas. Her Ph.D. research at the University of Pennsylvania focused on adolescent sexual behaviors and contraceptive use.

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Amy Raskopf

Amy Raskopf

Investor Relations
Inspiration

"I am inspired by those who rise each day to effect positive change in the world and proud to work alongside you toward this goal. "

Bio

Amy Raskopf joined Evofem Biosciences in February 2018, bringing nearly 20 years of experience planning and executing effective investor relations and corporate communications programs, predominantly for companies in the healthcare sector and with particular emphasis in women’s health. Raised in a household of scientists, she is committed to applying her talents to benefit companies like Evofem whose products have the potential to significantly improve patients’ lives.

Prior to joining Evofem, Amy was Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for women’s health therapeutics company Juniper Pharmaceuticals (f/k/a Columbia Laboratories). During her 14-year tenure, Amy was the company's key communications point person with corporate partners, the NIH/NICHD and research institutions, and its spokesperson of record with media (national and regional). She developed and executed communications strategy and messaging for internal and external audiences for events and catalysts including major partnerships and acquisitions, reporting of pivotal Phase 3 data, corporate rebranding, and crisis communications, and built and maintained long-term, productive relationships with sell-side analysts and institutional investors.

Earlier in her career, Amy held a senior role at In-Site Communications, a healthcare-focused investor relations firm where she focused on specialty pharmaceutical, biotechnology and drug delivery companies. She began her career at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. She holds an M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. from Smith College.

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Rachael Hildebrandt PHR, SHRM-CP

Rachael Hildebrandt PHR, SHRM-CP

Head of Human Resources
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by positive, motivated people who want to make a difference in the field of women’s health.”

Bio

Rachael Hildebrandt is the Director of Human Resources for Evofem Biosciences. She has over 18 years of experience as a senior human resources management professional. Her broad experience includes managing recruitment and selection, benefits, policy design and development, performance management, employee relations and payroll. Prior to joining Evofem Biosciences, she was the head of Human Resources for an REO Asset Management company for over six years and prior to that, she was the Human Resources Manager for a Trademark Licensing firm. Rachael has her Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

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Tim Glennon

Tim Glennon

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by all those who have the imagination and courage that dare to make their dreams come true.”

Bio

Mr. Glennon is responsible for building the Marketing and Sales Organization, as well as, leading the development and execution of all strategic and tactical marketing and sales efforts addressing our key customer segments. He is a proven leader with success in Sales, Marketing, Operations and Market Access across several therapeutic categories. Tim brings more than 21 years of pharmaceutical experience to the position, 18 of those years in women’s healthcare, and has launched more than a half of dozen brands in the contraceptive and hormone therapy markets.

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Catherine Maher

Catherine Maher

VP, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance
Inspiration

“I am inspired by those who stand firm in their belief for equality and work hard on behalf of others' injustice.”

Bio

Catherine Maher, PhD, joined Evofem Biosciences as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance in early 2019. Catherine earned her PhD in 2000 from Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine and has been developing drugs since then. Most of Catherine’s experience has been in regulatory strategy at small companies focused on populations with significant unmet medical needs. Prior to joining Evofem, Catherine led the NDA submission, defense, advisory committee, and approval of cannabidiol for patients with Dravet Syndrome or Lennox Gastaut syndrome. Catherine believes there is a significant unmet need for non-hormonal, woman controlled contraceptive options.

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Mark Kowieski

Mark Kowieski

Controller
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by the day when women are recognized equally to men throughout the world, and I think the work Evofem is doing is a step in that direction.”

Bio

Mark Kowieski has served as our Controller since May 2015. He has approximately 18 years of diverse accounting and finance experience within a variety of both public and private biotechnology companies. Prior to this, Mr. Kowieski was Director of Accounting Operations at Vital Therapies, Inc, where he helped the company transition from privately held to publicly traded in April 2014. In addition, he was an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego where he taught in the School of Business. He started his career with Arthur Andersen LLP, where he worked with clients assisting with attestation and periodic reporting requirements, public offerings and acquisitions. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting, and is an active Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.

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Drew Sigafoos

Drew Sigafoos

Senior Director, Procurement
Inspiration

"As the father of three exceptional young women, I'm inspired by their optimism for an unbridled world of opportunity before them. I see my work in women’s health as an opportunity to further their beliefs and allow them to have choices in their reproductive and overall healthcare."

Bio

Drew Sigafoos has over twenty years of experience in the procurement of services, primarily focused on the commercialization of pharmaceuticals and biologics. He has held senior procurement roles in Wallace Pharmaceuticals, TEVA Pharmaceuticals and most recently, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, overseeing the commercial spend for Abilify and managed multiple product launches including innovations in digital medicine. While at TEVA, he was the Strategic Sourcing Lead for a team which implemented IVR and a Digital Interactive Avatar for patient call center interaction, the first of its kind in the pharmaceutical industry. He was also the Procurement Lead for TEVA’s women’s health, neurology and respiratory divisions, overseeing agency relations for several launches and product lifecycles.

Drew has also consulted for, and held procurement roles in Fortune 500 companies such as Goodyear, Avaya and Kimberly Clark. Prior to joining Evofem Biosciences, Drew was a member of the senior leadership team of a Mid-Atlantic regional distributor of HVAC and plumbing supplies where he built the strategic planning model for the company and managed the company’s marketing department and eight regional retail decorative showrooms.

Drew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rider University with a focus in Organizational Management. In addition, he has served on a variety of panels for the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and serves as a panelist for a leading vendor analysis company.

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Gaurav Mehta

Gaurav Mehta

Senior Director, Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Inspiration

"I am inspired by the potential of making a positive impact in people's lives by introducing new healthcare solutions and making them available to a wide audience."

Bio

Gaurav Mehta is the Senior Director Manufacturing & Supply Chain for Evofem Biosciences. Gaurav has 20 years industry experience in manufacturing technical operations and end-to-end global supply chain across pharmaceuticals and medical devices along with exposure to other industries. Prior to joining Evofem, Gaurav was the Head of Global Supply Chain Projects at Alcon, a division of Novartis. While at Alcon, Gaurav lead the company’s largest supply chain/manufacturing transformation programs including those driven by M&A, business and regulatory driven initiatives. He is an agile leader with a record of driving solutions across multiple functions enabling top/bottom-line growth while also improving quality and regulatory compliance.

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Fil Buenviaje

Fil Buenviaje

Senior Director, Quality Assurance
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by people who help improve the lives, rights, and healthcare of women worldwide.”

Bio

Mr. Buenviaje has worked in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance and Regulatory Affairs for more than 23 years with leadership roles in both the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industries. He brings extensive experience in product development, manufacturing, quality and regulatory activities. He is responsible for ensuring supplier quality, product quality and global regulatory compliance with relevant laws, rules including GxP regulations. He has also successfully obtained product registrations with U.S., Canada, European, Asia and Latin America regulatory authorities.

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Jenna Rodeawald

Jenna Rodeawald

Senior Director, Marketing
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by those who see the path…ignore it… and then pave their own way.”

Bio

Jenna Rodeawald is the Senior Director of Marketing for Evofem Biosciences responsible for all strategic and tactical marketing for our key customer segments. Jenna brings over 18 years of healthcare marketing experience including product launches in women’s healthcare, oncology supportive care and orphan diseases both in the US and globally. She is passionate about developing innovative healthcare solutions that put the patients’ needs first.

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Ed Castellana

Ed Castellana

Senior Director, Portfolio Development
Inspiration

"I am inspired by the kindness and generosity of those around me."

Bio

Ed Castellana, PhD. is the Senior Director of Portfolio Development for Evofem Biosciences. Ed's career encompasses a wide range of R&D, strategic leadership, and scientific advisory roles centered on early stage product development in the medical device, diagnostics, and pharmaceutical industries. Most recently, Ed was a Sr. Director Product Development with Sienna Biopharmaceuticals.

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John Altenberg

John Altenberg

Director, Supply Chain Logistics
Inspiration

“Equality for women is progress for all. “
Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations (Jan 2007-Dec 2016)

Ivy Zhang

Ivy Zhang

Director, SEC Reporting & SOX Compliance
Inspiration

“I am inspired by being part of a team that has unwavering passion and desire to improve women’s health.”

Meghan O'Neill

Meghan O'Neill

Director, Regulatory Affairs
Inspiration

"I am inspired by passionate leaders who are driven by ethics and patient-centered healthcare."

Danielle McNulty

Danielle McNulty

Senior Clinical Project Manager
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by working for a company that rises to the challenge to change the direction of women’s health and reproductive choices.”

Silvia Myhre

Silvia Myhre

Sr. Clinical Project Manager
Inspiration

"I'm inspired to be part of a company that is developing products that will make a positive and integral difference in women's health."

Deva Adapaka

Deva Adapaka

Sr. Manager, Quality Assurance
Inspiration

"I am inspired by people that makes difference in everyone’s lives with their selfless objectives."

Fei Hong

Fei Hong

Sr. Manager, Nonclinical Research & Product Development
Inspiration

“I am inspired by women who solve problems and make impacts creatively and persistently.”

Jason Abrams

Jason Abrams

Accounting Manager
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by working with and for women who enable others to empower current and future generations to know no bounds!"

Stewart Brown

Stewart Brown

Acting Deputy General Counsel
Inspiration

“The intrepid women who taught me not to fear failure nor be satisfied with success.”

Lois Florio

Lois Florio

Manager, Corporate Legal Compliance and Equity Administration
Inspiration

"I am inspired by all the women in my life that have taught me love, strength, compassion, and loyalty; molding me to be the proud woman I am today!"

Kris Larrabee

Kris Larrabee

Sr. Finance Analyst
Inspiration

"Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way."
Barbara Bush

Erin Turner

Erin Turner

Corporate Communications Manager
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by all of those in my generation who refuse to let the status quo of women’s health, gender equality, and racial divides remain unchanged.”

Katie Siegmund

Katie Siegmund

Human Resources Manager
Inspiration

“I’m inspired by raising my two young sons in a world where strong and empowered women are the norm and not the exception”.

Wioletta Thompson

Wioletta Thompson

Senior Staff Accountant
Inspiration

“I’m inspired to work hard every day to set an example for my daughter. I want her to grow up knowing that hard work is rewarded in many ways, and I want her to feel empowered by her own femininity and determination.”

Sarah Iturzaeta

Sarah Iturzaeta

Executive Assistant - CEO
Inspiration

“I am inspired by my female coworkers leading the pack, allowing us choices and control for our own reproductive health”

Carol Sedensky

Carol Sedensky

Office Administrator
Inspiration

"My family is the motivation and inspiration behind all that I am and all I can be; never stop doing or being. Mother Teresa said it best, “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much!”

Hillary Schwartz

Hillary Schwartz

Executive Assistant
Inspiration

“I am inspired by the strong women who have had a huge impact shaping the person I am today especially my mother who has taught me about love, compassion and strength.”