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The PetLife Executive Team
CEO AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Dr. Ralph Salvagno is Chairman of the Board and CEO of PetLife Pharmaceuticals Inc. From purebred Golden Retrievers to stray mixed breeds, dogs have always been a part of his life. More recently, his affinity has been for felines.
A Bachelor of Science Honors graduate of the University of Maryland, Dr. Salvagno received his M.D. degree from the University of Maryland Medical School and completed an Orthopedic Surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University/ University Hospitals of Cleveland. A founding partner and president of the Center for Joint Surgery and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, he has recently retired to devote time and energy to PetLife Pharmaceuticals.
Apart from founding his medical practice, Dr. Salvagno has exercised his entrepreneurial spirit with involvement in Medical Software, Transportation and Biotechnology ventures. He has had the opportunity to learn from both success and failure in these ventures.
Dr. Salvagno has previously served on the Board of the Washington County Arthritis Foundation and served for 10 years on the Board of Meritus Enterprises, the for-profit arm of Meritus Medical Center. Dr. Salvagno currently serves as Vice Chief of Staff at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md. He is Medical Director of Saving Lives Initiative – Sierra Leone and recently completed the first surgical mission to Sierra Leone since the Ebola crisis.
Chairman of Product Development and the Advisory Board
Dr. Broderick is a world renown veterinarian based in New York. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Infantry Division, serving in the Korean War, he graduated in 1969 from the Kansas State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He opened his first clinic, Southdown Animal Clinic, in Huntington, NY, in 1969. In the 1970’s, Dr. Broderick, known as “Doc,” was a speaker championing the national movement against sugar and chemicals in pet food at the Health and Nutrition Expo in New York City, which was the official start of the Natural Pet Foods Movement in America. In 1975, Doc was the founder, developer and manufactured Cornucopia Natural Pet Food (www.cornucopiapetfoods.com). Dr. Broderick presented a paper titled, “The Cure, Prevention and Control of Cystitis in Cats” and received an award for his work from the Committee for World Health in Palm Springs, California. This paper described for the first time that acidification with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) of the urine dissolved triple phosphate (struvite) urinary calculi in 16 cats with acute cystitis and prevented bacteria from growing in the urinary tract and the subsequent return of the disease. This work also paved the way for the use of cranberry juice to treat urinary tract infections, thus helping to control and prevent one of the most common disease afflicting women in the U.S. The following year Dr. Broderick received an award from the California Orthomolecular Medical Society at their Annual Symposium. Doc presented a paper and demonstrated by time lapse radiography the systematic dissolving of a golf ball size cystolith (urinary bladder stone) for the first time in history. Dr. Broderick’s award-winning formulas are sold around the world and recognized as the first pet foods that use Preventive Nutrition to actually help prevent disease in animals. Super-food antioxidant and Phyto-food immunity support are two Probiotic formulas that represent the culmination of nearly 50 years of Doc’s veterinary medical practice as well as research and worldwide search for the ultimate combination of ingredients to ignite the immune system in cats, dogs and other animals. This unique approach to nutrition helps pets live longer, healthier lives. In August 2010, at the American Veterinary Convention in San Diego, California, Dr. Broderick received the first President’s Award in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Broderick authored “Compassion for Pets” to provide pet owners the knowledge to give their pets the absolute best food and increase both the quality and duration of their lives.
Dr. Broderick will serve as the Chairman of Product Development and the Advisory Board.
RESEARCH AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Vivek Ramana, our Chief Medical Officer, will be the lead for our FDA approval of the pharmaceutical version of VitalZul™. Dr. Ramana has greater than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked on more than 25 compounds that have been approved by the FDA. His combined professional experience and personal knowledge of VitalZul™ gives PetLife great confidence in his ability to manage the process, adhere to the timelines, and maintain the project budget.
Prior to joining PetLife, Dr. Ramana served as Senior Safety Medical Officer/Senior Medical Director for Ambit Biosciences. In 2008-2009, Dr. Ramana served as Senior Medical Director/Therapeutic Area Lead for US Astellas. From 2006 to 2008, he was Chief Medical Officer and President for AdPharma. From 2003 to 2006, he served as Vice President, Medical Services at Ovation Pharmaceuticals. During the early part of Dr. Ramana’s career, from 1984 to 2003, Dr. Ramana served as Medical Director of R&D for Pharmaceutical Clinical Research, Inc., which involved joint ventures with BMS, Pfizer, Schering Plough, and Astra Zeneca.
Dr. Ramana received his medical degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and specialized in Radiation Oncology and Clinical Pathology. Post Graduate studies in Molecular Immunology, Genetics and Molecular Biology from University of New Haven, CT; Post-Doctoral Studies in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Research & Development and Regulation from TUFTS University in Boston.
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES MARKETING
Mr. Price is a nationally award-winning professional with 26 years of experience leading corporate sales, marketing and internal communications for start-ups to multimillion-dollar companies across diverse industries. He is a respected leader of creative teams, multimedia divisions and corporate communications departments within his own portfolio of firms and direct client relationships. He is a respected expert in the technical, conceptual and content development of online sales-driving collateral. His proven ability to drive record-high marketing campaign response rates and execute successful product, service and offering launches have been highlighted in many client application marketing solutions. His background includes telecommunications, website applications, wireless and software technology, private placement real estate offerings, and business development planning.
Mr. Price has completed independent sales, marketing, and business development consulting projects throughout North America, Mexico, Asia, and Europe. He has worked with firms such as Compaq, AOL, ATT, Pacific Bell, Aim Quest, GRIC, WebFinderUSA, and SPP, including product-specific marketing for the Private Placement Platform ViiMiX, 4YardsMore, TourAngle144, and International Drug Testing Platform.
Mr. Price’s extensive background over the past 26 years includes a Board Member of Motiliti; CORE Realty Holdings, LLC Advisory Board 2004-2006; TIC Investments, Inc. Presidents Club in 2005; Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development with JRW; CTO with Sojourn; and Regional Product Specialist with MCI.
Lauren Cortez is the Marketing Coordinator at PetLife Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Cortez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing from the University of San Diego and is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition based in New York City. After college, she worked on the marketing team for SeaPrice Productions, Inc. and simultaneously retained her Mortgage Loan Originator License where she began her work in the arena of sales and finance. She also held a position as Traveling Event Administration Coordinator with Fortune Builders, based in San Diego, CA. She has traveled to and worked in more than 14 countries.
Ms. Cortez is fascinated by the constantly evolving field of health and wellness and is passionate about natural, nontoxic, and organic methods of healing and living.
Ms. Cortez has a BBA degree in Marketing from the University of San Diego in 2013 and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2016.