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Dr. Kharitonov has been with Pacira since its founding in 2007, becoming Vice President, Product Development and Technical Services, in 2010. With over 20 years of research and development experience, he contributes strong leadership to the company’s development efforts in the areas of chemistry, manufacturing and controls, with direct responsibility for formulation, process and analytical development and technical support. Dr. Kharitonov has over a decade of experience with commercial manufacturing of complex injectable liposomal drug products, and leads Pacira’s research and development efforts, starting from preclinical studies through product approval.
Dr. Kharitonov transitioned to Pacira Pharmaceuticals from SkyePharma, Inc., where he joined the team in 2000 as Associate Director of Process Development. Since then, he has had increasing levels of responsibilities in research and development, process development and commercial manufacturing. Prior to SkyePharma, he was with Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. for five years, holding a number of different management roles within the R&D department.
Dr. Kharitonov received his PhD in chemistry from the Moscow State University, Russia and worked at the Academy of Sciences before moving to the United States in 1993. After two years as a visiting scientist, he obtained a faculty position at the University of California, San Diego before he transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry. During his academic career, he had over 40 publications in the areas of chemistry and biochemistry.