With more than 100 years of combined experience, our leadership team upholds our core values and guides the exceptional talent at PD Partners to ensure your products are in good hands. From consulting to managing, their extensive scientific expertise makes them crucial to our business ventures. Get to know our leadership team and discover how they make an impact on your product development.
Dr. Keith Whitehead
Dr. Whitehead began his career at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals as the Preclinical Analytical Section Head. From there, he worked at Applied Analytical Industries as the Director of Business Development and Senior Laboratory Director. Dr. Whitehead started Pharmaceutical Associates, LLC in 2000 (now PD Partners). With a degree in Chemistry from Berry College, a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry from Mississippi State, and a PhD in Molecular Spectroscopy, Dr. Whitehead has more than 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry.
Russell Hammond is Lab Director and Head of Formulations and Controlled Substance Manager for PD Partners. He currently manages the daily activities of the facility. This includes managing the formulation activities, the analytical method development, and all ongoing stability testing. Using his background from previous bench testing experiences, Mr. Hammond has created a professional, highly efficient, and motivated lab environment.
Mr. Hammond began his career in 1999 at Bausch and Lomb Pharmaceuticals in the Research and Development department as a Nasal Stability Chemist. At Bausch and Lomb, he became Team Leader of a team of 4 chemists running the entire R&D Nasal Stability product line. Russ joined Pharmaceutical Associates LLC (now PD Partners) in November 2001. With a degree in chemistry from Eckerd College, Mr. Hammond has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
Director of Quality
Michael Grob is the Director of Quality for PD Partners. He is currently responsible for implementing and auditing the company’s quality systems to ensure compliance with applicable cGMP regulations and ICH guidance.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biological sciences. He began his career at Bausch & Lomb, in 2000 as a member of the antibiotic assays team in the quality control microbiology laboratory.
Later, he was a microbiology technician for Thornton Laboratories and Smith & Nephew. He was promoted to Senior Microbiologist at Smith & Nephew, where he was responsible for all microbiological aspects of the manufacturing plant. He also served as an internal auditor and quality representative for special company projects. Mr. Grob joined PD Partners in October 2006. He has more than 20 years of experience in GMP/FDA regulated environments within the pharmaceutical/medical device industries.