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Meet Allena

We are a mission-driven organization focused on changing the landscape for patients with metabolic diseases and beyond. Care is part of our DNA. We bring care to our patients, our fellow Allenials, and in everything we do. It’s no coincidence that our leadership includes medical doctors who continue to connect with patients on a regular basis. We never lose sight of the fact that patients are at the center of what we do, and passion and collaboration are how we do it.

Fernanda Daly Allena Employee

“What I love most about Allena is how we live up to our values. It is refreshing to see everyone cheering, supporting and working together towards a goal.”
– Fernanda Daly, Senior Project Manager, Clinical Operations

Patrick Grumach Allena Employee

“Resolving complex issues and translating benchtop research into clinical opportunities is challenging and exciting. I enjoy working across functions as part of a cohesive team, and Allena provides these opportunities on a regular basis.”
– Patrick Grumach PhD, Associate Director, Analytical Development

Our Values

Collaboration​

We foster and use collaborative relationships among team members and between teams to facilitate accomplishment. We involve others in discussions, decision-making, and planning, and we credit them for their contributions and accomplishments. We regularly communicate with others on the team and within our organization with the goal of fostering enthusiasm, mutual trust, candor, and respect.

Adaptability

We respond resourcefully, flexibly, and positively when faced with new challenges, transitions, and demands. We actively and positively seek to find solutions to challenging problems without losing sight of the ultimate mission. We move forward productively and optimistically under conditions of change and uncertainty.

Innovation

We generate and champion new ideas, approaches, and initiatives, and we create an environment that nurtures and supports innovation. We encourage and accept new ways of looking at problems, and we welcome novel solutions. We leverage knowledge and best practices, fresh perspectives, breakthrough ideas, and new paradigms to improve processes and create value.

Execution

We drive toward high-quality results, continually monitoring progress against objectives. We understand and promote the assignment of authority and accountability and alignment of efforts across teams and functions. We address problems or misunderstandings and drive the changes necessary to achieve business objectives. We convey a strong sense of urgency around continuous improvement and follow-through for improving business performance.

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Who is an “Allenial”?

When you join our team, you’re not just an employee. You’re an Allenial. It means you have the responsibility and the right to give and receive support, to listen and feel heard, to belong and foster a sense of belonging. We like to think of Allena as a culture of synergy: as we help you grow, you help us grow. Join us and share in our mission to create a solution-oriented workplace that’s dedicated to harnessing the power of oral enzymes. We’d love to have you on board.

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Benefits

Allena is more than a workplace—it’s a value-centric culture. We believe achieving innovation takes inclusion, commitment, and drive. We strive to deliver these things to each and every Allenial every day. That’s why we’re a certified Most Loved Workplace®. We offer:

Customized and competitive health coverage, including medical offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision insurance

Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care expenses

Eligibility from the first day for 401K, with 100% match of the first 4%

Robust package of Allena paid insurance coverage, including life insurance and short-term and long-term disability

15 days of vacation and 5 personal days per year, in addition to 13 company holidays and 2 floating holidays

12 weeks of paid parental, adoption, and caregiver leave

Winter break! Allena is closed for a winter break between Christmas and the New Year.

We have beautiful offices in both Newton and Sudbury with unique attributes.

Join Our Team

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Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, application for military service, or any other class protected by state or federal law.

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Jerome Gangitano

Vice President of Manufacturing and Process Development

Jerome Gangitano is the Vice President of Manufacturing and Process Development at Allena Pharmaceuticals. He is an experienced operations executive with more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and device industries. He has developed, commercialized, and supplied numerous products.

Prior to joining Allena, Jerome was a Site Head at Sanofi where he led a site including Safety and Environmental, Quality, Manufacturing, Process Development – MSAT; Facilities-Engineering, Supply Chain, Materials Purchasing, and Operational Excellence. Prior to his time at Sanofi, Jerome held various leadership positions in Operations, Manufacturing, and Quality at Genzyme, Focal, Johnson & Johnson, and Multiple Peptide Systems. Jerome received his BS in Chemistry from San Diego State University.

Kevin Brennan

Vice President, Finance

Kevin Brennan is the Vice President Finance at Allena Pharmaceuticals. Kevin joined the Allena team in 2011 as the Associate Director, Finance and has played an integral role in financial strategy, planning and operations, and the development and monitoring of systems designed to manage the organization’s finance and reporting. Kevin brings over twenty years of experience in the life science industry. Prior to joining Allena, Kevin held various positions at Alnara Pharmaceuticals, Altus Pharmaceuticals, and Genzyme, where he worked cross-functionally to drive strategic initiatives and optimize planning and reporting processes.

Kevin holds a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College.

Stephen Yu

Senior Vice President, Corporate Quality

Stephen Yu is Senior Vice President of Corporate Quality at Allena Pharmaceuticals. Stephen provides leadership for the internal Quality Assurance and Quality Control functions and oversight across internal and external GxP activities for Allena’s programs and facilities.

Stephen brings over 40 years of drug development and commercialization experience in technical and quality compliance roles. Over the past year, he has worked as Senior Vice President of Quality at Lyndra Therapeutics, a private company based in Watertown. In addition to serving previously as Vice President of Quality Assurance at Allena, Stephen has led his self-directed consultancy, Sky Pharma Consulting, and held prior roles as Vice President of Corporate Quality at Immunogen, as well as roles in Quality and Manufacturing at Genzyme, Merck & Co and Schering-Plough Research Institute.

Stephen earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

Richard Katz, M.D.

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Katz, M.D. has served as chief financial officer since January 2021. Richard brings to Allena more than 20 years of experience in healthcare finance and corporate development.

Prior to joining Allena, Richard served as the chief financial officer of several biopharmaceutical companies, including Liquidia Technologies, Argos Therapeutics, Viamet Pharmaceuticals and Icagen, Inc. At Icagen, he played an instrumental role in the company’s initial public offering and subsequent financings, the formation of several strategic collaborations and the company’s sale to Pfizer. Richard began his career as a vice president in the healthcare investment banking group at Goldman, Sachs & Company, where he executed a broad range of transactions, including equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructurings.

He holds a B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard University, an M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Alicja Januszewicz, PhD.

Vice President, People & Culture

Alicja Januszewicz, Ph.D., has served as the Head of People & Culture since 2019. Before joining Allena, she consulted with small organizations in Cambridge within talent management: employee development, organizational development, succession management, high potentials, and workforce planning. Previously, she had served as the Head of Talent Management at Baxalta Innovation Center, where she supported global R&D teams until the Shire acquisition.

Prior to joining Baxalta, Alicja served as Head of Talent Management at Epizyme and Boston Scientific HQ. She also supported the organizational development of Genzyme’s global HR manufacturing group.

Alicja holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Polish Academy of Science. She is a graduate of the Talent Management Institute, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School.

David J. Clark, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

David J. Clark, M.D. has served as Chief Medical Officer since November 2020. He has over 20 years of global industry experience in biopharmaceutical companies based in the United States and Europe.

Before joining Allena, David served as the Chief Medical Officer of Aldeyra Therapeutics, a publicly-traded biotechnology company developing medicines for immune-mediated ocular and systemic diseases. He also served as Chief Medical Officer of Wilson Therapeutics, a privately-held biotechnology company developing novel pharmaceuticals to treat Wilson Disease, a rare autosomal recessive disorder of copper metabolism. David further served as Chief Medical Officer at NormOxys Inc. and TransTech Pharma, LLC. He has held leadership positions at a range of pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and SmithKline Beecham.

David received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh, trained in internal medicine, and conducted respiratory medicine academic research.

Geoffrey Swire

Acting Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Geoffrey Swire joined Allena in 2018 and currently serves as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. Geoffrey has 20 years of leadership experience in business, product, and commercial development for life sciences companies.
 
Geoff previously worked at Radius Health, where he served as head of business development and alliance management, and earlier as program leader for the global Phase 3 osteoporosis development program. Prior to that, Geoff spent seven years at Genzyme, where he held various leadership positions in the Transplant and  Oncology business units, including as head of program and portfolio management, as well as vice president of global commercial operations. Geoff played a central role in the acquisition, development, regulatory approvals, and global commercial launch of Mozobil for patients undergoing stem cell transplants. He started his career in strategy and product development consulting at Integral, Inc., and Accenture’s Health & Life Sciences practice.

Geoff holds a B.A. in French and History from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University

Hugh Wight

Senior Vice President, Technical Operations

Hugh Wight is senior vice president of technical operations at Allena Pharmaceuticals. He is an experienced manufacturing executive with more than 20 years in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical development, manufacturing, validation and quality assurance.

Prior to joining Allena, Hugh was vice president, technical operations for Alnara Pharmaceuticals, where he led manufacturing, project management, quality assurance and control, and fostered strategic partnerships with manufacturing organizations. Prior to his time at Alnara, Hugh held various quality assurance and validation leadership positions at Altus Pharmaceuticals, Alkermes, Aquila Biopharmaceuticals, AutoImmune and InSite Vision.

Hugh holds a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Maine-Orono.

Louis Brenner, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Lou Brenner, MD, has served as chief executive officer of Allena since February 2019 and as president since February 2017. He previously served as chief operating officer from April 2015 to January 2019.

Lou has more than a decade of industry leadership experience, including pharmaceutical development strategy, regulatory affairs, business development, and commercialization. Prior to joining Allena, Lou served as chief medical officer at Idera Pharmaceuticals, chief medical officer at Radius Health, and senior vice president at AMAG Pharmaceuticals. He began his industry career at Genzyme Corporation, where he led successful product development programs for medicines that are currently marketed in the renal and metabolic areas.

He holds an MD from Duke University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS from Yale University, He completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his fellowship in nephrology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Lou holds a clinical appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.