Press Release

KemPharm is a clinical stage, specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the development and discovery of proprietary prodrugs that are designed to be improved versions of widely prescribed and FDA approved products.

15 Dec

Gordon K. “Rusty” Johnson

As Chief Business Officer, Mr. Johnson leverages his more than 30 years of life sciences investment banking experience at firms that include Rodman & Renshaw; Piper Jaffray & Co.; WR Hambrecht + Co; Deutsche Bank; Kidder, Peabody & Co. and Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to becoming Chief Business Officer, Mr. Johnson served as KemPharm’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer where he was instrumental in leading the company’s IPO and, prior to that, its first institutional private financing.

Immediately prior to joining KemPharm, Mr. Johnson was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Citius Pharmaceuticals, and before that he was Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Direct Markets, Inc.

Mr. Johnson has led a wide variety of public offerings, private financings and strategic advisory assignments for life sciences companies including, most recently, ADMA Biologics, Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Avalon Pharmaceuticals, and Clinical Data. For New River Pharmaceuticals he led both the company’s IPO and its global strategic partnering process which resulted in the partnering of New River’s lead compound, NRP-104 (later Vyvanse®), with Shire PLC in a $500 million transaction that ultimately led to New River being acquired by Shire for $2.6 billion. Mr. Johnson’s direct healthcare industry experience includes both pharmaceutical marketing for The Upjohn Company as well as consulting to several life sciences companies.

Mr. Johnson received his B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Missouri and his M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.