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John W. Sharkey, PhD

John W. Sharkey, PhD

VP, Business Development

With 30+ years in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, Dr. Sharkey possesses extensive experience in executive management, business development, pharmaceutical and medical device development, regulatory affairs and manufacturing operations covering multiple therapeutic segments.
Dr. Sharkey has been a key contributor to the development, acquisition, or divestment of multiple products with annual revenues ranging from $5 million to more than $2 billion dollars. Respected as a skillful negotiator capable of focusing the parties on relevant issues and mutual benefits, along with his extensive experience across multiple therapeutic, allows him to identify transactional structures which work for all parties involved.
Prior to his current appointment as Vice-President of Business Development for GeoVax, he served as our part-time Head of Business Development, and was primary lead for the successful completion of two transformational transactions which propelled the company into Phase 2 programs in the areas of Covid-19 and Oncology.
Previously, as CEO of Largent Health, LLC, he oversaw the development strategy for three 510(k) medical devices incorporating a proprietary antimicrobial technology, eventually leading to the registration and commercial launch of the 1st FDA cleared dental cavity cleanser with antimicrobial claims.
In 2010, Dr. Sharkey founded Cogas Consulting, LLC, a consultancy providing executive management, technical development, regulatory and business development services to small and mid-size pharma and medical device companies. He has also assisted several companies in their financing activities.
Prior to the above, he held senior executive positions within both Novartis and Shionogi and was involved in several notable partnering transactions including Novartis obtaining European rights to Lucentis® as well as global rights to Focalin® and Focalin® XR and Shionogi’s global license for Osphena®.
Dr. Sharkey holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Buffalo and a B.S. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

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