Jeffery S. Thompson
Mr. Thompson joined the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics in January 2011. He is a Partner with HealthEdge Investment Partners, LLC or HealthEdge, a Tampa, Florida based private equity firm that provides strategic capital exclusively in the healthcare industry. Mr. Thompson previously served as President, CEO, and Chairman of Enaltus, a HealthEdge portfolio company specializing in unique skincare solutions. Mr. Thompson currently serves as a director for various HealthEdge affiliated companies including Lifesync Corporation, MNG Laboratories, Formulated Solutions, LLC, The Columbus Organization, LLC, and Data Dimensions, LLC. Mr. Thompson also serves as a non-executive director for Sinclair Pharma, plc, a publicly traded, London-based, international aesthetic dermatology company. Prior to joining Anika, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Advanced BioTechnologies, another HealthEdge portfolio company specializing in skincare solutions. Mr. Thompson also served as a director and the Chief Operating Officer for Stiefel Laboratories, Inc., an independent pharmaceutical company specializing in dermatology. Prior to his Chief Operating Officer role, he was Senior Vice President of U.S. Business Services of Stiefel Laboratories, Inc and President of Glades Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thompson held sales and business management positions at Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals and SmithKline Beecham. Mr. Thompson holds a B.S. in general science from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Thompson’s qualifications for membership on the Board include his prior experience in running a pharmaceutical company and his knowledge of the medical device industry, both of which provide the Board with product and business development perspectives and insights. As a result, he is well suited for his role as Chair of the Board.