The Team

Paul Litwack, Chief Executive Officer

Paul is a business builder with 20-plus years of experience as CEO of several middle-market corporations. Paul’s strengths include strategic planning, business development in new product introductions and M&A, marketing and sales management.  His business-to-business industrial products experience is complemented by his consumer packaged goods and brand-building expertise, acquired at General Mills, RJR Nabisco and Kraft Foods. Paul earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a B.S. from Brown University.   Paul also serves as a director on the boards of several private, middle market companies.

John Fry, Chief Financial Officer

John has spent over 20 years as a financial leader and advisor. In his current role as CFO, he is responsible for the management and analysis of financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting and the implementation of ERP Systems.  John was previously employed by CRF Health and Colorcon, where he led global teams through audits, bankruptcy filings, acquisitions and integration. He is a CPA, CGMA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  John holds a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in International Business and Taxation from Philadelphia University.

David Simpson, Vice President of Business Development

David joined Axcentria in 2015 and brings over 15 years of successful accomplishments in sales management, organizational development and business expansion with consumer products in Food, Drug, Mass and Specialty B2B, and direct to consumer markets. Additionally, his work in several FDA registered, cGMP compliant contract manufacturing organizations of OTCs, Supplements, and Personal Care, in all product forms and a variety of finished packaging, supports his customers with a well-rounded understanding of getting a product from concept to completion in a timely manner without compromising quality. David holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Plymouth State University.

Tim Francisco, Project & Planning Manager

Tim has over 15 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing project and planning experience.  He brings a strategic approach to ensure that daily scheduling, material management and production planning is achieved within budget and timeline.  Previously he worked for Micron Technologies with responsibility for the planning of all production activities, client-vendor interface, budgetary management and employee training.  Tim has exemplary knowledge in cGMP and FDA standards, as well as strong communication skills that have helped him establish and maintain excellent customer relations.

Rosa Bonilla, Sr. Director, Quality

Rosa joined Axcentria  in 2013 as the Director of Analytical Services. In her current position, she is responsible for developing, testing, implementing and coordinating product assurance programs on all new and existing products.  In her career, Rosa has worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing testing and validating materials, methods and products. She has an extensive background in quality management, method development and analytical instrumentation. Rosa holds a BS in Chemistry from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.

Thomas Brasch, Manager, Technical Services and Plant Support

Thom has an extensive, 20-year multi-industry foundation of manufacturing and supervision in consumer, military and precision clean-room operations, including SGS Thompson, Lockheed-Martin, and ownership of his own manufacturing company. He also served as Clinic Director of a medical/surgical practice and has worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing, formulation, process development and technical operations. At Axcentria, Thom is instrumental in rebuilding and maintaining the safety, HAZCOM, waste disposal and DEP/EPA Compliance programs, and is a member of the product development team.  Thom has participated on organoleptic panels for food and beverage industries and served as a judge for brewing competitions. He brings those unique experiences and talents to Axcentria, where he has built and leads the flavor development and evaluation program.

Bob Gwozdz, R&D Formulator

Bob brings over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience to Axcentria.  He currently leads the R&D team in the formulation and process development for new products. Previously, he was the Principal Scientist at Teva Pharmaceuticals where he formulated numerous ANDA submissions.  While at Teva, he devised strategies to circumvent formulation patents, performed troubleshooting and process modifications for commercial products and was instrumental in introducing all the emerging technology into the company.  Bob holds a B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Pharmaceutics from Temple University and also completed his Ph.D. coursework at Temple.