The Upsher-Smith Corporate Development team has nearly a century’s worth of professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Learn more about them.
Vice President, Partner Relations
As Vice President, Partner Relations, Mike McBride leads the company’s efforts to grow its relationships across key customers, suppliers and business partners. His responsibilities include establishing and growing relationships with chain, wholesale and other targeted business partners, and increasing the value of targeted business partnerships to support the company’s new product development, acquisition and trade objectives.
During his more than 25-year tenure at Upsher-Smith, as the company added brand pharmaceutical products to its generic portfolio, Mike helped launch and establish new Consumer Products, Managed Markets and Institutional sales teams and shape the vision for the company’s Partner Relations efforts.
While at Upsher-Smith, Mike has helped launch and grow diverse specialty product lines including several consumer brands and generic products.
Mike holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse.
Lori M. Freese
Senior Director of Corporate Development and Portfolio Strategy
As Senior Director of Corporate Development and Portfolio Strategy, Lori is responsible for representing Upsher-Smith to prospective business partners and for leading the evaluation and selection of new products to add to Upsher-Smith’s development portfolio.
Lori began her career as a practicing pharmacist, working in both the hospital and long-term care settings for 3 years prior to joining the Drug Information Department at Upsher-Smith in 1993. Lori assumed a leadership role for the Drug Information Department in 1995, with responsibility for directing the communication with patients and healthcare professionals regarding Upsher-Smith’s products. Lori’s role soon was expanded and she was promoted to Corporate Development Director.
Lori holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota, maintains an active pharmacy license in the state of Minnesota and received her Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) certification in 2012.
VP Corporate Strategy
As VP of Corporate Strategy, Tatsufumi is responsible for creating and implementing medium-term management plans and business strategies. He is also involved in corporate development activities of Upsher-Smith.
Tatsufumi joined Sawai Pharmaceutical originally as a member of the Legal and Compliance Department in 2013. He was later appointed Specialist in the Corporate Strategy Department, where he was involved in negotiating and executing M&A and licensing projects, and eventually managing integration business with Upsher-Smith.
Tatsufumi holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Graduate School of Law and Politics of University of Tokyo (2008) and a PhD from the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Tokyo (2005).
Corporate Development Director
As Corporate Development Director, Ken evaluates opportunities for co-developing, licensing, and acquiring new products for the Upsher-Smith pipeline, and shepherds promising products from concept to commercial readiness.
Ken started his career at DuPont-Merck Pharmaceuticals, developing generics as a formulation scientist. In 1997, he joined Endo Pharmaceuticals where he assumed positions of increasing responsibility in project management, eventually becoming Senior Director for Generics R&D Business Management at Qualitest (now Par), an Endo International PLC company. Ken joined Upsher-Smith in 2016 as an ANDA Development Lead.
Ken holds a B.S. in Chemistry from SUNY Stonybrook and an MBA from Adelphi University.