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James J. (Jay) Galeota Jr.
Jay Galeota is the former President and Chief Operating Officer, G&W Laboratories and joined the organization in 2016. He was responsible for shaping the company’s long-term growth and overseeing all company business operations including research & development, commercial, manufacturing, business development, quality, supply chain, information technology and corporate support functions.
Jay is a 28-year pharmaceutical veteran from Merck, where he served in many diverse positions across commercial operations, business development, strategy, and innovation, both globally and in the U.S. He brings a passion for innovation and development of break-through products and business opportunities.
Most recently, Jay was Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer and President, Emerging Businesses at Merck. Prior to that he was President of Hospital & Specialty Care, which represented more than $10 billion in worldwide revenues for the company. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Health Strategy and Business Development, where he helped establish Merck’s Global Health Innovation Fund and the Innovative Venture Group to incubate businesses that broadened the company’s portfolio and established leadership in key therapeutic areas and markets. Jay was instrumental in bringing Merck into diabetes and led the team that developed and launched Merck’s top grossing products, Januvia and Janumet. After the merger of Merck and Schering-Plough in 2009, he led the integration of the global pharmaceutical and vaccine businesses. Jay started his career in the commercial organization, where he held various US and global leadership positions and led numerous brands and key product launches across a variety of therapeutic areas.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Villanova University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He is an Independent Director at Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (MLNT) and sits on the boards of Hackensack Meridian Health System, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA. In addition, Jay currently serves as Honorary Commander of the United States Air Force 113th Fighter Operations Group, DCANG, Joint Base Andrews and has been a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jay currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and three children. In addition to business, his interests include sailing, skiing, flying, automobiles and music.