Biopharma chief takes reins at brewery
Last Updated: 16:20 October 24, 2013
Lund, who resigned her post as chief executive at pharmaceutical company Corden Pharma Colorado Inc. in August, replaces Bob Baile in the role.
Baile, who co-owns Boulder-based Twisted Pine with Miragen Therapeutics' CEO William Marshall, will remain as president of Twisted Pine, focusing his efforts on customer and distributor relations.
Baile said the timing was right, as his ability to be the "face of Twisted Pine" had diminished over the years as his time was consumed by the day-to-day operations of running the business.
"I could not be happier," Baile said of Lund's hiring. "She can handle the day-to-day business affairs, and I can go out and be the handshaker."
The connection between Baile and Lund goes back decades. Both worked together at Arapahoe Chemicals in Boulder in the late 1970s and early 1980s. That company eventually became Syntex Chemicals and then was acquired by Roche in 1994. Baile worked for Syntex until 1992. When Corden Pharma acquired Roche in 2011, Lund became CEO.
"I really enjoyed being part of the transition. ... I felt like I sort of took the company as far as I could take it," Lund, 56, said of her reason for leaving Corden Pharma. "I was looking for a change I guess."
In Lund, Baile said he's enthused to gain someone with Lund's business acumen as well as her people skills. Lund also brings plenty of experience managing a manufacturing operation. Lund said there are a lot of similarities in the operations regard, from quality control to efficiency.
"I look forward to making operations more efficient and a little less people dependent," Lund said. "The pharmaceutical business and the brewing industry are both technically challenging and require strict quality controls, while constant innovation is needed to be able to keep up with rapidly changing and expanding markets."
Twisted Pine, one of the area's older craft breweries having been founded in 1995, has seen plenty of growth in recent years. The past 18 months have seen an addition to the brewery that increased capacity by 60 percent as well as an addition that doubled the size of the taproom. Over the past four years, Twisted Pine has gone from distributing solely to Northern Colorado to 16 states.
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