Bernhard W. Opitz - President

Bernhard W. Opitz President

Mr. Opitz has led Cody Laboratories, Inc. as the President since 2014.  He joined the company as Executive Vice President in 2011. He is a focused executive with over 30 years’ experience forming and leading scientific operations within high-growth companies as well as within large, matrixed global organizations.  Mr. Opitz is known for the ability to build high-performing organizations utilizing an agile and rapid-response approach to customer demands, set up business and drive product innovation from idea inception to reliable production, gain productivity and quality improvements, while achieving FDA approvals and streamlining product mixes from launch to market.  Mr. Opitz has vast experience in the fields of Life Sciences and Engineering working with global organizations in Manufacturing, Research and Development, Supply Chain and Operations.  He is a direct and decisive leader who is effective at aligning direct and indirect reports to the strategic goals of the company.

Mr. Opitz holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical/Process Engineering from the Technical University Graz in Graz, Austria.

Steve Hartman - Vice President Compliance

Steve Hartman Vice President Compliance

Mr. Hartman leads the Quality and Regulatory units at Cody Laboratories, Inc. He joined the company in 2007.  Mr. Hartman has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries as well as in the management of quality systems. Mr. Hartman leads the Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Controlled Substances departments with a collaborative leadership style focused on compliance.

Mr. Hartman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Western Washington University.

Michelle Renfors - Vice President Product Development

Michelle Renfors Vice President Product Development

Ms Renfors joined Cody Laboratories, Inc. in 2012 with over 10 years of product development experience. She heads the Product Development initiatives for the company driving company growth. She leads the Research and Development, Process Technology, Project Management, and Validation departments. Ms Renfors is responsible for strategic portfolio development for Cody Laboratories.

Ms Renfors holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah.

Leonard Switzer - Vice President Operations

Leonard Switzer Vice President Operations

Dr. Switzer joined Cody Laboratories, Inc. in 2016. Known as a highly technical, yet pragmatic engineer with roots in research and development, product development and project management, he leads the Operations units of the company, including Manufacturing, Material Handling, Procurement, Environmental Health and Safety, Plant and Production Engineering.

Dr. Switzer holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, summa cum laude.

Paul Heslin - Director, Business Development

Paul Heslin Director, Business Development

Mr. Heslin leads Business Development for Cody Laboratories. He joined the organization in 2017. He has worked nearly two decades in the pharmaceutical industry building extensive experience with APIs and controlled substances.

Mr. Heslin holds a BS in Accounting from the State University College at Fredonia and an MBA from the University at Buffalo.