New Leader: Jeffrey Palmer is Tris Pharma’s new vice president and head of quality and compliance.

Tris Pharma (Tris), 2031 Route 130 South, Brunswick Business Park, Suite D, Monmouth Junction 08852. 732-940-2800. Ketan Mehta, president. www.trispharma.com.

Tris Pharma, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on branded pediatric products and specialty generic products, has hired Jeffrey Palmer as vice president and head of quality and compliance.

Palmer was most recently site head of quality and was previously in several other positions at various companies. A chemical engineer by training, he began his pharmaceutical career at Alpharma (Actavis/Teva) as a validation engineer in Maryland, and then worked 10-plus years in global quality systems at Schering-Plough/Merck, rising to associate director. For almost the past four years he has been at Lupin Pharmaceuticals and most recently served as quality head for its Somerset site. Palmer holds a chemical engineering degree from Clarkson University and has an MBA from the University of Maryland.

“Jeffrey’s background, especially his experience in quality systems with his early focus on validation/process improvement makes him an ideal candidate as the head of quality & compliance for Tris,” Tris CEO Ketan Mehta said. “His successful track record in developing sustainable quality management systems, creating a company-wide quality culture, and developing right-first-time teams that bring high-quality products to market is what Tris needs today.”

Jack Goodson, who has been Tris’ interim head of quality & compliance for the past five months, will work with Tris as a consultant.

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