Company Profile

Committed to women’s health

Transforming healthcare for over a century

ASCEND Therapeutics is a subsidiary of Besins Healthcare, a global leader dedicated to leading the healthcare industry in a variety of specialized products and areas of expertise. Founded in 1885 as Labaratoires Besins, Besins Healthcare has been at the forefront of the industry, with a legacy of four generations of the Besins family at the helm. Besins Healthcare has established a solid reputation in producing innovative drugs for the treatment of androgen deficiency, gynecologic, fertility, and obstetric conditions. Besins Healthcare is headquartered in Monaco.

ASCEND Therapeutics leadership

Jay A. Bua
President, Chief Executive Officer

Jay Bua, founder of ASCEND Therapeutics, has been a director at Besins Healthcare for 18 years. In this role, he helped shepherd the out-licensing activities of the Besins Group in North America. These activities included overseeing regulatory filings for several drug candidates and negotiating various licensing agreements. Mr Bua has a Bachelor of Science in Business from St. Francis College in New York and a Master of Science in Business Administration and Supervision from Pace University and a Master of Science in Psychology from Fordham University. He continues in his leadership role as an Executive at Besins Healthcare.

Donna Shiroma
Chief Commercial Officer, General Counsel

Donna Shiroma has served as Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel since March 2011. Ms Shiroma joined ASCEND Therapeutics in January 2008 as General Counsel bringing extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Her career path has included management positions at Johnson & Johnson and PDL BioPharma, supporting commercially marketed products in legal and corporate compliance-related positions as a Contracts Manager, Corporate Counsel, Compliance Director, and Privacy Officer. Ms Shiroma holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Seeking partners that share our dedication to women’s health

As a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the advancement of women’s health, ASCEND Therapeutics is committed to medical innovation and introducing therapies to the market that take the unique needs of women into account. We’re looking for partners that share our commitment to the same high standards in quality we have demonstrated for over a decade.

We’re able to merge this conviction with a highly trained sales force known for their expertise in women’s health. Their technical training and vast product knowledge are unsurpassed and build a high degree of credibility with the healthcare professionals on whom they call. Add to that an accomplished leadership team, and you have a formula for women’s health success.

Would you like to join us in raising the quality of women’s healthcare?

Contact us: partnerships@ascendtherapeutics.com