CAPTEK Pharma is led by experienced executives and talented scientists who have deep knowledge of the OTC industry. They intend to bring that talent and experience to bear on the challenges of supplying softgel formulations and products with integrity. Focused on the development and manufacturing of OTC and private-label softgels, CAPTEK’s goal is to delight its customers through unwavering quality, excellent service, unmatched industry expertise and science-based innovation – quickly and cost-effectively.

John Puckett

John Puckett

Chief Operating Officer

John brings more than 25 years of industry-leading expertise in the nutritional supplement, vitamin, OTC and RX sector. With the philosophy of “If you can dream it, you can achieve it”, he is a facilitator and builder of world-class technology management and product development teams, with a specialty in both start-up and scaled growth stages. John specializes in production processes of encapsulation liquid fill, solid dosage and compressed materials.

Prior to joining the CAPTEK team, John Puckett held senior leadership positions and led world-class companies such as Barlean’s, Banner Pharmacaps and Cintas. He oversaw all the company’s operations, sales and marketing activities to ensure production efficiency, quality, customer satisfaction and cost-effective management of resources. He is recognized as a proactive leader that empowers his teams to achieve goals and perform at their highest level by providing prioritization, effective tools, mentorship and having appropriate controls in place. John believes cultivating a spirit of innovation and cross-functional teamwork with the mindset of “anything is possible” – providing the spark that brings great ideas and concepts to life.

As an inventor, John has several pending and more than 20 published national and international patents for gelatin capsule formulation and drying systems, rotary die design, as well as methods for manufacturing of softgels – which is one of his true passions.

John earned his Master’s Degree in International Business from the University of Colorado Boulder and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the Colorado Technical University.

A native of Edinburgh Scotland, where much of his family still lives, John is a dual citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He is proud of his Scottish roots AND sporting his kilt with his family’s clan tartan. In his spare time, John enjoys playing league pool, rooting for his favorite sports teams (Carolina Panthers and Manchester United), riding his Harley motorcycle and spending time with his two daughters that reside in North Carolina.

Fon Wong

Fon Wong

Chief Financial Officer

Fon Wong is a well-rounded business finance and accounting leader with a strategic business orientation, hands-on approach and demonstrated expertise in Finance and Accounting. He has over 20 years’ experience in the consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries.

Prior to joining CAPTEK Pharma, Fon spent over 10 years in the CPG industry at both Ajinomoto Windsor Foods and Nestle USA. In addition, he spent a number of years at NBTY/Leiner Health Products in the Dietary Supplements and OTC Drugs businesses. As VP/CFO at Ajinomoto Windsor, Fon led teams in Corporate Finance, Accounting and Information Technology functions.

At CAPTEK Pharma, Fon is an integral part of the leadership team and works closely with executives on the strategic, business, and financial initiatives of the company, including post-merger functional integration and mid-term growth plan.

Fon migrated from China at an early age. He attended the University of Southern California and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude) and a Master in Business Administration. Fon and his family have been long-time residents of Southern California.

Tim Chiprich

Tim Chiprich

VP, Product Development

Building on over 25 years of experience in Product Development, Tim has a thorough understanding of what is needed to make even challenging softgel concepts into reality.

Prior to joining the CAPTEK Pharma team, Tim Chiprich held R&D management positions at Nutrition Express, Leiner Health Products and at R.P. Scherer. He also held Scientist / Formulator positions at General Nutrition Products and Pennex Products. In his roles, he led teams responsible for the development of pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, and cosmetic products in softgels, hard shell capsules, tablets, liquids, and powdered dosage forms but his passion is softgels. He has also participated in gelatin research and new technology projects and has several pending and granted patents involving specialty gelatin-based products and delivery systems.

A native of western Pennsylvania, Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the California University of Pennsylvania. He lived and worked in Pittsburgh, PA, Greenville, SC, St. Petersburgh, FL and Charlotte, NC, before finding his way to California – his home now for the last 7 years.

Hiren Patel

Hiren Patel

Director of Validation

Hiren Patel is our Director of Validation and has been with CAPTEK Pharma since July 2018. Hiren brings about 28 years of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing experience with emphasis on product/process development, validation and quality. With his vast experience and dynamic leadership, Hiren is instrumental in establishing a comprehensive validation program at CAPTEK Pharma. Hiren leads the dynamic product development/validation team and ready to deliver the excellent quality product at CAPTEK Pharma. With his direct involvement in product development and validation programs at CAPTEK Pharma, Hiren is poised to meet any challenging and strict quality standard.

Prior to joining CAPTEK Pharma, Hiren most recently served as an independent consultant providing consulting services to several pharmaceutical firms ranging from startups to digital medicine initiatives to establish their respective development and validation programs. Prior to consulting, Hiren served in various leadership positions with Actavis Inc. (formerly Watson Laboratories) as Director, Product Development, Generics. During his tenure with Actavis, Hiren has championed generic drug development of several pipeline products. Hiren has several ANDAs successfully filed and approved for US and other markets including Canada and Australia. Hiren has successfully participated in several Pre-Approval Inspections and general cGMP inspections by US FDA. Prior to Actavis, Hiren worked with several well-known pharmaceutical companies including Sidmak Laboratories, Merck & Co and Ortho-McNeil – a J&J company.

Hiren received his BS in Pharmacy from J. N. Medical College, School of Pharmacy and his MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from LM College of Pharmacy, India.

Kevin Tully

Kevin Tully

SVP, Sales & Marketing

Kevin Tully joined CAPTEK Pharma as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing after nearly 25 years of experience in global sales and marketing, building market share for branded and private label manufacturing businesses.

Prior to joining CAPTEK Pharma, Kevin spent the last 17 years at leading companies including Pharmavite, Nice-Pak, and Nature’s Bounty. Kevin consistently delivered double-digit sales growth by identifying and capitalizing on business opportunities. These include the establishment and growing of market share, and devising solutions to a wide range of business, sales, and marketing challenges. Kevin is recognized for his customer development and leadership, overseeing customer P&L, trade budget, and improving customer profitability. He has developed and maintained top-to-top customer relationships built on healthy client-focused values.

At CAPTEK Pharma, Kevin is an integral part of the leadership team and works closely with executives on developing strategic sales plans based on company goals that will promote sales growth and customer satisfaction for the organization. His marketing acumen will lead the company in developing new channel strategies, category growth, increased points of distribution, increased promotional executions, and pricing and retail performance objectives.

An Ohio native, Kevin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Cincinnati. Kevin is married and has three adult children.

Penni Pannell

Penni Pannell

VP, Quality & Regulatory

An accomplished Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Penni brings 25 years of extensive experience driving brand and product integrity for multi-billion-dollar companies within the dietary supplement, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries.

Prior to joining the CAPTEK Pharma team, Penni held management positions at such distinguished companies as Pfizer Corporation, Swanson Health, Isagenix, and Bausch and Lomb.  In these roles, Penni was adept at steering product from concept to launch while securing FDA approval and ensuring compliance across all rules and regulations; fielding inquiries from governments, entities, and business partners to obtain market authorizations and handle product registrations worldwide; and proactively driving quality management improvements while achieving performance metrics, reducing operating costs and meeting customer expectations. She is recognized as a proactive, pragmatic leader that aids staff by prioritizing work, managing resources, providing tools, coaching through challenges, and professionally developing direct reports.

A native of New York, Penni earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.  She lived and worked in New York before moving to Southern California. She and her husband have four children and seven grandchildren. In her spare time, Penni enjoys reading, sewing, and quilting.