Rod Ray - Ph.D., P.E.

Scientific and Business Advisory Board Member

Dr. Ray is a member of Capsugel and Bend Research's Scientific and Business Advisory Board.  He has worked at Bend Research since 1983.  During his time there, Dr. Ray has held numerous positions specializing in the development and commercialization of a wide range of products.  He has been instrumental in directing the management of large-scale programs to advance pharmaceutical compounds through the development process to commercialization, serving as the...

Jim Nightingale - Ph.D.

President

Jim Nightingale serves as President at Bend Research and Managing Director of the Bend Capsugel site, where he has worked since 1993.  His areas of scientific expertise include the development of pharmaceutical drug-delivery systems, including controlled- and triggered-release formulations and the bioavailability-enhanced formulations for low-solubility compounds.  He was instrumental in the development of Bend Research’s spray-dried dispersion (SDD) and nanoparticle...

Bruce DeKock - J.D.

Associate General Counsel

Bruce DeKock is Associate General Counsel for Capsugel and is responsible for management of the intellectual property group.  His areas of legal expertise include protection of intellectual property, as well as negotiation and drafting of contracts in support of the company’s development and manufacturing services.  Bruce earned his J.D. from Boalt Hall at the University of California - Berkeley.  He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and a licensed patent attorney....

Dwayne Friesen - Ph.D.

Senior Vice President

Dwayne Friesen is responsible for directing the research and development of novel drug - delivery technologies and formulations for the advancement of active pharmaceutical ingredients.  He has been instrumental in the development of novel drug-delivery platforms and dosage forms for the delivery of compounds with challenging properties, including those with extremely low water solubility.  His current work includes the development of formulations for delivery of small...

David Lyon - Ph.D.

Senior Vice President

David Lyon is Senior Vice President at Bend Research Inc., where he leads efforts in scientific excellence and the biosolutions and early development bioavailability enhancement groups.  His expertise includes solubilization of poorly soluble pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology-based drug delivery, controlled-release formulations and production and delivery of biotherapeutics molecules. David joined Bend Research in 1991, after...

Tanya Hayden

Vice President

Tanya Hayden, Vice President, serves as the director of all cGMP operations at Bend Research, Inc., a division of Capsugel. She is responsible for the advancement of clients’ drug candidates by supplying clinical trial materials and the commercial manufacture of drug product intermediates. Tanya is gifted at personnel management, and has technical expertise in the technologies offered by Bend Research.  Her passion for her people and the Capsugel cause of advancing new...

Dan Dobry

Vice President

Dan Dobry is Vice President at Bend Research Inc.  Dan has been a key contributor to the development of Bend Research's amorphous spray‑dried dispersion (SDD) technology and has worked in the areas of formulation, process design, scale‑up, and technology transfer from preclinical screening through commercial‑scale manufacture.  In addition, he has expertise is in areas including particle engineering for inhalation, spray drying of biological therapeutics, and nanotechnology....

David Vodak - Ph.D.

Vice President

David Vodak is Senior Director and oversees Pharmaceutical R&D at Bend Research, where his responsibilities include overseeing the development of new pharmaceutical delivery platforms including bioenhancement, particle engineering and functional modified release platforms. David holds a B.A. in chemistry from Willamette University and Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  He has more than 20 scientific publications.  He has worked...

Trevor Wigle - P.E.

Vice President

Trevor Wigle leads Product Development at Bend Research by managing client compounds and projects from early through late stage development, which includes; analytical formulation, process development, facilities/engineering and financials.  His expertise includes mechatronics, controls, and embedded system design.  Trevor holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University...

Dawn Bernhardt

Human Resources

Dawn Bernhardt, Site Lead for Human Resources, is responsible for advancing the human resources function that supports the people of Bend Research and aligns with Capsugel’s world-class organization. As Human Resources Manager, she leads a team dedicated to recruiting, performance, administration, and not the least – culture. Dawn has worked in human resources and operations since 2005 in a wide variety industries: business consulting, microfinance, and product design. Most...

Jason Carroll

Director of Finance

Jason G. Carroll is Director of Finance at Bend Research and responsible for financial reporting, operations and planning for the organization.  In addition, he contributes to the overall strategy and operational policies for the business as a member of the Site Leadership Team.  Jason has experience in business/systems analysis, GAAP reporting, ERP implementations, risk management and capital/cash planning.  He is a licensed CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in...

Debra Katter

Vice President

Debra Katter is responsible for corporate quality and regulatory compliance of drug product development and manufacture.  She has over 30 years of quality and regulatory experience in clinical laboratories, and diagnostic, device, biologic, biotechnological and pharmaceutical small molecule drugs manufactured globally.  As corporate head of quality, Debra is responsible for the strategic alignment of goals and objectives for quality and compliance with applicable regulations, with...

Doug Lorenz

Vice President

Doug Lorenz is Director of Business Development and Technology Application at Bend Research. He is responsible for the onboarding of projects with new clients and also for relationship/alliance management with existing clients, focusing primarily on small and mid-size pharmaceutical customers. He has previously led technical efforts for the formulation, testing, and advancement of pharmaceutical candidates from discovery through Phase III clinical trials using a number of different drug...

Dana Settell

Vice President

Dana Settell oversees large, late-stage manufacturing and engineering programs at Bend Research. Formerly, she was director of business development.  In addition, in a previous position as director of operations at the company’s current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) facility, she assisted with the installation, commissioning, start-up, maintenance, validation, and operation of a PSD-2/FSD-4 spray dryer.  Dana has extensive experience with scaling up drug production from...