Overcoming execution
challenges to enable
your innovative ideas.

Customer innovations are brought to life by our people,
working with purpose and supported by strong
infrastructure that allows us to deliver on promises.

James (Jim) G. Hall

President

Bringing over 30 years of pharmaceutical and combination product manufacturing and development experience, Jim’s expertise has guided us for over 20 years.

During this time, Jim has risen from his managerial role up to Director, General Manager and Vice President. In 2017, Jim was appointed as our President, overseeing all operations here at Lifecore.

Jackie Q. Klecker

Vice President and General Manager

With over 30 years of industry experience in quality, manufacturing and development areas, Jackie has guided our quality assurance for over a decade.

After serving as our Director of Quality from July 2010 to June 2014, Jackie went on to become our Senior Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from June 2014 to June 2018. In 2018, she was appointed as our Vice President and General Manager.

John Morberg

Chief Financial Officer, Landec

Mr. Morberg was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Landec Corporation in January 2021. Prior to joining Landec, Mr. Morberg was CFO and General Counsel for BL Restaurant Holdings, LLC, a national restaurant chain. Previously, over a ten-year tenure at Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp, he held various roles, including as the CEO, CFO and board member. He also served as CFO of DEI Holdings, Inc., through its initial public offering and through the early stages of being a public company, and worked for eight-years as Vice President and Controller of PETCO. Mr. Morberg began his career at KPMG. Mr. Morberg has a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a BBA, Accounting from the University of San Diego. He is a member of the State Bar of California and holds an inactive CPA license.

Darren Hieber

Vice President of Corporate Development and Partnerships

Darren is responsible for developing Lifecore’s corporate strategy, bringing us two decades of pharmaceutical experience specifically focused on business development in high-growth environments. Darren has a passion for strategic business development, executive-level business support, and driving results.

Most recently, Darren was the Vice President of Business Development at Catalent Biologics before joining Lifecore in November 2021.

Matt Augustson

Vice President of Information Technology

Matt partners closely with the company’s business functions to deliver enterprise solutions that will support growth and future-proof the company while seeking operational excellence and harnessing data for business insights.

With more than 20 years in the IT industry, Matt is a proven leader in developing, designing, selling, implementing and architecting end-to-end IT solutions for manufacturing, health care and retail.

Before joining Lifecore, he worked at First Brands Group, Prime Therapeutics, Best Buy, Accenture, Oracle and Retek.

Steve W. Laninga

Vice President of Operations

Bringing over 20 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience to Lifecore, Steve began his career as an engineer and moved into leadership positions in engineering and operations within the pharmaceutical industry.

After leaving his previous role as Vice President of Operations and Site Lead at Perrigo, Steve joined us as our Vice President of Operations in January 2020.

Rick Sitarz

Vice President of New Business Development

Responsible for new business development, marketing, strategic planning and project management, Rick brings over 30 years of biotech experience to Lifecore.

After leaving his previous role as Vice President of Peripheral Interventions Marketing at Boston Scientific, Rick joined us as our Vice President of New Business Development in June 2015.

Phil Sticha

Vice President of Business Operations

With more than 26 years of tenure at Lifecore, Phil has extensive knowledge of all areas within the organization. He served as Senior Director of Manufacturing for more than 20 years prior to joining the New Business Development team as a Senior Director.

In 2022, Phil was appointed to his current role focusing on business operational excellence.

Kipling Thacker, Ph.D.

Vice President and Corporate Scientist

Kip is the co-inventor of the process Lifecore uses to make sodium hyaluronate. He has held various research and business development positions with Lifecore from 1981 to 2000, when he then served as our Director of New Business Development.

In 2004, he was appointed as our Vice President of New Business Development, and in 2010 he rose to his current position as our Vice President and Corporate Scientist.

Kara Morley

Vice President of Human Resources

Kara is responsible for leading the human resources function at Lifecore, bringing over 25 years of HR experience.

Kara began her HR career in the staffing industry and quickly moved into corporate HR where she has supported teams in the banking, services, retail, CPG and distribution industries. Most recently Kara was the Vice President of HR at Werner Electric before joining Lifecore in October 2021.

Scott J. Collins

Vice President of Finance

With over 20 years of financial experience, Scott has worked across various finance positions with us from January 2001 to July 2007, including as our Financial Controller from 2007 to 2009.

In 2010, he became our Senior Director of Finance for seven years before his appointment as our Vice President of Finance.

Lifecore’s Leadership Team

We are proud to collaborate with customers who create products that improve lives.

We also recognize the importance of our role and our responsibilities to employees, customers, consumers, and the planet.

Click on each headshot to find out more.

James (Jim) G. Hall

President

Bringing over 30 years of pharmaceutical and combination product manufacturing and development experience, Jim’s expertise has guided us for over 20 years.

During this time, Jim has risen from his managerial role up to Director, General Manager and Vice President. In 2017, Jim was appointed as our President, overseeing all operations here at Lifecore.

Jackie Q. Klecker

Vice President and General Manager

With over 30 years of industry experience in quality, manufacturing and development areas, Jackie has guided our quality assurance for over a decade.

After serving as our Director of Quality from July 2010 to June 2014, Jackie went on to become our Senior Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from June 2014 to June 2018. In 2018, she was appointed as our Vice President and General Manager.

John Morberg

Chief Financial Officer, Landec

Mr. Morberg was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Landec Corporation in January 2021. Prior to joining Landec, Mr. Morberg was CFO and General Counsel for BL Restaurant Holdings, LLC, a national restaurant chain. Previously, over a ten-year tenure at Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp, he held various roles, including as the CEO, CFO and board member. He also served as CFO of DEI Holdings, Inc., through its initial public offering and through the early stages of being a public company, and worked for eight-years as Vice President and Controller of PETCO. Mr. Morberg began his career at KPMG. Mr. Morberg has a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a BBA, Accounting from the University of San Diego. He is a member of the State Bar of California and holds an inactive CPA license.

Darren Hieber

Vice President of Corporate Development and Partnerships

Darren is responsible for developing Lifecore’s corporate strategy, bringing us two decades of pharmaceutical experience specifically focused on business development in high-growth environments. Darren has a passion for strategic business development, executive-level business support, and driving results.

Most recently, Darren was the Vice President of Business Development at Catalent Biologics before joining Lifecore in November 2021.

Matt Augustson

Vice President of Information Technology

Matt partners closely with the company’s business functions to deliver enterprise solutions that will support growth and future-proof the company while seeking operational excellence and harnessing data for business insights.

With more than 20 years in the IT industry, Matt is a proven leader in developing, designing, selling, implementing and architecting end-to-end IT solutions for manufacturing, health care and retail.

Before joining Lifecore, he worked at First Brands Group, Prime Therapeutics, Best Buy, Accenture, Oracle and Retek.

Steve W. Laninga

Vice President of Operations

Bringing over 20 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience to Lifecore, Steve began his career as an engineer and moved into leadership positions in engineering and operations within the pharmaceutical industry.

After leaving his previous role as Vice President of Operations and Site Lead at Perrigo, Steve joined us as our Vice President of Operations in January 2020.

Rick Sitarz

Vice President of New Business Development

Responsible for new business development, marketing, strategic planning and project management, Rick brings over 30 years of biotech experience to Lifecore.

After leaving his previous role as Vice President of Peripheral Interventions Marketing at Boston Scientific, Rick joined us as our Vice President of New Business Development in June 2015.

Phil Sticha

Vice President of Business Operations

With more than 26 years of tenure at Lifecore, Phil has extensive knowledge of all areas within the organization. He served as Senior Director of Manufacturing for more than 20 years prior to joining the New Business Development team as a Senior Director.

In 2022, Phil was appointed to his current role focusing on business operational excellence.

Kipling Thacker, Ph.D.

Vice President and Corporate Scientist

Kip is the co-inventor of the process Lifecore uses to make sodium hyaluronate. He has held various research and business development positions with Lifecore from 1981 to 2000, when he then served as our Director of New Business Development.

In 2004, he was appointed as our Vice President of New Business Development, and in 2010 he rose to his current position as our Vice President and Corporate Scientist.

Kara Morley

Vice President of Human Resources

Kara is responsible for leading the human resources function at Lifecore, bringing over 25 years of HR experience.

Kara began her HR career in the staffing industry and quickly moved into corporate HR where she has supported teams in the banking, services, retail, CPG and distribution industries. Most recently Kara was the Vice President of HR at Werner Electric before joining Lifecore in October 2021.

Scott J. Collins

Vice President of Finance

With over 20 years of financial experience, Scott has worked across various finance positions with us from January 2001 to July 2007, including as our Financial Controller from 2007 to 2009.

In 2010, he became our Senior Director of Finance for seven years before his appointment as our Vice President of Finance.

Our Mission and Values

To work with our partners to provide high-quality, innovative product development and manufacturing solutions guided by our unwavering commitment to improving people’s lives.

Our People

Our employees are our greatest resource. We are commited to growth, development and engagement.

Delighting The Customer

Each employee makes an impact and we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations every day.

100% Right The First Time

We strive for 100% success and excellence in all that we do each and every day.

Continuous Improvement

We actively seek to continuously improve processes by the relentless elimination of waste and striving to be better every day.

Pharmaceutical Elegance

Visual evidence that we deliver the highest quality and meet the highest standards in all we do.

Caring

We act with integrity and compassion to support patients, customers, our communities, and each other.

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)

We are committed in our journey to establish a framework for a Lifecore ESG program based on globally recognized institutions. As stewards of the environment, we engage all levels of the organization to ensure our sustainability initiatives are executed with excellence.

Our Sustainability Committee, comprised of employees throughout the organization, regularly presents results to our leadership teams to ensure progress on initiatives.

Our Campus

Three FDA and TUV-approved formulation, packaging, and sterile injectable facilities give us the capacity to manufacture clinical and commercial phase products reliably.

Site 1: 150,000 Square Foot Facility

Key utilities

  • Water for injection (WFI) system; Clean steam systems
  • Nitrogen, compressed air, vacuum, temperature control loops
  • On-site metrology department

Sodium Hyaluronate fermentation and purification

  • Sterile Sodium Hyaluronate production

Formulation suites

  • ISO 7 (Grade C) formulation suites
  • Sterile formulation capability (isolator)

Aseptic filling

  • ISO 5 (Grade A) cleanroom filling suites
  • Two Optima 5 head syringe fillers
  • One Flexicon vial filler
  • One Optima 5 head multi-use filler (vial or syringe)
  • ISO 7 (Grade C) isolator filling suites
  • Coming soon: Groninger 10 head multi-use filler (vial or syringe) in Skan isolator
  • Coming soon: Groninger 5 head multi-use filler (vial or syringe) in Skan isolator

Secondary packaging

  • Syringe assembly (addition of plunger rod, finger grip, or custom parts, labeling)
  • Sealing in tray or pouch configuration
  • ISO 8 (Grade D) secondary packaging suites available

Quality control laboratories

  • Sterility and Bioburden testing isolator
  • Endotoxin testing
  • Analytical testing capabilities
  • LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System)

Warehousing & distribution

Dedicated development and pilot labs

Site 2: 78,000 Square Foot Facility

Final packaging

  • Manual and semi-automated cartoning capability
  • Serialization capability

Warehousing & distribution

  • 2-8°C and controlled room temperature storage capability

QC laboratory

  • Analytical testing capabilities
  • USP particulate testing lab
  • LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System)

Site 3: 20,000 Square Foot Facility

Warehousing

Raw material receiving and inspection

Locations

Site 1: Lyman Blvd

3515 Lyman Blvd
Chaska, MN 55318

Phone Number: +1 (952) 368-4300

Toll Free: +1-800-348-4368

Fax Number: +1 (952) 368-3411

Site 2: Lakeview Drive

1245 Lakeview Drive,
Chaska, MN 55318

Site 3: Shelby Court

8700 Shelby Court,
Suite 400 Chanhassen, MN 55317

End-to-end CDMO services with high-touch project management to stay on track toward commercialization.

Discover Development Options

Decades working with highly complex products (> 100,000 cP) mean we know how to do straightforward-to-difficult development the right way, from the start.

Maximize Your Manufacturing

As a full-service CDMO, we help simplify complexities for all clinical and commercial aseptic injectable products.