Tony Russell

Russell, Tony

Job Title: Exec. Director, Product Strategy & Commercial Planning
Company: Theravance Biopharma
Industry: Biotech/Biopharmaceuticals
Mentor Since: Fall 2018
Will Mentor: Graduate Students, Bridge MBA Students

Job Description

Leading the new product planning for the respiratory portfolio including revefenacin, a novel nebulized long-acting muscarinic antagonist for COPD patients. Also leading the early development team for an novel therapeutic in an undisclosed therapeutic area. Key responsibilities include: managing the execution of primary market research (qualitative and quantitative), driving competitive intelligence projects (both primary and secondary) to support key business decisions, conducting market analytics to gain insights into key dynamics within the COPD marketplace. Working collaboratively with the commercial team our corporate partner as part of the co-development / co-commercialization agreement for revefenacin and acted as a member of the Joint Product Committee as the TBPH Commercial Representative.

Company Description

Theravance Biopharma is a diversified biopharmaceutical company with the core purpose of creating medicines that help improve the lives of patients suffering from serious illness.

Employment History

Please see LinkedIn profile:


1998: MBA (Seattle University)

1998: PhD (University of Washington) [Physiology and Biophysics]

1992: BA (UC Santa Cruz)

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

My mentoring experience has centered around those who are looking to make a transition in the careers (e.g. moving from research into other business functions) as well as those looking to expand their skill sets beyond their current function. I have found that meeting on a regular basis (once per month, once per quarter) with assigned activities (e.g. read certain books, connect with others within my network) tends to work best. The mentoring experience tends to work best the more the student has a clear goal in mind.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Happy to meet at coffee shops in the morning hours.

Additional Information

While I work for a company in South San Francisco, I have worked extensively within the biotechnology industry in the Seattle area. I am also living in the Seattle area, so connecting with Seattle University students will not be an issue.