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Gerald T. Proehl

Chief Executive OfficerPresident

When Gerald T. Proehl arrived in San Diego in 1999 to head Santarus, it was an early-stage startup with two venture capital investors and two part-time employees that had just closed a first round of funding to the tune of $4.8 million.

Now a $130 million specialty biopharmaceutical company, Santarus acquires, develops and commercializes drugs that prevent and treat gastrointestinal diseases. Its principal product is Zegerid, a one-of-a-kind immediate release oral proton pump inhibitor.

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Consensus builder behind Santarus' growth

Gerald T. Proehl grew up in the Buffalo, N.Y., area, worked in the Southeast and then the Midwest before making his way to San Diego, where he is the CEO of Santarus, a $130 million specialty biopharmaceutical company.

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