International Pharmaceutical Expertise


Verdemed has a talented team of experts working in Clinical Trials, Medical Affairs, Pharmaceutical Formulations Development, and Regulatory Affairs. The company consults with a select group of experienced leaders in the pharmaceutical industry across Latin America, and has exclusive access to product suppliers in Canada, along with regulatory advisors and medical consultants across the region.

Management Team

Jose Bacellar
President & CEO

José Bacellar is uniquely qualified to lead efforts across multiple jurisdictions, having assisted a number of North American companies to expand into Latin America. He brings extensive professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has relevant experience in the medical cannabis industry. Prior positions he has held include Head of Business Development for Canopy Latam; Interim COO at Canopy Health (UK); Head of Business Development at ACIC Pharmaceuticals (Canada); CEO at Vetnil (Brazil); and CEO & President at Bombril S/A (Brazil).


Nelson Margarido
Country Manager Brazil

Nelson Margarido is a specialist in corporate finance, currently acting as a Consultant in Compliance for UPF Consulting. With his legal background as well, as COO for Brazil and Latam, he can help make strides in bringing medical cannabis products to the rest of the region. Among his prior positions are Consultant in Strategic Planning for KC&D, Partner/General Manager at Tradis – Trading & Distribution, and Partner at Sene Comércio Serviços e Negócios Ltda.


Daniela Gonzalez Ishida
Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pharmacist, graduated in Pharmaceutical Industry, post graduation in pharmaceutical marketing. 14 years of experience in Regulatory affairs in multinational and Brazilian companies. Specialized in registering of new drug products, homeopathic, similiars, specific and herbal medicines.  


Fabiana Lapa
Regulatory Affairs

Fabiana Lapa has over ten years of experience in the Pharmaceutical industry space. Pharmacist, qualified in Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Research and Business Management, she has both consulting and managerial experience. Her career developed in multinational companies and start ups such as, Adavium Medical, Mantecorp (Hypermarcas) and Bayer. During her career she had the opportunity of experiencing several functional areas including different roles and business interfaces.


Medical Advisors

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Clarita Margarido, MD, MSc, PhD
Clinical Trials

Dr. Clarita Margarido is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and an anaesthesiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Margarido holds a Masters degree in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. She is also the President of Obstetrical Anaesthesia at the Canadian Anaesthesiologist Society – CAS. Dr. Margarido has the educational, drug research, and medical background necessary to lead clinical trials for Verdemed.


Valnei Canutti, MD, MSc
Medical Affairs

Dr. Valnei Canutti has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in how to conduct medical affairs in the region. He acted as Director for Latam and the Caribbean for Gilead Sciences. Prior positions include Chief Scientific Officer & EVP of Biotoscana, and Business Development Senior Director of United Medical Ltda. He is currently the CEO of Pint-Pharma in Brazil and a member of Verdemed’s Board.

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Regulatory Affairs Consultants


Brainlike Regulatory Strategy (Latam)
Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Brainlike develops and manages specific regulatory strategies based on proprietary product data, creating more effective and more likely access to registration with the relevant Health Authority. In addition to preparing, obtaining and maintaining marketing authorizations, Brainlike supports clients in all segments, providing advice on company legalization, certifications of good practices, training and qualification of teams, technical translations, risk analysis, approval of promotional material, support in meetings with regulatory agencies, due diligence, strategic planning, and portfolio review.


Carlos Cicogna
Regulatory Affairs Argentina

Carlos Cicogna has comprehensive experience in the international pharmaceutical business, with a high degree of adaptability to different business environments. He was General Manager of MSD/Merck in Chile, as well as Latam CFO for Schering Plough in Brazil, and India CFO for Organon. His experience and skills in the development of

high-performance teams in competitive environments, start-ups, and product launches, along with an autonomous and results-oriented management style, have helped him successfully lead one of the top pharmaceutical companies in Latin America.

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CDP Labs (Chile)
Regulatory Affairs Consultant

CDP Labs was created with the objective of contributing innovative solutions in the area of health care. CDP aspires to be a recognized leader in bringing innovative health and wellness solutions to the Chilean population, creating added value for our customers, employees and the community. CDP develops and commercializes highly innovative services, products, and tools designed to preserve and improve the health and quality of life of patients.


Business Partners

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James McVicar
Corporate Counsel

James McVicar is a Senior Partner in Peterson McVicar LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in securities law, located in the financial district of downtown Toronto. For over 20 years he has been partnering with emerging and established clients to help them succeed. He regularly assists clients in public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, ongoing reporting and corporate governance.


Diego Casco
Branding and Marketing

With over 24 years of experience in the use of innovative branding and marketing strategies, Diego Casco founded his own firm, the CASCO Agency, in 2002, in Toronto. Diego brings years of expertise and knowledge in creating and implementing a brand from the ground up.

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Support Team

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Pedro Bacellar
IT Specialist

With a diverse set of experiences and a knowledge of multiple languages, Pedro brings not only technical skills but also versatility in communicating, proving to be an essential member of the support team. He is working on his Computer Science degree at the Federal University of ABC in São Paulo.