Three UF College of Pharmacy alumni ranked among the Gator100

Alumni from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy are founding and leading some of the most successful businesses in the country. In 2020, three pharmacy graduates were named to the Gator100 — a ranking of the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni.

Joe Lawrence, Gator100
Joe Lawrence, Pharm.D., ’11, and Amy Lugo, Pharm.D., ’02, Nationwide Pharmaceutical

Joe Lawrence, Pharm.D., ’11, Benjamin Epstein, Pharm.D, ’03, and Rebecca Goldfadden, Pharm.D., ’11, were honored as Gator100 business owners during a ceremony on Feb. 28 at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compound annual growth rate, or CAGR, over the past three years to generate the ranking.

To qualify for the Gator100, companies must have been in business for five years or more as of Oct. 15, 2019, and have had verifiable annual revenues of $250,000 or more every year since 2016. Additionally, UF alumnus or alumna must meet leadership criteria connected to their involvement in the company.

Here is the final ranking for all UF College of Pharmacy alumni-led businesses featured in the Gator100.

3. Nationwide Pharmaceutical (Joe Lawrence)

Nationwide Pharmaceutical, or NWP, is a pharmacy solutions company that specializes in the $20 billion-a-year federal market segment. Based in San Antonio, Texas, NWP provides pharmaceuticals, pharmacy benefit management and prescriptions services. NWP brings to the table a complete and in-depth understanding of the federal government’s pharmacy environment.

Benjamin Epstein, Gator100
Ben Epstein, Pharm.D., ’03, East Coast Institute for Research Medical Communications and East Coast Institute for Research

15. East Coast Institute for Research Medical Communications (Benjamin Epstein)

Founded in 2010, East Coast Institute for Research, or ECIR, Medical Communications works with clients to enhance scientific communications for patients and health care providers to advance medicine and improve outcomes. ECIR’s team of former academicians, pharmaceutical executives and medical communication experts function as a creative, agile and ultra-responsive extension of client teams. ECIR delivers a new generation of customized, creative solutions for pharmaceutical and medical device challenges.

64. East Coast Institute for Research (Benjamin Epstein and Rebecca Goldfadden)

East Coast Institute for Research brings together clinical trials, health care providers and patients to accelerate the development of new treatments for a variety of diseases. The company conducts groundbreaking research and partners with pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic companies to bring more treatment options to patients.