Louis W. Yu, Ph.D., currently serves as the Chief Quality Officer, Global Quality and Compliance for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International company, reporting directly to the CEO. He previously served as the Executive Vice President, Global Quality and Compliance of the Perrigo Company for more than 9 years. As EVP of Global Quality at Perrigo, a company with operations in more than 30 countries, he provided strategic direction and overall quality as well as in Pharmacovigilance and Global Patient Safety for one of the largest manufacturers of generic and branded OTC, prescription drug and device products. As the long time former Global head of Quality & Compliance for Forest Laboratories, Inc., he was responsible for global GMP compliance, QA, QC Operations spanning 11 international facilities. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Quality & Compliance at Solvay Pharmaceuticals, a Belgium based conglomerate.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Yu served for over 15 years at Johnson & Johnson, where his career spanned roles in pharmaceutical R&D, Director QC and Quality Systems at J&J’s Ortho Pharmaceutical arm; and head of Compliance at J&J’s McNeil CPC. In 1994, he was first named VP Analytical R&D/QC, then Vice President, Scientific Affairs at Par Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Yu studied chemical engineering and chemistry and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He also holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Analytical Chemistry from Rutgers University. He served as adjunct faculty and planning committee member for the Annual U. of Wisconsin Land of Lakes Pharmaceutical Analysis Conference for over 25 years and is currently an adjunct professor at Purdue University Polytechnic Institute. He also volunteers in the in the Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science program in East Africa at the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy in Tanzania. He is a member of AAPS, PDA and ISPE professional societies. He currently serves as an expert working group member of the ICH Q12 team. Currently and since 2011, he is a director and treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Product Quality Research Institute.