Gerianne DiPiano


"There has never been adequate research into products to improve the quality of life for women. My goal is to change that and provide women with new and better options for a life they deserve." - Gerianne DiPiano

Gerianne DiPiano serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of FemmePharma,and is the Chairman of the Board.  A pharmaceutical industry executive and women’s healthcare expert, Gerianne founded FemmePharma in 1996 in response to the industry’s narrow focus on women’s health needs – such as contraception and hormone replacement therapy – but lack of attention to other important women’s diseases and disorders. Guided by her vision to provide more effective treatment options for women, FemmePharma is focused on improving women’s health by developing prescription pharmaceuticals and over the counter products  that are specifically designed for women across a broad range of therapeutic categories.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Gerianne’s background spans many facets of the pharmaceutical industry including pharmaceutical sales, marketing, market and systems planning, medical affairs, new product development, licensing and business development at several multinational companies including Baxter HealthCare/American Hospital Supply Corp., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sterling-Winthrop ( Sanofi Aventis) and Wyeth( Pfizer).

She has held academic appointments at Saint Joseph’s as Director of the Pharmaceutical MBA program and as an adjunct professor of marketing and has taught courses in strategic and pharmaceutical marketing. Gerianne received her Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, MBA from Saint Joseph’s University, and Doctor of Science (HC) from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and a Doctor of Science (HC) from the Wagner Institute, where she is also a Fellow.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Drexel University, the Board of Directors for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.  She has been a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Philadelphia Region in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and has been recognized in “People to Watch in 2004” by Philadelphia Magazine. She is the 2004 Recipient of the Iris Newman Award sponsored by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, was named a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2006 and was recognized by Governor Rendell as one of Pennsylvania’s 51 Best Women In Business in 2007. She was 2011 Hall of Fame recipient of the HAUB School of Business. PharmaVoice named Gerianne as one of the 100 most inspiring individuals in the United States Pharmaceutical Industry and one of the top 12 entrepreneurs.

Read about Gerianne in Philadelphia Magazine!