Allen S. Lalwani
President & CFO


Allen operated Drug Emporium franchise stores for 13
years prior to acquiring the
facility in 2003. He holds
an MBA in Finance from
Long Island University.


Nehal Patel
Vice President - Operations


Nehal holds a Master’s in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering with a Specialization in Design & Manufacturing from Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to joining AST in 2019, he led operations in the Pharmaceutical OTC drug manufacturing industry for 16+ years.


Darren Slywka

Vice President - Finance


Darren has a degree in Accounting from Hofstra University along with 15+ years of experience, having worked at Vornado Realty Trust and Preferred Freezer Services prior to joining AST in 2016.


Manav A. Lalwani

Executive Vice President


Manav and his team have spearheaded AST’s drive for innovation since 2010. He holds a Master's in International Strategy & Economics from St. Andrews, Scotland, and a Bachelor's from Princeton.


Samantha Gribben

Director - Innovation


Samantha began her career as a chemist at AST in 2008, and returned to AST after serving as Senior Scientific Liaison to Open Development Corporate at L’Oréal USA for five years. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Chemistry from Ramapo College and Seton Hall University.

Elma Zulic

Manager - QA

& Regulatory Affairs 


Elma graduated from Kean University, with a degree in Biology, and has over 10 years of experience in Quality Management in the Manufacturing Industry. 

Jill Mejias
Manager - Partner Service


Jill's background is in Package Development, Quality, & Customer Service, with over 19 years of experience with Chanel Fragrances & Beauty. Jill holds a Bachelor's in Package Engineering from Rutgers University.

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