Luciano Calenti Founder & CEO of ACIC Pharmaceuticals

Luciano Calenti
Founder & CEO

Luciano has been involved in pharmaceuticals in Europe since the late sixties and arrived in North America in 1969 to join the pioneers of the generic industry and became a key supplier of antibiotics to both the branded and generic industries.  He moved to Canada in 1972 to build the first API antibiotic plant in Canada, and in 1973, founded ACIC and masterminded the Corporation’s evolution from distribution to research and development, as well as manufacturing in both APIs and Pharmaceuticals for the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Luciano was one of the founders of Canadian Drug Manufacturers’ Association (CDMA) and served as Chairman for three and a half years from 1985-1988.  He is also a founding member of Generic Pharmaceutical Industry Association (GPIA) in the United States now called the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA).  Luciano has been intimately involved in patent legislations in Canada and United States for over 20 years.

Craig Baxter CEO Methapharm Inc.

Craig Baxter
Director / Partner

Craig Baxter has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and acquired an interest in the ACIC Group in 2015 and is currently the CEO at Methapharm. He has extensive experience in the development of global sales and marketing organizations, as well as manufacturing facilities, in both finished dosage pharmaceuticals and API’s. He has held numerous senior executive positions including Chief Executive officer of Sherfam Inc, Apotex Holdings, Apotex International and Chairman of the Board of Cangene Corporation. In a charitable capacity, he served as a Director and Chairman of the Board for Humber River Hospital.

Chris Rayfield. President ACIC Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Chris Rayfield

Chris Rayfield has been a valued member of the ACIC Pharmaceuticals team for the past 24 years. He has held various positions within the company of increasing responsibility and currently serves as President of the organization overseeing the Sales, Marketing and Operations of the company. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Brantford-Brant and is Chair of the Business Excellence Committee and on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Lifecare Foundation. Chris is a past Board member of GPhA (now AAM) which is the Generic Pharmaceutical Association Advocacy Group in the USA and also served 3 terms as a Board of Director and Executive Committee Member of DCAT (Drug Chemical and Associated Technology) which is a business development and Trade Organization based on the USA. Chris received his Diploma in Business Administration, Marketing from Sheridan College then went on to receive a Degree of Bachelor of Administration, General Management in 1995 from Lakehead University.

Akis Makryaleas, President ACIC Europe

Dr. Akis Makryaleas
President – ACIC Europe

Dr. Akis Makryaleas has over 30 years experience in the Fine Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Industries. He has held several positions with increasing responsibility in R&D, Product Management, Business Development, General Management and has served as Board Member in two companies with sales above 1 billion dollars. Throughout his career Akis has relocated to Greece, Germany, UK and Poland to support his various roles and business activities.


Chris Calenti ACIC Chief Legal Officer

Chris Calenti
Chief Legal Officer

Chris Calenti is a licensed attorney and holds a B.Comm, a JD, and an MBA from the University of Toronto. With twenty years of commercial experience in specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, Chris is presently responsible for business development and licensing opportunities at Methapharm. He also serves as General Counsel to the corporate group of companies.

Eduardo Andrade ACIC Pharmaceutical Machinery General Manager

Eduardo Andrade
General Manager – ACIC Pharmaceutical Machinery

Eduardo Andrade is the General Manager of our pharmaceutical machinery sales team and partner network. Having lived and worked in Brazil, Germany, Italy, Canada and the US, Eduardo brings a wealth of international experience related to complex manufacturing automation systems and custom designed solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. Eduardo progressively refined his commercial and technical expertise over a variety of  leadership positions ranging from International Sales Management, to Business Development and finally General Management. He holds a M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, and is fluent in four languages.