Rico’s strength comes from the diversity of his experience and the extent of his curiosity. Trained as a physiologist, he conducted basic science research in shock, dialysis, and artificial blood substitutes at Loyola University Medical Center and Baxter.
In the late ’80s, as HIV/AIDS emerged as the leading public health challenge, he joined Adria as associate medical director for oncology and anti-infectives. He spent several years in the advocacy group AMFAR, overseeing their community trials program before he moved to FCB Health and led the team that launched the GlaxoSmithKline HIV portfolio, including Epivir and Combivir.
It was at Lowe McAdams that he met his partner and wife Susan Miller. Shortly thereafter, they launched The Cementworks, now known as The Bloc.
One thing I’d change in the industry: Value should be defined by public health rather than shareholders.