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Al Swarts

Commercialization Strategist

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Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Business Processes
  • Sales & Operations Planning
  • Supply Chain Management
  • 3PL and Distribution Strategies
  • Production & Inventory Control
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Compliance Processes
  • Core Vendors and Systems
  • Program Management
  • Cross-Functional Facilitation
  • Business Process Improvement

On the Job

Al is the Commercialization Strategist for SVA Life Sciences, a member of the SVA family of companies.

In his role, Al works with Emerging Life Science (ELS) companies as they transition from R&D operations to launch-ready commercial operations. He provides executive teams the benefit of this experience in launching over two dozen ELS corporate build-out programs. These programs required the management of hundreds of activities, across every function necessary to launch a commercially-ready company in time for product approval.

Al provides clients the value of his many lessons learned to help them avoid pitfalls and make timely, well-informed strategy and implementation decisions. A practitioner of sound execution, Al often serves as an external steering committee member for ELS corporate build-out programs. Furthermore, clients value Al’s guidance for solving difficult issues where multiple functions are involved or resident expertise is not yet fully in place.

Al is an experienced and accomplished executive and business owner with 40+ years of experience leading organizations from inception to market launch and beyond.

Prior to joining SVA Consulting, Al was the Founder of Bio-Ops, Inc., a boutique management consulting firm focused on launching operations. He’s served in a number of executive positions with Amgen, Inc., Trilogy Consulting, Searle Pharmaceuticals and Armour Pharmaceuticals. These positions afforded Al enterprise-wide leadership experience including engineering, global marketing, sales, manufacturing, operations and supply chain management.


  • Illinois Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science - Industrial Management
  • Northwestern University - Master of Business Administration


  • Biopharmaceutical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Device

Civic/Community Involvement

  • YMCA Board Chairman


Al and his wife Susan enjoy spending time together doing just about anything together: Walking; Swimming; Biking; Playing with the Grand-kids; Theater; Movies; Concerts; Traveling.

Al likes to spend time with his two children and five grandchildren. 

Some of Al’s personal hobbies include golf, building projects, and practicing Tai-Chi and meditation.

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