Mariam Darsot, board chair, retired CEO Nexus Pharmaceuticals

Maryam Darsot, Chairman of the Board, retired CEO of Nexus Pharmaceuticals Inc. 10300 128th Ave., Pleasant Prairie Employees: 200 Industry: Pharmaceuticals Maryam Darsot, recently retired president, CEO of Nexuspharma.

Maryam Darsut Chairman of the Board, retired CEO Nexus Pharmaceuticals Inc. 10300 128th Ave., Pleasant Prairie Employees: 200 Industry: Pharmacology Production

Maryam Darsott, recently retired president and CEO of Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Nexus Pharmaceuticals, is the Kenosha Area Business Association’s 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year as part of KABA’s Ovation Awards program.

Darsott pioneered a family pharmaceutical company that started in his living room and has since grown into a $100 million manufacturing facility in Pleasant Prairie. The facility is just the first phase of an expected $250 million investment over 10 years that is expected to create more than 400 local jobs.

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Darsut founded Nexus in 2003 with her husband Shahid Ahmed. Today, both and Ahmed, along with their four children, are all active in this company. Nexus aims to make generic drugs more accessible to hospitals and patients.

“At our core we care about helping others, and (being privately held) has helped us connect directly with the people we want to help,” Darsott said. We have more freedom in choosing partners, vendors and pricing without being influenced by external voices. “We’ve taken chances with these choices by finding ways to give patients and hospitals equitable access (to drugs) that state-owned companies can’t do freely.”

In addition to its mission to help improve people’s access to essential injectable medications, Darsuth is heavily involved in the surrounding community. Nexus is donating furniture to the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha and redesigning its space. The company also partnered with the Kenosha Unified School District this year to expose students to the pharmaceutical industry and sponsored the annual Kenosha Golf Education Foundation.

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“I’ve been active in helping recruit talent in Kenosha County for our manufacturing facility,” Darsott said. I continue to reach out to local government associations to make sure our world-class facilities are highlighted and the story of this small town is known around the world. I also encourage our team to support local Kenosha vendors. “I am diligent in supporting small local businesses whenever I can.”

Heather Wesseling Gross, vice president of the Kenosha Area Business Association, said Darsutt was singled out as this year’s top entrepreneur because of the values ​​she instilled in her family. As Nexus has launched more products, the company has always maintained control over them, allowing family members to ensure quality and price match their mission.

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“I think it’s his leadership in his family … you can just feel it,” Gross said.

Nexus as part of Inc. magazine’s Best of Business 2021 program. won the gold award. The company is also certified as a minority-owned company and a women’s business.

Darsott officially retired as president and CEO on Oct. 3. His son, Usman Ahmed, succeeded him. Ahmed joined Nexus in 2009 as Vice President of Finance and Business Development and was named Chief Financial Officer in 2013. In 2021, he assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer.

Darsott will remain active with the company through his role as chairman of the board.

Darsmouth on a facility tour of the new Pleasant Prairie campus in 2021.
Darsmouth on a facility tour of the new Pleasant Prairie campus in 2021.


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