U.S. Senate hopeful Dr. Rik Mehta is a father, husband, biotech entrepreneur and a global healthcare policy expert. Trained at world–renowned Rutgers University as a pharmacist and lawyer, Dr. Mehta has emerged as a top contender for the U.S. Senate seat in 2020 because of his intimate knowledge of the issues that matter to New Jersey. As a small business owner and a first generation American, he’s a staunch advocate for Constitutional integrity, safe and legal immigration, a healthcare system that’s built for generations to come, and laws that put New Jersey innovation first.
Rik worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he held pharmaceutical companies accountable to our federal laws, removed unapproved opioids off the market and increased access to innovative breakthrough therapies for life-threatening diseases. While on secondment at the World Health Organization, Rik worked on global policies to reduce the trade of counterfeit drugs and on international missions with Interpol’s pharmaceutical crimes unit. Serving as a former political appointee with the health department in DC, Rik understands with experience why Obamacare will hurt not heal us. It’s where he developed his deep expertise on the unnecessarily complicated regulations that make drugs expensive and healthcare unaffordable. Currently, Rik is Vice President at Aquestive Therapeutics and a co-founder of Licentiam Inc.; a small business in NJ built to reduce regulatory burdens imposed on doctors by government. Additionally, he is an innovator and scientist and developed a novel antibody treatment targeting rare diseases. Rik started his career as a community pharmacist in New Jersey and later at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, one of the country’s top hospitals where he spent years practicing clinical pharmacy. Rik is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC where he teaches health law and regulation, and global drug law and regulation.
Rik lives in Morris County where he and his wife Reema raise their three little gentlemen and their dog Dexter. Rik’s energetic wife, Reema, is also an influential leader and scientist. She is a former FDA official and currently works as a drug safety science leader at Pfizer where she is also a member on the FDA Advisory Committee in drug safety and risk management. The two met at their alma mater, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where they married.
Rik received his B.S. in pharmacy from Rutgers University, his Pharm.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Global Health Law and International Institutions through a joint program with Georgetown University Law Center and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.