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CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services announced the following new hires:

Patrick Dearing joins as Executive Director, Global Human Resources; Marty Budke, Senior Accounting Manager; Tasha Clifford, Senior CRA Manager; Paige Deters, Senior Study Coordinator; Lynn Holmberg, Research Pharmacist/Assistant Study Manager; Estelle Seka, Kirsten Wellige and Susan

Gläser are Clinical Trial Assistants; and Kristina Münkel joins as Clinical Trial Assistant, Germany; Susan Mahen, Administrative Assistant, Business Development; Jamie Meisenhelder, Corporate Counsel; Richard Miller, Senior Director, Business Development & Client Management; Natalie Nortman, Assistant Study Manager; Achim Nutzenberger, MD, Medical Director, Europe; Marc Patterson, Clinical Safety Scientist II; Sherri Ranson, Associate Manager, Business Development Operations; Reed Seward, Study Coordinator and Sherry Sizemore, Senior Clinical Data Associate.

The company also announced the following promotions: Mike Montani promoted to Senior Manager, Business Development Operations; Tommie Grotjan, Clinical Document Systems Specialist; Allison Schroeder, Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communication; Katie Westerkamp, Associate Study Manager; Esther Aragon, Clinical Project Manager; Conner Maxwell, Senior Research Associate; Tyler Meer, Assistant Research Scientist, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs; Tricia Robison, Clinical Data Manager and Kacey Spiker, Clinical Safety Coordinator.

Cryoport, Inc., a provider of cryogenic logistics solutions to the life sciences industry announced the appointment of Robert Hariri, MD, PhD to its Board of Directors. Dr. Hariri is the Chairman, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics. He has pioneered the use of stem cells and biomaterials to treat a range of life threatening diseases and has made transformative contributions in the field of tissue engineering.

Chiltern, a global contract research organization (CRO), is expanding its clinical development services in endocrinology and metabolism and has named Randy L. Anderson, PhD, as senior vice president of scientific affairs. Anderson has 30 years of industry experience is an expert in diabetes and other endocrine/metabolism disorders. A board director for JDRF International, he also serves on multiple scientific advisory boards for pharmaceutical companies with endocrine products.

Business News

Rho, a Chapel Hill, NC-based CRO announced the company will continue its support of public education in its home state through a $28,000 donation to high-poverty schools in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina. Rho’s donation will fund 20 math and science related projects at public schools in Wake, Orange and Durham counties. As part of the donation, Rho will also provide each of its employees a $25 DonorsChoose.org gift card to donate to the school or project of their choice.

Quintiles CEO Tom Pike is featured on the October cover of Endurance Magazine, a regional monthly magazine focused on educating, inspiring, and motivating athletes of all levels and abilities. For the feature, Pike talked with Endurance about his many years of running, how he got started, and why fitness is important to him and Quintiles. Quintiles is the title sponsor of the Quintiles Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo, and the annual Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon.

PPD announced the 2015 PPD Heroes team of athletes competing in its PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon October 17. PPD Heroes, everyday people who overcame illness with medical treatments developed through clinical research, raise awareness about the importance of increasing participation in clinical trials, which are integral to developing new medicines. PPD Heroes will share their inspirational stories at the PPD Hero Awards, an invitation-only celebration at the company’s worldwide headquarters in Wilmington on Oct. 16, a day before competing in the triathlon.

The 2015 PPD Heroes team comprises:

  • Teresa Dunlap, an executive director of project management for PPD, has worked for more than 20 years on clinical trials and now oversees general cardiovascular and large cardiovascular endpoint clinical trials. Three years ago, she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. The 2015 PPD Beach2Battleship weekend will mark her third year post-treatment, which places her out of the danger zone for a recurrence.

  • Liz Lloyd, a pharmacist with PPD and an avid swimmer, had difficulty walking at the end of 2011. Her limp led her doctor to a diagnosis of late-stage metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her bones. Although standard-of-care treatment worked for four years, with a change in her condition, she joined a clinical trial in June.

  • Mark Hoffman, a business consultant, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease five years ago. Hoffman matched his intense medical treatments with triathlon training. After several unsuccessful treatments, a surgeon removed six inches of his intestine last year, and his doctor enrolled him in a clinical trial that Hoffman hopes will treat his Crohn’s.

  • Jolene Hopper, a corporate tax administrator, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. Her oncologist encouraged her to enroll in a clinical trial with the hope of improving her condition and also helping others facing the same diagnosis. The resulting chemotherapy and radiation treatments successfully treated Hopper, a mother of two.

  • Meg Roberts, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10, credits clinical researchers for developing therapies that help her manage the condition. As there is no cure for diabetes, to stay healthy she must inject insulin several times a day. 

  • Garrett Rush-Miller and Eric Miller mark Garrett’s 15-year anniversary since having surgery to remove a brain tumor, which left him profoundly visually impaired. With his father, Eric, by his side, Garrett received six weeks of radiation therapy and 64 weeks of chemotherapy. Along the way Garrett had to relearn to walk and talk. Today, Garrett is an Eagle Scout who enjoys sports. He has inspired the Rush-Miller Foundation, which has allowed nearly 2,300 blind and low-vision kids to ride a tandem bicycle.

CRF Health, a global provider of eCOA solutions for the life sciences industry, announced it has been accredited to implement Professor Elizabeth Juniper's Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ) and Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ) on its TrialMax Touch® Android platform. CRF Health was the first eCOA company to complete a full validation study for Professor Juniper's gold standard ACQ and AQLQ questionnaire on the handheld Windows Mobile platform, and now has the same implementation available on its Android platform.

IntegReview IRB announced its move to 3815 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste. 320, Austin, TX 78704. IntegReview IRB’s new location doubles their previous space and includes a conference room with seating for over 45 participants. It also features an additional 1,000 square feet of office space to accommodate new staff, a state-of-the-art data temperature-controlled storage with continuous backups, and views of Austin’s hill-country landscape.

Camargo Pharmaceutical Services, global drug development strategist specializing in the 505(b)(2) approval pathway, welcomed four postdoctoral interns to its Durham, N.C., office in June. This is Camargo’s fourth class of interns who come from varying educational backgrounds, holding Ph.D.’s in pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, and cell and development biology.

 

Awards

The Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS), a global trade organization for clinical research sites, made a number of award presentations at its 2015 Global Site Solutions Summit on October 11, 2015. They are as follows:

  • Sheridan Clinical Research winner of the “Site Tank” award for innovative technology concepts designed to enhance, empower and improve their sites.

  • Merck & Co. won the 2015 Sponsor Eagle Award and Quintiles won the 2015 CRO Eagle Award, which recognizes the sponsor and CRO organizations that are dedicated to creating positive relationships with sites, as voted on by the sites.

DAC Patient Recruitment Services, earned the Best Headline award in the 2015 Rethink Research Challenge. This contest aimed to raise awareness of and shed a positive light on clinical research, and was sponsored by Eli Lilly, CISCRP, and MAGI. DAC’s award-winning entry, Clinical Research for Your Future, and Hers, can be seen here.

INC Research has been named the recipient of Medidata’s Trial of the Future Award in the Operational Excellence category. INC Research was recognized for its efficient use and adoption of leading-edge technology and analytics within Medidata’s integrated cloud solution for electronic data capture (Medidata Rave®) and operational clinical trial management (Medidata CTMS™).

BRANY’s ProtocolBuilder® has received Gold Awards for “Best New Service Award or Application” and “Health Application” in the 2015 app design awards sponsored by design100. These awards celebrate creativity and innovation in design achievements by app creators and commissioners.

Quintiles has been named the market leader in Phase IV services for the third year in a row, according to the 2015 CRO Quality Benchmarking – Phase IV Service Providers Report from Industry Standard Research (ISR).

PPDhas earned recognition for excellence in multimedia and digital communications that promote the people and technology vital to advancing the development of life-changing medicines. PPD earned five honors in the annual Telly Awards and three in the Digital Health Awards.