Business and People Update April 2009

April 1, 2009
Marissa Shapiro

Applied Clinical Trials

Volume 0, Issue 0

Industry news focusing on the people and organizations who work in the clinical trials profession.

People

Lori Ball

• Upon a recent promotion, Lori Ball will now serve as the vice president of global operations, sales, and marketing for BioStorage Technologies (Indianapolis, IN), adding to her prior responsibilities: operations, logistics, sample handling and processing, and IT.

Michael Reffeitt

• A recent promotion has made Michael Reffeitt now the vice president of global finance and human services for BioStorage Technologies (Indianapolis, IN).

• Taking on the responsibility for the scientific services provided to BASi's (West Lafayette, IN) clients, Anthony Chilton will serve as the company's new chief operating officer.

Anthony Chilton

• As the new vice president of clinical development and chief medical officer for Camargo (Cincinnati, OH), Samer "Sam" Kaba, MD, will be responsible for research services and clinical development.

Samer Kaba

• After a lengthy career at Genzyme as general manager, Willem van Weperen will now join to-BBB (Leiden, The Netherlands) as its new chief executive officer.

• Expanding its core scientific team, Velesco (Ann Arbor, MI) has added to its staff Peter Angus as the director of analytical chemistry and Lisa Crandall as senior analytical scientist.

• As Quanticate's (Cambridge, MA) new president of U.S. operations, Andrew MacGarvey will support the company's existing and new U.S. clients, and continue to direct global sales.

• With previous senior level positions in corporate development, operations management, business development, and sales under his belt, Joseph Blanchard will now serve as Aushon BioSystem's (Billerica, MA) new chief operating officer.

• Sixteen-time author Bert Spilker, a 20-year veteran of the clinical trials industry, has released his latest book, Guide to Drug Development: A Comprehensive Review and Assessment .

• Continuing toward its goal to double its staff in the next year, C-TASC (Baltimore, MD) has added three statisticians to its team: Terry Cox, MD, Zhibao Mi, and Zhaoyu Luo.

• Bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in the area of clinical trial supplies and processes, Tony Moult will now serve as the general manager of EU Operations for Bilcare GCS (Phoenixville, PA).

Pantec (Ruggell, Liechtenstein) is expanding its Scientific Advisory Board with the addition of Rox Anderson, MD, Jean-Luc Levy, MD, and Robert Strohal, MD, all of whom will utilize their experience to strengthen the company's expertise in transdermal delivery of drugs.

• To support the expansion of its global CNS Rater Services Department, ePharmaSolutions (Conshohocken, PA) has added Marian Ormont, MD, and Theresa Bromley, to its clinical team.

• A growing customer demand for postmarket studies has led Covance (Princeton, NJ) to expand its project management and add Sandra DiGiambattista and Vanessa Castillo as project directors of clinical operations for periapproval services.

[Left to Right] Richard Ennis, Ulster Bank (awards sponsor); Martin Lamb, Almac; and Rotha Johnston, Invest NI.

Cherie Hicks will serve as the new president and chief executive officer of CMR Institute (Roanoke, VA), where some of her new responsibilities will include implementing solutions, driving partnerships, and overseeing initiatives around innovation.

• As the new vice president of North American sales for Aushon BioSystems (Billerica, MA), Mark Schmeizl will be responsible for developing and leading the sales team in oversight of sales operations, processing, and training.

• Two software and life science industry veterans, Diane Carlson and Marina Aslanyan, have joined Sparta System's (Holmdel, NJ) executive leadership team.

Alliance News

  • A new partnership between Expression Analysis (Durham, NC) and Complement Genomics (Sunderland, UK) will allow Expression Analysis to offer its services and gain access to clients within the UK market.

  • Selecting Medidata's (New York, NY) Medidata Rave as its data management solution, the Seattle Children's Research Institute's Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics (CFFT) will use this integrated solution of electronic data capture and clinical data management and reporting for several upcoming cystic fibrosis clinical research trials.

  • Epistem (Manchester, UK) has collaborated with Novartis (East Hanover, NJ) to identify new drug targets and therapeutics across various disease areas.

  • Aiming to identify and validate biomarkers for the assessment of drug toxicity, Mosaiques (Hannover, Germany) and the FDA (Rockville, MD) have collaborated to share each other's knowledge and resources in this area.

  • To achieve best practices for clinical research infrastructure and financial dealings, Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers (Dallas, TX) has partnered with both Velos (Fremont, CA) and Net.Orange (Irving, TX).

  • Capstone Therapeutics (Tempe, AZ) has selected PharmaPros' (Cambridge, MA) Dataflow Manager to use as its central interface to track and manage clinical information for a current Phase II trial.

Awards

  • Training Magazine has named Quintiles (Research Triangle Park, NC) as number 80 on its "Training Top 125" 2009 ranking.

  • Of five awards presented at the Invest Northern Ireland Innovation & Export Awards, Almac (Craigavon, Ireland) was awarded the "Exporter of the Year" award, which recognizes the company for its export achievement and growth as a local business that has been exporting for over four years.

  • Scorr Marketing (Kearney, NE) wins a gold award in the "Public Service Interactive" category and a silver award in the "Elements of Advertising Logo" category at the 16th Annual Nebraska ADDY Awards.

Company News

  • Through its choice of Scorr Marketing (Kearney, NE) as its agency of record, Davita (El Segundo, CA) will be provided with a strategic marketing plan, brand development, and a Web community for patients, investigators, and pharmaceutical development companies.

  • A new personalized global e-commerce solution, CogenicsOnline, has been created by Clinical Data (Newton, MA) and will be available to its customers, as well as agricultural and academic partners.

  • Expanding its relationship with Microsoft, ISI (Philadelphia, PA) will now offer an integrated solution of the company's Regulatory Solutions Suite that is built upon and fully integrated with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

  • The Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Charity, Action Duchenne (London, UK), has made its registry, which allows patients diagnosed with the disease to add themselves to a database for clinical research trials, available to DMD patients in Ireland.

  • In an effort to move to a paperless environment, Almac (Yardley, PA) has completed its first paperless client audit.

  • To support sponsors conducting early stage and Phase II trials, WorldCare Clinical (Boston, MA) will now offer Collect, Ready, Hold, a service that allows imaging data to be collected and standardized by a specific protocol and then held in a secured database.

  • A recent Contractor Performance Report from the NIH gave C-TASC (Baltimore, MD) three scores of "outstanding," the highest possible, for the company's service, and timeliness of performance and business relations.

New Facilities

  • Indicating Quanticate's (London, UK) mission to further the expansion of it clinical trial services it has established a new U.S. headquarters, which is based in Cambridge, MA.

  • With the intention of enhancing its global presence, Covance (Princeton, NJ) has opened three new offices in Kiev, Ukraine; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Tel Aviv, Israel.

  • Criterium (Saratoga Springs, NY) has expanded its services with its newest global office located in Toronto, Canada.

  • With plans to retool its Phase I services to meet changing industry dynamics, Metroplex Clinical Research Center (Dallas, TX) will be relocating from its current facility based on the campus of the University of Texas Southwestern at St. Paul University Hospital to a larger space, still in Dallas.