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SynteractHCR, a full-service, international contract research organization (CRO), has appointed three new senior-level managers. These leadership positions include Linda Rawlings as executive director strategic development, Pascale Goujard-Paquette as senior director of clinical operations in the EU, and Erin Parker as senior director of global medical operations.

ICON plc, announced the following senior appointments: Dr. Andrew Garrett has been appointed Executive Vice President, Scientific Operations, Dr. Paul McCracken has joined ICON as Vice President, Medical Imaging and Mr. Jim Carroll has been appointed Vice President, Real World Evidence (RWE).

Dr. Garrett most recently was with Quintiles, where he led the global clinical analysis and reporting services group. Dr. McCracken joins ICON from Eisai, where he led the Imaging Center of Excellence, and Mr. Carroll comes to ICON from inVentiv Health, where he led the formation of a new business unit focused on providing novel RWD-driven services.

Dan Lehman

TrialScope, a provider of clinical trial transparency and compliance solutions, has appointed Dan Lehman as Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Lehman most recently, he led sales efforts for complex customer migrations at ViewPoint Construction Software.

ERT has appointed Dr. Prakriteswar Santikary to Chief Data Officer, to advance the vision and implementation of ERT’s broadening data and reporting architecture strategy.

Veeva Systems has expanded its clinical leadership team with the following appointments: Henry Levy, Chief Strategy Officer; Jill Johnston, Vice President, Veeva Vault Clinical; Brian Longo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Veeva Vault EDC; Richard Young, Vice President, Veeva Vault EDC; Drew Garty, Vice President, Product Management, Veeva Vault EDC; and Michelle Marlborough, Vice President, Product Management, Veeva Vault CTMS.

Levy joins Veeva from Accenture, where he was head of its’ global life sciences R&D practice. Johnston comes from Covance where she held a variety of senior leadership roles. Longo has been with Veeva for 10 years, and leads the development of Vault EDC and Vault eSource. Young joins Veeva most recently from Medidata, where he focused on adaptive trials, risk-based monitoring, mHealth, and big data. Garty spent the majority of his career at Parexel where he led the institutionalization of EDC and development of innovative solutions such as risk-based monitoring. Marlborough was vice president of product strategy at Medidata

ICON announced that, as part of its planned succession of executive leadership, Mr. Ciaran Murray will transition to the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Dr. Steve Cutler will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer, with both changes effective as of March 1, 2017.

Elligo Health Research has appointed Dawn East as Vice President of Oncology Operations. In her role at Elligo, East will oversee site relationships, coordinate projects and conduct outreach for all activities pertaining to cancer research, the first of several specializations the company envisions.

Almac Group has appointed Dr. Victor Diaz Perez as Head of Physical Sciences. Before joining Almac, Dr. Diaz spent 10 years with Pharmorphix, now part of Johnson Matthey Plc., a global CRO providing solid state services for the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industry.

INC Research appointed Kenneth F. Meyers, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Hill-Rom to the Company’s Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee of the Board and Matthew E. Monaghan, President and Chief Executive Officer at Invacare Corporation, to the Company’s Board of Directors and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. In conjunction with these appointments, the Company also announced the resignation of Terry Woodward as a Director of the Company effective December 31, 2016.

Dr. Martine Dehlinger-Kremer

SynteractHCR has announced its Vice President for Global Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Dr. Martine Dehlinger-Kremer, has been appointed as the Chair of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP) Children’s Medicines Working Party. Founded during a conference at the European Parliament in 1993 with the support of the European Commission, The EFGCP Children's Medicines Working Party facilitates discussion in Europe on best practices and standards in pediatric drug development needed for better medicines for children.

SCORR Marketing has announced the appointment of Kelly DeBoer as director of health care. DeBoer will lead strategic planning for clients involved in the health care industry and implement marketing programs that target patients, physicians and specialized workers.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has appointed Kamal Shah, MD as the Head of its new Global Drug Safety (GDS) department’s Innovation unit, based out of Billerica, Massachusetts. The new unit addresses the needs of a rapidly advancing pipeline of medicines in development. Dr. Shah is a board certified anaesthesiologist, and comes to Merck from Celgene, where he led the strategic planning and execution of all drug safety aspects for multiple new drug applications.


CRF Health, a global provider of electronic Clinical Outcome Assessments (eCOA) solutions for the life sciences industry, announced it has been named a finalist in the UK Tech Awards. The company has been selected in the ‘Tech Innovation of the Year’ category for its TrialConsent™ solution, the industry’s first eCOA-native electronic informed consent technology.

Cenduit, a joint venture between QuintilesIMS and Thermo Fisher Scientific, was named to the Grant Thornton North Carolina 100 (NC100) list, celebrating the largest privately held businesses in North Carolina. To be considered for the NC100, companies must be headquartered in North Carolina, may not be a subsidiary of another company and cannot have publicly traded stock. Companies featured on the list are based on revenue in the most recent fiscal year.

Almac Group has won the Research and Development achievement award at the Pharma Industry Awards, 2016. The annual event recognizes the most original and innovative individuals and companies that demonstrate excellence within the Irish Pharma sector. Almac received the award for its enzyme technology development through its “selectAZyme™” research program

The Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) made the following awards announcements at its 2016 Global Site Solutions Summit:

  • Novo Nordisk was the winning sponsor of the 2016 Sponsor Eagle Award, and QuintilesIMS earned honors as the winning CRO.

  • Research Institute of Deaconess Clinic won the 2016 (SCRS) Site Tank award, which recognizes a research site that has developed an innovative technology solution for clinical research. Deaconess’ innovative idea uses mobile technology to offer sites and sponsors a viable alternative to destroying unused lab kits leftover at the completion of clinical trials.

  • American Health Network won the Site Patient Enrollment Innovation Achievement (SPRIA) Award, which recognizes a research site that has developed and implemented an innovative patient recruitment program. American Health Network developed a Clinical Trial Alert (CTA) system that works seamlessly with their common Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system to help with patient recruitment.

INC Research commemorated its 25th year milestone of managing the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry (APR), the largest and longest-running pregnancy exposure registry that has enrolled more than 20,000 prospective pregnancies from 70 countries. The APR is the primary source for evaluating the safety of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs used in pregnancy and is a collaboration of 26 manufacturers of more than 45 brand and generic medications.

SCORR Marketing’s Ryan Larsen, digital director, has achieved Google Partner status, a companywide certification that demonstrates digital advertising expertise.
Greenphire, a clinical payment solutions provider, has been named to Deloitte’s 2016 Technology Fast 500, which recognizes the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy technology companies in North America. Greenphire grew 190% during this period, putting the company at number 369 on the list.

INC Research has been awarded the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Contract Research Outsourcing Services Customer Value Leadership Award. The Company was recognized for successfully expanding its customer base in the Asia/Pacific region and driving significant repeat business.

Exco InTouch, a provider of digital patient engagement and data capture solutions, has been recognized in Deloitte’s 2016 UK Fast 50 technology awards – securing the award in acknowledgment of the rapid growth achieved by the company over the course of the last four years.

Business News

IMARC Research, a contract research organization based in Strongsville, Ohio, recently expanded its footprint in the medical device market by opening a new office in the Minneapolis area, specifically in Minnetonka.

Rho, a Chapel Hill-based full-service contract research organization (CRO), has donated nearly $43,000 to the highest poverty schools in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina through Rho’s donation will fund all math and science related projects at public schools in Wake, Orange and Durham counties. This is the second year in a row that Rho has made a donation to this nonprofit educational organization.

ClinCapture has opened a new office on West Broadway in New York, NY. The expansion of the San Francisco, California-based EDC vendor to New York City allows for ClinCapture to better serve its East Coast customers as the company continues to grow.

Editor’s Note: The next update will appear January 16, 2017.

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