Team Bios

The CenterWatch team is comprised of passionate and highly-accomplished clinical trials and healthcare industry experts dedicated to providing leading publications and services for clinical research professionals and patients.

Kenneth A. Getz
Founder and Owner

Ken is the founder and owner of CenterWatch, a leading publisher in the clinical trials industry. He is also the chairman of CISCRP—a nonprofit organization that he created to educate and raise public awareness of the clinical research process—and the Director of Sponsored Programs, Research Associate Professor, at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development where he studies R&D management and operating models, investigative site, outsourcing and study volunteer trends and policies.

A well-known speaker at conferences, symposia, universities and corporations, Ken has published extensively in peer-review journals, books and in the trade press. He is the author of two nationally-recognized books for patients and their advocates entitled Informed Consent: A Guide to the Risks and Benefits of Volunteering for Clinical Trials and The Gift of Participation. He is the recipient of the 2006 Innovator in Clinical Research award from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, the Drug Information Association's 2009 award for Distinguished Service and a 2010 Tufts University Distinction Award nominee. Ken has held a number of board appointments in the private and public sectors including serving on the Institute of Medicine's Clinical Research Roundtable, the DIA Foundation, the Consortium to Examine Clinical Research Ethics at Johns Hopkins University and the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative established by the FDA and Duke University. He is on the editorial boards of Controlled Clinical Trials, Research Practitioner, and the Drug Information Journal and writes a bi-monthly column for Applied Clinical Trials.

Ken holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brandeis University. Prior to founding CenterWatch, Ken worked for more than seven years in management consulting where he assisted biopharmaceutical companies in developing and implementing business strategies to improve clinical development performance.

Joan A. Chambers
Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer for CenterWatch, Joan is responsible for the business operations, financial performance, marketing, and sales of the company along with setting strategic direction.

A well-known speaker at industry conferences and symposiums, Joan has presented on a wide variety of topics, including Phase IV, Investigative Site Financials, Clinical Research Careers, Site Relationships with Sponsor and CRO companies, the Evolving Changes in the Clinical Research Enterprise, Cost Management and Patient Recruitment. In the course of her career, she has also published in clinical trade journals. For five years, she was an instructor for Barnett International's CRA/CRC programs on the site identification/qualification process. Joan is on the Advisory Board for The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), and is an active member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and the Drug Information Association (DIA).

Prior to joining CenterWatch in April 2010, Joan spent two and a half years with Cambridge Healthtech Institute as Senior Director of Marketing & Operations-Publications; two and half years with the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development at Tufts University as Director of Strategic Marketing & Development; seven and a half years with Thomson CenterWatch as Senior Director of Marketing & Sales; and four years working for PAREXEL International as Site Selection Specialist. Joan holds a B.S. in Marketing.

Paul Gualdoni
Manager, Design and Production

Paul rejoined CenterWatch in 2010 managing the production of the print publications and providing creative support to Marketing and the CenterWatch Web presence. Paul holds a BFA in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and has more than 15 years of experience in sundry design roles including publishing, marketing and Web site design.

Tracy Lawton
Research Analyst

Tracy has been part of the CenterWatch team since 2006. She is responsible for maintaining the drug information data for all of CenterWatch, including the Drugs in Clinical Trials Database and the FDA Approved Drugs and New Medical Therapies™ pages on Tracy also contributes to the editorial publications, including The CenterWatch Monthly and CWWeekly. Tracy holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Colorado.