Wednesday, May 20, 2009
ClearTrial, a provider of clinical trial software, appointed Michael Bruns as the company’s new chief operating officer. Bruns will oversee ClearTrial’s global operations and help further develop and implement the company’s growth strategy. Prior to joining ClearTrial, Bruns was director of the Technology Investment Banking Group at Robert W. Baird, a global investment banking firm.
Josephine Hoppe has joined contract research organization (CRO) Parexel as corporate vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Hoppe will handle Parexel’s IT initiatives and manage the integration of technology solutions with global business processes. Prior to joining Parexel, Hoppe was the CIO of Pegasystems, a business process management company.
Global contract research organization (CRO) Covance has added three new senior executive positions to its periapproval services team. The Princeton, N.J.-based company appointed Glynis Neagle, M.D., vice president for medical affairs; Robert Bader, director for product safety services; and Thomas Noto, vice president for regulatory affairs.
Although many companies are reducing headcount at an alarming rate, at least a few contract research organizations (CROs) continue to hire new people and create new positions. This week’s personnel news from around the clinical trial industry:
New York, NY-based contract research organization (CRO) Clinilabs appointed Howard Greenberg, M.D., senior medical director of the company’s newly expanded clinical pharmacology unit. Greenberg has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator for more than 100 clinical trials and co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed research publications. Most recently, he was group medical director at Bristol-Meyers Squibb.
CenterWatch, a global source for clinical trials information, announced today that it is the three-time recipient of the Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Health/Healthcare Content in the Other Healthcare Sites category presented by Strategic Health Care Communications. The award, given at the 12th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference in Orlando, Fla., marks the fourth consecutive year CenterWatch has been honored winning platinum in 2005.
Just a day after releasing disappointing third quarter results, Morrisville, N.C.-based eClinical company etrials named a new president and CEO, M. Denis Connaghan, replacing interim president and CEO Chuck Piccirillo. Piccirillo, who will resume his position as vice president of technology, has served as interim CEO since the resignation of Eugene “Chip” Jennings in July. Connaghan was formerly managing director within Marsh USA’s Global Operations.
Former etrials chief operating officer Peter S. Benton is the newly named president of Phoenix Data Systems (PDS), the eClinical division of Newtown, Pa.-based CRO Bio-Imaging Technologies. Benton, whose position at etrials was eliminated in April, will succeed Dr. William Claypool, who is leaving PDS to start a pharmaceutical development consulting company. Bio-Imaging acquired PDS earlier this year.
West Coast Clinical Trials (WCCT) appointed J. Jon Rojas vice president, clinical operations, for the Cypress, Calif.-based early stage CRO. Rojas will provide management oversight and strategic direction of the phase I business unit. Prior to joining WCCT, Rojas served as senior vice president of clinical services and support at OmniComm.