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Learning from High Performers: 2022 Award Winner Panel

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT  
Host: Sites NOW
By: Sean Soth, SVP, Strategy & Global Business Partnerships, SCRS; Lisa Dyment, Senior Director, Site Collaborations, PPD; Mike Clay, Chief Operating Officer, Javara; Jimmy Bechtel, Vice President, Site Engagement and Innovation, Society for Clinical Research Sites; Kate Marusina, Director, Clinical Trials Office, UC Davis; Sean Jensen, Director, Site Relationship Management, Merck; Hera Arham, Director of Marketing and Patient Engagement, DM Clinical Research; and Vivienne van de Walle, (Medical)Director, PT&R

Please join the Society for Clinical Research Sites, as we share highlights from the 2022 Global Site Solutions Summit and feature an incredible panel of 2022 Award winners.  Everyone is invited to tune-in and learn more from 2022 Award Recipients including:

-2022 SCRS Eagle Award Recipients:  Merck and PPD

-2022 Excellence in Patient Centricity Award Recipient:  DM Clinical Research 

-2022 SCRS Site Tank Award Recipient:  UC Davis Health | School of Medicine

-2022 SCRS Site Patient Recruitment Innovation Award Recipient:  Javara

and more!

Learn about the approaches, communication, and programs these organizations shared on their way to becoming 2022 SCRS Award Recipients.


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Sean Soth
Sean Soth

SVP, Strategy & Global Business Partnerships, SCRS

"Site success impacts everyone in research" is the mission that drives Sean and his team as Vice President of Strategy & Business Partnerships for the Society for Clinical Research Sites. With more than 20 years experience in life sciences, Sean has lead commercial operations and strategy for ACRP, ATD, and SCRS, helping to develop programming, conferences and membership plans that bring organizations together to network and collaborate.  

Mr. Soth helped to launch SCRS, and in his role connects sponsors, CROs and solution providers within the SCRS community.  Sean is a regular speaker, panelist and host, leading the SCRS Global Impact Partner program, Sites NOW, and Site Solution Summit sponsor efforts.  During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Soth and his team worked to create a virtual networking program, Sites NOW, to help keep research sites connected and informed on topics like decentralized clinical trials, patient centricity, technology burden, and DEI.  

In 2021 Mr. Soth was named Leadership Advisory Board Chair of the PAR council, and regularly shares insights on publishing, conferences and association leadership.

Lisa Dyment
Lisa Dyment

Senior Director, Site Collaborations, PPD

Lisa has been with PPD for over 20 years in project management, strategic feasibility, proposal development and site collaborations, incorporating collaborative strategies across multiple regions and departments. Lisa began her oversight of the Patient Services group in March 2021 and since then she has been working to build the overall foundation of the group including developing oversight processes, developing guidelines for PPD teams, and further formalizing internal processes and KPIs.  

Mike Clay
Mike Clay

Chief Operating Officer, Javara

A senior clinical development and research operations executive, Michael Clay has over 25 years of industry experience. His expertise spans the clinical research ecosystem, including site management, biopharma, and contract research organizations (CRO).

Michael served in multiple key leadership positions across the industry prior to joining Javara, most recently as Vice President of Cardiovascular, Metabolic & Critical Care and the Government and Public Health Services (GPHS) Unit Head at PPD. While there, he oversaw the portfolio of clinical development programs and led a large team of clinical trial professionals. Prior to that, Clay held several other executive and leadership positions during his 15 years with PPD, including Vice President of Strategic Business Operations and Vice President Clinical Development of Asia-Pacific where he managed teams from over 14 countries. Michael also brings significant experience in clinical site management having recently worked at Synexus USA as Chief Operations Officer, where he was responsible for operational delivery and quality oversight of over 85 clinical trial locations.

A thought leader and influential speaker, Michael has participated as a panelist at the MAGI conference and presented as the Keynote Speaker for both BioPharma Asia and the New Zealand Association of Clinical Research. While at PPD, Michael was a recognized leader executing multiple strategic growth initiatives for the organization and received multiple Leadership Awards for these achievements.

Michael received his M.S.J. in pharmaceutical and medical device law from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.S. in biology from Missouri State University School of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Jimmy Bechtel
Jimmy Bechtel (Host)

Vice President, Site Engagement and Innovation, Society for Clinical Research Sites

Jimmy Bechtel is the Society for Clinical Research Sites' (SCRS) director of innovation and engagement. He brings experience from both the site and sponsor sides of the clinical research industry to his critical role with SCRS. Jimmy provided a variety of support within the site spectrum in previous positions as data specialist, patient recruiter and operations manager. On the pharma side where he worked in innovation project management, Jimmy utilized his previous professional experience to encourage a site-centric environment and create ease for sites working with a major sponsor company. This multifaceted background allows Jimmy to bring a unique perspective to the work he does on behalf of the sites. At SCRS, Jimmy is in charge of developing and executing the company's global impact partner and member-facing initiatives, and works closely with key industry partners to build out various SCRS partnership program

Kate Marusina
Kate Marusina

Director, Clinical Trials Office, UC Davis

Dr. Marusina leads the Clinical Trials Office, a key unit within the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, which
provides comprehensive management of clinical studies, maintains an extensive clinical research competency training program, and improves local clinical trials processes and infrastructure. She is a regular presenter at conferences including the Trial Innovation Network, Association for Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), MAGI Conference and others, and have published several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Marusina actively participates in workforce development collaborations, such as the ACRP Partners in Workforce Advancement. She fostered several programs improving translation of new products from bench to bedside, including the CTSA Pharmaceutical Assets Portal, now a national initiative between academia and industry to find new uses for discontinued drugs. Prior to UC Davis, Dr. Marusina was a part of the Business Development Group at Novozymes A/S, Denmark, a global leader in industrial enzymes. Dr. Marusina served as Product Manager of Clontech, then a Becton Dickinson Company, where she was responsible for an extensive portfolio of molecular biology products. She received her BS degree in Biochemistry from the Leningrad
State University, Russia, Ph.D. in Molecular Immunology and MBA degree from the University of Cincinnati, OH.

Sean Jensen
Sean Jensen

Director, Site Relationship Management, Merck

Sean is the Director of Site Relationship Management at Merck.  12+ years business, finance, and operations experience from site, CRO, and sponsor perspectives. In his personal life, Sean identifies as a Nomad, husband, dog dad, avid reader/writer, and foodie. 

Hera Arham
Hera Arham

Director of Marketing and Patient Engagement, DM Clinical Research

Hera Arham is the Director of Marketing & Patient Engagement at DM Clinical Research based out of Houston, TX. She joined DM Clinical with over 10 years of experience in marketing, communications, and business development for various organizations across the nation. She holds an MBA in Marketing and a Master's in Global Affairs. She is passionate about all things patients and has worked over the last two years to help propel a culture of patient-centricity within the organization through her considerable marketing and patient engagement efforts. As someone who has always viewed marketing and patient engagement through the lens of the patient, she is passionate about amplifying the patient voice and helping to operationalize meaningful change through data and metrics. 

Vivienne  van de Walle
Vivienne van de Walle

(Medical)Director, PT&R

Viviënne van de Walle studied medicine both at the University of Maastricht and at the University of Oxford. In addition to her MD degree she holds a medical research degree in Genetics, Pediatrics and Genetics. In 2004 she successfully defended her thesis for her PhD in Auxology and in 2011 she passed the CPI exam. She has always combined clinical research with patient care and has been a full time principal investigator at independent clinical research sites. She co-founded and owns the independent research site PT&R (www.ptr.nu) since 2006. Her entrepreneurship is reflected by her skills as thought leader and in consulting, educating and managing at CROs, pharma, nutritional companies and in executive and advisory board functions at eCOA vendors and trade organizations i.e. ACRP, SCRS, TransCelerate, CISCRP and the NVFG. With her PT&R-team she was also the proud winner of the inaugural SPRIA EU award of the SCRS . In 2019 she was nominated for the Clinical Trial Europe – Christine Pierre Life Time Achievement Award and in 2020 she was nominated at the 5th World Congress on Advanced Clinical Trials and Clinical Research for Women in Science Awards / Women Scientist. She started her research career as a participant in a clinical trial and during the COVID19 pandemic has participated in a vaccine trial for HCP and a virtual predictive COVID infection trial. As a result, Viviënne has a unique perspective of the various sides of the table in clinical research and is eager to share her many years of experience. As she states: “I love it when you pick my brain”.