Meet Me in 5: Developing a Global Perspective

Our ongoing “Meet Me in 5” series covers 5 people, topics or questions to illustrate how Covance nurtures exceptional people, provides an energizing purpose and enables extraordinary potential in its employees’ careers.

In this article, Brian Maron, executive director, global operations, immunology & immunotoxicology, discusses culture and his global career journey with Covance.

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1. A global journey

Brian Maron has a deep history with Covance, a journey that has taken him to many places around the world. Starting out in cardiac safety for clinical trials as a software developer in the mid-90s, he worked his way up to supervise a team of software developers and was then asked if he’d like to relocate from Wisconsin to Nevada to lead the IT department. “For someone who had never lived outside of Wisconsin, this was a big move, but my wife and I decided it was a great opportunity for us,” says Brian.

It turned out Nevada was just the beginning of Brian’s global career journey with Covance. Brian was then given the chance to expand cardiac safety in the United Kingdom and was later presented the opportunity to move to Shanghai, China to set up a new facility to expand the Covance global footprint. Coming full circle, Brian now resides back in Wisconsin and enjoys nurturing talent and encouraging his team to take on assignments that allow them to see the world and grow our business.

2. A proud accomplishment

In Shanghai, Brian was tasked to develop solutions for toxicology, lead optimization toxicology, metabolism and in vivo PK screening services. The team had a goal to achieve good laboratory practices (GLP) certification of the new facility – something no other foreign company had achieved in China at the time.

“It was a learning experience,” says Brian, “but also very satisfying. From a technical perspective, we had to learn the local regulations, which are different from the US. and Europe, and build local relationships. I learned a lot about international business culture and how to leverage the phenomenal leadership and experience of our colleagues in China.”

3. Responding to rapid growth

Now responsible for expanding immunology and immunotoxicology solutions, Brian notes the exciting culture. “Even though Covance has been in this area for a while, this fast-growth environment feels like a start-up. Our team is extremely energized, so more than ever, I believe it’s important to help mentor our new leaders and those driven to succeed at Covance. I am highly focused on the short- and long-term needs of our clients and our employees.”

 4. Exploring unique career tracks

For Brian, his career advances at Covance were about seeking out new opportunities. “If you are willing to explore unique career tracks, Covance will be there as your partner,” explains Brian. “You can play a major role in some really interesting global initiatives and have confidence you will succeed with the support of exception people. That’s why I really enjoy working for a larger company like Covance. There are many opportunities to advance drug development – and your career.”

5. Making a positive impact

In his day-to-day work, Brian interacts with people from around the world. He says, “It’s inspiring to be a piece of something large and impactful, and even more exciting to see what our team can achieve together.”

When thinking about his next career move, Brian jokes, “I’ve definitely given up on predicting the future.” But one constant remains in his daily work. “I continue to believe in the underlying mission of Covance to help produce medicines which improve global health. The things I do with my team have an impact on my own life and the lives of my family and friends – work that makes us all proud.”

To learn more about life at Covance and explore careers, visit www.Careers.Covance.com.

Meet Me in 5: Building a Long-Term Career at Covance

Our ongoing “Meet me in 5” series covers 5 people, topics or questions to illustrate how Rob Davie CovanceCovance nurtures exceptional people, provides an energized purpose and enables extraordinary potential in its employees’ careers.   

In this article, Rob Davie, vice president & general manager, global clinical development at Covance, shares his thoughts on career ownership, the benefits of our global culture and our competitive advantage.

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Work That Matters: A Personal Impact

Covance employees working to support clinical trials recognize that they are helping to Socialmedia_LinkedIn1200x627_work-that-mattersmove medicine forward and improve healthcare, but sometimes the impact is much closer to home.

“A client of ours was testing a new formulation of a measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) vaccine and needed to ensure the end product was safe in pediatric populations,” explained Joshua. The Phase IV study was running smoothly but needed a Clinical Research Associate (CRA). Joshua was thrilled to take on the study and build on his experience.  Continue reading

Meet Me in 5: Growing Your Career with Covance

Our ongoing “Meet me in 5” series covers 5 people, topics or questions to illustrate how Covance nurtures exceptional people, provides an energized purpose and enables extraordinary potential in its employees’ careers.   

In this edition of Meet Me in 5, our leadership team shares their experiences with nurturing careers at Covance.

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Stepping Up the Game: Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (MMRV) Concomitant Testing Support for Vaccine Evaluation

The introduction of vaccines against Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Varicella (the “V” in MMRV vaccines) led to a drop in the incidence of these diseases by 89% (Varicella) and 99% (MMR). These effective vaccines are a core component in most pediatric immunization programs across the world. Hence, every time a new pediatric vaccine is added to the existing immunization schedule, clinical evidence must be provided that the newcomer does not adversely influence the immunogenic response to the MMRV-licensed vaccines. These required non-inferiority studies when vaccines are co-administered (known as concomitant vaccine testing) come with their own challenges.

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Going Virtual: Evolving Real World Evidence Study Design for
Speed, Flexibility and Lower Cost

Using a traditional clinical-site recruitment approach is no longer the only option in observational research. With the increased adoption of electronic informed consent methods by the FDA, it is now feasible to conduct real world evidence (RWE) studies using a virtual model that eliminates entirely the need for clinical sites.

Join us to learn how to lower cost and improve the efficacy of current, site-based RWE studies as well as:

  • The implications of electronic informed consent by the FDA
  • What is required to conduct a prospective virtual RWE study
  • How to use electronic data for a retrospective virtual RWE study

September 19, 2017 | 11 a.m. EDT | Register Now

 

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Precision Medicine in Immuno-Oncology

The NIH defines precision medicine as “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person1.” In cancer patients, we can rephrase the definition to “through detailed understanding of a cancer’s biology, providing the right drug, for the right patient, at the right time.” Covance CRO Labs Blog

In order to identify the correct drug, biomarkers are used to identify patients that can be treated with the appropriate therapy for their cancer. The FDA defines biomarkers as “a defined characteristic that is measured as an indicator of normal biological processes, pathogenic processes, or responses to an exposure or intervention, including therapeutic interventions2.” Great strides have been made in the discovery and validation of biomarkers in drug development. Continue reading

Fierce Innovation Awards Recognize Xcellerate® Trial Design As Best Data Analytics/Business Intelligence Technology

Covance is proud to announce that Xcellerate® Trial Design has been selected as the Fierce Innovation Awards Recognize Xcellerate® Trial Design winner of the Fierce Innovation Awards: Life Sciences Edition in the Data Analytics/Business Intelligence category. The Fierce Innovation Awards: Life Sciences Edition recognizes outstanding innovations that are driving improvements and transforming the life sciences industry. Xcellerate Trial Design was recognized for its innovative approach to improving site selection, forecasting resource demand and optimizing of clinical trial design. Continue reading

Computerworld Names Dimitris Agrafiotis of Covance a 2017 Premier 100 Technology Leader

Agrafiotis’ Leadership in Bringing Xcellerate® Informatics to Market Demonstrates How Software Can Improve Health and Improve Lives

IDG’s Computerworld recently recognized Dimitris Agrafiotis, PhD, chief data officer and Computerworld Dimitris Agrafiotis head of technology products for Covance Drug Development, as a 2017 Premier 100 Technology Leaders honoree. This year’s Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. Covance is the drug development business of LabCorp.

“The Premier 100 awards program highlights the exceptional work of an elite group of IT executives who are leading their organizations through times of unprecedented change. They are using technology to drive high-stakes business projects and create dynamic growth in their organizations,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld.

“These 100 men and women are not only strategic business thinkers, but also team leaders who recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining the brightest talent to enable digital transformation and harness the opportunities of cloud, big data, mobile and social. We’re pleased to recognize their leadership and honor their achievements.” Continue reading

Risk-Based Monitoring – Driving the Evolution of the Clinical Research Associate Role

Over the last 10 years, clinical trials have changed substantially in response to increasing globalization and study complexity, along with new technological capabilities and industry guidelines[1],7. With these noticeable transformations, sponsors are increasingly revisiting their monitoring methods to uncover new efficiencies and develop more robust risk management processes that can enhance ongoing patient safety and data quality.

At the forefront of this movement is risk-based monitoring (RBM) – a broad term for a variety of clinical monitoring methods that combine people, process and technology, enabling project teams and Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) to focus on the most important risks in clinical trials.

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