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Our multifunctional teams work side by side with you throughout the course of your trial. This unique 360º approach eliminates hand-off confusion and empowers you to make more informed decisions. Learn more about some of the experts that could become an extension of your team. Scroll down to see all profiles.

Jack Modell, M.D.

Vice President and Senior Medical Officer

Dr. Modell is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 35 years of experience in clinical research, including 20 years conducting trials, teaching, and providing patient care in academic medicine, and 15 additional years of experience in clinical drug development (proof of concept through market support), medical affairs, successful NDA filings, medical governance, drug safety, compliance, and management within the pharmaceutical and CRO industries. His specialties and expertise include neuroscience, clinical pharmacology, drug development, clinical research, medical governance, teaching, and clinical diagnosis and treatment. Jack has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications across numerous medical specialties, including addiction medicine, anesthesiology, neurology, nuclear medicine, and psychiatry. He has lead several successful development programs in the neurosciences. Jack is a key opinion leader in the neurosciences, has won numerous awards and honors for patient care and teaching, served on numerous advisory and editorial boards, and is nationally known for leading the first successful development of preventative pharmacotherapy for the depressive episodes of seasonal affective disorder.

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David Shoemaker, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, R&D

In the past two years, Dr. Shoemaker has served as an expert reviewer for four successful marketing applications. Dr. Shoemaker has significant experience interacting with the Divisions of Anesthetics, Analgesia, and Addiction Products (DAAARP), Gastroenterology and Inborn Error Products (DGIEP), Bone and Reproductive & Urological Products (DBRUP), Dermatology and Dental Products (DDDP), Anti-infective Products (DAIP), Oncology Products (DOP), Hematology and Oncology Products (DHOP), Cardiovascular and Renal Products (DCRP), Pulmonology, Allergy, and Rheumatology Products (DPARP), and Neural Product (DNP) at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and the Divisions of Cellular & Gene Therapeutics (DCGT), and Hematology Research and Review (DHRR) within the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at FDA and has obtained marketing approval for products in the US, Canada and the EU. He works closely with medical, biostatistics, clinical operations, and regulatory authors to ensure Rho’s effort reflects the advantages of his over 20 years marketing application experience. David has over 25 years of experience in research and pharmaceutical development. He has served as a Program Leader or Advisor for multidisciplinary, matrix management program teams and has been involved with products at all stages of the development process. Primarily, he has managed the regulatory strategy for programs in multiple therapeutic areas including the following: hematology, oncology, cardiology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, genetic enzyme deficiencies, antitoxins, and antibioterrorism agents. He has extensive experience in the preparation and filing of all types of regulatory submissions including primary responsibility for four BLAs and three NDAs. He has managed or contributed to over two dozen marketing applications including NDAs, BLAs, NDSs, and MAAs. He has moderated dozens of regulatory authority meetings for all stages of development. His primary areas of expertise include clinical study design and regulatory strategy for development of novel drug and biological products.

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Karl Whitney, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President, Product Development

Dr. Whitney has almost 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in clinical and regulatory aspects of pharmaceutical development. During this time, he has led multiple integrated drug-development programs spanning the development spectrum by planning, managing, and overseeing concurrent manufacturing, nonclinical, clinical, and regulatory activities. Karl has also led the preparation of or helped prepare Investigational New Drug (IND) applications, clinical and nonclinical final study reports, pre-New Drug Application (NDA) meeting packages, annual reports, Investigator Brochures, Fast-Track and Orphan-Drug applications, NDAs in the electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) format, and numerous other documents. He has provided strategic advice to clients on a broad array of drug development strategy issues. Karl’s therapeutic areas of expertise include CNS disorders such as pain, Huntington’s Disease, and schizophrenia, as well as hemophilia and tuberculosis. Through his doctoral and postdoctoral research, he has technical expertise in these areas as well as in neuroimmunology, nuclear hormone receptor biology, and various genomics research techniques.

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Andrea Rossi Mospan, Ph.D.

Program Manager

Dr. Mospan has nine years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Mospan provides integrated product development services for products at various stages of development. She provides strategic intra-disciplinary program management of cross-functional teams and vendors, monitoring ongoing progress of key deliverables, identifying potential risks and contingency plans, and providing oversight of all disciplines of the product development team. Dr. Mospan also authors an array of regulatory and clinical documents. Prior to her tenure at Rho, Dr. Mospan worked at a mid-sized biopharmaceutical company where she collaborated with scientists and thought leaders on the design, development, implementation, and management of programs for lead compounds, including a novel inhaled therapeutic. Dr. Mospan has experience in a variety of therapeutic areas, including ophthalmology and respiratory disorders.

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Jamie Arnott

Project Director

Jamie Arnott has extensive experience from her clinical nursing background as well as both the CRO and sponsor perspective in the oversight and management of clinical trial operations and outsourcing with more than 10 years’ experience in project management and 20 years’ experience in healthcare as a practitioner and in clinical research work. Before joining Rho, Jamie was the Director of Clinical Trial Operations for a biotechnology company where she provided oversight and management for all clinical activity for up to four concurrent INDs. She has broad therapeutic experience in oncology, including ovarian cancer, hematological malignancies, and advanced solid tumors; in addition, she has recent experience managing two large phase III studies.

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Brett Gordon

Project Director

Brett Gordon has seventeen years of overall clinical development experience, including thirteen years in project management, encompassing trials of varying sizes and complexity, both domestically and internationally. He has extensive knowledge of clinical development for both drugs/biologics and medical devices, including initial development plan formulation, protocol writing, trial implementation, monitoring and delivery, clinical study report writing, and regulatory submission to support of marketing applications. Brett has worked across numerous therapeutic areas and in particular possesses in-depth CNS and neurological experience, having managed or monitored trials in epilepsy, ADHD, bipolar disorder, alcohol dependence, spinal cord injury, and pain (acute, chronic, neuropathic, and musculoskeletal).

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Missy Lavinder

Senior Project Manager

Missy Lavinder has 15 years of clinical research experience as a research coordinator, in-house CRA, study start-up specialist and Clinical Operations Manager, and Project Lead. She is experienced in budget management, calculating and tracking site payments, expedited study start-up processes, essential document review, informed consent form, IRB submissions, overseeing reviews/submissions to Central IRBs, ICH/GCPs, and SOP and procedural document development and review. She is a seasoned team leader with a strong understanding of all aspects of product development that has allowed her to successfully lead teams to meet timeline deliverables for various multi-center trials.

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Shanna Allen, M.P.H.

Senior Clinical Research Associate

Shanna Allen has a Master’s degree in Public Health and over nine years of experience in managing, leading, monitoring, and coordinating domestic and global Phase I-IV clinical trials across various therapeutic areas. As a Clinical Team Lead, she has overall accountability for the execution of clinical operations activities from project initiation through closeout. Shanna is responsible for coordinating the functional team members and their activities and liaising with project management and the sponsor to ensure project deliverables are met. She maintained ACRP CRA certification from 2009 through 2012 and has significant working experience and knowledge of ICH-GCP guidelines and the CFRs.

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Lauren McGurk

Lead Clinical Research Associate Risk-Based Monitoring Resource

Lauren McGurk has over 20 years of industry and clinical research experience in all phases of development, serving in the roles of Lead/Senior CRA, Site Manager, and Auditor. Since joining Rho in 2011, she has been involved in leading and conducting the clinical monitoring efforts on a variety of complex trials including a suite of dental-themed studies, including but not limited to periodontitis, TMJ and oral health disparities, hypoparathyroidism, head and neck oncology, refractory oncology pain, and parotid dysfunction. In addition to her role as LCRA, she has extensive EDC experience in a host of electronic capture systems, and has served as a site trainer and “train the trainer” for monitoring and other staff. She is a seasoned clinical team leader with training and mentoring experience and serves as a clinical and regulatory resource for her teams. Lauren has a strong understanding of clinical trial operations and management that has allowed her to successfully lead clinical teams to meet data timeline deliverables for various multi-center trials. She is adept in all aspects of GCPs, regulatory requirements, and site management.

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Rob Woolson

Senior Statistical Scientist Regulatory Submission and Data Standards Expert

Rob Woolson is a statistical scientist with 14 years’ experience in the analysis of complex data. He has conducted statistical analyses in all phases of drug development (Phase I through IV, NDAs, and BLAs) and has led SDTM/ADaM dataset conversion projects in multiple therapeutic areas. He has held a leadership role in six CDISC-compliant regulatory submissions, having guided the creation of ISS/ISE statistical analysis plans; integrated analysis dataset design and production; integrated display design and production; and submission-related documentation development. He has authored responses to numerous FDA queries and has represented sponsors at FDA in-person meetings.

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Karen Kesler, Ph.D.

Senior Statistical Scientist Adaptive Design Expert

Dr. Kesler earned both a Masters and Doctoral degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has over 18 years of experience in clinical research. She currently serves as the co-Primary Investigator of the Statistics and Data Management Center for a NIH sponsored coordinating center that supports 27 studies in solid organ transplant. Karen is involved in researching more efficient Phase II and III trials and is an expert in adaptive design. She has written protocols, statistical analysis plans, and performed the analyses for many adaptive studies, including sample size recalculations, pruning designs, Bayesian dose escalation studies, and adaptive randomizations. She has given numerous professional presentations and has over 15 publications and manuscripts to her credit.

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Ben Vaughn

Senior Statistical Scientist Specialist in Statistical Analysis of Pain Studies

Ben Vaughn is a senior statistical scientist who has participated in over 20 regulatory submissions and is an expert on CDISC implementation and standards. His work has included serving as lead statistician to complete displays and datasets for several ISS/ISEs (as well as the associated pivotal studies); coproducing the ISE for two opioid products; and statistical consultation, display generation and submission work for several chronic and acute pain products. He has authored responses to various FDA queries regarding NDAs, PMAs, IDEs, and SPAs. Additionally, he has represented sponsors in FDA teleconferences, face-to-face meetings and advisory committee meeting (back room and bullpen).

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Alicia McNeil

Clinical Data Scientist

Alicia McNeil serves as the Operational Service Lead for Clinical Data Management at Rho, Inc. Alicia has more than 13 years of experience in clinical trials, having worked on projects involving multiple pharmaceutical companies and four federally funded research organizations. Alicia’s responsibilities include ensuring the long-term development of professionals in clinical data management with a focus on ensuring data manager skill sets keep in step with industry trends. Alicia serves on several operational committees within her organization including the Communities of Expertise that provides mentoring and training for other data management professionals and an oversight team charged with EDC patch management for multiple vendors.

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Elizabeth Kelchner

Clinical Data Scientist

Elizabeth Kelchner has over 15 years of industry experience and has been at Rho for 13 years providing clinical data management experience, including 11 years leading project teams. She is certified in Medidata Raveâ Study Build and Design Essentials and has supervised data management activities for Phase 1-4 clinical studies, including several multi-center clinical trials, and possesses considerable expertise aimed at yielding high-quality databases with low error rates.

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Emily McFalls, RN

Senior Product Safety Monitor

Emily McFalls has over eleven years of experience in clinical research, including ten years in product safety. She is a registered nurse, with over seven years clinical nursing experience. Her drug safety experience includes data entry, coding, writing narratives, safety project management, and regulatory reporting to the FDA. Emily has experience in clinical trials Phase 1 through Phase 4 in anti-virals, cardiovascular, immunology, ophthalmology, dermatology, respiratory, and pediatric therapeutic areas.

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Steve Palmatier

IVRS/IWRS Service Lead Randomization Systems Expert

Steve Palmatier has over 12 years of extensive experience working with imperative scripting languages and an additional 10 years of team leadership experience. He was the primary RhoRAND™ configuration specialist at Rho for three years prior to moving into the role of Service Leader, Randomization Systems. During his time at Rho, he has overseen the completion and maintenance of more than 80 RhoRAND systems which have successfully enrolled more than 27,700 subjects and performed more than 12,200 randomizations. He has also consulted with clients regarding trial supply management, patient diary, and patient reported outcomes implementation. Steve has filled the team lead role for the RhoRAND configuration team for more than seven years.

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