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Getting to Know PharmaTimes Clinical Research of the Year Nominee Matthew Jeffery

The PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year award is one of the most recognized awards in the clinical research industry. And one of the toughest to earn, too.

PharmaTimes is known for the rigorous review process, detailed application criteria, and highly selective qualification factors chosen by a dedicated, skilled steering committee led by industry experts. And this year, PSI CRO’s own Matthew Jeffery is among the finalists for this award.

Before the awards announcement on May 17th, we decided to catch up with Matthew and learn more about the work he does at PSI. We also dug into his thoughts on the International Award, and what the future looks like for this promising Clinical Trials Associate.

Why did you choose to pursue clinical research?

I have always been interested in working in clinical research.  I studied Psychology at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level for four years, and I became interested in researching mental health and psychology. By working at PSI, I have been exposed to other areas of clinical research such as the Crohn’s, Haemophilia, and Bacterial Infection programs I’ve worked on. My interests in the field of clinical research have certainly broadened past mental health and I’m excited to join other therapeutic area study projects to continue researching and learning.

Tell us about your experience so far as a CTA:

I started as a CTA at PSI at the end of October 2017. Once I completed my training in January of 2018, I started working on studies in Haemophilia, Crohn’s Disease, and Bacterial Infection.

What about the CTA role resonates with you?

As a CTA, my role is part of a process that may ultimately have a positive impact on a person. This motivates me to carry out my duties to the best of my ability every single day. It’s important to me to go the extra mile for every project and make sure you’re doing the absolute most for every study. As much as I focus on that aspect, I relish the exposure to many different professionals in the field. Whether this be with individuals from the study team, participating sites or the sponsor, the CTA role gives me the experience of communicating with a variety of different individuals all over the globe. I’m able to learn a great deal about the industry and build an incredible network of research professionals at the same time.

What are your clinical research career goals?

I want to go as far as possible in the clinical research industry and learn as much as possible about its processes. Ultimately, I’d like to have a more hands-on approach to clinical trial conduct. My next step in clinical research will likely be pursuing a career as a CRA.

What does it mean to you to be recognized by PharmaTimes?

Being recognised by PharmaTimes is an absolute privilege. To be nominated in the first place by the judges from the steering group is an honour. This is not only a reflection of my own performance but also my colleagues. They have made me feel at home at my organisation and really work as a team to provide the best results for our projects. As all CTA’S know, our work is vital for clinical trials to run smoothly. And when they do, trials have the ability to change lives. I see my career in clinical trials and being recognised by PharmaTimes as a milestone in achieving my goals in this industry.

From all of us at PSI, we’re wishing Matthew the best of luck at the PharmaTimes International Award Ceremony on May 17th. We’re so proud of the work that our employees do every single day. Join us in congratulating Matthew on this well-earned recognition as a finalist!

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PSI CRO Purchases New Office Space In RTP, Plans to Grow in 2018

PSI CRO Purchases New Office Space In RTP, Plans to Grow in 2018

PSI CRO, Durham, NC, 14 December 2017 – PSI CRO has announced the purchase of a new office space in Research Triangle Park, located at 10 Laboratory Drive.

“Our continuous growth in RTP is a testament to the strength of our company combined with the remarkable talent pool in this area,” says Tibor Kovacs, Head of North American Operations at PSI. “RTP is a clinical research and biotechnology hub, and we’re happy to continue our expansion here in the Triangle. Our staff count has doubled in size, year-to-date, and we’re strategically positioned in RTP to establish a full-service office contributing to clinical advancements globally.”

Earlier in 2017, PSI announced the openings of offices in Sydney, Seoul, Taipei, and Madrid. Additionally, the company moved their San Francisco office to a larger space in the Greater SFO area to accommodate staff growth there, too.

Durham Skyline at Night

As for the Durham office, renovations complete in Q2 and PSI’s RTP-based staff plan to move into the larger space soon after. “We’re dedicated to being the best CRO in the world as measured by our customers and employees,” says Director of North Carolina Operations, Sabine Kroher-Debuschewitz. “Our growth beat projections in just its first year operating in Durham. Our new building allows us to continue this growth and better serve our clients both nearby and abroad.”

About PSI CRO:

PSI is a privately-owned, full-service contract research organization (CRO) operating globally. PSI’s reputation in the marketplace is that of a no-nonsense CRO, capable of saving pharmaceutical sponsors millions of development dollars by consistently meeting clinical trial timelines. PSI’s global reach supports clinical trials across multiple countries and continents. PSI is known to be highly selective about the work that they pursue. PSI has exceptionally high repeat and referral business rates while maintaining minimal staff turnover. PSI is committed to being the best CRO in the world as measured by its customers and its employees. In the bi-annual CenterWatch Investigator Surveys of 2015 and 2017, PSI was repeatedly voted Number One Global CRO.

Global headquarters are located in Switzerland at 113a Baarerstrasse, 6300 Zug

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PSI Opens Office in Spain, Fourth New Office in 2017

PSI Opens Office in Spain, Fourth New Office in 2017

PSI CRO, Zug, Switzerland, 7 November 2017 – PSI CRO announces opening an office in Spain at Paseo de la Castellana 141, Cuzco IV, 28046 Madrid.

“PSI has been successfully running clinical trials in Spain for a number of years,” says George Tanaseanu, one of PSI’s Country Managers leading the team that launched the office in Madrid. “We are excited to have established an office that would be home to our ever-growing operational team.” PSI’s expansion into Spain is driven by many clinical trial requests from biotech and pharma sponsors, particularly in the areas of oncology and oncohematology, where Spanish clinical trial sites demonstrate consistent and reliable data delivery.

The office in Madrid is PSI’s 33rd office. The company has been growing organically since 1995 through hiring and training across Europe, North America, South America, South Africa, India and Asia Pacific. 

The Madrid office marks the fourth office opening in 2017, following offices in Sydney, Seoul, and Taipei.

“PSI is having a strong year in 2017,” says Martin Schmidt, PSI’s Managing Director and CFO. “Our expansion into Asia Pacific earlier in the year, combined with establishing an office in Madrid, speaks to PSI’s dedication to our customers and their clinical trial needs. As a mid-sized, global CRO, PSI offers well-established operational infrastructure and experience needed to complete clinical programs on time and on budget globally.”

PSI CRO Opens Office in Madrid

About PSI CRO:

PSI is a privately-owned, full-service clinical research organization (CRO) operating globally. PSI’s reputation in the marketplace is that of a no-nonsense CRO, capable of saving pharmaceutical sponsors millions of development dollars by consistently meeting clinical trial timelines. PSI’s global reach supports clinical trials across multiple countries and continents and is known to be highly selective about the work that they pursue. PSI has exceptionally high repeat and referral business rates while maintaining minimal staff turnover. PSI is committed to being the best CRO in the world as measured by its customers and its employees. In the bi-annual CenterWatch Investigator Surveys of 2015 and 2017, PSI was repeatedly voted Number One Global CRO.

Global headquarters are located in Switzerland at 113a Baarerstrasse, 6300 Zug

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PSI CRO, Gold Sponsor of Bay to Bay 2017

PSI CRO Sponsors the National MS Society Bike Event in San Diego, CA. 

From the National MS Society Website: Voted “Best Cycling Event” eight times by the readers of Competitor magazine, the Bike MS: Bay to Bay ride is an annual cycling adventure hosting 2,500 participants along California’s beautiful Pacific south coast, from Orange County to San Diego.

Designed to provide a scenic and challenging ride for both the experienced cyclist and the energetic novice, the event will take place October 21 & 22, 2017, and will offer riders a 25-mile one-day option or 100-, 125-, or 150-mile two-day options.

Be a part of the Bike MS: Bay to Bay ride and get ready for the ride of your life. Whether you’re new to Bike MS or ride every year, together we will raise money, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.

Dates: October 21 & 22, 2017

Day 1 (50, 75, 100 mile) Start Location: Irvine Transportation Center, Irvine (map)
Start Date & Time: Saturday at 7:00AM

Day 1 (25 mile) Start Location: Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, Carlsbad (map)
Start Date & Time: Saturday at 9:00AM

Day 2 (50 mile) Start Location: Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, Carlsbad (map)
Start Date & Time: Sunday at 7:00AM

 

PSI CRO involvement:

In 2017, PSI CRO is a GOLD Sponsor for the BIKE MS event. At PSI CRO, we’re dedicated to research in multiple sclerosis.MS research is constantly evolving, and PSI remains on the cutting in this challenging therapeutic
area. In our nearly two decades of experience, we’ve run numerous studies and developed a database of over 1,300 sites across the globe. With experienced operational teams and projects managers focused on MS, you
can trust PSI to deliver your study on time.

Be on the lookout for the PSI Banner across the ride route! Riders: make sport your PSI bracelet, found in your rider gift bags! 

Fellow GOLD level sponsors include Disneyland, KPMG, WESCOM credit union, and Beckman Coulter Foundation. A full list of sponsors can be found here.

 

A total of 2,500 are riding in this event, working towards raising money to help fight for a cure to MS. These events happen all over the country and the MS Society is a key organization in leading the fight against MS. We’re proud to be sponsors of such an impactful ride and excited to work with peers within this space to continue the conversations around MS and showcase what PSI is doing to help fight towards that common goal. 

 

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PSI CRO Opens Taiwan Office, Third Asia Pacific Expansion This Year

PSI CRO, Zug, Switzerland, 19 September 2017 – PSI CRO has announced opening offices in Taiwan, listed as Taiwan PSI Health Development Co. Ltd. at Level 37​, TAIPEI 101 TOWER, No. 7, Sec.5, Xinyi Road, Taipei 110, Taiwan.

“We are excited about the PSI office opening,” says Ava Lu, PSI’s Clinical Operations Manager in Taipei. “We can now bring our staff under the same roof and build a proper PSI home in Taiwan. Our expansion is driven by many clinical trial requests from global sponsors in oncology, infections, IBD (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease), and other therapeutic areas. We aim to make Taiwan a reliable and consistent contributor to the global clinical trials that PSI manages worldwide. We are keen to keep up with PSI’s unchanging promise of on-time delivery.”

PSI’s expansion into Asia Pacific started in 2017, when PSI opened offices in Sydney, Australia and Seoul, South Korea. PSI is focused on strengthening its global capabilities of delivering clinical trial programs in a variety of therapeutic areas on time and on budget.

“PSI’s global reach in an important differentiator of an agile mid-sized CRO in today’s clinical trial market,” says Katarzyna Skalowska, Global Head of Clinical Operations. “Clinical trials are becoming more complex, while targeting smaller patient populations and requiring a wider geographic spread. PSI is now fully operational on five continents offering robust site relationships with investigators across North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.”

PSI CRO Taipei

About PSI CRO:

PSI is a privately-owned, full-service contract research organization (CRO) operating globally. PSI’s reputation in the market place is that of a no-nonsense CRO, capable of saving pharmaceutical sponsors millions of development dollars by consistently meeting clinical trial timelines. PSI’s global reach supports clinical trials across multiple countries and continents. PSI is known to be highly selective about the work that they pursue. PSI has exceptionally high repeat and referral business rates, while maintaining minimal staff turnover .PSI is committed to being the best CRO in the world as measured by its customers and its employees. In the bi-annual CenterWatch Investigator Surveys of 2015 and 2017, PSI was repeatedly voted Number One Global CRO.

Global headquarters are located in Switzerland at 113a Baarerstrasse, 6300 Zug

www.psi-cro.com

PSI Inquiries to:
Natania Barron
Marketing@psi-cro.com

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Want to Inspire that Spark of Enthusiasm at Work?

As children our eyes were open to the wonder all around us. We were giddy at the sheer excitement of just being: whether because we just read a fantastic book or fell in love with a character or saw an eagle land so close we could count its tail feathers.

Remember how we couldn’t wait to tell someone about that special moment? It bubbled up inside until it burst forth. That excitement drove us long past that initial moment, fueling the imagination and escaping us as stories, many of which we still might tell today.

That feeling has a word: enthusiasm. It’s a fire in the belly. A light in the eyes. The overflow of emotion and wonder. But we’d be hard-pressed to say that enthusiasm defines us now, least of all in the workforce. So how to recapture that feeling every day, especially at work? Wouldn’t it be remarkable to feel that passionate about what we do day in and day out? It’s not impossible. In fact, enthusiasm is a key to finding work-life balance. The challenge is getting there.

Confidence & Enthusiasm

In part, enthusiasm stems from being knowledgeable about what you do so you can discuss it in depth. But it’s also being confident about that knowledge. It’s knowing you have a good product and are excited to tell someone about it. That resounding belief and steadfast confidence translates across to others, enabling them to be swept up in those same emotions. Suddenly you have the ability to lead someone to that same goal. That is an empowering feeling.

“The act of being enthusiastic needs to recognize ineffectiveness but not be bogged down over it. It’s more important to see what’s not there and figure out how to fix it.”

                                                                    Olga Alfonsova, Head of Business Development at PSI

Why does enthusiasm matter? More and more companies are using the workplace to help bolster employees and give them the tools they need to become confident in their jobs, and setting the stage for enthusiasm can be a powerful part of that process. Companies need to be a place where people feel valued and respected, and employees are demanding culture improvements now more than ever. In fact, companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%.

What does a company setting the stage for enthusiasm look like? It’s about creating a place for employees to test their limits. Even if they fail. Because building trust and allowing employees to discover their true passions means good things may develop. In this way, the company becomes an environment where hope and possibilities abound.

Connections Through the Right Energy

Now as then, we seek to connect. Especially at work. And being energized about something makes it easier. Whether it is talking with co-workers or meeting with clients, we want to reach out and impart that feeling to others or find that spark in someone else. It’s natural and instinctive.

According to scientist Matthew Lieberman, author of the book Social,

“…we have profound proclivity towards trying to understand the thoughts and feelings bouncing around inside the skulls of people we interact with, characters on television, and even animated shapes moving around a computer screen. Although we are far from perfect at gleaning the actual mental states of others, the fact that we can do this at all gives us an unparalleled ability to cooperate and collaborate with others – using their goals to help drive our own behavior.”

Our history is rooted in oral traditions. We’ve always been storytellers, shamans, bards. Films, books, and empowering speeches show that when you leverage storytelling you can empower others with that same passion, instantly connecting with the audience. Because shared experiences builds community.

Spark of Enthusiasm PSI CRO

Communication is the key to excellent service and having the right level of enthusiasm will make that job easier. A client is more likely to spend more time with a pleasant person rather than with one that isn’t. Make it clear that you’re there to help them and to make a difference in what they want to achieve. Networking is more about being genuine and being yourself.

Authenticity in Action

Not everyone is wired to be optimistic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be enthusiastic. After all, people will always have their own opinions. For some, it takes great effort to become animated about an idea. But zeal isn’t just about bouncing up and down and smiling broadly. That comes across as being merely superficial, which could work against you. Pretending to be happy does not achieve the same result.

The good news is if you’re already doing what you love, you’re over halfway there. Enthusiasm will flow more naturally.

The important thing is to just be yourself and stop following a prepared script. Most pitches sound like pitches even if you’ve given it a hundred times. Let you client know they matter, not the sale, because being authentic means you’ve allowed them to connect with you and understand your message on a personal level.

Just remember that the most important aspect of storytelling is being truthful. No audience wants to be tricked into believing or making a purchase. Somewhere in the heart of your story there should be a kernel of truth, a lesson to be learned, or an observation of life.

Catching Enthusiasm

Some say enthusiasm cannot be taught, but the argument stands that enthusiasm can be caught. It’s a matter of energy. We smile when someone else does. We get caught up in someone’s boisterous laughter. Remember that woman with the Chewbacca mask? She infected us all with her rampant enthusiasm over a toy! Her genuine laugh, her unmitigated joy spread throughout the internet. None us really knew we wanted a Chewbacca mask until we saw how much joy it brought to one individual. Suddenly we all wanted to have that joy, too. For an instant, she made us feel what she felt by sharing her story. Truly, it can be as simple as that. The best way to catch enthusiasm is to hang out with people who transmit that enthusiastic vibe, because that energy is infectious.

It’s hard to be positive from day to day, especially if you are in a job that doesn’t promote it. But even making one small change to your outlook, can make a difference in making the day go smoother. Like considering the impact your work could have on others. It could help motivate you enough to finish the task. Or focus on something you do well and consider it your duty to make that shine.

INFOGRAPHIC: Four Traits Engaged Employees Exhibit: Enthusiasm. Inspiration. Empowerment. Confidence.

Being Present, Bringing Presence

The bottom line is that enthusiasm remains a powerful tool of communication. From your body mannerisms to the pitch of your voice. The simple of act of leaning forward shows you are engaged in what the other person is saying. Something that basic can show the person across from you that you are actively listening and participating. Ken Burns the filmmaker once said that being prepared is one thing but being present is even more important. Showing your passion is much more effective than just saying you’re passionate.

Find that childlike spark of wonder in what you do and don’t be afraid to show it. Don’t be afraid to tell it. Being positive and having confidence will lead you to staying motivated, and it’s infectious. And really, that’s what enthusiasm is all about.

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PSI Opens Office in South Korea

PSI CRO, Zug, Switzerland, 5 September 2017 – PSI CRO has announced opening offices in South Korea at Glass Tower, 534 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06181.

“We are excited about the PSI office opening,” says Eun-Kyoung Oh, PSI’s Clinical Operations Manager in Seoul. “It gives us a solid base for future growth and expansion in South Korea. Our growth is driven by many clinical trial requests from global sponsors in the areas of PSI’s core therapeutic expertise: infectious diseases, oncology, inflammatory bowel diseases, gastroenterology, multiple sclerosis and project in rare indications, both adult and pediatric. We are excited to respond to these requests with a robust, experienced and driven team of PSI-South Korea who value on-time delivery, commitment and service.”

Seoul, South Korea Skyline

PSI’s expansion into Asia Pacific started earlier in the year, when PSI opened offices in Sydney, Australia and will continue with PSI’s moving into new offices in Taipei in Taiwan. All along, PSI has been focused on strengthening its global capabilities of delivering clinical trial programs in a variety of therapeutic areas on time and on budget.

“Delivery and Service are at the core of PSI’s growth strategy,” says Olga Alfonsova, Global Head of Corporate Development. “We have always grown through exceptional repeat and referral business, and continue to do so in 2017. The addition of several offices in Asia Pacific this year marks an important milestone for PSI. We are ready as never before to support global clinical trials, collecting data of high quality, while reaching planned timelines on schedule all over the world.” 

 

About PSI CRO:

PSI is a privately-owned, full-service contract research organization (CRO) of 2,000+ staff, operating globally. PSI’s reputation on the market place is that of a no-nonsense CRO, capable of saving pharmaceutical sponsors millions of development dollars by consistently meeting clinical trial timelines. PSI’s global reach supports the operations of clinical trials across multiple countries and continents. PSI is known to be highly selective about the work that they pursue. PSI has exceptionally high repeat and referral business rates, while maintaining minimal staff turnover indicative of its commitment to be the best CRO in the world as measured by its customers and its employees. In bi-annual CenterWatch Investigator Surveys of 2015 and 2017 PSI was repeatedly voted Number One Global CRO.

Global headquarters are located in Switzerland at 113a Baarerstrasse, Zug 6300.

www.psi-cro.com

PSI Inquiries to:
Natania Barron
Marketing@psi-cro.com

 

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