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Management Team

Eric Richman, MBA
Chairman & Interim CEO

Eric has worked as a life science executive for over 25 years and brings significant leadership, operational and strategic experience. Mr. Richman has been a Director of LabConnect since 2017 and is currently the Chairman of the company. He was a Venture Partner at Brace Pharma Capital, a life science venture capital firm and is involved with many private and public biotechnology companies. Mr. Richman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of PharmAthene, Inc. and held other senior executive positions of increasing responsibility at PharmAthene from 2003 to 2015. Prior to that, Eric was part of the founding team at MedImmune and held various commercial and strategic positions of increasing responsibility at MedImmune, Inc. from its inception. He began his career at HealthCare Ventures, a Venture Capital firm focused on life sciences. Eric currently serves on several boards including ADMA Biologics (NASDAQ: ADMA), NovelStem, Inc., Variant Pharmaceuticals and was formerly Director of Lev Pharmaceuticals (sold to Viropharma), American Bank (sold to Congressional Bancshares) and CEO and Director of Tyrogenex (sold to Betta Pharma). Mr. Richman received a BS in biomedical science from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management. He lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his family.

Jodi Colligan, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Jodi brings more than 25 years of experience serving in finance leadership roles within publicly traded, start-ups and global organizations. Ms. Colligan’s skillset is extensive and includes international reporting and restructuring, acquisition integration, debt & equity restructures and strategic transformations, to name a few. Other skills she has are SEC reporting, SOX implementation and finance process reengineering. Prior to joining LabConnect, Jodi was a partner at NextLevel Consulting where she was interim CFO serving various public and private equity owned client companies. She has also served as Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer at Getty Images where she managed a team of over 100 - encompassing external reporting, GAAP/IFRS, controllership, shared services and finance systems. She holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and is a CPA and CMA. Jodi lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two teenage sons.

Jeff Mayhew
Chief Development Officer

One of LabConnect’s founding partners in 2002, Jeff has more than 30 years of operations and business development experience within the health care industry. He also brings LabConnect more than 20 years of international business experience. Jeff is responsible for the oversight of LabConnect’s new business and network development activities and the company’s Scientific Operations division. Before starting LabConnect, Jeff was Founder and Director of Nexus Health Management International, where he was involved in the development of inpatient behavioral health services in Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Strategic Alliance Development for Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Vice President of Operations/Development at Option Care, Inc. and as a Franchise Operations Manager for Medicine Shoppe International. Jeff earned his BA degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Barry Simms, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

Barry oversees LabConnect’s operations and brings more than 16 years of healthcare experience to the company. Prior to joining LabConnect, he successfully led teams, departments and regions for a global contract research organization (CRO). He has also filled roles such as Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Manager of Corporate Training, Country Manager of North America and Senior Executive Director of Clinical Operations. Barry was also instrumental in growing CTMS—a 100-person CRO—through its acquisition by Chiltern, a 4,300-person CRO with a global reach in 46 countries. Barry spent eight years at Chiltern where he held multiple senior roles such as line management oversight for the North American Clinical Operations Department including US CMO Line Managers, Clinical Research Associates, Clinical Team Leads and Clinical Trial Administrators. His professional specializations include leadership development, process improvement and client management. Barry has a BS in accounting from the University of Virginia College at Wise, and an MBA from King University. He lives in Bristol, Tennessee, with his wife and two daughters.

Elizabeth Koury, MS
Vice President, Scientific Affairs

Liz leads the Scientific Operations and Technical Affairs teams. Liz brings more than 16 years of experience in conducting and overseeing scientific research in the areas of neuroscience, oncology and immunology. She is responsible for leading a team of scientists, sample management professionals and contract managers strategically supporting clients within the pharmaceutical industry. She also has extensive experience in drug discovery and development of small and large molecules as well as facilitation of technology transfers and assay oversight with external collaborators. During her time at LabConnect, Liz has been responsible for the scientific oversight and clinical phase project management of numerous pharmaceutical products. In addition, she has grown her team and the client base positioning LabConnect to have an increasing presence in the pharmaceutical industry. Liz has a BS in biology/allied health from Elizabethtown College and an MS in pharmaceutical chemistry from Lehigh University. Liz lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Eudoro van der Biest, MS
Vice President, Information Services

Eudoro has more than 25 years of IT experience, including lengthy experience in manufacturing, healthcare systems and laboratory information management systems. At LabConnect, he has managed the IT department’s rapid growth from a U.S.-based operation to a global network of more than 30 laboratories supporting users around the world. Prior to joining LabConnect, Eudoro was the Database Administrator for Wellmont Health System, a 1,000-bed health system with more than 20 Oracle databases and 250 SQL Server databases. He has led numerous projects and has expertise in the design and implementation of software systems. He has also participated in the CDASH project (a CDISC standard) and CareSpark, an innovative effort to improve health through the collaborative use of health information. His research in applied mathematics concerned reducing errors in finite precision environments when solving large linear equation systems using Gaussian elimination and developing a new pivoting strategy to decrease the accumulation of rounding error and computing time to increase result accuracy. Eudoro has a BS and MS in computer science from East Tennessee State University and lives in Kingsport, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

Stacy Kirn-Barker, MT (ASCP)
Director, Project Management

Stacy has more than 20 years of experience in the field of clinical laboratory science and more than 14 years of experience in the central laboratory industry. Stacy is responsible for the oversight of central lab project management services offered by LabConnect. In her time at LabConnect, she has personally managed more than 75 studies ranging from small Phase I studies to large, global Phase III and IV studies across numerous therapeutic areas. Stacy holds a BS in clinical laboratory science from the University of Kentucky and is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology as a medical technologist. Stacy currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and a very spoiled dog named Bob.

Danuta Kuszczak, PhD, MS
Director Project Initiation

Danuta joined LabConnect in 2006. She has more than twelve years of experience in the following therapeutic areas: obstetrics/gynecology, oncology, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, immunology/infectious disease, nephrology/urology, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, psychiatry/psychology and pulmonary/respiratory diseases. Her key areas of expertise include the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of domestic and global cross-functional or single service projects. She holds a PhD in chemistry from Technical University of Gdańsk, Poland, a MS in chemistry from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at East Tennessee State University. Danuta lives in Johnson City, Tennessee, with her husband and son.

Andre Merza
Director, Quality

Andre brings 20 years of experience in quality assurance and Regulatory Affairs across all stages of drug, biologic and device lifecycle. At LabConnect, Andre is responsible for the oversight of the quality and regulatory areas. Prior to joining LabConnect, Andre held positions in the industry as an Associate Director of Quality and as a Quality Assurance and Study Director. He has contributed to regional and national professional quality seminars and obtained professional certification from the Society of Quality Assurance. Andre earned a BS in business administration from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. He lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Stephanie Weber
Director, Early Development Services

Stephanie joined LabConnect in 2009 bringing more than 10 years of combined central and specialty laboratory project management experience across domestic and global clinical trials. She is responsible for the management and oversight of LabConnect’s EDS group within Scientific Operations specializing in the sample management of early phase studies. At LabConnect, Stephanie combines her experience working with biomarkers and complex sample collection and logistical requirements to help develop LabConnect’s comprehensive sample tracking platform, SampleGISTICS™. She has a degree in chemistry from The College of Staten Island as well as a law degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Stephanie currently resides in Camas, Washington, with her husband and two children.

Greg Forgey
Manager, Operations

Greg has more than 20 years of supply chain experience working with Fortune 500 companies managing logistics spend ranging between 25 and 50 million annually. Greg oversees clinical trial materials, investigative support services, biorepository services and logistics services. He is an expert at optimizing inventories, production and distribution. He is also a proud veteran of the US Army and the Virginia National Guard. Greg lives in Bluff City, Tennessee, with his wife and two dogs.