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Clinical Trials Industry Advisory Committee

The UTHSC Clinical Trials Industry Advisory Committee informs the UTHSC Office of Research on industry trends, challenges, and opportunities related to the U.S and international clinical trials.

The committee also advises on growth strategies, using best practices to advance the network.

Committee Scope/Role/Responsibility   

  1. Oversee strategic plan to achieve clinical trial network growth
  2. Review and recommend new channels of opportunity and best practices
  3. Promote program within the clinical trial industry and connect clinical trials team to companies to help drive clinical trials to Tennessee
  4. Communicate opportunities with clinical trials team in between committee meetings
  5. Assist with cultivating resources to expand existing or support new initiatives
  6. Measures of success
  7. Administration and logistics (how often, duration, technology, communications, etc.)

Clinical Trials Industry Advisory Committee

Bill Beasley - Chair-Lead
VP Clinical Affairs, Lower Extremities & Biologics R&D
Nashville, TN
Alessandra Pavesio - Co-Chair
Sr. Vice President & Chief Science Officer
Durham, NC
Gerald D. Frank
Sr. Medical Science Liaison, Cardiovascular Therapeutic Area
Amgen US Medical
Nashville, TN
August Bioservices
Mike Scribner, VP of Quality
Dr. Mark West
Early Portfolio Medical Science Liaison
Whippany, NJ
Phil Cestaro
Executive Director and Treasurer
Memphis, TN
Sandra Dodd
Site Liaison Director
Memphis, TN
Dr. Frank McGrew
Regional Medical Director
Memphis, TN
Dr. Geoffrey Smallwood
Regional Medical Director
Nashville, TN
Dr. Giuseppe Pizzorno
Regional Medical Director
Chattanooga, TN
George Clinical Global (George Institute) 
Maria Ali
Chief Medical Officer
Memphis, TN
Angela Parsons
Sr. Clinical Research Director, CST Clinical Operations
Michelle Metry
Executive Director, Clinical Research, US
Naperville, IL
MicroPort Orthopedics
Irina Timmerman
VP, Clinical Affairs
Memphis, TN
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Eric Deschamps
Sr. Director, Commercial Operations, Americas
Fisher Clinical Services
Mattituck, NY
Natera Biosciences 
Angel Rodriguez
Medical Director, Oncology
Austin, TX
Mark Steiner
Vice President, Americas Data Networks
Cambridge, MA
US Biologic
Mason Kauffman
CEO, Board Chair
Memphis, TN
UT Foundation
Greg Harris
Sr. Director of Development
Memphis, TN    
Dr. Steven Goodman
Professor, Pediatrics
Memphis, TN
Dr. John Jeffries
Distinguished Chair, Cardiology
Memphis, TN
Dr. Karen Johnson
Professor and Chair, Preventative Medicine
Memphis, TN
UT Research Foundation  
Dr. Maha Krishnamurthy
Executive Director & VP
Knoxville, TN
Veru, Inc.
Miami, FL
Jul 28, 2023