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Avoca Press Release: Steve Whittaker

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The Avoca Group, an industry-leading consulting and research organization specializing in clinical outsourcing and alliance management, is pleased to announce that Steven Whittaker has joined the Avoca Quality Consortium as its Executive Director.

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  1. 1.         For  Immediate  Release   Media  Contact:                                                                                                       General  Information:   Brittany  Hutt                                                                                                                   Caryn  Laermer,  Senior  Manager,  Quality  Consortium   Brit@Socialsurgeinteractive.com     caryn.laermer@theavocagroup.com     (610)  212-­‐1230                                                                                                 (609)  799-­‐0511         The  Avoca  Group  Announces  Steven  Whittaker  as  Executive  Director  of  The  Avoca   Quality  Consortium         PRINCETON,  NJ  (July  9,  2013)  –  The  Avoca  Group,  an  industry-­‐leading  consulting  and  research   organization  specializing  in  clinical  outsourcing  and  alliance  management,  is  pleased  to   announce  that  Steven  Whittaker  has  joined  the  Avoca  Quality  Consortium  as  its  Executive   Director.       The  Avoca  Quality  Consortium  brings  together  quality,  outsourcing  and     operational  professionals  from  member  Pharma,  Biotech  and  CRO  organizations  to  accelerate   the  development  of  best  practices  and  industry  standards  for  proactive  quality  management.   Whittaker,  who  played  an  instrumental  part  in  last  year’s  Quality  Consortium  and  Quality   Summit,  will  be  leading  the  Avoca  Quality  Consortium’s  initiatives,  collaborations,  and  member   and  industry  meeting  development.    His  years  working  in  drug  development  leadership  roles   and  his  working  relationship  with  professionals  across  the  industry  provide  a  unique  and   valuable  combination  for  the  Avoca  Quality  Consortium.   “I  am  very  enthusiastic  about  committing  to  the  Avoca  Quality  Consortium  in  this  new   capacity,”  said  Whittaker.    “It’s  very  gratifying  to  see  leaders  within  the  industry  assemble  to   address  the  important  topic  of  managing  and  enhancing  quality  in  outsourced  clinical  trials.    I   am  thrilled  to  be  part  of  this  top-­‐tier  effort.”   After  retiring  from  Eli  Lilly  and  Company  in  2009,  where  he  served  as  Chief  Operating  Officer/   Senior  Director  of  Operations  and  Project  Management  for  the  Cardiovascular/Acute  Care   Platform,  Whittaker  has  worked  as  an  independent  consultant  in  the  Pharma,  CRO,  and  Biotech   industry.  As  a  consultant,  he  has  provided  his  expertise  in  project  management,  pharmaceutical   development,  clinical  development,  outsourcing  strategies  and  execution  plans.    Whittaker  has  
  2. 2. also  served  for  thirteen  consecutive  years  on  the  advisory  board  for  the  annual  Partnerships  in   Clinical  Trials  program,  chairing  the  board  for  two  years.       “As  the  leader  of  the  Global  Clinical  Research  Sourcing  Office  at  Lilly  and,  more  recently,  as  their   COO  of  the  cardiovascular  platform  of  products,  Steve  brings  to  the  Consortium  a  wealth  of   hands-­‐on  experience  in  organizational  management.  In  addition,  through  his  roles  in  facilitating   Executive  sessions  with  IIR  and  Linking  Leaders,  Steve  has  a  current  knowledge  of  challenges   and  opportunities  facing  the  industry.    He  will  be  an  important  voice  in  helping  the  Consortium   shape  and  manage  initiatives  and  The  Avoca  Group  is  excited  to  have  him  take  on  this   leadership  role,”  stated  Patricia  Leuchten,  CEO  and  Founder  of  The  Avoca  Group.   About  The  Avoca  Group     The  Avoca  Group  is  an  industry-­‐leading  organization  providing  survey  research,  consulting   services  and  training  in  the  areas  of  clinical  outsourcing,  business  development,  strategic   alliances  and  client  service.  Founded  by  industry  veteran  Patricia  Leuchten  in  1999,  the   company  works  exclusively  in  the  health  care  industry  and  has  a  focus  on  relationship   management.     To  inquire  about  membership  in  the  Quality  Consortium,  please  contact  Danya  Burakoff  619-­‐ 994-­‐8677  or  visit  the  Avoca  Quality  Summit  website  at:   http://theavocagroup.com/QualityConsortium           ###    

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