Independent site management organisation (SMO) Panthera Biopartners has appointed Joanna Cox as its Operations Director. Joanna joins the Panthera team from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, where she was the Senior Research Nurse responsible for the day to day management of the clinical research team across a wide portfolio of trials. Previously Joanna has also worked as Clinical Trial Manager at UCLan, and Senior Research Nurse at Salford Royal Foundation as well as in a senior position at Synexus.
Panthera’s CEO, Stuart Young, commented, “With her years of experience in running clinical trials, both within the NHS and commercially, Joanna is an outstanding addition to the very experienced Panthera team. Her clinical and patient management expertise is a huge asset for us going forwards, and I am hugely excited to be working with her.”
Panthera is initially aiming at recruiting patients and running clinical trials in therapy areas which are traditionally managed in primary care including cardiac disease, allergies, migraine, osteoarthritis, diabetes. etc. It will also expand into other key indications including neurology and oncology later this year.
The company which opened its first clinical trial site in Preston, Lancashire, UK in November 2019 is in advanced discussions to open two more sites one in South Manchester and one in North Manchester shortly. Further sites are planned across the UK and then overseas.
The Panthera site model is to locate their clinics either in mega GP practices – more than 100,000 patients – or at major hospitals ensuring that there is an easily accessible patient pool and connected services.
Panthera Biopartners – an Independent Site Management Organisation
Panthera Biopartners was founded by Dr Ian Smith, founder of Synexus, and Professor John Lyon, previously senior executive in Covance, to provide CROs and pharma clients with services relating to the recruitment and running of clinical trials at customised clinical trial sites by GCP trained healthcare professionals.
The first Panthera site was opened in Preston, Lancashire, UK in November 2019. Further sites are planned across the UK. Panthera is initially focused on therapeutic areas traditionally managed in primary care.