OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

Carol earned a degree in Nursing at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, followed by a Master’s Degree in Clinical Trial Monitoring at Barcelona University. She has vast experience holding positions as a Clinical Research Associate, Logistic Manager, Clinical Trial Manager, and Clinical Operations Manager. All obtained working in research organizations like Quintiles, Pivotal, Covance, DOCs, large pharmaceutical companies like Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline, research foundations SOLTI and Pasqual Maragall, and Sites at VIHR Vall d’Hebron Hospital. Focusing areas of expertise include Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology and Vaccines, from phase I to phase III studies.

 

Carol joined MEDSIR in January of 2020 as Director of Operations determined to build a team where each member feels identified and represented; taking opportunities to learn and grow together, meeting new challenges with determination and optimism, and continuously searching for new knowledge and skills. ​

 

She speaks, Spanish, Catalan and English. Carol believes strongly that life is movement, always.

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With a Degree in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (UB), Pilar went to Ireland and became a member of the Biomolecular Research Project at the Institute of Technology in Carlow. After this international experience, she returned to Barcelona and continued her professional career in the pharmaceutical industry at the Business Development Department of Lacer, and later at Isdin. There her role was as the project manager, maintaining constant communication with partners regarding in-licensing opportunities for both companies and working with multidisciplinary teams.

 

In 2012, Pilar became a committed project manager at InventivHealth Clinical, diligently overseeing clinical trials in different therapeutic areas such as Cardiovascular, Hepatitis, Respiratory and Oncology from phases I to III.  She also collaborates as a Professor of the Clinical Trials Monitoring Master’s Program organized by the IUSC in Barcelona since 2015. Pilar joined the MedSIR team in 2017 as an International Trial Lead.

 

Her interests include social media, human rights, and traveling. She is also actively committed to social and environmental issues in the community.

CAROL

HERRERO

Director of Operations

 
 

PILAR
BESCOS

Global Trial

Team Manager

 

LAURA
CALABUIG

Global Site

Manager

With a degree in Pharmacy from the University Autónoma of Valencia and a Master’s of Clinical Analysis from the University of Valencia, Laura began her career as Study Coordinator for Oncology clinical trials at the Valencian Institute of Oncology.

In 2006 Laura started working as Site Coordinator at the Hospital Arnau de Vilanova Lleida, managing all phases of Oncology trials. In 2010, Laura returned to the VIO as the Site Coordinator for clinical trials in Oncology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Gynecology and Radiology. Then in January of 2016, she began working as Clinical Research Associate for several Breast Cancer trials at GEICAM.

Laura joined MedSIR in March 2017 as International Trial Lead as part of the Operations Team, drawn to the global and dynamic environment that characterize MEDSIR projects.

Laura speaks Spanish and English fluently.

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ALMUDENA
GARCIA

International
Trial Lead

With a degree in Biology from the University of Granada, Almudena began her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a Medical Sales Representative working on assignment for Astra Zeneca at Quintiles.

In 2012, Almudena completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Trials Monitoring at the International University Study Center which led to her career as a Clinical Research Associate, first in Quintiles and later at Pharmaceutical Product Development, conducting international clinical trials in Oncology, Hematology, Cardiology, Neurology, Respiratory and Women’s Health, among others.

She loves traveling around the world, reading a good book, indoor and outdoor obstacles courses, meeting new people and facing challenges that allow her to grow personally and professionally.

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MARTA
MALO

International
Trial Lead

With a Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona, Marta began her career in clinical research as a Clinical Study Coordinator in Oncology Trials at Vall d’Hebrón Institute of Oncology.

In 2014, Marta completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Trials Monitoring in COMB (Official Medical College of Barcelona) and earned a position as Clinical Research Associate, first in Quintiles and later in PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development) conducting international clinical trials in a wide variety of therapeutic areas such as Oncology, Hematology, Reumathology and Neurology. Then in 2018, Marta joined Pivotal as Lead CRA conducting tasks as Clinical Trial Manager and Project Manager in Oncology Trials.

She joins MEDSIR in September 2019 as International Trial Lead.

She defines herself as cat lover, enthusiastic world traveller, and she enjoys clean-healthy eating and cooking.

Marta speaks Catalan, Spanish, English and intermediate level of German.

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MARTA
MARTINEZ
DE FALCON

International
Trial Lead

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With a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona and a master’s degree in Clinical Trials Monitoring and Medical Affairs from the CESIF, Marta decided to focus her career in clinical research. She is passionate about research and life sciences.

 

Marta has held different roles within the Operations department of MEDSIR; Site Manager, Lead Site Manager and International Trial Lead.

 

During Marta’s trajectory in the field of clinical research, she managed strategic and innovative clinical trials involving multiple researchers in several countries. She gained expertise in designing, planning and executing multicenter studies phase I-II in Oncology (e.g., breast, prostate, penile cancer).

 

Her scientific soul craved a new challenge. At the end of 2019, she joined the Digital Innovation team. Nowadays, she is taking part in the digital transformation of the company and specifically of the clinical trials.

 

She is so fascinated about it. Currently, she is a member of the Operations and Digital departments.

 

Marta speaks Catalan, Spanish, French, and English fluently.

 

GRISELDA
MARTRAT

International

Trial Lead

With a Degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona (UB), Griselda worked as a researcher at the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO/IDIBELL). In 2012 she earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Oncology and focused on the study of common genetic variants of the Fanconi Anemia and Breast Cancer and investigated new drugs/molecules to improve the treatment of these diseases.

 

In 2014, Griselda completed a Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical from ESAME where she began as a trainee in the Health Outcome Research Department. Afterward, she worked as a Medical Information Specialist at Novartis Pharmaceutical delivering compressive scientific information to physicians and the medical department on company products.

In 2015, Griselda moved her career towards Clinical Study Manager at Inventiv Health on behalf of Novartis Pharmaceutical, where she coordinated and managed observational studies in a wide range of therapeutic areas, including Cardiology, Neurology, Dermatology and Respiratory. She has coordinated both, national and local studies.

 

Griselda joined MEDSIR in autumn 2019 as International Trial Lead.

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MARIA DEL

MAR ZAFRA 

International

Trial Lead

With a degree in Biology from the University of Malaga, Maria del Mar began her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a CRA  trainee in Harrison Clinical Research in 2009.

 

In 2009, Maria del Mar completed a  Master’s Degree in Clinical Trials Monitoring in COMB (Official Medical College of Barcelona) and earned a position as Clinical Research Associate, first in Salutis Research, later Quintiles and later in PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development) conducting international clinical trials in a wide variety of therapeutic areas in Oncology, Hematology, Cardiology, Neurology, Autoimmune Disease, Rare Disease, Psychiatric, Nephrology among others.

 

She joined MEDSIR in April 2020 as International Trial Lead. She enjoys new adventures, traveling and swimming.

 

Maria del Mar speaks Spanish, and English fluently.

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KAROLIEN

PEETERS 

International

Trial Lead

Karolien holds a Master´s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Master´s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) / University of Helsinki (Finland).  


She started her career in 2005 as a Clinical Safety Associate and Global Study Manager at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines in Belgium. In 2011, she moved to Barcelona, where she worked as a freelance Clinical Project Manager for 6 years. In 2017, she was appointed Senior Study Delivery Lead at the Headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines in Belgium, before joining MEDSIR in Barcelona in  June 2020 as International Trial Lead.  

 
Karolien has nearly 15 years of experience in managing global clinical trials, Phase I-IV in different infectious diseases such as Influenza, Herpes Zoster and Clostridium Difficile. She really enjoys working in a dynamic environment and is eager to take on new challenges.
She loves traveling, skiing and hiking in the mountains and spending time with family and friends.


Karolien is fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish and French.

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SUSANA

VITORINO 

International

Trial Lead

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Susana has a Phd in Biological Chemistry- “DNA recognition for drug development and new cancer therapies”, from the University of Birmingham (UK). She did her degree in Chemistry, and Master’s degree in “Emerging Infectious Diseases”, from the University of Lisbon (Portugal).

 

Upon completing her PhD in 2011, Susana started her career in clinical research at Imperial College of London Cancer Trials Unit, in London. It was a steep career progression into project management and oversight of sponsored multicenter international clinical trials. In 2016, Susana joined another innovative project in Genomics England-"100k Genomes Project”, which overall goal is to deliver personalized medicine to improve cancer care to patients of the NHS (“National Health System”), also as a project manager.

 

Her career in Spain started in 2018 when she joined the Spanish Group for Sarcoma Research, in Madrid, as a project manager and where she worked closely with principal investigators and their teams on several different clinical trial phases, observational studies and translational research projects.

 

Susana joined MEDSIR in June 2020 as an International Trial Lead where she contributes with her experience, skills and knowledge in helping Medsir excel nationally and internationally by delivering the best cancer care to patients.

 

Susana is a native Portuguese, fluent in English and Spanish. Loves cooking, especially baking (a consequence of her life in the UK). Strong believer, that all moments, as simple as they are, should be celebrated and nothing makes her happier than having her dining table filled with loved ones.

 

CARLA RIOJA 

International

Trial Lead

With a degree in Human Biology from the Pompeu Fabra University, Carla started her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a trainee at the Novartis ICRO department.

 

In 2008, Carla joined TFS CRO as a Clinical Research Associate working exclusively with Amgen. She became a Senior Associate Clinical Operations Manager in 2011 then a Clinical Operations Manager, joining Inventiv Health in 2015 while also working for Amgen. From 2016 until recently, Carla has been managing studies that are led by Investigators, performing different types of study supervision and conducting international trials in Oncology, Hematology, Cardiology, Bone, Respiratory and Psoriasis, among others.

 

She speaks Spanish, Catalan, English fluently and basic Germany.

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GEMMA MARTINEZ

International

Trial Lead

Gemma joined MEDSIR in August 2020 as an International Trial Lead. She is a Molecular Biologist with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering a Master’s degree in International Clinical Trials and post-graduate of Medicine in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

 

She has more than 15 years’ experience in biopharmaceutical companies with broad expertise in international clinical project management, including FDA and EMA regulations. Gemma has conducted global clinical trials in a wide variety of therapeutic areas such as; cardiology, neurology, psychiatry, nephrology, oncology, endocrinology, dermatology and infectious diseases, with some of her scientific work published in peer-reviewed journals.

 

Her record of academic achievements and professional career history demonstrate passion for clinical trials with a great work ethic, reliability, resourcefulness, meticulous documentation and strong organizational skills.

 

Gemma is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, and English.

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GUSTAVO

BLASCO

International

Trial Lead

After earning a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Barcelona, a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona and Master’s Degree in Clinical Trials Monitoring from ESAME, in 2014 Gustavo began his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a Clinical Research Associate at Syneos Health on behalf of Novartis. In 2018, he moved to the UK, where he worked as a Senior Clinical Research Associate at Syneos Health, then as a Clinical Project Manager at Novartis.

 

Gustavo has a wide range of experience in conducting global, multinational clinical trials in key areas of Oncology and Hematology, which makes him highly qualified to manage trials and work closely with sites and CRAs. 

 

He joined MEDSIR in November 2020 as an International Trial Lead. Gustavo speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan and English.

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CRINA
POPA

Lead Site Manager

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Crina has a PhD in Biotechnology and more than 5 years of experience in managing scientific research projects. She has a strong scientific background, broad array of laboratory techniques, and expertise in genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology. During her work experience, she has had successful collaborations with biotechnology companies and international research groups, and developed a strong interest in working in teams with diverse scientific backgrounds. As a Project Coordinator at The Paper Mill company, she organized several workshops and science outreach activities, gaining strong knowledge of the Spanish research context and familiarity with communication and management in a scientific setting.
 
As part of the Master’s program in Clinical Trial Monitoring from IUSC Barcelona, Crina joined MEDSIR in July 2018 as an Assistant to the International Trial Lead Trainee. In October 2018, she initiated her career in clinical research as a Clinical Research Associate of the PHERGain phase II international trial. Her thirst for knowledge made her accept new challenges and develop her growth in MEDSIR, and in January 2020, she started her adventure as both Lead Clinical Research Associate in the PHERGain study and Scientific Specialist. Currently, she is a member of the Operations and Scientific Departments. 


Crina is fluent in Romanian, Spanish, Catalan and English.

 

CHIARA
TIBERTO

Lead Site
Manager
from Valesta

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Chiara graduated in Pharmacy at Turin University, Italy. She had a strong interest in clinical research as an undergraduate student that led her to undertake two internships in this field at the Royal London Hospital and at the Frei University of Berlin.

Chiara continued her research thesis in clinical oncology as part of a collaboration between the Laboratory of Pharmacy and Applied Pharmacokinetics and the Molinette Hospital in Turin. Her research focused on the discovery of new oral drugs/molecules for cancer treatment.

In 2013 she moved to Spain, where she completed her Master’s in Clinical Research at Lleida University. Her professional career includes experience in pharma, CROs and academic groups.

Chiara joined MEDSIR in February 2019 as Lead Site Manager. She is very enthusiastic about taking on this new challenge and to continue her professional growth and pursue her passion for life sciences.

Chiara defines herself as a music lover. She enjoys finding connections between art and science and is interested in human physiology.

 

CRISTINA

VALIENTE

Site Manager

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Cristina obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Lleida in 2015 and graduated in a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Industry Departments from ESAME in 2016. After 2 years working as a scientific consultant and CRA of observational studies, she has graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Trial Monitoring from the International University Study Center (IUSC) in 2019.

 

Cristina started her professional career in healthcare as a scientific consultant in a pharmaceutical consultancy in Barcelona. Her main activities included administrative management of observational studies, producing contracts, eCRF design and monitoring tasks in the area of pneumology and neurology.

 

She has also worked as a consultant doing different projects for the medical and marketing departments of different companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Cristina started to be part of MEDSIR with the role of Clinical support in different projects and is currently working as Site Manager of the PARSIFAL and PALMIRA international studies.

 

Her main passion is traveling, but she also enjoys hanging out with friends, watch movies and read a good book.

 

SILVIA

GARCIA

Site Manager

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Silvia holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Barcelona.  Her research focused on the identification of new drugs and biomarkers for the treatment of diabetes (type 1 and type 2), obesity and metabolic syndrome. She is co-author of several scientific publications and patents.

Silvia joined Genmedica Therapeutics, a biotech focused in the identification of new treatments for type 2 diabetes where she covered the drug development process from drug discovery and preclinical studies up to clinical phases of the company’s lead candidate.  She was is in charge of overseeing the development processes of drug candidates, interacting with CROs and managing the R&D&I activities of the company. In 2019, Silvia moved on to work at Innoqua Toxicology Consultants.

Silvia joined Medsir in June 2019 as an Assistant to the International Trial Lead Trainee as part of the master’s program in Clinical Trial Monitoring from UNIR. In February 2020, she moved on to clinical research at MEDSIR as a Site Manager and Data Management Specialist.

Silvia loves figure skating and cinema. She speaks fluently Spanish, Catalan and English, and knows some German.

 

EMILIA SZOSTAK

Site Manager

Emilia obtained a Master’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Wroclaw, Poland in 2008. She then moved to France to work at EMBL Grenoble Laboratories to investigate molecular mechanisms of RNA mediated silencing. At the end of 2015 she earned her PhD in Biomedicine from UPF, Barcelona.

 

After spending the subsequent years starting a small IT company and volunteering at the Hospital de la Santa Creu in Sant Pau’s pediatric ward, her passion for science and investigation brought her to MedSIR in 2019 as an intern on the Operations team, supporting the PARSIFAL and EXCAAPE trials. During her tenure, she lent her technical knowledge to the MatchTRIAL project, where she analyzed medical databases and created a filtration system based on clinical trials inclusion and exclusion criteria. In April of 2020 Emilia became the Clinical Research Associate of first the COPERNICO, then BIOPER and EXCAAPE trials.

 

Emilia is native Polish, fluent in English, Spanish and has a working knowledge of Catalan. She loves winter sports, beach volleyball and traveling.

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JAVIER CLEMENTE

Site Manager

Javier earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Murcia in 2017 and a Master’s degree in Virology from the Complutense University of Madrid. in October 2019, he started his career in clinical research as an associate trainee and study support at MEDSIR as part of his Master’s degree in Direction and Monitoring of Clinical Trials from CEU Cardenal Herrera University.  During this period, he has supported different projects and has participated in the development of a clinical trials mobile app. At present Javier is working as site manager on the ZZ-FIRST and BARBICAN studies.

 

He defines himself as an organized and ambitious person with a huge desire to grow up professionally. He loves traveling and cooking and especially hanging out with family and friends.

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GEMMA

CASTRO

Senior Clinical Trial Assitant

Gemma has 16 years work experience in pharmaceutical laboratories processing clinical trials and working in marketing; For the last 3 years she was a Senior Clinical Trial Assistant in Document Management Quality, responsible for reviewing the documentation of clinical trials in Oncology. She spent 5 years as a Senior Clinical Trial Assistant in Oncology at Syneos Health Clinical Research Organization, dedicated to supporting Novartis, an international pharmaceutical company located in Barcelona. Gemma also dedicated 4 years to clinical research in infectious diseases and 4 years working in Marketing at Boehringer Ingelheim, a pharmaceutical laboratory.

 

Gemma enjoys cultural activities like theater and opera. She also loves the sea and nature, specifically water activities.

 

Gemma joined MEDSIR in November 2020 as a Senior Clinical Trial Assistant.

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MARIA
DIAZ

Clinical Trial
Assistant

Maria has been developing her career for 10 years within the Chemical Industry supporting account and marketing areas and working recently as a purchasing manager for the Italian market. For the last 8 years she has been at Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology providing daily operational and administrative support to Investigators.

Now at MEDSIR, she brings her expertise and skills to the Operations team. She is enthusiastic and grateful to join this innovative company and eager to take on new challenges in the clinical trials field.


Maria likes theater and cinema and is involved in several artistic projects. She is also interested in human rights and social education. Maria speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and has a working knowledge of French and Italian.
 

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CRISTINA
ROMERO

Clinical Trial
Assistant

After finishing her Tourism studies in 2005, Cristina focused her career on the Leisure and Business Travel. As an experienced travel assistant, she assisted and advised multinational companies in their incentive travel projects for marketing and rewards campaigns.

In 2019, attracted by working in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically in the clinical trials field, Cristina decided to make a career change and studied Administrative Management of Clinical Trials at IUSC.

 

In June of 2019, she joined MEDSIR. First as a study support member, then as part of the Clinical Trials Support Team as a Clinical Trial Assistant. She enjoys working in multicultural environments and is very motivated to learn about clinical trials.

Cristina speaks Spanish, Catalan, and English fluently and knows some French. She loves traveling and enjoys nature.

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