Quintiles VP Dr. Judith Beach Joins ACRES Board of Directors

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The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES) welcomes Dr. Judith Beach, Senior Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs at Quintiles to its Board of Directors.

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Beach noted, “clinical research … must ensure the rights, well-being and privacy of patients are respected. ACRES has donned the mantle of global leadership, and I am thrilled to be part of this extraordinary collaborative initiative."

The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES) welcomes Dr. Judith Beach, Senior Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs at Quintiles to its Board of Directors. Dr. Beach brings her wide-ranging expertise in legal and regulatory counsel on international and domestic regulatory issues in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries, as well as her chief privacy officer responsibilities, to ACRES mission of building a global system for accountable clinical research.

ACRES, a non-profit organization operating in the public interest, harnesses the energies and expertise of diverse stakeholders across the clinical research and drug development endeavor to develop this much needed global system. Through integrated information technologies and interoperable standards, policies and practices across the global drug development enterprise, this open system will enhance safety, quality and efficiency worldwide and industry-wide to benefit all stakeholders.

Several ACRES foundation initiatives are underway in the areas of site development and support, technology and informatics, quality management, ethics and regulatory innovation, and safety and pharmacovigilance. Dr. Beach will help further this work.

Dr. Beach’s responsibilities with Quintiles include providing legal and regulatory counsel on regulatory matters, good clinical practices in the conduct of clinical trials and the protection of human participants in research with respect to investigators, institutional review boards, sponsors, and clinical research monitors. She chairs Quintiles Council on Research Ethics, and also chairs Quintiles’ global internal privacy board. Dr. Beach is admitted to the State Bars of Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and North Carolina. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Although a lawyer, Beach is no stranger to clinical research; she received her Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from Duke University. She was a Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of California San Francisco, and then a clinical investigator at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Speaking of Beach’s appointment, Dr. Greg Koski, ACRES President and CEO said, “It is difficult to imagine a more perfect match for ACRES, or a more perfect time than now. It is particularly valuable to have the perspective of a privacy advocate on the Board—we are honored to have Judy join our team.”

Dr. Beach added, “As clinical research and medical practice become increasingly seamless, both our practices and our policies must ensure that the rights, well-being and privacy of patients are respected. ACRES has donned the mantle of global leadership, and I am thrilled to be part of this extraordinary collaborative initiative.”

Fellow ACRES Director, Dr. Eve E. Slater, formerly U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, and former SVP of Clinical & Regulatory Development at Merck and SVP of Worldwide Policy at Pfizer, now professor of medicine at Columbia University, noted that “Dr. Beach brings to the Board remarkable expertise and experience in both clinical research and policy development, as well as a critically important perspective from a leading CRO and patients. Her insights will be invaluable.”

About ACRES

The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES), a non-profit multi-sector alliance working in the public interest, brings together diverse stakeholders from across the clinical research enterprise and harnesses their expertise and investments to collaboratively build an open, integrated global system, based in principles of Accountable Research™. Adapting lessons from other industries that have successfully implemented principles of systems and safety engineering, such as transportation, communications and information technology, this system will employ integrated information technologies and interoperable standards, policies and practices across the global drug development enterprise, enhancing safety, quality and efficiency worldwide and industry-wide to benefit all stakeholders, especially patients.

For further information please contact Dr. Mary F. Tobin at mtobin(at)acresglobal(dot)net or visit http://www.acresglobal.net.

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