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About Us

About Palm Beach CRO

Palm Beach CRO was created in 2008 and even though we’ve been called a “new player” in CWWeekly (A CenterWatch Publication), we’ve been in the clinical research business for several decades.

Prior to relocating to Florida and starting Palm Beach CRO, Arthur Simon, PhD was president and CEO of Research Testing Laboratories, Inc. in Great Neck, NY, a hybrid research company consisting of a site management organization (SMO) and a clinical research organization (CRO) with more than 100 employees.

For 24 years, Dr. Simon directed all aspects of RTL’s clinical research activities for Rx, OTC, biotechnology, nutraceuticals, and medical devices.

Now, with a talented staff led by Dr. Simon and affiliation with the successful Palm Beach Research Center, Palm Beach CRO is creating a new tradition of value, quality and responsiveness in the management and supervision of clinical research.

Arthur Simon PhDArthur Simon, PhD

President

Dr. Simon has been recognized as a leader in clinical research with both the sponsors and CROs. He was the President and CEO of Research Testing Laboratories, Inc. which was a hybrid research organization consisting of a Site Management Organization (SMO) and a Clinical Research Organization (CRO). His clinical experience is based upon having worked for several pharmaceutical companies (Wyeth, Bristol Myers International) and for RTL. He earned his BS in Biology from the University of Philadelphia Sciences and his PhD, Masters in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and PhD in Pharmacology from the School of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.

David Scott

David Scott, MBA, CCRC

Chief Executive Officer

David has developed a reputation of respect throughout the pharmaceutics, biotech and CRO industries. He has led the growth of the Palm Beach Research Center where he has provided leadership through the ranks where David started his career as a clinical research coordinator. He earned his BA degree in English from the University of Miami and his MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Audrey Haber, PhD

Chief Financial Officer

Audrey Haber, PhD is well recognized as an expert in the field of statistical psychology and for her critical leadership as current Chief Financial Officer of the Palm Beach Research Center.

Dr. Haber has implemented  tracking and statistical packages and programs which provide the sponsors and Palm Beach Research Center the ability to accurately follow patient  and physician medical procedures. Dr. Haber was the Director of Neuropsychological  Services and Director of Psychology at the Garden State Rehabilitation Hospital in New Jersey.

Dr. Haber received her BA in psychology and mathematics and her PhD in Experimental Psychology from Adelphi University in New York. Dr. Haber was Professor of Psychology at C.W. POST and Research Psychologist  at the University of California, Los Angeles, California.

She has co-authored over 20 textbooks in the field of statistics and psychology.

Cecelia C. Pizzolo, PhD

Director of Research and Medical Affairs

Dr. Pizzolo joined Palm Beach CRO in 2008 and has contributed significantly to its growth.  She is responsible for clinical protocol development, data management, statistical analysis and  medical writing.

She previously worked in various roles including Director of Medical Affairs for Research Testing Laboratories, Inc. (RTL), which was both a Site Management Organization (SMO) and a contract Clinical Research Organization (CRO).  She has experience with Rx, OTC, Rx to OTC switches, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, as well as devices.  Cecelia had also served as an administrator for an Independent IRB.

Cecelia earned her BA in Psychology from St. John’s University and her PhD in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Nora Norcross

Director of Contracts

Nora started with Palm Beach Research in 1996. She was the Unit Secretary in an Emergency Room in a local, major Hospital prior to entering the field of Clinical Research. Since then she has been instrumental in Patient Recruitment, Office Management, and Contracts and Budgets. Nora is well known in the Research Industry for her attention to detail.

Luba Lavrik, BS

Project Manager

Luba has been in clinical research for about 15 years and has working experience and knowledge from both the study site and sponsor perspectives.  Prior to coming to Palm Beach CRO she had worked at Lahey Clinic as a Clinical Research Associate and then went on to work for Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. and later Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma America, Inc. (now Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., following the merger with Sepracor Inc.).  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, with minors in Marketing & Management and Industrial Pharmacy.

Deyanira Taborda, BSHA

Project Manager

Deyanira is a seasoned clinical research professional who had acquired a great amount of experience in different areas of clinical research and project management throughout her 12 plus years of service to well-known pharmaceutical companies such as Kos Pharmaceuticals (Now part of Abbott Laboratories), Accu-Break Pharmaceuticals, and Biotest Pharmaceuticals. She was also previously employed by Palm Beach CRO. Deyanira earned her Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Services Administration from Barry University in Miami, FL and a minor in Accounting from Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Gail SolomonGail Solomon, MS

Project Manager/ Medical Writer

Gail has over 25 years of clinical research experience working in both US and global pharmaceutical environments.  During her tenure at companies such as Novartis, Pfizer and Reckitt Benckiser (RB) she provided scientific support by conceptualizing novel study designs as well as full clinical development strategies for cough, cold, anti-infective, GI and pain therapies. As director of clinical development in R&D at RB Gail provided oversite of clinical operations, developing and managing budgets and timelines for individual studies and across development programs in addition to writing protocols, final study reports, integrated summaries, and portions of CTD, NDA and IND filings.  She also reviewed data; interpreted and reported results. Gail earned her Masters of Science Degree, summa cum laude, from C.W. Post Long Island University with a major in Medical Biology minoring in Immunology.

Khyati Shah

Khyati Shah, BA, CCRP

Senior Clinical Trial Associate

Khyati graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University, New Jersey.  She has over 5 years of experience in the clinical research field. Prior to coming to Palm Beach CRO she worked as a Quality Control Analyst at Dendreon on their leading product Provenge, for advanced Prostate Cancer. Khyati is a Certified Clinical Research Professional.

Kim Rowe

Kimberly Rowe, BHS

Clinical Trial Associate

Kimberly graduated with a Bachelor of Health Services in Health Administration, minoring in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.  Prior to coming to Palm Beach CRO, she worked as an Administrative Support/Certified Nurse Assistant at the Office of Dr. Donna Bacon. Kimberly also completed an administrative internship program for her practicum course at FAU, where she studied alongside the Nursing Home Administrator and Risk Manager at Courtyard Gardens Rehabilitation Center in Jupiter, FL. Kimberly has completed her GCP training course through the CITI program.

Jody Blumberg, BA

Quality Assurance Auditor

Jody is an experienced quality assurance professional with over 20 years of clinical research experience. Her responsibilities included quality assurance auditing, clinical study monitoring and training. She has experience in Phase I-IV clinical trials with emphasis on compliance with FDA, GCP regulations and ICH guidelines. Prior to coming to PBCRO she worked for Hill Top Research as a Quality Assurance Auditor and Corning Besselaar as the Quality Assurance Manager and IRB Administrator. Jody earned her BA in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of South Florida in Tampa.