UK-based contract research organisation (CRO) Chiltern International is raising its profile in Europe, opening a new office in Brussels and naming Maurizio Passanisi as country manager for Belgium and the Netherlands.

According to Passanisi, the quality of clinical research in these two countries is “outstanding”. Belgium and The Netherlands “have many key opinion leaders involved in clinical research, lending additional weight to the data and keeping those countries at the forefront of modern research”, he commented.

Lewis Cameron, executive vice president for Europe, pointed to Chiltern’s current “healthy” growth, despite the difficult economic climate. The CRO will shortly announce a further expansion of its business in Eastern Europe, he noted.

Passanisi has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the Institut Supérieur Industriel Liegeois of Liege and a Master of Science degree in Management from Haute École Commerciale (HEC) - University of Liege. He brings to Chiltern over 15 years’ experience working in both pharmaceuticals and clinical research.