Ergomed has announced Dr Jim Esinhart as its new non-executive director of the company.

Dr Esinhart is widely recognised as a leading figure in the global contract research and pharmaceutical industry. Having completed his PhD in biostatistics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, he began his career in industry at GlaxoSmithKline specialising in infectious disease research. He went on to co-found PharmaResearch Corporation, one of the first specialised clinical trial outsourcing companies focused on respiratory, oncology and infectious diseases, in 1995. Jim joined Chiltern International in 2006 and became CEO in 2012.

Dr Miroslav Reljanović, executive chairman of Ergomed, commented: "Jim is recognised as a true pioneer of the global CRO industry. Working with our new CFO, Richard Barfield, he built Chiltern into a leading mid-market global CRO and delivered significant shareholder value through its acquisition by Covance. Jim’s insight, experience and support will be invaluable as we deliver on Ergomed’s growth strategy across all of our business segments.”