PRA Health Sciences has been named Clinical Research Company of the Year at the PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher of the Year – The Americas competition.

All in all, more than 46 top researchers from the world’s leading research groups – including Chiltern, ICON, PRA Health Sciences, INC, Benchmark Research and Quintiles – gathered in Seattle, Washington, last week to battle it out for a top spot in the prestigious competition, designed to recognise and reward talent and passion in the clinical space.

Established in 2009, PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher of the Year – The Americas is organised by an independent executive steering committee drawn from senior industry leaders from big and small pharma, leading CROs and professional membership associations, to offer researchers the opportunity to benchmark their skills against those of their peers in a learning environment.

This year’s competition, held in association with the ACRP 2017 Meeting & Expo, the leading education and networking event for clinical research professionals, tested candidates across six categories - clinical research co-ordinator, new clinical research associate, experienced CRA, project manager, strategic partnership team and company team - with the coveted Clinical Research Company of the Year award also up for grabs.

The winners (see list below) were announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday at the Renaissance Seattle, and included Lydia Frost, LMC | Manna Research, who took home the Pharma in the Clinical Research Co-ordinator category and Chiltern International’s Forrest Raynor, who picked up New Clinical Research Associate for 2017.

The winners:

Clinical Research Co-ordinator

Winner: Lydia Frost - LMC | Manna Research

Silver: Amanda Harp - Four Rivers Clinical Research

Bronze: Kimberly Harper - Benchmark Research

New Clinical Research Associate

Winner: Forrest Raynor - Chiltern International

Silver: Andy Rickelman - PRA Health Sciences

Bronze: Brandon Rasberry - PPD

Experienced Clinical Research Associate

Winner: Katherine Lusk - PPD

Silver: Angelo Evans - ICON

Bronze: Kataleeya Stecklair - ICON

Project Manager

Winner: Peter Mascenik - Sarah Cannon Development Innovations

Silver: Madelaine MacKay - PRA Health Sciences

Bronze: Florencia Bernacchia - PRA Health Sciences

Strategic Partnership Team

Winner: BioMarin Pharmaceutical & PRA Health Sciences

Anna Hassinger (BioMarin Pharmaceutical), Ramei Sani-Grosso (BioMarin Pharmaceutical), Jeri Williams (BioMarin Pharmaceutical), Mike Bodmann (PRA Health Sciences), Tony Eckhoff (PRA Health Sciences), Danielle Libero (PRA Health Sciences)

Silver: PRA Health Sciences & Sanofi

Melissa Carbon (PRA Health Sciences), Dan Grant (PRA Health Sciences), Tim Saxton (PRA Health Sciences), Glenn Frisch (Sanofi), Greg Livermore (Sanofi)

Company Team

Winner: PRA Health Sciences (Jo-Zahn Baxter, Jeff Janotka, Valerie Kerr, LaTheena Thomas, Jennifer Vance)

Silver: PRA Health Sciences (Stephanie Gonzalez, Tricia Hoyle, Adrianne Neighbors, Sara Shoop)

Bronze: Chiltern International (Janet Combs, Blaike Danko, Rebecca Lothery, Melanie Myers, Carly Repass, Tanya Richardson)

Clinical Research Company of the Year

PRA Health Sciences