UK-based patient recruitment and clinical trial management business Synexus has stepped up its presence in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), opening a regional office in Hungary, appointing a new site director in Poland and putting in place a vice president to manage the company’s growing business throughout the region.

The new regional office is in Budapest, next to Synexus’ existing clinical trial centre in the Hungarian capital. Dr Erika Nemeth was appointed operations manager for Hungary earlier this year and Synexus says the country continues to be one of its most successful locations in Central and Eastern Europe for running clinical trials.

The vice president for Central and Eastern Europe is Dr Christian Tueni, who joins Synexus from German contract research organisation Averion. As CEE managing director for Averion, Tueni was influential in expanding the company’s operations throughout Europe, Synexus noted.

“Under the leadership of Dr Tueni, and with the benefit of his considerable local expertise, we expect to see our success [in CEE] grow more rapidly and more effectively,” commented Michael Fort, chief executive officer of Synexus.

The company also named Wojciech Szczepanik as site director for its Polish operation.