Our Team

Board of Directors

Glenn Haifer

Chairman

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Glenn Haifer

Chairman

Glenn Haifer has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare sector. He has successfully established four different businesses operating in primary medical services, histopathology and cosmetic medical services, which he has exited through sales to private equity firms and to an ASX listed company.
Glenn is an experienced company director. His current directorships include Sun Doctors, a health care organisation that employs 250 staff and contracting doctors and offers special interest medical services, and access to one of the largest private histopathology laboratories in Australia.
He is a Non-executive Director of Aurora Expeditions, an expedition company and travel agency that operates in remote areas of the world including the polar regions. He was also previously a Non-executive Director of BDS Vircon, a multinational engineering services business employing over 300 staff, which was sold to a US listed public company in October 2016.
In addition to his 20 years’ experience in general management of health care service delivery, Glenn has current roles as Medical Consultant to Apotex Pharmaceuticals and is the Australasian Medical Consultant to P&O/ Princess Cruises.
Glenn is a registered Australian Specialist Medical Practitioner, and a fellow of the College of Rural and Remote Medicine. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was previously a member of the American Stock Exchange in New York.

Caroline Popper

Director

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Caroline Popper

Director

Caroline Popper is a US-based pathologist and business consultant, with more than 20 years’ operational experience in the international diagnostics, medical devices and drug discovery fields. After 10 years in senior management and marketing roles at Becton, Dickinson and Company, Caroline established her own consultancy company to provide strategic corporate and advisory services to businesses across the life sciences spectrum.
A qualified health economist, Caroline has served in senior managerial and advisory positions at a number of global diagnostics and medical research companies, including bioMérieux and MDS Proteomics, where she was Chief Business Officer from 2000 to 2002. As well as extensive corporate experience, Caroline enjoys a hands-on clinical perspective from her years as an attending physician at the Department of Emergency Medicine at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she completed residencies in internal medicine and pathology.
In 2003, Caroline founded Popper and Company, a strategy and M&A advisory firm focused on diagnostics, medical devices, life science tools, and wireless health applications. Her other directorships include Innovative Biosensors Inc (Chairman), nanoMR, Rarecyte and Pilgrim Software Inc.

Herman Scholtz

Director

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Herman Scholtz

Director

Dr. Herman Scholtz, MD, has over 20 years of Pharmaceutical and CRO early drug development experience. Until recently he was the Global Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Pharmacology Services for Covance. During his tenure at Covance, he also served as the Chief Medical Officer and was a member of the Covance global Operating Committee and Scientific Council. Prior to joining Covance, Dr. Scholtz held several leadership positions in Early Drug Development over a 15-year career with PAREXEL International.
Dr. Scholtz qualified as a physician at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and qualified as an anesthesiologist at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He currently resides in Madison, WI (USA)

Garth Tierney

Director

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Garth Tierney

Director

Garth Tierney is a South Australian based pharmacology and management professional with over 30 years’ experience in the clinical trial industry. Garth held various research and management roles within several international pharmaceutical and CRO companies before founding the Australian based CRO, Trident Clinical Research in 1997. As CEO, Garth grew Trident to become a leading Australian independent CRO with operations in three countries and 140 staff. Following acquisition of Trident by an international CRO, INC Research (now Syneos Health), Garth held the position of Senior Executive Vice President for Asia Pacific with oversight for 12 countries and over 500 staff. Garth retired from the role in 2014. Garth was also a founding partner and board member of Australia’s leading clinical trial manufacturing and logistics specialist, Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals, which was acquired by a large international company in 2018.
Garth’s board experience spans CRO companies, an early phase clinical research facility, pharmaceutical manufacturing, advanced plastics moulding and sporting organisations.



Leadership Team

Yvonne Lungershausen

Chief Executive Officer

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Yvonne Lungershausen

Chief Executive Officer

With 20+ years of clinical trial experience gained across most therapeutic areas, Yvonne possesses a deep understanding of all phases of the drug development process. With a passion for exceeding client expectations, Yvonne is highly regarded within the industry for her expertise and ability to solve complex clinical trial issues.

A key member of the Avance Clinical Management Team, Yvonne regularly attends international conferences to augment her industry knowledge and regularly presents at industry workshops to educate on the Australian regulatory process for the conduct of clinical trials

Gabriel Kremmidiotis

Chief Scientific Officer

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Gabriel Kremmidiotis

Chief Scientific Officer

Gabriel has 15 years biotechnology industry experience managing drug development programs from early discovery to completion of phase II proof of concept clinical trials in Australia and USA.
He joined CPR Pharma Services in September 2015. He was previously Vice President Research & Development of the Australian ASX listed company Bionomics limited where over a number of years managed progression of cancer therapeutics through to completion of several phase I and Phase II clinical trials.
Gabriel’s 22 years in medical research also includes appointments with the Cancer Therapeutics CRC, Flinders University, Adelaide University, the Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Gabriel has a diverse scientific background spanning the fields of Clinical Development, Drug Discovery, Cancer Biology, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics and Immunology. He has a PhD and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Flinders University and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne. He has published research findings in 28 international scientific publications and has several patent inventions on cancer genes and small molecule anti-cancer therapeutics. Gabriel is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Sandrien Louwaars

Director Data Operations

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Sandrien Louwaars

Director Data Operations

With expertise gained working for leading global CROs in Europe, Sandrien is an experienced Senior Clinical Data Specialist with expertise in Oracle Clinical™, Clintrial, Medrio, and SAS®.
With a keen eye for detail, Sandrien brings rigour and critical thinking to Protocol Review, Preparation of Data Management Plans, Case Report Form design and programming of Database and Edit Checks.

Lisa Eglinton

Director Compliance & Training

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Lisa Eglinton

Director Compliance & Training

Lisa Eglinton is Director Compliance and Training, responsible for driving the delivery and management of training programs and clinical compliance with internal processes and global regulations. Lisa has worked within the Contract Research Organization industry for almost 20 years, building on 10 years of experience within a pharmaceutical company and within a Phase I clinical trials unit. She has a strong background in Phase I clinical research and a wide breadth of experience across many facets of clinical research. Lisa’s strong passion for training and sharing knowledge enables her to effectively promote compliance to achieve high quality outcomes for clients.

Ben Edwards

Chief Strategy Officer

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Ben Edwards

Chief Strategy Officer

Chief Strategy Officer; working closely with the CEO to lead growth of the business and align the organisations operations with its future goals. With 24+ years of industry experience, including 19+ years within in CROs, Ben has gained a depth of knowledge that has allowed him to successfully support clients internationally and in the Asia Pacific region to gain market registration for their new pharmaceutical drug products. This includes product approvals by the US FDA, in Europe, the Japan PMDA and Chinese CFDA.

As an accomplished leader of teams with significant experience in directing large multi-function teams across all continents Ben values an action oriented work ethic, high ethical standards, personal integrity and accountability as well as the power of a ‘team first’ culture. These values have been the guiding force for delivering value to clients and ensuring patients get the treatment they need.

Priyanka Chamoli

Director Quality Assurance

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Priyanka Chamoli

Director Quality Assurance

Priyanka has extensive experience in Clinical Research and holds a Post-graduate degree in Clinical Research.
Priyanka has worked in Pharma, Multinational and small to mid-sized CROs during her career.
She has extensive experience auditing Investigator sites and vendors across multiple regions including Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and the USA covering many therapeutic areas.
At Avance Clinical Priyanka is responsible for quality systems and auditing for Clinical Operations, Data Management, Medical Writing and Statistics.

Jessica Smith

Accountant

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Jessica Smith

Accountant

Melanie Hayes

Clinical Kits Manager

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Melanie Hayes

Clinical Kits Manager

Melanie holds a BSc(Hons) and PhD in Molecular Biology from Flinders University, where she was part of a team identifying new prognostic markers and targets for therapy in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. She has since undertaken a number of research and diagnostic roles across university, research and public sectors, including a post-doc at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas. She comes to Avance having spent the last seven years performing diagnostic genetic testing and complex test reporting for SA Pathology. Melanie utilises her strong laboratory background to create innovative specimen collection kits, which are always designed with the end user in mind.

Bernardine Presnell

Senior Clinical Project Manager

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Bernardine Presnell

Senior Clinical Project Manager

With a career spanning over 35 years, Bernardine is a highly experienced and knowledgeable Clinical Research and expert Clinical Project Manager.
Bernardine’s extensive knowledge of the requirements of clinical trials in Australia ensures that our clients receive the highest quality project support.

Amanda Mestrov

Senior Clinical Project Manager

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Amanda Mestrov

Senior Clinical Project Manager

Joanne Kirby

Senior Clinical Project Manager

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Joanne Kirby

Senior Clinical Project Manager

Sebastiaan Van Der Spuy

CDISC Programmer

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Sebastiaan Van Der Spuy

CDISC Programmer

Sebestiaan is a SAS programming professional with extensive statistical and data management experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has the ability to effectively lead global groups, see organisations through major change initiatives, provide project support before regulatory agencies and has been part of development projects aimed at creating frameworks wherein SAS programming can provide real world efficiencies

Glynn Morrish

Senior Pharmacokineticist/Biostatistician

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Glynn Morrish

Senior Pharmacokineticist/Biostatistician

Glynn Morrish is a Senior Pharmacokineticist / Biostatistician and is responsible for the analysis and communication of clinical trial data and results to internal and external stakeholders. Glynn has over 15 years’ experience in clinical research and data analysis in both industry and academic settings. He has a passion for the science and business aspects of quantitative drug development, which is demonstrated by his contribution to the development of over 100 pharmaceutical products, the leading of statistical analysis teams, the conduct of non-for-profit and commercial pharmacokinetic data analysis courses, his peer-reviewed publication track record, and the supervision of post-graduate research students. Glynn’s current focus is on providing rational, informed and intelligent analysis and consulting services to small-to-medium sized clinical development organisations, assisting them to maximise study outcomes, product understanding and company value.

Rene Kroon

Biometrics Team Manager/Senior Biostatistician

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Rene Kroon

Biometrics Team Manager/Senior Biostatistician

As a professional statistician, with extensive experience over 20 years in pharmaceutical and clinical research, René brings international expertise to our team. Rene’s focus is broad, encompassing data management, study design, case report form review, sample size calculation, performing statistical analyses, and reporting of clinical data in a variety of medical areas and a range of clinical phases. Combined with qualifications in SAS programming and other relevant software, René’s attributes include collaborating effectively within multi skilled teams to ultimately meet the requirements of clients and their clinical trial outcomes.

Barbara Francis

Principal Biostatistician/Pharmacokineticist

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Barbara Francis

Principal Biostatistician/Pharmacokineticist

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Barbara is a well respected statistician and pharmacokineticist.
With a focus on early phase trials over the past 20 years, Barbara has considerable knowledge and expertise in clinical data analysis and pharmacokinetics, including clinical report writing. Barbara is a significant mentor to her team, and plays a critical role in the direct delivery of post -study analysis and written reports to our clients.