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Panthera Biopartners strengthens team with the appointment of Joanna Cox as Operations Director

Independent site management organisation (SMO) Panthera Biopartners has appointed Joanna Cox as its Operations Director. Joanna joins the Panthera team from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, where she was the Senior Research Nurse responsible for the day to day management of the clinical research team across a wide portfolio of trials. Previously Joanna has also worked as Clinical Trial Manager at UCLan, and Senior Research Nurse at Salford Royal Foundation as well as in a senior position at Synexus.

Panthera’s CEO, Stuart Young, commented, “With her years of experience in running clinical trials, both within the NHS and commercially, Joanna is an outstanding addition to the very experienced Panthera team. Her clinical and patient management expertise is a huge asset for us going forwards, and I am hugely excited to be working with her.”

Panthera is initially aiming at recruiting patients and running clinical trials in therapy areas which are traditionally managed in primary care including cardiac disease, allergies, migraine, osteoarthritis, diabetes. etc. It will also expand into other key indications including neurology and oncology later this year.

The company which opened its first clinical trial site in Preston, Lancashire, UK in November 2019 is in advanced discussions to open two more sites one in South Manchester and one in North Manchester shortly. Further sites are planned across the UK and then overseas.

The Panthera site model is to locate their clinics either in mega GP practices – more than 100,000 patients – or at major hospitals ensuring that there is an easily accessible patient pool and connected services.


Panthera’s clinical trial site in Preston, UK, open for business

Artist’s impression of the new Preston site presently under construction.
  • First of more than four UK sites planned for 2020
  • In negotiation on international expansion
  • Specialist Oncology and Neuroscience sites – planning underway

Panthera, the newly launched independent clinical trial site management organisation (SMO), has opened its first site in Preston in the UK with a second site in North Manchester to open in March. This is in line with the company’s aim to have at least four sites in the UK by the end of 2020.

Stuart Young, CEO of Panthera, commented “We are really making progress. We can now offer our CRO and pharma clients the ability to recruit thousands of patients in trials which involve the many conditions treated in primary care.”

All of the Panthera sites are or will be strategically located to maximise partnerships within NHS mega primary care sites or at major hospital trusts. This ensures that each site has access to substantial patient numbers, key clinical skills and works closely with the health service.

The Panthera Preston site will be expanding next year when it moves into a purpose-built super-practice which is presently under construction under the leadership of site manager, Gillian Woods.

Panthera is in advanced discussions on a South Manchester site, which they are planning to open in May, and are in negotiation with several other sites including Glasgow.

Specialist models to deliver oncology, neurology and NASH patients are being developed for later in the year with discussions on sites in Europe also being pursued.

“What is really encouraging is the interest from both pharma and CROs who continue to look for high quality, independent sites to deliver large numbers.” continued Stuart “We have been inundated with enquiries. With our dedicated team, we are able to quickly respond to requests for feasibilities and can contract quickly to avoid unnecessary delays. This enables us to begin recruiting within weeks rather than months.”

Led by founders Chairman Professor John Lyon, previously a senior global executive in Covance, and Dr Ian Smith, Chief Medical Officer and founder of Synexus, Panthera has assembled one of the most experienced teams in the SMO industry. Other executives include CEO Stuart Young, formerly UK country manager of Synexus and Jane Restorick, Chief Commercial Officer of Panthera formerly Chief Operating Officer of Synexus.


Independent Panthera Biopartners appoints Stuart Young as CEO as the company further strengthens its team.

Independent clinical trial SMO (Site Management Organisation) Panthera Biopartners has appointed Stuart Young as chief executive. Stuart who was previously UK Country Manager of Synexus will lead the organisation’s expansion across the UK and into Europe. Panthera which opened its first clinical trial site in Preston, in the NW of England, late last year now has a full management team in place.

Stuart previously managed the UK division of Synexus overseeing nine dedicated research sites. Stuart is particularly focussed on the use of technology to reduce costs in clinical trials, provide a first rate patient experience and ensure that Panthera is at the cutting edge of clinical research. Stuart, who holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow has had extensive experience in data management and the introduction of new technologies into organisations.

Stuart joins Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and co-founder Professor John Lyon, who was previously a global executive in CRO Covance; Medical Director and co-founder Dr Ian Smith, who previously founded Synexus and Jane Restorick, Chief Commercial Officer, who was most recently Chief Operating Officer and Chief Patient Officer at Synexus.

Stuart commented  ”I am delighted to join such an experienced team. Our collective expertise in running clinical trials across the globe is second to none. While we are just starting our journey we are already on target to open more sites in the UK; we are in discussions on expanding across Europe; and most importantly as an independent organisation with a world class team we have been received very warmly by both CROs and pharma.”

Chairman John Lyon, “We are really pleased to welcome Stuart as CEO of Panthera. Not only does he know the clinical trial business inside out he has the understanding and technical knowledge to ensure that Panthera is a world leader in the introduction  of technology into all aspects of recruiting patients, running and reporting on clinical trials.”

Panthera is initially aiming at recruiting patients and running clinical trials in therapy areas which are traditionally managed in primary care including cardiac disease, allergies, migraine, osteoarthritis, diabetes. etc. It will also expand into other key indications including neurology and oncology.

The company opened its first clinical trial site in Preston, Lancashire, UK in November 2019. The clinical trial site, which is the first of a number of planned across the UK and overseas, is already involved in implementing trials on behalf of its clients from CROs and pharma companies.


Panthera strengthens management team with appointment of experienced clinical research executive, Jane Restorick

Panthera Biopartners, an independent SMO (Site Management Organisation) which recently launched its first UK clinical research site, has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Jane Restorick as Chief Commercial Officer. Jane brings with her more than thirty years’ experience in clinical research, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Patient Officer at Synexus Clinical Research.

During her seventeen years at Synexus, Jane worked across a wide spectrum of clinical research operations, including feasibility, programme management, patient engagement, and global site operations. Since leaving Synexus in 2018, Jane has been a consultant to the Pharmaceutical industry with her own company, Arion Consulting Services.

Dr Ian Smith, co-founder of Panthera Biopartners and founder of Synexus, commented, “I am thrilled that Jane has joined the Panthera team, and to be working with her again. Jane’s experience in clinical research operations is going to be hugely valuable for Panthera as we continue to grow and expand.”

Panthera Biopartners was founded by Dr Ian Smith, founder of Synexus, and Professor John Lyon, previously a global executive at Covance. Panthera opened its first clinical trials site in Preston, Lancashire, UK in November 2019, , and will be initiating its first trials on behalf of  CROs and pharma companies, in the coming months.  Preston is the first of a number of planned sites in the UK and overseas

Panthera will initially recruit patients and run clinical trials in therapy areas which are traditionally managed in primary care including cardiac disease, allergies, migraine, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes etc. In 2020 the company is looking to expand into trials for NASH (fatty liver disease) in primary care, and Oncology and Neurology in secondary care.


Independent SMO Panthera Biopartners launches with its first clinical trial site in the UK

  • First clinical trial site in Preston, North England, open for business
  • Three trials already in the pipeline
  • At least three further sites to open in the UK in 2020
  • Dr Ian Smith founder of Synexus – the world’s largest SMO – is one of the founders of Panthera
  • In discussions on international expansion

Independent SMO (Site Management Organisation) Panthera Biopartners has opened its first clinical trials site in Preston, Lancashire, UK. The clinical trial site, which is the first of a number of planned sites in the UK and overseas, is already involved in implementing trials on behalf of its clients from CROs and pharma companies.

Panthera Biopartners was founded by Dr Ian Smith, who previously founded Synexus and Professor John Lyon, who was previously a global executive in CRO Covance and a serial entrepreneur. The company is presently raising it’s “A” round of finance which will be concluded shortly.

Panthera is initially aiming at recruiting patients and running clinical trials in therapy areas which are traditionally managed in primary care including cardiac disease, allergies, migraine, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes etc.

In the New Year the company is looking at NASH in primary care and Oncology and Neurology for secondary care.

The Panthera team has very wide experience in providing feasibility, recruitment, running of clinical trials and retention across a broad range of therapy areas. All the healthcare staff at the Preston Panthera site are GCP trained with considerable experience in the recruiting of patients and running of clinical trials.

Dr Ian Smith, Founder and Medical Director of Panthera commented “It has been so encouraging talking to CROs and major pharma companies. They have really welcomed the entry of Panthera Biopartners as an independent SMO which incorporates new technology into the running of clinical trials and the recruitment of patients.

We plan to have a number of sites up and running by the first quarter of 2020 with an ongoing expansion program across the UK and overseas.”

Panthera will be shortly announcing a CEO and other senior appointments.

Panthera Biopartners – an Independent Site Management Organisation

Panthera Biopartners was founded by Dr Ian Smith – founder of Synexus – and Professor John Lyon – previously senior executive in Covance and serial entrepreneur – in Jul 2019 to provide CROs and pharma clients with services relating to the recruitment and running of clinical trials at customised clinical trial sites by GCP trained healthcare professionals.

The first Panthera site was opened in Preston, Lancashire, UK in October 2019. Further sites are planned in Glasgow and Rochdale in early 2020 with further sites under negotiation. Panthera is initially focused on therapeutic areas traditionally managed in primary care.