Meet the leadership team

Stuart Donald

Stuart Donald2018-02-14T11:17:17+00:00

What do you wish you’d invented?

A piece of software that stops people talking on mute during teleconferences.

What do you love about working here?

I always tell people that Kinapse is the best place I’ve ever worked and my colleagues across the globe are the main reason for this.

We have such capable and dedicated people who go about their work in a positive and collaborative manner. It really is a pleasure to come to work every day. Much of this is underpinned by the Kinapse values which allow us to tackle challenges we face and use these to grow as a team.

What has made you proud in your career?

I’m probably most proud of what we are doing at Kinapse right now; building a highly capable team that delivers excellent services to our clients.

Where were you before?

I joined the industry 20 years ago after a brief stint in post-doctoral research.

My first role was at CMR International where I supported benchmarking of pharma companies’ R&D performance. I then spent time at several pharmaceutical companies in the UK and US, including Pharmacia (now Pfizer), Johnson and Johnson and UCB. For 4 years prior to joining Kinapse I worked for PPD, a Clinical Research Organisation.

At these companies I was deeply involved in process redesign, technology implementation and change management, mostly focused on project management and clinical operations.

What’s your favourite book?

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks.

Why did you choose to work in the life sciences industry?

I became intrigued with drug development during my Pharmacology degree. I was interested by the process, the complexity, timeframe and cost associated with bringing new medicines to the market, and I wanted to play a part in that.

Today, I remain particularly motivated by Kinapse’s industry leading work in the clinical trial transparency space. This is making the drug development process far less opaque to patients and other stakeholders, something that has been long overdue for the industry!

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