March 25th, 2014
ESTERN Medical CRO Appoints Clinical Trials Senior Executive Dr. Charles Schmidt, MD to Head Lead Scientific Global CRO, R&D & Consulting for Latin America

ESTERN Medical, , a therapeutically focused International Contract Research Organization (CRO) with a trusted scientific R&D knowledge for delivering reliable results, today announced the appointment of Dr. Charles Schmidt as the "Head Scientific Medical Advisor", based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Schmidt will leverage his extensive clinical research background within the pharmaceutical & medical device and CRO industries to lead ESTERN Medical CRO & consulting unit in Latin America. This business unit is responsible for providing biopharmaceutical & medical device customers with world-class R&D in the areas of clinical drug development, medical devices, commercialization and regulatory submissions.

"Making informed decisions regarding product or portfolios clinical trials R&D development is just one of many challenges that pharmaceutical & medical device executives must address to remain competitive and maximize their return on investment," said Dr. Jorge Estrella, President & Chief Medical Officer at ESTERN Medical. "We're excited to have Dr. Schmidt on board to provide his expertise perspective in using new methods to increase clinical trial efficiency to expand the breadth of support to our customers. ESTERN Medical has continued to strengthen our CRO & consulting practices with a number of senior appointments, including Dr. Schmidt. His leadership and broad clinical, pharmaceutical & medical device background will be instrumental as we look to expand our integrated services model to include clinical development optimization and compliance. These additions, combined with our strategy, LATAM QA and regulatory practice areas, provide the complete framework to address our customers' most pressing business needs in Pharmaceutical development & medical device today."

Dr. Schmidt has more than 25 years' experience in the clinical, central lab, pharmaceutical, CRO & medical device industry. Prior to joining ESTERN Medical, he served as Head of Outsourcing at a major US & European biopharmaceutical companies at Abbott Labs, Quintiles, PRA International, Medpace & Eurotrials. Having worked for both, pharma & medical device companies and international CROs, Dr. Schmidt has broad industry expertise and has held senior management positions in a range of functions, including clinical project and operations management, clinical development, strategic business planning and international clinical affairs.

Dr. Schmidt is the founder & former president of the Brazilian Association of CROs (ABRACRO). Member of the board and Director of the Brazilian Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians (SBMF) and member of the steering committee of DIA Latin America on the discovery, development, evaluation and utilization of medicines and related health care technologies.

Dr. Schmidt received his Medical degree from the University Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa School of Medicine in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and did further medical and research training (Master and Doctorate degree) in Pediatrics & Infectious Diseases at the Universidad Federal de Sao Paulo in Brazil (UNIFESP). Addition to his clinical background, he received degree in Post-graduate Management at the Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP Brazil. He is currently a professor & coordinator of the post-graduate program in clinical research at the University - Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas da Santa Casa in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

April 11th, 2013

ESTERN Medical CRO and "Hospital Universitario Mayor - Mederi" (University Hospital Universidad del Rosario) enter It's 1st Partnership to Support Clinical Trial Research in Colombia & LATAM

Boston, MA, U.S., and Bogota, Colombia - April 11th, 2013

ESTERN Medical CRO Corporation a leading full Clinical Research Organization (CRO) for global Pharmaceutical & Medical Device services provider, and the "Hospital Universitario Mayor - Mederi", Universidad del Rosario (UR) University Hospital, announced today that they have established the "1st" partnership alliance. Under the agreement, ESTERN Medical and The Mederi University Hospital will collaborate to provide pharmaceutical and medical device scientific and clinical research development services in Colombia ranging from all Phase I, II, III & IV.

"Partnering with The Mederi University Hospital further enhances our ability to meet the increasing demand from our sponsors to provide a full scope of broad clinical trials phases I through IV in a rapidly growing R&D market," said Dr. Jorge Estrella, M.D., Corporate President & Chief Medical Officer from ESTERN Medical. "The Mederi University Hospital is well-known and highly respected in Colombia and across Latin American region. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work together to advance our biopharmaceutical & medical device sponsor' trial programs in the region and help them to compete more effectively in the global marketplace"

"We are delighted to collaborate with ESTERN Medical, a world-leading CRO for biopharmaceutical & medical device trial services provider" said Dr. Rafael Riveros, M.D., Head Scientific Director & Dr. Ricardo Alvarado, MD, MPH, Head Research at the Mederi University Hospital. "ESTERN Medical has a wealth of experience in both local and international clinical development programs. This partnership will bring opportunities for both ESTERN Medical and The Mederi University Hospital to leverage our combined expertise in order to accelerate clinical development programs in Colombia and meet patients' need for more effective treatments."

The alliance will drive greater efficiency for Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device sponsors worldwide. As a center of excellence for clinical trials in Colombia and the South American region, the Colombian Mederi University Hospital is ideally positioned to support ESTERN Medical in delivering a superior clinical development service to local and global biopharmaceutical companies. The combined experience and development expertise of the two organizations will help to create innovative solutions for biopharmaceutical and medical devices companies looking to develop or market their products within this important region. Dr. John Jairo Hernandez, M.D., NSG & Head of Pain Management & CNS for Mederi University Hospital & ESTERN Medical, & Claudia Hernandez C. Head Director Clinical Operations U.S. North America & Latin America for ESTERN Medical comment on this successful accomplishment from a health scientific institution and clinical research company.

About The Hospital Universitario Mayor Mederi - University of Rosario Hospital (UR):

The Hospital Universitario Mayor - Mederi started its operations in 2008. The Rosario University Hospital is a modern institution that was designed to support the concept of "patient-centered-care", by which treatment is delivered at the bedside. The hospital endeavors to provide appropriate, effective, and compassionate care that is accessible, affordable, and culturally sensitive, and in all these respects it serves as a model to emulate for other university hospitals and clinics across the nation and in Latin America. With more than 3100 employees serving approximately 681 inpatient beds, and thousands of daily outpatient visits, and thousands of treatments per day of Cardiovascular Surgery, Cancer, Organs Transplant, Liver & Pancreas Surgery, Peripheral Vascular Surgery, Orthopedics & Traumatology, Urological Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pain Management, Plastic Surgery, MRI/MRA Diagnostic Imaging and other diverse fields, the Mederi University Hospital remains the best- known and the highest-quality clinical & scientific and academic medical center in Colombia. For more information, please visit

About The Universidad del Rosario (University of Rosario):

The Universidad del Rosario or University of Rosario (Spanish: Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario - Universidad del Rosario) is a University originally founded on Roman Catholic principles, in 1653 by Fray Cristobal de Torres. Located in Bogotá, Colombia, due to its important place in Colombian history, it is known as "The Cradle of the Republic". Most faculties reside at the Cloister, the main campus located in the historic-geographical center of Bogotá. Nowadays the institution is based on secular ideas and remains very influential in Colombian culture and public life. At least 28 of Colombia's presidents have been students of this university. It has influenced and participated in very important transitional processes like the revolution for the independence from Spain and the drafting of the Political National Constitution of 1991. As a curious fact, one of the most important 1886 Constitution's Supreme Court (1936), the so-called golden court, was composed in its majority by lawyers from the Faculty of Jurisprudence.

The current "Rector" (Provost) of the University of Rosario is Hans-Peter Knudsen, elected on November 18, 2002. He holds a degree in Business Administration and a degree in 'University Teaching', both from the University of Rosario. He also completed studies on 'Renovation of Research Universities' at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and 'University Management' at Harvard University. For more information visit

February 7th, 2012

ESTERN Medical CRO Partners with Nextrials to Give Researchers Real-Time Access to Clinical Trial Data
Partnership helps Nextrials expand into Latin America and provides ESTERN's sponsors with better investigator site data and cost control

Boston, MA & San Ramon, CA

August 29th, 2011

As Big CROs Keep Getting Bigger, Smaller CROs Estern, Harrison Are Expanding Globally
By CenterWatch News Online

As medium-sized and large CROs continue their quest to get bigger and get acquired, smaller CROs are on the march around the globe, expanding as best they can to attract contracts from smaller pharmaceutical companies and biotechs seeking something approximating worldwide reach.

Estern Medical CRO, based in Boston but previously focused only on trials in Latin America, is about to go on a hiring spree in order to begin conducting trials in the United States. And Munich, Germany-based Harrison Clinical Research (HCR) has, through a recent acquisition, established a presence in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Said Jorge Estrella, M.D., Estern

July 27th, 2011

ESTERN Medical CRO Expands Its Capabilities in the USA, With a Full North American Operational Clinical Trials Research Services

ESTERN Medical CRO, one of the top independent USA & Latin American privately owned Clinical Research Organization (CRO) and Consulting Company announced today it has accelerated its USA expansion as part of its continued investment in US-North America, ESTERN Medical CRO, a global full-service Clinical Research Organization (CRO) and (CSO), will inaugurated its full operation services in August, 2011.

ESTERN Medical is strategically located in the US-East Coast in the New England, Boston & Cambridge area in one of the top most important global Biotech, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device research corridors named

May 5th, 2011
ESTERN Medical CRO Group, Head of Corporate Advisory Board, Mr. Michael D. Webb was appointed as the President & CEO at Allegro Diagnostics Inc ., in Boston.

ESTERN Medical CRO Group, Dr. Jorge Estrella MD., ESTERN Medical CRO President & Chief Medical Officer, commented that ESTERN conveys our warmest congratulations to our Head Corporate Advisory Board, Michael Webb as the new appointed President & CEO at Allegro Diagnostics Inc in Boston, Massachusetts.

Allegro is a molecular diagnostics company, focused on the development and future sale of innovative genomic tests for the diagnosis, staging and guided treatment of lung cancer and lung diseases. By no doubt Mike will do an extraordinary job in guiding the direction of the company pipeline, Dr. Estrella comment.

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