Team Leaders

Dr Helen Allars, Chairperson

Helen has always had a passion for medical research. She majored in Biochemistry and Chemistry and was the first Science student to do Honours in Cell Pathology at Sydney University. She followed this up with a Masters in Cell Pathology, conducting cystic fibrosis research at Children’s Medical Research Foundation (CMRF). A few years in the Clinical Pharmacology Department at St Vincent’s Hospital, mentored by Prof Denis Wade, saw Helen awarded a PhD for research into phospholipid turnover in dopamine receptors in guinea pig striatal nerve endings.

Helen spent some time teaching pharmacology at UNSW before the pharmaceutical industry lured her with a role as a CRA at SmithKline & French. Helen’s interest in statistics and collection of clinical data saw the introduction of the first computer into the SKF medical department. Family commitments encouraged Helen to work from home as a consultant while she studied statistics.

As clients became more plentiful, Helen was able to take on staff and Datapharm Australia was born in 1987. Since then, she has managed and mentored a diverse and enthusiastic team. As the company expanded, so have Helen’s abilities and today the company continues to thrive under her care now as Chairperson.

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John Edington – CEO

Graduated as a Civil Engineer from Sydney University in 1972 and worked in design and construction roles with the Water Board and Federal Department of Construction. Created a hydraulic design consulting business and followed this as an environmental engineer/business development manager for a private engineering consulting company. Developed and implemented Datapharm’s administration and project management processes using the multi-discipline design office matrix organisation model. John was fortunate to have had 20 years in the Army Reserve and has been a keen water polo player for many years. John’s main interests are family, business, friends, buildingand innovating where ever possible.

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Lyn Tozer – Medical Director, MBBS, MHA

A medical graduate of the University of Sydney, Lyn spent many years in hospital and general practice roles before joining Datapharm in 1994 while completing her MHA (Master of Health Administration) at UNSW. Over the years, Lyn has experienced all facets of clinical trial management and data management in her life at Datapharm. For several years, she oversaw clinical monitoring services and in 2005 became the Medical Director. Since 2007 Lyn has managed Datapharm’s team of medical and scientific writers and has had responsibility for the company’s pharmacovigilance services. In 2008 Lyn undertook general practice retraining through the University of Sydney in order to update her clinical knowledge, skills which have proven advantageous in her current role at Datapharm.

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Jim Sockler – Manager of Programming & Statistics, PhD

Texas born and bred, Jim taught sports physiology for some years at Colorado State University before coming to Australia in 1991 to become Assoc. Prof. and head of school at UNSW department of sport and leisure studies. In 1999, Jim became Principal at the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) at Homebush where he remained until 2003 when he left academia to pursue a career in statistics, a subject he had taught for over 20 years. He came to Datapharm in 2005 where, as Manager of Statistical Operations and Programming, he co-ordinates our team of statisticians and programmers. The team is well integrated and organised and the smooth operation of multiple projects is the norm under Jim’s expert care.

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Dr Howard Geldard – Quality Manager & GCP Compliance Auditor

Dr Geldard graduated as a Veterinarian from Sydney University and has worked in every aspect of both veterinary and medical clinical trials since. He has been responsible for many advances in the development of key animal and human pharmaceuticals and has held senior management positions with Squibb, Glaxo UK, IDT and Datapharm Australia. He has worked in clinical trials in over 16 countries throughout Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Dr Geldard is now working as Datapharm Australia’s Quality Manager & GCP Compliance Auditor.

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Frances Scroope – Monitors’ Support Manager/ Senior CRA

After graduating from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Education degree, Frances commenced her nursing training at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. She was able to combine her experience in Education and Nursing when she took on the role of Clinical Educator for the Post Graduate Cardiothoracic Course at the hospital in 1989. Frances’ next role as a Study Coordinator introduced her to the world of Clinical Research and from there to a CRA role at Roche Products Pty Ltd. Having gained valuable experience as a Senior CRA at Roche, Frances commenced at Datapharm in 2007. She now uses her now uses her English Literature, Clinical and Research backgrounds to mentor, train and support the monitoring team.

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Luke Edington- Clinical Project Manager and Business Development Manager

University of Sydney Honours Graduate in Pharmacology, also studied International Business, with a focus on marketing and international business strategy. Luke started at Datapharm Australia as a graduate, progressing in the clinical department as a CTA, CRA, Lead CRA, CCRA to Senior CRA , Clinical Project Manager and Head of the Monitoring Team. Luke now has over 10 years experience in clinical research, and manages projects both early and late phase clinical trials in various therapeutic areas. Luke has a passion for achieving goals, enjoys working with different people, and gains satisfaction from solving Sponsors’ challenges. Luke also plays an important role in business development activities for Datapharm Australia.

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John J Morrison- BSc(Hons), PhD, Cert Health Econ, Grad Cert Pharmacecon, CCRA, CCRT

John Morrison is a graduate of the University of Queensland with an Honours degree in Microbiology and a PhD in Immunology and Toxinology. He also holds qualifications in Health Economics.

He has worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Queensland and at CSIRO, and has also served as a Scientific Officer with the Australian Army Medical Corps – conducting both pre-clinical research as well as field trials of anti-malarial drugs in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

In 1989 he joined the Australian biomedical products industry and has extensive clinical trials and research management experience gained over more than 20 years in various Industry positions – from small local consultancies to large multi-national Pharmaceutical Companies and Contract Research Organisations. Additionally, he has worked as Clinical Program Manager with QRx Pharma Pty Ltd, a start-up and Biotechnology Company, with responsibility for clinical development plans.

He also has accreditation and experience in research Quality Assurance, having worked as a contract clinical trials auditor and QA advisor, and also as Clinical Quality Compliance Manager with Sirtex Technology Ltd.

He is currently Senior Trainer in clinical trial conduct and Good Clinical Practice with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) through Research Excellence Training. He is an adjunct academic with the University of Queensland School of Pharmacy and Queensland University of Technology School of Biomedical Science, as well as a trial judge and mentor with the NSW Enterprise Workshop, Biotechnology Stream, teaching Good Clinical Practice as well as ethically and scientifically valid clinical trial design and conduct.

He has served with the Australian Army Medical Corps as a reservist for a number of years, his most recent position being as a Staff Officer responsible for helping co-ordinate Human Research projects and the Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee (ADHREC). He was jointly responsible for establishing a system of pre-ADHREC evaluation of the suitability of research submissions, as well as drafting the Terms of Reference and preliminary guidelines for establishing a Scientific Sub-committee of ADHREC. He was also involved in reviewing, evaluating, and suggesting improvements for the first version of the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF).

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