Ritsuko Cardona, Stephens’ Supervisor of Asian studies, has moved to Tokyo to be closer with her family. Starting April, she will be assuming the position of Site Manager of the Japan Research Center (JRC) working directly for Nobuko Naoi, the Site Director of JRC, instead of Stephens. In her new role, she will be assisting Nobuko with managing JRC, clinical grading, marketing and training staff on clinic procedures and GCPs. We are happy that she will continue to help Stephens as a Client Liaison to assess study feasibility and to provide study quotes and study dates to clients and schedule client visits. We believe that this will speed up the process of finalizing quotes and scheduling and sending study dates to clients.
Ayumi Ohara, who has been working in Stephens’ Asian Office since 2011 as Senior Clinical Scientist, has been appointed the new Supervisor of Asian Studies. Ayumi will take over communication with clients after the study has been placed. Rico and Ayumi have been training together for the past 3 months to make this a smooth transition. We are expecting that the transition will be complete by May.