RICHARDSON, Texas & PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stephens & Associates, Inc. is a clinical investigative site and contract research organization (CRO) dedicated to providing the highest quality study design, data evaluation and report preparation for its global industry sponsor. Sponsors include dermatology, cosmetic, medical device and personal care companies. The company announces Anthony A. Nuara, MD, Ph.D. as the Medical Director for the Stephens & Associates’ Phoenix facility. “Dr. Nuara brings significant basic science and clinical research experience to Stephens, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector,” notes Lawrence A. Rheins, Ph.D., Phoenix senior director. “In addition, his Ph.D. in molecular biology and immunology adds deeper expertise to the firm, helping our broad range of sponsors understand the mechanism of action of various products.”

Thomas J. Stephens, president and founder, adds, “Stephens is extremely pleased to have Dr. Nuara, join the company. His interests extend beyond topical products to supplements and nutraceuticals and the impact they have on the skin. He is a great addition to our team.”

“I am eager to use my background in both immunology and dermatology to study and help develop new therapies and products,” comments Dr. Nuara. “I am humbled by the enormous impact skin disease has and fascinated by the innovations for treating skin conditions. It is an exciting time to study skin products — from topicals and natural ingredients to more sophisticated targeted immunologic therapies, many modalities are having a positive impact on patients.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Stephens & Associates,” comments Dr. Nuara. “Their team of doctorate level pharmacology scientists have decades of experience in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical world. I will learn as much from them as I hope to share.”

Dr. Nuara is a Phoenix area Board Certified Dermatologist specializing in advanced medical, surgical, cosmetic and pediatric dermatology. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Nuara serves as the current president of the Phoenix Dermatology Society. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and serves as an organizer for the Phoenix Dermatology Journal Club.

A Phoenix native, he attended the University of Arizona, graduating suma cum laude with honors and the prestigious honor of membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in molecular microbiology and immunology at St. Louis University where he also received his MD. At medical school, he became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha society. Dr. Nuara completed his dermatology training at top-ranked University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

To inquire about clinical trial services, including outdoor studies and the advanced Photobiology Program, please contact Dr. Lawrence Rheins, Phoenix senior director, at 480-682-0317 or [email protected].

Stephens & Associates

Stephens & Associates, Inc. is a clinical investigative site and contract research organization (CRO) with state-of-the-art technology and full service capabilities to maximize success in all phases of testing. With superior in-house scientific expertise, meticulous quality standards and more than 28 years of experience, Stephens consistently provides top quality, value added clinical trials to a variety of clients, including companies developing and manufacturing skin care products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, medical devices and personal care products. The firm’s size, flexibility and relentless focus on the skin care niche, enables Stephens to offer industry-leading turnaround times, impeccable study execution and data analysis.

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Stephens & Associates
Dr. Lawrence Rheins
Senior Director of Stephens Phoenix
[email protected]