Our executive team includes people with deep clinical research experience and those with domain expertise in enterprise software. It is this unique combination of technical and industry experience that gives us the knowledge needed to design simple, useful solutions for clinical research.
CEO & Co-Founder
Gary Hughes is co-founder and CEO of Teckro. He is an entrepreneur who has successfully launched two global companies in Ireland – more than a decade ahead of the start-up boom and withstanding the dot-com bust.
Combining a passion for design with love of technology, Gary is influenced by Dieter Rams’ principles of good design. He co-founded Teckro with a motivation to make an impact and the belief that clinical research needs to be simpler and more accessible.
Gary started his career in the budding e-learning market in the mid 1990s, first working at Dublin-based Interactive Services as a graphic designer. Gary later relocated to the US to gain international experience. Here he worked as a program manager for Microsoft on their Step-by-Step Interactive Training programs before moving back to Ireland to join an early stage start-up based in Galway as one of its first employees. It was a formative experience that led Gary to start Firecrest Clinical in 2001 along with Nigel Hughes and Jacek Skrzypiec.
At its inception, Firecrest was an e-learning solution that provided online training for healthcare professionals. By 2004, Firecrest evolved into an investigator portal – one of the first site-facing solutions in the market. In 2011, after a decade, Gary and the Firecrest management team accepted an acquisition offer from ICON, one of the world’s largest clinical research organizations.
Post-acquisition, Gary remained with ICON for a couple of years as Executive Vice President. In this time, he gained a greater appreciation for the scale of the problems facing modern drug development processes. Inspired for a second time, Gary, along with co-founders Nigel and Jacek, started Teckro in 2015. Today, Teckro has more than 100 employees across Europe and the United States, with ambitious future growth plans.
Vice President, Business Development & Co-Founder
As a co-founder, Nigel brings years of clinical development to guide corporate strategy as Teckro scales its product and commercial strategies.
Nigel has extensive experience in clinical development across all therapeutic areas. Before co-founding Teckro, he previously co-founded Firecrest Clinical, where he served as the Head of Business Development. He became a Vice President at ICON, after its acquisition of Firecrest.
Nigel is a registered Pharmacist with a first class pharmacy degree from the UK.
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder
Jacek is responsible for Teckro’s strategic technology roadmap to sustain its product strategy, oversee integration initiatives with our customers and also develop Teckro’s ecosystem with e-clinical partnerships.
Jacek has 20 years of experience in e-clinical solutions from concept, requirements, design, implementation and operations. An entrepreneur, he co-founded two successful companies, both delivering solutions to improve people’s lives by digitizing the drug development process.
With a deep knowledge of the clinical trial technical environment, Jacek has led successful integrations with CTMS, IRT and EDC systems. His experience is paired with a strong understanding of computer system validation, security and global regulatory requirements and standards, including ICH GCP, 21 CFR Part 11, and ISO 27001, among others.
Jacek finds it crucial to keep up to date on industry trends, including cloud computing, software architecture, agile development and machine learning. Jacek is fluent in English, French, and Polish, which is useful for working with global companies.
General Manager, R&D Products
Sonia started her career by co-founding an e-learning company in the late 1990s. She then turned to software for life sciences and has forged a career in solving market challenges and patient safety. Sonia’s experience spans from product ideation to launch, from operational and regulatory oversight to business stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining Teckro, Sonia held product management positions at Medidata, Veeva and IQVIA. She has built and managed software spanning the R&D spectrum and beyond, encompassing study startup, EDC, drug safety and real-world data. Sonia has championed innovative technology and business processes throughout, empowering her cross-functional teams to deliver successful solutions.
Sonia received her MEng in chemical engineering in her native Portugal and holds a PhD in bioprocess computer modelling from the University of Surrey in the UK.
Professor Brendan M. Buckley MD, DPhil, FRCPI
Chief Medical Officer
Brendan’s extensive experience as a senior clinical investigator fosters credible peer-to-peer conversations with prospective Teckro customers.
Brendan is a medical graduate of University College Cork (UCC) and a doctoral graduate in Biochemistry of Oxford University. He brings more than 40 years of experience in academic clinical practice as a physician in endocrinology, diabetes and clinical pharmacology.
Brendan is also a non-executive director of a number of biopharma development and services companies. He chairs the board of the leading Irish research charity, Fighting Blindness, and is a member of the board of Breakthrough Cancer Research. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Medicines Board (now the Health Products Regulatory Authority), chairing its statutory Advisory Committee for Human Medicines. In the past, he was also a member of the European Medicines Agency Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) and of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Scientific Advisory Committee on diabetes and metabolism.
Brendan is an Honorary Clinical Professor at UCC and an Adjunct Professor at University College Dublin in the respective medical faculties. He was Director of the European Collaborative Centre for Clinical Trials in Rare Diseases at UCC. With more than 150 scientific papers published in his career, Brendan also authored the opinion-leading book Re-Engineering Clinical Trials. He has directed a number of very large outcomes trials in metabolic/cardiovascular disease and chairs the independent data and safety monitoring boards for a number of large clinical development programs.
Brendan co-founded Firecrest Clinical, and when it was acquired by ICON served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President.
Global Head of Strategy
Malia Lewin is global head of strategy, ensuring both clinical and market fit for Teckro products. An attorney by training, Malia Lewin has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry. Passionate about getting life-changing healthcare innovations to patients, Malia has worked on behalf of non-profit organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, hospital systems, and technology companies to expedite the path of scientific discoveries from bench to clinic.
Most recently, Malia served as chief business officer of CherryCircle Software, where she led the global go-to-market strategy for QbDVision, a SaaS platform to optimize the development and manufacturing of drug products. Prior to that, she served as director of global oncology strategy at Veeva Systems, where she worked closely with clients in the oncology space to harness the power of technology to develop and commercialize oncology innovations. During her seven-year tenure as VP of client services and head of strategic operations at Rivermark, LLC (an IQVIA company), Malia led strategic consulting teams advising on the development, launch, and adoption of diagnostics and treatments, across therapeutic areas. This included the development of novel digital products for stakeholder mapping and engagement, network visualization and activation, and reporting and analytics. Earlier in her career, Malia had the opportunity to serve non-profit organizations as the founding CEO and executive director of the International Psoriasis Council and as lead partner of Networking and Affiliations at Ascension Health.
Malia holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in English and in Women’s Studies from the University of Richmond and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School.
Chief Financial Officer
John is responsible for the financial and human capital strategy needed to fuel ambitious growth plans and deliver returns to Teckro investors.
John brings more than 14 years of experience in senior financial positions for both private and public companies. He has a proven track record in leading cross-functional global teams for both CRO and e-clinical organizations and is experienced in the development and implementation of corporate strategy. John also has successfully raised seed financing from private investors and Series A & Series B from US-based venture capital firms.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from the University of Limerick.
Chief Operating Officer
Amanda brings more than 25 years of software experience, including as general manager of Veeva Systems in Europe where she was responsible for all field operations and strategy in the region. Amanda began her career at PwC and has held executive positions at Instructure, Peoplesoft, Misys and Temenos.
Amanda has considerable experience in leading global sales, presales, and operations teams in the software industry.
Amanda is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a postgrad in Accounting from University College Dublin.
Chief Marketing Officer
Kelly leads the marketing strategy that enables Teckro to challenge today’s status quo in clinical trials. She is responsible for fostering brand awareness and communicating the value of Teckro and its solutions.
With more than 15 years in the technology sector, Kelly has held a number of marketing roles with both American and European-based companies. More recently, Kelly was Vice President of Marketing, Europe for Veeva Systems where she managed a team responsible for communications, demand generation, digital marketing, event management and product marketing.
Prior to Veeva, she spent more than 11 years at EMC (now Dell EMC) in a number of marketing leadership roles for EMC’s information governance and data protection solutions. Earlier in her career, Kelly served as a journalist and industry analyst.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Bentley University.
Global Head of Sales
As Teckro’s Global Head of Sales, Ciaran is instrumental in building a commercial team to foster relationships with new and existing customers worldwide. Ciaran brings more than a decade of experience in building client relationships, most recently as VP of sales at life sciences software company Veeva Systems, where he was responsible for leading and expanding the sales organization across Europe. As an expert in the technology industry, Ciaran also previously worked at other leading companies, including Salesforce and Accenture.
Ciaran holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University College Cork and an MSc in International Management from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.
Vice President, Engineering
Seb manages platform and product engineering teams for Teckro, delivering substantial strategic business benefits through applied technology innovation.
Seb is focused on building and scaling high performing technology products and organizations. He is a self-proclaimed enthusiast of Agile and Lean software development methodologies. With more than 20 years in the software industry, 15 spent in building mobile, cloud and big data platforms used by millions of users globally, his experience is a great asset to Teckro.
Prior, Seb led Platform Engineering organization for Travelport Digital where he built and managed an internal technology platform to enable stream-aligned teams to deliver work with substantial autonomy. He has also held several technical leadership roles at Mobile Travel Technologies, Newbay Software, Sygnity. He holds an MSc in computer science from the University of Zielona Gora.
Vice President, Product
Anita manages the lifecycle and innovation of Teckro’s products, implementing design methodologies focused on the user experience.
Anita has been producing successful digital products for more than 15 years in a variety of different industries: mobile, banking, tech. She most recently led the product and content strategy for Aer Lingus, where she managed content and design to bring well-known products from ideation to reality.
Before Aer Lingus, Anita worked at Pioneer Investments supporting a wide range of projects as the Lead Global Digital Designer. She also worked as a User Interface Consultant for MobileAware, advising global clients such as Digicel, Wells Fargo and William Hill.
Anita holds a BSc in Computer Science and MSc in Multimedia from Dublin University.
Vice President, Customer Engagement & Delivery
Cheryl Murphy leads customer engagement and delivery at Teckro. With more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry as a sponsor, provider, and consultant, Cheryl's experience spans executive and operational leadership, customer relationship management, operational strategy and execution, change management, process improvement and redesign, quality management and program and project management.
Recently, Cheryl held the positions of Senior Vice President of Client Development and Engagement at The Avoca Group and Senior Vice President of Clinical Development at Synteract. Prior to Synteract, Cheryl spent 11 years at IQVIA holding numerous leadership positions across clinical operations, functional solutions provider business and customer management. She previously held positions in project management and information technology at Merck KGaA and Accenture.
Cheryl holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University.
Director, Quality Management
Kate oversees the quality management strategy that aligns Teckro products with the stringent requirements of the complex, highly regulated life sciences industry.
Before joining Teckro, Kate spent more than 15 years working in quality management and quality assurance, including 9 years at Mercury Analytical Laboratory. Kate also established the quality management system for Firecrest Clinical, which was later acquired by ICON.
Kate has a strong understanding of how to successfully deliver different requirements in a manner that satisfies client, regulatory and business needs. She has demonstrated experience in successful collaboration across internal and external stakeholders and she brings a human touch to the many rules and regulations. With her years of experience, Kate has a deep understanding of the compliance complexities in highly regulated markets.