Joe Martinez to Join Center Point Clinical Services as Chief Executive Officer
Minnetonka, MN – March 17, 2016 – Center Point Clinical Services LLC announced today that it has appointed Joe Martinez as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Martinez has more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, including his most recent role as head of medical affairs and clinical operations of Valeritas, Inc. Center Point is a clinical services company focused on the innovative Clinical Trials Research Pharmacist (CTRP®) service. The CTRP service pairs patients in clinical trials with specially trained research pharmacists for professional counseling and education, and works to ensure the best possible clinical trial and protocol experience for the patient and sponsoring company. CTRP involvement leads to dramatic increases in overall patient satisfaction, retention, and medication and protocol compliance. This facilitates faster clinical trial completion with better quality patient data and quicker speed to market for the drug, nutraceutical, or medical device.
“Center Point is entering an exciting time in the clinical services industry with its unique and effective CTRP service. I have been impressed with the quality of Center Point’s management and operations teams, as well as the progress the company has made in developing this much-needed clinical study service,” said Mr. Martinez. “The CTRP service has significant potential to increase patient compliance in phase 2 to 3b studies, to actively support the achievement of primary endpoints, and to increase patient retention. I look forward to working with the Center Point team and the Board of Directors to contribute to the success of this service and the company.”
Gerald Finken, Center Point chairman, noted: “Joe’s experience in providing medical and clinical support for the successful commercialization of new medicines and biotech devices will allow him to contribute valuable insight and management abilities as we build the CTRP service as an added-value clinical service. His track record of building outstanding teams and leading organizations will be an important asset. It is an honor and a privilege to have Joe join our executive leadership team.”
Mr. Martinez joins Center Point as CEO with extensive leadership experience. In his previous role at Valeritas, he built a medical and clinical organization to support commercial operations following the US and EU approvals of a medical device. During his tenure at Valeritas, Mr. Martinez was also a member of the Commercial Leadership Team. In addition, he served as the Medicaid director of pharmaceutical services for New Jersey, providing pharmaceutical, health, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) services for over 900,000 beneficiaries with responsibility for a drug and services budget exceeding $2 billion.
About Center Point
Center Point Clinical Services LLC is a specialty contract research organization (CRO) serving biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies conducting phase 2 to 4 clinical trials.