About Us

Global Partner of Choice

LabConnect is an independent, global, one-stop-shop focused on delivering Central Laboratory Services and Functional Service Provider (FSP) Solutions that are tailor-made, timely, and flexible.

LabConnect provides unparalleled program oversight and support to meet the evolving study demands of traditional to increasingly complex clinical trials.

Our Mission

We create healthier communities by accelerating the development of new medicines for patients
around the world.

Executive Leadership Team

Dawn Sherman
Chief Executive Officer
Dawn Sherman
Chief Executive Officer

Dawn is an accomplished leader with diverse experience working across a range of industries for global private and public companies from small to large in scale. Prior to joining LabConnect, Dawn held various leadership positions in companies such as ProPharma Group, EnvisionRxOptions, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Medco Health Solutions, and Hay Group. In addition to serving as LabConnect’s CEO, she serves on several boards within the life sciences focused on services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. Dawn attended college at Miami University in Ohio and completed her graduate degree at NYU.

Barry Simms
Chief Operating Officer, General Manager Americas
Barry Simms
Chief Operating Officer, General Manager Americas

Barry is an accomplished, hands-on leader who has successfully led teams, departments, and regions for both a global central laboratory and CRO. Over his career, Barry has held a variety of roles, progressing from clinical research associate (CRA), country manager of North America, and senior executive director of clinical operations at Chiltern. As part of the leadership team, Barry helped grow CTMS, a CRO with 100 employees, through its acquisition by Chiltern, a global CRO with 4,300 employees operating in 46 countries. While at LabConnect, Barry has held multiple senior roles, including Senior Vice President of Operations and COO, and has been instrumental in leading the significant growth and global expansion of LabConnect.  His professional passions include leadership development, process improvement, and supporting client partnerships. Barry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia College at Wise and an MBA from King University.

Brian Tuttle
Chief Financial Officer
Brian Tuttle
Chief Financial Officer

Brian is an experienced global finance executive with over 30 years of professional services experience, including 22 years in the Life Sciences Industry. Brian previously served as CFO for Worldwide Clinical Trials which followed two decades at PPD, where he held senior leadership positions in global finance and accounting. Brian’s experience in helping companies succeed during periods of hypergrowth is invaluable as LabConnect continues its strong growth momentum. Brian holds an MBA, MS in Tax Accounting, and BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cindy Markham
Chief Commercial Officer
Cindy Markham
Chief Commercial Officer

Cindy has more than 25 years of leadership experience in public and private full-service CROs where she has led the global expansion of Phase II-IV business, along with business support functions, resulting in substantial organizational growth. She brings a deep understanding of customer challenges in drug development and is known for driving transformation. Cindy’s customer-centric approach is derived from experience in operations and commercial. She is passionate about serving customers and creating high-performing teams that do the same. Most recently, Cindy served as SVP, Commercial for PPD, a large, global CRO. She earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dale Mitchell
Chief Information Officer
Dale Mitchell
Chief Information Officer

Dale brings over 40 years of Information Technology professional experience across a variety of industries, from defense and semiconductor manufacturing to healthcare commercial and clinical laboratories. Dale is responsible for all technology initiatives, overall direction for the company’s technology products, and for application development processes companywide. Prior to LabConnect, he served as Chief Information Officer at Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, a large Commercial and Hospital-based Laboratory in the Northwest, which LabCorp acquired. Dale has also held a variety of leadership roles at Carilion Clinic Laboratories, which Quest acquired, and TriCore Reference Laboratories.

Debra Gran
Chief Human Resources Officer
Debra Gran
Chief Human Resources Officer

Debra is responsible for developing and executing people-centered strategies to support LabConnect’s success. She previously served as Corporate Vice President, North America for DiaSorin, where she was responsible for the strategic direction and execution of all Human Resource programs. Debra has held global leadership roles within biotechnology, healthcare, and service industries, including Amplifon Americas, 3M HIS, and GE Capital IT Solutions. She is a Senior Professional (SPHR) with the Society of Human Resource Management and Strategic Human Resource Leadership from Cornell University.

Dennis Schonbachler
Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer
Dennis Schonbachler
Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer

Dennis is responsible for internal projects that drive continuous improvement in support of LabConnect’s leadership in providing central lab services. Dennis brings more than 20 years of international pharma-related experience to the team and has held a variety of leadership roles at ProPharma Group, EnvisionRxOptions, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Medco Health Solutions, and Hay Group. His business experience includes enterprise project management, business development, client services/operations, integration management, and survey research. Dennis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University.

Jean Marie Thompson
Senior Vice President Marketing
Jean Marie Thompson
Senior Vice President Marketing

Jean Marie is a strategic marketing leader with extensive global experience supporting a range of industries from life sciences, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, and telecommunications. Over her career, Jean Marie has held various leadership positions for public and private companies such as ProPharma Group, EnvisionRxOptions (Rite-Aid), Medco Health Solutions, Verizon, British Telecom, and Alcatel-Lucent. Jean Marie has an MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Telecommunications, and French from the State University of New York in Albany.

Jeff Mayhew
Chief Development Officer
Jeff Mayhew
Chief Development Officer

As one of LabConnect’s founding partners, Jeff brings more than 30 years of global leadership experience in operations and business development across the pharmaceutical research and healthcare industries. Jeff is responsible for the ongoing development of LabConnect’s global partnerships and capabilities. Prior to LabConnect, Jeff was the Founder and Director of Nexus Health Management International, where he was involved in the development of inpatient behavioral health services in Southeast Asia. Previously, he served as Vice President of Strategic Alliance Development for Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Vice President of Operations/ Development at Option Care, Inc., and Franchise Operations Manager for Medicine Shoppe International. Jeff earned his BA in Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Marc Van Kempen
General Manager Europe
Marc Van Kempen
General Manager Europe

Marc is an experienced healthcare executive with a track record of defining and monetizing global and European growth strategies across the pharmaceutical and digital health industries. He’s held leadership roles in several global and European companies, such as Merck/MSD, Express Scripts, Teva Pharmaceuticals, ProPharma Group, and Qualizorg BV. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Marc was also appointed as a Member and Open Innovation in Science Expert (IOS) at the Scientific Advisory Board of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

Nicole Baker
Vice President FSP Solutions
Nicole Baker
Vice President FSP Solutions

Nicole is an experienced clinical development professional with over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. For 20 years, Nicole has been building and supporting Functional Service Provider (FSP) teams, listening to understand the challenge to be solved and partnering with clients to create a bespoke solution. She has experience leading large global multi-functional teams with models from 2 FTEs growing to over 50 FTEs supporting mid-size biotech companies, as well as teams of over 400 FTEs supporting top 10 pharma companies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Alabama.

Our Values

LabConnect prides itself on building deep and lasting partnerships with our clients and colleagues across the globe.

Partnership
Partnership
Working together with all key stakeholders to create
a win-win for all.
Excellence
Excellence
Passionately striving to deliver the best results possible.
Execution
Execution
Operating in the most efficient and productive manner to ensure we
achieve our goals.
Forward-Thinking
Forward-Thinking
Being proactive and focused on the path in front of us.
Collaborative
Collaborative
Considering the greater good of the team and working together to achieve common goals.
Accountable
Accountable
Holding oneself and others to the highest standards and ensuring we all deliver on our commitments.
Informed
Informed
Having and sharing information needed to perform as a
winning team.
Nimble
Nimble
Being flexible, solution-oriented, and quick to act.

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Are you passionate about making a difference? We are a growing and global team on a mission to create healthier communities. In addition to great perks and challenging work assignments, we invest in our colleagues with enriching career growth opportunities.

We believe in a friendly and collaborative environment with open communication. Explore available positions and get ready for your next great employment adventure!

 

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