The Sunnikan team

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An integrated team of expert consultants

Sunnikan brings together an integrated team of pharmacists, scientists, engineers, health law experts and a doctor. A team of ten consultants at your service, with specialised experience and expertise in all clinical quality management fields.

Our consultants take on a host of different roles, from advisers and clinical quality managers, to pharmacovigilance quality managers and international auditors...

Each project is rolled out based on shared working methods developed specifically by Sunnikan and supervised by a Senior Consultant.

The diversity of the projects we work on, as well as the range of different clinical trials and clinical process steps we've worked on means Sunnikan consultants are continuously learning and re-training in line with changes to regulations, in a bid to develop cutting-edge expertise across the board.

GEORGES MARTIN

Founder and director, Doctor of Medicine and engineer

Clinical research, epidemiology, regulatory issues, biotechnology, IT system validation

An aeronautical and aerospace engineer and Doctor of Medicine by training, Georges joined the pharmaceutical industry at the IPSEN Laboratories followed by the Institut Henri Beaufour as Head Clinical Research Physician working on Phase 1, 2 and 4 trials.

He shifted his focus over to process and quality management at Bristol-Myers Squibb and then at Bayer Pharma, where he and his team were the very first to ever receive ISO 9001 certification in clinical research.

Following on from his responsibilities as European Director for Medical Issues Quality Management for European Medical Affairs at Bayer, he founded Sunnikan in 1996.

FRÉDÉRIQUE ALBOUY-NAVARRO

Operations Director

Pharmacovigilance, clinical research, regulatory issues

Frédérique is a Doctor of Pharmacy and has a DESS in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance.

She first worked with Dr Georges Martin 20 years ago at Bayer, where she was QualityAssurance & Methods Project Manager.

Frédérique joined Sunnikan 15 years ago and covers Sunnikan's core areas of expertise: clinical research and pharmacovigilance. Her experience and skills mean she runs training sessions, leads multi-disciplinary working groups in rolling out quality management systems, oversees quality management for client accounts, carries out audits (over 150 audits to date), inventories, diagnoses and inspection preparations.

CATHERINE MÉRAT

Operations Director

Clinical research, epidemiology

A Doctor of Pharmacy, Catherine has a DEA in biotechnology and a certificate of statistics applied to medicine (CESAM). She spent 12 years working in clinical operations at ARCAM/PRA International for the pharmaceutical industry, and was responsible for overseeing major clinical trial management and leading a team of 20 people.

Her professional experience has meant she has worked with high-profile clinicians and opinion leaders.

Catherine joined Sunnikan in 2006 and works on setting up quality systems, running interactive training programmes (workshops, role plays, quizzes, etc.) and carrying out audits (systems, studies supplier). She has carried out over 130 audits to date.

CINDY BERNAT-ARLAUD

Operations Director

Clinical research, epidemiology, IT system validation

With a Master's in human behavioural neuropsychology and neurobiology - health applications (Paris VII) and a Master's in business and project management (CNAM, Paris), Cindy spent six years working in ROCHE France's clinical operations department on monitoring and managing clinical trials (developing and validating electronic case report forms, interfacing with data management and trial monitoring teams, centralised laboratories, etc.).

Cindy joined Sunnikan in 2008 and is tasked with implementing/reviewing quality systems, drawing up procedures, audits (systems, studies, investigation sites, suppliers, etc. with over 120 audits to date) and training. She also handles IT system validation services.

Lobna MIFTAH-ALKHAIR

Senior Consultant

Clinical research, epidemiology

Lobna has a Master's in toxicology- and pharmacology-directed biology and a Master's in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance (Université Paris Descartes).

Having joined Sunnikan in 2011, Lobna works on drafting procedures (clinical research, data management, statistics), audits (investigation centres, studies, suppliers, etc. with over 70 audits carried out to date), implementing quality systems (supporting a CRO through being granted ISO 9001:2008 certification) and training.

Raphaëlle KUHN

Senior Consultant

Clinical research, epidemiology

Doctor in pharmacy. Raphaëlle worked as a pharmacovigilance specialist at the CRPV in Saint-Etienne, before spending 18 months at the Sanofi Pasteur's general pharmacovigilance department, focussing on quality assurance for individual pharmacovigilance cases, regulatory monitoring in pharmacovigilance, procedure drafting and training new recruits.

Raphaëlle also worked at the EMA on the "Good Pharmacovigilance Practices (GVP)" drafting project and on clinical trial vigilance at the Hospices Civils de Lyon.

Raphaëlle joined Sunnikan in 2012, where her work centres on clinical trial vigilance and pharmacovigilance: drafting procedures, training, audits (over 75 audits carried out in France and abroad), and helping prepare for pharmacovigilance inspections.

Raphaëlle is also in charge of regulatory monitoring in pharmacovigilance for France and for editing the monthly Safety Observer newsletter in partnership with PV Focus.

Leire OLAZABAL

Experienced Consultant

Clinical research, epidemiology

Leire has a Master's in biochemistry (Université Paris VII) and a DESS diploma in quality assurance (Université François Rabelais, Tours).

Leire spent three years working as a quality assurance director in a phase 1 clinical trial centre, where she led an ISO 9001:2000 certification project.

Leire then spent 10 years at Bordeaux's university hospital as the clinical research and innovation department's quality manager, where she successfully led the ISO 9001:2015 certification project (November 2016), mapped and rolled out the university hospital's quality process for clinical research areas, coordinated various quality working groups and conducted quality audits (processes and studies).

Leire joined Sunnikan in 2017 and is tasked with implementing/reviewing quality systems, drawing up procedures, audits (systems, studies, investigation sites, suppliers, etc.) and training.

To date. Leire has conducted over 40 audits (in France, Moldova, Peru, Mexico, Tunisia and beyond).

Pauline BENOIT-ISARD

Legal Consultant

A legal expert with a Master's in biotechnologies and law (Université François Rabelais, Tours), Pauline joined Sunnikan in 2017 and assists with the company's regulatory monitoring: 'Research With Human Subjects' and 'GMO', in addition to providing regulatory assistance.