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Global Consulting Powered By Experience

Organized around four Centers of Excellence: Quality, Regulatory, Clinical, and Institutional Research, Advarra Consulting experts work directly with your team to accelerate product development and performance, making clinical research safer, smarter, and faster.

Our Centers of Excellence

Quality Center of Excellence

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Regulatory Center of Excellence

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Clinical Center of Excellence

Build Repeatable Success

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Institutional Research Center of Excellence

Transform Your Research Administration, Compliance, and Operations

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Why Advarra?

1,000+ consultants
Providing expertise across four Centers of Excellence
25+ years
Average industry experience
6 continents
Experts located across the globe
20+ years
Serving clients worldwide

Results-Driven Approach

Effectively blending industry best practices; tested, proven methodologies; and a successful history of client engagements to deliver optimal outcomes.
  • Industry best practice​s
  • Deep client experience​
  • Proven methodologies

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GDPR Implementation Support

Learn how Advarra’s global consulting expertise enabled iSpecimen to implement GDPR with no service interruption to their customers.

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Q&A: FDA Updates: BIMO – What Sponsors Need to Know

Advarra experts Joan Versaggi and Leslie Paul answer questions from the webinar- FDA Updates: BIMO – What Sponsors Need to Know.

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Info Sheet

Institutional Research Center of Excellence

Download our info sheet to learn about consulting services for research-intensive universities, academic medical centers, and sites.

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Center of Excellence Leadership

Joan Versaggi, MBA
VP & Principal, Quality Center of Excellence (COE)

Former Director – Research Laboratories Program Realization Office-Sigma, Merck

With over 35 years of global experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Joan Versaggi has a diverse range of quality, compliance, clinical and business process improvement consulting knowledge and expertise.

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Cheryl Byers

Cheryl Byers, MHA, CIP, CHRC ​
VP & Principal, Institutional Research Center of Excellence (COE)

Former Director, Protocol Review & Monitoring Systems and Regulatory Affairs, Moffitt Cancer Center

With over 20 years’ research compliance experience, Cheryl Byers is an expert in human subject research. She provided oversight to programs such as pre-clinical, conflict of interest, HIPAA privacy, research misconduct, institutional biosafety, radiation safety, export control, and facility security. Byers is a former AAHRPP site visitor and step 1 reviewer; is certified in healthcare research compliance; and is a certified IRB professional.

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Sharon Ayd

Sharon Ayd, MBA, PhD
VP & Principal, Regulatory Center of Excellence (COE)

Sharon Ayd is a veteran in leading scientific teams at multiple organizations. With extensive experience in translational science, clinical development, regulatory affairs, go-to-market strategy, and operations, as well as product lifecycle management, Ayd’s assisted in developing successful commercialization of biopharmaceuticals and combination products. Ayd shares her passion and experience in life sciences as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and at the University of Wisconsin as well as a published author. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University, an MBA from Lewis University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

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