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Leadership

PDS software Works Like Scientists Think. That’s because the team that develops our software has real-world insight into the workflow of laboratories. From the ground up, our team builds solutions that are driven by protocols and can be customized to suit study-specific needs. This built-by-scientists-for-scientists approach is what makes our software such a powerful ally for any laboratory.

Meet the leadership team that’s helping to make life science and pharmaceutical research faster, more predictive and cost effective.

 

Vicente Nogués

CEO

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Vince Nogués joined PDS in 2017 as Vice President of Product Development. Vince is instrumental in providing scientific and operational leadership to PDS. His philosophy reflects the DNA of PDS, which is to first understand challenges in Preclinical Research and Development / Safety Assessment and to then use technology to solve those challenges.”  Vince brings widely acknowledged leadership reputation and a lifelong passion for Preclinical Research and Development – all of which are critical ingredients in the continued evolution of our company. Vince is a value creator and platform builder for an exceptional team of loyal and creative employees.

Prior to joining PDS, Nogués held several research leadership positions at Novartis including head of preclinical operations, head of toxicology and head of scientific documentation. 

Nogués earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Zurich and a doctorate in veterinary pathology from the University of Berne.

 

 

Carolyn Peters

Senior Executive Corporate

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Carolyn Peters joined PDS in 2014 and as Senior Executive Corporate, she is responsible for the direction of activities and operations within Administration including financial reporting, budgeting, accounting, purchasing human resources, information technology, legal and other administrative support programs and services.  She possesses a wealth of experience in administrative roles in the software and service industry.

Prior to PDS, Peters was the Controller for 6 years at ActiveStratey Inc.  There she was a member of the senior management team and a key contributor to corporate strategies as well as the successful sale of the company.  She spent six years before that as a Business Controller for Laird Technologies Inc. and 4 years before that as Finance Manager at CorNet International. 

Peters earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Holy Family University.

 

Reto Aerni

Senior Executive Sales & Marketing

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With more than 25 years of IT and development experience, Reto Aerni is senior vice president of business development and is responsible for directing all marketing and sales in Europe and Asia. He has a strong biological background throughout the entire preclinical science spectrum as well as experience in developing software and taking it to commercialization.

Prior to his current position, Aerni helped cofound PDS and served as technical director, heading up the development of the entire PDS product portfolio of in-life software, product presentations and sales activities across Europe and the U.S. Before coming to PDS, he was IT project manager and oversaw the GLP server farm at Novartis. Aerni also managed the migration of large volumes of legacy data during the merger between Ciba and Sandoz, where he was a system manager for almost 15 years.

Aerni earned his first degree in chemistry, and subsequently earned degrees in software development and mainframe computing, network security and finally in the management of Oracle relational database management systems (RDBMS).

 

Maro Schuster

Senior Vice President of Account Management

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Maro Schuster is responsible for directing all marketing and sales activities in North and South America. With more than 30 years of experience in the preclinical research industry, she has an excellent grasp of the market and its evolving dynamics.

Schuster brings strong scientific background and system automation experience to her position. She has been with PDS since 1985 and has held several key positions that enabled the launch of PDS and PathData in North America.

Prior to her current position, Schuster was a systems analyst at SmithKline Beckman in the division of laboratory automation, focusing on preclinical software. She managed marketing and sales activities, product presentations and training for the preclinical laboratory information management systems (LIMS) in North America.

Schuster started her career as a senior scientist at Sandoz where she was involved in several key research projects. She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

 Takayuki Anzai, Ph.D., D.M.Sc., MBA

Vice President of Business Development in Asia and Representative in Japan

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At PDS, Dr. Takayuki Anzai is responsible for identifying opportunities in Asia. Moreover, his background enables him to better consult with laboratories and researchers to recognize their needs and provide solutions.

Dr. Anzai’s unique combination of scientific expertise and business acumen makes him a remarkable asset for the PDS team and our clients in Asia. His extensive clinical research experience stretches back more than 25 years, during which time he has been published in more than a dozen publications. He is a member of numerous scientific societies and associations and is a frequent guest speaker at industry events.

Prior to joining PDS, Dr. Anzai was president and representative board director for Harlan Laboratories Japan. He also served as director of internal operations at Ina Research, where he managed the company’s consulting team and played a major role in negotiating with regulatory authorities.

Dr. Anzai holds a Ph.D. and D.M.Sc. from Showa University School of Medicine, where he is also a visiting associate professor. He has also earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Tokyo University of Agriculture.

 

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