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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.

 

Sayed Badrawi

CEO

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For more than 25 years, Sayed Badrawi has helped guide numerous life science start-ups to success and has had major responsibilities at Fortune 100 companies. Badrawi joined PDS as CEO in 2013 and is focused on leading the organization into the biopharma R&D world of the 21st century — one driven by an explosion of data generated by translational science, personalized medicine and genome analysis.

Prior to joining PDS, Badrawi was the director and head of new product marketing and business development at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc. In his seven years at the company, he led all U.S. strategic marketing and commercialization activities for the company’s clinical portfolio of drugs in Phase I, II and III development including target product profile (TPP) development, clinical study design and commercial infrastructure planning.

Prior to Mitsubishi, Badrawi held positions as vice president at several medical device companies focused on osteoporosis, health care IT and diagnostics. Earlier in his career he was a pharmaceutical marketing manager at Abbott Laboratories and analyzed new monoclonal antibody technologies at Eli Lilly. He started his career as a molecular biologist at Amgen where he was a key part of the team to first clone and express erythropoietin (EPO), one of the first biotech blockbuster drugs.

Since 2010, Badrawi has also served as a board director for ISI Life Sciences, Inc., a development stage diagnostics company. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an A.B. in microbiology and immunology from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

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.

 

Reto Aerni

Senior Vice President of Business Development, Europe and Asia

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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).

 

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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