TAMPA, Fla. — Krystyna Kowalczyk has joined Moffitt Cancer Center as the chief executive officer of the institution’s new contract research organization (CRO) with a focus on immunotherapy. The wholly owned, for profit subsidiary, first announced in October 2019, will offer end-to-end services for pharmaceutical and biotech companies looking to advance their immuno-oncology product or device.

Kowalczyk, who brings more than 30 years of clinical research operations and management experience to Moffitt, will oversee the cancer center’s new business venture, including development of strategic partnerships in the pharma and biotech sectors, as well as building a network of clinical trial partners in the oncology community.

“We are thrilled to have Krystyna join Moffitt Cancer Center and help us build a first-of-its-kind contract research organization that will accelerate the clinical research necessary to bring new immunotherapies to cancer patients,” said Tim Adams, chair of Moffitt’s Institute Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Moffitt, Kowalczyk was the chief operating officer for Optimal Research, a company providing clinical site solutions to health care companies looking to conduct clinical research studies. She oversaw site management organization and patient acquisition for the company’s clinical research enterprise. She is also a founding member of Novella Clinical, LLC., one of the first CROs focused on using web-based electronic data capture in clinical trials. Kowalczyk has overseen more than 100 clinical trials during her career in various areas, including oncology and vaccine/immunotherapy development.

“Krystyna’s expertise in clinical research, especially in the CRO sector, will be immensely beneficial as we continue to build our new enterprise,” said John Cleveland, Ph.D., interim center director at Moffitt. “Her vision and oversight will help us become the premier partner for advancing immunotherapy-based clinical trials in the United States.”

The CRO is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2020.

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