At the Helm
The vision and direction of KPS comes from the top. Take a moment to meet the people at the helm, who ensure that our clients receive the unparalleled results, successful outcomes, and premium experience they deserve.
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David Kelly - PRESIDENT, Founder and CEO
David has over two decades of executive management experience in clinical development. He’s built clinical teams and managed global trials in a variety of medical specialty areas including oncology, diabetes, cardiovascular, ophthalmology, infectious disease, renal, pain and hormone replacement.
In 2006, he founded Kelly Clinical Consultants, a functional service provider that supplied Clinical Research Associates and Project Management for long-term trials. Clients included many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Among the many trials under the company’s supervision, they also trained, mentored, and managed a team of Russian CRA’s for a hypercholesterolemia trial, and conducted performance evaluations for 28 independent regional contract CRAs.
In 2010, with the help of a private equity investor, Kelly Clinical Consultants became KPS Life. The headquarters were moved from Philadelphia, PA to New York, NY. The platform of a domestic US functional service provider transitioned to a global focus. Today KPS has operations on six continents and practically every country.
Before founding Kelly Clinical Consultants, David served in numerous senior level positions at major global drug companies. At Novartis Pharmaceuticals, he was a clinical research scientist, project manager and director, responsible for 175 Phase III sites worldwide, as well as 20 clinical research associates in a global long term HTN program.
Prior to that, David was senior lead clinical researcher at Wyeth, in the women’s health therapeutic group. He also served at Amylin Pharmaceuticals with a focus on diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. At SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, he was a regional clinical research associate for the Pulmonary and Diabetes therapeutic unit.
David began his career at the global CRO Covance in 1995 as a clinical research associate monitoring clinical drug trials for developmental phase III and IV for sponsor pharmaceutical companies.
David earned his BA in Biology from Rutgers University and continued with graduate studies in Molecular Biology at Rutgers University. His graduate study work focused on cancer and the enzyme target of topoisomerase. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three sons.
GEORGE SAWICKI - VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS OPERATIONS & ALLIANCES
George’s career spans 20 decorated years within the pharmaceutical industry.
Prior to joining KPS, George was Global Head of R&D Procurement for Teva Pharmaceuticals and Cephalon, Inc. (prior to Teva’s acquisition of Cephalon in 2011). He provided sourcing and procurement activities for Teva’s R&D organization on the Branded Products side, for all clinical categories. This included RFP lifecycle management for clinical programs, budgeting, and contract negotiations. In addition, he was accountable for all strategic relationship management and alliances with Teva’s 3rd party suppliers.
Before Teva, George was Director of Contracts at ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services, accountable for all Sponsor contracting and study site negotiations worldwide. Prior to that, he organized the first centralized outsourcing function within clinical research for Pfizer Global R&D.
George began his career at Covance, Inc., a global CRO, as its Director of Finance.
George earned his B.S. in Marketing and Management from West Chester University. He has spoken at many pharmaceutical industry conferences over the years and has been instrumental in driving value and cost savings for the pharma companies he has worked for through the strategic use of clinical outsourcing providers. He currently resides in Chester Springs, PA.
SUE TORCHIO - DIRECTOR, GLOBAL CLINICAL OPERATIONS
Susan’s career spans over 30 years within the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry.
Prior to joining KPS, Sue was a Project Director, II at INC Research, working in CNS. She was responsible for being a primary liaison between the company and customers, as well as managing and mentoring her management team.
Sue started her career as a study coordinator at a busy family practice site that participated in multiple studies in a wide range of therapeutic areas, including cardiology, infectious disease and gastrointestinal. She later was a CRA at a large CRO conducting a variety of late-phase clinical programs. She has been at two other CROs in her career as a Project Manager, working in infectious disease, trauma, endocrinology and cardiology. In 1998, she joined Cephalon, a biopharmaceutical company, as a consultant and later as a Project Manager in Medical Affairs, working on Phase IV and Investigator Initiated Studies. When Med Affairs combined with Operations, Sue was Senior Manager and worked in CNS.
In 2005, her role changed, and she created and led the Resourcing Group as an Associate Director/Director within Clinical Operations. In this role she was responsible for working with a Function Outsource Provider to manage a field force of Regional Managers and Regional CRAs. In addition to her other responsibilities, Sue also was the Operations Therapeutic lead for the Pain Program. When Teva acquired Cephalon in 2011, Sue’s role change to Director, Global Clinical Operations, Therapeutic Lead for Cardiovascular/Inflammation/Immunology (CII). After leaving Teva, Sue worked at Insmed, Inc., in respiratory and rare diseases.
Sue earned a B.S. in Nursing from Saint Francis University. For the past 15 years, she has also been an instructor for Barnett International’s Beginner CRA and CRC course. Sue currently resides in Harleysville, PA.
DOMINICK BAIR - SENIOR DIRECTOR, GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Dominick’s career spans over 19 years within the pharmaceutical industry, where he started working at RPS — as the leader and founder of Dedicated, Embedded solutions — back in 1998.
While at RPS, Dominick held various positions ranging from recruitment, marketing, new business development and account management. During the past 4 years, through the acquisition of RPS by PRA Health Sciences, Dominick supported the Embedded (Strategic Solutions) model globally, as well as providing clients traditional CRO services. He is extremely customer-service focused, listens to clients to best understand their needs, and offers them options for the best solution to efficiently and effectively run their clinical programs.
Dominick earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University, and lives in Chester Springs, PA.
CHUCK GROHOSKI - DIRECTOR, BUSINESS INTEGRATION & TALENT MANAGEMENT
Chuck Grohoski has over 15 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Clinical Research sectors.
Chuck started PowerSource Management Professionals in 2015 as Chief Executive Officer, and XPansce in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to XPansce, Chuck spent 6 years at Kopos & Baker, where he held a business development manager position. Today, he is driving KPS Life on the business development, recruitment and retention fronts. He is a results-oriented, top-producing recruitment and business development professional, with proven expertise in building long-term, profitable relationships within the healthcare and life science industries.
Chuck has successfully spearheaded large-scale staffing initiatives for major national and international companies, including CROs, biotechnology firms and pharmaceutical giants. Chuck has a keen ability to partner with hiring managers and key decision-makers to define complex labor strategies, and implement effective staffing programs for both short-term and long-term needs. He offers strong expertise in contract, contingent, retained and executive searches, with the ability to identify passive candidates through networking, cold calling and direct recruiting. Chuck has successfully led searches for both executive and staff-level positions.
Chuck earned his Bachelor’s degree from Gwynedd Mercy College, and is currently living in North Coventry, PA.