Dr. Clare Grace, Chief Patient Officer at Parexel, a leading Clinical Research Organization (CRO) discusses a report titled “Discussions on Diversity” that includes key takeaways regarding candid discussions on the topic of racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials.
As Chief Patient Officer for Parexel, Dr. Grace leads Parexel’s global patient advocacy and site efforts, including patient engagement strategies and efforts to enhance clinical trial diversity as well as new, innovative approaches to help teams and customers work more effectively with investigative sites. Most recently she served as Vice President, Site & Patient Access at Syneos Health, formerly INC Research, where she oversaw all departments responsible for patient engagement, feasibility, site identification, strategic site relations and investigator payments. Her experience also includes senior-level patient and site-focused leadership roles with PPD, Astra Zeneca and Antisoma. With more than 20 years of experience in the CRO and biopharmaceutical industries, Dr. Grace was recognized in 2018 by PharmaVoice as one of the top 100 most inspirational leaders in the pharmaceutical industry. She earned a doctorate in Molecular Oncology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and a bachelor’s degree in applied biochemistry from Liverpool John Moores University, both in England. Dr. Grace is active in several global and national-level advisory groups, including the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) and the SCRS Leadership Council.