FOCM Chairman Selected as GCSG Membership Officer

The Global Clinical Supply Group has selected Chris Matheus to join their Board as the Membership Officer. The primary responsibility of the role is to grow the membership through a variety of methods. One of the reasons he was selected was because of what has been accomplished at FOCM Networking.

The GCSG annual conference will take place April 27-30, 2014 in Savannah, GA at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.
You can see more about it and register at:

FOCM Member Announces a Change in Employment

submitted by FOCM member Chris Diehl

Hello fellow FOCM members,

I hope that this note finds you doing well. I am pleased to announce that I have recently aligned myself with Babb McGrew, a full service Life Sciences executive search firm, servicing four practice areas:
Pharma/Biotech, Healthcare, Data Analytics and Marketing. Richard Babb, the firm’s President, and a personal friend, has been in the executive search/recruiting field for over 15 years. He has built quite a successful business, and I feel very fortunate that he has asked me to become a member of his team. Feel free to visit our website at

As we all know, by virtue of our membership in FOCM, relationships are at the core of many of our business dealings, and in my case, many of these relationships have become personal friends. You are receiving this notification because you and I have either worked together at one time, or our paths have crossed over the past few years, or just know each other from FOCM! Either way, I consider you a friend, and I sincerely
hope that we can work together again in the very near future. Feel free to contact me at any time, let me know what’s new with you, and let’s discuss how we may be able to help each other again in our work. Have a great week.

Best regards,
Christopher Diehl
Practice Leader
Babb McGrew
(910) 262-4047

Job Opportunity for IT Professional;

If anyone is or knows of an IT guy looking for a new position drop me
a line (

Small company growing quickly
Most day to day IT is subcontracted, so it’s more managing
enterprise/clinical trial solutions in house, partnering with the
Location: Arizona
Skills/experience: medical imaging, DICOM standard, PACS etc.

Nick Hargaden
Ardroe Consulting

FOCM Networking goes to Greece

FOCM Networking is headed to Greece for an in-depth observational study of that country’s approach to networking. I have been training for this all summer and feel very prepared.
I will spend the week on the island of Rhodes, which looks to be the easternmost island (not counting Cyprus) in the Greek islands.
On the agenda is lounging poolside learning to communicate with our Scottish hosts, dining out amongst the local peoples, listening, talking, eating, drinking and observing behavior and attire on the beaches.
FOCM will be back in the USA September 7.

You can (and should) network everywhere

Here is an example of not missing any opportunity or place to network. This event occurred at a Sunday church service and was initiated by the mother of a recent college graduate. You never know who you might meet at an event and whether or not they know of someone who is hiring for just the skill set or education that you or a friend of yours might have.

Submitted by a FOCM member

Her son graduated from Penn State with a degree in Civil Engineering. At Sunday church service the following week, during the “joys and concerns” portion of the service, this proud mother stood up and said: “Our joy is that our son graduated from PSU. Our concern is that he needs a job so if anyone knows of any company that needs a civil engineer, please see me after church.”
After church a woman came up to the mother and said “I am a professor of Civil Engineering at Villanova and I recently received an email from a guy with whom I had done a project. He asked if I had any December grads and I did not. I will let you know if he still is looking.”
A week later the mother received an email from the Professor forwarded from the hiring company. The mother forwarded it to her son and within 2 days he had a phone interview. The company does not use Monster or any of those internet job sites. They only hire from referrals. Three phone interviews, two face-to-face interviews, and 4 weeks post-graduation this young man got a job.

FOCM Philadelphia Chapter Meeting Minutes – August 19, 2013

An announcement was sent for FOCM Philadelphia area chapter to meet at Champps on Goddard Rd in King of Prussia, PA, just north of the big mall on August 19, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00. The turnout was surprisingly good given my typical short notice (about 7 hours before the event) and the fact that *(&%^$ Philadephia traffic delayed my arrival until 6:30. Several new faces attended.
I was too busy talking, eating and drinking to remember any particular points of interest. We really must do it again sometime!

FOCM RTP Chapter Networking Meeting Minutes – August 13, 2013

This is how it happened to the best of my recollection.  An announcement was sent for FOCM RTP (Research Triangle Park, NC) chapter to meet at Serena’s on Miami Blvd in Durham on August 13, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:00.  The Biotech Tuesday group was meeting there as well, so we chose to sit outside under an oscillating misting fan.  First to arrive was Adam Chasse of RxTrials.  RxTrials was just featured in FOCM’s first Company Spotlight earlier this week.  You can check it out at this link:

Subsequent arrivals were: Josh Davis, Greg Zak (Greg received his FOCM membership card in the customary traditional & formal ceremony), Phil & June Keicher (June received her FOCM membership card, also in the customary traditional & formal ceremony), Rosina Maar Pavia, Bill Newcomb, Andrew Smith, Mark Paul, Nick Macaulay and Vince Hoefling.

Many things were discussed, major global issues were resolved, but by then I forgot to write anything down, so we’ll have to reconvene at some point in the future.

FOCM Company Spotlight: RxTrials


RxTrials is an elite Integrated Site Network (ISN) and consulting/training firm focused on helping bring new treatments to patients that need them.  Adam Chasse is the COO and a member of FOCM.   Adam and Chris have known each other since the late 1990’s when both were working for Quintiles.


RxTrials’ multi-therapeutic network is comprised of private physician practices, while our consulting and training divisions provide guidance to sites, sponsors, and CROs to ensure efficient and high-quality study delivery. Our commitment today is the same as it has been since 1994; to set the standard for quality in study conduct and research site management services.


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