PALO ALTO, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In recognition of his success in disrupting industry standards and improving clinical development through IT innovation, PharmaVOICE magazine has named Comprehend Systems, Inc. CTO Jud Gardner to its annual list of the 100 most inspiring people in the life sciences industry. Jud is a co-founder of Comprehend, which provides the industry’s first real-time access solution to both clinical and operational data insights, addressing industry pain points caused by cumbersome and costly clinical trials processes.
Through his work across the clinical trial industry as an IT consultant, Jud experienced firsthand the burdensome work data managers struggled with because of outdated processes and systems. Recognizing a knack for using coding smarts to solve real-world pharma problems could be used to develop a new IT backbone in clinical development, Jud and Rick Morrison co-founded Comprehend in 2010. The company now offers researchers the ability to access, understand and explore data in real time – with the ultimate goal of improving day-to-day life across the world by helping to bring new drugs to market more quickly and safely.
“Jud’s passion for problem-solving and determination to combat the industry’s pain points through innovation and technology has been a motivating force behind Comprehend’s success,” said Morrison, co-founder and chief executive officer of Comprehend. “The industry changes we’re striving for – greater insights, increased access to data, more efficient processes – have been driven by Jud’s pioneering thought leadership on clinical technology and development processes. I am confident that Jud’s innovation and leadership will continue to fuel our long term goals and everyday successes as a company.”
Comprehend recently announced its $8.4 million series A funding, demonstrating industry support and recognition of the company’s ability to overcome process bottlenecks and provide the highest level of real-time clinical data insights. Comprehend most recently drove the industry’s first real-time access to both clinical and operational data with the launch of its online, self-service portal. Designed to remove lengthy procurement and integration processes, this online portal enables sponsors to quickly sign-up to cost-effectively analyze study data for critical decision-making in a matter of days.
Established nine years ago by PharmaVOICE magazine, the PharmaVOICE 100 is an annual list of individuals recognized for their positive contributions to the life sciences industry. Nominated by thousands of PharmaVOICE readers, the PharmaVOICE 100 are selected based on well-crafted and comprehensive essays describing how individuals inspired or motivated their colleagues or peers or affected positive changes in their organizations, as well as other factors, such as community and philanthropic activities. The PharmaVOICE 100 honorees represent a broad cross section of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research, clinical trial, research and development, patient education, patient recruitment, advertising, technology and many others.
"Jud Gardner co-founded Comprehend Systems with a drive to disrupt the old-guard pharma mentality and enable sponsors to improve clinical development through IT innovation," said Taren Grom, editor and co-founder, PharmaVOICE. "He is being honored on this year's PharmaVOICE 100 list for his entrepreneurial spirit and technological bent."
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About Comprehend Systems, Inc.
Comprehend Systems, Inc. (www.comprehend.com) offers cloud-based clinical data insights tools that improve the way clinical researchers access, understand, explore and analyze data. Designed specifically for life sciences, Comprehend Clinical ™ enables data managers, monitors and clinical operations executives to identify broad operational and clinical trends across trials and also easily drill down and report on a wide range of factors, including safety issues, regulatory requirements and opportunities for critical time and cost savings. Comprehend Systems was founded in 2010 in Palo Alto by a team of entrepreneurs with decades of combined experience in clinical research and software development.