Syneos Health: Finding Your Home in a Contract Research Organization

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Pharmaceutical, Drug Discovery & Development,
  • Friday, June 04, 2021

At Syneos Health, we are helping change the availability of different therapies one client and one patient at a time. From our clinical specialists leading trials to our data teams ensuring trial data meets regulatory specifications, our teams are working around the globe to shorten the distance from lab to life.

We invite you to join us for a discussion on what makes the Syneos approach unique. From opportunities to focus on a single client to the flexibility to share therapeutic expertise across trials, work here matters everywhere.

Industry leaders Jackie Hughes, Audra Holleman, Breton Couturier, and Melanie Wright will share their insights on what makes their departments stand out within the clinical research industry. The team looks forward to answering your questions and sharing information that you want to know.

At Syneos Health, we are continuously building the company we want to work for. Please join us to learn how the #SyneosHealthLife is evolving and explore how you can be part of the momentum.


Jackie Hughes, Syneos Health

Jackie Hughes, Sr. Vice President, Data Operations, Biometrics, Syneos Health

Jackie Hughes is responsible for the leadership of the global data operations department, supporting delivery of the full service portfolio for all therapeutic area business units. Jackie has worked in the industry for 32 years, including 25 in the pharmaceutical industry and 7 years at Syneos Health. She stared her career as a Clinical Data Associate in 2000.

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Audra Holleman, Syneos Health

Audra Holleman, Vice President, Clinical Development, General Medicine, Syneos Health

Audra Holleman has over 25 years’ experience in the clinical research industry, including 19 in a CRO. She leads global clinical operations for the general medicine business unit, and is experienced in FSP and full service strategic partnership development and operational oversight. Audra is passionate about innovation, quality, and creating clinical development pathways for clinical staff. Prior to her current position, she held various roles within monitoring and clinical operations oversight, project management and was the executive director of portfolio/relationship oversight.

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Breton Couturier, Syneos Health

Breton Couturier, Sr. Director, Clinical Operations, Syneos Health

Bret is a Senior Director, Clinical Operations responsible for multiple global strategic partnerships within Syneos Health’s FSP business. He joined Syneos in 2008 and has been leading clinical engagements (from site activation, to clinical monitoring, and project management) across multiple top 20 pharma accounts in over 35 countries. During his tenure, Bret has helped drive growth and expansion of his partnerships through a focus on strong team engagement. His passion is breathing life into Syneos’ Empowered Employee Experience and a shared belief culture is built by empowering people to achieve success.

Bret began as a study start-up associate within FSP and quickly advanced to his first leadership position in 2010 as Manager, Clinical Operations leading a study start-up FSP. He was able to grow this partnership from a single functional team in one country to over ten different functional areas in multiple countries. It was here Bret’s passion for supporting the growth and development of his team solidified. In early 2017, Bret shifted focus and led a clinical monitoring team as Associate Director, Clinical Monitoring within a top 5 pharma partnership to broaden his expertise.  Near the end of 2018 Bret shifted to his current position where his teams are poised for continued growth in 2021.

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Melanie Wright, Syneos Health

Melanie Wright, Associate Director, TMF Operations, Syneos Health

Melanie Wright joined Syneos Health over 7 years ago as a TMF Document Specialist and Works closely alongside TMF Leads and TMF Lead Managers to support TMF Oversight. She has participated in multiple opportunities with Syneos: bid defense meetings abroad, training development, eTMF implementation, mentoring and much more.

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Who Should Attend?

GSK employees interested in:

  • Data Management
  • TMF
  • Clinical Development
  • Project Management

What You Will Learn

  • Learn about Syneos Health’s values and culture
  • Listen to our leadership and why Syneos Health stands apart from other CROs
  • Live Q&A to gather information about Syneos Health, a Forbes World’s Best Employer

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Syneos Health

Syneos Health (Nasdaq:SYNH) is the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization. Our company, including a Contract Research Organization (CRO) and Contract Commercial Organization (CCO), is purpose-built to accelerate customer performance to address modern market realities. Created through the merger of two industry leading companies – INC Research and inVentiv Health – we bring together approximately 24,000 clinical and commercial minds with the ability to support customers in more than 110 countries. Together we share insights, use the latest technologies and apply advanced business practices to speed our customers’ delivery of important therapies to patients.

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