|Head, US Trial Operations & Logistics|
|Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation|
07936, United States
About George Betts
George Betts - Professional Summary: George Betts, a successful organizational leader with years of upper management experience in the pharmaceutical industry, has applied his unique skills and education towards effective team building, pragmatic financial planning, and results-driven management of clinical operations. As Head of U.S. Trial Operations & Logistics for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, George Betts oversaw key clinical trial operating functions, such as investigator contracting excellence, regulatory readiness management, and trial finance operations. A dedicated and highly skilled employee, George Betts worked with Novartis for more than 18 years. Prior to the Sandoz and Ciba-Giegy merger, which formed Novartis in 1996, George Betts was Associate Director and head of a new clinical study start-up team he formed. One of his tasks was to build teams from the ground up, a valuable skill that served him well throughout his service with Novartis. A few years later, George Betts won subsequent promotions to Associate Director of International Clinical Research Operations, Head of U.S. Medical Affairs Operations, and Executive Director, Head of U.S. Trial Operations & Logistics. Throughout his career, George Betts has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Business Excellence Award in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, and a Business Innovation Award in 2003. In 2008, his team received a Best-in-Industry Award for achieving the fastest clinical contracting cycle time among his industry's peers. George Betts has always worked hard to deliver cost-cutting results, and has produced savings of more than $92 million for his employers. George Betts graduated from William Paterson University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He subsequently received an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business. George Betts keeps abreast of the latest industry developments through his membership in the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) and BioPharm International. In his off hours, he prefers spending time with his children, playing team sports, and reading.
George Betts - Professional Experience:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Head, US Trial Operations & Logistics
East Hanover, NJ US
12/1/2009 — 12/1/2010
Responsible for the oversight and supervision of several clinical trial operational functions.
Core functions included: • Investigator Contracting Excellence (study start-up) • Regulatory Readiness Management (the collection of essential regulatory documents from clinical sites required for study start-up) • Trial Finance Operations (management of investigator budgets and clinical payment processing) • Clinical Franchise Operations (clinical trial project management, tracking and metrics) • Developed and execute strategies aimed at improving productivity within US Clinical Development • Led process and productivity improvement initiatives within US Clinical Development • Managed the resource planning and budgeting for all US Clinical Development.
• Created a clinical/medical sourcing group responsible for cost effective contracting and management of external vendors (CROs, Labs, Investigator Sites, and other vendors). • Created a clinical study start-up group and led department to achieve best-in-industry cycle-times (according to 2008 KMR survey) • Led several strategic projects aimed at cost savings and increasing productivity • Improved contract negotiation times for clinical trials from 81 working days to 20.5 working days (received best-in-class according to 2006 KMR survey
Advanced clinical development and medical affairs professional with a proven track record of accomplishments and innovative practices. Conceived and implemented several innovative process improvement solutions that have improved productivity, reduced cycle-times and delivered cost savings in excess of $42MM.
Position: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Head of U.S. Medical Operations
East Hanover, NJ US
06/1/2003 — 12/1/2009
Oversw a team of 96 associates of several functional areas of US Clinical Development and Medical Affairs
• Directed and managed activities of Medical Affairs outsourcing group responsible for external collaborations with CROs, Labs, and clinical investigators. Oversaw the CRO selection/evaluation process, resolved conflicts between Novartis and CROs, and managed centralized grant negotiations. • Oversaw the following four core functions: Clinical TA Operations, Medical Outsourcing, Clinical Study Start-up and Clinical Payments. • Managed 12 direct reports and a department of 96 associates. • Provided operational support to Head of US Clinical Development. • Developed departmental metrics and led productivity improvement initiatives
• Created a clinical project management department responsible for managing resource planning and utilization, tracking of key milestones for Phase IV trials and ensuring timelines and effective communication of clinical plans. • Developed SOPs for clinical contract facilitation and achieved $22.7M (Year 1) in negotiated savings in clinical trial cost
Education: Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison, NJ US
01/1/2002 — 05/1/2005
Education: William Paterson University
Finance and Economics
Wayne, NJ US
09/1/1986 — 05/1/1990
Phi Kappa Tau
United Way, Unicef, The Childrens Hospital Foundation,
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The hands that serve are holier than the lips that pray. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Peter Druker, Richard Feynman
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Work interests involve: process reengineering, solving problems, strategic planning, people development, financial planning & management, sourcing and contract law. Personal interests: playing with my children (#1), running, football, hockey, racquetball, weekend cooking & grilling, cosmology, physics and history.