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Meet the team

Meet the Samarind team

The Samarind team – development, support, quality, training, sales and administration – is based entirely in the UK, at our offices in North Wales, close to Chester. Scroll down to learn more about the people leading the team.

Dr.Olaf Schoepke VP Regulatory Strategy is a specialist in document management and submission management process and technology, with particular expertise in eCTD submissions (process, technology and technical validation). He is highly experienced in implementation of all of these solutions, and in providing consulting on business process and technology, for both industry organisations and agencies.
At Samarind, Olaf oversees the strategic side of the business, keeping an eye firmly trained on where the company and its solutions should move next. This includes eCTD solution developments and enhancements, and strategic partnerships.
Before joining Samarind, Olaf held influential positions at Extedo, Lorenz, and CDC (then Liquent, now Parexel). He has also worked closely with the Drug Information Association (DIA) as a strategic adviser, and sat on the Advisory Council for Europe for a number of years. His background is in project management, especially related to global, large-scale information management systems in life sciences; and in analysis and improvement of business processes, and change management.
Olaf holds a BSc in Computer Science, gained in Germany, and a PhD in Computer Architecture, awarded in the UK.

Ian Crone VP Global Regulatory Solutions Sales at Samarind now part of the Instem group Bringing exceptional drive and a myriad of industry contacts, Ian is focused on bringing Samarind’s unique and world-class solutions to a wider audience.

Ian has a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering and has 14 years experience of global management experience for organisations in the pharmaceutical and biotech markets.

Rob Hughes heads up the Samarind software team, which encompasses both Windows and web versions of Samarind RMS together with a host of sister applications, data migration tools and interfaces with other systems.

Rob has a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Nottingham and experience of managing software teams in a variety of businesses, including the FTSE 250 UK house builder Redrow.

Phil Geens is responsible for Samarind’s ISO 9001:2008 certified Quality Management System and for ensuring that the development of Samarind’s GxP solutions is carried out according to GAMP5 guidelines and other life science industry standards. He also delights in hosting customer audits and is always on hand to assist with customer validation queries.

Phil has a BSc (Hons) degree in Human Physiology from Cardiff University. In addition to ISO 9001 and GAMP5, he also has strong knowledge of the ISO 13485:2003, cGMP and FDA 21 CFR Part 11 standards and has over a decade of experience in the medical devices industry.

30 years in the Pharmaceutical industry in Regulatory Affairs and Regulatory Operations. 10 years in Regulatory Affairs including UK, US, Preclinical and CMC regulatory roles. 15 years in Regulatory Operations with business-side responsibilities for the development, implementation and process optimisation of regulatory document management and publishing systems and electronic submission to regulatory agencies. 10 years at the forefront of standards and process development for electronic interchange between industry and regulator, on a worldwide basis.

  • Strategy consultant, highly respected in the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Leading consultant on the requirements and business processes for the Extended Eudravigilance Medicinal Product Dictionary (XEVMPD) and Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP)
  • Extensive expertise in electronic submission requirements and processes in Europe and US gained from pivotal involvements throughout their development and successful implementation.
  • Extensive experience of the Product Information Management (PIM) programme gained as industry lead since its inception.
  • Extensive network and reputation with regulators, industry, service providers and software vendors working in these spaces

Frits Stulp is Project Manager and Advisor in IT and Regulatory Compliance, specialized in the implementation of both XEVMPD and ISO IDMP requirements at pharmaceutical companies. Frits is responsible for the Consultancy business in Iperion Life Sciences.

Currently, Frits is engaged as IDMP Program Manager for Astellas, advisor to several marketing authorization holders as well as advisor to a number of regulatory compliance consultancy/software firms. Previously, Frits worked for Yamanouchi/Astellas in process quality management, SAP management, and for Accenture as a project manager in Healthcare and Life Sciences. Frits has a M.Sc. degree in Pharmacochemistry.

Specialties: Project management; program management; process improvements; ISO IDMP; XEVMPD: Regulatory Information Management; SAP project management; SAP Competence Center.

Miranda is now a consultant for Samarind now part of the Instem group with a vast knowledge of regulatory submissions and data management in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and is an expert on EudraVigilance and compliance with the EMA’s EVMPD medicinal product dictionary. Samarind RMS was the first company to market with an EVMPD submission management solution in 2004, and has been integrally involved as the requirements have evolved. Samarind RMS software has delivered hundreds of thousands of transmissions to the EMA. Miranda is also an active member of the IRISS IDMP industry group, which is collaborating on EVMPD’s successor, and sits on a small sub-group focused on improving the quality of data companies submit to the EMA.

Miranda has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Mathematics from the University of Liverpool, where she was also awarded the Maths Prize. She has professional qualifications in Programming, Analysis and Systems Design as well as numerous other official business and IT credentials. She is a member of TOPRA and ISPE.

In 2014, Miranda was delighted to appear on the PharmaVOICE 100, which lists the 100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences Industry.

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