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.
One of the great qualities of Ian is that he does what he says he will do. This started with his promise to always provide a quote within 24 hours – compared with a week or more for other companies. Ian delivered on this promise, in addition to great results, which is why I returned a number of times this year with further business.Ian Stott
I know Ian as a ambitious sales representative of EMMA. It was very easy to build up a interpersonal relationship on personal as well as on business level. He is dedicated to listen to his customers and to identify their needs. Ian has also great skills in analysing and summarizing ideas. His self-motivation and proactiveness enabled us to kick off a difficult project much quicker than expected. He continued to provide reliable, excellent support by consequently following up on action items. I have been very pleased to work with himAndreas Saur
Ian is a highly customer oriented person, he is very responsive and is someone who makes things happen. I really appreciated working with him.François Herzog
I had the pleasure of working with Ian and his company, while developing the Aldrich Market Select chemistry procurement service.
Ian provided valuable information and insight on the chemistry market. He also worked with our sales organization to introduce our new services to his industry contacts.Scott Hutton
I had the great pleasure of working with Ian over a period of nearly 2 years. Ian’s knowledge of the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Markets and his extensive network of contacts, especially in Cheminformatics and the Discovery Chemistry arena has helped us greatly in better understanding our target market and start to build a very healthy pipeline. Also due to the highly customized service we were promoting and the complexity of customer’s requirements, Ian’s excellent responsiveness with customers and constant communication with internal support teams was the main catalyst in securing key orders over that period. On a individual level, I also learnt a lot from Ian during joined customer visits, particularly on sales techniques and business development strategies. As a consultant, Ian certainly contributed greatly to the team’s success therefore I do not hesitate to recommend Ian and I am looking forward working with him again in the future.Nathalie Huther, PhD, MRSC
Ian has been very professional and efficient all along the time our two companies have collaborated. He was very eager to respond to all our requests in a very timely manner. This allowed us an in-depth and positive assessment of the services offered by his company.Patrick Jimonet
Through Ian’s tenacity, proactive attitude and dedication to customer satisfaction, following a ‘cold call’ he managed to persuade myself and others at UCB that we should evaluate his company as a supplier of building blocks and screening compounds.
During the trial period, he was very responsive to our questions and concerns and proved to be reliable and professional throughout.
Based on the evaluation results and excellent working relationship, forged through Ian, we are now negotiating a license and service agreementZara Sands
Ian has been a very reliable and friendly contact since the beginning of 2011. He immediately understood our research needs and was able to come up with working solutions without delay.Peter Haebel
I came in contact with Ian working on a evaluation project. I was immediately impressed by his profound understanding of our needs and deliverables. His commitment and knowledge of processes in pharmaceutical companies made sure of the success of our project. It is a real pleasure working with him, as he is always reachable and responds professionally and goal oriented.Jens Schamberger
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.
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.
Having worked with Miranda on an XEVMPD project, I would highly recommend her skills, knowledge and experience in this area and other areas that our project touched on. Miranda’s openess, honesty and commitment to all that she does, makes her a breath of freshair to work with.Carol Kingstone
I have worked with Miranda and Samarind for some 9 years. During this time I have been continually impressed by her blend of technical expertise, business issue knowledge and understanding, pragmatic common sense, and more specifically the way she is able to work with any group of people, at any level to diagnose, understand and improve organisational efficiency and effectiveness.D.P.
Wonderful to do business with a software vendor adhering to deliverables within promised timelines!T.K,