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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.

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.

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.

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
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