Andrea Saud Martinez, Pharm.D., M.Sc, is the General Manager for Latin America of Avanti Pesquisa Clinica, a Clinical Research Organization (CRO) providing high quality Phase I - IV clinical trial support to the world’s pharmaceutical, biosimilar and medical device companies covering Latin America. She brings more than 23 years of international management and clinical research experience.
Prior to joining Avanti Pesquisa Clinica , Dr. Saud was with AAIPharma, Inc., where she held the management position of Vice President of Clinical Research and Development covering Latin America. During her stint at this company, she played a key role in the development and approval of multiple clinical trials of pharmaceutical and devices in multiple therapeutic areas.
Dr. Saud’s professional career began in clinical research at a major pharmaceutical industry, Merck & Co., where she has played an important role implementing and developing the R&D department of the Brazilian subsidiary and the key products development Fosamax®, Hyzaar®, Cozaar®, Crixivan®. She then moved to Pfizer Inc., where she was Sr CRA, responsible for the development and implementation of strategic programs for Pfizer’s oncology and CNS franchises and the key product development Zyprasidone ®. Moving to PPD Inc., she took over clinical research programs in Latin America focused in infectious diseases. She then moved Europe where she took care of Aronex Pharmaceuticals in UK , where she took over the clinical research programs in oncology and infectious diseases in Europe, South Africa and Latin America. Back to Brazil where she launched the Instituto de Pesquisa Clinica de São Paulo a CRO which after seven successful years has been acquired and merged with AAIPharma Inc.
Dr. Saud has worked on all phases of global clinical trials and has extensive experience in multiple therapeutic areas such as cardiology, metabolic diseases, endocrinology, organ transplantation, oncology, devices, ophthalmology , infectious diseases among others..
Dr. Saud holds a Pharm.D. degree from Paulista University and a Master of International Marketing from Paulista University. She is currently performing her Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree at FMU in Brazil.