The Novella Clinical team brings an average of 25 years of industry experience to our customers.

Chris Giordano


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Chris Giordano serves as president of Novella Clinical. Mr. Giordano brings a deep operational knowledge of clinical trial planning and execution from twenty years in the CRO industry, supporting sponsors in Europe, Japan and North America.

Prior to joining Novella, Mr. Giordano was global head of the Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Therapeutic Area at IQVIA, where he also led portfolio-wide, end-to-end development alliances with several biopharma sponsors.  Mr. Giordano was responsible for global delivery of trials across all phases of development and therapeutic areas, in these partnerships.  His responsibilities have increased over time from biotech sales, broad business development, trial delivery and joint scientific collaborations with academic research organizations.

Mr. Giordano graduated from the University of San Diego, spent a year as a visiting student at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and earned an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Charles Lambert

Chief Financial Officer

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Charles Lambert is chief financial officer for Novella Clinical and oversees all aspects of the company’s financial operations. As an integral part of the executive management team, he develops strategies to maintain Novella’s fiscal health and strong growth trajectory.

Prior to joining Novella Clinical, Mr. Lambert spent 12 years in the healthcare IT sector, serving as CFO for Misys Healthcare Systems and Capario. Throughout his career, he has held numerous executive-level positions within the healthcare, technology and industrial sectors across the US, Europe and Asia. Mr. Lambert graduated from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

James Kyle Bryan, MD

Chief Medical Officer

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Dr. James Kyle Bryan is chief medical officer for Novella Clinical. He has more than 20 years of experience in drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in both the sponsor and CRO arenas. Dr. Bryan provides medical and safety leadership to all clinical projects as well as bringing valuable insights into clinical development and regulatory strategy to our clients.

Dr. Bryan is board-certified in medical oncology and hematology, and remains engaged in clinical work, holding an appointment on the clinical faculty of medicine for hematology and oncology at the University of Washington Medical Center. Prior to joining Novella, Dr. Bryan served as chief medical officer for VentiRx Pharmaceuticals and vice president of medical affairs for Seattle Genetics.

Dr. Bryan received a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.D. from Louisiana State University. He completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Washington.

Chris Smyth, PhD, MBA

Executive Vice President, Oncology Division

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Dr. Chris Smyth is executive vice president of the Oncology Division at Novella Clinical. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic direction for the Oncology business unit and provides executive oversight for all clinical projects to ensure successful execution.

Dr. Smyth has more than 20 years’ oncology research and development experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has led clinical research organizations and biopharmaceutical companies in both Europe and the US.

Dr. Smyth earned his Ph.D. in Reproductive Biology from the University of Edinburgh and an M.B.A. from Henley Management College, United Kingdom.

Ray Reilly

Vice President, Clinical Monitoring

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Ray Reilly is responsible for the global clinical monitoring division at Novella Clinical. His more than 20 years of industry experience includes work with clinical research organizations and biopharmaceutical companies. Mr. Reilly possesses extensive knowledge of clinical trial management, research processes, and regulations and guidelines. His previous positions span a range of functions, including clinical monitoring, regulatory/QA, clinical training and project management.

Mr. Reilly received his B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rob Stallings

Executive Vice President, Global HR & Staffing

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Rob Stallings provides strategic guidance and operational leadership for global Human Resources and Novella Clinical Resourcing (NCR). He is responsible for leading Novella Clinical’s Human Resources team to ensure international compliance with applicable laws, policies and practices, as well as supporting employee and organizational performance. Mr. Stallings also oversees NCR, which manages talent acquisition for Novella Clinical and delivers customized staffing and functional outsourcing services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Mr. Stallings has more than 20 years of healthcare and pharmaceutical resourcing and outsourcing experience and served as executive vice president of Novella Clinical Resourcing since 2011. Prior to joining Novella, Mr. Stallings served as executive vice president at a major US-based clinical resource solutions firm with responsibility for the company’s overall operations. He also worked for a leading health care recruiting firm as a physician recruiter before holding various leadership roles in operations, business development and communications.

Anusha Bala, BSc, LLB

Global Head of Regulatory Affairs

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Anusha Bala, BSc, LLB, is responsible for leading Novella Clinical’s global regulatory affairs department. She oversees regulatory clinical research projects, safety reporting for oncology and medical device customers, and provides the project team with guidance, training and strategic planning. Ms. Bala has more than 15 years of regulatory affairs experience globally across many therapeutic areas including oncology, CNS and respiratory research. Prior to joining Novella, Ms. Bala held senior regulatory affairs roles at a variety of organizations including the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and two global CROs. Ms. Bala has a BSc in medicinal chemistry and was academically qualified as a barrister in 2007.

Rick Farris

Vice President, MedTech Division

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Rick Farris is vice president of Novella Clinical’s MedTech Division. He is responsible for strategy, executive oversight, compliance with Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and overall operational success for device and diagnostic sponsor programs, globally. With more than 20 years working in the CRO industry, his therapeutic experience spans oncology, cardiovascular, CNS, dermatology, endocrine, hematology, gastroenterology, rare disease, respiratory and women’s health.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Farris also held senior project management positions at Novella Clinical, chief operations officer and chief technology officer positions within the industry and served as an adjunct associate professor of clinical research at Campbell University. He is a graduate of East Carolina University.