Name + Title:  Michael Chugranis, Strategic Director, Life Sciences Division

Office location:  New York City

Hire date: December 2015

Where were you born?  Closter, NJ

What did you study at university?  Finance

Languages spoken: English and Greek

If you could learn any language, which would you pick and why?  Japanese.  I have a great deal of respect for the business and family cultures in Japan.

What life sciences publications or resources do you recommend? Fierce Biotech and QMED

Any trends you’re seeing or hearing in the life sciences space? There is a lot of M&A activity—larger CROs buying smaller CROs. Also, sponsors are taking more control of clinical trials.

What are some challenges sponsors or CROs face when conducting clinical trials and how can Welocalize Life Sciences help? Patient retention. All studies hinge on patient recruitment and retention and the sponsors and CROs are realizing that the patient comes first.

Speaking of…Welocalize Life Sciences will be available to discuss translation of patient recruitment and retention materials at DIA Annual Meeting in June. Contact us to schedule a meeting!

What are you most proud of (personally and/or professionally)? So many things.  Learning to play classical guitar when I was 11.  Building a business from nothing to $5M. Raising two great kids.  Being married for 21 years to a great person and friend.

Do you have a bucket list? What is something you are hoping to check off the list soon?  Visiting Asia, Phuket specifically, is top of the list.