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Sponsors and Clinical Research Organizations need tools to securely and effectively communicate with their trial sites resulting in faster, high quality trials. Litéra AxxiTRIALS is a web-based global portal designed to save time and resources as well as to engage, motivate and inform investigators and their site staff for the entire duration of the study.

Litéra AxxiTRIALS is the one-stop-shop for the Sites for everything about the trial. From feasibility, startup, training and certification, ongoing trial to tial maintenance and trial closeout, Litéra AxxiTRIALS serves as the single landing point Study sites and Trial Managers turn to for their trial needs.

Litéra AxxiTRIALS Management Team

Karen Massand
co-founder and President,
Litéra

Karen Massand

Karen is a co-founder, board member and President of Litéra® with more than 23 years in the software and healthcare industries.  Previously Karen was a founding executive of pharmaceutical software company Skila, where she held the top commercial and operational executive positions prior to the successful sale of the company.  Her additional industry experience includes commercial operations executive for Salem Health Solutions, a Novant Health healthcare data analytics company, Director at CRM software company Dendrite, and various sales and management roles at Johnson & Johnson's Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals.

Prior to her career in healthcare, Karen was a television news reporter and anchor for CBS and NBC news. She holds BA in Communications from the University of Washington, with post-graduate studies at Wharton and Harvard.  Karen is a member of the Board of Directors at Litéra and Dr. Score, and advisory board member to Axxiem Solutions and Taylor Presentations.

Susan MH Lewenz
Vice President and General Manager,
Litéra Axxitrials

Susan MH Lewenz

Susan has been in business for over twenty years, including representing a broad range of medical device and pharma companies in overseas market. She is credited for bringing companies like Parke Davis (now part of Pfizer), Space Labs Medical and Steris, into the Russian market. Susan also managed product development and user experience for Skila, a knowledge management platform used by nine of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

Susan established Axxiem.com in 2004 to focus on developing innovative digital applications to solve challenges in the Life Science industry and had the vision to create AxxiTRIALS as the result of consistent feedback from the industry.

Susan joined Litéra when Litéra acquired AxxiTRIALS in 2013.

Toby Bell
Executive Vice President,
Litéra

Toby Bell

Toby serves on the executive committee at Litéra® with responsibilities for strategic planning, alliances, and business development. Prior to Litéra, he was research VP for Gartner, the leading provider of global research and analysis on the information technology industry. Toby was responsible for covering a range of analytics, business process, and content management technologies as well as vendors and trends in those marketplaces. He served hundreds of clients primarily in the Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, Legal, and Manufacturing vertical markets.

Prior to joining Gartner, Toby was a senior manager and director for a leading global professional services firm focused on technology consulting and legal practice management. He was responsible for identifying business problems and related emerging technology solutions that resulted in the highest immediate cost recovery for clients; coordinating and communicating global research and testing efforts related to advanced and emerging technologies; and setting direction for the firm's technology architecture.

Toby has held key management positions in large and small business advisory services organizations -- including Andersen and Ernst & Young -- focused primarily on business intelligence, competitive intelligence, marketing technology and process improvement consulting.

Sean Scott
Chief Operating Officer,
Litéra

Sean Scott

Sean oversees all research and development, customer satisfaction operations and general administration at Litéra®. Prior to joining the company, Scott was CIO at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice for 12 years and has been a member of Litéra’s advisory board since 2003, having provided technology and roadmap guidance in that capacity. Also in 2003, Computerworld magazine named Scott as one of its 100 premier information technology leaders. He was the only CIO from an East Coast-based law firm to make the distinguished list that year.

Sean holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Tapio Schnaars
Director of Operations,
Litéra Axxitrials

Dave Rosa

Tapio Schnaars brings 10+ years of web development and design experience to Axxiem's management team. With expertise in graphic communications, project management and web technologies, he heads up all design and development projects as well as the company’s important hosting and support services. Tapio spearheaded numerous innovative projects for Axxiem’s clients including development of custom portals, original 3d digital animations, large ecommerce integrations projects and many others. Tapio has also been a leader in development of Axxiem’s flagship product, AxxiTRIALS. Tapio holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts degree in Graphic Communications Management and Technology from New York University.

Vivek Gulavani
Head of Technology Team,
Litéra AxxiTrials

Vivek Gulavani

Vivek heads the development team and has done so since 2008. He has led the way in all of our major projects including our successful ecommerce program. With 16+ years of experience in architecting and developing scalable web applications, he has the skill set that can take user requests and turn them into useable software. Vivek holds a BS majoring in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Computer Applications from Goa University (India).