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Our team of experienced clinical and regulatory professionals match your passion for disrupting the healthcare industry. 

Our experts have all the experience in clinical research management, operations, and regulatory affairs necessary to successfully execute your medical device or drug clinical trial.
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Proxima CRO Team
Our Experts
LARRY LAWSON
Founder & Executive Chairman
KEVIN COKER
CEO & Co-Founder
JAYE THOMPSON, PhD
COO & Co-Founder
Matt Wagener
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Alisa Hamilton
Mgr. of Ops, Marketing & Comms.
Isabella Schmitt
Regulatory Affairs Consultant
Paul Lewis
Senior Statistician
Melissa Miller
Senior Clinical Data Manager
Bufo Areh
Clinical Research Associate
Stephanie Mull
Director of Project Management
Taylor Lunsford
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Andrew Frink
Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Ken Fujiwara, PhD
Document Management Specialist
Joel Reid
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Ellie Reynolds
Quality Assurance
Alan Cooper
Engineering Consultant
Jayci Blackburn
Office Manager
Jenna Martin
Clinical Research Associate II
Daniel Machuca
Clinical Trial Assistant
Nicole Mathews
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Apoorva Nimkar
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Sydney Wiggins
Regulatory Affairs Associate
Our Experts

Larry Lawson is a Founder and Executive Chairman at Proxima. He has 45+ years of experience in the healthcare industry.

He has been the founder, board member, and executive at several medical device companies: eCardio Diagnostics, Decisio Health, HeartcoR Solutions, and Preventice. He is an Angel Investor with the Goose Society, TMC Venture Fund, and Angel MD.

He is a Distinguished American Award recipient from the Horatio Alger Association.

LARRY LAWSON
Founder & Executive Chairman

Kevin Coker is a Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer at Proxima. He has 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry.

He has been the founder, board member, and executive at several life science companies: Worldwide Clinical Trials, McKesson Corporation, and US Oncology.

Kevin is an attorney and is certified in regulatory affairs. He has worked with hundreds of pharmaceutical, biotech, and life science companies.

KEVIN COKER
CEO & Co-Founder

Dr. Jaye Thompson is a Co-Founder and the Chief Operating Officer at Proxima. She has 25+ years of experience in the healthcare industry.

She is an entrepreneur and has been an executive at several biotech companies: Synergos Inc (Founder, acquired by inVentiv Health), Opexa Therapeutics, and Repros Therapeutics.

Jaye is a biostatistician with clinical trial and regulatory expertise and has a history of assisting emerging companies meet their milestones.

JAYE THOMPSON, PhD
COO & Co-Founder

Matt received his Biomedical Sciences degree from Texas A&M University and has over 15 years of industry experience working across multiple life science businesses in critical areas, including clinical operations, business operations, and business development. He also has experience in the lung, GI, hematology, orthopedic surgery, and radiation oncology research programs.

Matt Wagener
Vice President of Clinical Operations

Alisa graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.B.A in May of 2016, where she was a 4-year letterman scholarship-athlete. She has over eight years of business management experience. Previous to Proxima, she was a customer relations specialist at Baylor Scott and White.

Alisa Hamilton
Mgr. of Ops, Marketing & Comms.

Prior to joining Proxima, Isabella served as the Senior Regulatory & Quality Manager at a medical device company, where she outlined the regulatory strategy & put together design controls & design history documentation. She was the Dir. of CMC & Quality at a biopharmaceutical company, where she oversaw all manufacturing and analytical processes and timelines and ensured CMC regulatory strategy was sufficient for filings in Europe and the US.

Isabella Schmitt
Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Mr. Lewis holds a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in statistics from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. candidate in Biostatistics from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Through his 15 years of experience, he has advised many life science companies on statistical methodologies, regulatory affairs, and clinical product development, and has represented clients at the FDA.

Paul Lewis
Senior Statistician

Melissa has over five years of experience in Data Management and has also worked in computer system validation for both EDC systems and electronic signatures. She has also gained experience in SAS programming with both statistical analyses and data manipulation.

Melissa Miller
Senior Clinical Data Manager

Nwabufo obtained his B.Sc. in Biotechnology with a minor in Business Administration from the Richard Stockton University, New Jersey. Nwabufo has over four years of global experience in a variety of therapeutic areas, including cardiovascular, oncology, ophthalmology, infectious diseases, CNS, and metabolic diseases as a clinical research associate.

Bufo Areh
Clinical Research Associate

Stephanie has over 20 years of clinical research experience working from the site, CRO and sponsor perspectives. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN, with a degree in Natural Science - biology and math.

Stephanie Mull
Director of Project Management

Taylor Lunsford is a Regulatory Affairs Associate from Houston, Texas and holds degrees from the University of Houston and the Defense Language Institute. Before working with Proxima, he served in the Army as a Mandarin Chinese translator and intelligence analyst.

Taylor Lunsford
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Andrew Frink is from Dallas, TX, and is a Regulatory Specialist for Proxima. Andrew enjoys learning about emerging technologies, but is particularly interested in gene therapy immunotherapy, and diagnostics. When he is not working, he enjoys hiking and bike riding with his family.

Andrew Frink
Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Ken Fujiwara received his B.S. in Biology from Duke University; a Ph.D in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences from Baylor College of Medicine. He has an extensive bench science background in biomedical research labs during his graduate career at BCM, and also as a research technician at the Duke University Center for Human Genetics and the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy.

Ken Fujiwara, PhD
Document Management Specialist

Joel has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and German. He also has undergraduate research experience in neuroimaging at the Waco VA.

Joel Reid
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Ellie Reynolds is from Dallas, Texas and is a Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Associate for Proxima. She just completed her M.B.E. in Bioengineering at Rice University and previously received her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Prior to completing her master's degree, she worked in strategy consulting for biotech and pharma companies and is eager to combine her educational background and professional experience in this role.  

Ellie Reynolds
Quality Assurance

Alan spent 8 years designing & testing production active sonar systems for the US Navy. He hold a B.S. in electrical engineering from A&M & an M.S. in EE - electromagnetics/acoustics from Uni. of Texas. Since 2015, he has worked for a small medical device design firm implementing design controls, writing specifications & verification procedures, designing & testing circuitry and software algorithms, & managing standards compliance testing.

Alan Cooper
Engineering Consultant

Jayci has over 3 years of administrative, bookkeeping, marketing, and human resources experience. Previous to Proxima, she was an HR Administrative Assistant at Abundant Solutions.

Jayci Blackburn
Office Manager

Jenna has been monitoring clinical trials for over 4 years for both CRO and sponsor companies. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from North Park University in Chicago, IL and has completed a postgraduate course in Microbiology at James Cook University in Australia.

Jenna Martin
Clinical Research Associate II

Daniel graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S in Neuroscience in 2015. Since then Daniel has worked in research at the UT Medical Branch and UT Southwestern Medical Center before getting his M.S in Medical Science at the University of North Texas Health and Science Center. Daniel has worked in clinical trials for two years before joining Proxima in 2020.

Daniel Machuca
Clinical Trial Assistant

Prior to joining Proxima, Nicole received her B.S Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University. She has completed several internships in the fields of psychology, genetics, clinical dermatology, and pharmaceutical sciences. Nicole is also a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill working on a Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Nicole Mathews
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Apoorva comes from a Pharmaceutical background with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy and a Masters in Regulatory Affairs from Northeastern University. During his Masters, he did Co-Op in Regulatory Affairs in GSK where he was working with the vaccines team.

Apoorva Nimkar
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Syd Wiggins is a Regulatory Affairs Associate from The Natural State who holds a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and the University of Florida, respectively. Her research experience includes cancer biology and the development of biomaterials for localized drug delivery.

Sydney Wiggins
Regulatory Affairs Associate
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