Jonathan

Jonathan Andrus

Chief Business Officer, Clinical Ink
DIA Inspire Award Winner

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Q&A

In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge in your field?

I believe that the greatest challenge in our field today is the use of technologies both at home and in the research site office that generate a great deal of data. Because of this, the profession of data management must transform. This role requires traditional data management practices, but it must also be coupled with practices that ensure data integrity and quality. Because these new types of data are voluminous and, at times, not collected in a well-defined format and structure, it requires data managers to be focused on the sources of data, the method of data transfer, and the technical and procedural controls in place with each of the sources to determine additional measures that may need to be taken to ensure compliance to needed protocol and regulatory requirements.

What do you like most and least about your job?

I love the people that I work with on a day-to-day basis, and I thoroughly enjoy strategizing and working with them on new products and service offerings. The thing that I like the least about my job is my commute! Our office in Pennsylvania is in the Philadelphia, PA suburbs, and I live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania… I am 85 miles one way from my office. Lots of calls to colleagues, customers, and family occupy my time.

What advice would you give your younger self about to enter the “real world?”

I am fortunate enough to be the father of four children ranging in age from 15 to 22, and this has allowed me to give advice to a “version” of my younger self. My advice to my kids has been about the importance of making connections and being kind and friendly to everyone you have the opportunity to meet in life. Education is important, but connections and work ethic are much more important in the scheme of success in business. I have had the privilege of having hired numerous people over the years, and the trait that I have found to be most important in the success of individuals has been their drive and thirst to expand their skillsets and their motivation to volunteer for projects and jobs that have led to their rapid rise within an organization. The way that you treat others, putting others before yourself, and your willingness to be a servant-oriented leader are among the most important pieces of advice that I would give to my younger self and to others entering the “real world.”

Imagine a day without work, the internet, and any other obligations. What would you do?

Without a doubt, I would spend the day with my wife at a Philadelphia Phillies or Eagles game (she is the diehard fan), followed by a nice a dinner and time out together. There is nothing better than being married to your best friend.

How has DIA helped you?

DIA has provided me with opportunities to expand my knowledge and experiences. The connections gained and friendships made have been incredibly valuable as well. The staff at DIA are wonderful, and I have been fortunate enough to have gotten to know them well, and I have had opportunity to present and share at DIA conferences, webinars, and workshops, and to participate on the DIA Advisory Committee.


BIOGRAPHY
As Chief Business Officer, Jonathan Andrus leads Clinical Ink’s solution management and compliance teams to help sponsors and CROs better leverage eSource, eCOA and ePRO data. With more than twenty years of experience, Mr. Andrus brings extensive expertise developing eClinical services that integrate data and technology to help life science companies optimize study execution. At Clinical Ink, Mr. Andrus is responsible for P&L across Clinical Ink’s products and services, and he is also focused on building relationships and forging strategic partnerships with sponsors, CROs, regulatory bodies, and clinical research professionals.
Mr. Andrus joined Clinical Ink from BioClinica where he led the eClinical Solutions Group to develop their current service offerings, including data management, quality management, implementation services and IWRS. Prior to BioClinica, Mr. Andrus worked in pharmaceutical consulting and with CROs focused on quality, data management, and validation.
An active thought leader, blogger, and presenter, Jonathan served as chair of the Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) in 2008 and 2013 and currently serves as the society’s Treasurer. He is also an active member of DIA (North American Advisory Council and Annual Conference Data/Data Standards Track Chair) and ASQ. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University’s College.