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SMS-oncology Announces Changes to the Management Team

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Monday, 04 February 2013 11:30 (UTC + 1)

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands, February 4, 2013 / B3C newswire / - Specialized Medical Services-oncology BV (SMS-oncology), a Contract Research Organization (CRO) fully dedicated to conducting clinical cancer studies, today announced its Management Team has been changed and expanded to five executive members: Edwin Klumper (Chief Executive Officer, CEO), Philine van den Tol (Chief Operating Officer, COO), Eric van der Putten (Chief Business Development Officer, CBDO), Wouter Wijker (Managing Director Biometrics Unit), and Raymond Hoffmans (Director Consultancy).

The new CEO Edwin Klumper will succeed Eric van der Putten who will take on the position of CBDO. In his new role Eric will be responsible for driving new business opportunities and growing our client base. Edwin Klumper stated: "All credits go to Eric van der Putten who has been the driving force into building a fully GCP compliant CRO from scratch within five years that has resulted into ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2012. Our clients will benefit discussing their new cancer studies with Eric who brings to the table 30+ years of experience in running phase I and II cancer trials in close collaboration with the top tier of oncologists. His experience and operational insights will be of great value to our clients in achieving their objectives.”

Philine van den Tol has been promoted to the position of COO. With her no-nonsense and can-do attitude Philine motivates and leads by example the operational staff of SMS-oncology. She knows what it takes to run multiple multicenter cancer studies from her past experience as project manager for the Dutch Breast Cancer Trialists’ Group. The Management Team is completed by Raymond Hoffmans (Director Consultancy) and Wouter Wijker (Managing Director Biometrics Unit).

We thank Erik Leferink who has been leading in the foundation of SMS-oncology. Erik will hand over his business development responsibilities to Eric van der Putten. As a serial entrepreneur Erik will reallocate his time to grow new ventures that he has recently established. Erik will remain active as a shareholder of SMS-oncology.

“These changes reflect our steady growth and mark our next step”, said Edwin Klumper. “After 5 years of serving over 50 clients, building a highly motivated and oncology experienced staff, expanding our trial base across Europe, collaborating with top oncology centers, we are ready for our next step and ambition to become a European premier oncology CRO. It is a privilege to lead such a good team and serve our clients to jointly improve cancer treatment by developing new drugs that are desperately needed by so many patients".


About SMS-oncology
SMS-oncologyis a Contract Research Organization (CRO) that contributes to the overall success of oncology product development by assisting pharma & biotech companies and Investigators with the design and full execution of clinical development and research programs. SMS-oncology is committed to sharing its oncology expertise with Sponsors and Investigators in the interest of fully uncovering the potential of new oncology products for daily practice.


For further information please contact:

Mahjouba Rkhaoui ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Eric van der Putten ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )