Cyrus Mehta is a prominent biostatistician, and Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He co-founded Cytel Inc. in 1987 along with Nitin Patel. Their shared vision was to make modern methods in statistics and operations research accessible to clinical researchers, by creating quality software for statistical analyses.
Cyrus's efforts helped establish Cytel as an industry leader in exact statistics, as well as in adaptive and group sequential methods. He remains a driving force behind Cytel’s East®, the industry standard software for trial design, simulation and monitoring.
Experience: As one of the world's leading experts on adaptive clinical trials, Cyrus regularly provides guidance and training to leading pharmaceutical companies, academic collaborators and FDA personnel. He has published more than 100 research articles in scientific journals including JASA, Biometrics, Biometrika, Circulation, The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine and Statistics in Medicine.
Cyrus is adjunct professor of biostatistics at the Harvard T.F. Chan School of Public Health, and holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay. Cyrus has provided groundbreaking innovations in computational statistics for rare events and statistical design of adaptive trials. He and co-authors, Dr. Nitin Patel and Dr. Karim Hirji received the ASA's 1987 George W. Snedecor Award for best paper in biometry.
Research: Cyrus was a chief contributor to Cytel's development of permutational algorithms and their applications to categorical data analysis, nonparametric tests, power and sample size calculations, contingency tables analysis and, more generally to inference on the parameters in regression models for categorical data. The same algorithms make it computationally feasible to obtain accurate p-values, confidence intervals and sample-size designs for small or unbalanced data sets and sparse contingency tables. These advances have revolutionized general statistical practices.
His recent research focuses on developing group-sequential and adaptive trial methods and supporting software, including adaptive sample size re-estimation or “Promising Zone” designs.
Awards & Recognitions
Fellow of the American Statistical Association (Elected)
Member of the International Statistical Institute (Elected)
Received the George W. Snedecor Award from American Statistical Assoc. (1987)
Mostellar Statistician of the Year (Massachusetts Chapter of the American Statistical Association)
Zoroastrian Entrepreneur of the Year (2002)
Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Indian Statistics Association (2015)
Distinguished Alumni Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2016)
Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer
Nitin Patel, a distinguished management scientist and Fellow of the American Statistical Association, co-founded Cytel in 1987 along with Cyrus Mehta. Cyrus and Nitin hoped to make modern methods in statistics and operations research accessible to clinical researchers by creating quality software for statistical analyses.
A widely respected expert in the development of fast and accurate computer algorithms for the implementation of computationally intensive statistical methods, Nitin has played a leading role in pioneering Cytel’s StatXact® and LogXact® software. These award winning software packages are popular tools for exact, nonparametric inference analysis.
Experience: Nitin has been a Visiting Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 1995. As a faculty member associated with MIT’s Center for Biomedical Innovation (MIT CBI), Nitin has contributed to the CBI’s research program in New Drug Development Paradigms (CBI NEWDIGS). As a part of CBI NEWDIGS Nitin recently developed a multi-stakeholder process and tool set for generating data-driven adaptive licensing discussions, known as the JANUS initiative.
Earlier in his career, Nitin was a co-founder of Tata Consultancy Services, a multinational software consultancy based in India. He was also an active member of several societies for the advancement of scholarship in operations research, statistics and computer science.
Research: Nitin has published over 75 articles in leading journals in statistics and the decision sciences. His research now engages with the development of new clinical trial modeling tools for improved decision-making at pharmaceutical and medical device companies. His pioneering work in innovative clinical development strategy ranges from drug supply planning in complex trials (e.g. adaptive clinical trials or multiarm studies), to determining accurate measurements of the net present value (eNPV) of a clinical program.
Awards & Recognitions:
Fellow of the American Statistical Association
Recipient of the George W. Snedecor Award (ASA,1987)
Fellow of the India Computer Society
FDA CRADA Award for breakthroughs in Bayesian Statistic Dose-finding and computation methodology
President of the Indian Operations Research Society
Vice President of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies
Vikram Sarabhai Medal for Research in Systems Analysis (1985)
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Joe Avellone is a former Executive Vice President at PAREXEL, a $2.5 billion global clinical research organization. He was responsible for managing their core business, the Clinical Research Services Division, including the development of new services and the growth and development of large scale client strategic partnerships. He was a member of the senior management executive committee, called the Business Review Committee. Prior to joining PAREXEL, Joe was CEO of Veritas Medicine, a healthcare technology company supporting clinical trials. He also served as COO of BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts.
Joe received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed his General Surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Joe is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott J. Charles
Scott J. Charles has 22 years of experience and a record of accomplishment across a spectrum of financial operations in public and private environments. Before joining Cytel, Scott served as Chief Financial Officer of Aralez Pharmaceuticals, a publicly-traded (NASDAQ and TSX), global specialty pharmaceutical company that formed from the merger of Pozen and Tribute Pharmaceuticals. At Aralez, Scott helped complete the merger of Pozen and Tribute Pharmaceuticals, set up a global, tax-efficient structure, completed two product acquisitions and two product launches and built a finance and information technology infrastructure. He helped Aralez grow revenues from ~$50 million in 2016 to a projected ~$150 million in 2018. Prior to Aralez, he served as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Ikaria, Inc., a critical care pharmaceutical company with annual revenues in excess of $400 million. Scott played a lead role in the spin-off of Ikaria’s R&D operations and sale of its commercial business to a private equity firm in 2014 for $1.6 billion and then to Mallinckrodt in April 2015 for $2.3 billion. While at Ikaria, Scott successfully helped raise over $3 billion through numerous capital market transactions, and led all of the finance functions. Earlier in his career, Scott held several senior finance roles of increasing responsibility, culminating as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he played an integral role in the company’s M&A process that resulted in the successful sale of Reliant to GlaxoSmithKline for $1.6 billion in 2007. At Reliant, he was instrumental in closing several business development transactions, including the acquisition of Lovaza, a product that grew to over $1 billion in annual revenues. Previously, at Arthur Andersen, LLP, Scott was Manager of Assurance and Business Advisory Services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Senior Vice President Sales & Business Development Steve Herbert
Steve Herbert has helped build some of the most successful companies to emerge from the life science and information technology sectors, in areas as important as molecular modeling, combinatorial chemistry, bioinformatics and statistics. These include Pharmacopeia, Accelrys and OmniViz.
Herbert was president and CEO of OmniViz, a bioinformatics company selling to the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets. He raised funding and guided OmniViz to $5m in sales.
Prior to that, under his sales and marketing leadership, Accelrys became the industry's fastest growing and most prominent supplier of molecular modeling software. At combinatorial chemistry company Pharmacopeia, he led their sales with uninterrupted growth through several acquisitions.
Steve Herbert is a graduate of York University and Harvard University's Extension School.
Senior Vice President of Clinical Research Services
Irving Dark brings 20+ years of business development and operational management to his leadership of Cytel’s cutting-edge biostatistics, statistical programming, and data management (BDM) business. He has a track record of success in guiding drug, biologic and medical device products through the development process, and growing commercial clinical research organizations.
Prior to joining Cytel, Mr Dark was Vice President, Business Development and Operations for Veristat, Inc, establishing and overseeing the company’s Data Management, Project Management, and Business Development departments. He was integral to Veristat’s Corporate Compliance activities ensuring regulatory and GCP guideline adherence for program successes in oncology, influenza, and smallpox vaccine.
Earlier in his career, Irving held key positions at full-service CRO Parexel, where he managed Phase 1 - 3 clinical trials in the US, South America, Europe and Asia. He began his career at Women & Infants’ hospital in Providence, RI, responsible for pediatric research data management and statistical programming in Gestational Diabetes, Neonatal Intensive Care, Audiology Clinic, and with Brown University’s Sleep Research Lab.
Irving’s in-depth clinical development knowledge encompasses statistical programming, EDC and international project management. He is the co-author of numerous published clinical studies and a recent DIA invited speaker. Irving holds an Economics, BA from the University of Rhode Island.
Senior Vice President of Clinical Research Services
Over his 30 year career, Jim Baker has held leadership positions at some of the world’s top pharmaceutical, biotech and clinical research firms including Amgen, Wyeth and Parexel. Most recently, Baker served as Senior Director of Study Standards Implementation at Millennium.
Mr. Baker is respected not only for his cross-functional experience spanning both product development planning and clinical operations, but for his considerable trial data management knowledge. For Cytel, Jim oversees global deployment of the Functional Services (FSP) business in support of our clients’ clinical research efforts. With a deep familiarity of clinical data handling and regulatory requirements, he specializes in data procurement, security and submission process strategies.
Senior Vice President for Research & Development
As Senior Vice President of Research & Development, Pralay Senchaudhuri leads the company’s National Institute of Health funded research projects, and manages Cytel Inc.’s software development in the USA and India.
A recognized expert in the field of computational statistics, Dr. Senchaudhuri is especially adept at converting new algorithmic concepts into computer code. As such, he guides Cytel’s continuing statistical computation research and has co-authored publications in the field.
He also supervises the statistical methodology and implementation development of Cytel software products, beginning with the popular StatXact® and LogXact® lines. Before joining Cytel, Dr. Senchaudhuri worked at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Indian Space Research Organization. Dr. Senchaudhuri earned his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Harvard University and holds an MS from the University of Calcutta.
Carolyn Morrill oversees Cytel’s human capital management including its talent management and organization development. With over 20 years’ experience in life science executive search, she has enabled the growth of many early and late-stage companies by helping them to attract and retain top talent.
Prior to joining Cytel, Cary Morrill was a Cook Associates Executive Search Vice President where she executed assignments for multinational corporations and leading private equity and venture capital firms. She was also Managing Partner of Barrack Hill Partners, a retained search and human resources consulting firm she co-founded in 2001. Her earlier career included senior positions with executive search firms Christian and Timbers (now CT Partners), OakBridge (based in Tokyo), Executive Alliance and Chestnut Hill Partners. She entered search following a successful career in management consulting with Arthur D. Little and International Data Corporation.
Cary’s interests reflect her passion for entrepreneurship and mentoring. She remains involved with MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service, Babson’s Center for Women’s Leadership Program and YouthCITIES, a boot camp teaching social entrepreneurship to high school students.
Cary graduated from the University of Wisconsin and holds an MA from Columbia University.
Chief Executive, Indian Operations
Ajay Sathe is Chief Executive Officer of Cytel's India Operations, head quartered in Pune, India. Ajay oversees the delivery of software development and biometrics outsourcing services within the region. His strong management track record includes applications development, product management and governance of outsourced services.
Prior to joining Cytel Inc., Ajay was Founder and Technical Director at Spectrum Business Support Ltd., where he led teams building both WordMiner, an information retrieval library, and Jurix, a law information service.
Ajay Sathe studied Electronics Engineering at Banaras Hindu University, India, and received his MBA from The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Consulting, Software Solutions and Marketing
Yannis Jemiai has a pivotal role within Cytel, leading the company’s consulting and software business units, as well as the global marketing group. With Cytel Consulting he heads up an elite team of biostatisticians, skilled in applying the latest trial techniques and methods, to help our customers accelerate clinical development and mitigate portfolio risks.
Yannis also oversees the development of Cytel’s software product lines, including trial design packages East® and Compass®, and exact statistics applications StatXact® and LogXact®. Yannis guides global marketing efforts to raise the awareness of and uncover new opportunities for the company's growing range of clinical research services and specialized software.
His own research has been published in numerous statistical journals. Dr. Jemiai earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.P.H. from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology also from Harvard
Chief Information Officer
Yogesh Gajjar is Vice President of Advanced Technology Projects at Cytel's global headquarters in Cambridge, MA.
Yogesh has a range of technology responsibilities, including software development research and management of the Information Technology infrastructure and product support team in USA. He also leads business intelligence efforts for the product and services group. Yogesh’s strong technical and management track record encompasses both prototype and product development, and enterprise services.
Yogesh Gajjar received his Masters in Computer Science degree in USA.
Aniruddha has over 17 years of experience in software development, project management and product management. His expertise includes programming, software architecture and statistical applications. He leads development of a number of Cytel’s software products and is highly valued as a mentor to programmers and statisticians in the software team.
Aniruddha holds a Masters in Applied Statistics and Informatics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
VP – Innovation and Quality
Manjusha has over 28 years’ IT experience spanning project management, quality assurance, training and testing. She is a pioneering member of Cytel’s Clinical Programming team. She heads a team of over 180 SAS® Programmers and is responsible for the delivery of statistical programming services. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI, USA.
VP – Services
Anil has over 20 years’ of experience in strategy, management and delivery in clinical services working at various large pharmaceutical companies and a specialty CRO. His expertise spans Biometrics, QA, Compliance and continuous process improvement to increase productivity. Prior to joining Cytel, Anil worked for companies like Merck&Co., Accenture and Novartis where he built and led large successful teams. Anil holds a BSc from Osmania University, India, an MBA from JNT University, India and an MA in Mass Communications from University of South Dakota, USA.
VP – Finance, Personnel & Admin
Anand brings nearly 30 years’ industry and consulting experience to his role at Cytel, where he is responsible for Finance, Personnel and Administration within the company’s India operations. His key areas of expertise are taxation, US GAAP, MIS and other international standards such as ISO and QS. Prior to joining Cytel, he worked in Fortune 500 companies including Sulzer India Ltd. and Gabriel India Ltd. He earned his graduate degree in Commerce with a post graduate Diploma in Taxation and Business Finance, and has completed the Certification in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Anand is a Board member of the Executive Committee of SEAP.