Paula’s Bio

With more than 30 years of experience in biopharmaceutical services and consulting, Paula Brown Stafford helped build the contract research organization (CRO) industry and the preeminent CRO in the industry, Quintiles. Her career at Quintiles culminated in serving for five years as president of clinical development, Quintiles largest business segment. She is currently managing director of Habergeon and chief development officer of Novan, a North Carolina-based pharmaceutical company. Her first book for professionals, Remember Who You Are (co-authored with Habergeon colleague Lisa T. Grimes), will be published in early 2018. While at Quintiles, Paula was a member of the Executive Committee, the Technology Investment Committee, and a Board observer in addition to founding Quintiles Enterprise Data Council in 2007 and Quintiles Women Inspired Network in 2010. After retiring from Quintiles in 2015, Paula has focused on Board work and leadership development and was appointed to Adjunct Professor in the Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Paula is currently a Board member of Novan, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVN), Health Decisions, Inc., and the immediate Past President of the Public Health Foundation Board at UNC-Chapel Hill. She served as a member of the CDISC (Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium) Board of Directors from 2008-2015 (serving as Chair 2011-2013) and was previously an Independent Director for Bio-Imaging Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: BITI and later BIOC) from 2002-2008. For her outstanding contributions to healthcare and pharmaceutical development, Paula was honored with a Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 2016. Paula was invited in July 2014 to provide expert testimony in the U.S. Congressional hearing on the topic of modernizing clinical trials: “21st Century Cures,” a bill later approved by the House of Representatives in 2015. She was named in 2012 as one of the 10 top women in biotech by FierceBiotech. And in 2011, she received the Triangle Business Journal’s “Women in Business” award for her significant contributions to Quintiles and her dedication to making a positive difference in healthcare around the world.  Paula holds a bachelor of science and a Master of Public Health, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a specialization in Biostatistics. She and her husband have two adult children.