Clario’s Otis Johnson, Ph.D., named to the PharmaVoice 100 list of most inspiring life-science leaders
Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer recognized for efforts toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the clinical trial industry
PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 6, 2022 – Clario, a technology company that delivers the leading endpoint solutions for decentralized (DCT), hybrid and site-based clinical trials, today announced that Otis Johnson, Ph.D., Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer, has been named one of PharmaVoice’s 100 most inspiring individuals in the life-sciences industry. PharmaVoice 100 honorees are chosen for positively impacting their peers, colleagues, communities and the industry at large. Dr. Johnson is recognized for his work expanding DEI initiatives in the workplace and advocating for patient diversity and accessibility in clinical trials.
“Dr. Johnson has positioned Clario and its people for inclusion and equity success, and his strategy has put us on a path of positive change,” said Chris Fikry, M.D., Clario’s CEO. “He is not only an accomplished clinical research professional, but a true champion of diversity, equity, inclusion and sustainability.”
Since being appointed Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer in August 2021, Dr. Johnson has led Clario’s DEI and sustainability strategy to great achievements, including:
- Commitment to achieving gender balance in leadership positions, 40% people of color across the U.S. organization, and eliminating pay disparity through a pay gap audit and remediation plan
- Release of Clario’s inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report
- Creation and support of four Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
- Commitment to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and net-zero energy and emissions reduction targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
In addition to his work at Clario, Dr. Johnson is also widely recognized throughout the industry for his efforts in driving diversity and accessibility in clinical studies. He serves on the Diversity Advisory Boards of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and has formed a team of cross-functional Clario experts to innovate products and services that will change the face of inclusive representation in clinical trials.
“Minority populations are highly underrepresented in clinical trials, and it’s a dangerous problem. It means that your loved one could be taking a life-saving medication, but you are unsure if it is going to work because it wasn’t tested in enough people like them. Seeking clinical evidence for all must be a priority,” said Dr. Johnson. We must break down the trust, convenience and other barriers preventing us from running diverse and inclusive clinical trials.”
To learn more about Dr. Johnson’s impact at Clario, and across the clinical trial industry, read the full feature from this month’s issue of PharmaVoice. He will also share his expertise in championing DEI during the publication’s 2022 PharmaVoice 100 Celebration on September 15. To attend the event, register here.
Clario is a leading healthcare research and technology company that generates the richest clinical evidence in the industry for our pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device partners. Across decentralized, hybrid and site-based trials, our deep scientific expertise, global scale and the broadest endpoint technology platform in the industry allows our partners to transform lives. Clario has the only technology platform that combines eCOA, cardiac safety, medical imaging, precision motion, and respiratory endpoints. Clario’s global team of science, technology and operational experts have helped deliver more than 27,000 trials and contributed to over 500 FDA and EMEA new drug approvals involving more than seven million participants in over 100 countries. Our innovation has been transforming clinical trials for 50 years.
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