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Dr. Leo Huybrechts


Leo obtained his Ph.D. in Endocrinology in 1988.

He started his career in the CRO business in 1994, as Director Quality Assurance for BARC Central Laboratory, where he was responsible for the implementation of both GLP and ISO45001/ISO17025 systems in the laboratory.

In 2002, Leo moved to Omnicare Clinical Research (now Theorem/Chiltern) where he succesfully acted as account director for biotech companies, bringing in large global projects.  He was also nominated as Country Manager for both the offices in The Netherlands and Belgium. Position in which he could demonstrate his managerial skills. This lead to his promotion to International Director Global Proposal Development where he lead an international team of proposal developpers situated from Australia over India to Europe.

In 2011 he moved back to BARC as Director Global Integrated Processes and later as COO Europe and Asia. In these functions Leo realized following major projects:

  • Harmonization of processes and procedures in the different locations
  • Selection and Set up of the China branch
  • Selection and Set up of the Singapore branch
  • Lead of the business team analysing and developing a new Clinical Trial Management System (Succesfully launched in 2015)

With the extension of the Belgian group within Cerba Health Care, Leo was asked in 2015 to take up the leadership of the QA department for the Belgian medical laboratories together with the global QA role for the BARC group.  In this role, he succesfully guided the switch from ISO17025 to ISO15189 in the medical laboratory.  He also laid the fundation of an extensive internal and external audit program covering all aspects of both ISO15189 and GCP requirements.

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