President and CEO
The Avoca Group
Patricia Leuchten has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is a leading authority on global clinical outsourcing and strategic alliances. In 1999, Ms. Leuchten founded The Avoca Group, a consulting and research firm specializing in clinical outsourcing, alliance management and quality management in outsourced clinical trials. The Avoca Group has played an important role in the industry as the first consulting firm to track trends in clinical outsourcing and to measure the health of relationships between sponsors and CROs. Ms. Leuchten launched the Avoca Quality Consortium in 2011 to encourage the sharing of leading practices and to bring sponsors and CROs into greater alignment. Since its inception, the rapidly growing Consortium community has advanced collaboration on improving quality, mitigating risk and increasing efficiency in outsourced clinical trials.