Premier Research Expands Clinical Leadership Team with Addition of Milena Kanova-Petrova, MD, Global Head of General Medicine

MORRISVILLE, NC, April 1, 2024 – Premier Research is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Milena Kanova-Petrova as Senior Vice President, Global Head of General Medicine. In this role, Dr. Kanova-Petrova will oversee strategic planning and project execution for all general medicine clinical operations inclusive of internal medicine, women’s health and dermatology.

“Our customers are breaking barriers and forging new pathways every day in the pursuit of bettering patient care. The work is complex and specialized, and adding Dr. Kanova-Petrova to our Clinical Leadership Team expands the specialization that we can provide to our customers,” said Premier Research Chief Operating Officer, Michael Arlotto, Ph.D. “With a mix of CRO and pharma/biotech experience, Dr. Kanova-Petrova will strategically tackle the development obstacles faced by our customers to help them elevate and expedite their clinical approach.”

Speaking about her appointment, Dr. Milena Kanova-Petrova shared, “I’m thrilled to join the Premier Research team and navigate the complexities of novel drug development for our biotech and MedTech customers. Coupling my expertise with the deep experience of the Premier team, I am confident we will deliver clinical solutions that address the needs of both patients and sponsors. I’m excited to explore ways to elevate our strategic approach in pursuit of life-changing innovation.”

Dr. Kanova-Petrova has more than 25 years of clinical research experience. She has delivered portfolios across multiple therapeutic indications in all stages of global drug development as a strategic development lead, operational expert, and a medical advisor. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Global Development Operations, Centessa Pharmaceuticals. In addition to Centessa, Dr. Kanova-Petrova has held leadership roles at Palladio Pharmaceuticals, Nuvelution Pharma, and IQVIA.

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