About Us 2017-04-06T17:42:31+00:00

Our Company

A CRO with a Passion for Partnership and Performance

Founded in 2008, Peachtree BioResearch Solutions, Inc. is a Clinical Research Organization that specializes in providing global clinical development services to emerging biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies that are flexible, scalable, and reliable.

Peachtree is dedicated to delivering quality clinical development services and innovative resourcing solutions that will allow our clients to complete their clinical trials in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  Our strength is based on providing highly experienced resources – a minimum of 16 years experience –  that understand clinical development and a commitment to efficiency. We have created a team that is driven, dedicated, and quality focused. Our goal is to build long-term relationships with our clients based on mutual trust, respect and integrity.

Meet the Leadership Team

Peachtree associates have vast experience in the comprehensive development lifecycle including research in areas such as vaccines, women’s health, cardiovascular, medical device, oncology, neurology/psychiatry, dermatology, allergy/respiratory, and immunology.

Kristy G. Nichols, MS

President, CEO, and Co-founder

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Kristy’s talents include a broad range of pharmaceutical and medical device development expertise resulting from over fifteen years of experience in the life sciences. Prior to creating Peachtree, Ms. Nichols served as a Global Director within Clinical Development for UCB, a Belgium based biopharmaceutical company focused on severe diseases in CNS and Immunology. During her tenure, she was responsible for greater than 100…

Biometric associates located in Belgium, Germany, Japan, UK, and the US.

Kristy led business transformation activities during multiple company mergers and reorganizations and has a proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, decreasing overhead, and improving final products. Additionally, Kristy provided leadership for the global implementation of a variety of Clinical Development IT systems such as Clinical Trial Management Systems, Clinical Data Management Systems, EDC applications, and CRF Imaging. Her expertise in streamlining processes, benchmarking activities, and improving operational efficiencies via performance and quality metrics brings multiple benefits to Peachtree’s clients.

Kristy gained medical device expertise working for Zimmer, Inc., a worldwide leader in orthopedic medical devices. She led the implementation of new clinical IT systems for clinical trial data collection and statistical reporting. Additionally, she served on new product development teams working to bring products to market faster and more efficiently. Key to these efforts was the incorporation of robust clinical trial data to increase return on investment and maximize market penetration.

Kristy serves as Co-Chairman of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Clinical Trials Committee, is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and a member of the Georgia Bio Medical Device Committee. Ms. Nichols holds Master of Science degrees from the University of Kentucky in Biomedical Engineering and Statistics. She also is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Sharon Billie Hilton

Executive VP, COO, and Co-Founder

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Sharon is a consummate, seasoned professional motivated by challenge and rewarded through the seamless implementation of key corporate initiatives that aid profitability, productivity and quality. She has been acknowledged for vigorously managing multifaceted projects, applying stringent standards and rallying cross-functional team participation that serves to elevate marketplace status. She has been…

commended throughout her career for her ability to deliver highly visible projects on-time and on-budget, develop streamlined policies/procedures and champion the integration of quality improvement principles, global departmental standards and practices whereby offering customers high-quality, consistent services.

At Peachtree, Sharon is focused on establishing the guiding principles and operational policies/procedures of the company. She is committed to creating a corporate vision and core values to be embraced by all Peachtree associates. In an operational leadership capacity, her responsibilities are primarily focused on the strategic management and operational oversight of the company’s business development and day-to-day operations.

Prior to creating Peachtree, Sharon was an Associate Director, Clinical Development at UCB, a top 10 biopharmaceutical company. During her eight years with UCB, Sharon was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Global Clinical Data Coordination, including the management of large teams located across multiple sites (Belgium, Germany, Japan, UK and two US sites). She provided managerial guidance and oversight to ensure high quality, timely deliverables related to the acquisition, processing, and cleaning of clinical data to be submitted to regulatory agencies. She was responsible for creating strategic plans regarding the development and organization of the team to include budget management, internal resourcing, outsourcing strategies, and process re-engineering efforts.

Sharon gained experience on the supplier-side managing over 40 associates at Ingenix Pharmaceutical Services (formerly Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc.), a full-service Contract Research Organization specializing in the area of CNS. She was fortunate to join the company in its infancy and therefore, instrumental in growing and developing an expert Biometric team. Additionally, Sharon developed manpower estimation algorithms, developed staffing plans, achieved efficiencies with effective management of resources/ process re-engineering and aided in the company’s business development efforts.

Sharon started her career Boots Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of The Boots Company (UK) located in Shreveport, Louisiana. Sharon attended Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana State University of Shreveport where she studied Business Administration.

John Durkee, RPh, MBA

VP, Marketing & Business Development

John brings over 25 years of healthcare experience to Peachtree BioResearch Solutions having worked within the hospital setting, pharmaceutical industry, and healthcare-services sector in both clinical research and advertising. He has held responsibilities at companies such as Bristol Myers Squibb, G.D. Searle, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, and PPD spanning clinical development to medical communications in a broad spectrum…

of therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, psychiatric, neurology, gastroenterology, women’s health, and medical devices.

John’s pharmacy, clinical, regulatory, and communications experience provide a unique and broad understanding of the complex issues in developing and commercializing a new compound or technology. With over 10 years of business development experience in healthcare services, John joined Peachtree in mid-2009 to build on the successful launch of the company in further developing the client base.

Combined with his “in the trenches” experience as a clinical monitor, John recognizes the challenges faced by clients in getting a trial initiated and managed. Working with the Peachtree experts, he develops proposals that are custom-tailored to their needs and resources.

John received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Purdue University and complemented his clinical education with an MBA from Kennesaw State University in 2000.

Charles Romano

VP, Clinical Operations

Since the inception of Peachtree, “Charlie” has been a key resource in providing operational and project management expertise and strategic direction. Charlie has over 25 years of patient-care and international clinical research experience in project management, monitoring, and outsourcing in Phase I-IV pharmaceutical and biologic trials across numerous therapeutic areas…

his experience as a military medic and medical technician in multiple critical-care inpatient settings is invaluable for designing and managing complex clinical studies in a variety of patient care settings. Charlie has led global programs at Boehringer-Ingelheim, Pfizer, and UCB Pharma with a consistent track record of completing clinical programs on time and on budget. Of note, Charlie was instrumental in directing several UCB Pharma global pivotal clinical programs supporting the approval of levetiracetam (Keppra) and brivaracetam (Briviact) in pediatric and adult partial onset seizures.

In his role at Peachtree, Charlie directs all clinical operations activities – project management, clinical monitoring, biometrics, medical writing, and partner support. His philosophy of “leading from the front” and “planning with the end in mind” creates proactive project teams that prevent and solve study issues – not create problems requiring Sponsor solutions.

Charlie has served as a subject matter expert on numerous panels at industry conferences and symposia on topics such as subject protection, EDC, and document integrity. He received his BS in Biology from SUNY, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health from Liberty University.