ClinXus appoints new executive director

December 2, 2008
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ClinXus, the nonprofit life sciences alliance formed by local health care, clinical research and educational institutions, announced today that William H. Baer, II, M.D., R.Ph., will take the helm as its executive director and chief medical officer effective Dec. 1.

“Dr. Baer is committed to expanding and improving clinical research in West Michigan,” said ClinXus Board President Craig P. Webb, Ph.D., Van Andel Institute senior scientific investigator and director of the program of translational medicine.  “Because of his involvement in clinical medicine, Dr. Baer has recognized a significant opportunity and need for advancements in care. Dr. Baer has a combination of research and medical knowledge, strong and visionary leadership, and a collaborative spirit, and we are delighted that he has chosen to dedicate his time and energies to ClinXus.”

In addition to his experience in internal medicine at Grand Valley Medical Specialists, Baer is also Associate Program Director for the Michigan State University/Grand Rapids Medical Education Research Center Internal Medicine Residency, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, liaison for the Kent County Pharmacy Association, and Medical Director for the Physicians Organization of West Michigan.  Baer’s background in pharmacology and his continued interest in pharmacogenomic research are also assets, according to ClinXus.

Baer has a B.S. in Pharmacy and a graduate degree in Nuclear Pharmacy from Duquesne University.  He earned his medical degree from West Virginia University and completed his residency at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, now Spectrum, and Saint Mary’s Hospital, now Saint Mary’s Health Care.

ClinXus markets the clinical research capabilities of its founding members to pharmaceutical companies, biotech firms and institutions, such as the National Institutes of Health that want to run clinical trials on new medicines, devices and diagnostics. Its founding members are the Van Andel Institute, Spectrum Health, Saint Mary’s Health Care, Grand Valley State University, Grand Valley Medical Specialists PLC, Jasper Clinical Research and Development Inc., and Innovative Analytics.

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