The SignalPath platform
is the first of its kind to be built by researchers, for researchers.
SignalPath brings together experienced researchers, master clinicians, technology experts and designers to develop critically needed solutions to many of the challenges facing modern clinical trial management. Our goal is to change the way that research is conducted. We’re doing that by dramatically improving the ease, efficiency and profitability of trial execution with our powerful and innovative CTMS.
The broad team working on our clinical trial management system (CTMS) includes distinguished leaders in the technology and healthcare space. They are our foundation and our most valuable asset.
Bradford Hirsch, MD
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Brad co-founded SignalPath and served as Chair of the Board of Directors since its inception in 2014. He took the reins as CEO in 2017. Brad continues to practice part time as a medical oncologist and is an active investigator. His deep passion for SignalPath’s mission stems from his time conducting trials in both academics and community practice. Prior to SignalPath, Brad served as Senior Medical Director at Flatiron Health, a Google-backed startup working to accelerate treatment and research in oncology. He was also a faculty member at Duke University, where he led a clinical informatics research team. Brad received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, his MD from UT Southwestern and his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at Duke University. Brad and his wife have two young children who keep them busy. You can also follow his thoughts on all things clinical research by subscribing to Research Rewired.
Chief Technology Officer
Alan manages SignalPath’s team of software engineers and all things technical. He has been building web applications for 20 years, and has a special passion in the areas of security and scalability. Alan managed application development at both WebAssign and iContact, and was instrumental in their strategy formation and growth. Alan also gained hands-on experience in a HIPAA environment as a senior engineer at UltraLinq Healthcare Solutions. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Appalachian State University and an MS in Operations Research from NC State. His master’s thesis investigated techniques for improving the U.S. Army’s ability to predict when its attack helicopters would need preventive maintenance. Alan is a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and lives in Apex with his wife, Kate, and their two children. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching kids’ soccer, playing golf and attending Carolina Hurricanes games.
Chief Commercial Officer
Phil has more than 20 years of experience in the commercialization of novel products in the healthcare industry, taking on roles of increasing responsibility in companies including Becton Dickinson, Johnson and Johnson and Caris Life Sciences. Over the prior 14 years, Phil focused on genomics and precision medicine in oncology. Most recently, he served as Chief Commercial Officer for Inivata, a liquid biopsy firm spun out of the University of Cambridge/CRUK. Phil holds a Bachelors from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. Phil and his family are strong advocates for the U.S. National Park Service. He and his wife have taken their three young children on epic road trips to 40 national parks and have plans to visit the rest before their kids graduate high school.
Senior Vice President of Finance
Dan joined SignalPath in 2020, bringing to the company a 30-year track record of work with entrepreneurial businesses building value and driving execution as a C-suite leader, board member, investor and financial advisor. Most recently, Dan served as COO/CFO of Academic Analytics, where he helped to lead the tech company’s transition from early stage to sustainable growth and profitability during his eight-year tenure. Dan previously served as CEO of SunBelt Packaging, partnering with private equity investors to acquire the business from its founder. Dan spent nine years as a principal in the private equity investment unit of the Ray L. Hunt family enterprise. Dan earned his B.B.A in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and started his career in investment banking with global and boutique firms in New York and Dallas. Dan and his wife, Karin, can be found cheering on their Fighting Irish on any Fall Saturday afternoon or enjoying the outdoors in the Blue Ridge mountains throughout the year.
Senior Vice President, Sponsor & CRO Solutions
Andy joined SignalPath in 2020 and has 20+ years of experience in both the life sciences and provider industries. He spent the last decade as Chief Information Officer of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. As CIO, he was responsible for all aspects of Sarah Cannon's technology vision and strategy, product development, project execution, and IT operations. His primary focus was on the development of a clinical trial automation platform that eliminated all paper-based processes. Prior to Sarah Cannon, Andy was a Director of IT Strategy for HCA Healthcare and a consultant for Cap Gemini | Ernst & Young. Andy earned his bachelors from the University of Tennessee and completed studies at Universite de Grenoble. He has three kids and enjoys golf, fishing, and coaching his sons' baseball teams.
Lesley Brown, PhD
Vice President of Product
Lesley leads product management for SignalPath and has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Lesley started as a Research Scientist at Genentech and has progressed into senior leadership roles. She most recently served as Vice President of Product Management at Cotiviti, a leading healthcare payment integrity company. Over the last 15 years Lesley has been focused on information technology driven product development and management in the areas of care management, clinical data exchange and payment integrity. Lesley holds a Bachelors from the University of the West of England, a PhD from the University of London and an MBA from the University of Nevada. Lesley and her family are keen outdoor and travel enthusiasts and in their free time can be found exploring in their travel trailer.
Vice President of Digitization
The Digitization team at SignalPath is the engine that drives the transformation of clinical research protocols into SignalPath’s unique CTMS solution. Andres is at the helm. He began his career in sponsored research administration, then transitioned into the world of ePRO and eCOA. He brings over 15 years of experience to the team in clinical healthcare technology solutions, project and program management, delivery operations and clinical data management, most recently leading eCOA Data Management Operations for ERT. Andres is a passionate leader and believes in collaboration and accountability in helping to lead teams to success. He enjoys electronic music and has a story or two to share of his days as a resident DJ in Boston’s underground club scene.
Jennifer Wagner, RN
Vice President of Client Engagement
Jennifer has a wealth of experience in healthcare startups and as a registered nurse. Before joining SignalPath she served as the VP of Customer Success for Tonic Health, a healthcare informatics startup in Menlo Park, CA. Jennifer has been in the informatics field for over ten years, including leading the implementation of an EHR at a large health system. Her experience as an RN for some of the nation’s top health systems, including Baylor University Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial, the Cleveland Clinic and UPMC, highlights her commitment to clinical excellence. She and her husband have one young daughter who keeps them on their toes.
Our Visionary Advisors
Software Entrepreneur & Member of SignalPath’s Board of Directors
Gab is a software entrepreneur and investor with a proven track record of building successful technology companies. PeopleAnswers, his most recent startup, was acquired by Infor after 40 consecutive quarters of growth. Gab created this predictive talent analytics platform, helping enterprise customers across the globe reduce employee turnover and improve performance.
Robert Harrington, MD
Chair of the Department of Medicine, Stanford University & Member of SignalPath’s Board of Directors
Bob is an interventional cardiologist and leads the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. He has hundreds of publications to his name and is one of the preeminent clinical researchers in the country.
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