M3 Wake Research Announces Key Leadership Appointments to Drive Operational Excellence and Growth

Jun 26, 2024

The clinical trials leader welcomes Logan Ward as Chief Business Officer and Lauri Befus as Vice President of Clinical Operations


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RALEIGH, NC: M3 Wake Research, a premier network of clinical research sites, is proud to announce the appointment of two key leaders to its executive team. Logan Ward, an experienced multi-site operations leader, joins M3 Wake Research as Chief Business Officer and Lauri Befus, a seasoned clinical research professional, assumes the role of Vice President of Clinical Operations. 

Logan is a versatile executive with a track record of driving operational and commercial excellence, clinical quality, and strategic growth. He comes to M3 Wake Research from US Radiology Specialists where he served as Group President. Prior to that he was EVP of Clinic Operations at American Vision Partners and held roles of increasing responsibility in finance, strategy, and operations during his tenure with DaVita, Inc.   

Lauri has a deep background in clinical research, holding multiple leadership roles across various organizations. Her expertise spans clinical operations, quality management, and central services. With a solid foundation in psychology and neuroscience, Lauri is well equipped to lead clinical operations at M3 Wake Research. 

We are thrilled to welcome Logan and Lauri to our leadership team. The addition of Logan and Lauri strengthens our commitment to excellence and innovation in clinical trials,” said Aki Tomaru, CEO of M3 USA. “Their leadership and expertise will significantly contribute to our mission of advancing healthcare and bringing new treatments to market.” 

Logan and Lauri’s appointments underscore M3 Wake Research’s commitment to excellence and innovation in clinical trials. Their leadership will be crucial in advancing the company’s mission to bring novel medications, biologics, and devices to patients through high-quality clinical research.  

Read the full press release here.

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M3 Wake Research operates a nationwide network of integrated investigational sites committed to excellence in clinical research. M3 Wake Research has conducted over 9,100 studies, partnering with pharmaceutical and biotech sponsors to bring new treatments to market. M3 Wake Research combines strategic volunteer recruitment, rapid trial start-up, and high-quality clinical trial conduct to ensure successful outcomes for clients and stakeholders. For more information, visit www.wakeresearch.com  

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