School of Medicine expands clinical research operations with appointment of new personnel


ToddDaviesJoan C. Edwards School of Medicine officials have announced  the appointment of Dr. Todd H. Davies as the new director of research development and translation for the Marshall Clinical Research Center.  He also has a faculty appointment as research clinical associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Davies, who previously served as the chief executive officer for ADS Biotechnologies in Toledo, Ohio, is  responsible for developing and maintaining a plan for long-term, sustained research growth, including building a framework for accelerating the clinical trial process; developing administrative policies and procedures; working with the university’s Technology Transfer Office to develop patenting and licensing strategies for the School of Medicine; and verifying compliance with state and federal guidelines.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Davies here at Marshall as we expand our footprint in the biomedical research arena,” said Dr. Todd W. Gress, assistant dean, clinical research.  “He is first and foremost a scientist who understands the processes of research, but more importantly in this position, he understands the business development aspect of taking research from the bench to the bedside.  His business acumen is stellar and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him on our team. ”

Davies’ experience ranges from serving the city of Toledo in the department of development to identifying new bioscience technologies for commercial market value through his work as business development manager for Rocket Ventures in Toledo.

“I am excited to be part of the research renaissance happening here at Marshall,” Davies said.  “Every investigator has to balance maintaining the research process with their regular duties.  I am here to help develop and organize the resources to make that possible.  The people here have been wonderful and I anticipate a great working relationship.”

Davies earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Wesley College in Dover, Del., and then completed his Ph.D. in medical science from the University of Toledo in 2003.  He also served in the United States Air Force.

PatriciaSacconiAssisting Davies in the Clinical Research Center is Patricia “Trish” H. Sacconi, a 20-plus-year employee of the School of Medicine and Marshall Health.  Sacconi serves as administrator for the center.  She previously held several administrative positions with Marshall, including department administrator for University Eye Surgeons.

Sacconi will graduate from Marshall University in December with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. She also holds several educational and medical certificates.