Scott NeilsonScott Neilson is an accomplished leader in pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services with over 30 years experience in all phases of global drug development.  He has an unusual blend of experience in global operations as well as in leadership development.  He has 14 years clinical research experience, and in the past 12 years has led two of the top six global central laboratories dramatically improving market share, revenues and profitability.

Mr. Neilson has a broad spectrum of functional experience including Finance, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Research and Laboratory Operations, Leadership Planning and Development, and Manufacturing.  His experience spans pharmaceuticals and CROs having worked at MDS Pharma Services, LabCorp, Covance and SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline).

During his tenure at both SmithKline Beecham and Covance Mr. Neilson had responsibility for Leadership Planning and Development.  He has an MS in Organization Development from American University/NTL, and is master certified in leadership skill assessment and feedback, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Scott has particular experience and interest in  improving business performance, organization integration, and global expansion.  As the Vice President and General Manager of MDS Central Lab and ECG businesses, he led the integration and improvement of those operations realizing 47% growth in revenues while improving the bottom line 12 percentage points over a 3 year period, and improving the company’s competitive standing from number 6 in the world to number 3.  At LabCorp he achieved similar results globalizing the business and improving operational performance resulting in a revenue CAGR of 50% the last 4 years of his term as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Central Lab Services.

Scott has broad international experience having led operations on 6 continents. He has strong communications and interpersonal skills, a record of high achievement, and is recognized in the industry as a strong leader. In 2005 he was awarded the CEO Leadership Excellence Award by MDS.  In 2006, MDS Central Lab, under his leadership, was identified as “The Business To Watch” by CenterWatch.

Mr. Neilson has a MBA from Lehigh Universityand a MS in Organizational Development from American University/NTL, and is a frequent speaker on leadership at universities in both the US and Europe.