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Wendy Schroeder, RN, BSN, CCRC/PM, CRCP

Global Manager of Clinical, Statistics and Data Management

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Wendy Schroeder has been involved with research and clinical trials for more than 20 years, and has a deep understanding of in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) and companion diagnostics (CDx). She has served as a key company stakeholder in the implementation of an in-house contract research organization (CRO) infrastructure for a commercial laboratory moving bench IVD science into clinical validation studies and launching a biorepository of blood samples with annotated clinical data. Wendy has provided research operations oversight for commercial laboratories (Caris Life Sciences, Ashion Analytics) and IVD manufacturers (VisionGate, Inc.) as well as at hospital and clinical sites.

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). She is a certified Research Coordinator and Project Manager (ACRP) and a certified Research Contracts Professional (MAGI). She has been an invited speaker and author of peer-reviewed journal publications on molecular diagnostics (MDx), clinical trial billing and IVD/Laboratory Developed Test (LDT) regulatory matters.

Core Competencies:

  • Coordinating clinical trials for several IVD areas, including oncology diagnostics (e.g. 3D cell imaging, blood based exosomes—prostate, colon and breast—, next-generation sequencing [NGS] assays), infectious disease, chemoprevention CDx (surrogate endpoints) and multiplex assays
  • In-house CRO infrastructure implementation moving bench IVD science into clinical validation studies
  • IVD Sponsor (and site) vendor management for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)/Good Clinical Practice (GCP) compliance, including biostatistics, laboratory services, CRO, electronic data capture (EDC), sample collection kits/supplies/shipping/preclinical analytical controls, clinical trial management system (CTMS) and regulatory consulting and submissions
  • Clinical Trials Operations Management (Certified Clinical Research Coordinator-Project Manager [CCRC-PM/ACRP])
    • Infrastructure and resource planning
    • Site recruitment, qualification, activation, training, maintenance and close out
    • Protecting patients and preserving the integrity of the data
    • Contracts, budgets and clinical trial billing
  • Clinical trial billing determinations based on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) coverage rules
  • IT protocol design and budget planning
  • U.S. IVD regulations – product risk assessment/business impact on protocol design (significant risk [SR]/Investigational Device Exemption[IDE], nonsignificant risk [NSR], LDT, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments [CLIA], design controls and clinical readiness) and LDT pathway to market
  • In Vitro Diagnostic Directive (IVDD) transition to In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) – IVD classification and clinical evidence requirements

RECENT PROJECTS

  • Provided strategic direction on clinical trial design, implementation and data management
  • Clinical trial management for 510(k), LDT and Premarket Approval (PMA) projects.
  • Supported strategic clinical consulting on IVDR clinical performance
  • Managed lung cancer assay product development and commercialization

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Ifediora U. and Schroeder W. In Vitro Diagnostic Tests: Ensuring Test Accuracy and Patient Safety when Used as Companion Diagnostics 2022. Journal of Hospital Administration (accepted for publication). ISO 20916:2019 – GCP for IVDs, RAPS 2021.
  • IVD EUAs and SARS-CoV-2, Embracing Change Conference for Clinical Research 2021, ACRP Phoenix Chapter
  • Schroeder W. Risks at the Intersection of Research and Oncology Nursing. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2020 Apr;36(2):151002. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2020.151002. Epub 2020 Apr 4. PMID: 32265167.
  • Commercializing Novel IVD Products: A Who, What, When, Why and How Discussion, Advamed 2020.