James Chennells

Head Exploration & Discovery R&D Data Science & Artificial Intelligence, Bayer

26 year industry experience across CROs & Pharma working in Clinical Operations, Business Development & Procurement. Following a Biology Degree I started my career as CRA working for Icon before moving into Business Development at Covance and subsequently Kendle (now Syneos). I joined Bayer in 2003 heading up a European Clinical Outsourcing function. As the outsourcing function developed and ultimately moved into the Global Procurement function at Bayer I assumed greater responsibility. These responsibilities have included leading regional teams across Europe & Asia for Pharma Development sourcing activities and Global teams responsible for Pharma Development Category strategy. During this time I have also been heavily involved in the management of key supplier partnerships.

In 2021 I moved into Bayer Clinical Operations to take up my current role leading an agile team to identify and manage a portfolio of future solutions supporting new approaches to clinical trial Planning and conduct to deliver faster, better, cheaper trials.

The Mermaid, London

16 November 2023