About us

Our company

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XClinical is an international EDC vendor headquartered in Europe, founded in 2002. Our software solutions and technical services accelerate your trials worldwide. We are focused on your specific requirements and provide you with the flexibility to adapt to ever-changing needs. XClinical has over 14 years of experience with EDC software. Our employees are experts in clinical research, project management, software development, data privacy and data security. With fast response times, we are focused on your trial.

XClinical is a medium-sized company fully dedicated to developing software to support the clinical development of drugs and medical products.

The company was founded in Munich, Germany with a vision to build a new EDC system leveraging CDISC standards to accelerate the database build and reduce data management programming efforts. The company has grown at an average annual growth rate of 10-25% each year since its inception. The customer base has grown to over 65 clients including more than 30 CROs that use Marvin independently of XClinical. Over the last 5 years, we have opened offices in New Jersey, US, Basel, Switzerland. Through partnerships, we are also represented in Nantes, France, and Tokyo, Japan.

We are an active member of the CDISC organization because we are convinced that the widespread use of this standard for data interchange, data submission and archiving facilitates the efficient use of e-Trial technology and processes. Marvin was one of the first products to be certified to the CDISC ODM standard.


Our Management team

Meet the people who create awesome stuff

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Franciscus Pijpers :: Managing Director

Franciscus Pijpers combines over 25 years of experience in IT, project and executive management with emphasis on delivering solutions and services for the pharmaceutical industry. He completed his masters programme in Informatics at the University Twente in 1990 and started working as a database applications consultant/project manager for Oracle in the Netherlands. As an entrepreneur he founded his first company called ICON Information Consult and eventually ECLINSO in Switzerland in 1995, providing IT services for the telecommunications and pharmaceutical industry. In early 2002, ECLINSO developed a software system for managing clinical studies which was rolled out into a global enterprise. It started a strategic cooperation with XClinical for delivering EDC services in 2011, which further strengthened over the years. In 2015, it was decided that Franciscus would take on an executive role at XClinical to further expand the business based on his experience.

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Dr. Philippe Verplancke :: Global Head of Business Development

Dr. Philippe Verplancke graduated as an electrical engineer from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He earned a Ph.D. in the field of nuclear fusion research at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Munich, Germany. After working as a senior management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc., he became an entrepreneur in life science software in 1999, when he started developing electronic patient diaries at Nets Technologies GmbH. In 2002, he founded XClinical with the vision of creating a truly user-friendly EDC system based on CDISC standards. As Global Head of Business Development, he manages the active relationship with our partners and customers and accelerates the growth of our business in Japan, Europe, and the USA.

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Jochen Lutz :: Product Manager

After heading the Professional Service team for 8 years, Jochen Lutz has been appointed as Product Manager for all XClinical products in 2011. In this position, he is the interface between Sales, Professional Services and Software Development and decides – in cooperation with the company’s senior management – about the development of new software features and modules. Jochen also represents XClinical as a product specialist in pre-sales discussions and provides senior product support for Professional Services. As our Security Officer, he is responsible for data privacy and data security within all XClinical products and processes.

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Marcus Roseneck :: Head of Software Development

Marcus Roseneck graduated in Computer Linguistics with a focus on Information Retrieval at the LMU university in Munich. As a student, he already worked for us as a software tester. Since 2009 he is a software developer at XClinical and since 2014 he is the Head of Software Development.

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Rainer Küppers :: QA Manager

Since 2012 Rainer Küppers has been responsible for Quality Assurance Management at XClinical. Over 15 years in various positions in clinical data management earned him a multitude of experience in paper-based as well as EDC-based trials, both from the sponsor and the CRO perspective. Before joining XClinical Rainer Küppers was Senior Data Manager at Fresenius Biotech GmbH. In this role, he had already made active contributions to the QA process and gained experience in EDC vendor management from the sponsor side.

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Sabine Birkner :: Marketing Manager

Sabine Birkner strengthens the XClinical team since 2013. She has several years of experience in the software industry. Before XClinical she worked in a full-service design agency for five years. As marketing manager, she is responsible for the coordination of all marketing and PR activities as well as the organization of our events.

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Harald Müller :: Account and Invoicing Manager

Harald Müller has been part of the XClinical family since May 2012. As account and invoicing manager, he is experienced in the service and software sector. He has been our account manager for new and existing customers and invoicing manager since March 2015.

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Cathy Hlinka :: VP Business Development USA

Cathy Hlinka is a member of the XClinical team since 2009. As VP Business Development USA she is the first contact person for our customers and prospective customers in North America. Before XClinical Cathy was responsible for marketing at Datatrak for more than 10 years.