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Syner-G Acquires IMPACT, Expands Services Available

to Biotech and Pharma Clients

For more information please see the press release.


Past Appearances:

Amritha attended a virtual NCRAF meeting on February 24, where she presented a webinar titled "What's in a Name? Proprietary Naming of Drugs".


Past Events

We all got together for one final hurrah as IMPACT Pharmaceutical Services. We had tons of fun eating and drinking together in Downtown Durham. It was so great to see each other in person, it felt like old times!

We had fun with a prize wheel, glow sticks, and even some dancing at the end of the night.

Keelee brought her awesome DJ skills to the party and Jade was kind enough to lead us in the cha cha and electric slides!


Euan Griffiths was promoted to Senior Quality Control (QC) Specialist in January 2022. He joined IMPACT in July 2020 as a QC Specialist and quickly displayed wonderful initiative and great attention to detail. Previous to IMPACT, Euan has experience as a project manager and as an adjunct professor. Euan plays a huge role in company initiatives at IMPACT by being a trainer for new QC hires, acting as a member of the training and development team, and by organizing our annual March Madness charity bracket tournament. 

Evan Dubose was promoted to Clinical Research Scientist II in January 2022. Evan joined IMPACT as a Medical Writing Fellow in July 2019. She contributes to IMPACT's company culture through her involvement in our Making an IMPACT company initiative. Evan shows dedication to her projects and colleagues through her independent and careful writing process.

Jeff Tackmann was promoted to Senior Submission Specialist in March 2022. Jeff joined IMPACT as a Submission Specialist in February 2020. During his time in that role, Jeff proved himself to be a quick learner, resourceful, and determined. Since then, he has submitted a multitude of regulatory submissions. His helpful, resourceful, kind, and calm nature make him a huge asset to our Regulatory Services team.

Alicia Carreiro was promoted to Clinical Research Scientist II in March 2022. Alicia joined IMPACT in March 2020 as part of the first remote Fellowship class. Since joining, Alicia has proven to be a dedicated team player and scientist. She consistently delivers high-quality work and has excelled at independent and collaborative authoring. Alicia has served as a mentor to multiple new employees and also as an important member on hiring committees.


Julia DiFiore was promoted to Clinical Research Scientist II in March 2022. Julia joined IMPACT in 2020 as part of the first remote Fellowship class. Since 2020, Julia has consistently impressed colleagues and clients with her poise and resourcefulness. She maintains a professional and positive demeanor throughout her projects. Julia contributes to company initiatives such as Making an IMPACT and serves as an important member on hiring committees.

New Employees

Yael-Natalie Escobar joined IMPACT in March 2022 as a Medical Writing Fellow. She came to IMPACT from The Ohio State University where she was a postdoctoral fellow. She earned her PhD in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine from UNC Chapel Hill. In her free time, she likes training for marathons, gardening, trying out new recipes, and listening to audiobooks on walks.

Johnny Kenton joined IMPACT in March 2022 as a Medical Writing Fellow. Johnny came to IMPACT from UC San Diego where he was a postdoctoral researcher. He earned his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He loves hiking the nature trails with his family.

Olivia Rivera joined IMPACT in March 2022 as a Medical Writing Fellow. Olivia came to IMPACT from UNC Nutrition Research Institute where she was a postdoctoral fellow. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences and Clinical and Translational Science from Penn State College of Medicine. Olivia enjoys running, hiking, and yoga. She has an appreciation for film and stand-up comedy.  

Kimberley Mickle joined IMPACT in March 2022 as a Principal Submission Specialist. Kim came to IMPACT with 20+ years of experience in regulatory submissions and publishing. Kim lives in Timberlake, NC with her husband. She has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. She likes crafting, including sewing and scrapbooking. In addition, Kim enjoys serving at her family's church. 

IMPACT on Health

Past Event

IMPACT on Health brought back an instructor-led yoga and meditation session on March 10th where we focused on movement with the breath. 

Ongoing Events

The meditation series led by Keelee continues on a biweekly basis. This is a short virtual gathering meant to refocus the mind and body during the workday.  

IMPACT on Health launched the monthly recipe feature initiative in March with 'Winter Squash Soup with Chipotle Peppers and Cream'.

Upcoming Event

On April 28, IMPACT on Health will host an

instructor-led virtual baking class. Our very own Chrissy Cierpial will guide us through baking her signature goodies! 

Making an IMPACT

Past Events

To honor the memory of our dear friend and colleague Tim Garver, Making an IMPACT hosted its first annual fundraising auction to support the Mario Lemieux Foundation. Dedicated to funding cancer research and patient care, supporting families in challenging medical situations, and helping to translate research into clinical trials and innovative therapies that save lives, the Mario Lemieux Foundation is a perfect organization to support in honor of Tim. In total, our auction efforts raised $4270. 

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Ongoing Events

The March Madness for Charity event is underway for 2022! As an annual event, the NCAA basketball tournament challenge takes place under the umbrella of Making an IMPACT, and donations are made to charities selected by the winners. The funds raised by the entry fee per bracket are being donated to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund through Global Giving.

More details and the results of the tournament challenge will be provided in the next newsletter.   

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Team Feature

For this month's team feature, we are delighted to introduce another group of medical writers: Steph Byrd, Nick Luciano, and Erin Peters, who are under the stewardship of Kasturi Puranam.

Following her graduate research, Kasturi was immersed in the world of academic research for many years studying the molecular mechanisms of human diseases. Her move to Medical Writing was mainly due to an interest in clinical drug development. She was honored when IMPACT hired her. Since joining IMPACT, the lifelong learner in Kasturi has enjoyed all aspects of regulatory writing and drug development. Possessing a deep interest and experience in basic sciences, she is very excited each time she handles a project and gets to see how the discovery at the bench traveled all the way to a drug in the market. The most enjoyment that she experiences, however, comes from the opportunities at IMPACT to mentor and train junior writers.

Steph started her career working in a GMP facility as an analytical development specialist where she quickly realized that she didn't want to work in the lab. During this time, she learned how much she enjoyed writing lab reports and assisting with responses to regulatory agencies. Her next position was as a project manager/scientific writer for several years where she had the opportunity to learn project management skills and expand her regulatory and industry knowledge as a scientific writer. Since joining IMPACT, she has really enjoyed the sense of belonging to a team, but has also enjoyed the complete ownership you have of a document – from project initiation to project finalization. Steph believes that IMPACT values professional development, shown by the various training and development opportunities available.

Nick received his PhD in Neurobiology from Duke University studying neural stem cells. Nick then took a Post-doctoral fellowship, also in the Duke Neurobiology department, studying olfaction. During his post-doc, he was exposed to medical writing in general through a drug development course at Duke, and specifically to IMPACT when Tim Garver and Jennifer Moen came to speak to the class. He was drawn to medical writing as a field because it would allow him to use his scientific training while working collaboratively. Nick believes that one of the many great things about working at IMPACT is that you know that your co-workers care about you and will step up to help at a moment’s notice.

Previously, as a biopharmaceutics scientist, Erin collaborated with nonclinical, CMC, and clinical colleagues on a variety of pharmaceutical development projects. Over time, she found that the things she enjoyed most about the job were talking with people, writing scientific reports, and contributing to regulatory documents. She had always appreciated the “excitement” of working with different indications and products, so medical writing at a CRO like IMPACT definitely appealed to her! Since starting at IMPACT, Erin has been pleasantly surprised at how collaborative the work can be, both internally and as a client partner. At IMPACT, Erin says that she has had tons of patient and kind mentors, and someone is always willing to jump in and help if needed.


Happy Five-Year Anniversary to:

Nick (Jan 15)

Happy One-Year Anniversary to:

Keelee (Feb 1), Michal (Mar 1),

Paige (Mar 16), Arif (Mar 16)

IMPACT on Literacy

Book Club

IMPACT on Literacy met virtually on

January 27 to discuss "The Great Pretender" by Susanah Calahan.

We'll be discussing "The Premonition"

by Michael Lewis on April 21.

If you're interested in joining IMPACT on Literacy, please contact Kasturi.

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