Management Team

"Senior Management and Pharm-Olam teams were available and remained flexible at all times, responding quickly to all requests to ensure customer expectations were met throughout the study."
- Associate Director, Clinical Operations

Dr. Zev Munk founded Pharm-Olam in 1994, and is currently Chairman of Pharm-Olam International. His vision and strong leadership provides the executive oversight which has allowed the company to grow significantly since its inception. For more than twenty years, his commitment to clients, quality, and value have firmly established Pharm-Olam as a leading full-service clinical solutions company.

A graduate of McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal, Dr. Munk completed specialist training in internal medicine, and allergy and immunology, and has a wide range of expertise with over thirty years of experience in clinical research. His credentials include; Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American College of Allergy, and Fellow of the American Association of Allergy, Immunology, and Asthma. As a clinician and researcher, Dr. Munk’s wealth of knowledge and vision for the future allows Pharm-Olam to continually grow and excel in the development of therapies for many diseases.

Eugene Barg is a joint founder of Pharm-Olam International and its subsidiary, MB Quest, Inc., with Dr. Zev Munk. Mr. Barg has over 20 years’ experience in the clinical research field including positions as Head of Quality Assurance and Director of International Business Development. He used this extensive hands-on experience during the creation of MB Quest in 1997 to focus on the emerging markets of Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Under his supervision, Pharm-Olam became one of the top international CROs working in the region.

As President, Mr. Barg provides strategic vision and leadership for the entire organization, while ensuring that all quality metrics and standards are met or exceeded on a global level.

Dr. Pavle Vukojevic joined Pharm-Olam in 1997 and supports clinical operations with protocol development, therapeutic training, patient safety issues, study management and feasibility support. A native of Serbia, he received his MD in 1988 from the University of Belgrade and has also received both a Masters degree in Immunology and a specialization in Internal Medicine. Dr. Vukojevic is also a former President of the Association of Clinical Research Professional's (ACRP) Serbia Chapter, was an Assistant Professor at the Medical School University of Belgrade for Internal Medicine/Rheumatology and has practiced medicine at the Institute of Rheumatology in Belgrade.

Natalie Gassen, Pharm-Olam’s Chief Financial Officer, joined Pharm-Olam in 2015 and brings over 20 years of financial leadership experience in both private and public companies. Prior to coming to Pharm-Olam, Ms. Gassen was the Chief Financial Officer for ApoCell, Inc., a molecular biomarker company, and has previously worked in roles with progressing responsibility in several industries including banking, manufacturing, technology, and service businesses.

Daniel Burgess, BSc, FRQA, serves as Pharm-Olam’s Head of Quality and Compliance, and in this role he oversees the strategic direction and ensures the implementation of laws and regulations that affect core businesses and our relations with our customers. Mr. Burgess is also responsible for the overall direction and management of the Pharm-Olam Quality System, Global Quality Assurance and Corporate Compliance. Additionally he serves on various company oversight committees, including but not limited to Quality Forum, Operational Quality Committee, Computer System Validation Committee, Privacy Committee, Anti-Bribery Task Force, Privacy Shield/ Safe Harbor Committee etc.

Mr. Burgess brings to Pharm-Olam close to 30 years of experience in quality across the GxPs in clinical research, as well as laboratory and pharmaceutical manufacturing, within several leading pharmaceutical industry organizations, including Ipsen, Novartis, Alexion, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Pfizer. He has a BSc in Environmental Monitoring / Life Science, qualifications in Instructional Design and Research Quality Assurance, is recognized as a Fellow in Research Quality Assurance (FRQA) by his peers and is a speaker / tutor for a number of international quality associations.