Juan Pablo Frias, M.D., CEO, Principal Investigator

Dr. Frias, a native of Chile, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After serving 5 years as a General Medical Officer in the US Navy, he completed his training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee, and his Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Frías has held leadership positions in Clinical and Medical Affairs at Eli Lilly, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson, where he served as Chief Medical Officer and Global Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care. Dr. Frías has held academic positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where he is currently on the clinical faculty. He is also active in the non-profit organization Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), where he lectures at the organization’s Latino Initiative patient conferences and provides continuing medical education for healthcare providers. Dr. Frías has been involved in diabetes and metabolism-related research for over 15 years and has authored numerous publications in this field.

Samira Moran, Chief Operating Officer

Samira is a dedicated executive with over 20 years of extensive experience and proven track record within the pharmaceutical Industry. Her accomplishments include key roles in the areas of clinical operations, business development and strategic account leadership. In her current role as COO, Samira is responsible for the business and operational oversight at National Research Institute. In addition to her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas and Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology, she has training through the Dale Carnegie Leadership Program, a mini MBA certification through Bentley University and Harvard Business Management courses making her skills in leadership, communication and organization superior. Samira is published in many scientific journals including the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Biomarkers in Medicine.

Rosa Bonilla, Site Director, Huntington Park

Rosa is a seasoned leader having more than 20 years of clinical research experience with National Research Institute. Rosa has served many different roles at National Research Institute including as a Clinical Research Coordinator, Project Manager and now as the Site Director at National Research Institute’s Huntington Park location. She is a certified Research Coordinator with an extensive list of certifications including GCP, FDA guidelines, CDUs in Diabetes, as well as, EDC certifications across multiple systems.

Marilou Dichoso, Director, Patient Recruitment

Marilou is the Director of Patient Recruitment. She has more than 15 years of experience as a clinical researcher in Phase I to IV pharmaceutical research studies. Her areas of expertise include study management, patient recruitment, execution of research protocols at an investigator’s level, and data collection. Areas of therapeutic experience include CNS (Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Social Phobia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, ADHD), Primary Insomnia, Healthy Volunteers, Migraine, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hypercholesterolemia. Marilou holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas, where she also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

Renee Maseuli, Site Director, Panorama City

Renee is a concentrated Clinical Research professional of 20 years having touched on a magnitude of clinical trials. Her concentrations have encompassed clinical trial oversight, director and executive functions in addition to the overall maintenance of phases II-IV of Pharmaceutical clinical trials. Renee’s currently positioned as the Regulatory Manager for National Research Institute where she provides hands-on leadership, continuous compliance and strategic processes in the development and maintenance of regulatory matters. In addition, Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Long Beach Cal State University. She has a cascade of training that has contributed to the molding of her skill set enhancing her leadership, mentoring and good clinical practices. Renee has a developed, seasoned dedication to the conduct of pharmaceutical clinical research.

Mike Delgado, Site Director, Westlake

Mike is a highly qualified Clinical Research professional with over 12 years of experience in the research field. His experience ranges from study coordination to site management across all phases of research. Mike has worked across a spectrum of indications including Metabolic Disease, Women’s Health, CNS and many other therapeutic areas. His current position as Site Director includes a hands-on approach to study coordination, staff mentorship, leadership and training. He is a certified Medical Assistant.