Executive Team

Ioanna I. Koukli, Founder & Managing Director of Pharmassist Ltd

Through a career track of over a decade in the Pharmaceutical Industry reaching the position of R&D Manager, Dr. Koukli materializes her vision and establishes Pharmassist Ltd in 1999. Today the company is listed as one of the leading full-service Contract Research Organizations in Greece, and a key point of reference within a global network of pharmaceutical professionals. With almost 30 years of active involvement in the Pharmaceutical Science and Industry, Dr. Koukli has developed the expertise and “know-how” of health technologies, from research and development to product manufacture and from registration to marketing.

Always committed to her innovative vision, she steers the Company towards international expansion, extroversion and ever-growing array of services.

Dr. Koukli holds a BSc and a PhD in Chemistry, both awarded by the Department of Chemistry at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Lydia Vassilopoulou, Director of Regulatory Affairs Department

Having started her professional career in the Sales department of Novartis Hellas, Lydia joined the regulatory affairs department within the same company in 1995 where she acquired valuable knowledge on various aspects of the Regulatory field, and familiarized herself with all existing registration procedures. As of 1997 till 2008 she was Head of Regulatory Affairs department at Novartis Hellas.

In the pursuit of professional challenges, Lydia joined Pharmassist in May 2008 aiming at a more expanded scope of action and decision-making in her expertise. Leading a team of regulatory affairs professionals, she oversees the smooth transition of a product from R&D to Marketing, by providing scientific, legal and strategic support and advice for the licensing, marketing and legal compliance of products according to current local and EU legislation.

Lydia holds a BSc in Biology awarded by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Konstantinos Stavrinos, Head of Medical and Clinical Operations

Dr. Stavrinos earned a M.D. degree in 1991 from the Medical School of the University of Athens, Greece. In 1994 he begins his specialization in the department of Internal Medicine at the Western Attica General Hospital and afterwards at the University Clinic of Laiko General Hospital Athens. During his specialization, he shows strong interest in clinical research and in 1997 he is appointed Clinical Trials Monitor in Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas AE. At the same time, he is responsible for the Medical Affairs of the Respiratory and Cardiological Drugs of the company and also undertakes the development of its Medical Affairs Department. In 2004 after completing his clinical training he is awarded the title of medical specialization in Internal Medicine. From 2007 to 2016, Dr. Stavrinos was the Head of Medical and Regulatory Affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas AE. As of March 2016, he has been leading the Medical and Clinical Operations Department at Pharmassist Ltd.

Dr. Stavrinos has participated in several National and International Congresses where he presented part of his scientific research work, as well as in relevant courses and seminars in management for further professional development. He is member of the Athens Medical Association, the Hellenic Society for the study of the Liver and the Hellenic Society of Pharmaceutical Medicine (former Vice President of the Management Board). He has also served for more than 10 years as a member of the Medical Directors’ working group at the Hellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Companies (SFEE).

Georgia Kolangi, Pharmacovigilance Manager

Mrs Georgia Kolangi started her professional career at the Pharmacovigilance Department of Medwork where she came to be appointed Senior Pharmacovigilance Officer. After 5 successful years and having gained expertise on various aspects in the Pharmacovigilance field, she continues her career in Pharmassist, undertaking the position of Drug Safety Officer, in 2014 and soon reaches the position of Senior Drug Safety Officer.

Since 2015, Mrs Kolangi has taken up the duties of Pharmacovigilance Manager at Pharmassist Ltd. Over the last ten years she has acquired an overview on various issues in the field and a very good perception of the need for further improvement, especially at the level of company procedures. She also has great experience in systems and databases of pharmacovigilance data, including systems and Eudravigilance databases but also commercial databases such as Argus, Empirica, BPI Pheda.

Mrs Kolangi holds a BSc in Nutrition and Food Science by the University of Surrey and a MSc in Nutrition and Physical Activity by the University of Bristol.

Paulina Gavala, Quality Assurance & Compliance Manager

Mrs Gavala started her professional career in the Regulatory Affairs Department of Pharmassist and for over 5 years she collaborated with a large number of Multination Pharmaceutical Companies.

In 2012 Mrs Gavala assumes the responsibilities of Quality Assurance & Compliance Manager for Pharmassist, being currently responsible for the effective and efficient implementation of the Organization’s Quality Management System through documented Manuals, Standard Operating Procedures and Work Instructions, in compliance with Corporate Policies and Objectives, International Standards (ISO 9000) and national and international statutory & regulatory requirements that apply to the Organization’s processes and activities. Mrs Gavala has successfully led the company through more than 20 system and ethical audits by promoting quality consciousness throughout the Organisation and ensuring that employees understand and comply with all laws or regulations that apply to the Organisation’s processes and activities.

Paulina Gavala holds a BSc in Chemistry an MSc in Chemical Research by the University College of London (UCL) and an MSc in Chemistry by Research by the University of Warwick. Before joining Pharmassist, she spent 4 years as a Research Associate in N.C.S.R. "Demokritos".

Giovanni Trolese, Business Development Director, Pharmassist UK (CRO) LTD

With a long international exposure to Business, Master of Science in Psychology, Chartered Manager, Master in Business Administration, Giovanni has joined Pharmassist to support the Business expansion globally. Giovanni have been previously associated as Strategic Development Director to another CRO, pivotal role for the growth of Research Pharmaceutical Services, and various Consultancy companies globally. During his career he has always enjoy challenges throughout different geographies and organizational cultures, keeping both an academic and a strategic view on the Business. Multilingual, visionary, entrepreneurial, after a period spent doing Management Consulting for large European organizations Giovanni is now working with the Team of Pharmassist. ​​