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Global Clinical Connections

Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Global Clinical Connections is an international provider of clinical supply chain management services for companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries.

With an international presence in over 45 different countries Global Clinical Connections provides cost-effective services to small, medium, and large biotech and pharmaceutical companies who are:

  • Developing drugs or biologics in Phase I-IV
  • Utilizing a virtual or mixed-virtual model of business
  • Needing to supplement their internal clinical supplies resources.

Global Clinical Connections skillfully manages the external resources for a company in order to help them meet their development milestones. Its commercial Affiliates include Goldman Sachs, The American Chemical Society, Parenteral Drug Association, and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers. In addition, Global Clinical Connections has affiliations with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.


Global Clinical Connections’ mission is to provide world-class compliant solutions to help clients maximize their return on R&D investments.


Global Clinical Connections strives to be a global leader in our industry, with consistent quality and execution, exceptional customer-aligned services, and constant innovation.


We take ownership of our projects and provide our clients with the services that they paid for. We are always honest and adhere to professional and regulatory standards. We respect our clients to build a strong foundation for our collaboration. We are able to easily communicate to ensure the efficacy of our services. Taking responsibility for advocating on behalf of our clients will result in timeline optimization.

Founder and CEO of Global Clinical Connections, Loretta Cipkus Dubray, has more than 30 years of R&D pharmaceutical experience beginning in research as a biochemist at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and The Upjohn Company/Pharmacia.

From there, she worked at Pharmacia/Pfizer in Pharmaceutical Development as a clinical supplies coordinator, managed the Global Clinical Supplies Materials Management Group, and led global outsourcing at Pfizer.

After Pfizer, she served as program director for the Lilly and Imclone Grant Offices and was later awarded the Global Vendor of the Year in 2006.

For more information about Global Clinical Connections, visit Global Clinical Connections, email or call a team leader at (269) 488-3277.

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