Karen Cowan, RN

Senior Venture Navigator - IMPACT

As Senior Venture Navigator – IMPACT, Karen guides startup companies through the several processes required to start, execute, and complete a clinical trial within the University of Calgary environment. This includes linking ventures with clinical experts and key opinion leaders, assisting Ventures in developing a product and regulatory pathway, protocol development, ethics approvals, contract execution, budget and financial planning, data management, quality control and assurance, and knowledge translation. She brings her knowledge of the entire life span of the clinical trial process, database design, the University Ecosystem and Alberta Health Services environment to her role as Associate Director, Venture Navigator – IMPACT, in the development and ongoing growth of  IMPACT and the TRACr software program.

Expertise and background:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) Designation
  • Pragmatic Clinical Trials Certificate
  • Research Manager/Coordinator of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Group, Calgary, AB
  • 20 years  experience of research with Industry sponsored trials (small start ups to large corporations), Investigator initiated trials and core lab management for International trials, in both the drug and device space