Nuala Ronan

Managing Partner, Databean, Mount Vernon

Unless you’ve been living under A rock for the last year or two, you know that Westchester is rapidly becoming a world-class hub for med-tech, life sciences, and biotech firms. These companies are developing first-to-market products and bringing life-saving, cutting-edge technologies to fruition—and Nuala Ronan of Databean is a big part of making that happen.

Ronan grew up in England and worked for eight years as an intensive-care trauma nurse before spending more than a decade in various healthcare academia and startup positions. She helped found Databean in 2007 to guide life sciences companies through the complex clinical trial process necessary for product approval. As clinical trials became more complex—and costly—Ronan saw the market need for a strategic, collaborative clinical research organization (CRO) that had both the scientific and regulatory expertise to help these firms navigate the tricky product development and launch process.

Today, Databean provides end-to-end clinical trial management services to companies around the world, with lead programs in solid organ transplantation, immunology, and end-stage disease management. Not surprisingly, Ronan calls herself a “big-picture thinker”—a characterization supported by her team of eight US employees. “Nuala is the person you want around to make things happen,” says one colleague. “As the leader, she listens and evaluates what is being brought to the table and then guides the direction that is best for everyone.”

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Ronan’s next “big-picture” project is international expansion. “My vision for the company is to become a global CRO,” she says, noting Databean’s new Dublin office that will serve clients in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. “We have our sights set on Asia as well,” she adds. (Helping fund expansion is the $10,000 the firm won in May at the Westchester County Association’s “Pitch to the Pros” contest during the inaugural HealthTech conference in Tarrytown.)

Another focus for Ronan is encouraging and steering others toward success in the life sciences field. “One small drop of influence in helping someone identify and unlock their passion in this industry could have a positive impact on thousands, even millions of lives,” she says.

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