Clinical Team Members
Over 250 Years of Combined Clinical Experience
VCS is a diverse family empowered by women. Our team of 15 full time employees is dedicated to ensuring that every project is treated with the care and respect that it deserves, and we fully understand that no two products are exactly alike.
Founder/Managing Director: Brian Ecclefield
Brian Ecclefield has spent the last 11 years custom developing in vivo clinical studies to help international brands develop their personal care and cosmetic claims. In 2018 he founded Validated Claim Support and hand selected a team of the best clinical and quality personnel the industry had to offer. VCS was founded primarily as an alternative to the “CRO Status Quo,” offering an ethical, transparent, and technologically secured solution for the modern skincare manufacturer.
After founding Brian helped to develop and implement VCS’ Quality Management System focusing on a combination of GCP, GMP, and GLP hybrid principles. VCS was the first lab in the consumer product testing space to offer cashless panelist payout, automated IRS reporting and HIPAA compliant database solutions along-side multifactor blockchain based security for confidential data integrity and retention. Brian sought to improve upon the various shortcomings that he uncovered during his formative years working throughout the industry, and it will be his life’s work to continuously improve the Personal Care industry by making it a safer, more ethical place. . . One clinical study at a time.
Vice President: Jane Tervooren
Jane has set up and launched multiple research testing sites in the US and Canada from start to finish, acting in roles including Site Director, Director of Business Development and Director of Client Services. With a diverse client portfolio of specialty skincare brands around the globe, Jane ensures that our sponsors’ needs are met by working directly with the clinical team and recruitment department to develop custom protocols.
Jane’s personal favorite types of study designs are those geared toward proving the efficacy of specialty skin care and cosmetic products that involve a combination of Validated Clinical Photography, Biophysical Instrumentation, Expert Grading and Consumer Perception. She enjoys working with both multi-national corporations and small indie brands alike and prides herself on providing the highest level of service in the industry.
Quality Director: Kornelia “Kora” Grzybowska
Kora has Masters of Science in Molecular Biology, and initially comes from the Microbiology side of the industry. She has a plethora of experience working in QA/QC, R&D and diagnostic laboratory work.
Kora custom developed VCS Quality Management System with multiple focuses ranging between GCP, GMP, and GLP hybrid solutions. Kora strives to maintain our focus on continuous improvement at VCS, and she is constantly bettering our existing procedures across the lab space.
Day to day, Kora monitors our continuing quality and ensures procedures are compliant with regulatory and company posted SOPs and documentation
Clinical Research Manager: Anna Hardy
Anna has been working in skincare clinical studies for over 16 years as a clinical manager and technician, and she has helped hundreds of products to successfully differentiate and document their efficacy in that time. She also has experience with Phase II and Phase III Pharmaceutical Research.
Anna plans and oversees daily clinical activities, study conduct, and supervision of clinical staff, and she is responsible for the development of study documents (CRFs) and Investigator/Physician scheduling and protocol/study design and custom development.
Clinical Photographer: James VanZetta
James brings to the table over 16 years of experience as a clinical photographer and a lifetime of experience behind the lens. He has custom developed our Validated Clinical Photography Technique and secondary analysis through painstaking dedication and experimentation.
James has helped launch hundreds of products around the world, many ending up on QVC/HSN. He’s also setup multiple custom studios for sponsors and third party laboratories onsite, and collaborated with multinational brands of all shapes and sizes.
James also has extensive experience working with third party camera systems such as Canfield and Newtone, and he provides a very unique perspective on study conduct that you won’t find anywhere else.
Consulting Dermatologist/Principal Investigator: Dr. David A. Wrone
Dr. Wrone is Board Certified Dermatologist with 20 years Principal Investigator and clinical research experience.
He is extensively published, and has conducted and researched many novel surgical and topical treatments. He acts as a medical Principal Investigator when requested by sponsors, and his background and work ethic are a perfect match for Validated Claim Support.
Director: Dermatologic Surgery: Rutgers NJ
Attending Physician: University Medical Crt @ Princeton
Fellow: FAAD, Fellow, FACMS
Original Research: Aggressive Growth Basal Cell Carinoma
Lymphedema after Sentinel lymph node biopsy for cutaneous melanoma
Treatment of Facial Rhytids with a Nonablative Laser
Head of Recruitment: Jaime Reidy
Jaime has over 23 years of hands on technical experience and subject enrollment, along with marketing and database building. She also brings to the table a diverse clinical background with years of hands on study coordination and testing provision.
She currently serves as our main liaison with our test subjects and panelists, and she is an instrumental part of the team when it comes to quality study conduct.
Director of Operations: Victoria Serradas
Victoria is the beating heart behind Validated Claim Support and brings her extensive secondary experience with product packaging, regulatory compliance, label claim support, and brand side management along. She handles day to day operations and coordinates with most of our outside vendors to ensure accurate timelines are met and logistical plans are implemented accordingly.
Victoria is instrumental in ensuring that every department at VCS functions as part of a bigger team, and she is always there when we need her most.