Kristy B. Nichols, MS
President, CEO, and Co-Founder
Kristy’s talents include a broad range of pharmaceutical and medical device development expertise resulting from over fifteen years of experience in the life sciences. Prior to creating Peachtree, Ms. Nichols served as a Global Director within Clinical Development for UCB, a Belgium based biopharmaceutical company focused on severe diseases in CNS and Immunology. During her tenure, she was responsible for greater than 100 biometric associates located in Belgium, Germany, Japan, UK, and the US.
Kristy led business transformation activities during multiple company mergers and reorganizations and has a proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, decreasing overhead, and improving final products. Additionally, Kristy provided leadership for the global implementation of a variety of Clinical Development IT systems such as Clinical Trial Management Systems, Clinical Data Management Systems, EDC applications, and CRF Imaging. Her expertise in streamlining processes, benchmarking activities, and improving operational efficiencies via performance and quality metrics brings multiple benefits to Peachtree’s clients.
Kristy gained medical device expertise working for Zimmer, Inc., a worldwide leader in orthopedic medical devices. She led the implementation of new clinical IT systems for clinical trial data collection and statistical reporting. Additionally, she served on new product development teams working to bring products to market faster and more efficiently. Key to these efforts was the incorporation of robust clinical trial data to increase return on investment and maximize market penetration.
Kristy serves as Co-Chairman of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Clinical Trials Committee, is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and a member of the Georgia Bio-Medical Device Committee. Ms. Nichols holds Master of Science degrees from the University of Kentucky in Biomedical Engineering and Statistics. She also is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.