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Gavin Nichols

Certara has tapped Gavin Nichols to serve in the newly created position of president of technology. Nichols will also head Cetara's software business unit. He'll be based in the company's Cary, NC office. In his new roles, Nichols will lead Certara's research and development, product management, and IT teams. He'll also be responsible for developing and positioning the company's biosimulation applications and informatics platforms. 

Nichols joins Certara from Quintiles, where he served as vice president of strategy/enterprise architecture/R&D innovation IT. Before that, he worked for Unisys, Collaborex, and Cap Gemini, holding positions ranging from life science practice head to EMEA general manager.

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