Over 20 Years of Medical and Scientific Expertise

With serendipity, enthusiasm and openness for innovation in healthcare, the Gouya Insights team retains passion for innovation and the trust of our customer as its core values.

Priv. Doz. Dr. med. Ghazaleh Gouya Lechner

Founder, Strategic Specialist

As founder of the Gouya-Insights, Ghazaleh Gouya Lechner takes leadership in clinical development for biotechnology, pharma and medical device companies across Europe. She aims to address clinical product development and regulatory compliance challenges. Her expert team of scientists and medical experts in life science research are the foundation of the company’s success. The team’s multidisciplinary skillsets grant Gouya Insights the ability to efficiently navigate their clients from discovery through to testing, clinical trials, regulatory approvals, and market launch.

Ghazaleh Gouya Lechner, MD, is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and clinical pharmacology, with more than 20 years of clinical research experience. She was awarded the title Associate Professor for Internal Medicine from the Medical University Vienna, and has worked at a global CRO as Medical Director. Ghazaleh has been involved in numerous product development processes. She substantially contributes to any product strategy and protocol development by identifying and documenting the best ways to help patients, and ultimately receiving market approval for the products she works with.


Sandra Scheidl, Director Clinical Program, Management Department

Sandra Scheidl

Director clinical program

MSc in IT in Healthcare and Life Science
from the Danube University Krems

Diala Assaf, Office Management, Management Department

Diala Assaf

Office Management

BSc in Economics
from the University of Damascus, Syria

Mona Frey, Quality Manager, Management Department

Mona Frey

Quality manager

PhD in Molecular Biology
from the University of Vienna

Kerstin Peschel-Credner

Senior Project Manager

PhD in Molecular Genetics
from the University of Queensland

Caroline Bäumler Klestil

Head of Medical & Scientific Writing

MD in Human Medicine
from Heidelberg University

Katharina Zanitzer, Clinical Project Coordinator, Clinical Operations

Katharina Zanitzer

Clinical Project Coordinator

MSc in Analytical Chemistry
from the University of Vienna


Pavol Csiba

Clinical Project Coordinator

MSc in Chemistry and Chemical Technology
from the Slovak University of Technology

Chloe Ellis, Clinical Project Coordinator, Clinical Operations

Chloe Ellis

Clinical Project Coordinator

BSc in Molecular Biology, Microbial Ecology & Immunobiology from the University of Vienna

João Grilo, Clinical Project Coordinator, Clinical Operations

João Grilo

Clinical Project Coordinator

MSc in Bioengineering
from the University of Porto

Isabelle Le Dren, Vigilance Officer, Clinical Operations

Isabelle le Dren

Vigilance Officer

PhD in Biotechnology
from Imperial College, University of London

Kateryna Uspenska, Senior Clinical Project Manager, Clinical Operations

Kateryna Uspenska

Senior Clinical Project Manager

PhD in Biochemistry from Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, Kyiv, Ukraine


Martin Völkl

Associate clinical data manager

MSc in Chemistry
from the University of Vienna

Joana Enes, Medical Writer, Scientific & Medical Writing

Joana Enes

Medical Writer

PhD in Neuroscience
from the Max-Planck Institute

Juan José González Plaza, Medical Writer, Scientific & Medical Writing

Juan José González Plaza

Medical Writer

PhD in Advanced Biotechnology
from the Malaga University

Catarina Carrão, Medical Writer, Scientific & Medical Writing

Catarina Carrão

Medical Writer

Expert in Biochemistry
and Natural Sciences

Gabriele Berghammer

Gabriele Berghammer

Medical Writer

Msc in Translation & Interpretation from the University of Vienna

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Paul Wooley

Scientific Writer

PhD in bio-inorganic chemistry and enzyme mechanisms from the Max Planck Institute


Eric Arn

Medical Writer

PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology


Volker Blust

Nonclinical-toxicology consultant
Owner of phonx consulting e.u.

Dr. rer. Nat. in Food Chemistry & Toxicology
from the University of Vienna

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Bhavna Ylera, Medical Writer, Scientific & Medical Writing

Bhavna Ylera

Medical Writer

PhD in Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, from CCMB, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Anika Schröter

nonclinical-toxicology consultant
Owner of dr. Anika schroeter e.u

Dr. rer. Nat. in Chemistry & Toxicology
from the University of Vienna

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Peter Lechner, Biostatistics, Senior Consultant

Peter Lechner


PhD in Technical Mathematics from the Technical University of Graz



MSc in Computational Biology at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

Sandra Scheidl, Msc

Director Clinical Program

Sandra joined Gouya Insights as Director Clinical Programs in January 2023. With more than two decades of clinical experience not only with large pharmaceutical companies, but also academia and smaller MedTech companies specializing in clinical research and development, Sandra brings a wealth of experience to expand Gouya Insights’ clinical development consulting and services.

Her primary focus is on providing medical device development and launch services in Europe, the United States and the APAC region. At her previous employers, Sandra was also a driving force in obtaining ISO and CE certifications.

Sandra holds a Master of Science in IT in Healthcare and Life Science, which she obtained at Danube University Krems.

Diala Assaf, BSc

Office Management

Diala holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Damascus in Syria and joined Gouya Insights in June 2020.  She worked previously as bank employee at Arab Bank Syria in the field of customer service and relationships, where she gained deep knowledge in accounting and administration. 

Diala ensures the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis and provides administrative support by organizing meetings and managing databases, dealing with correspondence, complaints and queries, managing office budgets, and keeping personnel records up to date.

Mona Frey, PhD

Quality Manager

As Quality Manager, Mona is responsible for process and quality management at Gouya Insights. She ensures clear structures and process descriptions that allow the necessary flexibility and leads internal and external audits for quality assurance. She is trained in ISO 9001 and as a GCP auditor and is therefore the contact person for all quality related questions for all projects of Gouya Insights and the guide through the regulatory framework.

Mona has a PhD in molecular biology and has many years of research experience. She has also gained experience in product development (in vitro diagnostics), at the interface between hands-on development and regulatory affairs. Her training in innovation management has made her sensitive to the business perspective and she has a fundamental understanding of business development, innovation and marketing management.

Kerstin Peschel-Credner, PhD

Senior Project Manager

Kerstin is an experienced molecular geneticist with expertise in cancer research and epidermal biology. Kerstin joined Gouya Insights as Clinical Project Manager with a view to improve the efficiency of clinical development programs driving scientific innovations into medical solutions. Acting as the sponsors representative, Kerstin directs and coordinates clinical research projects and ensures compliance with protocols and all relevant clinical and regulatory requirements.

In the Cancer and Cell Signalling Laboratory at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in Brisbane, Kerstin studied the cellular origin of basal cell carcinomas focusing on multipotent stem cells and wound-induced cancer development. Kerstin holds an MSc in Genetics from the University of Salzburg and a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Queensland and completed advanced training courses in business management and clinical monitoring.

Caroline Bäumler-Klestil, MD

Head of Medical and Scientific Writing, Medical Advisor

Caroline joined Gouya Insights as a medical adviser and is leading the medical writing team.

She has a strong background in immunology and cancer research. She earned her MD degree from Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center in Germany followed by postdoctoral studies at Cornell University in New York. Her work was focused on defects in apoptotic pathways that lead to autoimmune disease and familial lymphoma.

Prior to Gouya Insights, Caroline worked for several years as medical affairs and drug safety officer for Apeiron Biologics in Vienna where she gained extensive experience in various phases of clinical trials from phase 1 to market approval in different oncological indications including pediatric and orphan indications.

Katharina Zanitzer, Msc

Clinical Project Coordinator

Katharina earned her master’s degree from the University of Vienna in Chemistry, focusing on Analytical Chemistry. In her thesis she focused on mass spectrometric analysis of phase II metabolites of testosterone in terms of anti-doping analysis. Working as a technical assistant in a WADA accredited anti-doping laboratory, she gained a lot of experience concerning analysis of small molecules in human urine samples.

As a Clinical Project Coordinator at Gouya Insights, Katharina works with the project management and pharmacovigilance team to support the effective and safe execution of clinical trials. Furthermore, Katharina supports streamlined development of emerging projects with Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) Management.

Pavol Csiba

Clinical Project Coordinator

Pavol earned his master’s degree from the Slovak University of Technology in chemistry and chemical technology, majoring in organic chemistry. He has most experience in clinical operations (feasibility to close-out) and clinical process and systems management (KPI and metrics setup, eTMF/CTMS planning and development), from both Sponsor and CRO.

At Gouya Insights, Pavol works as Clinical Project Coordinator supporting execution of clinical trials.

Chloe Ellis, BSc

Clinical Project Coordinator
Chloe successfully earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from Coventry University, enriching her academic journey with an Erasmus year at University of Jaén. Currently, she is diligently pursuing her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology, Microbial Ecology and Immunobiology at the University of Vienna.

Commencing her professional journey in 2021, Chloe, in her role as a Clinical Project Coordinator, oversees the execution of studies, ensuring they maintain the highest standards of quality. She adeptly utilises project tracking tools to streamline the process. With a keen focus on Trial Master File Administration, Chloe meticulously documents each facet of the projects.

João Grilo, MSc

Clinical Project Coordinator

João moved to Vienna in the end of 2017 to start his PhD in immunology at the Medical University of Vienna. He earned experience in both humoral and cellular responses in allergy. Moreover, he holds a Master in Biological Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, which focused on research and manufacturing within the Pharma and Food industries.

As a CPC at Gouya Insights GmbH & CoKG, João coordinates clinical study operations (project management, site management, monitoring).  Furthermore, João supports intra-Sponsor and Sponsor-Vendor cross-functional interactions through meeting coordination, therapy program management and scientific data mining, paving the way to first interventional studies.

Isabelle Le Dren, PhD

Vigilance Officer

Isabelle Le Dren holds a PhD in Biotechnology from Imperial College (University of London) and has more than 15 years of pharmacovigilance expertise throughout the product life cycle within the pharmaceutical industry.

She worked in all areas of pharmacovigilance including as auditor, and she held the position of QPPV. She joined Gouya Insights KG in 2020 focusing on pharmacovigilance in clinical trials.

Kateryna Uspenska, PhD

Senior Clinical Project Manager

Kateryna has a background in biochemistry, immunology, and neuroscience with a PhD. from the Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, Kyiv, and 8 years hands-on experience in a laboratory, including in the neurobiology laboratory at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, and at the Institute of Physiology, Tübingen. Kateryna’s scientific interests focused on neurodegenerative diseases and nicotinic addiction. Kateryna is a member of rthe Society of Clinical Research Associates.

In Gouya Insights GmbH & CoKG Kateryna acts as a liaison between the study sponsor and the clinical study team. As a clinical project manager, she is involved in planning and managing all aspects of clinical projects: from concept through study report completion. Her major priority is to ensure studies are carried out according to the study protocol and authority regulations and to offer strategic solutions to execute clinical trials successfully.

Martin Völkl, Msc

Associate Clinical Data Manager

Martin completed his MSc in chemistry at the University of Vienna, where he focused on Bioinformatics, Data Science and Data Analysis. For his master’s thesis he benchmarked several linear optimization algorithms intended for metabolic modeling applications, such as the elucidation of important metabolic pathways or optimization of product synthesis in complex biological systems.

His education and personal interest enabled him to acquire a solid foundation in programming as well as the analytical mindset and diligence needed for clinical Data Management. In his current position he manages various eCRF software to ensure accurate and reliable capture of clinical trial data and designs data processing and visualization pipelines to continuously monitor the completeness, safety, and plausibility of the entered data.

Joana Enes, PhD

Medical Writer

Joana earned her PhD in Neuroscience from Max-Planck Institute (Germany) in 2010 and conducted postdoctoral studies at Brandeis University in Boston (U.S.A).

Altogether, she brings more than 15 years of research experience in key therapeutic areas, such as neurology, cardiology and oncology.

Following her interest in Drug Discovery & Development, she later worked at a clinical research consulting firm in Boston. She moved to Austria in 2017 and joined Gouya Insights in June 2018.

Juan José González, PhD

Scientific and Medical Writer

Juan José González Plaza PhD, MSc, has been a medical and scientific writer at Gouya Insights since January 2023.

With over 15 years of research in various fields of life sciences – including nanotoxicology, environmental antimicrobial resistance and microbiology, human metabolism, and plant sciences – he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. With more than 20 scientific publications and over 900 citations, his polymathic and flexible profile makes him an ideal fit for the fast-paced and ever-changing world of drug and medical device development.

Throughout his career, Juan José has received several recognitions and awards, including Professor Habilitation for Spanish Universities. He holds a PhD in Advanced Biotechnology from the Universidad de Málaga (Spain) and an MSc in Advanced Biotechnology from the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (Spain). He has worldwide postdoctoral research experience in institutions in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Spain.

Catarina Carrão, Msc

Science Writer

Catarina is a Biochemist with extensive biomedical research experience from different international academies (e.g., Yale University, Charité Medical University).

In 2016, she founded BioSciPons, a life science communication agency focused on bridgeing the gap between science and the people, academia and business. 

She is an expert in conveying complex scientific messages in a simple way; and, was awarded European Science Slam of the year in 2012, and nominated Young Science Journalist of the Year (2021) by the ABSW.

Gabriele Berghammer, Msc

Medical writer

Gabriele holds degrees in translating & interpreting from both the University of Vienna, Austria, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), California, USA, focusing on medical communication from the very outset of her professional career.

Before founding the text clinic, a boutique medical writing & translation consultancy, in 2006, she held various positions as healthcare communicator, most recently as regulatory writer in the international clinical development department that brought forth the world’s first biosimilar.

A stint into the software industry as technical writer and positions as multilingual translation manager and lead translator have rounded off her IT and documentation expertise.

Looking back on 30 years of experience as a medical communicator, Gabriele delights in using her skills to produce documents in accordance with what she has termed the ‘seven Cs of medical writing,’ i.e., texts that are carefully researched, correct and accurate, consistent, clear and concise, compellingly structured, compliant with relevant guidelines, and cut and tailored to their respective target audiences.

Paul Wooley, PhD

Scientific Writer

Paul is a chemist by training, having specialised and obtained his doctorate in bio‑-inorganic chemistry and enzyme mechanisms.  He moved from that into membrane biophysics and later into spectroscopy of ribosomes.  After 25 years doing research, teaching and scientific administration at Cambridge University (UK), two Max Planck Institutes (Germany) and Aarhus University (Denmark) he settled in Berlin, where he turned his experience in – and enjoyment of – technical writing to use as a full-time scientific writer.  He began this in an international contract research company and has now been a free-lancer for two decades.

Today Paul works mainly in medical and clinical research, and also in structural biology.  His specialities in the clinical sector are study protocols, study reports and research publications.

Eric Arn, PhD

Medical Writer

Eric Arn holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry form the California Institute of Technology. His academic research career brought him to positions at various universities across the United States, to the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and finally to the Medical University of Vienna.

Since 2007, he has shifted his focus to providing freelance science and medicine-related English language services including writing, editing, translating, and communication training.

At Gouya Insights, Eric will be responsible for medical writing. 

Volker Blust, PhD

Senior non-clinical & toxicology expert

Volker is a senior non-clinical and toxicology expert with 10+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. He started his career in 2013 as a consultant for non-clinical development and biocompatibility at MC Toxicology Consulting GmbH, where he worked on a range of drug products (small molecules, biologics, vaccines) and medical devices (substance-based devices, biodegradable implants). 

In 2021 Volker founded PHOX Consulting e.U. (Vienna, Austria), where he supports his clients in all phases of non-clinical development. This includes the strategic conception of product-tailored development programs and approval-strategies, design and monitoring of non-clinical studies, coordination of scientific advice meetings and acting as a key-representative for customers during interactions with authorities. He has extensive experience in the writing and compilation of regulatory documents (Briefing Documentation, IB, IND/CTD) and provides ad-hoc toxicology advice (risk assessments, deficiency letters, impurity qualification). 

Volker studied food chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and completed his doctoral studies (Dr. rer. nat.) in the field of toxicology at the University of Vienna, Austria. In 2018 he received his certificate as a European Registered Toxicologist. Since 2018, Volker has been a lecturer at “Forum Institute for Management” in the field of non-clinical drug development. 

Bhavna Ylera, PhD

Medical Writer

Bhavna brings over 20 years of experience in the area of clinical trial management in CRO, Pharma industry and R&D in academia.  

She obtained her PhD in India and augmented it with postdoctoral research at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA and at the Max Plank Institute of Neurobiology in Germany.  

After switching to clinical research, she gained extensive expertise in coordinating global clinical trials (Phase I to Phase III) for the development of new drugs and therapies for a wide spectrum of indications including oncology, infectious diseases, cardiovascular, immunology, organ transplantation and neurology. She has collaborated effectively with pharma and biotech clients and interfaced with global, multi-disciplinary teams to contribute to clinical development programs which culminated in the approval of multiple novel drugs.

Anika Schröter, PhD

Non-clinical & toxicology consultant

Anika Schröter is a non-clinical and toxicology consultant with 10 years of experience in the field of drug development. She started her career in the consultancy company MC Toxicology GmbH (Vienna), where she gained profound expertise in the development and conduct of product-tailored non-clinical plans, regulatory interactions, risk assessments and regulatory writing. In 2021, she founded her own company in Vienna (Dr. Anika Schroeter e.U.) offering consultancy services around the non-clinical development of biologicals and small molecules with specific focus on regulatory-compliant toxicology testing.  

Anika is certified as European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) and holds a Diploma degree in the field of biology from the University in Dresden (Germany) and a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in the field of biology / toxicology from the University of Vienna (Austria). In addition, Anika is working as a lecturer in advanced education courses providing insights into specifics of non-clinical drug development.  

Peter Lechner, PhD


Peter Lechner holds a PhD in Technical Mathematics. After his academic career he worked for leading international companies in various managing positions. He gathered profound expertise in trial designs and statistical analysis including regulatory requirements as well as data management and related IT services.

In 2014 Peter Lechner founded LGS-Insights e.U. The company offers services in all phases of research and development from phase I clinical analysis to post-marketing services for a wide range of therapeutic areas. The key expertise covers the spectrum from trial design to statistical analysis and data management.



Radka Štěpánová is a biostatistician who currently holds the position of Head of statistics and SAS programming at ANOVA CRO. She completed her MSc in Computational Biology at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

As a biostatistician who has been working in the field of clinical trials for more than 10 years, she has a lot of experience in handling various statistical activities from the preparational phase of clinical trials to reporting and interpretation of study results (Phase I-IV interventional studies, NIS, research projects & grants). This experience also covers successful submissions of the study results to the regulatory authorities (FDA, EMA, PMDA) for product approval.

Her practice includes studies from several clinical scenarios in international and local clinical trials. As a statistician of the Sleep Apnea in Post-Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients study she underwent a stay at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA. During her studies, she underwent an internship at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where she became a member of a team of biostatisticians with a specialization in disease mapping of oncological diagnoses and she improved her knowledge, especially in this field of study.

She is the author or co-author of tens of scientific publications in the field of clinical research.