About Us

The beginning

Following requests from Sponsors to run more early-phase clinical studies in New Zealand, the decision was made to start an early phase research facility in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

In 2006 Auckland Clinical Studies (ACS) was founded by Associate Professor Richard Robson, Director of CCST, a Clinical pharmacologist and consultant physician in Nephrology, Professor Ed Gane, an Auckland City Hospital hepatologist and research clinician and Mr David Cranna, an Auckland business consultant.

In 2008, Dr Christian Schwabe (MD) joined ACS and is the Managing Director.

David Cranna

David Cranna

Director, BA (Behav Sc), MBA

A/Prof Richard Robson

A/Prof Richard Robson

Director, B Pharm, MB ChB, FRACP, PhD

Prof Ed Gane

Prof Ed Gane

Director, MB ChB, MD, FRACP, MNZM

Dr Christian Schwabe

Dr Christian Schwabe

Director, MD, MPharmMed


“ACS has proven repeatedly that they can meet enrolment targets, provide high quality, interpretable data AND accomplish all of this flexibly and on time.”

Sponsor –
Chris Westland,
Associate Director, Clinical Operations
Alios BioPharma, Inc., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies

“I have had the pleasure of working with ACS for a decade! I have been consistently impressed by the quality and professionalism of the team at ACS and I look forward to seeing them continue to succeed during the next ten years.”

Sponsor –
Uri Lopatin, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Assembly Biosciences

“ACS serves as Covance’s world class partner in expediting drug development through healthy volunteer to patient in a very fast, high quality manner”

Seung-Hyun Nam, Senior Project Manager
Project Management Center of Excellence

“Congratulations to All, CCST and ACS, on your efforts to complete enrollment of the 336 participants and early! On behalf of Merck THANK YOU! It truly has been a pleasure working with your teams, your dedication to recruitment, flexibility and cooperation during the amendment and oversight have made this accomplishment possible!

Cheers to you ALL – we are all smiling big this weekend!!”

Sponsor –
Gretchen Moufflet
Principal Clinical Trial Lead & Clinical Operations Lead
Biosimilars Unit, Clinical Trial Management, Global Clinical Operations
EMD Serono
A business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

“Dear Christian and Rod,

A huge thank you to you and your staff along with Christian, Rod and the staff at ACS for your dedication, perseverance and support in this trial.

What a fabulous accomplishment. I hope we are all smiling.

Have a wonderful and restful weekend.

We will be in touch.”