About YPrime

What to Expect from YPrime

Clinical research is a complex endeavor. Inevitably, you’ll face a few frustrations – but your clinical trial technology should never be one of them.

YPrime solutions simplify clinical trial management. We build our technology on the latest platforms, holding ourselves to the highest quality measures. From designers and developers to managers and support techs, our seasoned team works with one goal in mind: ensuring an optimal experience for sponsors, sites and patients.

When you partner with YPrime, you can expect:

  • Honesty, accountability and reliability.
  • A seamless user experience.
  • Expertise and cutting-edge technology.
  • Full transparency and control.
  • Fast-response service.

YPrime innovates through pragmatic, forward-looking change that considers the needs of stakeholders in each clinical research role. Like you, we know that breakthroughs aren’t magic. They’re the result of steady work and consistent enhancements over time.

So we’re always adapting and improving. Testing and pushing. All to improve the data quality, efficiency and user experience of your clinical studies.

In other words, we’re doing more than streamlining your processes. We’re streamlining your research, helping you get to your next milestone faster.

Leadership Team

Shawn Blackburn



As CEO, Shawn Blackburn provides strategic leadership and direction for YPrime. With a background in systems architecture and information management, Shawn has a built a reputation for helping companies discover insights about future opportunities by bringing together siloed information in meaningful context to support strategic decision making.

Since co-founding YPrime in 2006, Shawn has lead the company growth from a two-person consulting firm to a global organization that focuses on evolving technologies to help accelerate development timelines, simplify process complexity, and improve data quality across the clinical development continuum.

Prior to YPrime, Shawn had a long career as a technology consultant for Cephalon and Parexel. While at Cephalon, he was instrumental in the company’s development of applications to improve clinical trial workflow and provide deeper visibility into clinical trial performance.

Mark Maietta

President and Chief Commercial Officer


As President and Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Maietta provides executive leadership and directs the company’s commercial strategy. With oversight of sales, marketing and business development functions, he is responsible for ensuring the company’s commercial objectives and service delivery align and evolve with customer needs.

Mark brings more than 20 years of focused leadership experience within life sciences and technology sectors. Most recently, Mark served as Chief Commercial Officer for Clariness, a provider of digital patient recruitment and engagement solutions. There, he built and led global commercial infrastructure to drive revenue and position the company as a global leader. Prior to Clariness, Mark was Chief Business Officer at AdviseClinical, a clinical strategic advisory and staffing organization.

During his tenure as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for CRF Health, Mark re-designed business development and marketing practices to increase productivity and improve sales results. Early career positions with OPTUMInsight (now part of United Health Group), Pfizer and Novartis Pharmaceuticals included sales management and field sales positions.

Mark earned a master of business administration degree from Binghamton University. He received a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Ithaca College.

Jaime Cook

Executive Vice President


Jaime Cook is Vice President of Technical Delivery. In this role, he leads YPrime’s design and configuration teams, to ensure system architecture aligns with client requirements. Jaime brings extensive knowledge of clinical systems, cloud-based technology and programming languages. Since co-founding YPrime in 2006, Jaime has held a number of leadership roles, shaping the company’s business consulting and customer care functions.

Earlier, Jaime worked as a technical consultant and systems analyst for Cephalon, Merck and Perceptive Informatics. Throughout his earlier career, Jaime led development efforts for enterprise and purpose-built applications that integrated and displayed clinical data across organizations. The impact of these implementations resulted in faster deployments, detection of trends and decision-making support for a range of investigational products.

He began his career as a systems analyst at Dupont Pharmaceuticals (now part of Bristol-Myers Squibb). Jaime earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Towson State University.

Steve Begley

Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Vice President, Quality and Compliance


Steve Begley serves dual roles of Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Vice President, Quality and Compliance at YPrime. As Chief Privacy Officer, Steve holds responsibility for corporate privacy strategy and policy, and leads efforts to ensure company-wide privacy and data protection standards and compliance. As Senior Vice President of Quality and Compliance, he oversees the company's global quality function, including quality control and assurance, regulatory compliance, process improvement, software development and delivery, and quality management systems.

In these current roles, Steve provides the foundation and stability to deliver quality systems and products in a timely and effective manner across the entire organization.

Prior to joining YPrime in 2013, Steve managed global quality, compliance, and quality systems for Cenduit, ePharma Solutions and Clarix/Phase Forward (now Oracle Corporation). He began his clinical trial career in data management, supporting studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Steve received his undergraduate education from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike Hughes

Senior Vice President, Product Development


As Senior Vice President, Product Development, Mike Hughes leads engineering, development and product management functions for YPrime's products and services.

For more than a decade, Mike has been actively involved in the evolution of mobile health solutions for clinical outcome assessments. Prior to joining YPrime in 2015, he served in multiple positions of increasing responsibility at CRF Health. Mike began as an application specialist in 2006, served in project management functions. As Director of Project Delivery, he oversaw the company's project management and software implementation functions.

Mike began his career as an application developer for Exact Software, a provider of manufacturing resource planning software for the apparel industry.

Robert Pierce



Robert Pierce is Chief Financial Officer of YPrime. He leads the company’s financial operations, with oversight of accounting, treasury, tax and financial reporting.

Throughout his career spanning more than three decades as a senior executive, Bob has been responsible for the execution of a number of strategic initiatives, including annual financial planning processes, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, commercial growth and financial systems development.

Most recently, Bob served as Operating Partner of Aureus Capital, a private equity investment firm. Bob also previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Nuclea Biotechnologies, a developer diagnostic tests, where he developed private equity relationships and secured start-up investment.

Prior to that, Bob was Chief Executive Officer for Thompson Brands, a manufacturer of novelty and health supplements. Under his leadership, the company returned to financial profitability, and he transitioned the executive role to a permanent CEO.

Earlier career roles involved executive management, financial, and operational turnaround roles to companies across private equity firm portfolios, and for specialty manufacturers of chemicals, machined components and advanced materials.

Bob began his career as a consultant for PwC, providing financial, operational and advisory services to a variety of industrial and service-based companies.

Bob earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Delaware.


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