Executive Director, CTN2
Phil Cestaro is the Executive Director and Treasurer of the Clinical Trials Network of Tennessee (CTN2), a state-wide network of hospitals and clinical practices facilitating industry sponsored clinical trials for University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) faculty. He is responsible for the overall leadership of CTN2, including building the network of institutions and capabilities across the State of Tennessee and the southeastern United States, overseeing the budget, services provided and procurement of new clinical trial projects. He is also Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Business Development at UTHSC, assisting the Office of Research in identifying and increasing research collaborations with pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies. Mr. Cestaro has over 20 years of executive-level experience in small and large companies, growing multiple start-ups from foundation to over $100 million in value. He is the President and CEO of TriMetis Life Sciences, a tissue technology company with an innovative online marketplace and AI-based technologies helping laboratory, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies as well as academic institutions to advance their research processes and workflow through state-of-the-art technologies, software, and imaging solutions. He received his bachelor’s degree in English and Accounting from Washington and Jefferson College in 1993. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Georgia (inactive).