Management Team

Averica Discovery Services, Inc.

Our management’s extensive industry experience can accelerate your small molecule R&D and GMP program


Jeffrey Kiplinger, PhD

Founder and General Manager, Averica & VP Science and Innovation, Neopharm Labs

Dr. Kiplinger has 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical and related industries, working extensively in the discovery and optimization of small molecule human and veterinary therapeutics. From 2001 through 2007, Dr. Kiplinger consulted with a variety of discovery technology companies on the optimization of chemistry discovery process. Previously, he founded the Gilson Center for Integrated Discovery Technology (CIDT) as a partnership development center responsible for high-speed chemistry and analysis products. From 1988 to 1998 at Pfizer, Dr. Kiplinger supported discovery chemistry activities by developing new applications for mass spectrometry and chromatography, in particular Open Access HPLC/MS and mass spectrometry-directed preparative chromatography.

Cynthia Berger, PhD

Vice President of Operations, Averica

Dr. Berger brings over 20 years of experience working in analytical contract research and instrumentation companies.  Prior to joining Averica Discovery, Dr. Berger served as Project Manager at PCI Synthesis, a contract manufacturing organization (CMO), where she managed million dollar projects developing drug substances.  Previously, she served as Vice President and Co-Founder of Pion, Inc., an instrumentation company and CRO, where she oversaw instrumentation sales, the CRO laboratory, and project management.  In addition to her responsibilities, Dr. Berger was a key contributor to the development of Pion’s instruments and intellectual property.  She also established new markets for the company, expanding their service offerings.  Dr. Berger earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Penn State University.

Paul Lefebvre

Lab Director

Paul has worked in separations and purification for over 25 years.  His experience with purification has been as both a vendor and a customer.  Paul is currently the Lab Director at Averica and was the company’s first employee hired in 2008.  He has worked to grow Averica into a full service chromatography CRO including purification by SFC and HPLC.  Prior to Averica, Paul worked at Waters Corporation developing and advancing mass-directed purification.