Gena co-founded Paragon Biomedical with her late husband Nick Reed in 1989. Together with their management team they built Paragon Biomedical into a global CRO employing more than 240 employees, contractors, and consultants prior to its acquisition by Clinipace Worldwide. With the acquisition Gena joins the Clinipace Board.
Prior to starting Paragon, Gena worked in the pharmaceutical industry where she held positions in Pharmaceutical Sales Management, Consumer Products Sales Management, and Human Resources at Merrell National, Merrell Dow and Marion Merrell Dow. While at Merrell Dow, she was one of five individuals selected to start a new health promotion business.
Throughout her career, Gena has been actively involved in professional and community-based groups and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Girls Incorporated, a national non-profit youth organization. Gena received the 1998 Orange County Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Healthcare, and on October 14, 2005, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) honored as Business Woman of the Year 2005.
Gena holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.