Our Experts


Trial By Fire Solutions is the team behind SimpleCTMS. We are an eClinical software company founded in 2008 and headquartered in Oakland, CA, with a focus on clinical trial management systems that improve planning, execution and tracking of clinical trials. With many years of experience on the front lines of clinical trial management, we have a passion for innovating web-based applications to improve planning, execution and tracking of clinical trials.

The Trial By Fire Solutions Team has been building expertise in clinical trial management systems with a diverse, global clientele since the release of SimpleCTMS in 2010.  We have drawn upon that in-depth experience, along with our mission to provide affordable and effective eClinical solutions to teams of all sizes, to develop and release SimpleTrials in 2016.  We are proud to offer the first on-demand CTMS option to sponsors, CROs, sites and other clinical stakeholders, with a simple pricing and subscription model, all available directly from our website.

Management Team


Nancy Cecchettini, B.E., Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Nancy Cecchettini has over 20 years of industry experience across multiple therapeutic areas in the biopharmaceutical and device industries. She has experience in Phase I–IV trials and has held roles as clinical trial manager, regional project manager, global lead CRA, co-monitor, auditor, project coordinator and independent clinical consultant.



Jon Cecchettini, B.S., Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Jon Cecchettini has over 20 years of software development and information technology experience. His web application expertise is based on building secure, scalable and intuitive products for a multitude of Silicon Valley startups.



Giving back is important to the Trial By Fire Solutions team. We support a variety of organizations that advance the health and wellness of our community.

Our team is passionate about reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of bringing biopharmaceutical products to market for people in need. We’re also committed to donating resources to the efforts of philanthropic health care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and device-based organizations, especially those involved in clinical trials.


St. Jude

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. 



Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill

The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill cares for families whose children spend time in area hospitals, offering physical comfort and emotional support for the well-being of the family.

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Project Purr

Project Purr is an all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue organization that helps feral cats and kittens in Santa Cruz County, Calif.

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Holly Spring Food Cupboard

The Holly Springs Food Cupboard provides supplemental food and referral assistance to those in need in the Holly Springs, N.C., community.



Durham Crisis Response Center

The Durham Crisis Response Center works with the Durham, N.C., community to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, education, support and prevention.


Catholic Charities of the East Bay

Catholic Charities of the East Bay is devoted to providing social services and advocacy to the working poor and underserved in Alameda and Contra Costa County, Calif.

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Earthjustice uses the law to preserve a rich, sustainable and diverse natural heritage for current and future generations.