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RockStep Solutions

RockStep’s Leadership Team is driven by their passion for saving lives through helping streamline pharmaceutical research, bringing treatments to market faster.

Meet the people who make Climb rock.

With vast industry experience, three innovation awards, and a passion to do something vastly different, RockStep Solutions’ founders built an elegant, modern, comprehensive, software solution for preclinical and nonclinical research called Climb™. RockStep Solutions continues to work with scientists and engineers to update and refine Climb with some of the world’s most advanced technologies to ensure it meets your needs today – and in the future.

Chuck Donnelly


Co-founder of RockStep, Chuck has a degree in Computer Science. Prior to RockStep, Chuck was Director of Computational Sciences at the Jackson Laboratory (JAX), where he led work on intractable computational problems for numerous disease areas, including cancer and diabetes. Chuck’s work at JAX was funded by the NIH, HHMI, and JAX. Prior to JAX, Chuck was in the Space Astrophysics Group at UC Berkeley where he directed development of software systems for NASA orbiting platforms, worked on the Space Shuttle ground control, and led development of software for imbedded systems, and algorithms for radio astronomy.

Chuck has published articles and papers in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at conferences around the world. As CEO, Chuck brings a wealth of business experience, leadership, and management experience to the RockStep team.

Julie Morrison


Co-founder of RockStep, Julie has a degree in Microbiology. Prior to joining RockStep, she worked at IDEXX labs developing assays for detecting contamination in public water supplies and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory developing assays for detecting biological surface contamination for deep space missions. For RockStep, Julie works closely with researchers in industry and academia to understand their needs. She uses this knowledge to manage the product roadmap and position Climb within drug discovery research.

As President of RockStep, Julie manages all company operations and works closely with the CEO to develop the company’s strategy, financial models, and investment portfolio. Julie has published articles on information systems for research and lectured at industry conferences.

Richard Clark


Richard brings years of strategic and tactical experience in finance and operations to RockStep where he is now helping the company focus on accelerating growth and creating enterprise value.

He has a diverse background with experience in multiple industries including high tech manufacturing, software, and life sciences. Richard works closely with RockStep’s CEO and BOD on growth strategy, tactical plans, forecasts and budgets with full GAAP based financial reporting. He also has extensive experience raising growth capital, and designing/implementing infrastructure and systems to support rapid scale-up.

Richard Coxon

Vice President of EMEA Operations

For over 25 years Richard has helped Life Sciences organizations, from tier 1 pharma through to emerging bio, adopt new technology to improve their R&D businesses, get effective medicines to market faster, and ultimately improve people’s health. Prior to RockStep, Richard held sales and marketing leadership roles in two of the world leading life sciences technology providers: Dassault Systemes as the Leader of Northern Europe, and Oracle as Leader of Global Accounts. Earlier in his career, Richard led business units and European regions in smaller US-based life sciences niche technology providers such as Tripos (now Certara) and ISI (now part of DXC).

As Vice President of EMEA Operations, Richard brings extensive commercial and deep industry experience to the rapid growth of RockStep in Europe.

Vanessa Cartwright

Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America

Vanessa has over two decades of leadership experience in Life Science software and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Brown University. Prior to RockStep, Vanessa led Sales for Benchling during years of rapid growth. Vanessa was a part of the PerkinElmer Informatics (now Revvity) integration with CambridgeSoft, post acquisition. Vanessa held Sales and Marketing leadership roles at CambridgeSoft and was a part of the original introduction of the ELN to industry, as well as of the growth of ChemDraw to over a million users.

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America, Vanessa brings strong Commercial leadership experience to the RockStep team.