MEET THE TEAM

An accomplished

team delivering

exceptional results.

Liz Bloss, DVM

Liz Bloss, DVM

Career highlights:

Before co-founding The Bracken Group, Liz held positions at Sanofi, Novo Nordisk, Bracco, Kyowa Hakko Kirin, and Taiho Oncology. She is an accomplished drug development strategist and a seasoned regulatory leader with a strong track record of delivering IND, NDA, and MAA submissions in multiple therapeutic areas. She has developed and implemented numerous effective global regulatory strategies and submissions, enabling the earliest possible approvals of Phase I through Phase III applications. Liz started her career with the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Divisions.


Areas of expertise:

Regulatory IND and NDA submission strategy and execution, US agent and primary contact for sponsors, regulatory strategy in various therapeutic areas including oncology; exceptional cross-functional leader, bridging disciplinary and organizational boundaries to deliver innovative solutions.


What makes TBG different?

Concierge-style consulting with the patient and caregiver in mind. The Bracken Group can help sponsors successfully navigate the regulatory pathway to achieve submission and approval of their products.


Hobbies:

Carriage driving and spending time with her pair of Cleveland Bay mares.


Favorite place to travel:

The Black Forest in Germany or anywhere in the foothills of the Alpine mountains.

Lisa D. Cooper, PhD, RAC

Lisa D. Cooper, PhD, RAC

Career highlights:

Along with her work at TBG, Lisa served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Xennials Therapeutics, a Chicago-based biotech start-up. She is an accomplished global regulatory affairs professional, bringing a depth of experience in leading strategic regulatory pathways for drug and biologic products from pre-clinical through post-marketing stages. Lisa was previously Director of Regulatory Affairs at Immunocore, where she helped drive strategic regulatory approaches for lead product candidates to initiate clinical trials and maximize the probability of registrational success.


Areas of expertise:

Oncology, orphan indications, IND submissions, advertising and promotion review, label development.


What makes TBG different?

It’s a small, tight-knit group that really supports one another.


Hobbies:

Gardening, reading, running, spending time with family.


Favorite place to travel:

The Florida Keys (it’s like being in the Caribbean but with all the conveniences of the US).

Katie Diaz, BS

Katie Diaz, BS

Career highlights:

Katie has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing. She started her career on the product management side of the Medical Device industry. She found her passion in meeting new professionals and being able to use her skills to help them with their marketing needs and so pivoted to TBG in 2019. When not attending networking events or tackling marketing projects, Katie enthusiastically manages the Dan Diaz Biotech Breakfast Club. She also enjoys being part of the Women in Bio Membership Committee. She also enjoys volunteering and fundraising for the ALS Association, competitively riding horses, and pet sitting. Katie lives with her family outside of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.


Areas of expertise:

Business development, marketing.


What makes TBG different?

I love working for a company that supports me in my professional development along with personal growth. When I am attending community events, such as my networking group to help raise awareness for the ALS Association, at least one TBG consultant is there, if not everyone. This team supports each individual person for who they are professionally and personally and they help us every step of the way to learn as much as we can.


Hobbies:

Riding horses and hiking new trails.


Favorite place to travel:

Aruba

Jim Gilligan, PhD, MSIB

Jim Gilligan, PhD, MSIB

Career highlights:

Jim is a scientist, entrepreneur, executive, and business development specialist who has co-founded and helped lead multiple bio-pharma and bio-tech companies, including Tarsa Therapeutics, Herborium Inc., and Unigene Labs, where he oversaw the entire spectrum of drug development activities, including pharmacology and preclinical activities, CMC, clinical Phase I-III, as well as US and international regulatory strategies. Jim is a co-author on several manufacturing and formulation patents and has been featured in journal articles on novel therapeutic peptides and their clinical utility. He has executed numerous feasibility and licensing deals within the pharmaceutical industry, working frequently with investment bankers, venture capitalists, and brokers.


Areas of expertise:

Drug development and strategic planning, pharmacology and toxicology, due diligence, peptide-based therapeutics, musculoskeletal diseases, cardiovascular disease, and atherosclerosis.


Hobbies:

Playing golf and basketball, attending/watching sporting events.


Favorite place to travel:

Ireland – not because of the beer, but because of the people.

Chelsea Miller, MA

Chelsea Miller, MA

Career highlights:

Chelsea has a master's degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. She started her career in Regulatory Affairs for a Multi-Brand CPG company and has experience in FDA Drug and Device submissions, as well as FIFRA submissions and compliance. She comes to TBG with 6 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs. Chelsea lives with her husband and two dogs in a tiny house located in the White Mountains of  New Hampshire.

 
Areas of expertise:

Regulatory IND & NDA Submissions, ODD Submissions, OTC Drug Compliance, FIFRA Submissions & Compliance, Medical Device Submissions & Compliance.

 

What makes TBG different?

TBG is a collaborative team that does not believe in a "one-size fits all" approach. TBG will tailor its strategy to fit each project and client, ensuring successful navigation of regulatory pathways. 

 
Hobbies:

Spending time outside in the White Mountains, NH with my dogs: Hiking, Mountain Biking, and Skiing.

 

Favorite place to travel:

Exploring new trails both on my feet and on two wheels. Some of my favorites so far have been in the Wind River Range Wyoming; Ton Sai, Thailand; and Bugaboo Provincial Park, British Columbia.

Colin G. Miller, PhD, FIPEM, CSci

Colin G. Miller, PhD, FIPEM, CSci

Career highlights:

Colin is a co-founder and managing partner of The Bracken Group. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at BioClinica and was instrumental in supporting the growth of the company from 35 to more than 1,800 people. He was an officer of the company for 5 of the years it was publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Colin started Bona Fide Ltd. (part of the Lunar Corporation) and has also worked at Syntex Pharmaceuticals (now part of Roche) and Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals. He has written more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific and medical publications and published 3 books, the latest entitled “Medical Imaging in Clinical Trials.” He holds 3 patents. He has presented at the FDA on several occasions and attended meetings on the development of guidance documents, including “Imaging in Clinical Trials” and discussions on progression-free survival in oncology. He has been an advisor on several safety boards and ad-coms. Colin is also a fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (FIPEM) and is a Chartered Scientist (CSci).


Areas of expertise:

Medical imaging in clinical trials, clinical development strategy, osteoarthritis, radiopharmaceuticals, nuclear medicine, and DXA.


What makes TBG different?

Integrity and transparency are core to the company ethos. As a consultant, you only have your reputation and company reputation to stand on and that is a key facet of The Bracken Group. Everyone who joins the team is not only steeped in an area of expertise, but subscribes to this same underlying philosophy and mode of working.


Hobbies:

Flying and all things aviation; kayaking, cycling, and hiking.


Favorite place to travel:

Colin as traveled to more than 40 countries, but some favorite memories include feeding a baby elephant in a Thailand rain forest, bungy jumping in New Zealand, and standing on the Arctic Circle in Finland.

Andrew L. Salzman, MD
Career highlights:

Andy is a physician, scientist, entrepreneur, executive, and pharmaceutical development specialist who has founded and led multiple biotechnology companies, including Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Radikal Therapeutics, Salzman Group, Chilmark Laboratories, and Orphan Technologies, where he oversaw the entire spectrum of drug development activities, including discovery chemistry, pharmacology, and preclinical activities, manufacturing, clinical Phase I-II, as well as the US and international regulatory strategies. Following training in pediatrics, he has undertaken research and clinical fellowships in Pediatric Infectious Disease, Immunology, Parasitology, Neonatology, and Pediatric Critical Care. Andy founded and led the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is a co-author on 50 compositions of matter chemistry patents and 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications. His research has focused on free radical biochemistry, inflammation, cannabinoid chemistry, pulmonary vascular biology, oxidant stress, shock pathophysiology, and mucosal barrier dysfunction. He has received 125 NIH, DARPA, ONR, and BARDA grants and contracts. He is the inventor of the first-in-class therapeutics that have been licensed to Genentech (INO-1001, first PARP inhibitor for treatment of cancer and myocardial infarction), formed the basis for a NASDAQ IPO (Trabadenoson, first adenosine 1 receptor agonist for glaucoma), and sold to Retrophin (OT-58, first pegylated recombinant cystathionine beta-synthase, for treatment of homocystinuria). He has raised $125 million in venture capital and institutional funds and $125 million in federal funding.


Areas of expertise:

Drug development and strategic planning, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology, basic research, due diligence, orphan drugs, and critical care.


What makes TBG different?

The Bracken Group is different because it is constructed around the concept of a single dedicated team of highly experienced drug development professionals who work together daily to ensure superior bespoke service to every client. 

Hobbies:

Downhill skiing, trans-oceanic sailing, hiking.


Favorite place to travel:

Cradle Mountain in Tasmania for hiking, Zermatt for skiing, the British Virgin Islands for sailing.

Nick Spring, BS, DipM

Nick Spring, BS, DipM

Career highlights:

Nick is a highly experienced, results-oriented executive with a strong track record of team building, strategic planning, and tactical execution in fast-paced organizations in medical devices, pharma, and biotech. Over his extensive and varied global career, he has held leadership positions with Smith & Nephew, Merck and Merial, and many others. Nick was also the Founder, Chairman, and President & CEO of Topaz Pharmaceuticals, the Founder and Managing Partner of Humanitas Consulting, President and CEO of Reliefband Technologies, and Partner at Alten Calsoft Labs.


Areas of expertise:

Strategy, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, human and animal health, as well as entrepreneurship and start-up-to-growth-stage companies.


What makes TBG different?

The Bracken Group consistently provides its clients with certain intangible activities that fulfill very particular defined needs—quickly, quietly, and with incredible efficiency.


Hobbies:

SCUBA diving, protecting the oceanic environment, activities involving aircraft and cars, reading (history, sci-fi, biographies), and computer science.


Favorite place to travel:

London, England. (“Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner!”)

Danielle Tuller, MBA

Danielle Tuller, MBA

Career highlights:

Dani recently graduated with an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, located in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to joining The Bracken Group, she spent 3 years working in the commercial real estate industry in San Francisco, with a focus on hospitality assets. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and a minor in Real Estate Finance from Cornell University.


Areas of expertise:

Due diligence, corporate strategy, real estate and hospitality finance, social enterprise, market research, accounts receivable, and project management.


What makes The Bracken Group different?

TBG has fostered a uniquely well-balanced, authentic, and supportive culture. All of the partners are extremely accessible and willing to take time to speak with you about anything, personal or professional.


Hobbies:

Horseback riding and horsemanship, jigsaw puzzles, cooking, and hanging with her dog, Rocco.


Favorite place to travel:

Ireland, for the greenery, castles and distilleries; and San Francisco for the down-to-earth city vibes, as well as the beautiful hiking.

Brad Wyman, PhD, MS

Brad Wyman, PhD, MS

Career highlights:

Brad is a recognized expert with more than 20 years of experience in clinical imaging studies and regulatory consulting. Brad was most recently Vice President of Imaging and Clinical Development at ImaginAb, where he was responsible for the development and clinical testing for novel PET tracers. While working with multiple medical device startups, his responsibilities included software and hardware development, Quality Systems Regulations (QSR), 510k submissions and clinical testing. Brad began his career at Pfizer, working across several therapeutic areas over 10 years. He has published more than 50 journal articles and has coauthored four patents.


Areas of expertise:

The study design, protocol development, and study documentation of clinical trials, medical imaging for drug development, due diligence, investment management, and statistics and data management.


What makes TBG different?

Working with The Bracken Group represents a chance to work with a team of creative thinkers to allow for a broader perspective when problem-solving.


Hobbies:

Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and jogging.


Favorite place to travel:

Houston, TX.

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