WE ARE BRACKEN

Meet the team that lives life science to support your growth and success.

What is Bracken? Bracken is a tall fern that grows wild in the region of England where our co-founder, Colin Miller, was born and raised. Characterized by its large, highly divided leaves, bracken is a tenacious and agile plant that thrives on six continents across the globe. As a fully remote, global team serving clients around the world, we connect with a bracken's determination to grow and thrive wherever it may be. To us, bracken leaves also represent the coming together of multiple disciplines in perfect alignment to produce rapid growth - and that’s exactly how we serve our customers. By bringing together an accomplished team of diverse professionals to leverage our expertise in consulting, marketing, and data, we provide services that help businesses grow wider and faster. Meet our team below, or visit our careers page to learn more about joining Bracken.

  • Consulting
  • Regulatory
  • Marketing Services
  • Analytics
  • Operations
  • Business Development
  • Leadership
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Jaeke Barkin

Developer

Analytics

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Jaeke Barkin

Developer

Specializing in healthcare data, Jaeke Barkin is a software engineer who is passionate about all things “data.” Whether Jaeke is precisely molding clinical trial records for use in a CRM, or building comprehensive end-to-end data pipelines customers can rely on, he meticulously ensures that current data is always easily accessible to Bracken's clients. After interning at Bracken for over a year, he joined the company full-time in February. Jaeke divides his time between Rhode Island and O'ahu, and when he's not reading up on decentralized computing or hardware virtualization, he's working on pet projects, enjoying music, or snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean.

Liz Bloss, DVM

Managing Partner

Head of Regulatory

Consulting

Regulatory

Leadership

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Liz Bloss, DVM

Managing Partner

Head of Regulatory

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

Senior Partner

Consulting

Regulatory

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Lisa D. Cooper, PhD, RAC

Senior Partner

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).

Jim Gilligan, PhD, MSIB

Managing Partner

Leadership

Consulting

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Jim Gilligan, PhD, MSIB

Managing Partner

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.

Marilyn Julien

Senior Partner

Consulting

Regulatory

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Marilyn Julien

Senior Partner

Career highlights:

Before moving into Regulatory Affairs, Marilyn was a research analytical chemist at Cosmair Lancome, Block Drug Company (aka GSK), and Schering-Plough Research Institute (aka Merck). She switched to Regulatory Affairs CMC (chemistry, manufacturing, and controls) while at Schering-Plough and has since worked for Kyowa Hakko Kogyo (aka Kyowa Hakko Kirin), Imclone (aka Eli Lilly), Celgene (aka Bristol Myers Squibb), and BeiGene. She is an experienced Regulatory CMC development strategist with extensive experience managing Phase 1 to Phase 3 investigational small and large molecules, and plasma drugs. Marilyn comes to TBG with 20+ years experience in pre- and post-approval Regulatory Affairs CMC. She recently served as Director Regulatory Affairs CMC - Biologics Early Development at BeiGene.

Areas of expertise:

Regulatory CMC development strategy and author for INDs, IMPDs, CTAs. Drug lifecycle management. Comparability protocols (commercial)/comparability amendments (development) products.
FDA formal meetings/EMA scientific advice meetings.

Hobbies:

Reading and hiking through the Pocono Mountains, PA and learning new crafts. When at home, she spends her time with her two cats.

Favorite place to travel:

The mountains and waterfalls of Belize and the Western Antilles.

John Foti

Copywriter

Marketing Services

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John Foti

Copywriter

After many years touring as a musician, John pursued his writing interests and now has over 15 years of diverse clinical and pharmaceutical advertising experience across many therapeutic areas. As an associate creative director, he's worked with Pfizer, Baxter, Janssen, Galderma, AbbVie, and others, to help create impactful digital and multi-channel initiatives across global and US portfolios.

Michelle Gangwer

Account Manager

Marketing Services

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Michelle Gangwer

Account Manager

Michelle’s previous experience comes from owning her own marketing/advertising agency for eight years before merging with another digital marketing agency and serving as the VP of operations for 12 years. She loves to think “outside of the box” and come up with creative, individualized marketing plans that enable clients to reach the next level. In her spare time, Michelle is a huge foodie, loves fine dining with her husband, gardening, cooking, her new home in Glendon, PA and her two labs – Shelby Lee and Wilee B.

Lori Hahn

Office Manager

Operations

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Lori Hahn

Office Manager

In addition to working for the Law School Admission Council, in financial services, and, most recently, in elementary education for 15 years, Lori has held several administrative support roles during her career. In her free time, Lori enjoys spending as much time as possible "down the shore" with her husband and four grown children, working on DIY projects, and shopping for bargains.

Laurie Harrington

Copywriter

Marketing Services

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Laurie Harrington

Copywriter

Originally a journalist, Laurie started her career as a reporter for Forbes. She later segued into advertising and marketing. Beginning in 2001, she worked for a series of advertising agencies servicing the pharmaceutical industry. She rose through the ranks to become group creative director at Ogilvy in New York by 2009. Her clients have included AbbVie, Merck, Pfizer, and Roche among many others. As a marketing communications consultant, Laurie offers more than 20 years of professional experience combined with first-rate story-telling and copywriting skills.

Annie Liljegren

Content Director

Marketing Services

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Annie Liljegren

Content Director

Annie's approach to content direction, development, and strategy is informed by her origins as a Salesforce admin coupled with an academic background. A firm believer that quality content begins with quality research, Annie spent several years teaching college composition, rhetoric, and speech to STEM/life science majors. Areas of special interest include "dialogue-centric" collateral presenting information via conversation: podcasts, success stories, or a well-crafted print interview.

Maddie Loverich

Junior Copywriter

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Maddie Loverich

Junior Copywriter

Maddie graduated from Linfield University in May 2022 with a degree in journalism and media studies. Her time at Linfield brought numerous opportunities to gain valuable communications experience, including acting as the editor-in-chief for the student newspaper, a social media management position with a local government, and various other copywriting roles. In her free time, the Washington State native can be found at any given sporting event, going to the movies, or enjoying live music.

Hannah McBride

Account Manager

Marketing Services

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Hannah McBride

Account Manager

Originally from Colorado, Hannah graduated with her Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Nebraska in 2014. Combining her passion for sports and innate desire for building meaningful relationships, Hannah has worked as an Account Manager for the NBA, Nike, and the LPGA before joining Bracken Marketing. She enjoys problem-solving and creating authentic marketing strategies for her clients. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, watching football, home DIY projects, and spending time with her husband and two corgis in the Pacific Northwest!

Karen McCandless

Copywriter

Marketing Services

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Karen McCandless

Copywriter

Karen is a seasoned writer and digital marketing professional who specializes in B2B software and business communication. Karen has a passion for words and explaining technical concepts in easy-to-use language. When not typing frantically at her laptop, she enjoys trying new brunch spots, browsing second-hand bookshops, and going on last minute minibreaks.

Sandy McEwan MB, FRCPC, FSNMMI

Senior Partner

Marketing Services

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Sandy McEwan MB, FRCPC, FSNMMI

Senior Partner

With over forty years of experience in oncology and nuclear medicine, Dr. McEwan is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of radioiosotope therapy, molecular imaging, and imaging biomarkers. He has authored over 120 publications, served as Chair of the Departments of Radiology and Oncology at the University of Alberta, and worked as a physician at Alberta Health Services for over thirty years. Dr. McEwan has previously served as Clinical Director of the Cross Cancer Institute, Clinical Head of Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Alberta Hospital and Chief Medical Officer at Ariceum.

Elliot Miller

Managing Partner

Chief Growth Officer

Leadership

Marketing Services

Business Development

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Elliot Miller

Managing Partner

Chief Growth Officer

Elliot is passionate about growing businesses through aggressive digital marketing tactics, and currently pursues this passion as Partner and Chief Marketer at Bracken Marketing. His previous roles have included small startups, major b2b tech players, and project managing across VC portfolios.

When asked about how and why his career brought him to joining the Bracken founding team he states: “The high-tech industry I once worked in became overcrowded. But now is the perfect time to apply the marketing strategies developed in this sector to digital health, pharma services, and eclinical teams. I find these teams have more opportunity than any other industry to use thoughtful marketing for differentiating from competitors, disrupting large yet slow competitors, capturing market share, and growing revenue.”

Chelsea Miller, MA

Senior Consultant, Regulatory Affairs

Consulting

Regulatory

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Chelsea Miller, MA

Senior Consultant, Regulatory Affairs

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

CEO

Leadership

Consulting

Operations

Business Development

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Colin G. Miller, PhD, FIPEM, CSci

CEO

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.

Kathryn Minzola

Advertising Manager

Marketing Services

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Kathryn Minzola

Advertising Manager

Kathryn graduated from DeSales University with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2014. Coming from an agency; Kathryn has always been driven by helping clients achieve their marketing goals and is always up for a new challenge. She has a great personal demeanor and enjoys working closely with both clients and her teammates. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and young son, taking on home DIY projects, spending time outdoors, shopping, and traveling!

Ben Mitchell

VP of Operations

Leadership

Marketing Services

Operations

Analytics

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Ben Mitchell

VP of Operations

Ben is our resident advertiser, reporting guru, and growth specialist. Previously, he worked in healthcare IT project management, managed Google Advertising at a startup agency, and built his own advertising agency, The Brite Mind. His passion for analytics and efficiency constantly pushes him to automate processes and look for new ways to help his clients and his team succeed. In his spare time, Ben is an improv comedian, Celtics fanatic, climber, hiker, and photographer. He’s an adventure seeker, with a passion for trying new things.

Victor Miranda, MD, MBA

Senior Partner

Consulting

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Victor Miranda, MD, MBA

Senior Partner

Career highlights:

Dr. Miranda is a leader in the field of Medical Device development with extensive domestic and international experience in medical affairs, clinical affairs, and marketing. He has created and managed processes for post market clinical trials, investigator-initiated studies (IIS) and health economics and reimbursement. Dr. Miranda champions Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and drives Physician and voice of the customer input in Product Development for IVD and Medical Devices. He has implemented Global Clinical Trial Management, and KOL Management and Development in the fields of Osteoporosis, Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP), Ophthalmology and Diabetes. He is currently a consultant in medical affairs and compliance with ConvaTec. Recently Dr. Miranda served as Chief Medical Officer for 3M where he led efforts in Health Care Compliance and the integration of Medical/Clinical inputs into the product development process. His expertise extended to an internal consulting role in Value Base Care, Market Access & Evidence, KOL utilization processes, and Scientific Affairs and Education among other functions. Prior to joining 3M, he served as the Chief Medical Officer-Head Health (Neurology) for GE Healthcare and led the Head Health Initiative between GE and the National Football League (NFL). During his career, he has created strategies for several international markets as well as Medical Advisory Boards for the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Latin America. Dr. Miranda has been a thought leader for the Frost & Sullivan Mind X-change and Q1 Productions.

Areas of expertise:

Product Development for IVD and Medical Devices, Global Clinical Trial Management, and KOL Management and Development in the fields of Osteoporosis, Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP), Ophthalmology and Diabetes.

What makes TBG different?

Camaraderie, Integrity and Transparency. Considering that as a consultant my reputation and that of the Consultancy Group I join are of paramount importance.

Hobbies:

I love dancing, traveling, movies. I do all the Latin dances: salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, you name it. Not professionally, just for fun.

Favorite place to travel:

Argentina, Prague, Europe, Australia and South Africa

Abdel Otmani

Developer

Marketing Services

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Abdel Otmani

Developer

Abdel is a data fanatic, and is ready to tackle any data analysis challenge. He's most interested in how intelligence solutions use Big Data to help us understand human behavior. Abdel received his masters degree in Data Mining from University of Lyon and has over 12 years of experience in Business Intelligence and Data Science. He has done data consulting for large firms such as Volvo, and currently focuses on developing the next greatest Bracken Data features. He lives in Lyon, France and with his 3 children. Abdel enjoys beautiful cars, working out, reading post-apocalyptic books, and spending time with family.

William Reinus, MD, MBA

Senior Partner

Consulting

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William Reinus, MD, MBA

Senior Partner

Career highlights:

Wil comes to TBG after more than 35 years of experience as a Professor of Radiology first at Washington University in Saint Louis and then at Temple University in Philadelphia. During his academic career, he worked to pioneer early musculoskeletal ultrasound and develop protocols for musculoskeletal MRI imaging. He has extensive expertise in medical imaging, particularly with respect to musculoskeletal disease. His research centered on clinical disease as well as using neural networks for automated diagnosis of mammographic lesions, a technology for which he holds a patent. He has published 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 2 books as well as contributed 23 chapters to several other textbooks. He has presented over 135 lectures at local, national, and international conferences. Wil earned an MBA from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2000 and he has used these skills to investigate the economics of American medical care. After leaving academics, Wil worked 5 years in a global core laboratory, serving as a Medical Director guiding imaging trials for pharma. Here he used his experience in imaging to recommend imaging protocols and subsequently guide them to fruition.

Areas of expertise:

Medical imaging includes radiography, ultrasound, CT, and MRI. Extensive knowledge of imaging musculoskeletal neoplasms, arthropathies - degenerative and inflammatory, trauma, bone densitometry, and genetic disorders. Working with biopharma for successful completion of imaging trials.

What makes TBG different?

Focused, expert concierge-style consulting with a broad array of biomedical expertise, based on transparency, clarity, and honesty.

Hobbies:

Skiing, cycling, and hiking. Investing and mathematics. French and French culture.

Favorite place to travel:

Wil has traveled extensively in both eastern and western Europe, particularly France. He's also visited India, Doha, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, and Canada. Still many places to go.

Yolanda Sanchez, PhD

Senior Partner

Consulting

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Yolanda Sanchez, PhD

Senior Partner

Career highlights:

Yolanda has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Oviedo, Spain). Her career spans academia (Washington University, St. Louis, MO; Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC), pharmaceutical industry (GSK), and consulting (biotech). While at GSK she was responsible for a Discovery Performance Unit, a multidisciplinary (chemistry, biology, DMPK) and integrated group of scientists focused on identifying and progressing to the clinic novel targets for COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases. In this role, she was a key member of the Respiratory Therapy Area Executive Team, which was responsible for overseeing the progression of the respiratory portfolio (from novel targets to marketed products) in collaboration with the commercial team. Yolanda is currently a scientific advisor board member for BioSymetrics (a phenomics-driven drug discovery aimed to improve clinical translation and advance precision medicine) and RAGE Biotech (a biotech company developing novel therapeutics targeting the Receptor for Advanced Glycation Products for difficult-to-treat inflammatory diseases). Yolanda has extensive experience in implementation of collaborations and business initiatives and embedding new technologies in drug discovery.

Areas of expertise:

Early drug discovery, spanning novel target/pathway identification and validation, lead optimization, candidate selection, IND-enabling studies, human biology translational studies, biomarker strategies, and early clinical studies. Track record of delivering innovative approaches enabling the discovery and progression of novel clinical candidates for a number of indications.

What makes TBG different?

A sense of community and the drive to help our clients advance new medicines and clinical paradigms to serve patients.

Hobbies:

Sailing, playing golf and reading.

Favorite place to travel:

London (for the perfect mix of work and play), the American West (for incredible mountains, rivers, and deserts), South Texas in winter (for bird watching), the Chesapeake Bay (for all things sailing and cruising).

Andrew L. Salzman, MD

Senior Partner

Consulting

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Andrew L. Salzman, MD

Senior Partner

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.

Allyson Pauly

Sales Enablement Specialist

Business Development

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Allyson Pauly

Sales Enablement Specialist

Allyson graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Strategic Communication. Since graduating, she has had successful experience collaborating with clients in the Life Science, Biotech, and Diagnostic industries. Her passion is building strong relationships in order to assist clients in growing their business and enabling them to make an impact on patients’ lives worldwide. Outside of the workplace, Allyson spends her time hiking with her two dogs, participating in multiple disciplines of equestrian riding, and camping.

Sasha Reanier

Copywriter

 

Marketing Services

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Sasha Reanier

Copywriter

 

Sasha views all writing as a form of storytelling—it's how we relate to those around us and the world at large. With an MFA in creative writing, she takes great joy in carefully curating words to reach a desired audience while making connections and leaving lasting impressions. She previously worked as an in-house copywriter, crafting a wide variety of both short- and long-form projects. When Sasha's not reading, slowly typing, or watching reality TV, she fancies herself a flâneuse, leisurely exploring the streets of Minneapolis, always on the lookout for a delightful bakery.

Adam Schwind

VP of Marketing Services

Leadership

Marketing Services

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Adam Schwind

VP of Marketing Services

Adam is driven by the philosophy that good business reaches far beyond revenue generation, his focus remains on building meaningful relationships that result in strategic partnerships. Adam joins us after working as an Account Manager and in Business Development for another agency. His international MBA partnered with his prior work experience provides a unique perspective. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his young family and is an avid sports fan, especially Michigan State University, his alma mater.

Colby Stellhorn

Account Manager

Marketing Services

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Colby Stellhorn

Account Manager

Colby has been a marketing services executive for over twelve years, seven of those with an agency she founded that is still thriving today. Prior to starting her own agency, Colby worked as a Director of Sales and Marketing and was responsible for developing marketing campaigns that were responsible for B2B relationships that included HSN, QVC, and other larger retail chains. From large pharma to smaller boutique CROs, Colby enjoys utilizing her digital marketing expertise to strategize and implement winning campaigns that move the needle for her accounts. In her spare time, Colby enjoys spending time with her three girls and riding horses in the mountains of North Carolina.

Tracey Tassinari

Graphic Designer

 

Marketing Services

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Tracey Tassinari

Graphic Designer

 

Tracey Tassinari is a graphic designer based in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Originally from Connecticut, she has an educational background in both marketing and graphic design from The University of Connecticut, allowing her to bridge the gap between aesthetics and strategic results. She has been working in the digital and branding world for over 5 years now, working on small to large scale website designs and branding projects. A unique combination of thoughtfulness and playfulness is integral to her design process and she values positive and productive communication so that she can get close to the projects and people she works with.

Nick Spring, BSc (Hons), DipM, MCIM

Senior Partner

Consulting

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Nick Spring, BSc (Hons), DipM, MCIM

Senior Partner

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!

Renju Thomas

Office Manager

Operations

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Renju Thomas

Office Manager

BS Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Chicago. Created and ran a business in the promotional products industry for several years. Love of numbers and detail-oriented nature segued into Office Management and Bookkeeping for several companies. Passion for volunteer work in the community and schools. Love being at the beach and the Jersey Shore. Enjoy reading books and belong to several book clubs. On a journey to learn new things and discover new talents such as painting and becoming a master Archer.

Nurcan Tosun, MBA, MA

Senior Manager

Strategic Partnerships & Business Development

Consulting

Business Development

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Nurcan Tosun, MBA, MA

Senior Manager

Strategic Partnerships & Business Development

Career highlights:

Nurcan has a master's degree in Business Administration from Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota. She started her career at Merck & Co. and has done product marketing and sales for osteoporosis, vaccines and ophthalmology business units. She was responsible for corporate account management at International Osteoporosis Foundation in Switzerland before joining TBG. Nurcan brings vast knowledge of managing global teams with diverse set of people and loves to be part of the life sciences community. Nurcan currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and two kids.

Areas of expertise:

Product Sales & Marketing, Strategic Partnership and Business Development

What makes TBG different?

I like the boutique feel of being surrounded by highly accomplished team of experts. The collaborative culture that favors transparency and highlight integrity as its core value ensures not only professional but also personal growth.

Hobbies:

Playing tennis, exploring art and food cultures of the world, baking sourdough bread and cooking.

Favorite place to travel:

Japan for everything it offers, Turkey for its gorgeous coastline, delicious food and great friends & family, French Alps for wonderful skiing and fun friends.

Brad Wyman, PhD, MS

Senior Partner

Consulting

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Brad Wyman, PhD, MS

Senior Partner

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, and hiking.

Favorite place to travel:

Houston, TX.

Jen Yip

Senior Partner

Consulting

Marketing Services

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Jen Yip

Senior Partner

Jen's experience includes direct tenures as head of marketing, and product and project manager at firms including top tier healthcare and consulting firms. She has a 15+ year track record of delivering on strategic engagements in the healthcare space including projects for large pharma, eClinical, and services stakeholders. As a consultant, she combines her background in project and product management with expertise in the digital marketing landscape to bring results to her clients.