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Dr. Robert Ameo
Principal
Market Modelers, LLC

Robert Ameo has over 20 years’ experience in health care management, marketing, and business development. Prior to founding Market Modelers, he served in the corporate development group at Johnson & Johnson and is a recognized expert and innovator in the modeling and forecasting of new life sciences technology adoption and product market share. Robert has extensive experience evaluating investment opportunities and their portfolio impact for mergers and acquisitions, venture investing, research development, and marketing efforts.
 
Using his extensive industry experience and psychology training, he designs and executes targeted market and expert research experiments to quantify the defensible range of possibilities for new technology and product adoption. Robert’s forecasts are used both by start-up ventures to create a vision of their potential worth and well-established biopharmaceutical and medical device companies to understand the true economic (uncertainty adjusted) value of their potential investments.

Previous to his industry experience, Robert was VP of clinical operations and utilization management for a national managed-care company. He holds a behavioral science PhD from the University of Miami.

Todd Clark
President
Value of Insight Consulting

Todd Clark is the President of VOI and the author of many pharmaceutical industry publications, including PharmaHandbook: A Guide to the International Pharmaceutical Industry and GenericHandbook: A Guide to the US Generic Drug Industry. During nearly 20 years experience in the life sciences field, he has consulted with 11 of the top 15 drug companies, as well as leading biotech firms, investment banks and cutting-edge health technology services — advising them on market entry, clinical trial design, regulatory compliance, marketing strategy, forecasting, competitive intelligence, pricing, allocation of sales-force resources, promotional programs and more.

Todd is a graduate of Tulane University and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he majored in strategy, finance and marketing. In addition to his duties with VOI, he has taught courses in marketing, business strategy and managerial decision making, at Loyola University and Tulane University. For the latter institution, he developed a healthcare management curriculum and taught healthcare policy, payment and regulation within that program. In addition, he serves on the Business Studies Advisory Group for Tulane.

Michael Huston
Principal
Huston Associates, LLC

Mike Huston holds a BS in Microbiology from Purdue University and an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California. Bench research in the academic and biotechnology sectors has led to several publications in cellular physiology, immunology, and signal transduction. Over the last 25 years Mike has experience in clinical trials design and management, regulatory affairs, and interdisciplinary project management and corporate alliances. Mike has been the project manager for several approved biologics and pharmaceuticals.

Huston Associates was formed in 1999. Assignments have included providing operations management of clinical trials and regulatory submissions; company representative to FDA and Department of Defense, corporate alliance management between small and large companies; and project manager/leader for several programs.

Gordon Norman
Chief Innovation Officer
Alere, LLC

Dr. Norman has devoted his career to improving the value of health care through a mix of practitioner and executive roles in the provider, hospital, health plan, and disease/health management sectors of the health care system.

As Chief Innovation Officer at Alere, Dr. Norman is charged with leveraging science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to advance Alere’s strategy, program development, business growth, and industry leadership. He is also leading efforts to support patient-centered delivery models through greater connectivity and alignment with provider systems and accountable care organizations. Previously at Alere, he has held business development, chief medical officer, and chief science officer roles since joining the company in 2005.

At the industry’s national association, DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance, Dr. Norman currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and has previously served as Chair, Quality & Research Committee, leading efforts to standardize DM outcomes evaluations, patient safety and other quality activities.

Prior to joining Alere, Dr. Norman served as executive director of PacifiCare’s dedicated disease management unit, providing DM programs for the company’s health plans and Medicare demonstration programs. In 2004 and 2008 he was named among the most influential people in the field of health management by Managed Healthcare Executive magazine. Earlier he served as PacifiCare's V.P., Health Care Quality, accountable for health and disease management, quality improvement, and medical informatics.

Dr. Norman received an M.B.A. from Stanford, where he previously earned degrees in Psychology and Medicine. Following family medicine training in Maine and New York, he practiced in rural upstate New York and later, southern New Hampshire. He remains a board certified family physician.

Svetlana Sigalova
Senior Financial Analyst
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Svetlana Sigalova is a Senior Financial Analyst for Vertex, and currently supports their cystic fibrosis, oncology and other early development assets. She is responsible for the integrated P&L, valuations, business development and strategy support as it pertains to respective drug candidates. Prior to joining Vertex, Svetlana held a variety of marketing positions. She holds an MBA from Babson College.

Steven E. Slezak
California Polytechnic State University

Mr. Slezak has nearly 30 years experience in strategic business planning and in financial planning and analysis.  He has utilized Palisade software since 1998.  His consulting practice serves clients in health care, agribusiness, and education.  He has particular expertise in financial and market risk management, and has worked as a risk manager for energy companies and a Chicago trading firm.

Mr. Slezak is also a Lecturer in the College of Agriculture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he teaches finance and credit, strategic planning, linear programming, and trade and development.  He has also taught fixed income securities and business calculus at Cal Poly.  He previously taught corporate financial management and financial mathematics at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.

He holds a BS in international studies from Georgetown University and an MBA in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.

Thompson Terry
Senior Training Consultant
Palisade Corporation

Thompson Terry is a dedicated member of Palisade’s training and consulting staff. With ten years of experience at Palisade, including eight in technical support, he is recognized as an expert in all Palisade software products and their applications.

Thompson has led numerous regional training seminars on risk and decision analysis and provided customized onsite training in a variety of industries including insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, defense, and food safety. Clients Thompson has trained include: The Hartford, Unilever, Duratek, Eastman Chemical, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, National Rail (UK), RWE Thames Water (UK), National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago, Stone & Webster, and Northrop-Grumman.

Thompson is also on the board of directors of a local credit union’s not-for-profit, community development investment fund. He holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University with specializations in economics, marketing, and finance.

 

 

 

 


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