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EMERGING LIFE SCIENCE COMPANIES

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Acuity Strategic Partners is a full-service consultancy blending deep life sciences industry knowledge with integrated strategies to shape the future of commercial, advocacy, government affairs, and communications. Count on our expertise for your life science company whenever and wherever you need it most.

What We Do

Commercial

From turnkey deployment solutions and marketing strategy to launch preparation and market access, we apply our expertise to ensure commercial success from start to finish.

Advocacy

We enhance your advocacy approach through comprehensive solutions, from grassroots mobilization to high-impact communications capabilities.

Government Affairs

We provide expert federal and state lobbying, legislative prioritization, and comprehensive compliance support.

Communications

We develop powerful messaging and meaningful narratives that influence your target audience and maximize your media dollars through digital, print, and video platforms.

Life Sciences

With its deep and diverse experience, the Acuity team is the perfect committed partner for emerging life science companies like yours.

At Acuity Strategic Partners, we help your organization achieve success by:

Maximizing your results while maintaining operational expense integrity.

Setting realistic expectations and making agile adjustments as the market or your needs change.

Offering comprehensive market plans that match existing capabilities.

Case Studies

Patient Access Team

Challenge:
An emerging life science company faced patient access issues for a rare metabolic disease treatment.

Approach:
Our team addressed these challenges by integrating state government affairs, patient advocacy, market access, and patient engagement services.

Results:
We established a transparent state process for coverage requests, training HUB vendors in new state processes to ensure patient care compliance.

Rare Disease

Challenge:
A company developing a treatment for an ultra-rare metabolic disorder needed a patient advocacy organization.

Approach:
We facilitated the creation of a US-based patient advocacy organization, providing strategic and tactical support.

Results:
The company gained trust and insight into the patient community, informing their strategy and clinical drug development stages.

Hemophilia

Challenge:
Biogen aimed to transition from an MS-focused biotech leader to a trusted figure in hemophilia.

Approach:
We proposed a multi-stakeholder collaboration for free genotyping at treatment centers, partnering with key organizations.

Results:
Biogen established trust in the hemophilia community, gained positive exposure, and built relationships crucial for its product launch.

Challenge:
An emerging life science company faced patient access issues for a rare metabolic disease treatment.

Approach:
Our team addressed these challenges by integrating state government affairs, patient advocacy, market access, and patient engagement services.

Results:
We established a transparent state process for coverage requests, training HUB vendors in new state processes to ensure patient care compliance.

Challenge:
A company developing a treatment for an ultra-rare metabolic disorder needed a patient advocacy organization.

Approach:
We facilitated the creation of a US-based patient advocacy organization, providing strategic and tactical support.

Results:
The company gained trust and insight into the patient community, informing their strategy and clinical drug development stages.

Challenge:
Biogen aimed to transition from an MS-focused biotech leader to a trusted figure in hemophilia.

Approach:
We proposed a multi-stakeholder collaboration for free genotyping at treatment centers, partnering with key organizations.

Results:
Biogen established trust in the hemophilia community, gained positive exposure, and built relationships crucial for its product launch.

Meet the Team

Mastermind in Life Sciences Advocacy and Access, Championing Rare Disease Solutions

With a remarkable 25-year Life Sciences tenure, Michael Eging is a distinguished professional in Global, State, and Federal Government Affairs, Advocacy, Communications, and Market Access. Specializing in reimbursement solutions across Medicare, Medicaid, and ADAP, he has also demonstrated expertise in the commercial market access space.

Michael’s notable achievements include launching the Rare Access Action Project, a 501(c)(4) coalition uniting rare disease companies and patient organizations to forge access solutions. As a seasoned Public and Government Affairs executive, he has orchestrated comprehensive initiatives across various therapeutic areas, achieving significant successes in appropriations, authorizations, and patient access to support emerging companies in the rare disease sector.

With a quarter-century of experience in industry advocacy coalitions and trade organizations, Michael has been an active participant and leader in groups such as the ADAP Working Group, BIO, PhRMA, HINJ, and Mass BIO. His involvement extends to the Boards of Pharmacy, focusing on pain management and other therapeutic issues.

Michael has dedicated 15 years to cultivating robust relationships across patient and policy communities in rare diseases, including collaborations with NORD, Global Genes, Everylife, RDLA, and various therapeutic-focused organizations. His long-time tenure further exemplifies his commitment to community service as a board member for the Title II Community AIDS National Network (TIICANN) and the Community Access National Network.

Michael also contributed as a writer and editor for critical publications like the Medicaid Pharmacy Bulletin, the ADAP Report, and State Policy Point. Passionate about advocating for patients who often go unheard, he is driven by a mission to develop solutions that genuinely impact patient lives, embodying the spirit of a true advocate in the life sciences field.

Get in touch:
meging@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Financial Visionary and Entrepreneurial Leader Spanning Over Three Decades

With a robust career exceeding 33 years in the financial services sector, Mike Hamrick is a model of excellence in various disciplines, including capital markets, investment management, risk management, insurance, strategic planning, and business consulting. His professional journey is marked by collaborations with some of the largest Fortune 500 companies, family offices, and closely held business owners, traversing diverse industries such as technology, education, media, government services, politics, and entertainment.

Mike’s insights and analyses have graced the pages of esteemed publications like Newsweek, Entrepreneur.com, Washington Times, Politico.com, and Fox News.com. His expertise has been sought in written columns and interviews by prominent platforms such as Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, National Underwriter Magazine, and DR News, showcasing his breadth of knowledge and influence in the financial realm.

Mike earned a master’s in business administration from George Mason University, which included an enriching international residency at Oxford University. He also holds a B.S. in Accounting from the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida, underlining his foundational expertise in finance.

Beyond his professional accolades, Mike is a dedicated family man, celebrating 31 years of marriage with his wife, Kristi. He is a proud father of four children, embodying the balance of a successful career with a fulfilling personal life.

Balancing his professional accomplishments, Michael cherishes family life with his wife, Kristi, of over 31 years, and their four children, finding joy and fulfillment in his personal life.

Get in touch:
mhamrick@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Political Strategist and Life Sciences Advocate, Pioneering in Policy and Patient Empowerment

Evan Kozlow has worked as a political consultant and public affairs specialist, developing an extensive background in non-profit and campaign start-up and management, media production, issue advocacy and grassroots mobilization.

Throughout his professional career, Evan has held significant roles in the political and government landscape, including having served as the Deputy Executive Director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, as Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress and began his career working for the Majority Leader in the NJ State Senate.

Beyond the political arena, Evan has successfully engaged in the life sciences community. He has helped manage and promote public policy events such as “Financing & Innovation for Global Health” (FIGH), a Johnson & Johnson event that worked to develop a new platform to develop innovative solutions to global health challenges.

Most notably, as a co-founder of the Rare Access Action Project (RAAP), Evan has worked to identify and advocate for creative policy solutions to address structural issues in access and coverage. Evan’s skills are particularly notable in the rare disease sector, where he specializes in patient recruitment and training and has worked to produce patient videos highlighting the emotional, physical, and financial challenges of rare disease patients and their families.

Get in touch:
ekozlow@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Pioneering Commercial Strategist in Pharma With a Legacy of Transforming Patient Care

Paul Stickler has over 30 years of pharmaceutical commercial experience spanning international and domestically based companies. Starting as a primary care sales representative at Abbott Laboratories (Abbvie) and advancing to Sr. Vice President, Commercial at Eton Pharmaceuticals, Paul has led every major aspect of commercialization from primary care to rare disease. He designed, built, and executed commercial plans that added value/revenue across many therapeutic areas (genetics, endocrinology, hepatology, neurology, psychiatry, cardiology, pediatrics, neonatology), biologics, hospital systems/IDNs/GPOs, contracting, business development, distribution (building specialty pharmacy networks, including patient reimbursement and support center) and built out infrastructure (sales, marketing, training, operations teams).

While at Eton Pharmaceuticals, a rare disease startup, Paul built a team and infrastructure and launched the pediatric endocrinology product Alkindi Sprinkle in an expedited period. Before Eton Pharmaceuticals, Paul worked for an international company based in Italy as Vice President of Commercial Operations at Recordati Rare Diseases, a billion-dollar global pharmaceutical company focused on orphan and rare disease products. At Recordati, Paul successfully led sales and marketing activities for many orphan drug products, including Cystadane, Carbaglu, and Panhematin. Before Recordati, Paul held sales and marketing leadership roles at leading international and domestic pharmaceutical companies, including Lundbeck, Inc. (Denmark), where he led the launch of Xenazine and Sabril, Ovation Pharmaceuticals (USA), and Abbott Laboratories (Abbvie-USA).

Paul has won many awards over his career, including sales awards (Abbvie), marketing awards for the campaign of the year (Manny Award-Eton), President’s award from the American Porphyria Foundation, and supply chain excellence recognition from Cardinal Health (Recordati). He is the author of an article published in the Journal of Medical Economics related to healthcare use in rare diseases. Paul is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American Porphyria Foundation, has reviewed small business grants for the National Institute of Health, and is a lecturer for the University of California, San Diego.

Paul received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Purdue University.

Get in touch:
pstickler@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Excellence in Executive Administration and Operations for Client Success

Kelsey Haddow possesses vast experience in executive administrative roles and operation management within government consulting firms.

With over 10 years of experience managing client-centric office operations, she has exceptional abilities in facilitating internal and external communication.

Kelsey ensures the day-to-day administrative and operational functions run smoothly for client success. She works closely with C-level executives to align business objectives and streamline operations to conserve time and boost efficiency.

Get in touch:
khaddow@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Mastermind in Life Sciences Advocacy and Access, Championing Rare Disease Solutions

With a remarkable 25-year Life Sciences tenure, Michael Eging is a distinguished professional in Global, State, and Federal Government Affairs, Advocacy, Communications, and Market Access. Specializing in reimbursement solutions across Medicare, Medicaid, and ADAP, he has also demonstrated expertise in the commercial market access space.

Michael’s notable achievements include launching the Rare Access Action Project, a 501(c)(4) coalition uniting rare disease companies and patient organizations to forge access solutions. As a seasoned Public and Government Affairs executive, he has orchestrated comprehensive initiatives across various therapeutic areas, achieving significant successes in appropriations, authorizations, and patient access to support emerging companies in the rare disease sector.

With a quarter-century of experience in industry advocacy coalitions and trade organizations, Michael has been an active participant and leader in groups such as the ADAP Working Group, BIO, PhRMA, HINJ, and Mass BIO. His involvement extends to the Boards of Pharmacy, focusing on pain management and other therapeutic issues.

Michael has dedicated 15 years to cultivating robust relationships across patient and policy communities in rare diseases, including collaborations with NORD, Global Genes, Everylife, RDLA, and various therapeutic-focused organizations. His long-time tenure further exemplifies his commitment to community service as a board member for the Title II Community AIDS National Network (TIICANN) and the Community Access National Network.

Michael also contributed as a writer and editor for critical publications like the Medicaid Pharmacy Bulletin, the ADAP Report, and State Policy Point. Passionate about advocating for patients who often go unheard, he is driven by a mission to develop solutions that genuinely impact patient lives, embodying the spirit of a true advocate in the life sciences field.

Get in touch:
meging@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Financial Visionary and Entrepreneurial Leader Spanning Over Three Decades

With a robust career exceeding 33 years in the financial services sector, Mike Hamrick is a model of excellence in various disciplines, including capital markets, investment management, risk management, insurance, strategic planning, and business consulting. His professional journey is marked by collaborations with some of the largest Fortune 500 companies, family offices, and closely held business owners, traversing diverse industries such as technology, education, media, government services, politics, and entertainment.

Mike’s insights and analyses have graced the pages of esteemed publications like Newsweek, Entrepreneur.com, Washington Times, Politico.com, and Fox News.com. His expertise has been sought in written columns and interviews by prominent platforms such as Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, National Underwriter Magazine, and DR News, showcasing his breadth of knowledge and influence in the financial realm.

Mike earned a master’s in business administration from George Mason University, which included an enriching international residency at Oxford University. He also holds a B.S. in Accounting from the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida, underlining his foundational expertise in finance.

Beyond his professional accolades, Mike is a dedicated family man, celebrating 31 years of marriage with his wife, Kristi. He is a proud father of four children, embodying the balance of a successful career with a fulfilling personal life.

Balancing his professional accomplishments, Michael cherishes family life with his wife, Kristi, of over 31 years, and their four children, finding joy and fulfillment in his personal life.

Get in touch:
mhamrick@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Political Strategist and Life Sciences Advocate, Pioneering in Policy and Patient Empowerment

Evan Kozlow has worked as a political consultant and public affairs specialist, developing an extensive background in non-profit and campaign start-up and management, media production, issue advocacy and grassroots mobilization.

Throughout his professional career, Evan has held significant roles in the political and government landscape, including having served as the Deputy Executive Director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, as Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress and began his career working for the Majority Leader in the NJ State Senate.

Beyond the political arena, Evan has successfully engaged in the life sciences community. He has helped manage and promote public policy events such as “Financing & Innovation for Global Health” (FIGH), a Johnson & Johnson event that worked to develop a new platform to develop innovative solutions to global health challenges.

Most notably, as a co-founder of the Rare Access Action Project (RAAP), Evan has worked to identify and advocate for creative policy solutions to address structural issues in access and coverage. Evan’s skills are particularly notable in the rare disease sector, where he specializes in patient recruitment and training and has worked to produce patient videos highlighting the emotional, physical, and financial challenges of rare disease patients and their families.

Get in touch:
ekozlow@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Pioneering Commercial Strategist in Pharma With a Legacy of Transforming Patient Care

Paul Stickler has over 30 years of pharmaceutical commercial experience spanning international and domestically based companies. Starting as a primary care sales representative at Abbott Laboratories (Abbvie) and advancing to Sr. Vice President, Commercial at Eton Pharmaceuticals, Paul has led every major aspect of commercialization from primary care to rare disease. He designed, built, and executed commercial plans that added value/revenue across many therapeutic areas (genetics, endocrinology, hepatology, neurology, psychiatry, cardiology, pediatrics, neonatology), biologics, hospital systems/IDNs/GPOs, contracting, business development, distribution (building specialty pharmacy networks, including patient reimbursement and support center) and built out infrastructure (sales, marketing, training, operations teams).

While at Eton Pharmaceuticals, a rare disease startup, Paul built a team and infrastructure and launched the pediatric endocrinology product Alkindi Sprinkle in an expedited period. Before Eton Pharmaceuticals, Paul worked for an international company based in Italy as Vice President of Commercial Operations at Recordati Rare Diseases, a billion-dollar global pharmaceutical company focused on orphan and rare disease products. At Recordati, Paul successfully led sales and marketing activities for many orphan drug products, including Cystadane, Carbaglu, and Panhematin. Before Recordati, Paul held sales and marketing leadership roles at leading international and domestic pharmaceutical companies, including Lundbeck, Inc. (Denmark), where he led the launch of Xenazine and Sabril, Ovation Pharmaceuticals (USA), and Abbott Laboratories (Abbvie-USA).

Paul has won many awards over his career, including sales awards (Abbvie), marketing awards for the campaign of the year (Manny Award-Eton), President’s award from the American Porphyria Foundation, and supply chain excellence recognition from Cardinal Health (Recordati). He is the author of an article published in the Journal of Medical Economics related to healthcare use in rare diseases. Paul is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American Porphyria Foundation, has reviewed small business grants for the National Institute of Health, and is a lecturer for the University of California, San Diego.

Paul received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Purdue University.

Get in touch:
pstickler@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Excellence in Executive Administration and Operations for Client Success

Kelsey Haddow possesses vast experience in executive administrative roles and operation management within government consulting firms.

With over 10 years of experience managing client-centric office operations, she has exceptional abilities in facilitating internal and external communication.

Kelsey ensures the day-to-day administrative and operational functions run smoothly for client success. She works closely with C-level executives to align business objectives and streamline operations to conserve time and boost efficiency.

Get in touch:
khaddow@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Network Partners

Leader in Launching Specialty BioPharma Products and Enhancing Market Access

Jay Welsh brings over 30 years of expertise in the biopharma industry, consistently showcasing a deep understanding of the ever-evolving US healthcare market and what’s required to build and implement effective commercialization strategies. He has successfully launched more than 20 specialty products.

Beginning his career in sales and sales management at Forest Laboratories (now Abbvie), Jay led sales teams in multiple product launches for anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, and hypertension therapies. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in establishing Forest’s inaugural hospital and specialty sales divisions.

Seeking to gain start-up experience, Jay joined Ovation Pharmaceuticals in 2003 as one of its initial 25 employees. At Ovation (acquired by Lundbeck in 2009), he helped launch multiple orphan drugs, collaborating closely with relevant stakeholders, which continued at Horizon Therapeutics (now Amgen). At Recordati Rare Diseases, he was an instrumental member of the leadership team tasked with building the commercial organization and marketing several specialty/orphan products. This was later replicated at Altathera and again at HRA Pharma Rare Diseases. At HRA Pharma, Jay revitalized a legacy therapeutic and diagnostic acquired from BMS and Novartis respectively, transitioning them to a limited distribution while increasing patient access, advocacy outreach and physician education.

Jay’s entrepreneurial background enabled him to extend into areas such as portfolio assessment and valuation, leading to several successful transactions such as licensing Linsitinib from Astellas as part of a $35 million Series A investment while serving as a founding member at Sling Therapeutics, and negotiating the North American commercial rights for XTMAB-16, partnering with Xentria while at Meitheal Pharmaceuticals in a deal valued near $700 million.

Jay holds a B.A. in Biology from William Jewell College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Get in touch:
jwelsh@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Driving Biotech Growth and Innovation Policy

John Heffernan is currently principal at Park Street Strategies, LLC, which he founded in 2014. He represents a diverse clientele focused on biotechnology and life sciences, as well as other sectors within the innovation economy. John is a seasoned professional in association management, coalition building, government affairs and economic development.

He was formerly a member of the senior management team at MassBio, the largest life sciences trade association in the world, where he oversaw federal and state policy, as well as economic development. He spearheaded efforts to create and maintain a climate in which the life sciences industry can thrive. He also led an effort to revitalize the Massachusetts Biotech Caucus, which creates a venue to educate legislative staff, elected and appointed officials and other stakeholders on the vital role innovation plays in the local economy and global healthcare.

John is a native of Boston and received a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University and successfully completed the Emerging Leaders Program at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Get in touch:
jheffernan@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Health Policy Strategist for Biotech and Pharmaceutical Advancements

Jayson Slotnik is a Principal and founding member of Health Policy Strategies, Inc., a Washington, DC-based consulting firm representing innovative biotech, pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostic companies.

Jayson specializes in, and counsels clients on, the impact that Medicare and Medicaid coverage, payment, reimbursement, coding, and government policies have on commercial success. He also has experience as a healthcare strategist with demonstrated success in developing and implementing both pre- and post-launch strategies as well as life cycle management tools for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic, and device manufacturers.

Prior to establishing Health Policy Strategies, Inc., Jayson served as the Vice President of Reimbursement and Innovation Strategies for United BioSource Corporation (UBC). There, he was responsible for developing technology-related marketing and sales strategies for current internal and new external customers in the branded specialty pharmaceutical space. Jayson partnered with the business development team to market technology strategies to over 20 branded specialty manufacturers. In addition, he maintained his policy practice, which helped distinguish UBC’s market access technology as well as affording his clients the ability to have the business drive the policy and not the reverse.

Before joining UBC, Jayson practiced law at two prominent Washington, DC law firms where he counseled clients on many complex healthcare regulatory and legal issues related to coverage, coding, and reimbursement. Before returning to private practice, Jayson served as in the initial Director of Medicare Reimbursement and Economic Policy at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the industry’s leading advocacy group. Jayson served as the liaison between BIO and Congress, CMS, and other federal agencies to implement market access policies that stimulate and reward innovation while maintaining appropriate patient access to cutting edge therapies.

Jayson serves on the editorial boards for Value-Based Cancer Care and Specialty Pharmacy Times. He speaks regularly at various healthcare reform and market access conferences.

Jayson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Rochester, his Master in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from George Washington University, and his Juris Doctor degree in Health Law from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Get in touch:
jslotnik@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Shaping Federal Health Policy and Advocacy for Healthcare Innovation

Jeff Anders has nearly 30 years of experience and success in developing and influencing the outcomes of federal health policy, with a focus on legislative and regulatory issues, including healthcare financing and delivery system reform; the Medicare and Medicaid programs; health equity/health disparities; federal funding, budget and appropriations; the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Affordable Care Act; rare disease, market access, value assessment, and other healthcare funding, coverage and payment matters.

He represents biopharma and medical technology companies, patient and professional organizations, academic medical centers and a variety of healthcare-related coalitions.

Before creating his consulting firm in 1998, Jeff served in a leadership role in government affairs and policy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), representing the nation’s leading research based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Jeff began his public policy career working on the professional staff of the United States Senate, serving as Committee Counsel to both the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Budget Committee, as well as Legislative Counsel to US Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D- Connecticut). Jeff earned his B.A. degree in History and Political Science (magna cum laude) from Duke University and his J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law.

Get in touch:
janders@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Leader in Launching Specialty BioPharma Products and Enhancing Market Access

Jay Welsh brings over 30 years of expertise in the biopharma industry, consistently showcasing a deep understanding of the ever-evolving US healthcare market and what’s required to build and implement effective commercialization strategies. He has successfully launched more than 20 specialty products.

Beginning his career in sales and sales management at Forest Laboratories (now Abbvie), Jay led sales teams in multiple product launches for anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s, and hypertension therapies. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in establishing Forest’s inaugural hospital and specialty sales divisions.

Seeking to gain start-up experience, Jay joined Ovation Pharmaceuticals in 2003 as one of its initial 25 employees. At Ovation (acquired by Lundbeck in 2009), he helped launch multiple orphan drugs, collaborating closely with relevant stakeholders, which continued at Horizon Therapeutics (now Amgen). At Recordati Rare Diseases, he was an instrumental member of the leadership team tasked with building the commercial organization and marketing several specialty/orphan products. This was later replicated at Altathera and again at HRA Pharma Rare Diseases. At HRA Pharma, Jay revitalized a legacy therapeutic and diagnostic acquired from BMS and Novartis respectively, transitioning them to a limited distribution while increasing patient access, advocacy outreach and physician education.

Jay’s entrepreneurial background enabled him to extend into areas such as portfolio assessment and valuation, leading to several successful transactions such as licensing Linsitinib from Astellas as part of a $35 million Series A investment while serving as a founding member at Sling Therapeutics, and negotiating the North American commercial rights for XTMAB-16, partnering with Xentria while at Meitheal Pharmaceuticals in a deal valued near $700 million.

Jay holds a B.A. in Biology from William Jewell College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Get in touch:
jwelsh@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Driving Biotech Growth and Innovation Policy

John Heffernan is currently principal at Park Street Strategies, LLC, which he founded in 2014. He represents a diverse clientele focused on biotechnology and life sciences, as well as other sectors within the innovation economy. John is a seasoned professional in association management, coalition building, government affairs and economic development.

He was formerly a member of the senior management team at MassBio, the largest life sciences trade association in the world, where he oversaw federal and state policy, as well as economic development. He spearheaded efforts to create and maintain a climate in which the life sciences industry can thrive. He also led an effort to revitalize the Massachusetts Biotech Caucus, which creates a venue to educate legislative staff, elected and appointed officials and other stakeholders on the vital role innovation plays in the local economy and global healthcare.

John is a native of Boston and received a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University and successfully completed the Emerging Leaders Program at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Get in touch:
jheffernan@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Health Policy Strategist for Biotech and Pharmaceutical Advancements

Jayson Slotnik is a Principal and founding member of Health Policy Strategies, Inc., a Washington, DC-based consulting firm representing innovative biotech, pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostic companies.

Jayson specializes in, and counsels clients on, the impact that Medicare and Medicaid coverage, payment, reimbursement, coding, and government policies have on commercial success. He also has experience as a healthcare strategist with demonstrated success in developing and implementing both pre- and post-launch strategies as well as life cycle management tools for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic, and device manufacturers.

Prior to establishing Health Policy Strategies, Inc., Jayson served as the Vice President of Reimbursement and Innovation Strategies for United BioSource Corporation (UBC). There, he was responsible for developing technology-related marketing and sales strategies for current internal and new external customers in the branded specialty pharmaceutical space. Jayson partnered with the business development team to market technology strategies to over 20 branded specialty manufacturers. In addition, he maintained his policy practice, which helped distinguish UBC’s market access technology as well as affording his clients the ability to have the business drive the policy and not the reverse.

Before joining UBC, Jayson practiced law at two prominent Washington, DC law firms where he counseled clients on many complex healthcare regulatory and legal issues related to coverage, coding, and reimbursement. Before returning to private practice, Jayson served as in the initial Director of Medicare Reimbursement and Economic Policy at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the industry’s leading advocacy group. Jayson served as the liaison between BIO and Congress, CMS, and other federal agencies to implement market access policies that stimulate and reward innovation while maintaining appropriate patient access to cutting edge therapies.

Jayson serves on the editorial boards for Value-Based Cancer Care and Specialty Pharmacy Times. He speaks regularly at various healthcare reform and market access conferences.

Jayson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Rochester, his Master in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from George Washington University, and his Juris Doctor degree in Health Law from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Get in touch:
jslotnik@acuitystrategicpartners.com

Connect on LinkedIn

Shaping Federal Health Policy and Advocacy for Healthcare Innovation

Jeff Anders has nearly 30 years of experience and success in developing and influencing the outcomes of federal health policy, with a focus on legislative and regulatory issues, including healthcare financing and delivery system reform; the Medicare and Medicaid programs; health equity/health disparities; federal funding, budget and appropriations; the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Affordable Care Act; rare disease, market access, value assessment, and other healthcare funding, coverage and payment matters.

He represents biopharma and medical technology companies, patient and professional organizations, academic medical centers and a variety of healthcare-related coalitions.

Before creating his consulting firm in 1998, Jeff served in a leadership role in government affairs and policy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), representing the nation’s leading research based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Jeff began his public policy career working on the professional staff of the United States Senate, serving as Committee Counsel to both the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Budget Committee, as well as Legislative Counsel to US Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D- Connecticut). Jeff earned his B.A. degree in History and Political Science (magna cum laude) from Duke University and his J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law.

Get in touch:
janders@acuitystrategicpartners.com

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