Nuvera is Excited to Welcome Sam Hudson to the Team!

Sam joins the team after completing his MBA from The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. With concentrations in Healthcare, Strategy, and Operations, Sam brings his enthusiastic experience to the team as a Senior Analyst. Prior to Vanderbilt, Sam worked in academic research studying cancer genetics. Driven by a personal and professional interest in the life sciences, Sam strives to constantly learn and engage this ever-evolving industry.

In his free time Sam enjoys cooking and eating great food and is always on the hunt for new recipes and restaurants. He enjoys games of all types, whether on the computer or the tabletop as they are a good way to have fun with friends in a competitive or cooperative context. As venues have progressively re-opened Sam has been found at concerts and art galleries alike enjoying all that the community has to offer.

Motivation for Joining Nuvera

“Nuvera was a perfect mix of factors I was interested in when considering post-graduation career options. Foremost, the work being done providing clients with the tools they need to build successful patient-centric support programs is very rewarding and impactful. Also, the organization size allows for highly educational and engaging relationship building. Finally, I’m excited to grow my professional skills at the same rate with which the company is growing.”

Nuvera is Excited to Welcome Hanna Jin to the Team!

As Nuvera continues to grow, we are happy to introduce you to Hanna.

Hanna is joining Nuvera after recently earning her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with a Certificate in Health Sector Management (HSM). Last summer, she completed her MBA internship with Alexion’s Global Product Communications team. Prior to Duke, Hanna obtained a Master of Law in Chinese Politics, Foreign Policy, and International Relations from Tsinghua University and a Bachelor of Arts in Transcultural Communications in English/Spanish from the University of Graz. Hanna has extensive experience in the PR and government affairs space. In her last role, she advised a wide range of Fortune 500 clients, including Procter & Gamble and Mead Johnson, on how to position their brands in the China market.

Hanna was born and raised in Graz, Austria, while her family is originally from China. Growing up between two worlds, she’s always had a natural curiosity for other cultures and a passion for learning foreign languages. She now speaks five languages and has lived in five countries. In her free time, Hanna enjoys the simple things in life: exploring a new travel destination, testing out a hiking trail, finding an exciting read, marveling at beautiful art at the Met or MoMA or enjoying good (homemade) food in good company.

Motivation for Joining Nuvera

“Growing up my grandma – a pre-med pharmacy professor – has been one of the biggest influences in my life. Her empathy and kindness towards others, as well as knowledge of medical science and strive towards excellence, have inspired me and made me the person I am today. My main motivation for obtaining an MBA at Duke was to learn about the underlying complexities of the U.S. healthcare market and what challenges both patients and manufacturers face. I wanted to be part of the solution and find a purpose-driven organization where my contributions can make a meaningful and positive difference on people’s lives. I am so excited to join the Nuvera family and grateful for the rare opportunity to help create and shape support programs and resources for a better patient experience.” 

Nuvera Continues to Grow!

Nuvera is excited to welcome, Natalie Gier, to the team!

Natalie joins our team as a new graduate from the Cornell University Class of 2022 where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development with a focus in the life sciences, neurology, infectious diseases, and healthcare policy/disparities. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a part-time hospital aide in the intensive care unit at Cayuga Medical Center. Additionally, she worked as a tutor for Student Agencies Tutoring where she assisted high school and college students with their coursework in statistics, physics, and life sciences. In her last two years of college, Natalie served as the team leader as an undergraduate research assistant of the Killing The Oblivious project within the Cornell Child Witness and Cognition Lab.

Within her free time, Natalie is an active clinical volunteer within the Atlantic Health System. She enjoys staying busy outside whether it be taking a walk, hiking, enjoying a day at the lake, playing beach volleyball, or traveling the world. She also enjoys playing the violin, which she has been doing since the age of 3.   

Motivation for Joining Nuvera

“I was drawn to Nuvera because of their passion for assisting clients in delivering robust and meaningful patient experiences. I am impressed with Nuvera’s team of highly skilled, knowledgeable, and driven individuals who are eager to make a difference in healthcare as the world continues to advance in biomedical treatments and engineering. It quickly became clear to me that this company would be a place where I can work among extremely talented individuals who are focused on delivering meaningful changes. I am excited to share my knowledge and skills to drive the future of healthcare forward while keeping our patients at the forefront of the voyage”.

Nuvera Continues to Grow!

We are excited to welcome Rachad Al Ameen to the team!

Rachad earned his MBA from the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan in 2022. Prior to Ross, he completed his PharmD and Bachelor of Health Science from the Eugene Applebaum School of Pharmacy at Wayne State University. Rachad has an extensive background in community pharmacy. After graduating from pharmacy school, he worked at CVS health and then went on to establish an independent pharmacy in Ann Arbor where he aimed to deliver high quality care to the citizens of his town and provide them with the knowledge to take control of their health and lead a healthy life. Throughout his MBA, he had multiple internship experiences with Cardinal Health and Sumaq.

Rachad was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the US after he completed his high school. He is a big fan of soccer and plays it regularly with his friends. Rachad loves to hike, visit new places and travel with his wife (visited 14 countries so far).

Motivation for Joining Nuvera

“My mission in life is to help people live a healthier life by providing them with the best possible healthcare and support along their journey. After working in retail pharmacy for many years and seeing the effect of my work on my patients, I wanted to expand and reach a bigger population. By joining Nuvera, a consulting company dedicated to helping its client design, build and manage a seamless patient and HCP treatment experience for rare disease and specialty therapeutics, I can achieve my mission in life and change people’s live for the better.”

Nuvera is Excited to Welcome Jordan Yang to the Team!

Jordan joined Nuvera after obtaining his Ph.D. degree in computational biology from Brown University. Throughout his tenure at Brown, he developed various statistical/computational (e.g., machine learning) models to investigate protein’s biophysical and biochemical properties, which alludes to mapping out a complete comprehension of protein evolution. He specialized in predicting the effects of protein variants via scaffolding properties using a variety of computational/theoretical approaches. Originally trained as a computational chemist in college, he matriculated at Brown in 2017, obtained a master’s degree in computer science in 2019, and subsequently a doctorate in 2022. 

Motivations for joining Nuvera

From a patient perspective, I have witnessed and experienced firsthand the intricacy and complexity of the US healthcare system, appreciated the challenges and barriers patients need to endure and overcome during their course of treatment and echoed some revolutionary changes proposed by both the government and drug manufactures. Being part of Nuvera, a consulting firm specializing in developing and optimizing patient/HCP support programs, not only do I get to work with a broad selection of specialty pharmaceutical, biotech, and rare disease companies to uncover/diagnose an entity/brand’s most critical challenges, but I also have the opportunity to develop the strategies to build, maintain, and enhance them.

Nuvera is Excited to Welcome New Employee, Lindy Vicari!

Lindy graduated from Boston College’s Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He is passionate about life sciences and biotechnology, specifically where innovation and market trends intersect to drive new solutions while also enriching the patient experience. Prior to graduation, Lindy held summer internships in the pharmaceutical and healthcare spaces and conducted biomechanics research for the Kenaley Lab in Boston College’s Biology Department. Before coming to Nuvera, Lindy worked as a laboratory technician in the material test lab at Teleflex.

Lindy is originally from eastern Pennsylvania. After playing competitive ice hockey for almost 20 years, he now enjoys golfing with his friends and riding his bike outdoors. He is an avid explorer, and looks forward to visiting new hiking mountains and trails in the Northeast and Midwest this summer. He is also a lover of games and puzzles, and rarely goes a day without completing the latest Wordle or Sudoku puzzle. 

Motivation for Joining Nuvera

I have a passion for improving the quality-of-care patients receive along their treatment journeys. During an internship at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, I witnessed first-hand the dedication and compassion it requires to not only help patients realize health milestones but also tackle the complexities of healthcare administration, education, access, and delivery. It takes a lot of creativity and personalized planning to craft the best patient experience, and this is how Nuvera approaches the work it does for its clients every day. I was excited by the opportunity to be on the strategic side of breaking down care barriers while also immersing myself in a culture of patient-centricity. I am thrilled to learn and grow alongside respected leaders in the healthcare space!

MEET THE SQUAD: A Personal Glimpse into Our Team

As we race further into 2022, we would like to take a moment to introduce you to Afolabi Oshinowo in this edition of Meet the Squad.

I am a Senior Analyst at Nuvera and I enjoy working with our clients to solve knotty challenges and develop solutions that can be easily implemented.

What led you to this career? Curiosity about the business of healthcare and a desire to make a difference outside clinical practice. I have learned about the ecosystem and the key players that make the US healthcare system what it is: who they are, what their interests are, and how they align with one another to provide services to the main client – the patient.

What’s a trip that changed you, and why? The time I spent in Liberia readily comes to mind. That trip coincided with the Ebola crisis. Having a firsthand experience of the epidemic coupled with the broken healthcare infrastructure nurtured my curiosity around building a healthcare system that works for all stakeholders. I remember that the crisis was aggravated by a lack of an efficient healthcare system. That curiosity spurred me to get an MBA from Tuck and to join Nuvera.

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why? Persistence. I always say to myself: “one day at a time”. Deciding to pivot from clinical medicine came with its unique challenges. I had to learn and relate to so many things at the same time: a new place, new culture, new work environment, new life. I initially felt overwhelmed but I’m proud to say I’ve grown and I love we work we do at Nuvera

What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day? Spending time with my family. Watching my daughter achieve her developmental milestones is inspiring. I still remember when she was so tiny, she could fit into the palm of my hand. I also remember her first smile, baby steps, and words. Even though she’s so attached to her mum (for obvious reasons), I’m proud to say her first word was “papa”. Yes! 

Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I never thought of it as a talent until I noticed it helps to brighten the day for others. I have a contagious laugh; literally, very contagious. I get tickled so easily by what people say or do. Imagine being in a meeting and the speaker cracks a joke. That joke gets me laughing and, suddenly, everyone else joins in. On several occasions, I’ve had people tell me hearing me laugh made their day, and I love the moments we get at Nuvera to enjoy a good laugh. Besides, laughing is as good as a doctor’s prescription.

Meet the Squad: A Personal Glimpse into Our Team

This month we would like to introduce you to Nicole Lichwick.

As Business Operations Manager, I work closely with Sarah Klein to ensure that all behind the scenes runs smoothly. I am excited to soon be celebrating a year with Nuvera, and all the growth we’ve experienced in that time -we’ve almost  doubled in size(!) and looking forward to what year two has in store.

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on? Public speaking! If you’ve ever met me, you’d probably be surprised to learn I feel that speaking in front of groups is the stuff of nightmares. Owning our weekly team meeting has allowed me to begin to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position? I definitely think that people outside of our office would assume that those of us working on non-client facing projects (Hey, Sarah!) and the team that works directly with our clients (I’m looking at you, everyone else!) would feel like two separate entities, as I had thought it would prior to starting. However, I feel like a member of the team, always and love that our opinions and ideas are all weighted equally. It is my fave thing about working here, and what I always refer to when speaking with prospective candidates.

What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for? If I can’t be cheering (like a maniac) in person, I love watching televised marathons. I find the form and cadence of the lead pack mesmerizing. I will even watch the recorded coverage of a race I was witness to in person and, embarrassingly, often cry seeing people cross a finish line. Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon has been quoted as saying, “If you are ever losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon”. She is not wrong.

If watching a more traditional sporting event, I will 9 times out of 10 root for the underdog!

Who would play you in a movie about your life? I have been told that Racheal Harris would be a great fit to play me in the story of my life, based on the autobiographical book Shoes, A love story. They said it was a blond hair/black eyeglasses thing, but a small part of me fears it’s due to her portrayal of Melissa in The Hangover, “That is not how this works!”

What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day? Before crashing for the night with my husband and our dogs on the couch, I love a good sweat sesh! A run, or a class – I am equally obsessed with the Lagree Method and Baptiste Power Yoga. Anything that makes being anywhere but in the moment impossible is the perfect way to decompress. Plus, I love the sense of accomplishment that comes from leaving it all on the road/mat/mega.

Join Us in Welcoming Derek Cothran to the Nuvera Team!

Nuvera is thrilled to announce the addition of Derek Cothran to our leadership team. His experience across patient services, field support, channel/trade and digital is a welcome addition to our existing and future capabilities for our clients and partners.

Derek has spent his entire career supporting manufacturers – small and large – in identifying and implementing strategies to improve access and optimize the treatment experience. Senior executive roles, in both operations and strategy, have informed his unique perspective in the design of innovative yet practical strategies, while also balancing it against operational execution. Throughout his career, Derek has been actively involved in patient services, field support, channel/trade and payer planning to create a coordinated plan to broaden access to patients in need of emerging or existing medicines and technologies. In the past five years, Derek has been particularly active in identifying and implementing digital solutions that can help manufacturers better engage with patients as well as support healthcare providers in a more meaningful way.

Derek’s versatility has been informed by the roles he’s held throughout this career. He spent 15 years with Lash Group, an AmerisourceBergen company, where he grew into senior leadership roles within operations and then client strategy. He expanded upon this experience while leading Diplomat Pharmacy’s pharma service division and then pursued a career in consulting. He has a degree in physiology and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of South Carolina. Outside of work, Derek loves spending time in the mountains of western North Carolina and also getting to as many music concerts and festivals as possible. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife and three children.

Motivation for Joining Nuvera

I have known the Nuvera leadership team for almost ten years and have always been impressed by their ability to engage brands prior to commercialization to really define an overarching practical patient and provider experience. I am excited to join the team as it allows me to leverage my own professional experience in many new and exciting ways that are quite unique to Nuvera.  

Meet The Squad: A Personal Glimpse into Our Team

We are kicking off 2022 by introducing you to Aaron Sunil. Aaron in a Senior Analyst and share a bit more about himself.

What’s your go-to productivity trick? Mini-breaks. Before my work-day starts, I’ll plan out all the major goals and objective’s I want to accomplish during the day with a rough deadline (ex – slide deck 1 by 10am, etc). When I finish my goal, I’ll usually take 5 – 10 minutes to walk around, read the news, or socialize, just to clear my head before getting into the next task. Additionally, I try to plan my heaviest workloads in the morning, when I feel most productive.

What’s a trip that changed you, and why? When I was a junior in high school, I spent almost a month traveling solo across the continental United States during the summer. I started in DC and stayed in a variety of cities – Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle, Denver, just to name a few. America is so vast and expansive, with amazing history and gorgeous sights. During my trip, I had the opportunity to make friends with interesting people in each city, some locals and some tourists.

For me, it was the first time I had travelled alone, so that opportunity itself was amazing. The big takeaway I got from that trip was the importance of perspective – people have such rich and diverse backgrounds and the way I look at/approach something may not be the same as another. It’s something I try to be consciously aware of today, even in my work.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? Dua Lipa’s music is my guilty pleasure (truth).

What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for? Soccer for sure – always been a big Arsenal fan since childhood. Played soccer my whole life and had some family in Islington, London so becoming a fan was very natural. You can often find me waking up early to watch games or wearing Arsenal shirts when I work from home on game days.

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of? Being promoted to a senior analyst last year! I joined Nuvera as an analyst so to have been promoted and given more responsibilities was a big accomplishment for me. It’s allowed me to take a larger role on select projects and gain additional knowledge about the pharma industry through the projects I’ve been on.

What book are you reading now? I’ve been making my way down the Temperance Brennen series by Kathy Reichs – they’re a series of murder mystery books told from the perspective of the forensic anthropologist on the case. The books can be a little formulaic, but the author does a good job of building suspense and I enjoy the anatomic detail she gets into. I did say my background was in STEM, right?