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?

Nuvera is Excited to Welcome Soma Mohammadian to Our Growing team!

I graduated with a degree of master of science (chemistry) from KMSU, Iran. While I always had a dream to pursue my career path in the business side, I decided to continue my education in the business of life science industry. With a degree of Master of Business and Science from Keck Graduate Institute of the Claremont Colleges, I am very excited to apply my science Background and graduate-level business acumen to positively impact the lives of patients and improve their experience with rare diseases through effective design of pharma/biotech support programs.

It is very important for me to ensure balance between my work and personal life. I do believe this helps improve my productivity at work. I try to enjoy every moment of my life. I follow a healthy lifestyle by doing daily exercise, hiking, fishing, and cooking. Tasting international foods and mixing new ingredients helps me to fortify my sense of innovation. As long as I remember, I have always been engaged with a variety of visual arts like painting, drawing, dress applique, etc. in my spare time to make my life meaningful.

Motivation for Joining Nuvera

Nuvera Life Science Consulting is the right place where I can learn a lot about patient journey and make strategies to improve the patient experience with the rare disease. Nuvera’s highly educated and professional team will help me to expand my knowledge and reach many valuable achievements.  I am very excited to spend the main part of my day with the team and nourish the sense of contribution by using my business acumen and problem-solving nature.

Nuvera is Excited to Welcome Tara Herington to the Team!

Tara was formerly the Vice President and Business Unit head for Cardinal Health Sonexus™ Access and Patient Support.  She has made a career out of removing obstacles to care and to support patients at every step of their treatment journey. With more than 25 years of experience working in healthcare, her driving purpose has always been focused directly on the patient to support successful outcomes. She started her career as a bedside nurse and has drawn upon her nursing background throughout her career. Being on the frontlines of patient care taught her the importance of empowering patients toward self-advocacy, and this continues to be a core belief which fuels her passion for healthcare.

Tara’s career has taken many twists and turns along the way, all of which have provided the experiences which have molded her into the leader she is today. Prior to joining Nuvera Life Science Consulting, she worked within the patient support, market access and specialty services sector at several pharmaceutical and healthcare solutions companies, including Novartis, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Berlex Laboratories, Infinity Pharmaceuticals and AmerisourceBergen. Her roles included access strategy, business development, training, QA, operations, sales and nursing. She has a degree from San Jose State University and maintains her RN license. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband of over 30 years and her two adult children.

Motivation for Joining Nuvera
“I first met Nuvera as a client and was impressed with their unique combination of strategic and operational know-how.  I always saw Nuvera as a true partner when solving for the critical challenges I was facing because the solutions were both impactful and achievable. With other consultants, I was often left with pretty slide decks filled with impractical tactics.”

Back Together Again!

After over a year and half working remote with a virtual connection, Nuvera was excited to get the squad back together in our office! With folks coming from all over it was great to reconnect with familiar faces and re-acclimate to the office life. It was also exciting to finally meet our newest team members in person and show them the Nuvera office. The team enjoyed the time to catch up, celebration piñata full of fun prizes and delicious food truck. We are looking forward to the next exciting team event!

ICYMI -From Good to Great

Nuvera’s own Greg Christianson and John Valdes hosted an informative webinar earlier this month which explored levels of maturity in patient support capabilities.

We are Excited to Have Emma Zhu Join the Nuvera Team!

Emma graduated from Indiana University with both M.B.A. degree in Financial Accounting and B.S. degree in Accounting at Kelley School of Business. Emma is passionate in problem solving and bringing solutions to clients. Throughout her school years, she had multiple internship experiences in public accounting firms and banks. She also helped Indiana University to develop an evergreen fund that aims providing ample support for research projects at university-wide level.

Emma is from Chengdu, China, where the city is famous for a leisure lifestyle and spicy food. Therefore, she indulges her free time in traveling, spotting new restaurants, hanging out with friends and playing Mahjong. Also, Emma has been very passionate in art since little. She is currently learning watercolor and sketching that hopefully one day, there are some works that are decent enough to be seen in public.

Motivation for Joining Nuvera

“I have always had the passion of helping people and wanted to provide help with my professional and technical skills. I enjoyed that my experience in public accounting and banks helped me gain the business side of the operations. Later in college, I have realized I want to contribute more to the industry and society and that is when I started to look into health care industry. I believe joining Nuvera gives me a chance of helping clients and patients but also brining on the business savvy into the solutions. Additionally, Nuvera has a great company culture that we are constantly looking out for each other to grow and learn. With that being said, I am very excited to join the team!”

Nuvera Welcomes Afolabi Oshinowo to our Growing Team!

Afolabi joined Nuvera right after graduating from Tuck School of Business. Prior to Business school, Afolabi was a physician in Nigeria where he provided healthcare services to troops of the Nigerian Army and their families. Afolabi earned his Medical Degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, and outside work, he loves to spend time with his family, read books, and listen to podcasts.

Motivation for Joining Nuvera

“I loved clinical practice as it gave me opportunities to provide quality care to patients individually. However, due to the inefficiencies of the healthcare system in Nigeria, providing healthcare services was quite challenging. My goal is to learn about the best practices in the business of healthcare and, in the long term, use those learnings to contribute to the development of healthcare systems in Nigerian.

The Nuvera mission of helping clients provide programs and resources for a seamless patient experience resonates with me. The culture at the firm fits aptly with mine and I look forward to helping build patient-centric solutions that will make a difference.”