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Our Team

We have decades of cumulative experience in healthcare communications, business, clinical medicine and basic science. We have a track record of successfully planning and implementing fully integrated public relations programs for small-, medium- and large-sized public and private healthcare companies. Importantly, we have the deep and longstanding relationships with the editors and journalists of key industry, trade and mass media publications necessary to ensure successful campaigns. This background allows the LifeSci team to communicate with clients, their target audiences and the media with a profound level of sophistication.

The team has had success in multiple clinical and technological fields including oncology, cardiovascular disease, immunology, orphan diseases, RNAi, gene therapy, biologics, antibody-drug conjugates, diagnostics, medical technology and devices and healthcare services among others.

Founding Partner, President

Prior to joining LifeSci Public Relations, Matt was a vice president at Russo Partners where he planned and oversaw numerous successful communications programs and supervised all corporate messaging and positioning activities. Before joining Russo Partners, Matt held an assistant professorship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a faculty position at the Montefiore Medical Center specializing in transplant anesthesiology. Matt also spent time as a biotechnology equities analyst for an independent research firm. Prior to his time as an analyst, Matt trained and taught at top institutions with many years of clinical experience practicing in multiple fields, including surgery and anesthesiology, as well as conducting research in immunology and oncology at the NIH and Mount Sinai. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Cornell University and received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Matt has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications.

Managing Director, Europe

Chris has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry covering business development, investor relations, public relations, journalism, investing, and molecular neurobiology. He is the founder of BioConfidant Sàrl a Geneva-based strategic consulting firm that helped senior executives achieve their financing and partnering goals. Previously, while at Addex Therapeutics (SIX:ADXN), Chris was a member of the executive management board and held the positions of Head of Investor Relations & Communication (2007-2010) and Director Business Development (2010-2013). He co-founded the Alpine Institute for Drug Discovery in 2013, a not-for-profit social enterprise whose mission is to help commercialize academic discoveries. In addition, Chris worked as: a journalist for the leading biotechnology trade publication BioCentury (2001-2007); an Associate at Casdin Life Science Partners (later Cooper Hill), a NYC-based biotechnology hedge-fund (1997-2000); and a molecular neurobiologist studying drug dependence at The Rockefeller University (1993-1997), where he co-authored twelve peer-reviewed publications. Chris holds a BA in English Literature from Yale University, where he also completed pre-medical studies.

Senior Vice President, Director of Media Relations

Drew Levinson is a senior vice president at LifeSci Public Relations. Drew spent 25 years working in public relations and journalism providing clients with media strategy, crisis and reputation counsel.

Prior to joining LifeSci, Drew was a senior vice president at Hill+Knowlton Strategies where he worked closely with the firm’s global account teams helping them develop messages and story angles relevant to journalists and their audiences. He provided media strategy, crisis management and executive communications coaching to a full range of clients including biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, medical groups and hospitals.

Drew spent more than two decades as a local and network television news correspondent. While at CBS News, he reported on major world stories including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, five presidential elections and natural disasters. He covered hundreds of medical and health stories including the first self-contained mechanical heart implanted in the U.S., major breakthroughs in cancer and Parkinson’s research.

Drew is capable of leveraging his extensive media relationships to position clients with influential top tier television, print and online media outlets.

Drew graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace, War and Defense.

Account Supervisor

Alison Chen is an account supervisor at LifeSci Public Relations. She is an experienced healthcare communications professional who has worked across public relations, investor relations and corporate strategy to help life science clients solve complex communications challenges.

Prior to joining LifeSci Public Relations, Alison was a senior account executive at LaVoieHealthScience (LHS), an integrated communications agency focused on the health and life science industry. At LHS, she developed relationships with key industry journalists and managed comprehensive communication activities for her clients in various areas including immuno-oncology, CNS, rare genetic diseases, orthopedics, and digital health solutions. Prior to working at LHS, Alison worked at global PR agencies including SHIFT Communications and Fleishman-Hillard.

Alison holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public relations. She is bilingual in English and Chinese.

Account Supervisor

Sara Zelkovic is an account supervisor at LifeSci Public Relations. Sara has experience planning and implementing public relations and media relations campaigns for global pharmaceutical and emerging life sciences companies, including Sanofi Genzyme, PTC Therapeutics, Novo Nordisk and Depomed.

Prior to joining LifeSci, Sara was an account supervisor at Berry & Company, a public relations firm focused on healthcare and life science communications. At Berry & Company, Sara provided strategic and executional support for communications programs for clients across a broad range of sectors, including oncology, medical devices, neurology, specialty pharmaceuticals and rare diseases. She also led numerous media relations campaigns targeting patient, clinician and investor audiences.

Prior to working at Berry & Company, Sara worked at healthcare agencies including Grey Healthcare Group and IOMEDIA.

Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies from Fordham University.

Account Supervisor

Allison Blum is an Account Supervisor at LifeSci Public Relations. Allison has extensive academic research experience in diverse areas including organic chemistry, neuroscience, developmental biology, genetics and stem cell biology.

Prior to joining LifeSci, Allison was the director of Scientific and Research Strategy at the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center which advances precision medicine research programs across a broad range of disease areas. At the Institute, she oversaw a complex grant and research portfolio with industry, government and foundation sponsors. Allison also spent eight years with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest philanthropic organization supporting biomedical research in the United States, overseeing science operations for Howard Hughes investigators at Columbia, NYU, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from American University. Allison earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Senior Account Executive

Josephine Belluardo is an Senior Account Executive at LifeSci Public Relations. Prior to joining LifeSci, Jo received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Weill Cornell Medicine. While at Weill Cornell, Jo performed academic research in a lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she gained expertise in many fields, including neuroscience, gastroenterology, developmental biology, and genetics. She also worked in the Cornell Center for Technology Licensing where she determined the patentability of inventions and tracked current trends in all areas of the life sciences. Jo had previously conducted neuroscience research in labs at Princeton University and Rutgers University. She received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Colgate University.

Senior Account Executive

Dr. Cherilyn Cecchini is a senior account executive at LifeSci Public Relations. Prior to joining LifeSci, Dr. Cecchini completed residency training in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Her research focus was end-of-life care communications. Prior to residency, Dr. Cecchini obtained her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College (formerly Jefferson Medical College) in Philadelphia, Pa. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Senior Account Executive, Media Relations and Messaging Strategist

Kristin Politi is an account executive at LifeSci Public Relations. Politi has nearly a decade of experience in the global scientific community as an academic researcher. Most recently she completed her PhD at Columbia University in the Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine Program. Her work and collaborations, at the Center for Motor Neuron Biology and Disease, focused on the underlying mechanisms of neurodegeneration in ALS. Prior to Columbia, Politi was a research associate at Abpro, a biotechnology company focused on antibody development. As an undergraduate, Politi conducted research in neuroscience and biochemistry at Franklin and Marshall College and at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Franklin and Marshall College.

Account Executive

Darren Opland is an account executive at LifeSci Public Relations with over 15 years of experience in biomedical research. Immediately prior to joining LifeSci, Darren worked in the Psychiatry Department at Yale University where he utilized a variety of techniques ranging from cell and molecular studies to behavioral testing to investigate the neural encoding of reward and aversion. These studies have direct application to models of eating disorders and depression. Over the years he has also studied obesity, other psychiatric illnesses and vascular complications in diabetes and has collaborated extensively with both domestic and international researchers. Darren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

Account Executive

Elizabeth Tang is an account executive at LifeSci Public Relations. Prior to joining LifeSci, Elizabeth was a postdoctoral researcher at Rockefeller University, studying reproductive biology and infertility. She has produced over 20 publications, including original research articles, reviews and book chapters on topics ranging from spermatogenesis to Zika virus. Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of Hong Kong and her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Villanova University.

Account Executive

Cait Williamson is an account executive at LifeSci Public Relations. Prior to joining LifeSci, Cait received her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from Columbia University, where her research focused on the neurobiological and neuroendocrine mechanisms regulating group social behavior. Through this work, she gained advanced expertise in genomics, epigenetics, social network analytics and disorders of social behavior. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., she worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University investigating novel treatments for the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. She received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavior from Columbia University.

Account Executive

Madeline C. Corrigan is an account executive at LifeSci Public Relations. Prior to joining LifeSci, Madeline was an assistant research professor in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wearable Robotics at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has extensive experience in medical device development and biomechanical research with a focus on assistive robotic technologies for individuals with physical disabilities. As a principal investigator, she developed a novel upper extremity exoskeleton for individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and led a multi-site clinical research study evaluating the technology. Madeline has an extensive background in volunteer and personal care work for individuals with disabilities that sparked a commitment to user-centered development and translational research. Madeline received her Ph.D. and M.S. in biomedical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and her B.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Account Executive

Mike Tattory is an Account Executive at LifeSci Public Relations. Prior to joining LifeSci, Mike was an account coordinator at ETHOS Health Communications where he worked in medical marketing. There, he supported advisory boards, competitive readiness, medical congress efforts and KOL engagement while working alongside clients such as Novartis’s neuroscience brand team. Mike graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Account Associate

Rebecca Lurie is an account associate at LifeSci Public Relations. As a recent graduate of Syracuse University with a B.A. in Sociology, Rebecca’s professional experience includes TechDay HQ, a company focused on fostering connections between tech startups and big businesses. Her primary role was creating and managing the incentive program for the tech startup community.

Account Associate

Grace Fotiades is an account associate at LifeSci Public Relations. Prior to joining LifeSci, Grace worked with the Camp Harbor View and Connors Family Office strengthening the nonprofit’s social media presence and launching an awareness campaign. At Camp Harbor View, she also helped organize Boston’s largest fundraiser, raising over eight million dollars annually for inner city children. Grace holds a B.A. in communications and economics from Villanova University

Director of Marketing and Creative Services

Jess is the Director of Marketing and Creative Services at LifeSci Advisors, LLC and is responsible for the company’s global marketing efforts, client services and website development. She has more than 17 years of experience in the marketing industry. Prior to joining LifeSci, Jess worked as the Director of Client Services for TheBlaze, where she conceptualized and designed strategic marketing campaigns for over 100+ clients. Jess started her marketing career at Clear Channel Communications where she helped develop custom proposals, executed on-air and off-channel integrated advertising programs for Kohl’s, Ford and Home Depot and was instrumental in the flawless execution of numerous client events. Over the years, Jess has served in various marketing-related roles, including ad sales marketing, brand partnerships, and experiential marketing. Jess holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Towson University.