As a member of the Health Advances team, you’ll be working with scientists, clinicians, and business professionals who are leaders in their field. Two-thirds of our consulting staff have earned advanced degrees from top universities and all share a passion for driving innovations that improve healthcare.

Bon Jun, Senior Analyst
Interests

Bowling, Salsa, Ping pong, Tennis, Making Stuffed Animals and Reading

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Bon Jun, Senior Analyst
  • Hanwha Chemical, Solar Business Team Intern
  • Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Research Assistant
  • Pohang Institute of Science and Technology, Research Assistant
  • PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, Harvard University
  • BS Chemistry, Stanford University

Health Advances Culture

Surrounded by smart, driven and caring colleagues, I am constantly motivated to improve myself.

Personal accomplishment

I am constantly teaching myself languages. Assessed by many as a better cook than a chemist!

I’m a big fan of…

Keanu Reeves, Dave Chappelle, The Wire, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Russian composers.

Brandon, Engagement Manager
I’m a big fan of…

anything that gets me on an athletic field, woodworking/building furniture, scuba diving, and UVA Football.

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Brandon, Engagement Manager
  • University of Virginia, BS in Biochemistry and BA in Biology
  • University of Virginia, Dr. Anthony Spano- Undergraduate Research
  • University of Virginia, Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant

Health Advances Culture…

Being new to Health Advances I originally was tentative about what the office culture would be like. This uneasiness was quickly dissipated as the environment at Health Advances is evident from the first time you walk through the door. Casual dress and a lighthearted atmosphere promote open conversation amongst employees from all levels in the office. Everyone at Health Advances is willing to help, truly embodying the team atmosphere we were told about in interviews. I grew up playing sports in high school and on through college so having that sense of community with a common goal made me feel right at home. We all bring our own set of skills and expertise that we relish, not because we are enabled by them, but because we are able to share them with others every day.

Fun Facts…

  • Led a week-long environmental conservation volunteer trip to Cayos Cochinos, Honduras in 2011 and, as philanthropy chair for Sigma Chi’s Derby Days, raised over $27,000 for the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in 2012
  • Was an Organic Chemistry Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Assistant for 6 semesters at the University of Virginia
  • Was a US Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2008
Caitlin, Event Planner
I’m a big fan of…

Being with my family, the Maine coast, and cooking.

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Caitlin, Event Planner
  • University of Massachusetts, BA, English
  • University of Limerick, Ireland, Concentration on Irish Literature

Health Advances Events…

Health Advances participates in roughly 40 health care conferences per year-whether we are attending, speaking, or hosting panels and receptions, there is never a dull moment! I also plan Health Advances internal events. HA offers a wide variety of fun social events with a little something for everything: trivia night, lawn games and food trucks, holiday parties and much more!

Interests…

Learning about the countries where my family lives, volunteering (animal shelter), reading, home renovation, and true crime series.

Carrie, Director
I’m a big fan of…

eating, skiing and snowboarding, traveling, Maine, and NFL on Sunday afternoons.

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Carrie, Director
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS, Organic Chemistry
  • Merck & Co., Inc., Chemist, Medicinal Chemistry Department
  • Williams College, BA, Chemistry

Health Advances: Constantly Learning…

The wide variety of cases at Health Advances keep my work interesting and allow me to expand my knowledge and experience across the healthcare industry, therapeutic areas, and functional areas. Having joined Health Advances with a chemistry background and pharmaceutical experience, my knowledge of the healthcare industry was limited to therapeutics. Within my first year at Health Advances, I was involved in diagnostic and medical device cases as well as drug cases and have enjoyed learning about and working across all three industries. The pace of our work and the timeline of projects, which each last 6 weeks on average, also ensure that we are constantly learning and engaged in our work.

Fun Facts…

  • Hiked the Inca trail (and highly recommend the trip)
  • Lived in Sweden when I was 5 and had my birthday party at McDonalds
  • Worked as an athletic trainer for the rugby team in college and decided to join the team
Dana, Director of Recruiting and Professional Development
Fun Facts…
  • Won $10,000 in a local radio contest
  • Had a radio show in Slovakia called “Moonbase Tango”
  • Got married barefoot on the beach in St. John
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Dana, Director of Recruiting and Professional Development
  • Babson College, BS, Marketing and Communications
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Small Business Development, Slovakia
  • EF International Language School, Brighton, Director of Student Life
  • EF AuPair, Regional Manager

Health Advances: Committees that Work . . .

I have had my hands in just about everything at Health Advances. One of the benefits of a small company is that you really do have the power to make an impact. There are all kinds of internal committees which allow people to contribute and grow in ways which suit their personal and professional development goals. If someone has a new idea or identifies a specific need for the firm, they are always encouraged to join an existing committee or form a new group to see if they can make it happen. I enjoy the variety of challenges and tasks associated with everything from the social committee to the business development teams. I love being involved in the planning of company events – from the casual BBQ or trivia night to the formal new year kick-off party. There is never a dull day at Health Advances!

I’m a big fan of…

the Red Sox and the Patriots, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, masters swimming and spicy food.

David, Engagement Manager
Fun Facts…
  • Spent 3 months in the Blue Mountains region of Australia volunteering with an environmental conservation group
  • In college I built a motorized rocking chair used to calm autistic children experiencing anxiety or panic attacks
  • I am expecting a phone call any day now from the New York Giants asking me to play defensive tackle
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David, Engagement Manager
  • SYNAPDX, MBA Intern
  • Medtronic Inc., Senior Clinical Specialist
  • Pfizer Inc., Summer Analyst
  • Computational Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, Research Assistant
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • Duke University, Master in Engineering Management
  • Tulane University, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, cum laude

Professional Experience…

I joined Health Advances because it allows me the opportunity to work in a diverse range of sectors within healthcare. The majority of my prior experience was in medical devices, and I wanted to broaden my understanding of the healthcare industry. Health Advances provides me the opportunity to learn about biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and health IT in a supportive, yet fast-paced environment. I enjoy the challenges of learning these sectors. I also enjoy working with a client base ranging from startups to multi-national corporations. The breadth of projects and opportunities makes Health Advances a truly unique place to work.

Emily, Senior Analyst
I’m a big fan of …

The BSO! As a huge classical music fan, I love going to see the BSO concerts whenever I get the chance. I usually go with one of my fellow analysts/senior analysts who are also classical music fans at least once a month.

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Emily, Senior Analyst
  • Health Advances, LLC, Analyst Intern
  • Technology Crossover Ventures, Healthcare Venture Capital Associate Intern
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Bioinformatics Institute, Research Assistant
  • Dartmouth College, BA, Music, Biology modified with Economics, Presidential Scholar

Case Experience

One of the things that makes Health Advances so unique is that you truly get the opportunity to work across all of the different sectors of the life sciences and healthcare industry. Not only is each case distinct, but each sector can come with a whole different set of considerations, resources, dynamics, and strategies. Though my first case was in health IT, I’ve since had a chance to work in biopharma, life science research tools, POC diagnostics, and MedTech. It’s incredibly exciting to get such a broad yet in-depth exposure to the healthcare industry right from the get-go.

Interests

Figure skating every few Sundays, skiing at least a few weekends in the winter (with many of my fellow analysts!), running on the Esplanade in the summer, volunteering to teach elementary kids music on Saturdays, keeping up with piano and violin by practicing and getting together with a few friends as an ensemble every once in a while.

Gary, Partner
Fun Facts…

Sings in Slapdash Graduate, a vocal rock band which made it to the top 24 in NBC’s reality show, Star Tomorrow!

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Gary, Partner
  • Duke University, BSE in Biomedical Engineering
  • Stony Brook University, MS in Biomedical Engineering
  • Forest Laboratories, Intellectual Property Intern
  • Internships with OSI Pharmaceuticals and Becton Dickinson

Health Advances: Work/Life Balance…

I have been very pleasantly surprised at the importance that Health Advances puts on a healthy work/life balance. While work comes first, Health Advances has always been respectful of my commitments outside of work and allowed me to pursue many music groups including the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, an a cappella group, and a vocal rock group. I’ve even taken some time off to film for the show in LA.

I’m a big fan of…

losing money at poker, opera, Duke basketball, and eucalyptus steam rooms.

Jen, Engagement Manager
I’m a big fan of

the Boston startup scene.

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Jen, Engagement Manager
  • Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, PhD,
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Dartmouth College, BS, BE

Health Advances Culture

I can’t say enough about the awesomeness of Health Advances’ people. When I joined the firm, I looked forward to being part of a group of highly skilled, extremely smart, and very motivated individuals. What I found on top of that was a network of caring and invested coworkers and mentors. Especially as a newly-minted mom, I really value having so many role models around me, as well as a company that understands the importance of work-life balance.

Interests

Piano and guitar playing, hiking, excessive reading, hazelnut farming, volunteering (Read to a Child mentor)

Jess, Talent Acquisition Specialist
Fun Facts…
  • I once docked a 42 foot catamaran in a crowded Portland Maine harbor all by myself
  • I was an All-Conference distance runner at Wheaton College
  • I would one day like to visit all of the seven natural wonders of the world
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Jess, Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • Wheaton College, BA, Studio Art
  • Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia, Concentration in Sociology
  • Pierce Promotions and Event Management, Training Specialist

Health Advances Community Involvement…

I love working at Health Advances not only because I work with a great group of people that I can laugh with every day but because of the community involvement that Health Advances dedicates it’s time to. Everyone finds time in their busy schedules to collaboratively give back to others. You can find a member of Health Advances paying it forward in a variety of different ways. Whether it be a 20 mile Walk for Hunger Challenge or raising money for “Bead for Life” to help provide sustainable opportunities for women in Uganda, you can always find a colleague dedicated to making a difference. Health Advances is also the only place that I have ever worked where there is a devoted group of people who plan events outside of the office where we can all relax, have fun and get to know each other better.

I’m a big fan of…

summers in Maine, oil pastels, road races, traveling, Restaurant Week

Jessica, Talent Acquisition Specialist
Fun Facts
  • I rode an ostrich in Vietnam. I had no idea they were such strong and fast birds!
  • I’ve travelled to 23 countries, most recently I was in Hong Kong and Cambodia.
  • I took a short course on beekeeping and got up close and personal with the bees.
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Jessica, Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • Deloitte Tax LLP
  • Boston University, BS, Accounting

Description of a “Typical Day”

A typical day in Talent Acquisition at Health Advances is far from typical. We recruit across the board—be it consultants or functional staff, interns to PhDs to seasoned executives, you name it! We even recruit for employees in the San Francisco and Zug offices so my days are varied. I’m always looking for an excuse to travel so one of these days, I’ll have to make it out to our Zug office (for recruiting purposes obviously!) and squeeze in a little skiing. Our candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds but are all so accomplished and participate in so many extracurriculars and hobbies that I always come across really interesting snippets when reading through resumes. My favorite part of working at Health Advances is seeing everyone’s joint efforts culminate in candidate offer acceptances and ultimately, welcoming these candidates as new hires! It gives me great pride knowing that our candidates have multiple offers and can choose to work anywhere, but they choose to join us at Health Advances.

I’m a big fan of . . .

taking pictures of my food. “My camera eats first.”

Katelyn, Analyst
I’m a big fan of…

Traveling, hiking, the beach, lobster rolls, live music, and the Fourth of July

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Katelyn, Analyst
  • Penn Medicine, Undergraduate Researcher
  • University of Pennsylvania, BSN, Nursing, concentration in * Healthcare Management
  • Registered nurse

Health Advances Culture

Coming from a background in nursing, I joined Health Advances because I was interested in growing my expertise in all areas of the healthcare industry, not just the clinical side. I was most apprehensive to leave clinical practice because I loved the team oriented nature of working on a hospital unit. Since joining Health Advances though, I have been pleased to find a strong sense of community both around the office and on individual project teams. The people at Health Advances make the work we do engaging and never fail to keep office morale lively. My colleagues have made a considerable influence on how I define my experience thus far in consulting, and I am thrilled that I am surrounded by such talented people each day.

Fun Facts

  • Backpacked through Southeast Asia for 7 weeks before starting at Health Advances
  • Studied abroad in Oxford, England as an undergrad
  • My first concert was the Rolling Stones when I was 12
Kelsey, Senior Analyst
Fun Facts
  • Spent the summer after college living in Hawaii and working at a fish taco grill between days at the beach
  • Have run 5 marathons, including the Boston Marathon (which in my opinion, is the best event of the year in Boston)
  • Got scuba certified on a trip to Belize
  • Studied the neural circuits of sleeping nematodes during my PhD
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Kelsey, Senior Analyst
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Graduate Student Researcher
  • Harvard University, PhD, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Connecticut College, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology

Healthcare Industry/Consulting

Having come to Health Advances after completing my PhD in biomedical sciences, I admit a small part of me was concerned about losing my connection to the science in transitioning to consulting. However, at Health Advances I’ve found the opposite to be true. Through working on projects for clients across the healthcare industry; in diagnostics, life science tools, pharma, and medical devices; I’m continuously applying my scientific background to our work while learning new things about research and development in these spaces on a daily basis. It’s both exciting and gratifying to be able to apply our scientific knowledge to help companies succeed in the healthcare industry.

I’m a big fan of

Traveling, hiking with my dog Baegel, and drinking wine at book club while pretending to have read the book.

Mark, Partner and Managing Director
Fun Facts…
  • Started three businesses before I went to college
  • Scrimshander (etch designs on whalebone for jewelry)
  • Designed diagnostic for erectile dysfunction as college thesis
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Mark, Partner and Managing Director
  • Dartmouth College, BA, Engineering Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Stanford University, MBA, Arjay Miller Scholar
  • Bain & Company, Partner, 10 years
  • Health Advances, Co-Founder, 21 years

Health Advances: Working with the Smartest and Nicest People Around…

I am extremely proud of Health Advances – our people, our integrity, and our clients’ accomplishments. It is extremely gratifying to frequently receive compliments from senior industry executives about our insights and our people. Working in small teams with our clients, we are pioneering the successful commercialization of new medical technologies to improve peoples’ lives. Our firm understands – perhaps better than any other consulting firm – the nuances of referral patterns, clinical decision making, and reimbursement. Rather than fear these issues as impediments, with our advice, our clients navigate them as competitive weapons.

I’m a big fan of…

my wife, my kids and all their teams and clubs, the seacoast, travel, and eating!

Nicole, Case Team Assistant
I’m a big fan of…

The Cape, the Caribbean, kickboxing, my family, The Patriots, lobster, British accents, way too many TV shows.

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Nicole, Case Team Assistant
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Administrative Assistant
  • Assumption College, BA, Human Services and Rehab Studies

HA Culture…

I am fairly new to Health Advances but the second that I stepped in the building I knew this was a company I wanted to be a part of. The people who work here are so welcoming and friendly. Everyone has a very positive energy that makes you want to want to jump right in and work with them. I appreciate how hard everyone works but we also have so much fun! It is a great balance in a work environment. I have never met a more talented or smart group of individuals. Everyone brings their own expertise and experience that makes for an extremely successful business. I look forward to coming to work every day, not only for the work we do but to see my coworkers as well.

Fun Facts…

  • Have been to Maui 7 times
  • Jumped off a 30 foot cliff into the ocean while in Maui
  • Helped start up the girls ice hockey team program at my high school and also played
  • I’m an only child
Patrick, Senior Analyst
Fun Facts…
  • I once hiked 53 miles (including climbing 5 mountains) without stopping!
  • I lived in rural Peru for two months, where I worked in the diagnostic lab of a primary care clinic
  • I wanted to be an astronaut growing up until I found out I was too tall!
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Patrick, Senior Analyst
  • Health Advances, Analyst Intern
  • Thayer School of Engineering, Design Thinking, Teaching Assistant
  • Dartmouth College, Guerinot Lab, Research Assistant
  • Dartmouth College, BA, Biology, magna cum laude

A Typical Day at Health Advances…

A typical day for me at HA naturally begins with me getting my morning coffee in the café and catching up with all of the other resident coffee-lovers. After a few lighthearted conversations about the weather and the latest news, I’ll head back to my desk to review my emails and pull together a to-do list for the day. Typically I’ll be working on compiling my research into slides, which could include summarizing the results of a pipeline analysis, pulling quotes from our physician interviews, or detailing some competitor analysis. After a mid-day break for lunch with the other analysts, I might have an afternoon team meeting where our team will update each other on our progress and work together to draw conclusions from the research we’ve done in our respective work streams. All in all, a day for an analyst is about drawing important conclusions from your research and understanding how those conclusions fit into our always increasing understanding of the healthcare industry.

I’m a big fan of…

Pickup basketball Mondays after work with my coworkers, continually improving my homemade pizza, and summers on Cape Cod!

Sheela, Partner
I’m a big fan of…

cappuccinos, live music, and the beach!

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Sheela, Partner
  • Stanford University, BA, Human Biology
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • Senior Research Manager, The Advisory Board Company

Health Advances: Working with Early-Stage Companies…

One of the reasons I joined Health Advances was for the opportunity to work with new ventures and get hands-on experience with the key issues involved in founding and developing a new business. Health Advances works with portfolio companies of several venture capital firms and has been directly involved in starting new businesses. This year, I worked with three venture-backed diagnostic and device companies. In these cases, my teams worked closely with the founders and managers to evaluate key strategic issues, such as which customers to first target, what exit options to consider, and how to position the companies to attract investment. I find it exhilarating to work with these clients, as they are closely involved and invested in their businesses and strongly rely on our strategic advice. This exciting client base definitely distinguishes Health Advances from many of the larger consulting firms.

Fun Facts…

  • Have traveled to over 20 countries, including Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and Morocco
  • Obsessed with crossword puzzles and People
  • Appeared as an extra in “The Recruit”
Tara, Research Services Manager
Fun Facts…
  • Believes personality was used to create Hermione character in Harry Potter books (“took it out for some light reading”)
  • Quilt addict, loves to bake, never enough time to spend in the garden
  • Childhood dream of appearing on Jeopardy
  • Has driven an 18-wheeler truck, a fire engine, and operated a 53-ton capacity excavator
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Tara, Research Services Manager
  • L.E.K. Consulting, US Information Manager
  • Simmons College, MLS, Archives
  • Wells College, BA, History and Russian Studies

Health Advances: Working With Information…

My specialty is being able to locate the “impossible-to-find” niche healthcare data. It’s just part of the job description. I am a self-confessed news junkie and CNN addict. I enjoy the creative environment here as well as the work ethic of my colleagues. There is never a dull moment – who can be bored when investigating cutting edge medical technologies so new that only a handful of surgeons have even heard of the operation? Each day I am tasked, alongside my fellow Knowledge Management team members, with finding the concrete data which will enable our case teams to develop insights for our clients. Real questions, real challenges in a team setting which has a direct and visual impact on each of our clients.

I’m a big fan of…

Dove dark chocolate, being organized, and Mythbusters!

Vivek, Partner
I’m a big fan of…

the Los Angeles Lakers, spending time with my three daughters and wife and the 100s of news alerts I receive daily.

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Vivek, Partner
  • Washington University in Saint Louis, PhD, Molecular Cell Biology
  • Washington University in Saint Louis, Co-Director, BioEntrepreneurship Core
  • Boston University, MA, Biotechnology
  • Boston University, BA, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Health Advances: Broad Exposure with an Opportunity to Specialize . . .

One of the key attractions that brought me to Health Advances was the opportunity to work across multiple therapeutic areas and product types in the healthcare space. Since joining the firm, I have worked with clients developing therapeutics, devices, or diagnostics for HIV, obesity, heart failure, hepatitis C infection, and prostate cancer just to name a few.

Fun Facts…

  • I grew up wanting to be an aeronautical engineer
  • I have known my wife since I was 12