Leadership

Alison Kneen

Senior Vice President, Head of DRG Abacus & Global Access Advisory

Alison Kneen

Alison is a recognized global expert in all aspects of market access and reimbursement strategies built over 35 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry with 28 years’ specific to market access. Upon joining DRG Abacus in 2018, Alison established the Global Access Advisory to provide strategic end-to-end guidance for clients navigating the roadmap to market access. An inaugural member of the first market access team in the pharmaceutical industry, Alison further developed her career at GSK, Novartis, AstraZeneca, and Baxalta, holding senior leadership positions at Local, European, and Global levels.

Helen Kitchen

Vice President, Clinical Outcomes Assessment

Helen Kitchen

Helen leads the Clinical Outcomes Assessment practice, providing strategic input on measurement strategy and patient outcomes research. An advocate for innovative and creative research methods, Helen has 10 years’ experience of developing and validating clinical outcome assessment (COA) measures including patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and clinician-reported outcomes (ClinROs) for clinical trials and practice in line with regulatory (FDA, EMA) requirements. Helen holds an MSc (Merit) in Health Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University and a BA(Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manchester.

Mary Fletcher Louis

Vice President, Value Communications

Mary Fletcher Louis

Mary leads the Value Communications practice, partnering with clients to facilitate communication of evidence-based value both internally and externally. Mary has been part of Decision Resources Group, serving the pharmaceutical industry, for the last 18 years, with her earliest work focused on analysing European healthcare systems before the term ‘market access’ was coined. After achieving a distinction in her MPH (advanced statistics, epidemiology), Mary went on to run DRG's first payer research product focusing on success factors for favourable reimbursement of pharmaceuticals, leading the portfolio expansion to cover Europe and key emerging markets. Prior to joining DRG Mary worked for Oxfam and for Amnesty International.

Sunita Nair

Vice President, Systematic Review & Network Meta-Analysis

Sunita Nair

Sunita leads the Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis teams. Sunita is a business leader with 20 years’ experience, having spent the last 13 years in the pharmaceutical service industry with experience spanning cardiovascular research, health economics & outcomes research, knowledge management, market access, market research, medical communications, molecular diagnostics, and scientific writing. Sunita formerly worked in tertiary hospitals and multinational pharmaceutical companies in India and established and managed businesses for national and international clients. Sunita has a PhD in Applied Biology (Molecular Biology) and a Master's degree in Microbiology from the University of Mumbai, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is also trained in Knowledge Management, carried out at the Indian Institute of Management.

Ruth Howells

Vice President, Health Technology Assessment & Market Access

Ruth Howells

Ruth leads the Health Technology Assessment practice at DRG Abacus. Ruth has overall responsibility for our health technology assessment (HTA) services and has been extensively involved in the development and strategic direction of HTAs, contributing in-depth knowledge of procedural processes and excellent relationships with the main HTA bodies in the United Kingdom. With extensive experience of managing HTA submissions, Ruth works closely with our clients and in-house team, advising manufacturers on their role and requirements, and significantly contributes in the development and communication of the HTA strategy and evidence generation planning from an early stage. Prior to joining DRG Abacus, Ruth worked for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and has over 14 years’ experience in health outcomes research. Ruth has an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York.

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