Our Analysts

Alan Kendrick J.D.

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Alan Kendrick, J.D.

Alan Kendrick specializes in mechanical and aerospace systems and provides clients with technical and intellectual property support. Read more.

Ben Bahavar, Ph.D.

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Ben Bahavar, Ph.D.

Ben Bahavar, Ph.D., is an experimentalist researcher with multidisciplinary training and 17 years of experience in applied chemistry, semiconductor materials, and chemical engineering. His analyses help companies assess new applications of products and processes, seek solutions to technical problems, and perform feasibility studies. Read more.

Donna Mitchell-Magaldi

Analyst Donna Mitchell-Magaldi has been with Nerac for over 12 years and partners with medical device companies, serving them in many capacities. Read more.

Emma Palmacci, Ph.D.

Palmacci

Emma Palmacci, Ph.D.

As the VP of Research and Advisory Services, Emma Palmacci, Ph.D. focuses on the people, process, and resources necessary to provide excellent quality research to the Nerac clientbase. Dr. Palmacci has experience in all aspects of Nerac’s offerings, including project planning, execution and delivery, client support, and business and service development. Read more.

Joanne M. Ferrell

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Joanne Ferrell

Analyst Joanne M. Ferrell assists pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations (CROs) comply with regulatory agency requirements. In particular, she helps companies develop and initiate programs and monitoring systems to ensure comprehensive and efficient methods of pharmaceutical adverse event monitoring for pharmacovigilant requirements. Read more.

John Leavitt, Ph.D.

John Leavitt, Ph.D.

John Leavitt, Ph.D.

Analyst John Leavitt, Ph.D., helps life science companies develop solutions to critical problems and pursue novel business strategies. Dr. Leavitt applies his expertise in the biotech fields of diagnosis and treatment of human diseases, genetics, and cell and molecular biology to help companies make informed decisions. Read more.

Kevin Closson, M.S., MBA

Kevin Closson, M.S., MBA

Kevin Closson, M.S., MBA

Analyst Kevin Closson helps companies look beyond their business today to see how internal and external forces will shape their futures. He helps clients identify and execute corporate development transactions, including M&A, JV and equity investments. Read more.

Mike Mahoney

Mahoney

Mike Mahoney

Mike Mahoney specializes in electronic control systems, avionics, and consumer electronics, partnering with companies needing expertise to assist their in-house design intellectual property and market analysis teams. Mr. Mahoney analyzes patent, technical and business information to solve specific design and manufacturing problems, recommend company relationships and to prepare intellectual property managers and business executives to make better decisions.

Phillip B. Espinasse, M.S., MBA

Espinasse

Phillip B. Espinasse, M.S., MBA

Analyst Phillip Espinasse partners with high tech electrical and optical engineering companies to develop innovative business and technical solutions to guide strategies ranging from investment tactics to long-term business plans. Drawing on his experience conducting market assessments, competitive reviews, patent portfolio analyses, peer reviews, and patentability and patent invalidation reviews, Mr. Espinasse delivers intelligence critical to executive decision-making in the areas of marketing, product design, and research and development. Read more.

Richard Lilley, J.D.

Richard Lilley is a former U.S. patent examiner who works with companies to manage their intellectual property portfolios. He also provides prior art, freedom-to-operate and invalidity research. Read more.

Richard Maldanis, Ph.D.

Maldanis

Richard Maldanis, Ph.D.

For over a decade, Richard Maldanis, Ph.D. has been assisting Nerac clients in the specialty chemistry and material science fields. His diverse expertise in organic, inorganic, organometallic and polymer chemistry provides clients with solutions to a broad range of chemistry-related challenges. Read more.

Ron Sills, M.S.

Ron Sills, M.S.

Ron Sills, M.S.

Ron Sills works strategically with medical device companies to review business goals and objectives and offer information management solutions and analysis. By providing custom briefings to monitor the medical device industry, assess the competitive landscape, and track product safety, he proactively enhances executives’ ability to make informed decisions. Read more.

Rosemarie Szostak, Ph.D.

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Rosemarie Szostak, Ph.D.

Analyst Rosemarie Szostak, Ph.D., advises companies on technology and innovation in materials, energy and sustainable design. With more than 20 years of experience as a thought leader and analyst with broad technical knowledge, she provides innovative solutions to difficult technology challenges. Read more.

Roz Sweeney, Ph.D.

Sweeney

Roz Sweeney, Ph.D.

Roz Sweeney, Ph.D., advises medical technology clients on new market opportunities, reimbursement, and regulatory issues. While at Nerac, she has assisted many clients in supporting the value proposition of their products through literature reviews and health economics modeling. Read more.

Sarah Williams, MHA, MPH, RD

Williams

Sarah Williams, MHA, MPH, RD

Analyst Sarah Williams collaborates with Nerac clients in the food, dietary supplement, and medical device industries to support their research and regulatory needs. Her diverse background in regulatory affairs, product-related research, clinical literature analysis, and nutrition education provide a unique perspective and well-rounded expertise for working with companies to find timely, effective solutions. Read more.

Skye McClain, Ph.D.

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Skye McClain, Ph.D.

Analyst Skye McClain, Ph.D., specializes in helping clients assess the business and production impacts of implementing a new material or processing method. Companies from a wide range of industries work with Dr. McClain to analyze the feasibility of new materials, evaluate processing methods, and assess acquisition opportunities. Dr. McClain also coordinates technical, business and patent experts for high profile advisory and research teams. Read more.

Stephen E. Buxser, Ph.D.

Buxser

Stephen E. Buxser, Ph.D.

Analyst Stephen E. Buxser, Ph.D., applies his more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in both large and small companies to provide practical and timely information on a wide variety of areas in pharmaceuticals as well as in fundamental biology of many types. Read more.

Stephenie Smulligan-Maldanis, M.S.

Stephanie Smulligan-Maldanis

Stephanie Smulligan-Maldanis, M.S.

Analyst Stephenie Smulligan-Maldanis collaborates with Nerac clients in various sectors within the chemical, materials and personal care fields. Ms. Smulligan-Maldanis applies her searching and advising capabilities in areas including cosmetic formulations, lubricants, as well as pharmaceutical chemistry. Ms. Smulligan-Maldanis also is well versed at locating information related to synthetic methodologies, such as reported reaction conditions, alternative pathways for synthetic procedures and purification procedures. Ms. Smulligan-Maldanis also serves Nerac clients in identifying vendors of hard to find chemicals. Read more.

Thomas A. Perkins

Thomas A. Perkins

Thomas A. Perkins

With more than 20 years of industry experience in electronics and computer engineering, Analyst Thomas A. Perkins provides expertise in large patent portfolio analytics and citation analysis. He has a broad understanding of electrical engineering, electronics, microprocessor/embedded systems, programming languages, software engineering, nuclear spectroscopy/instrumentation, and project management. Read more.

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