Our Senior Team*
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Doctor in Pharmacy, MBA, PhD
President & Principal
phone: +41 61 205 9667
Jean-François is founder and Principal Consultant of Wellmera. He has fifteen plus years of experience (five in the US and ten in global roles), eleven within the pharmaceutical industry. His work evolved from delivering end-user solutions to developing global and regional pricing and commercial strategies. He was a core member of senior global multidisciplinary teams at Novartis Pharma AG where he assumed positions with increasing scope and accountability in health economics, pricing and market access, and marketing for early, launch and in-line products/franchises.
Jean-François worked across several general medicine therapeutic areas (e.g., cardiovascular, diabetes, neuroscience) and in specialty care (e.g. transplantation and inflammation, immunology, and ophthalmology). His diversified industry experience enables him to develop global strategies and fact- based solutions grounded in clinical evidence for maximum commercial impact.
Jean-François is a Doctor of Pharmacy from the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France. He also holds a PhD in Clinical and Administrative Sciences and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, US. Jean-François has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at conferences across several diseases (e.g. IBS, transplantation, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke) and methodological topics (e.g. burden of illness, cost-effectiveness, risk adjustment, merging of clinical and administrative databases, development of claim based algorithms, quality of life, productivity, and psychometrics).
Doctor in Pharmacy, Master’s Degree in Health Economics
phone: +41 61 205 9663
Sophia Kessabi is Director at Wellmera.
Sophia has 13 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and vaccine industry. She has extensive knowledge in drug development, health economics, strategic pricing, and market access. She has worked at the corporate headquarters and local affiliate levels in Australia and Canada. During this time, she represented the health economics function as a core member on global cross-functional product teams. She worked on products from early to launch phases across several therapeutic areas including diabetes, transplantation, respiratory diseases, vaccines, rare diseases, and rheumatology.
Her responsibilities at Wellmera include the development of early payer insights, health economics and market access strategies and value dossiers. She has supported afﬁliates in the local adaption of global deliverables, value communication and training as well as local payer submissions. At Wellmera, Sophia provides onsite staff support to pharma clients in Health Economics and Market Access.
Sophia holds a degree of Doctor in Pharmacy from the University of Toulouse (France) and a Master’s Degree in Health Economics from the University of Lyon, France. .
PhD in Pharmacogenetics
phone: +41 61 205 9664
Rosemary is Associate Director at Wellmera with nine years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Her skills include health economics, outcomes research, market access, health policy and reimbursement, project management, and working in a global cross-functional multi-cultural environment, with strong communication skills.
Rosemary’s experience in Market Access includes shaping strategy and development plans. She has been involved in clinical trial design and observational studies and provided health economic recommendations, as well as payer value propositions for products close to launch, publications of real-world evidence, and facilitating the development of health economic models. She has expertise coaching and mentoring teams, including the overall alignment with brand strategy and launch plans across therapeutic areas.
At Wellmera, Rosemary provides onsite staff support to pharma clients in Health Economics and Market Access, their P & R submissions, review and coordination of payer research, and publications on outcomes research projects, economic evaluation or real-world evidence.
Rosemary has a PhD in Pharmacogenetics from JIPMER, India. She completed a Certification in HTA and Market Access from the Galbraith Wight Business School, UK., and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics from the University of Aberdeen, UK .
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
phone: +41 61 205 9668
Diana Souto is Senior Consultant at Wellmera. Diana has worked for more than three years in pharmacoepidemiology where she was involved in a wide array of research projects in academia and in a Clinical Research Organization. She has a high level of experience in the research of patient compliance and persistence as well as in drug utilization and use of different data collection methods, such as automated databases. Her expertise in pharmacoepidemiology and clinical research covers major therapeutic areas including infectious diseases, rheumatology and cardiovascular diseases with a focus on hypertension. Her experience encompasses the management of clinical studies at all stages: the development of study protocols, case report forms and questionnaires, patient and site recruitment, interviewer training, database set up, data management, data quality control, statistical analysis and reporting, and publication.
Diana’s diversified experience enables her to cover a broad range of projects, including the management of prospective, cross-sectional and experimental market and outcomes research and epidemiological studies. Diana has authored several reports, publications, and presentations.
Diana is a Doctor of Pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra, Portugal and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Epidemiology at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Master’s Degree in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Politics (MIHMEP)
phone: +41 61 205 9669
Isabella Sormani is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera with five years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and in executive, technology and finance recruitment consulting.
She first started working at Novartis Farma S.p.A. (Origgio, Italy) as a Medical Information and Communication Manager, across several therapeutic areas, specifically neuroscience (multiple sclerosis), as well as local drug regulations, developing and finalizing the scientific documentation for the master dossier needed to obtain regional and local product listings. She then held positions in other companies gaining experience in the evaluation of in-licensing opportunities, collaborating with the drug and business development departments and supporting management teams.
Isabella joined Wellmera in June 2015 and is currently working across different health economics and market access projects, ranging from conducting literature reviews and assessment of the current evidence gaps, developing market access strategies, supporting clients in the coordination of payer ad-boards and providing strategic insights, to the development of global value dossiers and payer objection handlers to support the price and reimbursement processes in different disease areas, mainly oncology.
Isabella holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Chemistry and Management from the University of Milan, Italy, and a specialized Master’s Degree in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy (MIHMEP) from SDA Bocconi, Milan, Italy.
Master's Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Science Based Business
phone: +41 61 205 9665
Pim is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera. He join Wellmera in early 2014. For the past two years, he worked for a consultancy firm for the Dutch healthcare industry. As an analyst / consultant he worked closely with hospitals to optimize their reimbursement. He gained extensive knowledge of hospital processes, the Dutch DRG system, healthcare costs, and the reimbursement system, more specifically in the field of specialty and orphan drugs.
Pim’s scientific and business background enables him to cover a broad range of strategic projects in health economics, market access and marketing. He has experience developing health economic models and testing different launch scenarios.
Pim has a Master degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Science Based Business from Leiden University in the Netherlands.
*Wellmera is a team of seasoned, dedicated professionals, committed to delivering customized solutions to our clients. Presented on this page are the senior members of our team, who hold higher levels of responsibility and form the core of our organization.