The C3 team — Proven Clinical Leaders
Harold Minkowitz, MD: Scientific & Clinical Architect
Dr. Minkowitz is a board certified Anesthesiologist. He began his professional career as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has since left the University setting to practice at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center where he currently maintains active staff status.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Minkowitz has always had a keen interest in clinical research. This began during his residency training, and has been his passion throughout his career. He is now in his third decade of being involved in clinical research. He specializes in acute perioperative clinical studies, with an emphasis on acute pain. He has an understanding of the operational challenges involved with completing these trials in an expedient manner.
Mark Sacaris: Strategy
Mark’s career started in the financial industry with Criterion Funds, a boutique investment management firm. After 3 years with Criterion, Mark transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry, going to work with Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals in 1991. He spent 5 years in field and hospital sales before managing the midwest region as a hospital sales manager. In 1995 Mark moved into marketing with RPR as a marketing manager on the eventual blockbuster anticoagulant, Lovenox. Mark was responsible for several sNDA launches as well as the hip and knee replacement indications. In 1999 Mark moved to San Diego to work in the area of hematological malignancies for Ligand Pharmaceuticals. During his time at Ligand, Mark was initially responsible for a diphtheria toxin and then eventually in charge of the Marketing Department.
In August of 2001 Mark and his business partner launched the Tier1Group of companies, which included strategic marketing and medical communications companies, Traxcion World Medical and OnPoint Resources . Shortly after, CHE (Center for Healthcare Education) was created. CHE is a full service medical communications and education organization dedicated to the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. Tier1Group now serves the strategic marketing and medical communications side of the business. Both companies have evolved into their current business models allowing them to engage leaders in many therapeutic areas and play a role in launching blockbuster drugs, repositioning existing products and assisting clients build strategies around evidence based medicine to increase the success of their current product or portfolio. CHE also serves the role as an association management company for the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR.com). He currently serves as the Chief Operation Officer of this global, membership based organization that delivers high, quality orthopaedic education around the globe.
Steve Coley: Life Cycle Management Architect
Steve’s career started with Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals in 1991. He spent several years in field and hospital sales before managing the northeast region as a hospital sales manager. In 1995 Steve moved into marketing where he worked on the anticoagulant Lovenox. Before leaving Steve’s responsibilities grew to where he oversaw the marketing and life cycle management of the venous portfolio for Lovenox. In 2000 Steve moved to San Diego to work in the area of hematological malignancies for Ligand Pharmaceuticals. During his time at Ligand Steve managed the retinoid portfolio where he oversaw the repositioning and launch of two products.
In 2001 Steve and his business partner launched their first strategic marketing and medical communications company. Their first company has evolved into their current business models allowing them to engage leaders in many therapeutic areas and play a role in launching blockbuster drugs, repositioning existing products and assisting clients build strategies around evidence based medicine to increase the success of their current product or portfolio. To this day Tier 1 Healthcare Education and Research Inc. delivers high value to its clients on many fronts from strategic consulting, educational programs, web asset development and deployment and key tactical initiatives to build brand awareness and value.
In 2003 developed the branding and launch plan for the introduction of a new membership based society to focus on heart failure nursing education. Once funding was secured, leadership identified and installed the non-profit American Association of Heart Failure Nurses was created. AAHF is a leader in fulfilling an unmet need in educating HF nursing and supportive care communicates. Steve was the Executive Director for 3 years before transferring day-to-day management to a association management company.
Recently Steve assumed the rebranding and introduction of the Surgical Pain Consortium (formerly Surgical Pain Congress). The SPC’s mission is to; “Advance the art and science of surgical pain management to enhance patient satisfaction, promote rapid recovery, maximize perioperative safety, and improve health economic outcomes through education and research.”
John Nelson: Insight & Marketing Leader
John has 25 years pharmaceutical experience including stints with Bayer, Cephalon, Sanofi, JNJ. Additional senior leadership experience in Medical communications & Healthcare advertising both boutique and fortune 50 firms has allowed John a 360 degree view throughout the pharmaceutical industry. His professional experience includes sales, sales training, market research and product marketing. This experience translates into the ability to define, formalize & execute on pre-launch, launch, and post launch strategies. His therapeutic category experience is broad yet deep in Infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, CNS, AutoImmune, Hematology/Oncology & several Orphan diseases.
Additionally, Johns insights and experience in patient advocacy and development of technology platforms exclusively in the pharmaceutical vertical provide C3 a valuable resource not only in the strategy area but also leveraging newer technology to customers.
C3 taps into its vast store of data management, clinical data analysis, web and mobile application design, media production, KOL consulting network, pharmaceutical and biotech relationships, communications, and educational training resources as needed for each project.