Wellmera has a team of experienced and dedicated consultants committed to delivering customized solutions to meet your individual needs. Our strong industry experience allows us to provide high-level expertise across a broad range of project types and indications.
Jean-François Ricci is the CEO and Principal Consultant of Wellmera AG. Since establishing the company in 2011, Jean-François oversees the management of Wellmera AG and the Management Team. He has eighteen years of experience, including the last five years in consulting and 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry, working at the global level as well as regionally in the US. Jean-François has extensive experience in developing global and regional pricing, health economics, and commercial strategies, and delivering fact-based solutions to maximise commercial impact for pharmaceutical assets.
Prior to founding Wellmera AG, Jean-François was a core member of senior global multidisciplinary teams in the pharmaceutical industry, leading pricing and reimbursement, market access, and health economics teams for early launch and in-line products/franchises. His expertise encompasses oncology, general therapeutic areas (e.g. cardiovascular, diabetes and neuroscience), and specialty care (e.g. transplantation, immunology, and ophthalmology).
Jean-François holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France. He holds a PhD in Clinical and Administrative Sciences and an MA 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 disease areas and methodological topics.
Catia Proenca is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera AG and a member of the Management Team, where she works on real-world evidence and market access projects. Catia is involved in the management and design of real-world evidence studies, from prospective observational research to cross-sectional studies, including patient and caregiver-reported outcomes. She contributes to the development of market access strategies aimed at communicating the value of medicines to key stakeholders, preparing a positive environment to support the uptake of products by identifying gaps and advising on evidence generation, and conducting marketplace analyses to understand the competitive environment.
Catia has over thirteen years’ experience in both industry and academic research. Prior to joining Wellmera AG Catia worked in Real-World Evidence Cardio-Metabolic franchise at Novartis Global (Basel, Switzerland) where she was involved in the design and publication of non-interventional observational studies. Prior to that, Catia worked at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research for her postdoctoral research in autism.
Catia holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the Weill Cornell Medical College, New York and the University of Lisbon, where she researched the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders. Catia has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of neuroscience, cardiology and oncology. She is currently enrolled in a MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Isabella Sormani is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera AG and a member of the Management Team with five years of experience, both in the pharmaceutical industry and consulting. Isabella is involved in health economics and market access projects supporting pricing and reimbursement processes in several disease areas, with a focus on oncology and neuroscience, developing market access strategies, supporting clients in the coordination of payer advisory boards, providing strategic insights, and developing global value dossiers and payer objection handlers.
Prior to joining Wellmera AG, Isabella worked at Novartis Farma S.p.A. (Origgio, Italy) as a Medical Information and Communications Manager across several therapeutic areas (e.g. multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease). Her responsibilities included monitoring local drug regulations, and developing and finalizing the scientific documentation for the master dossiers needed to obtain regional and local product listings. She then held positions in which she gained experience in the evaluation of in-licensing opportunities, collaborating with drug and business development departments and supporting management teams.
Isabella holds a MSc 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 the Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy.
Diana Souto is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera AG and a member of the Management Team. She specializes in market access, and pricing and reimbursement at a global level. Diana is involved in the development of global pricing and market access strategies, evidence gap analyses, advisory boards, product value workshops with cross-functional teams, global value dossiers, and objection handling tools. Diana has expertise in supporting the development of real-world evidence studies, including the review of protocols and statistical analysis plans, interpretation of results, and the development and review of reports, manuscripts, and publications.
Prior to joining Wellmera AG, Diana worked for more than three years in epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology in both academia and consulting, where she was involved in a wide array of research projects. Her expertise in epidemiology and clinical research covers a variety of therapeutic areas (e.g. infectious diseases, rheumatology, and cardiovascular diseases), with a particular focus on patient compliance and persistence, as well as drug utilization studies.
Diana holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She holds a MSc in Epidemiology from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been published in several reports, publications, and presentations.
Camille Andre is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera AG. Her main area of responsibility is supporting the development of the European Market Access strategy and preparing private and national/regional public reimbursement dossiers for comprehensive genomic profiling services indicated for cancer diagnosis. Camille has identified the evidence needed by stakeholders (e.g. public and private payers), built payer value propositions, refined target populations, and developed pricing rationales specific to several European countries. In addition, she has worked on the pricing flexibility assessment and access program feasibility, considering the complex competitive and regulatory environments of each European country. Camille has the lead role on several innovative projects, such as connected devices and apps to determine the gaps of access for public/private reimbursement, and is strategically shaping the value messages and clinical benefit of the RWD/RWE generated by these new tools.
Prior to joining Wellmera AG, Camille worked for two years at Roche France as a Project Manager in Market Access & Pricing. She was responsible for securing and maintaining the access of various molecules in diverse therapeutic areas (e.g. oncology and inflammation), development stages (e.g. from the Phase II to the mature commercialization stage), and targeted populations (e.g. blockbuster and orphan drugs). She developed an expertise in the access of medicine in the French healthcare system and by interacting with Regional and Global Access teams, acquired a cross-functional and global vision.
Camille holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from Caen University, France. She also holds a Specialized Master in Marketing and Market Access from the UPMC-Sorbonne University of Paris, France.
Ahmad Bechara is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera AG (Basel, Switzerland) with over fourteen years of experience in both the pharmaceutical industry and academic research.
He is responsible for a wide range of global pricing and market access deliverables across several therapeutic areas, including cardiometabolic, haematology, oncology and rare diseases. Ahmad provides strategic insights and recommendations on clinical trial design to maximize market access and reimbursement opportunities. He is involved in the development of global pricing and market access strategies, evidence gap analyses, and payer objection handling tools. Ahmad designs and facilitates product workshops and training for countries to help countries prepare for HTA submissions, payer negotiations, and communication on value of their products. Additionally, Ahmad has developed for global teams ATC and DDD strategies and submission dossiers to the World Health Organization.
Prior to joining Wellmera AG, Ahmad worked at the Global Market Access Cardio-Metabolic franchise of Novartis Global (Basel, Switzerland) where he was involved in pre-launch and launch preparations of several assets. He managed market insight collection and digital tools for payer and KOL engagement, and developed a business case for creating a new stock-keeping unit to reduce drug wastage.
Ahmad holds a PhD in Genetics and Neuroscience from the University of Claude Bernard in Lyon, where he researched the molecular mechanisms of topographic brain map formation and plasticity. Ahmad has authored and co-authored several publications in the genetic and neuroscience fields.
Maria Carroll is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera AG with over seven years’ experience in consultancy and the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry. Maria specializes in the development of market access strategies and value demonstration, including global value dossiers, value propositions, payer objection handlers, and HTA submissions. She supports global and regional clients in conducting primary research with key opinion leaders, coordinating advisory board meetings and facilitating market access training workshops.
Prior to joining Wellmera AG, Maria worked in payer communications for a major global market access consultancy in London, UK, supporting global and regional clients across a wide range of therapy areas, including respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, orphan disease, Alzheimer’s disease (diagnostics), and oncology. Maria has also worked in research and development and regulatory affairs for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies supporting national regulatory submissions.
Maria holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Imperial College, London, UK, and a PhD (DPhil, Oxon) from the University of Oxford, UK. Her work has been peer-reviewed, published in scientific journals, and presented at international conferences.
Anamaria Jugrin-Olivieri is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera AG with over five years’ experience in both consulting and industry in HEOR roles. Anamaria specializes in designing health economic tools for pharmaceutical clients and supporting them to identify and generate payer-relevant health economic evidence.
Prior to joining Wellmera AG, Anamaria worked as a regional HEOR Manager, overseeing local and regional HEOR and real-world evidence generation for France, Belgium, and Luxembourg at a major pharmaceutical company. Her hands-on experience in economic modelling spans the development of a variety of value-evidence tools, such as cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost-minimization, budget impact models, and across a variety of therapeutic areas (e.g. cardiovascular diseases, endocrine diseases and immunologic disorders). Anamaria has supported global and local clients with the preparation of global value dossiers, global reimbursement dossiers, and HTA submissions to NICE, HAS/CEESP, TLV, and KCE.
Anamaria holds a BSc in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, and a MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Law from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at various conferences.
James Milnes is a Senior Consultant at Wellmera with over 12 years of experience in drug discovery and development in the biotechnology industry. James is involved in market access projects, providing strategic insights, developing global value dossiers, and payer objection handlers to support the pricing and reimbursement processes in many disease areas, including oncology and rheumatology.
Prior to joining Wellmera AG, James raised over £4.5 million to fund early drug discovery and development, collaborated on securing over €16 million for academic-industrial research partnerships, and was the lead biologist on out-licensed drug programs with contracts totaling over €120 million. James has hands-on experience in the planning and execution of research and development projects across a variety of therapeutic areas such as cardiac arrhythmias, metabolic diseases, (e.g. diabetes, obesity), and chronic immunologic/inflammatory disorders, (e.g. multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis), which has resulted in over 28 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 presentations at international conferences.
James holds a first-class BSc in Physiology from the University of Bristol, UK, a PhD in Cardiac Medicine from the National Heart and Lung Institute, UK, and a Research Diploma from Imperial College School of Medicine London, UK.