February 3, 2011 ·
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New press release out today from the offices of Thought Leader Select:
Thought Leader Select announces 50 Percent Annual Growth for 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2010 (CHAPEL HILL, NC)-Thought Leader Select, a Research Triangle, NC-based research and consulting company serving the biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries, announces 50 percent year-over-year growth for 2010.
Founded in 2006, Thought Leader Select is a specialty firm dedicated to strengthening industry collaborations with medical experts for the development of next generation medicines. The company’s practice area focuses on three aspects of working with key opinion leaders (KOLs) in the medical community: identification and profiling, mapping, and engagement.
During the 2010 fiscal year, the company grew its revenues by 50 percent over fiscal year 2009, according to Kristen Smithwick, Vice President of Business Development, Marketing, and Strategic Planning. “We had a very strong year in 2010, and we have solidified our position as one of the preeminent thought leader engagement companies in the marketplace,” stated Smithwick.
The company marked 2010 by generating a record 28 customized research assessments for 10 of the top 50 global biopharmaceutical companies (measured by revenue). Thought Leader Select identified and profiled over 2500 KOLs in 30 countries. The medical experts represented multiple therapeutic areas and disease states, including neurology, ophthalmology, cardiology, endocrinology, and immunology.
Thought Leader Select used its industry-leading “deep profiling” methodology to ... read more »
September 8, 2010 ·
Rhonda Napier joined Thought Leader Select as a research manager in the spring of 2010, after serving the company for two years as a researcher. A graduate of West Virginia University (bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology) and Marshall University (master’s degree in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation), Rhonda worked in research and clinical practice as an exercise physiologist for 13 years.
During her time at the Ohio State University College of Nursing, Napier led National Institutes of Health-funded research on the effects of exercise on hypertensive women. More recently, her work at the Gillings School for Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill focused on quality and access to healthcare.
The Thought Leader Select Blog sat down with Rhonda to discuss her skills and experiences, as well as her contribution to the work of Thought Leader Select.
TLS Blog: Good afternoon, Rhonda. Why did you join Thought Leader Select?
Rhonda Napier: I had the good fortune of meeting the company’s leadership team through my husband, Chris, after he became acquainted with them. That was back in 2008, and they had an opportunity for me to come into the company as a researcher. The idea of exclusively doing research for me was odd, because I had been a clinician for so many years—but I became ... read more »
April 14, 2010 ·
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April 15, 2010 (CHAPEL HILL, NC)—Thought Leader Select, a North Carolina-based firm dedicated to delivering solutions for key opinion leader (KOL) management for the biopharmaceutical industry, has announced the delivery of KOL identification projects for five leading North American pharmaceutical companies during the first quarter of 2010.
Five of the world’s largest pharmaceutical concerns contracted with Thought Leader Select in late 2009 to take advantage of the firm’s industry-leading deep profiling methodology for researching the skills and experiences of physician key opinion leaders across multiple therapeutic areas and disease states. Each company had specialized needs for initiation and redevelopment of their respective rosters of key opinion leaders to assist them in a variety of deployment needs.
Thought Leader Select assisted a Canadian firm with the identification of physician key opinion leaders who specialize in influenza vaccines. The company plans to build a firm roster of KOLs in advance of a new influenza vaccine product launch.
A U.S. firm contracted Thought Leader Select to identify nurse practitioners and physician assistants, also known as non-traditional KOLs, in the therapeutic areas of gastroenterology, hepatology, and HIV/AIDS treatment, in order to better understand patient needs in these areas and gain scientific and clinical insights for new compounds.
Thought Leader Select identified Canadian physician key opinion leaders for another Canadian company, with emphasis on KOLs who specialize in heart ... read more »