Press Release: TLS Consulting Group Marks European Expansion


TLS Consulting Group Marks European Expansion

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. and BARCELONA, Spain (April 21, 2016) – Thought Leader Select is proud to announce the expansion of its TLS Consulting Group to Europe.

Based in Barcelona, the TLS Consulting Group’s European division works with biopharmaceutical companies and medical device firms to optimize their relationships with the medical community. The unit collaborates with clients in medical affairs and medical marketing at some of the world’s leading life sciences firms, working with companies to identify gaps that hamper portfolio development and market share growth, developing solutions to address these gaps in business planning, knowledge, and programming.

Solutions offered in Europe include the company’s 360-degree understanding of KOLs and the centers of excellence where they work, via industry-standard identification and profiling methods, as well as insights gleaned via market research tools and programs for engaging the medical community.

The Barcelona office is headed by a team of industry veterans:

  • Marta Patsi, Business Development Consultant: As a market research and business intelligence expert, Patsi has applied her advanced business analytics training to her work at multiple pharma companies in Europe, including Sanofi and Otsuka, as well as Spanish multitherapeutic industry concerns Lacer and Convatec.
  • Ricardo Henriques, Business Development Consultant: With more than 10 years of experience in prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, as well as medical devices, Henriques brings multiple market perspectives to his role. From his base in Barcelona, Ricardo has helmed brands from the consumer health division at Novartis, OTC drug manufacturer Almirall, wound care products company Urgo Medical, as well as stints at device makers Wellspect Healthcare and Palex Medical.
  • Jordi Plaja, Business Development Consultant: Plaja has worked in the industry for more than a decade, placing his training as a pharmacist and advanced degree in pharma marketing in the service of a host of firms. Plaja held leadership roles at Novartis and Otsuka, where he served as the Japanese concern’s managing director for Spain.

“We are so pleased to be opening the TLS Consulting Group’s new Barcelona office,” said Thought Leader Select Vice President, Kristen Smithwick. “TLS has worked with European companies and European divisions of global biopharmaceutical companies for years, and the addition of Jordi, Marta, and Ricardo brings decades of industry experience to benefit our European clients. This trio has worked in marketing, market research, and at the executive level for several leading pharmaceutical and device companies. They know the challenges our clients face and how to leverage TLS services to gain a market advantage.”

For North American clients looking to extend their Thought Leader Select partnerships to European divisions and global organizations based in the EU, please visit for more information on engaging the team for key services including key opinion leader and centers of excellence profiling, as well as health care professional beliefs and preferences mapping.

About Thought Leader Select

Thought Leader Select is a Chapel Hill, NC-based private consulting firm serving the biopharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics industries with strategies, in-house research, and a suite of engagement tools and support for collaborating with and reaching out to key opinion leaders and centers of excellence in medicine. Working with over half of the world’s top 50 global pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device companies, the firm uses a proven proprietary system to identify and profile medical experts to ensure that their industry collaborations are ethical, compliant, and justified for the purpose of improving patient outcomes and healthcare.


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