Thought Leader Select Announces Hiring of Carol Younkin

February 4, 2014 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) Thought Leader Select, a research and consulting firm serving the life sciences industries of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and diagnostics, announces the hiring of Carol Younkin to a leadership position in its in-house research group.

Younkin takes on the research manager role at Thought Leader Select after nearly two decades serving pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly in a variety of capacities, most recently as a medical science liaison supporting the company’s diabetes and growth disorders portfolios. In other roles at Lilly, Younkin managed company relationships with over 100 national and global thought leaders in endocrinology, provided training and consultation to Lilly’s endocrine medical science liaison teams, and developed internal systems for identifying, profiling, and engaging leading medical experts to assist the company in the development of its portfolio of treatments for diabetes.

In her new role at Thought Leader Select, Younkin will lead efforts to identify key opinion leaders and centers of excellence to meet life sciences industry client directives in multiple therapeutic areas and diseases.

Younkin earned a doctorate in health sciences from A.T. Still University and a master’s in health education from Kent State University, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Her post-graduate studies focused on disease management and patient education, two areas where she leaves a formidable legacy at Lilly.

“I am proud to announce a valuable new addition to our team, Carol Younkin,” said Paul Meade, President and founder of Thought Leader Select.  “We specifically seek leaders who have a wealth of experience working in many facets of healthcare, such as clinical work, life sciences industry background, and patient care.  Not only does Carol tick every one of those boxes, she has left a legacy of achievement and leadership in each role that she’s held, with a positive impact on the lives of millions of patients around the world.  We anticipate nothing less as she helps our team rise to new heights of achievement and leadership in its own right, as we serve our clients and thought leaders worldwide.”

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.

Thought Leader Select has supported companies as they develop effective treatments to promote better patient and public health across more than 18 therapeutic areas and 50 diseases and conditions. Thought Leader Select’s customized work strengthens medical marketing initiatives, medical affairs outreach, and payer marketing strategies to support market access, pricing, and reimbursement issues.

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Brian Castle, Director of Global Marketing and Client Relations

Phone:  919-360-9690


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