Thought Leader Select Names Napier to Lead Research Teams

Today’s Press Release from the offices of Thought Leader Select:

(CHAPEL HILL, NC)—Thought Leader Select, a North Carolina company dedicated to better engagement and more sophisticated deployment of key opinion leaders (KOLs) for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, announces the hiring of Rhonda Napier as research manager.

Ms. Napier, a native of Waterford, PA, brings a solid background of 13 years of healthcare research and practice as an exercise physiologist to her duties at Thought Leader Select.  During her time at the Ohio State University College of Nursing, Napier led National Institutes of Health-funded research in exercise in hypertensive women. More recently, her work at the Gillings School for Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) focused on quality and access to healthcare.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1995,  Ms. Napier attended Marshall University, where she completed a master’s degree in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation.  In addition to recent work on research teams at Thought Leader Select, Napier has completed a year of coursework in the doctoral program in public health at the renowned Gillings School of UNC.

Ms. Napier has practiced exercise physiology at clinics in South Carolina and Ohio. She will be leading research teams to execute Thought Leader Select’s exclusive  deep-profiling methodology, which optimizes pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies’ abilities to match key opinion leaders’ strengths and experiences with key activities during drug development and throughout the life cycles of their respective brands.

“Rhonda is an excellent addition to our team at Thought Leader Select.  We are very fortunate to have someone with her extensive background in healthcare practice and research,” stated Lisa Smith, executive vice president of research at Thought Leader Select.  “Our clients will benefit from her research acumen, which is fueled by a real understanding of today’s pharma and biotech needs.”

About Thought Leader Select

Thought Leader Select is a specialty firm focused on providing solutions—research, technology tools and focused advice/consulting—for more effective KOL engagement and deployment in the healthcare industry. Thought Leader Select’s groundbreaking work bridges the areas of research, communications and technology. With more than 70 years of combined experience working in and with the pharmaceutical industry, Thought Leader Select is addressing needs for better engagement and more sophisticated deployment of KOLs during drug development and the life cycle of the brand.

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