Expert analysts

Our experts have backgrounds in diverse areas that include the pharmaceutical industry, academia, pharmacology, health economics, epidemiology and statistics. We have experts at every level, from doctorate and master’s-level researchers, to seasoned clinical pharmacists.

Alasdair Godfrey

Alasdair Godfrey

Managing Director

Alasdair Godfrey joined Health Technology Analysts when it was part of Optum UHG as the APAC Regional Leader. After a management buy-out he is now co-owner and Managing Director with strategic oversight of the entire organisation and team.

Alasdair has previously held varied roles in the health technology and pharma industries, as well as medical market access positions at a large global healthcare consultancy. As clinical and health policy expert he has been an evaluator for the Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) managing several complex evaluations of medical devices, co-dependent technologies, diagnostic tests and clinical services. Alasdair has also led in the creation of several clinical practice guidelines.

 

 

 

Alasdair has participated in a range of consultative groups and expert committees with the Pharmaceutical Benefits Division (PBD), Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) regarding patient access, health policy and evidence-based decision making.

Alasdair has a medical and scientific background with degrees in Medicine and Genetics. Before moving to Australia in the early 2000’s he held clinical, research and academic positions in the UK (Cambridge and Glasgow) mainly focused in the therapeutic areas of oncology nd autoimmune diseases. Alasdair has interests in health policy, genomic research and equitable access to the best healthcare.

Colman Taylor PhD

Colman Taylor PhD

Managing Director

Dr Colman Taylor joined Health Technology Analysts (HTAnalysts, formerly Optum) in May 2014 and was part of a management buy-out in July 2016. During his time with HTAnalysts, Colman has provided strategic oversight for over 500 projects in Australia and the Asia Pacific, working with a diverse variety of companies from local start-ups to international pharmaceutical, digital health and medical device companies. During his career, Colman has contributed to over 100 reimbursement submissions and economic modelling projects, respectively, as well as multiple cost and burden of illness studies, clinical guidelines, market access strategy projects and late phase studies.

As part of HTAnalysts’ role as a member of the Australian Department of Health HTA Panel, Colman has provided guidance and contributed to multiple contracted assessments for Government in diverse areas including genomic screening, investigative technologies such as MRI, and therapeutic technologies such as blue-light cystoscopy. In the area of health policy, Colman has worked with industry and not-for-profit organisations contributing to reports in areas such as funding guidelines for rare disease therapies, biosimilars, and cancer genomics. Colman is currently President-Elect of the Australian ISPOR Committee and regularly contributes to policy workshops focusing on health technology assessment.

Colman has a strong background in academia and currently holds positions with The George Institute for Global Health (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow) and The University of NSW (Conjoint Senior Lecturer). Colman completed his PhD studies at the George Institute – examining the cost and benefit of helicopter emergency medical services. He has been a lead author or co-author on >40 peer-reviewed publications (including The Lancet and NEJM), >45 conference proceedings, and has provided several invited speaker presentations. He is also an active reviewer for several international and local journals and has been granted over $15m in peer-reviewed funding through bodies such as the NHMRC.

Adèle R Weston PhD

Adèle R Weston PhD

Principal Scientist

Dr Weston was a co-founder of HTAnalysts. Dr Weston has worked in health technology assessment and health economics consultancy for the past 21 years. During this time she has prepared in excess of 200 reimbursement submissions to PBAC, NICE and other HTA agencies globally, as well as serving as a government HTA evaluator. Dr Weston has a particular interest in the integration of clinical and economic evidence in the evaluation of diagnostic, screening and targeted technologies. She is also active in the area of utility valuation and healthcare resource use quantification to demonstrate product value and defend price, with particular reference to the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Weston has considerable experience in value-based pricing, including development of risk-share arrangements and pay-for-performance schemes. Dr Weston has authored Phase 4 study protocols in several therapeutic areas. Dr. Weston has a PhD in physiology and has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications including in The Lancet and NEJM. She has previously held academic appointments at the University of Natal Medical School and the University of Sydney. Dr. Weston served several terms on the Australian NHMRC panel of evidence-based health advice reviewers, co-authored HTA methodology publications, and continues to provide methodological advice in the development of clinical practice guidelines to government and not-for-profit organisations.

Lachlan Standfield PhD

Lachlan Standfield PhD

Principal Economist

Dr Lachlan Standfield has worked in health economics consultancy for over twenty years. During this time he has played a significant role in over 100 reimbursement submissions to PBAC, MSAC, CADTH, NICE, PHARMAC and other international reimbursement agencies. He has also managed an MSAC evaluation group for the Department of Health and Ageing in Australia, conducted assessments of medical technologies for the New Zealand Ministry of Health, lectured on health economics at The University of Melbourne and provided tailored health economics training for both pharmaceutical and medical device industry clients.

Dr Standfield has completed economic analyses of a wide array of co-dependent, public health, pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, health service delivery and screening interventions for government and private clients. These analyses have spanned a broad array of therapeutic areas including: Cardiovascular, Dermatology, Endocrinology, General Practice, Gastroenterology, Genetic Diseases, Haematology, Hepatology, Immunology, Infectious diseases, Musculoskeletal, Nephrology, Neurology, Nutrition and Weight Loss, Obstetrics and Gynaecological, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Respiratory, Rheumatology and Trauma. He also has extensive experience conducting financial impact modelling and risk-share scenario analyses.

Dr Standfield has significant clinical experience and experience in developing and adapting Decision Tree models, Markov cohort models, microsimulations, discrete event simulations, agent-based models and mixed-method simulations. He has a high level of expertise in the use of Microsoft Excel®, TreeAge®, Simul8® and AnyLogic® modelling software. Dr Standfield completed his doctoral studies with the Centre for Applied Health Economics, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, focusing on the application of economic modelling methods used to model capacity constraints as they pertain to orthopaedics, aged care, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Margaret Jorgensen PhD

Margaret Jorgensen PhD

Director BMedSc (Hons l), PhD Molecular Microbiology

Dr. Jorgensen joined HTAnalysts in March 2013 and has over 20 years of experience in the medical research, pharmaceutical and consulting industries. While with HTAnalysts, Margaret has led the development of 2 clinical practice guidelines, conducted numerous rigorous systematic reviews and contributed to several PBAC and MSAC reimbursement submissions. Dr. Jorgensen has also participated in the preparation of manuscripts and the adaptation of global health economics models for a variety of industry and non-industry clients. During her career, Dr Jorgensen has gained diverse therapeutic knowledge across a range of disease areas including infectious diseases, oncology, mental health, natural therapies and patient blood management.

Prior to joining HTAnalysts, Dr. Jorgensen worked for the Health Policy Division of The George Institute for Global Health where she provided key stakeholders such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative with evidence-based research to support policy decisions for neglected diseases. This included the development of a Global Survey for Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases and an in-depth analysis of future funding demands for malaria drug and vaccine development. Margaret gained her extensive experience in critical appraisal, data analysis, treatment surveys, decision trees, and report writing whilst employed as a research analyst at Decision Resources, Inc. Here, she provided biopharmaceutical companies with and in-depth research and competitive intelligence as to the trends, emerging developments, and market potential of drugs & vaccines within the major pharmaceutical markets (US, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain). Dr. Jorgensen also has prior experience managing late-phase clinical trials across several geographic regions. Margaret obtained her Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney and completed her Ph.D. at the University of New South Wales. She received postdoctoral training at the Harvard University School of Public Health and has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Francis Dehle PhD

Francis Dehle PhD

Associate Director BBioMedSc, PhD Pharmacology

Dr Francis Dehle joined HTAnalysts in July 2011 and is now an Associate Director. While with HTAnalysts, Francis has contributed to reimbursement submissions to PBAC and MSAC, observational study design reporting, global health economic model adaptations, feasibility briefs and preparation of manuscripts. Between 2015 and 2018, Francis worked for Boehringer Ingelheim where he managed and contributed to submissions to the PBAC in the areas of diabetes and respiratory diseases. Francis re-joined HTAnalysts in October 2018. During his career, Francis has conducted numerous systematic reviews including of RCTs, observational studies, and economic literature in the therapeutic areas of Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, COPD, diabetes, osteoporosis, oncology and osteoarthritis.

Prior to joining HTAnalysts, Francis worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Thoracic Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital and the School of Chemistry & Physics, The University of Adelaide. Francis completed a PhD in Pharmacology at The University of Adelaide and has published a number of articles on macrophage function in COPD and lung cancer, and the protein dynamics of amyloid formation in peer-reviewed journals.

Irene Deltetto

Irene Deltetto

Associate Director BSc, MSc, MPH

Irene Deltetto is an Associate Director in the healthcare strategy and value creation practice area, having joined HTAnalysts in 2016. Irene’s areas of expertise include market access strategy, value-based initiatives and social impact assessment, both for industry and NFP clients. Recent examples of her work include a multi-country go-to-market strategy for a new therapy which culminated in value, strategy and pricing recommendations, and a Social Return Investment (SROI) evaluation assessing the value of improving cancer care.

Prior to working at HTAnalysts, Irene worked in management consulting at Ernst & Young Italy, as part of their health strategy practice, where she has worked on many aspects of health-system and payer strategy, such as initiatives to redesign care across care pathways, restructuring or reconfiguring providers to drive improvements in quality and cost, ensuring a well-trained and efficient workforce, and using information to drive improvements in care.

Irene holds a Bachelor of Science in International Management and a Master of Science in Economics and Management, both from the Universita` Bocconi (Milan, Italy) and a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia).

Santwona Baidya PhD

Santwona Baidya PhD

Senior Manager HEOR BSc (Hons l), PhD, PGCert (Public Health)

Santwona Baidya joined HTAnalysts in December 2011 as a Research Analyst. Since joining, Santwona has been promoted to Senior Manager, HEOR. Santwona has expertise in market access and reimbursement strategies, with a thorough knowledge of Australian PBS policy. Santwona is an experienced project manager with a solid foundation in medical writing and critical appraisal.

During her time at HTAnalysts, she has managed several reimbursement submissions including co-dependent submissions to the PBAC and PHARMAC. Within these submissions, her involvement has ranged from project management to devising submission strategy, systematic reviews, budget impact models as well as assisting with economic modelling. Santwona has contributed to clinical guidelines and feasibility studies. She has also worked on several multi-country, late phase clinical studies, with contributions made to study design and protocol development, statistical analysis and interpretation of data, report writing, and numerous conference abstracts and scientific manuscripts. Santwona has worked on projects focused on multiple therapeutic areas including oncology, neurological disorders, osteoporosis, respiratory conditions and developmental disorders.

Santwona holds a Bachelor of Science with 1st Class Honours, a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health, with the studies completed at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Adrian Peacock

Adrian Peacock

Engagement Manager BAppSc, MHTI

Adrian joined HTAnalysts in May 2018 as a Consultant, rapidly gained expertise and established himself as a valuable and integral part of the team. He now performs the critical role of Engagement Manager. Adrian specialises in the development of economic analyses and financial value tools for pharmaceuticals and medical technology. During his time with HTAnalysts, Adrian has completed several PBAC, MSAC and PHARMAC submissions, including the development of multiple test and treatment cost-utility models for co-dependant technologies. Adrian has also created many bespoke financial impact calculator tools to demonstrate the value of health technologies to different stakeholders and represent savings not captured under traditional funding mechanisms. Beyond health technology assessment in Australia, Adrian has created budget impact and cost-effectiveness analyses for multiple countries including China, Korea, Vietnam, UK, USA, Germany, France, Italy, and Belgium.

In addition to health economics and market access, Adrian has been involved in the development of clinical practice guidelines, systematic review and meta-analyses, evaluation of reimbursement submissions, and health technology due diligence assessment.

Prior to joining HTAnalysts, Adrian completed his Master of Health Technology Innovation at The University of Sydney, where he was awarded a place on the University of Sydney’s School of IT Postgraduate Honour Roll for his work in agent-based modelling. He is skilled in TreeAge, BaseCase, Excel and advanced VBA.

Kevin Phan

Kevin Phan

Senior Consultant BBioMedSc

Kevin Phan joined HTAnalysts in October 2018 as a Consultant. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Monash University and is currently studying a Master of Biostatistics also at Monash University.

Prior to working at HTAnalysts, Kevin worked as an intern at AbbVie, as part of their market access team, where he made substantial contributions and led sections for PBAC and PHARMAC submissions, including development of budget impact models. In addition, he has conducted commercial assessment and feasibility updates as part of the gastroenterology brand team. He was also heavily involved in pricing, biosimilar impact and submission strategy whilst working across the immunology, oncology and specialty care portfolios.

Alison Miles

Alison Miles

Senior Consultant BHSc, MPH

Alison joined Health Technology Analysts as a consultant in January 2020. Prior to joining, Alison worked within the disability sector where she began to explore ways diet and lifestyle can assist and support various health and medical ailments. After completing her Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Medicine, Alison found her passion for public and community health, pursuing a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology through the University of New South Wales. 

During her Master’s coursework, Alison participated in the evaluation of a state-wide government initiate to improve sexual health through social marketing. She prepared an in-depth report and analysis, including future direction and recommendations. Alison has also worked with Cancer Council NSW, supporting cancer patients and their families, while assisting to identify areas of improvement.

Aiya Taylor

Aiya Taylor

Senior Consultant BHSc/BNurs conjoint degree, MPH

Aiya Taylor joined HTAnalysts in August 2019 as a health outcomes intern and in December 2019, became a member of the team as a Consultant. Aiya obtained her Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelour of Nursing conjoint degree from the University of Auckland and became a registered nurse in New Zealand before deciding to study a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

Prior to working at HTAnalysts, Aiya worked at NetworkZ, a joint research initiative between the Accident Compensation Corporation and the University of Auckland, working with multiple District Health Boards across the country to launch and develop Australasia’s first surgical simulation programme. The programme aims to reduce healthcare costs through improved patient safety and communication within surgical teams. Aiya was heavily involved in research, data analysis and evaluation of the programme as well as assisting in the delivery of the programme itself. Aiya also has experience working across multiple clinical environments, including Auckland hospital’s mental health high dependency unit, paediatric centre, and as a volunteer for four weeks in a hospital and community health programme in Suva, Fiji as a registered nurse.

Juan Olaya PhD

Juan Olaya PhD

Consultant BSc (Hons), PhD

Juan joined HTAnalysts in September 2020 as a consultant. Prior to joining HTAnalysts, Juan worked within medical research where he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and Western Sydney University. For this appointment, Juan established a molecular laboratory for the detection of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease pathology.

For his postgraduate studies, Juan completed a PhD in Psychiatry and Neuroscience where he assessed the aetiology of schizophrenia and treatment responsiveness in patients with this disease. As a result of his studies, Juan received the Daniel Beck Memorial Award for Schizophrenia Research and published two first-author research articles, one of which was awarded the NeuRA Publication Excellence Award. During his PhD candidature, Juan also significantly contributed towards the preparation of a successfully funded NHMRC Project grant, presented his research findings at eleven domestic and international medical conferences, taught at UNSW and served on several research committees at NeuRA and UNSW.

Mary Iconomou PhD

Mary Iconomou PhD

Consultant BMedSc BAppSc (Hons I) PhD

Mary Iconomou joined HTAnalysts in September 2020 as a Consultant. Mary completed her PhD at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Her project focused on defining the role of the E3 ubiquitin ligase UBR5 in cancer. Mary holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons I) from Queensland University of Technology and completed her honours investigating the role of the cell surface glycoprotein CDCP1 in kidney cancer.

Prior to working at HTAnalysts, Mary worked at the University of Freiburg, Germany as a Postdoctoral researcher. Her projects focused on B-Raf signalling in cancer and determining which inhibitors, currently in clinical use, could be used as potential treatment options for a novel oncogenic B-Raf fusion protein identified in a patient. Mary then moved to the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany where she worked as a Postdoctoral researcher on several projects. Her main projects were to develop and validate a novel universal method, that yields genome-wide interaction maps and to determine the molecular mechanisms that underlie phenotype transmission across generations. Mary also was involved in a project aimed at identifying novel combination therapies for T-cell leukemia.

Isabelle Ryder

Isabelle Ryder

Consultant, Health Outcomes BMedSc, BEngineering (Biomedical) (Hons I)

Isabelle joined HTAnalysts as Consultant in October 2020 and has since worked across several projects including MSAC and PBAC reimbursement submissions, methodological and systematic reviews, public and private funding feasibility assessments and social return on investment models.

Isabelle completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)(Hons I) and Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney before deciding to study a Masters of Public Health at UNSW. In her honours year, Isabelle completed a thesis at Charles Perkins Centre working in an interdisciplinary program to develop platform biomaterials for cardiovascular applications. Isabelle has previously worked at The George Institute for Global Health as a project assistant on programs which aimed to improve the global management of chronic disease through the implementation of new care models and digital health solutions.

Roxanne Maurin

Roxanne Maurin

Consultant, Health Outcomes BComm, BSc

Roxanne joined HTAnalysts as a Health Outcomes Intern in August 2020 and progressed to the role of Consultant in November 2020. Roxanne holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Sydney, and dual Bachelors degrees in Commerce (Business Economics) and Science (Microbiology) from the University of NSW. During her Master’s coursework, Roxanne was involved in research assessing the sustainability of vaccine delivery in South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands.

While working at HTAnalysts, Roxanne has worked across several projects including PBAC and MSAC submissions, systematic evidence reviews, public and private reimbursement funding assessments, policy evaluations, and methodological reviews for evidence evaluations and guidelines.

Jason Mak

Jason Mak

Consultant B.Pharm, MPH

Jason joined HTAnalysts in April 2021 as a consultant. Prior to joining HTAnalysts, Jason worked in Formative Research for health technology assessments, quality use of medicines and medical tests, clinical education, evaluation studies and guideline development. Jason holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Masters of Public Health. He is a registered pharmacist and has extensive experience in pharmacotherapies.

Ella Connor

Ella Connor

Intern

Ella joined HTAnalysts as a Health Outcomes Intern in April 2021. Ella is Registered Nurse who has worked at St Vincent’s Hospital whilst studying a Master of Management degree at the University of Sydney. Ella obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Sydney and has experience in collecting data and evaluating policies for a hospital Quality Improvement project, that was looking at ways to improve patient safety in the Emergency Department.

Alexander Teal

Alexander Teal

Intern

Alex joined HTAnalysts as a Health Outcomes Intern in May 2021. Prior to joining HTAnalysts, Alex worked at the Australian Taxation Office, working as a Revenue Analyst, where he helped model and cost various programs including the Private Health Insurance Rebate, Research & Development Tax Incentive and multiple COVID-19 stimulus programs. Alex holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Medical Science from the Australian National University and is currently studying a Master of Health Law at the University of Sydney.

Gabriela Sousa

Gabriela Sousa

Business Operations Associate BFin

Gabriela joined HTAnalysts in May 2021.  Gabriela has over 5 years experience in the Finance field both in Australia and Brazil.

Lynn Rainey

Lynn Rainey

Business Operations Manager

Lynn joined HTAnalysts in 2006 and is the Business Operations Manager. Lynn brings over 30 years of administrative & finance experience in office management,book keeping, procurement and logistics across various industries including the Australian Stock Market, imaging technology, legal costing, construction and small business.

As a multi-software platform expert Lynn also manages the quality control, security and formatting design of our projects. Lynn ensures all our documentation is presented to the highest standards, meets guideline criteria and keeps our clients confidential information secure.