People:

MedPharma Partners is staffed with highly experienced professionals who have successful track records in healthcare management consulting and business development and as executives of healthcare companies. Team members have extensive experience working together over many years and have complementary skill sets and work styles.

Patrick Kager (pkager@mppllc.com)

Patrick Kager is a co-founder of MedPharma Partners and has over 15 years of consulting experience working with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare organizations. Prior to MedPharma Partners, he was a Partner in Deloitte Consulting’s Life Sciences practice. There he led creation of the firm’s pharmaceutical R&D and M&A market offerings while serving as lead client service partner for several top-10 pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Before Deloitte Consulting, Pat was a senior manager in the Boston Consulting Group’s healthcare practice. 

Pat has successfully completed over 100 client engagements in the areas of corporate strategy, product development and commercialization strategy, R&D management, manufacturing and supply chain management, sales and marketing effectiveness, mergers and acquisitions, business process design and IT strategy. He has authored several articles for Harvard Business Review, Pharmaceutical Executive, and other journals examining topics of interest to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and providing practical guidance to managers facing difficult business situations.

Pat holds a BS in electrical engineering and mathematics and an MS in computer engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and earned an MBA with Distinction from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration.  He also holds Series 7 and 63 licenses with Johnston Blakely & Company, LLC, MedPharma Partners’ investment banking partner.

David E. Williams (dwilliams@mppllc.com)

David E. Williams has 20 years of experience as a management consultant and entrepreneur. His consulting practice focuses on technology-enabled health care services, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and multi-stakeholder non-profit organizations. He also serves as chairman of the board of medical risk management company Advanced Practice Strategies, and is a board member of ECG biomarker company iCardiac Technologies. In the non-profit sector, David is chairman of the board of the Hearts & Noses Hospital Clown Troupe, which provides professionally trained volunteer clowns to hospitalized children and an Executive Advisory Board member of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health.

He is deeply involved with health information technology, and has chaired an objective review panel for the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology to evaluate Regional Extension Center applications under the HITECH portion of ARRA.

David is the author of the award-winning Health Business Blog, a daily weblog dedicated to health business and policy since 2005.

Prior to co-founding MedPharma Partners, David spent 10 years working in the health care practice of the Boston Consulting Group and as a strategy consultant and mergers and acquisitions advisor for L|E|K. He has worked on client engagements throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

David holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, with First Year Honors. He has served as a lecturer in MIT’s graduate-level Dynamics of Biomedical Technologies course in the Biomedical Enterprise Program.

John Seus (jseus@mppllc.com)

John Seus has 20 years of healthcare industry and consulting experience.  He started his career in pharmaceutical R&D at Procter & Gamble.  Prior to joining MedPharma Partners, John was a partner for eight years at A..T. Kearney and Deloitte Consulting.

John has led projects in strategy, operations and technology for clients in all sectors of the healthcare industry.  He has extensive experience in assisting medical device companies with all aspects of strategy and commercial operations including market assessment, technology assessment, new product launch, pricing, marketing strategy, sales force structure and management and channel strategy.  He has assisted clients in establishing value platforms for key products and technologies and bringing them to market including products in orthopedics, cardiology, minimally invasive surgery, transplantation and in-vitro diagnostics as well as computer operating systems and supply chain technologies.

He also has deep experience in operations improvement, benchmarking, cost reduction, outsourcing and functional strategy development in manufacturing and supply chain, R&D, finance and other back office functions for pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device companies.

John holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he was ranked second in his class.  He received his MBA from Harvard where he focused on finance and operations.

Charles Vizzini (cvizzini@mppllc.com)

Charles Vizzini has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for the past 20 years. After spending more than 11 years with Pfizer Inc., Charles joined Deloitte Consulting’s Biopharmaceutical practice where he worked for 5 years before co-founding MedPharma Partners. Charles has over 12 years of consulting experience working with pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology clients in the areas of research and development, manufacturing, supply chain management and information technology. 

Charles has developed considerable expertise in business process redesign, project management, systems implementation, strategy and organizational restructuring.  He has served as program or project leader on a number of strategic business and technology projects for several top-tier pharmaceutical companies. 

He has a BA in Environmental Design from the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned an MBA in Management Information Systems and Operations Management from the State University of New York at Albany.

Mack Amaker (mamaker@mppllc.com)

Mack Amaker has provided and directed business process and technical consulting services for more than 20 years. His primary areas of focus include pharmaceuticals, medical devices, logistics, and consumer goods. His expertise spans process and technical innovation, solution design and implementation.

Selected accomplishments include:

  • Built and managed a 25-person information technology organization to support business operations for an international medical equipment company
  • Directed a 60-person project to implement shared architecture, customer relationship and financial services to reduce operating costs by 15 to 20 percent for a major equipment manufacturer
  • Integrated a new contract management system to provide more accurate and timely financial data and reduce capital costs for a major health insurer
  • Developed the financial procurement and payment strategy and identified related web technologies to substantially reduce supplies, materials and internal operating costs for a major pharmaceutical company
  • Designed the processes and web-based technologies for tracking capital projects globally to reduce total capital spend for a major pharmaceutical company
Mack is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and Georgia. He has worked for major accounting and software firms.

Karen Donovan (kdonovan@mppllc.com)

Karen Donovan has held several senior strategic and operating roles at healthcare services, healthcare software, and consulting firms. She began her career at The LEK Partnership, where she led strategic development projects, M&A screenings, and competitive benchmarking for managed care, healthcare services, medical technology, and diagnostics clients. As Director of Strategic Development at VITAS Healthcare, she helped develop clinical, financial, and operating software systems and best practices across 31 locations. As VP of Operations at CareTools, an enterprise-wide healthcare software company, Karen oversaw customer sales and systems implementations. As an independent consultant, she has provided strategic expertise to investment, healthcare services, healthcare IT, and pharmaceutical clients.

Karen has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was on the Dean’s List.

Trevor McCaw
(tmccaw@mppllc.com)

Trevor McCaw is an experienced consultant, entrepreneur and Fortune 500 manager, with substantial expertise in remote patient monitoring. Before joining MedPharma Partners, Trevor worked in Medtronic’s Patient Management Group where he focused on the planning and launch of CareLink, Medtronic’s industry-leading remote patient monitoring technology. He was responsible for adding a new class of devices to CareLink, which included establishing overall strategic/product planning objectives, working with the FDA on 510k approval, interfacing with CMS to establish reimbursement, training the salesforce, preparing market launch material and creating a customer support infrastructure. Trevor was named one of only 30" Emerging Leaders" within the company by Medtronic’s executive management.

Prior to Medtronic Trevor worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and Innosight. As an entrepreneur, Trevor founded Sentinel Medical Technologies, a health care technology commercialization company, and co-founded an enterprise software company that went public in 2001 on the AIM stock exchange.

Trevor received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from Harvard Business School.