Patti A. Engel, R.N., BSN

Founder, President and CEO

Patti has helped define the orphan drug market through her work spanning many disciplines and therapeutic areas. Over the course of her career, Patti has introduced successful strategies and created customized tools and databases to better understand the needs of rare disease communities.

As the principal and founder of Engage Health, Patti brings extensive experience in strategic planning, caregiver/patient identification and mapping, market research, market valuation, clinical trial recruitment, risk management and managed distribution for orphan drugs and specialty medical products. Patti also has significant experience in policy and governmental affairs.

A frequent presenter on complex issues related to commercializing therapies for rare diseases, Patti led marketing and sales at Orphan Medical, Inc., and spent more than a decade in various sales and marketing management roles at 3M Pharmaceuticals. She has served as a member of the National Organization for Rare Disorder’s Corporate Council Advisory Group and Global Genes’ Corporate Alliance and sat on the advisory board for Raptor Pharmaceuticals and Kakkis EveryLife Foundation.

Patti is an R.N. with a background in pediatric oncology nursing and earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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MJ Schmidt

Medical Liaison

MJ brings over 25 years of leadership, management and writing experience in the medical education and medical marketing fields. Because of MJ’s many years of experience working directly with world-wide medical thought leaders, she brings exceptional value to client projects that require a high of level communication with medical professionals. At the same time, her experience as the Executive Director of an international children’s charity that helped the families of sick and injured children uniquely equips her to understand complicated patient medical and daily living challenges. This combination of experiences gives our clients an edge in developing effective market research initiatives to address complicated market characterization challenges. 

 

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Jordan Abhold

Project Manager / Medical Analyst

With a BA in Biology, Society & Environment from the University of Minnesota, over 300 total hours of experience volunteering in healthcare facilities, and minors in both Public Health and Spanish Studies, Jordan is one of our top notch project managers and medical staff.  In addition to a broad base of knowledge in biology and epidemiology, Jordan brings to the table more than 8 collective years of experience in the development, management and evaluation of public health interventions for various organizations; these include conducting research in mental health stigma reduction in Greek organizations at the University of Minnesota, the development of a social norming campaign, as well as multiple community health promotion initiatives for Boynton Health.

Though Jordan is new to the rare disease space, he has quickly developed an aptitude for market research and caregiver/patient mapping, in addition to the development of Orphan Drug Designation Applications.  With strong scientific foundations in the analysis of complex qualitative data, epidemiological methodology, data analysis, and disease etiology, as well as a penchant for technical writing, his medical knowledge and interpersonal skills have already made him a great addition to Engage Health’s team.

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Mark Proesel

Project Manager / Medical Analyst

Mark brings to Engage Health his experience from the University of Minnesota in psychology research, as well as a knowledge of modern methods in genetics, with a concentration in bioinformatics and computational biology. His past few years have been spent learning about cutting edge methods in genomics, which includes experience using bioinformatic databases, tools to characterize genes and proteins of previously unknown function, and performing metabolic control analysis on various biochemical pathways.

As one of the newest members of the Engage Health team, Mark’s thorough understanding of human genetic conditions and the skill set to effectively communicate in this realm, positions him to augment the scientific background of the company. At this early stage, Mark’s achievements at Engage include conducting interviews with patients and physicians, managing complex data sets to contemplate trial eligibility, analysis of epidemiological methodology, performing medical data analysis, managing in mapping projects, and authoring orphan drug designation applications.

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Sherri Calton

Project Manager

Sherri brings to Engage Health over 10 years of solid project management and human resource experience. Sherri’s experience ranges from managing projects, developing exhibits and marketing materials used at trade shows to business planning, budgeting and team training, coaching and development.

Sherri’s professional experiences in general business and the medical/health care industry gives Engage Health an edge in the medical market research and market development space and an advantage to the Engage Health clients who need to hit the ground running with a plan that gets results. Sherri’s combination skill set has proven invaluable to clients on a mission to meet critical goals and objectives.

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Jaci Schmidt

Database Administrator 

Jaci manages all aspects of MDex™, Engage Health’s expansive proprietary medical professional database comprised of over 1,000,000 global healthcare providers. More than just a list of medical professionals and NPI numbers, Engage Health’s comprehensive data set also characterizes the healthcare providers by their specialty, rare disease interest and documents unique clinical experiences with the idiosyncrasies of managing the care of a patient with a rare disease.

Jaci is a stand out for her extraordinary attention to detail and her commitment to quality data collection and validation processes that make MDex™ information some of the most valuable, sought-after data in the industry. Jaci’s focus on excellence in the data collection, analysis, updating and secure storage processes, combined with our extensive market research experience in the rare disease space, gives our clients a market advantage to quickly and efficiently get the information necessary to support smart company decisions critical in all stages of the drug development process.

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Zack Denoma

Data Analyst / IT Manager

Zack has over five years’ experience building, programming, and managing various IT applications and has worked extensively with the behind the scenes workings of the Engage survey sites, RSVPs and studies involving complex skip logic.  Zack has an in depth understanding of the research process and is a keen advocate, evidenced by his expertise in the development of interview guides and conducting patient research.

Because of Zack’s background in Accounting and Finance he is assisting in the billing, accounts payable and receivables functions, and is working on various operational initiatives to ensure Engage is at the forefront of technological capabilities.

 

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Ben Helland

Data Analyst

As one of our senior data analysts, Ben ensures that the information that we collect and gather is accurate, meaningful and up to date. Ben has proven an invaluable asset to our team in targeting healthcare providers who are expert in certain rare diseases. With approximately 7,000 rare diseases and multiple Key Opinion Leaders and doctors for each, Ben helps us to have the most up to date and accurate data at our fingertips, allowing us to target in a way that is unparalleled for our clients.

 

 

 

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Subha Ravichandran

Data Analyst / Social Media Specialist

Subha is involved in data analysis and manages Engage Health’s social media outreach. Subha has the unique ability to quickly see information trends in order to provide accurate and meaningful data from our qualitative work. Her knowledge of social media has been of great value to Engage as she helps us to recruit for market research projects and to interest additional rare disease patients / parents to participate in future research.

 

 

 

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David Herron

Data Analyst / IT Administrator

David has been with Engage Health for two years and works as a data analyst and assists with IT functions. His experience includes building of various communications platforms, programming, and managing various web applications for Engage Health.  David has an in depth understanding of the “inner workings” of Engage Health and helps to ensure that all aspects of IT are working for us so we can meet the needs of our clients on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

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Elliot Reicher

Data Analyst / Lead Graphic Designer

As a newer member of our team, Elliot has contributed greatly in his role as a data analyst. Elliot is responsible for various graphic design and media projects and works to ensure that the complex data that we present to clients is clear, concise and descriptive in nature. Elliot’s creativity helps us to present information in an interesting and accurate manner, providing a valuable service to our clients.

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Other expertise is added to Engage Health through its collaborations within the Rare Collective™.