Patti A. Engel, R.N., BSN

Founder, President and CEO

patti-engelPatti 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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Jeanne Blair

Senior Project Manager

Jeanne brings 25+ years of business experience, including a number years as an accomplished project manager at a national medical multimedia company. Her previous years of experience were heavily weighted in project implementation, sales and support material development for physicians attending and speaking at local and national medical meetings and conferences.

As a result of her experience working with respected medical thought leaders and the leadership of a variety of medical associations, Jeanne has developed highly effective communication and interpersonal skills. Jeanne’s enthusiasm and creative thinking continually provide new ideas and perspectives on research methods and data analysis to our clients in the rare disease market.

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Stephanie Stevenson

Senior Project Manager

Stephanie brings over 10 years of project management, business operations and logistics experience to enrich Engage Health’s market research and caregiver/patient mapping services. Her previous project management experience includes time at several major corporations in the Minneapolis metropolitan area where she supported many successful national and global marketing initiatives.

At Engage Health, Stephanie has focused her project management skills on caregiver and patient mapping, medical market research and advisory meeting initiatives and has gained a reputation for successfully executing on even the most uniquely designed customer solutions. Stephanie is considered an expert on a number of different medical information technology platforms and manages database implementation projects tailored to give clients an edge on crucial medical market information. To further support client needs, Stephanie manages live and web based medical information initiatives, has led clinical trial recruitment projects, has experience executing medical advisory board meetings and has participated in the advancement of key patient advocacy activities.

This experience, along with her significant customer relation/service skills, makes her an excellent fit to provide project management and logistics support for clients developing new and innovative therapies for the advancement of quality patient care in the world today.

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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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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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Lisa Johnson

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Lisa comes to Engage Health with many years of experience working in a fast paced, deadline driven environment where she excelled in a number of customer service and administrative roles. With a proclivity for organization and an exceptional eye for detail, Lisa’s energetic and positive approach to any project makes her an ideal fit on the talented, quality focused Engage Health team. Lisa manages executive office schedules, travel arrangements, office communications and oversees special internal support team projects to their successful conclusions. Lisa’s contributions and project oversight skills ensures clients a smooth and highly productive experience with Engage Health on every level.

 

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