Trinity Client Akcea Therapeutics Publishes Interim Results from Pivotal IN-FOCUS Research Study

Trinity Partners, a leading global life sciences consulting firm, announced that their client, Akcea Therapeutics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has published results from one of the first-ever research studies measuring the considerable burden of patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS) and the impact the disease has on their activities of daily living and employment. The results, from an interim analysis of the largest survey in patients with FCS, were published in Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy. 

FCS, also known as lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD) or type I hyperlipoproteinemia, is a rare genetic disease characterized by extremely high levels of triglycerides and increased risk of other health complications, including pancreatitis. IN-FOCUS, a comprehensive web-based research survey of patients with FCS, was designed to capture the associated burden of illness and impact on quality of life. Sixty patients from the United States diagnosed with FCS participated; patients described multiple symptoms spanning across physical, emotional and cognitive domains.

An analysis of the survey data found that patients with FCS saw five physicians on average with FCS-related symptoms before receiving a proper diagnosis. Nearly all respondents reported frequent, debilitating symptoms leading to reduced quality of life. Respondents also indicated that FCS significantly influenced their career choice and employment status, and resulted in substantial work loss.

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Read Endocrine Today’s article on the findings:

Trinity Executives Attend Two Important Industry Conferences

Conference season is in full swing! Trinity team members have been busy gaining insight by attending and presenting at some of the industry’s most influential events.

Last week, Partner Herman Sanchez attended the World Orphan Drug Congress in Washington, D.C. The event focused on scientific innovation and commercialization, and explored trends in digital health, biosimilars and gene therapy. This week, Director of Analytics & Insight Kevin Francis, Director of Advanced Analytics Todd Foster and Engagement Manager Susheel Sukhtankar are attending the Pharmaceutical Management Science Association (PMSA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida to learn about the latest trends and developments in pharmaceutical analytics.

Learn more about the World Orphan Drug Congress here:

Read up on the 2017 PMSA Annual Conference here:

Trinity Partners Attends PMRG 2017 CONNECT Conference in Orlando, FL

Trinity Partners, a leading global life sciences consulting firm, announced that Steve Yonish, Gordon Lau and Monique Marsh will attend the PMRG 2017 CONNECT conference in Orlando, Florida from April 24 – 26. The event brings together insights professionals focused on navigating a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape and employing an expanding variety of quantitative and qualitative tools. As the premier healthcare marketing research community, PMRG offers the 2017 CONNECT attendees an opportunity to discuss systemic, strategic issues affecting the industry, while also providing thought-provoking examples to help navigate their market support needs back at the office. Learn more about the conference:

Partner Herman Sanchez to Speak on Panel at 2017 Pharmacy Industry Summit

On April 5th, Trinity Partner Herman Sanchez will speak on a panel at the second annual Pharmacy Industry Summit, organized by Mintz Levin, discussing the current drug pricing debate and the evolving roles of pharmacy industry players. The conference brings together stakeholders and thought leaders from across the country to discuss legal and policy challenges facing manufacturers, PBMs, payers, pharmacies and providers. View the agenda here:

Trinity consultant Alessandra (Alessa) Moscoso is headed back to her hometown in San Luis Obispo to speak at Cuesta College’s Edúcate-Sí Se Puede event.

The conference brings together Latino and Latina High School students in San Luis Obispo County, motivating them to aim for success in college, helping them to identify career goals and coaching them on how to achieve their goals. Learn more about the inspiring event:

Trinity Partners Participates in 2017 AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting

Trinity Partners, a leading global life sciences consulting firm, had several company experts attend the 2017 AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting from March 27-30 in Denver, Colorado.

Trinity employees presented two posters at the annual meeting. The first, titled, “Determining the Cost of Care for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) using Retrospective Claims Analysis,” was created by several Trinity employees in association with Biogen to help support the highly-anticipated launch of Spinraza. The second poster, titled, “Utilization of Geriatric Care among Medicare Beneficiarieswas developed with the help of Trinity’s statistics team.

The AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting is designed to bring together managed care pharmacists, health plan administrators, medical directors, formulary decision-makers and other industry leaders to discuss breakthrough drug therapies, updates in legislation and regulation, research and formulary management.

Learn more about the conference here:

Trinity Partners Promotes Two Long-Term Employees to Key Positions

Trinity Partners has appointed Kevin Francis to director of analytics & insights, and Alex Chiang will serve as principal. Both employees have experienced continued growth with the firm, with a tenure of almost twelve and ten years respectively.

In his new role, Kevin will be responsible for leading a team of analytics professionals that focus on leveraging secondary data to drive actionable insights for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. He will continue leading the firm’s charge on large-scale data integration engagements involving patient claims and transactional sales data. Kevin will also partner with the strategy consulting team to integrate secondary data into their projects.

Kevin graduated from Bentley University with an Economics degree. He has contributed analyses for several publications, including the Journal of Medical Economics and the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Kevin’s work has also been presented at conferences and events, including the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Meeting, the ASH Annual Meeting and the ISPOR Annual Meeting. He has been with Trinity for more than eleven years and most recently served as engagement manager, advanced analytics.

“Kevin possesses a deep understanding of secondary data, and has leveraged that knowledge to drive actionable insights for clients.” said Dave Fitzhenry, managing partner, Trinity Partners. “Further, as he has transitioned into a leadership role, he has developed innovative processes to help refine Trinity’s data management and analytics capabilities. Not only do clients clamor to work with him, colleagues rely on Kevin and his team for quick turnaround help on important projects.”

Alex, who has been with Trinity since 2007, will continue advising life sciences clients on a range of therapeutic areas, including oncology and specialty diseases. He has had significant exposure across Trinity’s strategic offerings and practice areas, including forecasting, advanced analytics, corporate strategy, and primary market research. Alex will also continue to lead Trinity’s New York City office.

Alex received an Economics degree and a certificate in American Studies from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia. His analysis on personalized medicine in oncology was published in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery.

“Alex is a natural leader and mentor to many Trinity employees. Accordingly, he quickly rose through the ranks from associate to engagement manager and now principal,” said Fitzhenry. “Alex has also demonstrated a knack for partnering with clients to help them maximize current assets and develop a roadmap to success across therapeutic areas.”

These promotions are an indication of Trinity’s ongoing growth. Based just outside of Boston, the company has additional offices in San Francisco, Princeton and New York City. Throughout Trinity’s twenty plus years in business, the company has prioritized investments in employee growth and development with management programs, career skills training and mentorship programs.

Just as Kevin and Alex took advantage of the career growth opportunities offered to them throughout their lengthy careers with the firm, they now serve as mentors to junior staff, and will continue to take on employee development roles in addition to their regular responsibilities.

Trinity Partners Supports Rare Disease Day Around the Country

Trinity Partners honored Rare Disease Day on February 28th, a day dedicated to raising awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. We attended several events throughout the country, including MassBio’s Patient Advocacy meeting at the Massachusetts State House and the Metropolitan Hospital Center’s Rare Disease event in New York City. We also tuned into MassBio and ABC News’ Rare Disease Day Tweetchat. Check out a few pictures of our team advocating for the rare disease community!

Trinity Partners Experts to Present Insights to Industry Leaders at CBI Reimbursement and Contracting Conference

Global life sciences consulting firm Trinity Partners today announced that a few of its experts will share insights at the CBI Reimbursement and Contracting Conference, being held in Philadelphia, PA from February 28 – March 1, 2017. Their presentation, titled, ‘Garner Insight on Key Changes to Medical Benefit Reimbursement and Implications for Drug Contracting and Pricing’ will take place today at 2:00 p.m. EST. Also in attendance will be Partner Herman Sanchez.

“There have been significant market changes in this space even since Trinity Partners last presented to this audience at the 2015 conference,” said Sanchez. “We look forward to discussing these important evolutions.”

During this year’s presentation, Engagement Manager John Greenaway and Senior Consultant Nicholas Simmons-Stern will address Medicare Part B changes and their impact on the reimbursement and the contracting landscape.  The two will take a deep dive into the oncology care model and discuss the evolving buy-and-bill landscape through case study examples, and will also explore how to overcome reimbursement hurdles in the expanding U.S. biosimilars market.

The presentation will include the following:

  • Assessment of the current US biosimilar landscape including pathways to approval and market trends
  • Discussions around the latest regulatory updates and FDA guidance on labeling for biosimilar products and interchangeability to determine impact on launch price and contracting strategies
  • Insights into the Healthcare Common Procedure System (HCPCS) J Codes billing system

“The healthcare landscape is evolving rapidly and pricing pressures are continuing to mount,” said Greenaway. “It is rewarding to be able to share insights and discuss these important shifts with market leaders in the hopes of helping bio/pharmaceutical companies prepare for long-term success.”

Now in its fourth year, CBI’s Reimbursement and Contracting conference provides a platform for bio/pharmaceutical manufacturers looking to unravel complexities associated with reimbursement, pricing strategies and commercial contracting.