Alex Keown is a freelance journalist who covers a variety of subjects with a primary focus on the pharma and biotech industries. At BioSpace Alex covers breaking news, pharma conventions and writes features and company profiles. In addition to BioSpace, Alex writes for other publications including the Chicago Tribune and the Community Health Magazine Group. Before moving to Chicago, Alex spent seven years as a staff reporter for The Wilson Times in North Carolina where he covered the state legislature. Alex currently lives in the western Chicago suburbs with his wife and two children. Follow Alex on Twitter @alexkeown.
Mark Terry is a freelance writer, editor, novelist and ghostwriter. He holds a degree in microbiology & public health and spent 18 years in infectious disease research and clinical and research genetics prior to his transition to a writing career. His areas of expertise include biotechnology, pharma, clinical diagnostics, and medical practice management. He has written literally thousands of articles, as well as market research reports, white papers, more than 20 books, and many other written materials. He currently lives in Michigan with his family.
Karl Thiel is an analyst for The Motley Fool, focused primarily on biotech stocks. He has worn other hats in the industry, including journalist, consultant, employee at a bioinformatics company, and co-manager of a biotech mutual fund. His writing and commentary on biotech has appeared in Nature Biotechnology, The New York Times, Forbes, BioWorld, and elsewhere. He works from Austin, Texas.
Porschia Parker, is founder of Fly High Coaching and the Millennial Performance Institute. She is a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. Porschia also has experience as a director and business consultant in the financial industry, helping companies unlock millions of dollars in potential hiding in their organizations. Porschia is a member of the Millennial Generation with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She has also served as an Associate Training Coach for the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and been recognized as a Career Expert by LinkedIn ProFinder. Porschia has been featured in FlexJobs, Levo, iOFFICE, and the Rochester Business Journal.
Katie Roth, SPHR, SHRM S-CP
Katie Roth has been in a leadership role in the employment industry for the majority of her career. Katie Roth is President of Aureon Staffing (formerly Portico Staffing), a full-service employment placement agency located in West Des Moines, Iowa. She owned Portico Staffing for ten years before selling to the Merit Resources/INS Family of Companies, now Aureon.
Prior to opening her employment agency in 2005, she was vice president and a shareholder for eight years with Merit Resources, Inc., a Professional Employer Organization. While she was at Merit, she was a regional finalist in the 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year contest sponsored by Ernst & Young.
In 2015, she was awarded the Woman Business Owner of the Year by the Des Moines Business Record.
She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is certified by both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
She is married to Mark Clark and they live in West Des Moines. They have six grown children between them.
Elizabeth Glasure is a writer, composer, and performer with honors degrees from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in both Drama and Theatre Studies. She writes for multiple companies across a wide range of disciplines, including life sciences, technology, education, and art. Elizabeth has performed in plays and musicals in New York City, Moscow, Prague, Bratislava, and various locales in her home state of Ohio. She has composed piano and vocal scores for such plays as Chekhov's Three Sisters in Moscow and Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses. The web series she wrote, produced, and directed, America's Next Top GirlScout, was reviewed as an "exceptionally well done program" by Vincent Terrace in his recent book.
Chelsea Weidman Burke
Chelsea Weidman Burke is a biochemist and freelance science writer focusing on cutting-edge science and the biopharma industry. Her writing interests include clinical trials, drug approvals, genetics, immunology, oncology, and antibiotics. In addition to BioSpace, she has also written for Harvard University’s Science in the News and Massive Science.
After receiving her B.S. in biochemistry from the Rochester Institute of Technology, she continued on to receive her M.S. in chemical biology from Boston College in 2017. Her research has spanned from osteopathic clinical studies to antibiotic resistance to peptide-based imaging agents. She currently works in the microbiology and immunology department at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Carolinas Campus. Follow her on Twitter @ChemInquisitive!
Sasha Mortimer is a freelance writer and journalist who has specialized in writing about various subjects within the biotech and IT industries. A few of these subjects include pharmaceutical research, neuroscience, mental health, pharmacology, web development, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. She is also currently attending college and working towards earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with plans on eventually attending graduate school in an endeavor to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
In her free time, Sasha enjoys writing short stories and other works of fiction, playing guitar, and doing volunteer work at the local hospital with her college’s Psychology club.
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