Team

HTA and Health Economics

Matt Griffiths

Matt Griffiths

Head of HTA and Health Economics

Position: Head of HTA and Health Economics
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: matt.griffiths@costellomedical.com

In his role as Head of HTA and Health Economics, Matt is responsible for the delivery of client projects in the field of Health Technology Assessment. Matt has experience in managing a variety of project types, including HTA submissions, health economic manuscripts and systematic reviews, and he relishes the technical and strategic challenges posed by these projects. In addition, Matt enjoys his responsibilities in training, recruitment and business development for the HTA Team.

Matt brings to the role an avid interest in the healthcare industry, as well as an ambition to constantly further his personal development, for instance by pursuing a distance learning Master’s degree in Health Economics at the University of York in 2015-2016. Prior to joining Costello Medical, Matt graduated with upper second class honours in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, specialising in immunology and microbiology.

Matt is delighted to be surrounded by such an enthusiastic team at Costello Medical, and is looking forward to playing a key role in the further development of Costello Medical’s HTA and Health Economics Division.

Rose Wickstead

Rose Wickstead

Consultant

Position: Consultant
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: rose.wickstead@costellomedical.com

As a Consultant in the HTA and Health Economics Division, Rose has led numerous HTA and health economics projects across multiple disease areas, including HTA submissions to NICE, the SMC, AWMSG and NCPE, as well as health economic manuscripts and systematic literature reviews. Her particular interest lies in oncology, and the challenges associated with demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of novel medicines in this disease area. Outside of her scientific role, Rose is Deputy Head of the London office, and is responsible for supporting the day-to-day management and wellbeing of the London team.

Rose holds a first class Masters degree in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham and a postgraduate Masters degree, with distinction, in Health Economics from the University of York. After completing her pharmacist training year at University College Hospital in London in 2013, Rose spent two years working as a hospital pharmacist at Changi General Hospital in Singapore. Here she gained experience in a variety of clinical specialties and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy by distance learning from Queen’s University Belfast.

Natalie Hearmon

Natalie Hearmon

Consultant Health Economist

Position: Consultant Health Economist
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: natalie.hearmon@costellomedical.com

As a Consultant Health Economist at Costello Medical, Natalie has experience in the development, critique and adaptation of health economic models spanning simple, Markov and DES models. She has managed and been the lead Health Economist on several modelling projects across a range of therapeutic areas from rare to common diseases, including chronic and infectious conditions, and medical devices. Natalie especially enjoys the technical challenges of her work, and applying her mathematical background within the medical sector.

Natalie graduated from the University of Oxford in 2010 with a first class Masters degree in Mathematics. She then went on to complete a DPhil in Applied Mathematics through the Systems Biology Doctoral Training Centre at the same university. Her doctoral research focused on modelling the fluid flow, chemical concentration and cell growth within hollow fibre membrane bioreactors, with applications to tissue engineering. This involved close collaboration with experimentalists working in the field of regenerative medicine. Since graduating, Natalie has gained further research and modelling experience through working in technology consultancy across a variety of industries, including within the medical sector.

Peter Morten

Peter Morten

Consultant

Position: Consultant
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 913 044
Email: peter.morten@costellomedical.com

As a Consultant in the HTA and Health Economics Division, Peter has led the development of HTA submissions to NICE and the SMC and has supported a variety of other project types, including health economic manuscripts and systematic literature reviews. Peter has an appreciation of the many challenges along the road to a successful HTA and enjoys the fact that no two submissions are ever the same. To further his interests in the area of economic evaluations in healthcare, Peter is studying towards a distance learning Masters degree in Health Economics at the University of York.

Peter graduated from the University of Oxford in 2013 with an upper second class honours degree in Biochemistry and joined Costello Medical in 2015.

Stephen Montgomery

Stephen Montgomery

Project Consultant

Position: Project Consultant
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 913 066
Email: stephen.montgomery@costellomedical.com

Stephen is responsible for the delivery of client projects in the field of Health Technology Assessment and Health Economics and is particularly interested in the technical and strategic challenges posed by these projects.

Stephen provides strategic advice on conceptualising, structuring and the technical development of economic models and is experienced in advising on selection of defensible model inputs for HTA appraisals. Stephen also undertakes strategic reviews of previous appraisals across therapeutic areas to develop actionable advice for clients when forming their market access/HTA strategies. He is experienced across a variety of project types including HTA-focussed advisory boards, NICE early scientific advice, HTA strategy development, HTA submission development and delivery of finalised submissions (NICE, SMC, AWMSG and NCPE), attending appraisal committees, advising and drafting responses throughout the appraisal process post-submission, developing health economic manuscripts (including DES and Markov models) and related systematic reviews. Additionally, he has authored multiple related manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature and presented original non-client research at the ISPOR Congress.

Stephen graduated with a first class MPharm from Queen’s University Belfast in 2005, and a PhD from the same institution in 2010; he practised as a registered pharmacist in 2006 – 2010 and is a full member of both the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Stephen joined Costello Medical in April 2014, having spent several years working in academic publishing. He enjoys drawing on his experience in HEOR, pharmacy, research and publishing to help clients communicate the economic and clinical value of their products effectively. In 2018, Stephen achieved a distinction in the MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment from the University of York, coming top of his year. He is particularly pleased to be part of such an experienced and enthusiastic team delivering scientific excellence in a thriving commercial environment, and to be able to contribute personally to Costello Medical’s continued growth and success.

Wrik Ghosh

Wrik Ghosh

Senior Health Economist

Position: Senior Health Economist
Tel: +65 69 20 80 14
Email: wrik.ghosh@costellomedical.com

Since joining Costello Medical as a Health Economist in October 2015, Wrik has led the de novo development of cost-effectiveness models, burden of disease models, and budget impact models, across a range of disease areas and interventions, including rare diseases and medical device projects. Wrik has been involved in several submissions to HTA bodies in the UK, including NICE and the SMC.

Wrik joined the Costello Medical Singapore office in October 2017, and has supported ACE submissions in Singapore at all stages of the process. This has involved building new economic models, the adaptation of models to local settings, and the writing of submission documents, as well as regular collaboration with clinicians. He is looking forward to expanding the health economic service offerings in the Asia-Pacific region and applying his knowledge and skills to a variety of projects.

Wrik graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 with an upper second class honours degree in Economics and Management. Following this, he completed a Master’s degree in Health Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. For his dissertation, Wrik worked on a placement at the Performance Insight Team of the Department of Health, investigating equitable maximum waiting time standards in England, through an analysis of QALYs forgone whilst waiting.

Katie Noon

Katie Noon

Senior Analyst

Position: Senior Analyst
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: katie.noon@costellomedical.com

Since joining Costello Medical in September 2016, Katie has worked on a number of different project types with the HTA Division, including NICE and SMC submissions, as well as health economic manuscripts and briefing books. She has experience in a wide range of disease areas, including oncology, rheumatology and neurology. Katie has particularly enjoyed working on a variety of project types, as well as being involved in several internal initiatives. She is also excited about the opportunity to further her knowledge of health economics via distance learning at the University of York. Prior to joining Costello Medical, Katie completed a manufacturing excellence graduate scheme at a large FMCG company, focusing on problem solving and operations within a manufacturing environment, which included managing a large team and leading SixSigma projects.

Katie has an upper second class honours degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Liverpool. In her final year research project, she investigated whether different strains of Staphylococcus aureus were resistant to D-sphingosine found in the skin. She first became interested in healthcare and science through work experience placements at different NHS hospitals.

Chris Painter

Chris Painter

Senior Health Economist

Position: Senior Health Economist
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: chris.painter@costellomedical.com

Chris holds a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Manchester and completed his dissertation at the Manchester Centre for Health Economics, which has provided him with a good understanding of economics and statistics and their applications to healthcare. At Costello Medical, Chris has worked on a variety of models, such as Markov cost-effectiveness models and budget impact models, at all stages of the development process. In addition, he has provided modelling support for HTA submissions. Chris has experience with Stata and performing statistical analysis with large data sets.

Chris joined Costello Medical as a Health Economist Intern, before transitioning into the permanent role of Health Economist in July 2017 and the Senior Health Economist role in October 2018. Chris has really enjoyed being involved with the company’s pro bono projects, and is looking forward to further developing his economic modelling skills.

Molly Atkinson

Molly Atkinson

Analyst

Position: Analyst
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: molly.atkinson@costellomedical.com

Molly graduated in July 2017 with a first class degree in Cells and Systems Biology from the University of Oxford. During her second year at university she completed a project investigating the ways in which different frequency sounds are represented in the primary auditory cortex of ferrets using two-photon imaging. This was amongst the first attempts to use this species for the technique in question, worldwide.

After really enjoying her Scientific Internship in the summer of 2016, Molly is excited to see the friendly faces at Costello Medical again after starting as an Analyst in September 2017. As part of the HTA Division, but also working cross-divisionally, she looks forward to the varied and interesting work with many different clients and colleagues.

Alex Porteous

Alex Porteous

Analyst

Position: Analyst
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: alex.porteous@costellomedical.com

Alex graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first-class degree in Natural Sciences in June 2017, specialising in Biochemistry in his final year. During his degree, he carried out an 8-week research project, investigating the essential mechanisms surrounding a variety of genetic diseases via a novel synthetic viability screening method and developing a UNIX command-line based pipeline to analyse the screening results.

Alex joined Costello Medical as a Cross-Divisional Analyst in September 2017. He has always had a keen interest in healthcare, so he is looking forward to applying his scientific knowledge across a wide range of projects and to develop new skills in the process. He is particularly excited to work on HTA submissions within his home division.

Patsy Tomlinson

Patsy Tomlinson

Analyst

Position: Analyst
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: patsy.tomlinson@costellomedical.com

Patsy graduated with a first class BSc honours degree in Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham in 2013. During her undergraduate degree, Patsy spent one year working within the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist focusing on drug discovery. In 2014, Patsy completed a Masters degree in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge where she subsequently completed her PhD in Clinical Biochemistry in 2017. Patsy had a strong interest in combining clinical and scientific research and during her doctoral training she investigated the molecular mechanisms of rare genetic disorders associated with the protein Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase. She has also presented her research at national and international conferences.

Patsy joined Costello Medical as an Analyst in January 2018 and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of different disease areas and contributing to the improvement of medical healthcare through her work at Costello Medical.

Scott Gibson

Scott Gibson

Health Economist

Position: Health Economist
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: scott.gibson@costellomedical.com

Scott graduated from the University of St Andrews with a first-class honours degree in Economics. During Scott’s undergraduate degree he became fascinated by the interplay between economics and the health sector, where he was exposed to game-theoretical Markov models as well as theoretical models of obesity. Scott’s undergraduate research dissertation, titled “Inequality in China – An Invisible Great Wall?”, involved synthesising Chinese economic data since 1978, and using a wide range of econometric modelling techniques to evaluate the relationship between China’s 1978 Economic Reforms and inequalities across income and health.

Scott joined the Costello Medical team as a Health Economist in April 2018 and is excited to grow his health economic modelling skills across a wide range of projects within a commercial setting.

Naomi van Hest

Naomi van Hest

Health Economist

Position: Health Economist
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: naomi.van-hest@costellomedical.com

Naomi graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a distinction BSc in Economics and distinction BSc in Behavioural Science (Psychology), with a 12-month exchange to the University of Leeds. Naomi was awarded first prize in her year for the economic capstone unit, and was awarded a university medal for academic achievement.

She completed the Health Economist Internship at Costello Medical, before joining as a Health Economist in January 2018. Since joining, Naomi has worked on a variety of models including the building and adapting of Markov cohort models, parametric models and budget impact models, as well as survival analysis. Naomi has experience working on projects at all stages of the development process, and across a number of disease areas.

Farzana Miah

Farzana Miah

Project Assistant

Position: Project Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)207 871 5339
Email: farzana.miah@costellomedical.com

Farzana completed her MSc at University College London in Cancer, for which she received an overall Distinction award. Her research project involved identifying changes in chromatin state induced by ETV6-RUNX1 in childhood ALL. This was carried out within the Bill Lyons Informatics Centre, where she worked on using ChIP-seq data to generate a segmentation pattern of chromatin states implementing a software called ChromHMM.

Prior to this she completed a BSc in Biomedical Science from Brunel University, where she achieved a first-class honours degree. Her final year project was laboratory based and entailed looking at the viability of Escherichia coli cells with rnhA and recJ mutation. Having gained some laboratory experience between her undergraduate and postgraduate studies, she was keen to learn more about the regulatory aspect of drug development, an interest which was piqued during her MSc course.

Farzana joined Costello Medical in February 2018 as a Project Assistant in the HTA and Health Economics Division. Interested in bridging the gap between science and business, she looks forward to applying her scientific knowledge and organisational skills across a wide range of projects.

Julia Stevens

Julia Stevens

Analyst

Position: Analyst
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 913 036
Email: julia.stevens@costellomedical.com

Julia graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BSc Hons in Microbiology. She was awarded a PhD in Cellular Microbiology by University College London (studying bacterial-induced cytokine modulation in infective endocarditis), and went on to work at Imperial College, London as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, on the development of Group B meningococcal vaccines. During her time in academia Julia co-authored a number of papers and presented her research at national and international conferences.

In 2004 Julia made the move into industry, joining Asterand as a scientist in the Department of Exploratory Drug Profiling, before joining the Molecular Pathology group. She was promoted to Senior Scientist in 2007 and became a Study Director for Regulatory Studies in IHC in 2010. During her time at Asterand Julia worked on a broad range of disease indications for a large number of different pharmaceutical companies, supporting the pre-clinical drug development process with high quality deliverables and a passion for good customer service.

Julia joined Costello Medical in July 2018 as an Analyst, and is looking forward to putting her scientific and customer service skills to good use across Costello Medical’s varied service offerings.