Team

HTA and Health Economics

Jeanette Kusel

Jeanette Kusel

Scientific Director

Position: Scientific Director
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 913 040
Email: jeanette.kusel@costellomedical.com

As Scientific Director of Costello Medical, Jeanette oversees the running of all the scientific teams, ensuring that they are delivering top quality work and customer service to our clients. Throughout her 8 years at the company, Jeanette has worked across the full range of service offerings, giving her a valuable insight into the different challenges experienced by each team and allowing her to provide essential guidance to scientific team members across all areas. Jeanette’s role additionally encompasses overseeing the business development activities of Costello Medical and she took on the role of Head of the London Office when this opened in January 2017.

Jeanette founded the Health Technology Assessment and Health Economics division in January 2013 and built this team up from scratch to be one of the leading HTA providers in the UK, before she transitioned into the Scientific Director role in April 2016. She chose to specialise in health economics for some years as she believes that the evidence based decision making process for healthcare funding decisions that a health economic framework allows is essential. She continues to employ her specialist knowledge directly on projects in an advisory capacity.

Jeanette believes that the opportunity provided by Costello Medical to work within a dynamic, productive team at the forefront of their field is second to none. She enjoys getting involved in all aspects of the company and has particularly enjoyed mentoring the personal development of many talented individuals over the last few years.
Jeanette originally graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2009, achieving a first class honours BA and upper second class honours MSci in Natural Sciences, specialising in Biochemistry. She more recently graduated with a Masters in Health Economics from the University of York, achieving a distinction.

Matt Griffiths

Matt Griffiths

Head of HTA and Health Economics

Position: Head of HTA and Health Economics
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 913 032
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) 1223 913 021
Email: rose.wickstead@costellomedical.com

As a Consultant in the HTA and Health Economics Division, Rose has led a variety of HTA and health economics projects across multiple disease areas, including NICE and SMC submissions, health economic manuscripts and systematic literature reviews. In order to further her expertise in this area, Rose is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics from the University of York.

Rose holds a first class Masters degree in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham. 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.

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. Since joining the company, Stephen has managed a variety of project types including HTA submissions (NICE, SMC, AWMSG and NCPE), health economic manuscripts and related systematic reviews and has co-authored a variety of related manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature. He has also led the development of cost-minimisation and budget impact models and provided strategic advice on the technical development of Markov and discrete event simulation cost-effectiveness models; additionally, he has presented his original research as an oral presentation at the ISPOR Congress.

Stephen joined Costello Medical in April 2014, having spent several years publishing peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals for Wiley, and previously for the Royal Society of Chemistry. He enjoys drawing on his experience in pharmacy, research and publishing to help clients communicate the economic and clinical value of their products effectively. 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.

Originally, Stephen graduated with a first class honours Master of Pharmacy degree from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 2005. Following successful completion of his qualifying year he registered as a pharmacist and returned to Queen’s to undertake research on the pharmacokinetics of certain drugs in use in neonates, combining dried blood spot microsampling methods and population pharmacokinetic modelling techniques, leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2010. He is a full member of both the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Gengshi Chen

Gengshi Chen

Senior Analyst

Position: Senior Analyst
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 792 542
Email: gengshi.chen@costellomedical.com

Gengshi joined the Asia-Pacific Analyst Team in 2013, and has since then gained experience in a range of disease areas including hospital acquired infections, renal carcinoma, haemophilia and CNS diseases. In her role, she is particularly enjoying the variety of projects and internal activities that she is leading or contributing to, including satellite symposia, medical affairs materials, value dossiers, systematic literature reviews, cost-effectiveness publications, and recruitment activities in the Asia-Pacific region. As one of the first members of the Asia-Pacific Team and the Singapore office, Gengshi is delighted that her multicultural background, from having lived in China, Sweden and the UK, and her work experience in Taiwan, has provided her with insights to help support the growth of the team and expand the offerings to clients in the region.

The opportunity to pursue further studies in Health Economics via distance learning at the University of York is highly valued by Gengshi, and she is thrilled about applying her new skills to relevant projects.

Gengshi graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2013, achieving a first class honours BA and upper second class honours MSci, specialising in Biochemistry. As part of her degree, Gengshi conducted research projects on the optimisation of virtual screening methods for the early stages of drug discovery, and a novel molecular sensor for monitoring Parkinson’s disease progression. Previously, as an intern at Innovia Technology, an innovation and technology consultancy, Gengshi gained consulting experience by contributing to patent landscaping projects in the medical devices and healthcare products sectors.

Peter Morten

Peter Morten

Senior Analyst

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

Peter graduated from the University of Oxford in 2013 with an upper second class honours degree in Biochemistry. In his final year research project he investigated the role of chromatin-binding proteins in transcriptional control, with a particular focus on oncogene activation. As an undergraduate, Peter also obtained research experience working in the genetics department at AstraZeneca as part of two summer placements. Peter has since developed his interest in healthcare and translational research further via an internship at Cancer Research UK, which focused on the charity’s expansion into the development of biologics for cancer therapy.

In September 2015, Peter was delighted to join the Costello Medical team as an HTA Analyst following an internship with the company. In particular, he looks forward to supporting clients with their submissions to UK HTA bodies, and to working across a variety of therapeutic areas.

Wrik Ghosh

Wrik Ghosh

Senior Health Economist

Position: Senior Health Economist
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 913 077
Email: wrik.ghosh@costellomedical.com

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 Masters 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.

Wrik joined Costello Medical as a Health Economist in October 2015. He is looking forward to applying his knowledge and skills, in particular economic modelling, to a variety of projects, whilst further pursuing his interest in this field.

Natalie Hearmon

Natalie Hearmon

Senior Health Economist

Position: Senior Health Economist
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 792 475
Email: natalie.hearmon@costellomedical.com

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. 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.

Natalie joined Costello Medical in April 2016 as a Health Economist. She is very much looking forward to using her mathematical modelling background to contribute to the field, as well as developing new skills in areas specific to healthcare.

Katie Noon

Katie Noon

Analyst

Position: Analyst
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 792 537
Email: katie.noon@costellomedical.com

Katie joined Costello Medical in September 2016. Prior to this she 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 team of 28 people across two production lines.

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 and is excited to join the HTA Division at Costello Medical to develop her scientific knowledge and to use her analytical skills within a healthcare setting.

Chris Painter

Chris Painter

Health Economist

Position: Health Economist
Tel: +44 (0) 207 544 8521
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. Chris has really enjoyed being involved with the company’s pro bono projects, and is looking forward to further developing his economic modelling skills.

Elizabeth Walker

Elizabeth Walker

Analyst

Position: Analyst
Tel: +44 (0) 207 544 8524
Email: elizabeth.walker@costellomedical.com

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Cell and Systems Biology in 2016. During her degree, she carried out a research project investigating the effects of monoamine oxidase inhibitors on circadian rhythms in cell culture. Prior to joining Costello Medical, she carried out an internship at Cancer Research UK (CRUK) in the Research Training and Fellowships Team. Whilst at CRUK, she analysed data surrounding successful applications for research fellowships and interviewed recipients of CRUK grants to assess their views on the research landscape.

Elizabeth joined Costello Medical as a Scientific Intern in April 2017, before transitioning to the Analyst role in August 2017. At Costello Medical, Elizabeth has enjoyed working on a variety of HTA submissions and on projects across a variety of divisions.