Team

Rare Diseases

Annabel Griffiths

Annabel Griffiths

Head of Rare Diseases

Position: Head of Rare Diseases
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 913 025
Email: annabel.griffiths@costellomedical.com

As the Head of Rare Diseases at Costello Medical, Annabel leads a range of project types across our different service offerings, and has a specialist interest in orphan and ultra-orphan indications.

Annabel has experience in a wide-range of rare diseases, including paediatric conditions and genetic disorders, where she has led teams to successfully provide high-quality project support at various stages of clinical development. Annabel is passionate about the societal value of treatments for rare diseases and is dedicated to the delivery of pro bono support to a number of rare disease charities, including our long-term collaboration with the rare disease charity Findacure. Annabel plays an active role in academic discussions in this area, leading an issue panel at the 2016 European ISPOR conference focussed on off-label treatments in rare diseases. Annabel was also a panellist at DPharm Europe 2016, discussing Costello Medical’s ongoing collaborative work developing economic models focused on drug repurposing in rare diseases.

Prior to joining Costello Medical in April 2015, Annabel completed a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Cambridge, having previously received an upper second class BA in Natural Sciences at the same institution. During her PhD, Annabel used a combination of imaging, genetics and computer modelling to examine the role and relationship of four intracellular proteins that mediate the link between cells and the surrounding extracellular matrix. Following her PhD, Annabel volunteered with a non-governmental organisation in Cambodia, cementing her enthusiasm for the healthcare sector and charity work.

Kate Hanman

Kate Hanman

Senior Analyst

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

Kate graduated from the University of East Anglia in July 2014 with an upper second class degree in Biochemistry. For her final year research project she investigated the roles DNases play in preventing the re-establishment of Campylobacter biofilm populations. The results generated from this project went on to be published in two peer-reviewed scientific journals. Following her undergraduate degree, Kate completed a Masters degree in Epidemiology at Imperial College London in 2015.

Motivated to work within the healthcare industry and improve the lives of patients, Kate joined Costello Medical as a Scientific Intern and was delighted to transition into the permanent role of Analyst in March 2016. Since joining Costello Medical, Kate has worked on a diverse range of projects across several disease areas in the Evidence Development and HTA and Health Economics Divisions. She has particularly enjoyed becoming involved with the company’s pro bono projects, which have focused on benefiting patients who suffer from rare diseases in the UK. Kate looks forward to working within the talented and dynamic team at Costello Medical as well as further developing and applying her scientific knowledge across a variety of projects.

Eleanor Thurtle

Eleanor Thurtle

Senior Medical Writer

Position: Senior Medical Writer
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 792 536
Email: eleanor.thurtle@costellomedical.com

Eleanor graduated in 2016 with a First Class Masters degree in Chemistry from Oxford University. As an undergraduate, she completed a summer internship working in a specialist oligonucleotide synthesis company. Through this experience, Eleanor developed a keen interest in biological sciences which led to a final year research project in Biochemistry. For her thesis, she investigated the effects of 2-oxoglutarate dependent oxygenases on the efficacy of antibiotics, and consequently discovered an interest in scientific writing.

Motivated by her desire to support future pharmaceutical innovation, Eleanor joined Costello Medical as a Medical Writer in September 2016. Since joining the company, Eleanor has particularly enjoyed working on orphan and ultra-orphan indication projects and, subsequently, transferred to the Rare Diseases Division in 2018. Whilst working in this division, she enjoys applying her publications expertise to the inherent challenges faced by rare disease literature to enable further engagement from patients, industry and the wider scientific community.

Benjamin Fell

Benjamin Fell

Analyst

Position: Analyst
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 792 548
Email: benjamin.fell@costellomedical.com

Before joining Costello Medical, Ben completed his PhD in Molecular Cell Biology at Queen Mary University London in 2016. During his postgraduate studies, he worked on the in vitro-modelling of rare skin disorders and the assessment of nanopolymer-based systems for transdermal drug delivery, with parts of his work having been published in peer-reviewed journals. Previous to this, he received a Master degree in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Lübeck (Germany) while investigating the use of adult human stem cells in neural tissue engineering.

Interested in applying his knowledge of translational biosciences in a more commercial and varied setting, Ben joined Costello Medical in January 2017 as a Scientific Intern. He quickly developed a passion for the work in healthcare consulting and gladly accepted the opportunity to transition to a permanent position soon after. As an Analyst in the Rare Diseases division, he particularly enjoys being able to continuously learn about new aspects of Evidence Development and Health Technology Assessment, and to apply his expertise towards the challenges inherent to the field of rare diseases and orphan drug development.

Aimée Hall

Aimée Hall

Analyst

Position: Analyst
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 792 491
Email: aimee.hall@costellomedical.com

Aimée graduated in 2012 from Durham University with a Masters degree in Physics. For her Masters project and as an astrophysics PhD student at the University of Cambridge, her research focused on image analysis and building a data reduction pipeline to detect small changes in starlight that hint at the presence of planets outside of our solar system. She presented her research at national and international conferences and also enjoyed coordinating the department’s graduate outreach programme for communicating with the public.

Aimée decided to leave academia and transition to a healthcare career as she wanted to make a wider contribution to society and use her scientific experience to improve people’s lives. She completed a Scientific Internship at Costello Medical at the end of 2016 and experienced regular cross-divisional work across many areas of the company. She is very excited to apply her analytical skills and statistical knowledge to a wide variety of projects, including publication development, biostatistics research and pro bono projects.

Georgina Allen

Georgina Allen

Senior Project Coordinator

Position: Senior Project Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 792 540
Email: georgina.allen@costellomedical.com

Georgina graduated from the University of Leicester with an upper second class degree in Biological Sciences in 2015. During her studies she focused on physiology, pharmacology and neurobiology, with her final year research project investigating the potential behavioural effects of an antihistamine, using Zebrafish as a model organism. Since graduating Georgina has worked for an open access life science publishing platform, before joining Costello Medical as a Project Coordinator in October 2016. She is looking forward to working on a variety of projects within both the Publications and Medical Affairs Divisions.