Meet The Team
We are driven and know that our work is of utmost importance to patient care! Our consultants are detail-oriented team players with the ability to work to tight deadlines. We are committed to understanding your needs and providing solutions that contribute to your success.
Dr. Isabella Steffensen
Dr. Steffensen is a biomedical scientist with a B.Sc. Honours Biology (cum laude) and Ph.D. in Cellular Biology from the University of Ottawa. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with a leading neurologist at the Ottawa Health Research Institute where she performed research on stroke and spinal cord injury.
Over the past 25+ years, Dr. Steffensen has assisted pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology and diagnostic companies with regulatory, marketing, technical, and business development issues. She has widespread experience preparing regulatory documents, as well as other evidence based-reports such as practice guidelines and systematic reviews. Dr. Steffensen has completed hundreds of projects in the life sciences sector, embracing biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and bio-pharmaceuticals, medical devices, technology and diagnostics. She is a specialist at Clinical Evaluation Report remediation and helping medical device companies fulfill current regulatory requirements in the European Union. Dr. Steffensen is responsible for the overall operations and performance of Thera-Business, where she mentors a highly-skilled group of executives and staff. She is a well-respected leader with the strategic foresight to develop and promote a compelling vision for the future of Thera-Business.
Dr. Red Thaddeus Miguel
Vice-President and Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Miguel provides leadership and builds the roadmap for health research projects and data analysis with a particular focus on creating customized solutions to best meet the clients’ diverse needs. As a specialist in evidence-based practices and health research methodologies, he directs and oversees health research initiatives including performing complex health research analyses using large datasets.
He began his career as a University Researcher for the Health Policy Hub and the National Institutes of Health of the University of the Philippines. There he was the Lead Research Associate for a number of studies including the national valuation of EQ-5D-5L, the Philippines baseline study on child restraints, the modelling of the burden and cost for hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and the national evaluation of a health insurance package for catastrophic illnesses. During that time, he was also a Research Fellow for the Asia Pacific Center for Evidence Based Healthcare where he undertook studies on methods for clinical practice guidelines and a Researcher for the Kalusugan ng Mag-Ina, Inc. (Health of Mother and Child) where he worked on research for new health insurance packages and clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Miguel has since authored a number of papers in his field and won numerous awards in research. Most recently he received the Award of Excellence in recognition of winning People’s Choice Award at the global health conference hosted by the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine.
Prior to joining Thera-Business, Dr. Miguel worked as a consultant for health economics and insurance evaluation studies. His research interests include health insurance, clinical practice guidelines development, and methods for quantitative data synthesis. He holds a B.Sc. in Health Sciences from the Ateneo de Manila University, and a dual degree of M.D. and M.B.A. from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. While obtaining his degrees, Dr. Miguel was elected National President of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges – Student Network. Most recently, Dr. Miguel completed his MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Oxford with the award of Distinction. On his free time, he is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals and a regular contributor to health websites, where he writes about the cost effectiveness of technologies in health.
Dr. Tanja Babic
Director of Medical Writing / Research
Dr. Babic received a PhD in Neuroscience in 2007 from the University of Western Ontario and has extensive experience in both academic and industry settings. She completed postdoctoral training at Pennington Biomedical Research Institute (Louisiana State University) and held a junior faculty position at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Her research focus was neural regulation of gastrointestinal function. During her academic career, Dr. Babic published nineteen research articles in scientific journals and won awards for her research contributions.
Since 2015, Dr. Babic has worked as a medical writer and consultant for pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Her experience includes development of value communications tools including value dossiers, value briefs, and evidence compendiums, as well as clinical summaries and review articles. Dr. Babic holds the Essential Skills of Medical Writing Certificate from the American Medical Writers Association.
Mr. Vladimir Kuznetsov
Senior Programmer and Data Analyst
Mr. Amiel Cordova
Business Operations Manager
Mr. Cordova holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Cebu in the Philippines. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from the Ateneo De Zamboanga University in the Philippines. He is currently pursuing his Human Resources Management Certificate at Loyalist College, Ontario. To date, he has held leadership roles in operations, human resources, and health and safety in various industries, such as telecom, service, retail, hospital, banking, construction and consulting. He has extensive experience working in a regulated environment, with expertise and certifications in a number of regulatory standards. He has held board membership and leadership roles in organizations and associations, such as the Human Resources Association, the Operations Management Association,the Association of Safety Practitioners of the Philippines, Inc., the World Safety Organization, the Mactan Economic Zone Safety and Security Council, Inc., and the OSHNET, Inc. (Occupational Health and Safety Network, Inc.). His notable contributions include contributing to ISO and Operations & Human Resources standards and procedures, leading ISO certification training, and establishing workplace management systems for: Business Continuity Management, Crisis Management, Emergency Response Management, Total Continuous Improvement Management, Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen, Food Safety, Good Manufacturing Processes and Practices (GMP), and Project Management. He has established himself as one of the consultants, speakers, and trainers of the Department of Labour and Employment in the Philippines and the World Safety Organization North America. Lastly, he has been a consultant and auditor for a number of different ISO organizations.
Dr. Pranav Kumar
Medical Writer / Researcher
Dr. Pranav Kumar is a biomedical scientist, with a PhD in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University and an MBA in International Business from Laval University in Quebec. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. Dr Kumar has received training and certification in clinical research, pharmaceutical regulations, and bioscience management. Prior to joining Thera-Business, Dr Kumar worked as a medical writer and a business development consultant for pharmaceutical companies, and as a research professional at the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec (Laval University). He previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre de Recherche en Infectiologie (Laval University), and at the KECK Graduate Institute in California. Dr Kumar’s research interests were in the development of a point-of-care testing device for TB diagnosis in peripheral settings, and deciphering the molecular mechanism of drug action and resistance for infectious diseases. He has published thirteen research articles in scientific journals during his academic career and received various fellowships for his scientific research.
Dr. Zeina Salloum
Medical Writer / Researcher
Dr. Zeina Salloum holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, where she studied the effects of metal ions released from orthopedic implants on energy metabolism in macrophages. Dr. Salloum has diverse research expertise in molecular genetics and cancerology. Prior to joining Thera-Business, Dr. Salloum completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) in the chronic disease program studying the effects of cholesterol levels on epigenetic reprogramming and the immune response. She previously worked at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancerology (IRIC), affiliated with the University of Montreal, where she obtained her M.Sc. in Molecular Biology with a focus on systems biology. Prior to that, she was a visiting research student at University Claude Bernard-Lyon 1 in France where she conducted research that contributed to her obtaining an M.Sc. in Human Genetics at Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon. Dr. Salloum has been an avid educator with experience at both the collegiate and university undergraduate levels where she taught courses in the biomedical sciences. She has also been an instructor for case-based learning sessions related to immunology (HIV) for first-year medical students at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Salloum has contributed to and authored multiple research articles published in high-impact and specialized scientific journals.
Ms. Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp has over 13 years experience in the life sciences sector, where she accumulated extensive experience in planning, researching and writing scientific reports, literature reviews, clinical trial reviews and interpretation, research summaries, project proposals, and government submissions. Most recently, Lindsay worked as a senior consultant, were she provided expertise to pharmaceutical industry clients on government regulations and submissions, and pricing assessments, as well as strategic advice on how to achieve target pricing for new patented drug products. Previously, Lindsay spent time in technology transfer at both the University of Victoria and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. As a Technology Transfer Officer and Manager she collaborated with faculty, researchers, and students to evaluate, protect and transfer their research and innovations to the private sector. Additionally, she assisted in the planning and preparation of both large and small grant applications to assist scientists in obtaining research funding. A highlight of her time in this role was leading the preparation of a US FDA 510(k) Premarket Notification submission for a medical device that successfully received clearance.
Lindsay Kemp received her MSc from the University of Guelph in Biomedical Science, where her research focused on prothrombin synthesis and thrombin generation in the ovarian follicle. She is a primary author and co-author on several scientific articles in peer-reviewed publications.
Mr. Sheldon Yu
Mr. Yu received his M.Sc. in Statistics from Carleton University after completing his BSc in Statistics and Economics. Mr. Yu is an expert in theoretical and applied statistics, with extensive experience in mixed modelling, survival analyses, data mining, and using software (R, SAS, Python, Matlab) to analyze large datasets. During his graduate studies he worked as a research assistant studying the associations between long term exposure to air pollution and the incidence of dementia and cognitive impairment. Previous experience includes working as a data analyst with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, where he analyzed diagnostic scanning methodologies, as well as working as a data analyst with Health Canada, where he used statistical analyses to perform risk assessments of chemical substances. In addition to his academic credentials, he is an SAS Certified Base and Advanced Programmer, and has completed the actuarial exam for probability.
Dr. Priyanka Salunke
Health Research Analyst
Dr. Priyanka Salunke has over ten years of experience working in different roles in the healthcare sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Wollongong, Australia, with majors in Health Promotion and Occupational Health & Safety. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics from George Brown College, Toronto, Canada. She has recently worked with the University Health Network (UHN) in the implementation of a new Health Information System, Epic. She has also recently worked on a regulatory compliance project with the Digital Research Team to ensure that the UHN’s applications are compliant with Health Canada’s and FDA’s regulatory requirements. Previously, Priyanka worked in the public health domain as a Health & Safety Officer and Accreditation Consultant. She has also gained extensive leadership and management experience while managing several dental practices in Australia. She is an internationally trained dental practitioner who practised clinically for a number of years in India. In her free time, Priyanka loves exploring new places with her partner, signing up for adventurous activities, cooking traditional Indian recipes, and socialising with friends and family.
Ms. Drashti Thaker
Health Research Analyst
Ms. Thaker is a Biomedical Engineer with specialization in Regulatory Affairs. She holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Ottawa with certification in Regulatory Affairs from AAPS, Toronto. She believes applying engineering principals to medicine and health care is a revolutionary and lifesaving concept. In her childhood she was fascinated with the idea of combining biology and mathematics, which inspired her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. Drashti has worked with several organizations in India as an intern while pursuing her Bachelors. Her keen and innovative insights on integrating engineering science into health care helped develop EECP (Enhanced External Counter Pulsation) prototype, which showcased the ability to provide lifesaving support without performing complex surgery. In her spare time, she loves to explore and capture the world through the lens, with a belief that photography helps people to see.
Ms. Yi Li
Health Research Analyst
Ms. Li holds a master’s degree in Statistics from University of Ottawa after completing B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics. With a strong background in math and statistics, Ms. Li practiced and built her skills in handling pooled datasets with theoretical and advanced knowledge (such as machine learning, time series, etc) by using Python, R, SQL and Tableau. By assisting a project for Climate Center of Guangdong Province in China, she constructed a CNN model to predict the daily precipitation for the extended-range and the paper had been submitted to Mathematical Theory and Application. As a data enthusiast, Ms. Li likes to extract information from data, discover features, and use concrete results to explain abstract phenomena. When approaching the area of bioscience and healthcare, she is ready to contribute and take on challenges.
Mr. Rami Ali
Health Research Analyst
Mr. Ali is a MSc in Public Health graduate from McGill University, with a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Ottawa. He was initially drawn into this field of work by discovering a great interest in working to elevate and promote the population’s health through the application of epidemiological principles. To date, Mr. Ali has gained both knowledge and experience in data analysis, narrative and systematic reviews, epidemiological surveys, and the preparation of manuscripts and technical reports. While completing his undergraduate degree he did a placement at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, where he used administrative data to examine the effect of different cardiovascular surgery procedures on various patient outcomes. Most recently, he worked with a team of experts at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology at McGill University to develop multiple reviews and a pan-Canadian survey aimed at analyzing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care and control services. Mr. Ali is a motivated professional in the field of Public Health and Epidemiology who is always looking to put his skills and knowledge into practice in order to tackle difficult public health issues with the goal of improving health outcomes.
Ms. Yiwen Wang
Programmer / Data Analyst
Ms. Nikita Sir
Medical Writer / Researcher Intern
Ms. Nikita Sir graduated magna cum laude from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) degree in 2022. While completing her BHSc, Nikita gained knowledge and experience working as a research assistant for the Institute for Work and Health (IWH). At the IWH, Nikita contributed to a systematic review project examining measurement properties of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) outcome measure to determine which items of the outcome measure needed to be updated. Nikita designed the project workflow using Distiller SR software, and she played a key role in all stages of the systematic review process, including: screening and selection of references, data extraction, critical appraisal of studies, and manuscript preparation. In addition, Nikita received a certificate for participating in the IWH Systematic Review Workshop, which provided essential knowledge and skills for planning and carrying out a successful systematic review, including: understanding appropriate methods for more complex analysis, interpreting meta-analysis results and accurately interpreting and communicating the results of a systematic review. Prior to commencing as an intern at Thera-Business, Nikita worked for 2 years as a summer student at Thera-Business where she performed literature searches to update the DrugDocs Portal (www.drugdocs.com), and also worked on assembling and collating key regulatory guidance documents to support client driven regulatory initiatives.