Mark Blumling

CEO, Founder, and Board Member mark.blumling@headlandsresearch.com

A passionate advocate of healthcare and life sciences innovation, Mark has devoted his career to improving population health and patient outcomes. Mark was previously CEO of Genos, a healthcare big data company (which he co-founded and which was acquired in 2017), CEO of Relevare Pharmaceuticals (a drug development pharmaceutical company based in San Francisco and Australia), and Founder and COO of Hyperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ: HPTX; acquired in 2015). Mark began his career in the Office of Science & Technology at SmithKline Beecham, where he was involved in the creation and development of new business ventures, and at Orchid Biosciences (NASDAQ: ORCH), where he helped lead the company’s successful turnaround.

Mark received a JD from Stanford Law School, an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Lauren Chazal

Vice President of Global Strategic Alliances lauren.chazal@headlandsresearch.com

Lauren Chazal has a strong command of the clinical trials industry from a site operations, business development and financial management perspective. She began her career in clinical trial operations with a privately-held multi-site clinical research organization. Since 2012, she has held a pivotal role in business development and relationship management for clinical research sites globally. Lauren has in-depth knowledge of the complex interactions between clinical research centers, CROs and sponsors combined with a keen understanding of the importance of access to high quality trial sites and patient recruitment solutions.

Lauren graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor's degree in Finance and Marketing and from the University of Florida with a Master's in Business Administration. Lauren is a current member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA).


Cathy Collins

Senior VP Site Strategy/Development cathy.collins@headlandsresearch.com

Cathy Collins brings over 29 years of clinical trial experience to the Headlands team. Her background includes extensive de novo site development (Clinical Studies, LTD and Meridien) as well as site PE backed acquisition/integration (Protocare trials). She is the former owner/CEO of Meridien Research a 5 site, dedicated site organization and Insearch, a business development provider which were both sold to private equity (2012). Prior to joining the Headlands team, Cathy has served as the President and CEO of Clinical Consulting Solutions (CCS), a full-service clinical trials consulting firm providing consulting services spanning new site start-up, therapeutic development, financial/process improvement, and pre-acquisition PE due diligence (2014).

Cathy hold Bachelors and Master’s degrees in nursing and is a 2015 graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM program. She serves on a number of boards in her community including the Bank of Tampa and University of Tampa.


McKenzie Finch

Strategic Relationship Manager mckenzie.finch@headlandsresearch.com

McKenzie Finch possesses a deep understanding of clinical research through her years of experience representing sites within the US and internationally. McKenzie understands the importance of clinical trials and how site networks play an integral role in expediting the drug development process. McKenzie has worked for several site organizations, including Bioclinica and Wake Research, over the past decade and understands the importance of strong collaborative Industry relationships that benefit patients. McKenzie is located in Raleigh, NC.

McKenzie graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Biology.


Hank Heller

Director of Budgets & Contracts hank.heller@headlandsresearch.com

Hank Heller joined Headlands Research to lead budget and contract negotiations and project manage the implementation of new technological solutions. Hank previously was the Corporate Director of Strategic Operations for a multi-center PE owned research network. Hank started his clinical research career as a Regulatory Specialist for Compass Research and has held multiple positions in site operations, including Operations Coordinator for the Compass Phase I unit, Business Analyst for Bioclinica Research, and Site Director for Meridien Research. Hank's diverse clinical trial experience includes Phase I-IV trials and spans multiple therapeutic indications.

Hank graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Economics.


Ali Satvat

Headlands Board Member

Ali J. Satvat joined KKR in 2012 and is a Member of KKR on the Health Care industry team within KKR’s Americas Private Equity platform. He leads KKR’s Health Care Strategic Growth investing efforts, sits on the Health Care Strategic Growth Investment Committee and is Chairman of the Health Care Strategic Growth Portfolio Management Committee. He currently serves on the boards of directors of AcuFocus, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Blue Sprig Pediatrics, BridgeBio Pharma, Clarify Health Solutions, Cohera Medical, Coherus BioSciences, Eidos Therapeutics, Headlands Research, Impel NeuroPharma, Slayback Pharma, and Trilogy MedWaste and has been involved in KKR’s investments in Ajax Health, PRA Health Sciences, and Spirox. Previously, he held various positions with Apax Partners, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, Audax Group, and The Blackstone Group. Mr. Satvat holds an A.B., magna cum laude, in History and Science from Harvard College and an M.B.A. in Health Care Management and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the board of directors of the Healthcare Private Equity Association.


Dr. Neel Varshney, M.D.

Headlands Board Member

Neel Varshney, MD (Menlo Park) joined KKR in 2016 and is a member of the Health Care team within KKR’s Americas Private Equity platform. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Ajax Health, Envision Healthcare, Headlands Research, BrightSpring PharMerica, and Slayback Pharma and was involved in KKR’s investment in Spirox. Dr. Varshney has been in the health care industry since 2002. He was vice president at Linden Capital Partners, serving on the board of directors of Corpak Medsystems before its sale to Halyard Health. He was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, working with private equity firms and corporations on acquisitions and strategy. Dr. Varshney also held a business development role at Medtronic. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with Honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an M.D. with Honors from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Soros Fellow. Dr. Varshney completed medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.


Dr. Emily Janvey M.D.

Headlands Board Member

Emily Janvey, M.D. joined KKR in 2017 as a member of the Health Care industry team within KKR's Private Equity platform. Prior to joining KKR, Dr. Janvey invested with OrbiMed and spent over 4 years in TPG’s Special Situations group where she provided non-dilutive capital solutions to health care companies and institutions. Prior to investing, Dr. Janvey was a consultant at McKinsey and Company where she worked with large pharma and biotechs on M&A and growth strategy, and served major payers on pricing strategy and ACO development. She holds a B.A. in neuroscience, summa cum laude, from Hamilton College and an M.D. and M.B.A from The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton School respectively.


Roger Bullock M.D.

CMO, Oryzon Genomics

Dr. Roger Bullock completed his pre-clinical medical training at Keble College, Oxford University, gaining a BA (Hons) in Physiological Sciences in 1978 (converted to MA in 1985). This was followed by clinical medical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London where he gained the MB.BS in 1981.

In 1990, he specialized in psychiatry, gained membership of The Royal College of Psychiatry and undertook postgraduate psychiatric training including higher specialist training in geriatric psychiatry which concluded in 1993. Dr. Bullock is considered a world KOL in the space of neurodegenerative diseases. He has extensive experience as clinical researcher, having participated in more than 70 clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease and other CNS conditions. Over his 30-year research career, he has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters in this domain and presented at numerous conferences. Recently he has been working as a consultant for companies active in the CNS space, including Lilly and Merck.


David Evans

CEO, Texas Neurology

David Evans is CEO of Texas Neurology, among the largest and most comprehensive neurology practices in the country. He is extremely active in the American Academy of Neurology where he currently serves as Chair of the AAN’s Practice Management & Technology Subcommittee and is Past Chair of the Business section. He is also a member of the AAN’s Medical Economics & Management Committee and BrainPAC Executive Committee. Mr. Evans has extensive background in practice management consulting with emphasis in the implementation of ancillary services within physician practices.


Craig Lipset

Former Head of Innovation, Pfizer

Craig Lipset is a recognized leader at the forefront of innovation in clinical research and medicine development. He is an advisor to technology and biopharmaceutical companies, leading universities, and the venture community, bringing vision and driving action at the intersection of research, digital solutions, and patient engagement. Craig was the Head of Clinical Innovation and Venture Partner at Pfizer, on the founding Operations Committee for TransCelerate Biopharma, and on the founding management teams for two successful startup ventures (Perceptive Informatics and Adnexus Therapeutics).

During that time, Craig designed and launched multiple industry firsts -- from the first fully remote/virtual clinical trial for a new medicine to the first returning of results and data to research participants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, the MedStar Health Research Institute, and the People-Centered Research Foundation (the central office for PCORnet), as well as on the Editorial Board for Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science. Craig has received the red jacket 'hall of fame' recognition among the PharmaVOICE most inspiring people in the life sciences. He has been recognized among Pharmaceutical Executive’s Emerging Leaders, CenterWatch Top 20 Innovators in Clinical Trials, the Medicine Maker Power List and the AlleyWatch Who's Who in eHealth. He studied Music at Brandeis University and earned a Master of Public Health from Columbia.


Steve Satek

CEO, Great Lakes Clinical Trials

Steve Satek is the Founder and President of Great Lakes Clinical Trials. Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the clinical research industry. He began his career as a bench researcher at the Northwestern University Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center and since that time has held senior management positions at the Chicago Center for Clinical Research, Radiant Research, Cognitive Drug Research and Forenap Pharma.

Steve offers a diverse and thorough knowledge of clinical trial operations, which has been presented at over 25 industry conferences. In addition, he has personally project managed and/or coordinated over 150 trials. Steve currently serves as the Planning Committee Chairman for the Global Site Solutions Summit, one the clinical research industry's leading conferences.


Nathan Segall M.D.

Founder and Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Atlanta

Nathan Segall M.D. is a Certified Physician Investigator (CPI) and Principal Investigator and founder of Clinical Research Atlanta (CRA). He is well recognized in the pharmaceutical industry, successfully conducting over 350 clinical trials since 1992 and authoring numerous articles and publications. Dr. Segall has practiced in the Atlanta area for more than 29 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Pediatric and Adult Allergy & Immunology.