Health Advances, LLC at a Glance


  • "Collaborative work environment and high-quality, smart co-workers."
  • "Great culture and interesting project work."
  • "Broad and deep exposure to the healthcare industry as a whole."


  • "Lack of broad name recognition given our focus is relatively niche."
  • "Not being in downtown Boston is a bit of a pain."
  • "While the hours can be long, we actually have some of the better schedules among consulting companies."

The Buzz

  • "Healthcare boutique, decent quality."
  • "Experts in niche healthcare topics (e.g., medical devices)."
  • "The most diverse consulting firm out there, nicest people."

About Health Advances, LLC

The professionals at Health Advances consult about one thing and one thing only: health care. Established in 1992, the firm's core belief is that focusing on just one industry allows it to provide clients with greater resources and focused insight. This means that the professionals at HA are not mere consultants, with most having worked within the health care industry at some point in their career. 

Holding advanced degrees in medicine, molecular biology, biomedical engineering and many other related sciences, HA consultants are able to advise their Fortune 500 and start-up company clients on areas such as development, clinical trial strategy, marketing, licensing and pricing. But HA also offers advice on corporate-based issues, like mergers, partnering and finances, to a broad range of clients in the biotechnology, diagnostics, medical device, nonprofit and pharmaceutical industries. 

Seizing the opportunity for growth

Co-founders Mark Speers and Paula Ness Speers started their firm over twenty four years ago after leaving international management consulting giant Bain & Company. The firm has since built a senior management team of nine additional partners and a solid group of vice presidents, all of whom bring different insights and experience to the table, allowing them to help clients develop marketing ideas for new products, advise on corporate mergers and acquisitions, international ventures and more. 

Offering something others can't

HA can offer all of its clients a three-pronged attack, with the ability to provide expertise in analytics, business and health care on every project team. However, where the firm really shines is its knowledge of the latter of these three-health care. That knowledge includes in-depth information about diagnostics and personalized medicine, expertise in specific disease areas, detailed insight into dealing with complex clinical trials and more. Most of all, HA thrives on its ability to predict or anticipate future trends and events in the health care industry over a 10 to 15 year span. 

Staying on top of all the information required to monitor and recommend improvements to the health care industry is no small task. To do so, the firm relies on a vast proprietary database of more than 20,000 clinicians, researchers and other industry contacts and experts, including PhDs, MDs, payers, and industry opinion leaders. In addition, the firm maintains a searchable library of treatment methods for diseases, company profiles and licensing deals, all collected from within the industry and maintained since the firm was started. The firm also regularly funds internal research projects to stay on top of relevant issues, such as regulation, reimbursement, disease management, technology, business development and competitive trends. 

No. 1 priority

Despite all HA has to offer its clients, the firm believes that its employees have even more to offer to the community. One visit to its website will make it obvious that community service ranks high on its list of priorities. The company organizes one company-wide event per year plus offers staff three additional days per year to volunteer at the charity of their choice. Some of its favorite charities include Cradles to Crayons, The Grow Clinic, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride. Meanwhile, Partner and Managing Director Paula Ness Speers serves on the board of the Partners Continuing Care and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. 


July 2017

Health Advances Employee Raises Historic Donation for the Maine Cancer Foundation

Jessica Jordan, a Talent Acquisition Specialist at Health Advances, raised $64,140 at the Tri for a Cure in Maine, more than tripling previous top donations. Jess is a breast cancer survivor and her training and fundraising efforts were on behalf of her mother, Mary. Health Advances staff participates in both corporate and personal charitable races throughout the year, including the Ragnar Relay, the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, the Boston Marathon, and many more.

Health Advances Celebrates 25 Years

Health Advances celebrated its 25th Anniversary of supporting clients in the healthcare industry. We are proud of the fact that the company has stayed true to its initial vision of helping clients commercialize meaningful new products and services that improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. We are also proud of the talented employees and alumni/ae who have helped build the firm's reputation for responsiveness, insight and integrity.

Health Advances Adds Biopharma and Health IT Executives to Senior Leadership Team

Building upon recent additions at the Partner level, Health Advances, LLC has recruited two seasoned healthcare industry leaders, Dean Giovanniello and Greg Chittim, as it continues to broaden and deepen the range of its strategy consulting services. Dean Giovanniello, Vice President, joined the leadership team of Health Advances' Biopharma practice with a focus on emerging biopharma companies. Greg Chittim, Vice President, will co-lead the Health IT and Digital practice, bringing a mix of technical industry experience in population health analytics and management consulting for biopharma, high tech, and government sectors. These new leaders, along with fifteen colleagues in Health Advances' senior management, expand and strengthen the leadership team to help continue the firm's strong record of cross-industry expertise and steady growth as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

May 2017

Health Advances Adds to Leadership Team

Health Advances promoted Gary Gustavsen, Wyatt Gotbetter, and Andrew Matzkin to the position of Partner to recognize their outstanding contributions. All three Partners are highly regarded in the life sciences industry for their thought leadership, passion for improving the lives of patients, and commitment to client service. Equally important, all three are highly regarded as role models and leaders in the firm, investing heavily in mentoring staff and reinforcing the firm's culture. This move positions Health Advances for continued growth by bringing the Partner group to a total of 11 professionals.

April 2017

Health Advances Recognized as Hope Benefactor of BSCP

The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) held its annual Evening of Hope event to celebrate and perpetuate its mission of providing academically outstanding students with critical mentoring and financial aid. BSCP particularly seeks to assist students of color to ensure an ethnically diverse workforce in the life sciences and healthcare industries. Since its founding 20 years ago, the Massachusetts biotech community has nurtured this organization through contributions of funds and time. Health Advances is proud to have been a supporter throughout the organization's history, this year recognized as a Hope Benefactor. Paula Ness Speers, Co-Founder and Managing Director, received an award from John Maraganore, PhD., CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Co-Chair of the Evening of Hope event. 

January 2016

Health Advances Joins Forces with PAREXEL

Health Advances announced a definitive agreement with PAREXEL, one of the leading global clinical research and services organizations, with 80 offices in 51 countries. This partnership further enhances Health Advances' global reach and capabilities, including access to key experts and insights in clinical development, regulatory, compliance, marketing communications, and other services, which are critical to the full commercialization and strategy optimization services its provides to its clients. 

Health Advances operates as an independent subsidiary with its own management, employees, and locations. 

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Health Advances, LLC

9 Riverside Road
Weston, MA 02493
Phone: (781) 647-3435
Fax: (781) 392-1484


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Partners: Mark Speers, Paula Ness Speers, Susan Posner, Vivek Mittal, Andrew Funderburk, Sheela Hegde
  • 2017 Employees: 150

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Clinical Development Strategy
    Due Diligence
    Health IT Business Strategy
    Launch & Salesforce Strategy
    Lifecycle Management
    Market Assessment & Forecasting
    Partnering & Licensing
    Portfolio Planning
    Product Positioning
    Reimbursement & Pricing Strategy
    Strategic & Business Planning
    Technology Commercialization
    Valuation & Financial Analysis

Major Office Locations

  • Weston, MA (HQ)
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Zug, Switzerland