Health Advances, LLC

Health Advances, LLC Company Profile


Here's to your health

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 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 twenty one years ago after leaving international management consulting giant Bain & Company. The firm has since built a senior management team of three 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 database of more than 10,000 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 devotes one day each quarter for the entire staff to give back in some way. Some of its favorite charities include the American Cancer Society, The Greater Boston Food Bank, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Pan Mass Challenge Kids RideMeanwhile, Partner and Managing Director Skip Irving serves on the board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, having previously served the foundation in an advisory capacity.


May 2013

Fundraising Efforts Abound

Health Advances and its employees donated over $7,000 to One Fund, Project Bread, Hospice of the Good Shepard, and Bead for Life. The firm supports its staff in a variety of charitable initiatives.

May 2013

On the Ground in Brazil

Partner Kristin Pothier and Vice President Donna Hochberg spent a week in Sao Paulo, Brazil on an invited speaking tour of hospitals, reference labs, and clinics as guests of CBDL, the Brazilian IVD association.

May 2013

Health Advances Awarded Abstract at ASCO Annual Meeting

Patrick Kennedy, Kristin Pothier, and study leader Gary Gustavsen, along with the team from bioMĂ©rieux subsidiary bioTheranostics, were awarded an abstract at ASCO 2013 based on a recent health economic analysis of a novel breast cancer prognostic test developed by Health Advances.

July 2013

Growing its Footprint

Health Advances went through a large office expansion in its Weston office. The firm added a new café to offer more space for social gatherings, a fitness center, and 13 new conference rooms built for increased innovation and collaboration. The firm also opened a satellite office in Washington, DC.

July 2013

Healthy Competition

Health Advances kicked up its competitive nature during the summer with an impressive second place finish in a local kickball league. Twenty-five members of the firm's staff ran local road races totaling over 250 miles. The firm sponsors a highly competitive Summer Madness activity challenge where 23 people competed and averaged 1,150 total miles per week.

July 2013

The Summer of 5

The San Francisco office celebrated its 5th anniversary and the Health Advances family grew by leaps and bounds with 5 weddings, 5 babies, and 5 new case team leaders.

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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: Skip Irving, Kristin Pothier, Marie Schiller, Mark Speers, Paula Ness Speers,
  • 2013 Employees: 99

  • Employment Contact

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Clinical Trial Strategy

    Due Diligence

    Launch & Salesforce Strategy

    Market Assessment & Forecasting

    Partnering & Licensing

    Portfolio Planning

    Pricing & Reimbursement

    Product Positioning

    Strategic & Business Planning

    Technology Commercialization

    Valuation Financial Analysis

Major Office Locations

  • Weston, MA (HQ)
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Zurich, Switzerland

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