Creating Value via Scientific Storytelling

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Amplifying Scientific Innovation

Established in New York City, The Sophia Consulting Firm is a fully integrated marketing and communications firm with a specialty focus on oncology.


The firm partners with US and non-US emerging and established life science and healthcare technology companies to amplify scientific innovation, increase corporate visibility and attract investors.


The Sophia Consulting firm empowers client partners with integrated corporate and product communications support for clinical-stage assets through seamless  provision of public relations, scientific communications, market research and strategic marketing services. These services are uniquely designed to evolve the corporate narrative for client partners and to identify white space opportunities.

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Developing Credible Content

Public Relations & Scientific Communications

Create and showcase credible scientific content rooted in data-driven research techniques to attract investors and increase corporate visibility via:


  • Live coverage  of scientific/ industry conferences
  • Onsite congress support
  • Scientific communications platforms
  • Disease state education 
  • Mechanism of action  (MOA) video production
  • Social media content development & rollout
  • Financial/Investor communications 
  • Media outreach/engagement
  • Spokesperson media training
  • Advisory board planning

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Partnering with Thought Leaders

Market Research & Strategic Marketing

Engage with US and/or global senior executives, thought leaders, medical experts, hospital stakeholders and investors with the goal of increasing scientific credibility and stakeholder buy-in via: 


  • Strategic planning
  • Value communications
  • Market access (pricing & reimbursement)
  • Medical expert (KOL) identification & engagement
  • Expert Interviews  (hospital stakeholders, industry executives)
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Commercial due diligence 





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Maximizing Impact & Message Reach

In oncology and hematology, we have supported client partners with innovative work in:

  • CAR T cell therapies (BCMA, CD19)
  • Cytotoxic T-cells
  • Epigenetics
  • PI3K Inhibitors
  • Checkpoint inhibitors
  • Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs)
  • Combination therapies
  • Immuno-oncology


The firm also provides consulting services in diverse therapeutic areas including: 

  • Mental health
  • Rare diseases
  • Stem cell & regenerative medicine
  • Dermatology & aesthetic medicine
  • Women's health 
  • Pain management 

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Curating Purpose-driven Teams

We partner with world-class talent on a per-project basis with the goal of optimizing client satisfaction by right-sizing teams. Our partners include:

  • Medical experts
  • Venture capital firms
  • Investment banks
  • Legal & regulatory partners
  • PR & IR professionals
  • Scientific animation producers
  • Graphic designers


We hold ourselves to the highest standards and leverage relevant trends in order to develop actionable insights that stand the test of time. We are: 

  • Passionate about science
  • Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence
  • Focused on the things that matter 


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Amplifying Scientific Innovation Podcast

Season 1 Launching in June 2020  and will be hosted by Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia. Guests will include CEOs of emerging biotechnology companies who will share insights on scientific innovation prior to and following COVID19. Details are forthcoming! 

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About Founder & CEO, Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia

DNA

Multidisciplinary Background

BS Honors, Biochemistry, BGSU
MPH, Public Health Administration, UTOLEDO

MBA, Healthcare Administration, UCONN

PhD, Medicinal Chemistry, UCONN

Advanced Business Certificate, Healthcare Finance, UCONN

Predoctoral Fellow, Pharmaceutical Science, AFPE

Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Oncology, YALE

10+ peer-reviewed publications

Patent on epigenetic agents (WO2013192554A1)

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Professional Summary

Dr. Sophia Nnenna Ononye-Onyia  is a Nigerian-American entrepreneur and life science strategist with interests in and passion for oncology, innovative drug development, digital health and value-based care.  She recently founded The Sophia Consulting Firm where  she leads the provision of fully integrated communication services for clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, healthcare technology and consumer space. 


A former Pfizer scientist and Yale-trained molecular oncologist, Sophia utilizes her multidisciplinary background (PhD, MPH, MBA) to advise clients in the life science industry on value communications and strategy planning for new drug launches with a specialty focus on oncology.  She is trained in hematology and oncology with demonstrated experience in epigenetics, targeted therapies, combination therapies, checkpoint inhibitors, CAR T cell therapies and other cancer immunotherapies. Sophia also has broad therapeutic experience in rare diseases, women's health, pain management, and infectious diseases.

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Professional Affiliations

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, YALE

Key Advisor, BioSortia Pharmaceuticals

Board Member, BlueCloud by HealthCarePoint

Woman of The Week (WoW) Podcast Guest, PharmaVoice

Guest Contributor & Host, Pharmacy Podcast Network

Venture Partner, FundRx

Advisor, Harvard Biomedical Careers Science Program

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Cell & Gene

Panelist, MIT Technology Review

Contributor, Life Science Leader

Contributor, PharmaBoardRoom

Member, NYC Health Business Leaders

Mentor, Healthcare Businesswomen Association (HBA)

Spark Awardee, HBA

Certificate of Congressional Recognition,  30 Black Stars Award

Advisory Team

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Ellen Wingard

Loraine Upham, M.B.A.

James Boyle, Ph.D.

 LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT 


Ms. Ellen Wingard is an early innovator in the field of leadership development and has for 30 years coached and advised CEOs and emerging leaders in health care, financial services, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, technology and higher education. She is co-author of Enlightened Leadership: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. She is past Board Chair of World Pulse Media, an media channel linking 50,000 grassroots leaders across 190 countries, and a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, where she engages with 150 top global corporate leaders on the latest practices in global talent development, gender inclusion and socially responsible business. She is part of the Executive Coaching pool of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program and has been a commentator on career navigation and intergenerational mentoring to the Committee of 200, the Fletcher School International Business Program, Harvard Kennedy School, and NPR Marketplace. She has also served as a Mentor for the Impact Center a program affiliated with the Federal Leadership Program for distinguished public sector women leaders.

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James Boyle, Ph.D.

Loraine Upham, M.B.A.

James Boyle, Ph.D.

ALLIANCE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIST


Dr. James (Jim) Boyle is a co-founder and the Managing Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), a business/educational unit within Yale University that was formed with the mission of mentoring students with new venture ideas and that has expanded to include the development of faculty ventures. Prior to forming YEI, Jim was responsible within the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) for the licensing and venture startup of a number of engineering-based technologies. Before joining OCR, he developed and actively managed the University’s largest corporate research alliance, managing a large array of both Yale and external scientists in bioimaging-based collaborations. Earlier, Jim co-founded and grew a predictive analytics consulting practice, providing both technical and pricing guidance on new product development to a wide array of Fortune 1000 companies in the scientific equipment industry. Jim began his entrepreneurial career while still a Yale graduate student, developing novel instruments for characterizing trace biomolecules with the support of the National Institutes of Health, and later commercializing these devices through a wide array of OEM partnerships as part of a Yale startup.

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Loraine Upham, M.B.A.

Loraine Upham, M.B.A.

Loraine Upham, M.B.A.

BIOTECH  COMMERCIAL STRATEGIST


Ms. Loraine Upham's 30-year career in biotechnology and business ranges from basic research in the Molecular Genetics Research Laboratories at Eli Lilly and Company, to design and marketing of nuclear and fluorescence detection instrumentation at Packard BioScience (now Perkin Elmer), to process and business development at a proteomic start up, Prolexys. In 2005, she co-founded CureDM, Inc. together with two endocrinologists, to develop a novel diabetes treatment which she co-invented; as founding CEO of CureDM, she successfully obtained over $5M in financing and engineered partnerships to conduct basic research and establish the proof of concept for the diabetes drug which is now Phase II ready. Lori received a B.A. in Biology from University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A from Arizona State University. She is a board member of numerous biotech companies and participates on the Investment Committee of the ABQid/CNM Ingenuity venture fund.


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Thought Leadership

CollPlant Interviews Executives Series

Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia recently interviewed Dr. Luis Alvarez, Director of Organ Manufacturing.

Sophia Ononye, PhD: WoW PharmaVoice Woman of the Week

Born to be a leader, Dr. Sophia Ononye's intense curiosity, passion, energy, as well as her immigrant experience, give her a unique perspective as she strives to transform people's lives around the world.

Dr.Sophia Ononye: From Scientist to Entrepreneur

Video courtesy of Face2Face Africa 30 Black Stars

Sample 3D MOA Video: Macrophage Bacteria Phagocytosis

Scientific animation video that shows how a type of white blood cell known as a macrophage engulfs and digests bacteria in a process called phagocytosis. 

Events

June 11

Xconomy's Xcelerating Life Sciences Philadelphia: Becoming the Cell & Gene Therapy Hub

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Digital Event

June 11

Xconomy's Xcelerating Life Sciences Philadelphia: Becoming the Cell & Gene Therapy Hub

Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia will be attending the Xcelerating Life Sciences Philadelphia: Becoming the Cell & Gene Therapy Hub online forum and ...

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Digital Event

June 9

Entrepreneurs Roundtable 142 ONLINE

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Digital Event

June 9

Entrepreneurs Roundtable 142 ONLINE

Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia will attending the ONLINE Entrepreneurs Roundtable 142 with Jessica Peltz-Zatulove, MDC Ventures. Entrepreneurs Roun...

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Digital Event

June 2

Patient Advocacy +

8:30am - 11:00am

Digital Event

June 2

Patient Advocacy +

Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia will be attending the Patient Advocacy + event that was organized in collaboration with Swissnex, which is part of t...

8:30am - 11:00am

Digital Event

June 1

COVID-19 Innovations: New Jersey Meets Jerusalem

8:30am - 10:30am

Digital Event

June 1

COVID-19 Innovations: New Jersey Meets Jerusalem

Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia will be joining Choose New Jersey, The New Jersey Israeli Commission, BioJerusalem and BioNJ for a webinar that will...

8:30am - 10:30am

Digital Event

May 12

CollPlant Webinar: Plant-based Collagen for the Future of Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine

11:00am - 12:00pm

Online (GoToMeeting)

May 12

CollPlant Webinar: Plant-based Collagen for the Future of Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia will be moderating a webinar for Israeli-based CollPlant Biotechnology featuring its Founder and Chief Scientist, Pr...

11:00am - 12:00pm

Online (GoToMeeting)

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