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The ICR Westwicke Blog is designed to deliver information and insights into the ever-changing world of healthcare communications.

Rebecca Rodriguez

Posted on April 20th, 2022. Posted by

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Prior to joining ICR Westwicke, Rebecca worked as an Investor Relations Associate at PennantPark, where she worked closely with institutional and retail investors, creating and maintaining investor presentations, investment templates, pipelines, loan tapes, and managed all quarterly marketing materials and distributions. Earlier on, Rebecca was the sole Analyst on the Investor Relations and Institutional Fundraising team at Medley Capital. At Medley, Rebecca worked closely with senior management to compose and publish public press releases, create and maintain investor presentations and other marketing materials, lead and manage investor onboarding processes, etc. Rebecca initially joined Medley Capital in their Accounting group in 2015 and transitioned to the Investor Relations and Institutional Fundraising sector of the Company in 2016. Rebecca previously worked at Annaly Capital Management, where she was a member of the Finance and Accounting team, focusing the majority of her time in public accounting.

Rebecca holds a BA in Business Management from Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with specializations in both Finance and Marketing.

Haylee Last

Posted on April 1st, 2022. Posted by

Haylee is a Vice President for ICR Westwicke in New York City and joined the Healthcare Capital Markets team in March 2022. She supports senior team members through in-depth research and data analysis.

Prior to joining ICR Westwicke, Haylee worked as a Senior Accountant at Cedar, a fintech company focused on building technology to facilitate payments and drive patient engagement within healthcare in New York City. She is an experienced, cross-functional finance operator with demonstrated success in developing fin-ops processes in high-growth startups and large Fortune 500 companies. Haylee’s background has been focused on developing financial models in healthcare, real estate, and the financial services industry.

Haylee holds a M.S in Accounting from St. John’s University and a B.S in Accounting from George Washington University.

Jon Yu

Posted on October 29th, 2021. Posted by

Jon Yu

Prior to joining ICR, Jon was Associate Account Director within the Integrated Marketing Intelligence and Solutions practice at W2O Group where he led communications and digital marketing projects in health care. He also worked previously as Senior Account Executive at Weber Shandwick in New York where he supported corporate and R&D communications for a leading biopharmaceutical client. Before joining the communications industry, Jon was Research Specialist at the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Outside of work, Jon is also an avid documentary photographer whose images have been featured by international and local news outlets including the BBC, New York Times, CBS News and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jon graduated with a B.S. in biology with concentration in neural and behavioral sciences from Haverford College in 2012.

Leslie Motz

Posted on October 23rd, 2021. Posted by

Leslie Motz

Most recently Leslie worked in Investment Banking at SC&H Capital where she gained extensive knowledge in mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy. She developed an expertise in leading privately held and family-owned businesses through various strategic initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, and divestitures. Leslie worked with businesses across industries including advising on several healthcare related transactions.

Leslie received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University and lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband.

Benjamin Shannon

Posted on October 8th, 2021. Posted by

Ben Shannon

From biotech startups to legacy brands, government agencies to nonprofits, Ben has experience developing strategy, initiatives, and programs around regulatory milestones, patient advocacy, medical meetings and c-suite communications for clients including, but not limited to: Walgreens, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly Oncology, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, The Biosimilars Council, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Sabin Vaccine Institute.

Prior to joining ICR Westwicke, Ben worked at JPA Health, where he represented a variety of healthcare clients, working across corporate, product, policy, and internal communications. Ben also previously served as a Policy and Communications Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he counseled senior leadership, including Secretary Burwell, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on messaging strategy and agency rollouts. Ben was also a member of President Barack Obama’s campaign team and served as a White House Advance Associate. In those roles, he was responsible for planning and executing 100+ domestic and international events for the President, Vice President, First Lady, and Second Lady of the United States.

Ben holds a BA in Psychology from Clemson University.

Megan Kernan

Posted on September 29th, 2021. Posted by

Megan’s client experience includes AbbVie, Abbott, Amgen, Sarepta Therapeutics, Agendia, Agilent, Avanir, Neumentum, Doximity, Spark Therapeutics, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, and Bristol Myers Squibb. She has also worked with several pipeline-stage biotech companies bringing novel therapies to market. In addition, Megan has experience with financial and asset management firms like AllianceBernstein and with large consumer brands like State Farm, Lowe’s, and Nordstrom.

Prior to joining ICR, Megan held account leadership positions at High10 Media, Ogilvy, precisioneffect, and Resolution Media.

Callie Conway

Posted on August 31st, 2021. Posted by

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Callie is a Vice President at ICR Westwicke, joining the Medical Technology and Diagnostics team in June 2021. Her daily responsibilities include preparing investor relations materials, including press releases, corporate presentations, and company descriptive materials. Additionally, Callie supports her clients with capital markets engagements, assisting with the preparation for, and execution of, Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) business combinations, and private financings.

Prior to joining ICR Westwicke, Callie worked as a Deal Analyst at EquityZen, a marketplace for Pre-IPO companies. At EquityZen, she managed internal operations for various growth technology funds, as well as external communications with investors and shareholders. She graduated from Boston College in December of 2018 and is based out of New York City.

Josh Flax

Posted on March 28th, 2019. Posted by

Josh Flax

Josh is currently a Vice President at ICR Westwicke in the Baltimore office, having joined the Life Sciences team in March 2019. He supports senior team members through in-depth research and data analysis. His daily responsibilities include maintaining and updating the firm’s proprietary software and databases, preparing quarterly shareholder reports and institutional account profiles, and tracking and analyzing trends in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Prior to joining ICR Westwicke, Josh worked at Morgan Stanley where he supported the Foreign Exchange Trading Desk. Josh holds a B.A. in Business, Organizations and Society from Franklin and Marshall College and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Taek Lim

Posted on April 5th, 2017. Posted by

Taek Lim

Taek joined ICR Westwicke in 2017, and supports senior members through in-depth research and data analysis. His daily responsibilities include maintaining and updating the firm’s proprietary software and databases, preparing quarterly shareholder reports and institutional account profiles, and tracking and analyzing trends in the healthcare sector. Taek holds a B.A. in Finance from California State University of Fullerton and lives in the San Francisco area.

Brandon Weiner, MBA

Posted on September 11th, 2015. Posted by

Since joining the firm in July 2015, Brandon has worked within the life sciences, services and technology areas of healthcare.

His daily responsibilities include maintaining and updating the firm’s proprietary software and databases, preparing quarterly shareholder reports and institutional account profiles, and tracking and analyzing trends in the healthcare industry.

Brandon received his MBA specializing in Healthcare Management and Public/Private Leadership from The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University, and his BS in Economics from Goucher College.

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