Who we are: Meet the Professional Services team

Elsevier Professional Services is a global team of practice leaders and project managers with backgrounds in data science, informatics, pre-clinical research, and clinical development. As experts in scientific domains, industry-standard taxonomies, and the manual curation of content, the team is committed to accelerating science and improving health through industry partnerships and Elsevier-sponsored research efforts.

Leadership

Timothy Hoctor

Timothy Hoctor
Vice President, Professional Services

Timothy is a technology and life sciences management professional, with more than 20 years leading products and teams in industry-leading data and analysis products and services, in the life sciences and adjacent chemical and material science fields.


Practice leaders

Matthew Clark

Matthew Clark
Director, Scientific Services

Matthew, author of over 28 scientific publications and patents in drug design, statistics, informatics, and watchmaking, has 25 years' experience working in the life sciences industry. He is skilled in informatics, computation, and management. He also has experience in both scientific and business activities and managing the interaction between them.


Toshikazu Dewa

Toshikazu Dewa
Consultant, Life Sciences Solutions

With 28+ years of experience in corporate informatics and a wealth of skills, Toshikazu provides life science professional services to Japanese clients. he has worked in both post- and pre- sales roles, as well as being a consultant for professional services.


Eric J. Gilbert

Eric J. Gilbert
Consultant, Life Sciences

Eric is an accomplished medicinal chemistry research scientist with over 15 years of experience in drug discovery at Pfizer, Schering-Plough, and Merck. He is author or coauthor of 16 publications and an inventor for 22 issued US patents. Eric possesses a unique combination of synthesis and drug discovery experience along with an extensive data science skill set.


Maria Shkrob

Maria Shkrob
Consultant, Professional Services

With a PhD in Molecular Biology, Maria has 10 years of experience in Bioinformatics and 3 years of experience in Biotech. She is skilled at finding, extracting, harmonizing and analyzing the data in Life Science domain.


Frederik van den Broek

Frederik van den Broek
Senior Consultant, R&D Solutions

Frederik is experienced in a wide range of R&D domains and technologies, leading and participating in all phases of consultancy projects in cheminformatics, bioinformatics, R&D data integration and enterprise scale software for science, research and engineering in various sectors of industry:  pharmaceutical and life science; consumer goods industry; energy, oil and gas; and hydraulic engineering.


Jabe Wilson

Jabe Wilson
Consulting Director, Text and Data Analytics

Jabe Wilson has been chosen as one of the DataIQ 100 — a list of the most influential people in data-driven business. Recognized as a “titan” of data-driven business for his work with data and analytics, Jabe is showcased on his own page on DataIQ’s website.


Anton Yuryev

Anton Yuryev
Consulting Director, Professional Services, Biology

Anton, author of over 50 scientific articles and 4 books in drug design and bioinformatics, has worked for 30+ years in life sciences. He co-founded Ariadne Genomics that developed Pathway Studio and MedScan NLP technology, acquired by Elsevier in 2011. He is focusing on pathway and network analysis using biomedical knowledgebases developing methods for personalized and precision medicine.


Commercial engagement

Thomas Boettjer

Thomas Boettjer
Business Development Director, Professional Services EMEA & APAC

With over 18 years’ industry experience in Life Science and Chemical, and an educational background in Corporate Informatics, Thomas has focused on early drug discovery and using AI technology in drug research. Thomas works with corporate clients on custom projects to increase efficiency in R&D output i.e. data integration, text & data mining.


Markus Bussen

Markus Bussen
Director, Customer Programs

Markus is a scientist with 19+ years industry experience, with passion for science, data and digitalization and blockchain for science.


Aurora Costache - Professional Services | Elsevier

Aurora Costache
Customer Engagement Manager

Aurora is a technology and life sciences professional with over 10 years of experience in data management and analysis software solutions for pharma and biotech industries. As a well-rounded scientist, she interacted directly with clients throughout her career in both scientific and business activities, such as pre-sales, post-sales, direct sales and consultancy. Currently Aurora supports Elsevier’s client engagement efforts.


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Paul Dockerty
Customer Engagement Manager

Paul is a scientist (Pharmacist with a PhD in Chemical Biology) with a passion for data, digital transformations and applying change management in the field of science. He is skilled in finding data within the Life Science domain and uses it as leverage to fight the natural resistance to change in digital transformations.


Scott Hutton

Scott Hutton
Commercial Director, Business Development

Scott is a business and operations leader with over 25+ years experience in the development of technology businesses serving the biopharmaceutical, medical, and industrial markets. Scott's area of expertise is focused on the creation of information systems and services that help scientists identify and acquire the research products they need to perform their research.


Yapeng Zhang - Professional Services | Elsevier

Yapeng Zhang
Scientific Informatics Expert

With a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, Yapeng has over 10 years of experience in drug R&D area. He is skilled in medicinal chemistry, informatics and data science along with customer engagement skill sets.


Project management

Maureen J. McDevitt

Maureen J. McDevitt
Director, Project Management and Delivery

Leveraging 20 years of project, program, account, relationship and financial management experience across several industries, Maureen drives a global technical team to deliver high quality data analytics solutions for pharmaceutical customers that help them improve patient lives.


Nancy Berners-Lee

Nancy Berners-Lee
Quosa Consultant & SME

Nancy has been working with customers to help provide complete literature management solutions. She is a QUOSA subject matter expert and provides extensive training to our customers and Elsevier colleagues. Over the many years working with QUOSA and Elsevier, Nancy has helped to deliver solutions to specific customers that can then be syndicated to all customers.


Thea Howe

Thea Howe
Project Manager, Life Sciences

Thea has over 6 years of experience working as a Project Manager. She is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and a PRINCE2 Practitioner. Thea has experience of working using traditional project management methodologies and Agile in customer facing roles.


Yuri Shikhanovich

Yuri Shikhanovich
Manager of Professional Services

Yuri, a technology manager, with 15+ years of experience leading teams with focus on all aspects of agile professional service, software development and technical services to deliver custom solutions to life science companies and academic organizations.


Laura J. Szymanski

Laura J. Szymanski
Project Manager

Laura, an experienced project manager, information professional and trainer, has over 15 years’ experience supporting the life sciences industry, non-profit and academic organizations.


Tom Williams

Tom Williams
Project Manager

Tom is a Research & Development Project Manager, Knowledge Manager, Consultant and Research Scientist. He has 8 years experience as a Post-Doc/Research Associate in Schools of Medicine, Physics, and Biochemistry Departments working on neurodegeneration and Alzheimer's disease. He is also skilled in biophysical chemistry, dementia disorders, and biochemistry.


Thomas Woodcock

Thomas Woodcock
Data Scientist

With 20 + year’s experience Thomas helps life science companies manage literature and support their workflows in pharmacovigilance, medical affairs, and reference management  He develops and implement strategies to migrate large amounts of life science data from legacy systems to the latest management solutions