Meet Our Team

Dan Quinn

Co-founder & CEO

Dan Quinn co-founded Ten Bridge Communications with more than 20 years of experience in building leading corporate brands in healthcare. Previously, as Managing Director of Feinstein Kean Healthcare, Dan led brand strategy and corporate communications activities for biotech and pharma clients, helping to create, launch and promote companies of all sizes, from emerging biotechnology to the world's largest pharmaceutical and consumer products organizations. Previously, Dan spent nearly seven years at Genzyme Corporation where he worked to protect and enhance the company's global reputation through financial, product, employee, and crisis communications. He helped to steer communications strategy through the approval and launch of four new orphan therapies, more than a dozen acquisitions, and multiple crises and regulatory milestones. Prior to Genzyme, Dan led communications for the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, engaging with media, Congress, government agencies and advocacy interests to launch dozens of high-profile health policy reports each year. He has also worked to promote the work of the medical and nutrition faculty at Tufts University, and began his career as a journalist in Massachusetts.

Ann Stanesa

Co-founder & President

Ann Stanesa co-founded Ten Bridge Communications after nearly 20 years in leadership positions focused on communications and marketing in biotech and pharma. Most recently, Ann led the rapid growth of Feinstein Kean Healthcare's biotech practice, focusing on brand development and ecosystem engagement strategies for dozens of successful emerging biotechnology companies. Previously Ann spent 10 years at Genzyme Corporation, serving as director of public affairs responsible for Genzyme's visibility, relationships, and reputation throughout the community. She directed the thought leadership strategy for senior executives, and created and managed high-profile crisis management strategies and other corporate programs. Ann's experience at Genzyme also included managing the global medical education program for the renal business unit, directing the key opinion leader program, and overseeing relationships with key external patient associations. Prior to joining Genzyme, Ann worked at Searle Pharmaceuticals on direct-to-consumer marketing and non-branded programs for patients with arthritis, and at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the marketing department for the U.S. healthcare practice and Boston office. Ann started her career in the Massachusetts legislature as an aide to a senator.

Krystle Gibbs

Managing Director

Krystle Gibbs brings to Ten Bridge more than a decade of experience developing and executing communications strategies for leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to Ten Bridge, Krystle worked for a leading global communications agency focused on healthcare where she shaped and led communications programs for dozens of early-stage to commercial companies, spanning corporate branding and positioning initiatives to critical data and regulatory milestones and events. Most recently, she spearheaded U.S. regulatory communications and issues management, and led the broader global business, for a large pharmaceutical client, working with cross-functional internal and external stakeholders to support the accelerated approval and launch of a new vaccine for adolescents and young adults in a highly competitive environment. Previously, Krystle worked with the media relations team at the American Red Cross to support donor recruitment and raise awareness around the importance of blood donation, particularly amongst young adults. She began her career in a communications role at the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.

Stephanie Simon

Managing Director

Stephanie comes to Ten Bridge after a career in journalism that took her from Kremlin press briefings in Moscow to the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles to riots, rallies, tornadoes, and pheasant hunts across the Midwest. Most recently, she served as managing editor of STAT, a national publication reporting on health and medicine. Stephanie helped launch STAT in the spring of 2015 and ran the biotech and pharma teams, guiding reporters in coverage of the science, business, and politics of drug development. Before joining STAT, Stephanie spent years as a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Politico, writing on everything from agriculture to education. It was her work at STAT that sparked her deep interest in the world of biotechnology; she's now eager to use her journalistic skills to help Ten Bridge clients tell their stories to the world. Stephanie lives with her husband and their three kids in Hopkinton, not far from the starting line of the Boston Marathon.

Dean Wetherbee

Creative Director

Dean brings deep creative and strategic marketing experience to Ten Bridge clients, having worked in both corporate and agency environments with creative leadership positions in a wide array of healthcare-focused industries. He leads creative at Ten Bridge, developing brand, web, interactive, print, and communications solutions for clients across the firm. Prior to joining Ten Bridge, Dean served as creative director and SVP at a healthcare focused agency where he worked with large pharmaceutical firms, emerging biotech companies, medical device and diagnostics manufacturers and a number of government agencies and non-profit/advocacy organizations to develop branding and communications solutions. Previously, Dean spent 5 years at McKesson Health Solutions where he led creative initiatives for corporate marketing, web, brand, event, UI/product design, and internal communications. Dean has been recognized with several design and healthcare industry awards for his innovative approaches to creative challenges.

Sarah Sutton, PhD

Senior Director

Sarah Sutton, PhD, has a decade of experience in scientific communications, having worked as a journalist, an author on academic papers, and behind the scenes as a media strategist. Prior to joining Ten Bridge Communications, Sarah led writing projects for the Broad Institute's fundraising team, helping to secure millions of dollars in grants and private funding for biomedical research. Previously, she managed web and media communications for Brown University's Alumni Relations team, serving as project manager, editor, and writer for a range of communications initiatives designed to enhance ties between the University and its constituents. She also spent several years as a medico-legal researcher at a small consulting firm, where she co-authored medical journal articles and consulted for mass-tort litigators in class-action environmental and occupational health lawsuits. Sarah is an experienced writing instructor, and she spent five years teaching undergraduate courses in science writing at Brandeis University, where she also directed the University's Writing Center. Sarah began her career as a journalist at the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star, covering business and environmental issues. Her writing has appeared on NPR. She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her PhD from Brandeis University, where she studied the history of science and technology.

Tom Donovan

Senior Director

Joining the Ten Bridge team in 2017, Tom Donovan brings experience from multiple assignments in London, Australia and New Zealand. His most recent role was as Director of Communications for Nexvet Biopharma, a NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company which was acquired by Zoetis in 2017. Leading to acquisition Tom worked with the company's executive team across all aspects of corporate and investor communications, from its early funding rounds, re-incorporation in Ireland, global operational expansion and IPO. Prior to this, Tom worked in a variety of communications consultant or policy roles to private biotech companies and Government innovation teams in Australia, including development of the Global Health Melbourne Plan, which received $18m in funding to advance best practice policy for international business development. Prior to this Tom worked in investor and public relations consultancy roles with ASX-listed biotechnology companies, and as a junior business journalist in New Zealand. Tom has a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Science, and a Master's Degree (1st Class Honors) in Bioscience Enterprise, both from the University of Auckland where he also gained science teaching experience as a pathology tutor. His thesis focused on the comparative analysis of national innovation ecosystems.

Lisa Raffensperger

Director

Lisa Raffensperger joined Ten Bridge after a decade spent working as a science journalist at publications across the U.S. and U.K., variously covering space launches, dinosaur digs and synthetic genomes. Most recently she served as senior news editor at STAT, a national publication covering medicine and life sciences, where she oversaw coverage of politics, regulation and scientific discovery. Prior to that, as web editor of Discover magazine she led an expansion of the site's blogging network and social media audience. Lisa holds a master's degree in Science Journalism from City University in London and dual bachelor's degrees in English and biology from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in The Economist, New Scientist, Science, and The Times.

Jackie Byrne

Director

Jackie Byrne joins Ten Bridge after nearly seven years at a leading advertising agency working across a number of clients in industries including healthcare, banking and insurance. Jackie brings communications experience ranging from traditional offline channels such as TV, print and radio to more dynamic channels such as digital, social media, events and grassroots marketing. Most recently, she spent over two years leading her client's CSR partnership and sports sponsorship portfolios leveraging integrated messaging and creative through owned, earned and paid communications. Jackie holds a master's degree in Advertising from Boston University and obtained her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Simmons College.

Andrew Memmelaar

Art Director

Andrew brings 12 years of creative design experience to Ten Bridge clients, having worked in corporate, higher education, publishing and agency environments in creative positions designing across a breadth of industries. He supports the creative team at Ten Bridge, helping to advance print, web, interactive, brand and communications solutions for clients across the firm. Prior to joining Ten Bridge, Andrew served as art director at a healthcare-focused agency where he worked with large pharmaceutical firms, emerging biotech companies, medical device and diagnostics manufacturers. Previously, Andrew spent five years at MIT's Technology Review where he helped lead creative strategies for corporate sales and marketing, print, web, brand, event, international partnerships initiatives and internal communications.

Julia Bayer Rand

Senior Graphic Designer

As Senior Graphic Designer, Julia brings almost 10 years of experience to Ten Bridge. With a strong background in design, marketing and psychology, Julia excels at simplifying complex ideas through visuals in hopes of helping people better understand the world around them. She previously worked at a public relations firm in Manhattan, where she was the designer on major client projects including award-winning sustainability/annual reports, presentations, logos, infographics and more. Julia graduated from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she earned a B.A. in Graphic Design Communications, a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in marketing.

Matt Zola

Production Manager

Matt serves as Ten Bridge Communication's Production Manager, working with the creative team to oversee project execution. He's worn many hats over his career, beginning as a content writer and most recently project manager for a digital marketing agency. During that time, Matt worked for several companies in the healthcare and biotech space, including one on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak, helping them expand their online presence and outreach. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and still dusts off his writer's cap from time to time.

Marissa Picerno

Associate

Marissa Picerno is an associate at Ten Bridge Communications supporting several clients. She has always been passionate about research and science. Prior to Ten Bridge, Marissa provided end-to-end organizational support for Cambridge-based biotech Foghorn Therapeutics. As a graduate student, Marissa worked as a consultant for the Melanoma Education Foundation evaluating the effectiveness of the foundation's melanoma lesson materials given to students in grade school. Marissa earned her M.A. in Health Communication from Emerson College and her B.A. in English Communications, Media and Cultural Studies with a Biology minor from Emmanuel College.

Gwendolyn Schanker

Associate

Gwen joined Ten Bridge in 2018 as an associate after completing her undergraduate degree at Northeastern University with a B.A. in journalism and B.S. in biology. She is dedicated to facilitating cohesive and effective science communication and has covered topics ranging from biotechnology to academic research to the environment. Prior to working at Ten Bridge, Gwen completed six-month co-ops at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where she managed the company's weekly internal newsletter and assisted with social media and patient advocacy initiatives, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she composed long-form stories about complex marine science research and spent a week shooting video aboard the R/V Neil Armstrong. She also spent five years writing and editing for Northeastern's quarterly print science magazine, NU Sci, with a one-year term as president of the magazine.

Molly Rusert

Associate

Molly Rusert joined Ten Bridge in 2018 as an associate after completing her undergraduate studies of Communication and English at Boston College. While at BC, she honed a passion for health communication and adolescent health and wellness messaging research. Having worked in account services at an award-winning, global performance marketing agency, Molly brings experience in supporting multi-channel campaigns for clients across several industries. She hopes to use this experience with branding and messaging strategy to give biotechnology companies a clear and impactful voice.

Join Us

 

Ten Bridge Communications has created a new kind of agency, and we support a growing number of biotech companies who rely on us to deliver strategic and tactical support that reflects a deep understanding of the industry. Our services include corporate branding, strategy and positioning, media relations, social media, investor communications strategy, employee communications, community relations, and scientific communications. We work directly with C-level executives, and always strive to act as a seamless extension of our clients' teams, as invested as they are in furthering their success and mission.


Ten Bridge Communications is seeking a highly collaborative, energetic and confident professional, with 2+ years of agency experience, to join our team and work with professionals who are recognized leaders in the biotech communications space.


Must-haves for the position include an eagerness to immerse oneself in our industry, a desire to help build and nurture a culture of collaboration, excellence and growth, and an ability to think creatively at all times.



Key responsibilities of the Communications Associate position include:


•  Support for multiple client accounts, working with senior account leaders to plan and implement the full range of client responsibilities

•  Primary research and market analysis in support of client-level communications initiatives, new business pitches, and other needs

•  Development of target media lists and media targeting strategies

•  Timely monitoring, analysis and reporting of coverage from a variety of news outlets covering our clients and issues related to their business

•  Strong writing ability and demonstrated aptitude in adapting writing style to fit a given audience or application (media, web, internal, etc.)

•  The proven ability to understand technical subject matter, and convey its essence through written and verbal communications

•  Social media strategy and implementation

•  Administrative support for all aspects of firm business, including time tracking, billing and infrastructure/capacity building


Qualifications:


•  BS in Communications or related discipline

•  2+ years of agency experience


This position offers ample learning and growth opportunities, and the ability over time to assume increasing levels of responsibility for writing and account management. Located in vibrant Central Square in Cambridge, convenient to the Red Line, commuter rail, a thriving restaurant scene, and many of our clients.


Interested candidates should submit their resumes to careers@tenbridgecommunications.com.


The Director at Ten Bridge Communications will be a key leader in all aspects of a rapidly growing, fast-paced startup agency that is working with the leading companies in biotech and healthcare.


We are seeking a highly collaborative, energetic and confident professional who is eager to learn and work alongside seasoned professionals who are recognized leaders in the biotech communications space. We have created a new kind of agency, optimally designed to support the needs of pre-commercial and commercial biotech companies. Our clients rely on us to deliver strategic and tactical support that reflects a deep understanding of the industry. Our services include corporate branding, strategy and positioning, media relations, patient advocacy engagement, social media, investor communications strategy, employee communications, community relations and scientific communications. For many clients we work directly with C-level executives, and always strive to act as a seamless extension of our clients' teams, as invested as they are in furthering their success and mission.



Must-haves for the position include:


•  Proven ability to immerse oneself in our industry and the world-changing work of our clients

•  Passion for building value for clients in the biotech and pharmaceutical spaces through highly strategic communications approaches

•  Ability to lead and inspire a talented staff of motivated professionals at all levels

•  Experience formulating successful strategies for and utilizing digital communications channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube

•  Strong writing and editing abilities and demonstrated aptitude in adapting writing style to fit a given audience or application (media, web, internal, etc.); proficiency in AP style preferred

•  Awareness of industry media and publications, foundational understanding of the news cycle and experience with media outreach

•  Fantastic client service skills

•  A desire to help build and nurture a culture of collaboration, excellence and growth as we grow the Ten Bridge team and behind-the-scenes company operations

•  A creative mind that's very far "out of the box"


Key responsibilities of the Director position include:


•  Help to lead Ten Bridge efforts across multiple client accounts, working with account teams to plan and implement the full range of client responsibilities

•  Foster highly collaborative long-term client relationships

•  Develop content for wide range of client projects, including messaging and positioning platforms, press releases, pitch materials, website copy and investor materials

•  Cultivate ongoing media relationships, pitching stories and delivering measurable benefits for clients

•  Develop and implement digital/social strategies for corporate, clinical trial recruitment and patient advocacy initiatives

•  Help to nurture the career growth and professional development of junior staff

•  Highly collaborative contribution to corporate branding and Creative work, including management of external vendors and partnering with internal colleagues


This position offers ample learning and growth opportunities, and the ability over time to assume increasing levels of responsibility for writing and account management. We are located in vibrant Central Square in Cambridge, convenient to the Red Line, commuter rail, a thriving restaurant scene, and many of our clients.



We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes:


•  Comprehensive health insurance benefits

•  Parking/transportation

•  Contribution to a 401(k) retirement account

•  Paid vacation, sick and personal time

•  Cell phone reimbursement


Interested candidates should submit their resumes to careers@tenbridgecommunications.com.


 

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