About Drug Discovery News

DDN provides engaging stories about scientific breakthroughs that will help life science researchers develop diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for improving human health.

Our content creators are scientists first; they came to us with PhD degrees and years of laboratory research experience. They now dedicate themselves to researching and writing accurate, compelling science stories and educational materials to assist readers with keeping current on the latest news in translational, preclinical, and clinical research and indulging their curiosity about the discoveries coming to light in fields outside their own research focuses.

Rob D'Angelo
Executive Vice President

Rob brings more than 20 years of experience managing successful business-to-business media organizations within the pharma and life science industries. He previously served as sales director for BioTechniques; president of the BioScience Group at Informa Business Information; and publisher at Advanstar Communications and Thomson/Medical Economics. At LabX Media Group, he directs Drug Discovery News, The Scientist, and Technology Networks.


Kristie Nybo, PhD
Content Director

Kristie joined the Drug Discovery News team with 15 years of experience in scientific publishing. For the last two years, she has served as creative services director for The Scientist. Prior to that, she wrote for and directed news content and managed peer review for the journal BioTechniques for more than a decade. She has also served in public relations communications and medical writing and editorial roles. Kristie earned her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and conducted research at UCLA and at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) on brain development and signal transduction in mouse models.


Tiffany Garbutt, PhD.
Associate Science Editor, Creative Services

Tiffany earned her PhD in Genetics from North Carolina State University, where she explored the effect of genetic background on the ability to derive induced pluripotent stem cells. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in the development of translational approaches to direct cardiac reprogramming and understanding the mechanisms of cardiomyocyte maturation. She has written for multiple medical, nonprofit, and academic peer-reviewed outlets. In March 2020, Tiffany joined LabX Media Group as an assistant science editor for The Scientist. She began working with Drug Discovery News in October 2020.


Sunitha Chari, PhD.
Assistant Science Editor, Creative Services

Sunitha earned her PhD in biochemistry at Boston University by investigating the molecular interactions between low-density lipoprotein receptor and its ligands. She then moved on to McGill University to explore the structure-function relationship of a protein complex involved in cellular transport. Sunitha is now an assistant science editor for Drug Discovery News, where she enjoys the intellectual rigour and creative flair of her work.

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Stephanie DeMarco, PhD
Assistant Editor

Stephanie earned a PhD in molecular biology from UCLA in 2019, where she studied how the human parasite, Trypanosoma brucei, controls its social behavior. During her PhD studies, Stephanie served as Editor-in-Chief of Signal to Noise Magazine, a non-profit online science magazine run by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and wrote for the epigenetics blog, EpiBeat, as a freelance writer. Stephanie was an AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the Los Angeles Times, following which she pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA. She is incredibly excited to join the team at Drug Discovery News as an assistant editor!


Natalya Ortolano, PhD
Assistant Editor

Natalya graduated with a PhD in cell and developmental biology from Vanderbilt University in 2021. She conducted research on human development for nearly ten years, but in graduate school, she realized that she enjoyed reading papers, writing grants, and presenting her research more than doing experiments at the bench. She started writing articles for university news outlets, the American Society for Cell Biology’s blog The Post, and Scientific American. After completing her AAAS Mass Media Fellowship at STAT News, she decided to pursue scientific writing as a career. She’s excited to put her storytelling skills to work as an Assistant Editor at DDN.


Melissa Kay
Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Melissa completed her M.Sc. in biology, which focused on stress-induced transcription factor signalling in ovarian cancer cells. Most recently, she finished a graduate diploma in science communication, where she learned how to communicate complex topics to different audiences through various outlets, such as presentations, videos, podcasts, and social media. Melissa looks forward to sharing and showcasing all the fantastic research currently being conducted.


Greg Brewer
Creative Director 

Greg joined LabX Media Group (LMG), which publishes Drug Discovery News, in April 2008. Before coming to LMG, he studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College in Toronto. Greg has taken on numerous creative roles designing elements for many of the company’s brands and heading up custom projects for advertisers.


Kristyn Reid
Art Director

Kristyn joined LabX Media Group in April 2019. Since joining LMG, she has worked on numerous design projects and has transitioned to the new Art Director for DDN, refreshing the magazine and all of its branding elements. Kristyn graduated with an advanced diploma in graphic design and a certificate in art+design fundamentals from Georgian College.


Meaghan Brownley
Operations Team Lead

Meaghan Brownley earned a marketing and advertising diploma from Georgian College in 2015 after completing a degree in literature from the University of Toronto in 2012. She has worked in marketing and content development for more than 7 years. She currently manages the operations team for Drug Discovery News.


Jessica Smart
Operations Coordinator 

Jessica joined DDN in September of 2021 as an operations coordinator for the Creative Services team. She completed a bachelor of commerce degree and graduate certificate from York University. She recently completed an internship focused on content creation, social media, and customer service. She focuses on DDN’s marketing and promotions efforts for lead generation, webinars, and social media. 


Alex Ruffle  
Sales & Marketing Coordinator /Account Manager

Alex earned her bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Guelph, and has worked primarily within the hospitality and health & wellness industries in sales, marketing, team management, and customer experience. She began her journey with LabX Media Group in 2021 and coordinates DDN's print & digital advertisements while managing a sales territory.


Alex Maranduik
Marketing Director

Alex Maranduik holds an MSc in marketing and consumer studies from the University of Guelph. He believes in a data-driven approach to marketing and has experience with eCommerce, product development, project management, privacy legislation, and marketing automation. Alex leads the marketing department in matching the right content with the right audience to optimize user experience and maximize reader engagement.


Dana Sizing
Sales Director

Dana joined LabX Media Group in August of 2019. She spent two years working with The Scientist as a senior account executive, and has recently joined the Drug Discovery News team as sales director. Dana brings more than 20 years of successful sales and marketing experience in the life science market, specifically in biotech and biopharma.


Ryan King
Account Manager Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast

Ryan began his media sales career at The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper more than 20 years ago. Since then, he has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and a number of business-to-business publications. Ryan joined the DDN team 8 years ago and has watched the life science media market evolve from a predominantly print-focused industry into a multi-channel digital and lead generation-minded media community.


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