DDN is Dedicated to Exploring Drug Discoveries and Development.
Scientists are constantly looking for new and better ways to serve humanity. Since 2005, DDN’s mission has been to facilitate this goal by providing authoritative, in-depth information on the latest advances in drug discovery and development and related diagnostics.
DDN’s editorial is mostly focused on keeping our subscribers current with the latest trends and developments in scientific discoveries to preclinical research and clinical trials, including the techniques, technologies, business and regulatory policies that enable their research.
DDN’s editors remain committed to bringing news, analysis, data and commentary to the scientist through a mix of web stories, electronic newsletters, webinars and custom content in addition to the print magazine.
Through DDN magazine, online stories and multimedia features, the DDN editorial content Informs, connects and engages leaders in the scientific community.
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
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.
Assistant 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.
Stephanie DeMarco, PhD
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
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.
Randall C Willis
Since earning an MSc in molecular biology and protein biochemistry from the University of Toronto, Randall plied his trade first as a researcher and subsequently as a science communicator for the last 30 years. Prior to his turn at DDN, Randall wrote for the American Chemical Society’s Modern Drug Discovery, Today’s Chemist at Work, and The Journal of Proteome Research. He has also worked with the medical advertising agency Medicus and the Blueprint Initiative, a bio-informatics project at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. And somewhere in the middle of all that, he served as associate publisher for the medical humor magazines Stitches and Stitches for Patients.
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 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.
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.
Sarah joined LabX Media Group in September 2017 as coordinator for The Scientist events. She soon moved into customer service In the LabX.com team, and joined Drug Discovery News in January 2021. She studied hospitality management and event management at Georgian College.
Kat Van Arem
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Kat started at LabX Media Group in 2018 with the LabX team as a Marketing and Customer Service Administrator for two years. She used the skills she gained from coordinating and scheduling email marketing and digital advertising to excel in transitioning DDN to the LMG family as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator. She studied Hospitality, Event Management and Business Marketing at Georgian College.
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.
Account Executive Northern United States and Canada
Mike has been with DDN for nearly 8 years, where he manages product sales and consultation in the Northwest, Northeast, and Canada. Mike has been delivering customized, results-oriented media solutions to his clients for more than 30 years. He demonstrates his passion for maximizing returns for his client-partners with careful attention to matching their needs and objectives to the ideal, best-suited integrated portfolio of products.
Account Executive 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.
Account Executive Europe, Africa, Asia
Stephanie has served as DDN’s international sales representative covering Europe, Africa, and Asia for 12 years. She has 27 years of experience in business to business media sales, working across a wide range of titles, including LCGC Europe, where she served as publisher, and Pharma and Nutraceuticals Business Technology magazines, where she was group publisher. Before entering into the media sales arena, Stephanie spent a decade working for advertising agencies.