About Us

Crist Blassaras
CEO & President

Crist C. Blassaras has over 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, gene discovery, watershed and environmental conservancy arenas. His diverse portfolio of research includes extensive work in the medical oncology marketplace as a clinical oncology associate with various NCI study groups including the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), Pediatric Oncology Group (POG), North American Marrow Transplant Group (NAMTG), North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG), and the Hoosier Oncology Group (HOG). Crist launched the first predisposition susceptibility test for inherited forms of breast and ovarian cancer (BRCA 1 & BRCA2). He has launched a total of nine new chemical entities and orphan drugs into the oncology and pharmaceutical marketplace. He has developed and managed various sales, research, educational, and marketing programs across the United States.

Areas of expertise include:
  • New product launches and marketplace strategy
  • Genetic testing
  • Cancer Treatments
  • Drug screening
  • Wound care
  • Custom breast prostheses
  • Consulting and Liaison with retail pharmacy chain headquarters, national drug wholesalers, and specialty pharmacy services.

Cathy Fox
Drug and Device Regulatory, Registration & Reimbursement Strategies

Cathy Fox has devoted over 40 years to the continued enrichment of healthcare technologies, She has developed a respected reputation among today’s leaders in the medical world. Having been a pioneer in implementation of quality healthcare delivery systems in the American Southwest, she has first-hand knowledge of the nuances of managed care networking. Her expertise in this field has made her a much sought-after consultant in various projects with emphases on:
  • FDA Regulations & Compliance
  • Drug and Device Regulatory Registration
  • Pharmacy Formularies
  • Business Development
  • Managed Care Contracting

Michael Kozin
General Manager

Michael Kozin has over 20 years of sales and leadership experience in the healthcare arena with exposure to start-ups as well as large global manufacturers across pharmaceutical, consumer product goods (CPG) over-the-counter (OTC), and device companies. His functional expertise includes product commercialization, managed care (third party payors, Medicare, and Medicaid), institutions (hospitals, IDN’s, long-term care, GPO’s and military) and drug wholesale. He has been recognized for his leadership and innovation by his peers and the industry at large. Michael has served on advisory boards for AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Cardinal Health, and Healthcare Distributors Alliance (HDA) where he served as co-chair. Areas of expertise include:
  • Sales Leadership and Management
  • GPO/IDN/Health Systems
  • Long-Term Care
  • Distribution
  • Managed Care

Spence Young
Vice President of Strategic Markets

Spence Young having over 15 years of experience managing the national account sales activities for companies such as Abbott Diagnostics and Alere, has a strong background in the area of national account contracting and strategic account management. His major areas of expertise lie in the following markets:
  • GPO/IDN/Health Systems
  • Long Term Care
  • Distribution
  • Retail Clinic
  • Managed Care
  • National Reference Laboratories

Gail B Kolb
Consultant: Contracting Managed Care Markets / 340B Specialist

Gail Kolb has been a successful leader in the healthcare industry for 20 plus years with a focus on Consumer Products and Medical Device Sales. She has been consistently recognized as a top performer and the recipient of numerous Circle of Excellence Awards. Gail has B2B experience in both the Top 50 Fortune Organizations as well as with smaller regional corporations. In addition to her experience in sales and account management with regional and national retailers, Gail also has in depth knowledge and experience in Managed Care and the federal 340B program. As Director of Managed Care her mission was to insure product portfolio inclusion and reimbursement by state, federal and commercial healthcare plans. She forged strong relationships with the top U.S. national drug compendia providers to ensure correct product classification and strategic published product pricing. Gail’s forte is forging strong relationships with customer executives, identifying high-potential business opportunities and navigating organizational business priorities. Areas of expertise:
  • Contracting - Managed Care
  • Contracting - Institutional / Clinic Settings
  • Contracting – 340B

Tim Sharkey
Vice President of Sales - Retail & Drug Wholesale Channel

Tim Sharkey has over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, representing companies in the medical device, pharmaceutical, DME, and healthcare technology spaces. Tim has established a strong reputation in the industry for his unique ability to develop and execute on strategies that maximize results and drive growth for his clients. His vast experience in the pharmacy and clinical channels have proven to be extremely valuable with the successful launch and growth of dozens of product lines. His areas of expertise include the following:

  • Business Development
  • Drug/Pharmaceutical Wholesale
  • Retail and Food Mass Sales and Strategies
  • IDN Contracting

Shelley Sheridan
Consultant: Government FSS/GSA Contracting Specialist

Shelley Sheridan has over 10 years of experience in the FSS/GSA Contract industry. She has completed and maintained well over 500 contracts. Having established a strong reputation in the industry for her quick responses and adequate work, Shelley always makes sure that the steps she needs to complete and gather with a customer is a smooth and quick process. She will have the customer understand what they are achieving and strive to maximize the results. Her areas of expertise include the following:

  • GSA/FSS Contracting
  • Accounting
  • Consulting

Carly Hrabe, CPC
Director of Medical Coding & Billing

Carly Hrabe entered the medical field in 2006 working for a respected physician in the Phoenix area. In 2013, she became a Certified Professional Coder with special emphasis in the field of Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her experience includes acting as the Director of Business and Billing for one of Phoenix’s Top Doctors in the PM&R field while implementing programs and organizational design strategies to maximize revenue and retention. Her vast knowledge of medical necessity guidelines among a vast range of both government and commercial insurance payers ensures proper coding and documentation policies for maximum growth and profitability.

Jeffrey Bessette
Consultant: Clinical Informaticist/Real World Evidence (RWE) / HEOR

Jeffrey Bessette has spent his entire 25 plus years in the healthcare field. For the first part of his career he worked in biotech focused on immuno-diagnostics for cancer identification. Since then he has worked in healthcare analytics for care management companies, consulting firms, life sciences, payer and provider organizations. His expertise is in machine learning and HEOR (devices, IoT, clinical interventions, and pharmaceuticals).
  • Analytics – Clinical Informaticist
  • Analytics - Real World Evidence (RWE)
  • Analytics – HEOR

Kirby Stout
Reimbursement/Formulary Analyst & Marketing

Kirby Stout after completing her degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she launched her career with a medical manufacturer finding reimbursement registration gaps leading to increased adjudication, strategizing bids, executing promotions & managed marketing aspects. She continues to provide:
  • Reimbursement and formulary research
  • Digital Marketing
  • Registration Assistance
  • Presentation Preparation

Gary Hite
Graphic Design

Gary Hite spent over 30 years working as a communication designer. A graduate from Parsons School of Design (BFA) and New York University (MA), He has worked with a wide range of clients and projects, from local community groups to national corporate campaigns. Gary provides:
  • Logo and Corporate Identity
  • Package Design
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Direct Marketing
  • Program Development

Our Philosophy

Having recognized a fundamental disconnect between drug and device manufacturers/distributors, retail pharmacies, national medical databases, and managed care formularies, US Drug And Device Register, Inc. was created to function as a liaison between these disparate entities. READ MORE