About Essex

Essex is a small, agile consulting firm operating in the healthcare and bioinformatics space. Our primary goal is to maximize our clients’ investment in IT and informatics. We do this by partnering with our customers to understand and define their scientific and business goals, by creating realistic and achievable plans and strategies to achieve those goals, by providing right-sized teams with the right skills and talents, and by promoting institutional knowledge.

Philosophy and Approach

Essex strives to maximize our clients’ investment in IT and informatics, to drive towards the data integration and analytic imperatives of Precision Medicine in the age of ‘omics and Big Data. By making this our primary goal, the focus of how we do our work immediately becomes different from that of our competitors. We believe that our growth can and should be fueled by meeting the real scientific and business needs of our clients, and therefore make these needs our priority. We hire only top talent whose knowledge spans the life science and technical domains, and who share the commitment to moving research and health care forward.

Key Tenets of the Essex Approach:

  • Focus on the client’s scientific and business goals, which are defined and articulated up-front.
  • Creating achievable, well-scoped projects that can realistically meet the stated needs and objectives.
  • Combine long-term vision with a roadmap that also meets today’s needs, so that our clients can progress towards their future informatics goals, while still providing the computing and informatics required to get the work done now.
  • Right-sized teams with the skills and experience to meet scientific and business imperatives. Unlike many consulting firms whose main goal is growing the teams ever larger and larger, Essex evaluates each project and brings to it the team members who have the knowledge, know-how, and experience to get the job done most efficiently.
  • Develop client institutional knowledge, to avoid dependence on consulting over the long-term, and transition resources off a project when they have fulfilled their role.

Lisa Burke


Lisa is the President of Essex Management and a founding partner. She has over 25 years of professional experience in business and IT and oversees Finance, Accounting, Procurement, Human Resources, Information Technology and Corporate Policy. Throughout her career, Lisa has been an instrumental part of 4 successful startup companies delivering IT products and services to pharmaceutical and utility companies. She is accomplished in all phases of the software development cycle and has extensive programming and project management experience in the financial, insurance and energy industries. Lisa attended Bryant University of Smithfield, RI, where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems.


David Loose

Vice President, Business Development and Operations

David is a Managing Partner in Essex Management and serves as the VP for Business Development and Operations. David has a long standing presence in clinical information technology, having supported technology operations for the worlds largest pharmaceutical company and now acting in a management consultant capacity at the National Cancer Institute, the world’s largest Phase II clinical trial sponsor, supporting their clinical information management enterprise. David holds a Bachelors in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lewis and Clark College and is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).


Joe Martucci

Director, Program Delivery

Joe has over 25 years working in information systems design. He was the lead architect for clinical systems at the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. He is currently supporting the National Cancer Institute’s initiative to create a comprehensive database of clinical trials, the Clinical Trials Reporting Program (CTRP), as envisioned in the report to the National Cancer Advisory Board titled “Restructuring the National Cancer Clinical Trials Enterprise”.  Joe has a Bachelors in Mathematics from Central Connecticut University and a Masters in Information Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Eve Shalley

Director, Life Sciences IT Services

Eve has over 25 years working in clinical and research IT. She has managed the global SAE reporting system for the world’s largest pharmaceutical company and led the pharmaceutical and drug development practice for a New York-based management and IT consulting firm. She is currently supporting the National Cancer Informatics Program at the NCI, and is working with academic institutions to meet their bioinformatic and integration needs. Eve holds a Bachelors in English from Barnard College, Columba University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Biotechnology.

Work with Essex

At Essex we know that our most valuable assets are our employees. We know that people want to learn, grow, and be valued for their skills and contributions. We also know our team members have a life outside of work, and understand the value of flexibility, and a work environment with comraderie and friendship.

Working with Essex has many advantages, including competitive compensation, interesting projects and clients, excellents benefits, and the opportunity to step up and be a leader.


Meet Michael Hotchkiss Recruiting Manager

Michael Hotchkiss is an experienced human resources and recruiting professional with more than eight years of experience in Life Sciences IT and Bioinformatics recruiting; he also has significant interests in Organization Development and HR Strategy which he employs to help guide Essex’s growth. Michael leads day-to-day recruitment for Essex and is the primary interface with our candidates and Essex hiring managers. Michael also provides strategic guidance on resourcing for Essex consulting engagements. Michael holds a Masters in Organization Development (MOD) from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelors in Psychology / Criminal Justice from the University of Connecticut.

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