Our mission is to improve the clinical trial experience.

Emilie Scientific was started by a group of passionate physicians, researchers, clinical operations experts, and technologists who set out to change the way clinical trials are conducted by putting patients at the center. By pairing cutting-edge digital technology with advanced data analytics, we simplify the recruitment experience and create operational efficiencies that make it easier for each clinical trial to stay focused on creating life-changing outcomes.

Emilie Scientific exists to transform the way clinical trials are conducted by creating intelligent connections between physicians, researchers, clinical operations experts and patients. Using cutting-edge digital technology and advanced data analytics, we put every patient at the center and empower them to find their way to trials that match their specific health needs.

Our Leadership Team

Sam Holliday

In building Emilie Scientific, Sam is leveraging a long career of leadership experience in biopharma and healthcare entrepreneurship. This includes biopharma R&D consulting, building one of the first EMR-driven site identification and patient recruitment solutions, and scaling data-driven, targeted, multi-channel marketing solutions for health systems and biopharma companies.

For the past several years Sam was Chief Operating Officer at Cecilia Health (formerly Fit4D), a tech-enabled diabetes education and coaching business that served health plan, employer and pharmaceutical customers to improve outcomes of people with diabetes across the US. His leadership helped the company triple the customer and revenue base in two years.

Prior to Cecilia Health, Sam helped Everyday Health, a leading online health information company, to acquire several pharma-oriented digital media companies and build a new data-driven health system marketing business unit. His work contributed to the successful IPO and subsequent sale of the company to J2 Global, as well as the spinoff of the Tea Leaves Health business to Welltok.

At Greenway Health, a leading electronic health record (EHR) company, Sam developed and grew the clinical trial recruitment, medication adherence and population health businesses as internal startup business units. He was a member of the leadership team from IPO through sale of the company 15 months later to Vista Equity Partners.

Sam holds an MBA in Healthcare Management and Finance from The Wharton School and a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters, enjoys playing soccer and avidly supporting Philadelphia sports teams and New York City FC.

Paula Brucker
Head of Commercial

Paula heads up the commercial side of Emilie Scientific, leveraging 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and business development within the biopharma industry, as well as business strategy experience within the healthcare communications & advertising sector. Before Emilie, her experience included driving the pitch process for all AOR opportunities with life sciences for Juice, building a Strategic Life Science Business Unit for CDM, and executing market research for Genentech’s cancer therapeutics, and she has led marketing, brand and sales for Merck, Lilly, and Biogen. She lives in New York City with her family.

Paula Buzzard
Head of Product and Operations

Paula joined Emilie Scientific to build a world class product and operations team. She has been developing innovative products since the late 90s, when she began working on VR tools and operating systems, at Microsoft. Since then, Paula has cultivated and managed teams that have shipped products to help consumers in many ways; from buying and selling used cars (Vroom), to watching TV on their phones (Fox Mobile), and making it easy for nonprofits to solicit donations through their YouTube channels (Google). She lives in Brooklyn and tends her English garden.

Paul Degnan
Head of Engineering

Paul is Head of Engineering at Emilie Scientific, where he leads the engineering team that creates and supports the Emilie technology platform. He brings 20 years of experience in the New York City technology community, where he worked in web and mobile application development for industries including social media, bill payment, entertainment, consumer electronics, and most recently, healthcare. Previously he has led projects including the Polaris platform for fertility clinic management, the Webby award winning Marvel Unlimited mobile launch, the Speedpay bill payment platform, and one of the first social media platforms on the web. He lives in Rye, NY with his wife, two daughters, and one son, and is an avid runner.

Our Name

Émilie du Châtelet was an intrepid natural philosopher of the 18th century who fought and succeeded in overturning establishment thinking and laid the foundations of the modern scientific method. Her methods were creative, courageous and methodical and helped greatly improve the commonplace understanding of science. Emilie Scientific aims to embody that very boldness of spirit and commitment to rigorous methods to further humanity’s understanding of health and disease.