Recognised as the leading knowledge broker on the Irish reimbursement pathway for many years, our experience is that ‘on the ground’ local knowledge and insights are critical to the development of a successful HTA which optimises a positive reimbursement decision.

The AXIS team has extensive experience of all aspects of Market Access and offer a seamless and integrated service, harnessing a broad range of capabilities within one company. Our team includes highly experienced health economists, researchers, statisticians and medical writers providing a complete range of market access services for our clients.

We believe in adopting a problem solving approach for all our projects and while our focus is on the big picture, we pay the highest levels of attention to the small details to increase reimbursement success rates for our clients.

The AXIS Team

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Brenda Dooley
Chief Executive Officer

Brenda Dooley is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Healthcare Consulting Ltd. She established AXIS in early 2012 to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies achieve success in reimbursement applications for novel and innovative medicines in Ireland. With 15+ years in Market Access, Brenda is an expert strategist and combines her natural flair for solving complex problems with a genuine interest in helping clients navigate a successful path to reimbursement.

Having developed over 50 Health Technology Assessments, Brenda knows that a personal, customised approach is fundamentally important for successful submissions to agencies such as Irelands NCPE, Scotland’s SMC and BeNeLuxA.

A former Registered General and Paediatric Nurse, Brenda holds a BA (Hons) in Business, a Diploma (Hons) in Financial Management and a MSc (Hons) in Health Economics from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway).

Brenda is a member of NUI Galway’s Audit Committee and has a strong interest in corporate governance.

Marian Hernon HTA Manager

Marian Hernon
HTA Manager

Marian Hernon is a HTA manager at AXIS Healthcare Consulting Ltd. Marian has worked in the area of population health and health services research for over 7 years, conducting systematic reviews, developing micro-costing studies and completing cost-effectiveness analysis across the academic and pharmaceutical sectors.

Since joining AXIS, Marian has led on multiple Health Technology Assessments across a range of disease areas including cardiovascular disease, chronic conditions, rare diseases and a range of cancers. Marian has extensive experience in healthcare resource use costing as well as development and adaptation of economic models.

Marian holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Political Science and an MA (Hons) in Population Health and Health Promotion from NUI Galway. She has also completed a number of short courses in health economics and economic modelling with the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York, UK and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Marsha Tracey HTA Manager

Marsha Tracey
HTA Manager

Marsha Tracey is a HTA Manager at AXIS Healthcare Consulting Ltd. Before joining AXIS, Marsha worked with the Health Technology Assessment Group (HTAG) at the Health Service Executive (HSE) evaluating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of innovative medical devices to inform and support decisions relating to the procurement and reimbursement of new medical devices.

Marsha is primarily responsible for supporting our clients through the HTA development process, including the preparation of HTA dossiers for submission to the HTA body in Ireland. With substantial experience in the development and assessment of evidence dossiers across multiple disease areas, Marsha understands the key elements that are essential in the delivery of a high-quality, robust and successful submission to our clients.

Marsha holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Health Service Research from the School of Public Health, University College Cork. For her PhD thesis, Marsha conducted secondary analysis to determine the epidemiology of diabetes in Ireland. She also designed and carried out a mixed-methods study to explore uptake of the national diabetic retinopathy screening programme.

Cillian Copeland Senior HTA Analyst

Cillian Copeland
Senior Analyst

Cillian is an HTA analyst who joined AXIS in 2019. In this role, Cillian supports clients with economic and budget impact model recalibrations and the development of HTA dossiers. Coming from a research background in mathematics and statistics, Cillian is particularly interested in economic modelling and the important quantitative requirements associated with HTAs.

Cillian believes that a focus on teamwork and providing a bespoke service to each client allows for a flexible and multi-disciplinary approach to each reimbursement application, drawing on the unique skill sets of each member of the AXIS team.

Cillian holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Finance from University College Dublin (UCD), an MSc in Mathematics and Statistics from UCD as well as an MSc in Health Economics from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

James Bohanna Medical Manager

James Bohanna
Medical Manager

James is the Medical Manager at AXIS and has extensive medical writing experience developed over 15 years of working with consultancy, clinical research organisations, innovator and generics pharmaceutical companies.

James joined AXIS in 2018 and is dedicated to helping clients achieve the optimal pathway to reimbursement in Ireland via robust market access planning and strategic advice on pricing. Over the past two years at AXIS, James has led on the development of numerous Rapid Review dossiers and has completed multiple primary research programmes generating invaluable clinician insights on treatment pathways in use in the Irish setting.

James holds a BSc. (Hons) from The University of Nottingham, UK and a MSc. from Staffordshire University, UK

Kavi Burke Operations Manager

Kavi Burke
Operations Manager

Kavi Burke is the Operations Manager at AXIS Healthcare Consulting Ltd. Over the past 20 years, Kavi has gained experience in similar roles in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry having worked with companies such as Abbott Laboratories and Chanelle Pharma. With extensive knowledge of the systems and processes required to successfully operate scalable operations, Kavi is helping AXIS to achieve its business expansion plans.

Kavi is primarily responsible for the effective day to day running of the business, including project management, contracts, invoicing and customer experience. She is particularly passionate about delivering excellence in customer service ensuring that each one of our clients has a positive experience with AXIS.

Kavi holds a B. Comm (Hons) from The Open University of Sri Lanka. She has also completed a Diploma in Customer Care & Customer Service Management and QQI Level 6 in Supervisory Management.

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Claire Nolan
Finance Manager


Claire Nolan is the Finance Manager at AXIS Healthcare Consulting Ltd.  Claire has worked in Finance for the past 25 years.  Prior to joining AXIS, Claire worked in a variety of different sectors along with running her own business. The knowledge and experience she brings to AXIS help ensure efficient and effective management of the Financial Department.

As head of the Finance team, Claire is responsible for supporting proposal development, cashflow management, payroll and financial Reporting.  She enjoys analysing data to guide future decisions to ensure the efficient running of AXIS.

Claire holds a Diploma in Tax along with Professional Qualifications in Accountancy.

Rachel Bourgault Business Administrator

Rachel Bourgault
Business Administrator

Rachel is our Business Administrator who has worked with AXIS since 2016. Rachel is responsible for assisting with a variety of business development initiatives including marketing, event management and procurement.

Hailing from Canada, Rachel has had the opportunity over the past 15 years, to gain extensive experience working for large multinational firms from a variety of sectors including Finance, Commercial Real Estate, Oil & Gas and Construction.

Rachel has had a variety of corporate training over the years and is bilingual in both French and English. She believes that the success of any company truly lies within its people, and she enjoys connecting personally with the team, suppliers and external stakeholders.

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