Avalere Health
An Inovalon Company

Health Economics & Outcomes Research

Deliver Evidence

Heightened demands from patients, payers and providers for more information on cost, quality, and outcomes continue to elevate the evidentiary bar. The flood of real world data, clinical trial results, registries, and other data sources creates risks and opportunities as all of this information shapes coverage and treatment decisions, defines value, and impacts patient access. Equipped with a deep understanding of the policy landscape, payer evidentiary demands, and provider behavior, Avalere provides insight on the challenges and opportunities that exist within this space. We combine our broad health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) experience, clinical expertise, payer and provider knowledge, and analytical capabilities to deliver breakthrough evidence generation strategies.

What's Your Challenge?

  • ​Evidence Generation Strategies
  • ​Value Proposition Development
  • ​Observational Research
  • ​Health Economic Models

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Michael Johnsrud

Senior Vice President


Michael Johnsrud, Senior Vice President, leads our health economics and outcomes research group. He provides guidance to clients by helping them create strategies to generate the needed clinical and economic evidence to inform stakeholders in the marketplace. In addition, he designs and conducts studies to analyze how prescription drugs, medical devices, and various interventions impact resource utilization and patient quality of life. Michael has particular expertise in prescription reimbursement policy in Medicaid, Medicare, and private-sector plans, and the economics of the marketplace for community pharmacy and prescription drug benefit programs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Mike was Associate Director of The Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Mike received an Award of Excellence from the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy for research that used prescription drug claims to determine differences in medication payment and utilization between pharmacy delivery channels.

Mike has a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa and a MS and PhD in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a registered pharmacist.

Christine Liow



Christine Liow, Manager, advises clients on key developments in comparative effectiveness research, the impacts of health technology assessments and other evidentiary requirements on patient, provider, and payer needs, and strategies for external public and private engagement. She also has expertise in patient-centered outcomes research and patient-centered care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Christine served as a Research and Policy intern in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and as a Healthcare Analytic Consultant intern at Thomson Reuters.

Christine has a BS in Biology from The College of William and Mary and a MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University.

Brian Leinwand

Senior Manager


Brian Leinwand, Scientist I, provides strategic health economics support throughout a product’s lifecycle, and helps clients build evidence packages that demonstrate and support the value of their products.  Brian’s area of specialization is economic modeling, and has developed models to determine the budget impact of continuous glucose monitoring for type 1 diabetes and global fibroid ablation for treatment of uterine fibroids, among others.

Prior to joining Avalere, Brian served as a Research Assistant at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as a health services researcher at Community Care of North Carolina.

Brian has a BA in Management and Society, a MPH in Health Policy and Management, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Brian is also a member of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and AcademyHealth.

Barnabie Agatep

Senior Manager


Barnabie Agatep, Senior Manager, advises clients on health economic and outcomes research initiatives that support product commercialization and demonstrate client product/service value.  Barnabie also has experience conducting retrospective database analyses and evaluating Quality Measures for specific therapeutic areas.

Prior to joining Avalere, Barnabie served as a Senior Manager in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at the Medco Research Institute and as a Research Associate for Pfizer Inc., Global Outcomes Research.  At Medco, Barnabie developed economic models and conducted retrospective research analyses to illustrate the cost-effectiveness and value of pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine. At Pfizer, Barnabie assisted in drafting product dossiers, pharmacoeconomics research analysis, and other outcomes research initiatives in support of launching and pre-existing urology products.

Barnabie has a BS in Public Health from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Public Health.

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