Betsy Hughes-Formella

Betsy Hughes-Formella

Company: Dermatology Drug Development

Job title: Independent Consultant


Dr. Betsy Hughes-Formella is a strategic and clinical consultant for dermatological product development of NMEs, known or re-purposed molecules, and generics. She has more than 25 years of experience in clinical development of topical products and transdermals over a wide range of indications including psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne, rosacea, fungal and viral infections, pain, wound healing, and aesthetic products. Prior to providing independent consulting services to the global pharmaceutical and CRO industry, Dr. Hughes-Formella held a management position in a niche CRO specialized in conduct of early phase dermatological studies. There she had hands-on experience with the design and conduct of dermal safety and efficacy studies in all phases and played a key role in consultation of clients in early clinical development. She now concentrates on advice for developing and executing the most efficient pathway for dermal products through early development to proof-of-concept or licensing, helping companies to reach critical milestones while mitigating risks.
Dr. Hughes-Formella received her PhD in physiology from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She spent nearly a decade in basic research in the areas neuromuscular physiology/steroid biochemistry and then melanoma research before shifting her focus to skin physiology and clinical research.

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