August 03, 2011

TGaS Advisors' Jim Mercante Named One of the "100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences"

Jim Mercante, Senior Vice President, Innovations, at TGaS Advisors, has been named one of the PharmaVOICE "100 Most Inspiring People in the Life-Sciences Industry." He is featured in the pharmaceutical industry publication’s July/August issue.

Mercante has been with the commercial operations benchmarking and advisory services firm, a division of KnowledgePoint360, since 2003. He came on board shortly after the company was started by TGaS Advisors President and Founder Stephen E. Gerard, a previous honoree.

Mercante has been instrumental in growing the company from its entrepreneurial beginnings to a highly successful multimillion dollar business with 35 employees, working with the top 10 and the majority of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies with operations in the U.S. market. Mercante continues to branch out, helping build new solutions and developing new business in the U.S. and globally for both TGaS Advisors and KnowledgePoint360.

Rhett L. Frye, Director, Sales Operations, UCB, Inc., had high praise for Mercante. "I have had the pleasure to work closely with Jim Mercante for the past eight years and have watched as TGaS took the industry by storm. The model was exactly what many of us needed in the Sales Operation environment to navigate the tremendous change we faced. Jim has successfully helped me navigate change, strategy development and new concept development and has routinely served as a counselor, listening and guiding me through the frustrations that often come with change. It is this leadership and presence in our industry that has established him as one of our most inspiring leaders in pharma."

Nominated by his peers, Mercante earned the PharmaVOICE recognition based on how he has inspired and motivated those around him. TGaS Advisors employees praise him as an innovator, tireless worker, respected teacher and mentor. They appreciate how he encourages their enthusiasm, high standards and devotion to customers. Those on the client side say they especially value his strategic insights and experience and care for their needs.

"Jim's career in pharma has touched hundreds of people who would all attest to his consistent passion for doing the best work possible in the Industry," said Gerard.

A voracious reader, Mercante also loves time with family, golf and exercise. His reading list ranges from Aristotle and Winston Churchill to Harry Potter and Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. A native of Wilmington, Del., Mercante earned his BA and MBA at the University of Delaware. He is a resident of Landenberg, Penn.

View Mercante's profile in PharmaVOICE.

About The PharmaVOICE 100

Established seven years ago by PharmaVOICE magazine, the PharmaVOICE 100 is an annual list of individuals recognized for their positive contributions to the life-sciences industry. The distinguished honorees are nominated by thousands of PharmaVOICE readers. The PharmaVOICE 100 are selected based on well-crafted and comprehensive essays describing how individuals inspired or motivated them or affected positive changes as well as other factors, such as community and philanthropic activities.

The PharmaVoice 100 represent a broad cross section of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research, clinical trial, research and development, patient education, patient recruitment, advertising, technology, and many others. Furthermore, the leaders chosen to represent the industry have accomplishments that are just as diverse; this group of thought leaders contributes to the growth and well-being of not only their individual companies, but to their communities as well as varied industry associations.

About TGaS® Advisors

Ranked in the top 100 among U.S. Business Products & Services companies by the Inc. 5000, TGaS Advisors is the leading benchmarking and advisory services firm serving pharmaceutical commercial operations organizations. The TGaS Advisors roster includes the top 10 and the majority of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies with operations in the U.S. market. The firm provides the only comprehensive series of benchmarking solutions and advisory services for objectively improving the strategy and effectiveness of pharmaceutical operations organizations. TGaS Advisors, based in East Norriton, Penn., is an operating division of KnowledgePoint360 Group, a global leader in communications and information services to healthcare professionals.

About KnowledgePoint360

KnowledgePoint360 provides a broad range of medical communications services from offices in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany, including medical education, publication support, live educational meetings ranging from international congresses to dinner meetings, scientific content development, exhibit design, digital solutions, training, workflow and compliance solutions to support speaker programs, benchmark-based advisory services, and strategic consulting.

KnowledgePoint360 businesses include ACUMED, BlueMomentum, Clinical Bridges, CodonMedical, eMedFusion, FireKite, Gardiner-Caldwell Communications, GeoMed, Interphase, Medex-Media, Physicians World, Physicians World Europe, Physicians World Speakers Bureau, Scientific Connexions, StemScientific, and TGaS Advisors. Headquarters are in Secaucus, N.J., with additional offices in Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Tytherington and London, U.K.; Newtown and East Norriton, Penn., New York, Chicago, and San Bruno, Calif.; and Mannheim, Germany. For more information, visit