Timothy R. Cote, MD MPH
Founder & CEO

Dr. Timothy R. Coté, MD MPH, is a renowned national regulatory expert in orphan drug regulatory affairs. He is founder and CEO at Only Orphans Cote with offices in Cambridge MA and Washington DC, leading a select team of experts in rare diseases and orphan drug regulatory affairs strategy. As former Director of the Office of Orphan Product Development (OOPD) at FDA, between 2007 – 2011, Dr. Cote led the agency’s efforts in implementing the Orphan Drug Act and personally signed decisions on 1400+ orphan drug designation applications. Dr. Coté received a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, his medical doctorate from the Howard University College of Medicine and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Haris Smjecanin
Executive Assistant

Haris Smjecanin Obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Salem State University in 2015. Haris brings 14 plus years of his customer service background to our company and has helped companies improve their reputation through innovative customer service solutions. His main objectives in the organization are to find more efficient ways to serve our clients, organize and monitor the work of the employees, and contributing positively to local

Rachel Rigter, M.S.
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Rachel’s interest in clinical writing started during her 4-year term of service as a combat medic in the US Army, where she took initiative to rewrite her ambulance company’s treatment handbook. Inspired by her time in service, she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her extensive oncology research during her bachelor’s led her to pursue a master’s in biomedical science, specializing in biological science at UAB. Prior to joining Only Orphans Cote, she worked in healthcare and life sciences consulting, focusing on neurological conditions, oncology, and rare diseases. Her aspiration at Only Orphans Cote is to leverage her diverse expertise to propel pharmaceutical development forward.

Trevor Weingarten, MBA
Business Development Associate

Trevor Weingarten earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a triple concentration in finance, economics, and applied analytics from Bryant University in 2020. He also obtained his Master of Business Administration with a specialization in finance from Bryant University in 2021. Prior to joining the business development team at Only Orphans Cote, he brings operations experience working with alternative assets for a self-directed IRA custodian.

Nana Mainoo, PharmD
Director of Business Development

Nana has over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has held various roles such as Senior Product Specialist, Co-Founder, Business Development Consultant, and Medical Representative. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Arts in Market Research and Consumer Behavior, and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Nana is an alumni of Nova Southeastern University, the IE Business School (Spain), KNUST (Ghana) and INSEAD (France). He has co-authored a paper in Clinical Therapeutics and has experience in data analysis, leadership, and team building.

Lilly Thao, PharmD, RPh
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Lilly earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Lilly is an experienced pharmacist having worked within various hospital, community, and oncology infusion pharmacy settings. It was through these experiences that Lilly discovered the importance and her passion for educating patients and building meaningful relationships. She strives to utilize this passion, in combination with the skills and clinical knowledge obtained from her prior work experience and educational training, to fully support clients in their endeavors.

Kiran Khan, PharmD, M.S., RPh
Regulatory Affairs Associate

Dr. Kiran Khan earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology and psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst, where her interest in research and writing started. She went on to pursue her Doctor of Pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. During her time in school, she was able to intern in a regulatory affairs position inspiring her to continue her education in the field. Upon graduating from pharmacy school, she worked as a pharmacy manager while completing her Master of Science in regulatory affairs. Her goal is to continue to build upon her clinical and regulatory skills to successfully facilitate the safety and efficacy of products and services in the healthcare world.

Abigail Cheng
Business Development Associate

Abigail graduated from Syracuse University in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health, a concentration in Healthcare Management and a minor in Psychology. Prior to joining the business development team, she worked in medical and health services administration and in biopharmaceutical operations.

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