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Founders / Traders

Mark Messier is the founder of BioRunUp.com.  Mark is a DOJ certified Criminal Intelligence Analyst and former IT professional, specializing in law enforcement applications.  In 2008 Mark began trading biotech stocks, using his analytical expertise to detect and capitalize on human and market patterns.  Starting with only $2200 in his trading account he has managed to bank over $400k of profit in just a few short years (Profitly).  In April 2010 Mark founded the blog BioRunUp.com to share his trading ideas with the online community.  In October 2010 BioRunUp merged with Mike Havrilla's MikeHavRx.com to become the subscription website it is today. In 2012 Mark began writing a weekly biotech trading columns as a contributor to TheStreet (link).  @BioRunUp

Mike Havrilla is a former pharmacist (retail and home infusion settings), biotech stock trader, and writer with experience that includes full-time online trading since 2009, working as a full-time pharmacist from 2004-2009, and writing for investors since 2007. Mike holds Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Bachelor of Science (Biology) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for Wyeth prior to pharmacy school. He is also an avid runner and has completed over 20 marathons with a personal best time under three hours for the 26.2 mile race and under 80 minutes for the half marathon. Mike merged his former publishing business with BioRunUp.com / Mark Messier in October 2010, creating a new online biotech stock research and trading subscription service.

 Traders 

Steve Johannsen is working full time as a process chemist in the biotech industry developing synthetic routes to prepare drug candidates for clinical trials and commercial use.  He discovered the run up trading strategy after his company received a CRL and watched in horror as the share price tanked.  Steve recognized the power of the run up and immediately began applying his education and pharmaceutical background to profit from the industry he is most familiar with.  Along with traditional run-up and run-down trades Steve enjoys planning option spreads with defined risk/reward and holding these through catalyst events.  Due to his schedule he is most active during the morning hours before starting his day job.  Steve has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and holds a master’s degree in organic chemistry.  He enjoys spending his time cooking (earned a culinary arts degree for fun), skiing, mountain biking and traveling. @SteveJo22

 Contributors

Adlai Pappy graduated this spring from Princeton University and currently works as a research assistant and in the Pediatric department at the University of Michigan hospital. He has been an investor since 2008 and on 2010, he joined BioRunUp after being introduced to the website by a college roommate, because he loved the idea of leveraging his molecular biology degree with financial investments in the life science industry. He utilizes BioRunUp’s great catalyst trading strategies with hedges through selling calls for smaller but consistent gains. He was a swimmer in college and loves to snowboard, lift, and to dance hip/hop.