Sarah Alwardt, Ph.D.

Vice President of Operations

Sarah alwardt - Vice president of operationsSarah Alwardt is the vice president of operations for Ontada. In this role, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations and delivery of the Market Insights, Advisory Solutions, and Real-World Research portfolios.

Prior to joining McKesson, Sarah enjoyed ten years at Humana where she held leadership roles in research, program and process development. During her tenure, she reorganized and revitalized the research business, and facilitated strategic planning and the reengineering of the capital budgeting process for Humana Pharmacy Solutions. Sarah also held roles at Givaudan, Brown-Forman and the University of Louisville, where she served two years as adjunct professor of chemical engineering.

Sarah is an accomplished author and speaker, having published and presented several works in rapid analytics and the importance of real-world data in oncology drug development. She holds multiple patents for her work on the removal of pesticides from citrus oils. In her current role, Sarah speaks frequently on the challenges and opportunities of real-world evidence and research collaboration between Fortune 100 companies.

Sarah holds a bachelor’s, master’s and a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering and a certificate in Environmental Engineering, all from the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering.

“Ontada has the power to revolutionize cancer care. From partnering with life science companies to understand gaps in care for early stage pharmaceuticals, to ensuring that trials are performed utilizing the most powerful advances in real-world research, to engaging providers and patients in the opportunities that will be created with new lifesaving medicines – we have the tools, technology and talent to deliver against these promises!”