Novelle's Story​



After retiring from the military in 2017, Dr. Rita Simmons decided to use her research, leadership, and business experience to found Novelle.  During her more than 20 years in military medical research, she honed her skills in grant and proposal writing, clinical trials execution, transitioning products from bench to battlefield, government funding and contracts, and team and executive leadership. This depth of experience is now being used to help companies and research organizations write winning proposals, develop strategic plans and high performing teams, conduct critical research, and create and implement key process improvement plans.  Since starting her company, Dr. Simmons has helped numerous clients analyze and solve issues derailing their goals and success.

Dr. Simmons has not only leveraged her personal expertise but has built an interdisciplinary team of professionals across the country to address client needs. Our consultants have military, government, industry, and academic experience, most with more than 15 years in their field. The combined expertise of our consultants ensures that we have the skills to meet your specific business needs and allows us to develop all-inclusive strategies to ensure success for your project and organization. 

Consulting Team

Team Members Highlights

Novelle consultants are a committed team of expert scientists, statisticians, program managers, and writers with a keen desire to help you design, conduct, communicate, and achieve the best possible results from their project.  We are dedicated to excellence in all phases of our work and we ensure that research and professional industry standards and principles, across our various disciplines, guide every decision, recommendation, and product.    

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Proposal Manager

Our proposal manager is Shipley-trained with over 25 years of experience helping clients win business in the military, other government agencies, and state and local governments. She can help you throughout all stages of the proposal process to ensure success in the competitive world of contracting. 

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Scientific Proposal Writer

Our proposal writer has over 20 years of experience in grants-driven, reimbursable medical research laboratories. She has a strong history of success and will work with you to craft a proposal that clearly and coherently lays out the background, purpose, approach, goals, significance, and potential implications in a compelling scientific story. 

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Scientific and Technical Writer

Our writer has a PhD in Microbiology and 25 years of experience in a variety of research environments, from academia to government to industry.  He has a proven track record of writing winning scientific proposals, journal articles and other research products, and thrives in a deadline-driven environment.  His areas of expertise cover clinical trials, immunology, infectious diseases, and the development of advanced analytic assays.

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Our statistician has led and consulted on research and analysis projects in the private sector, as a Principal Investigator with the military, and as a tenured professor in academia. She has the breadth and depth of experience to help optimize the design and achieve valid and reliable results for your next project.

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Program Manager

Our program manager will leverage her breadth of experience  to plan, organize, and execute a myriad of tasks, while keeping a diverse group of professionals on track and on time.  She will work with you to understand your project from the ground up and work to ensure the final product meets all your goals and expectations. 

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Senior Scientist

Our senior scientist will not only bring his technical expertise, but also his vast understanding of the entire research life cycle.  He is experienced at tailoring support to fit the particular needs of the client and will lay out a detailed plan to meet the research goals.

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Senior Recruiter

Our Senior Recruiter simplifies the hiring process for our clients by identifying, screening, interviewing, and presenting the very best candidates for consideration. This process allows our clients to remain focused on business objectives while she identifies and vets qualified candidates for review and hire.

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Content Strategist

Our Content Strategist works with companies to plan, develop, and disseminate a cohesive message that will help target customers and generate new business. This may include developing content for websites, brochures, or social media. He will make sure that the content that is being communicated aligns with our client’s overall story and values.