Meet The Experts

Donald R. Johnston is senior director of BioWorld and BioWorld MedTech. Don has been at the helm of BioWorld, BioWorld MedTech and their related family of biopharmaceutical and med-tech news and data products. Don graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and also has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York. He was a newspaper reporter and editor in both consumer and trade magazine publishing before entering the newsletter business. He is a frequent speaker at both industry and publishing events, and is proud to have been at every Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) meeting since Toronto in 1994. You can connect with Don via LinkedIn.

Holland Johnson is the executive editor of BioWorld MedTech, the premiere daily medical technology news source. Holland has more than 15 years of editorial and reporting experience, including the last 12 years in the newsletter industry covering medical technology, home healthcare and clinical advances in oncology and women’s health. Prior to that, Holland was a beat reporter for the Athens Observer. Holland has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia. You can connect with Holland via LinkedIn.

Omar Ford is a staff writer for BioWorld MedTech. Omar has nearly a decade of experience in the reporting field and has spent the last 5 years in the newsletter industry covering medical technology, home healthcare and diagnostics. Prior to that, Omar served as a beat reporter for the Beaufort Gazette in Beaufort, South Carolina, and then the Griffin Daily News, in Griffin, Georgia. Omar has a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. You can connect with Omar via LinkedIn.

Mark McCarty has served as the Washington editor for BioWorld MedTech since March 2006. He has covered FDA’s regulation of the medical device industry from both a regulatory review and compliance/enforcement aspects, but has also routinely reviewed Medicare reimbursement. Mark’s portfolio at BioWorld MedTech includes coverage of medical device advisory committees, congressional hearings and medical specialty society meetings. Among the subjects he has covered are patent law and patent reform legislation, medical liability law, healthcare reform and the science of cardiovascular disease. Mark has also led strategic discussions of Thomson Reuters’s medical device publication portfolio and has assembled several publication proposals. As the editor of the Oncology Extra feature appearing weekly in BioWorld MedTech, he has also extensively covered cancer treatments and diagnostics. Previously Mark served as the managing editor for two publications by the Washington Information Source, Inspection Monitor and Warning Letter Bulletin, and was a contributing writer for WIS’s Validation Times. See McCarty’s Linkedin page here.

Andrea Gonzalez is the production editor for BioWorld MedTech. She also curates the contents for the weekly Cardiology and Neurology Extra. Prior to joining the team in October 2016, she worked for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as managing editor of Cooperative Extension publications. Andrea has enjoyed editing for as long as she can remember and enjoys the challenge of putting together the puzzle pieces of each issue. She has a BSA in agricultural communication from the University of Georgia. You can connect with Andrea via LinkedIn.