About Nascent Medical

About Us

Nascent Medical, LLC, (formerly Hitt Medical Writing, LLC) began over a decade and a half ago as a 100% women-owned medical writing company. We have expanded through the years and offer everything to do with medical and regulatory writing.  Based in Atlanta, Georgia, today we are still serving a broad healthcare community including the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical education industries.

We have become the industry leader in medical communications because we partner with our customers to first understand and then deliver high quality fast medical and regulatory documents that exceed expectations.

We have the capacity to handle projects of any size within tight deadlines. When you hire us you get access to a breadth and depth of scientific understanding in virtually every major disease state and medical and regulatory writing format.

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Disease Expertise

Nascent Medical has grown over the last 15 years and has the breadth and depth of writers to work on virtually every disease state.  We don’t just put anybody on your project; we assign a writer with specific expertise relevant to your project.

Here is a sampling of the areas we have completed projects on through the first half of 2015.


As with every bold and brave company, a few proud and passionate people exist behind the scenes. Meet the Nascent Medical management team.

Emma Nichols

Emma Nichols
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Emma Hitt Nichols is CEO of Nascent Medical, LLC. Emma has worked as a full-time medical writer since 2000. In 2003, she founded the popular HittList weekly email listing jobs for medical writers, and in 2011, she brought on subcontractors and started the 6-week course on freelance medical writing. This expansion of Hitt Medical Writing, LLC, serves as the foundation for the breadth and depth of Nascent Medical’s writing capabilities today.

Emma has a PhD in Nutrition and Health Sciences (molecular biology) from Emory University, an MS in Technical Communication, and a BS in Biology.

Chrystie Leonard

Chrystie Leonard
President & CFO

Chrystie Leonard, MBA, MA, brings more than seventeen years of healthcare experience in general management, field sales, marketing, finance, strategic planning and business development with companies including Bard Medical, Siemens, Cepheid, Celera and Sanofi-Aventis.  Presently she serves as President & CFO of Nascent Medical as well as the owner Ontogeny Medical, Inc and BestCare Now LLC.

Chrystie earned her BS in Biology from Boston College, an MBA in Finance from the F. W. Olin School of Business at Babson College, and a Master’s degree in Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics from Boston University.

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams
MSL Advisor/Legal

Dr. Jennifer Williams brings twenty-five years of experience working within hospital organizations, academic institutions, and the medical device industry. She has been both a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) and has implemented an MSL program within a device organization. Dr. Williams serves on the Advisory Committee for the MSL Society where she lectures internationally on a variety of subject matters related to the MSL role and contributes to the MSL Certificate Training Program.  Currently she represents Nascent Medical as our MSL Advisor.

Dr. Williams holds a JD from Western Michigan University Law School and is a member of the Health Law Society and American College of Healthcare Executives.

Cecelia Wall

Cecelia Wall
VP, Operations

Cecelia Wall is Nascent Medical’s VP, Operations. Cecelia began working with Hitt Medical Writing, LLC in 2010 as a subcontracted freelance medical writer and has been operations manager since 2013.

Cecelia attended Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, where she received a BS in biology and completed three years of research experience in a microbiology laboratory. Cecelia then participated in post-graduate research in fungal genetics at Duke University.

In addition to the management team, we have more than 100 Doctorate and/or other advanced science degrees professionals that are experts in different types of medical and regulatory writing as well as disease state experts.  We carefully match them on each project to make sure you have the very best person(s) on your project every time.


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