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About Us

Since 2011, our organization has been a steadfast provider of scientific and technical research support services for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Throughout this decade, we have consistently offered a broad spectrum of expertise, ranging from advanced experimental design and data analysis to comprehensive project management and technological innovation. Our dedicated team of scientists and technicians has worked closely with NIH researchers to facilitate groundbreaking discoveries and enhance the overall research process. With a commitment to upholding the highest standards of scientific rigor and integrity, we have proudly contributed to the NIH's mission to understand, treat, and prevent diseases, thereby improving the health and well-being of millions. Our enduring partnership with the NIH reflects our shared dedication to advancing medical science and public health.

Meet The Leadership Team


Kristy Derr

President & CEO

Ms. Kristy Derr has been a dedicated researcher with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2013, specializing in the cutting-edge field of 3D tissue engineering. With her profound expertise, she focuses on developing advanced skin models, significantly aiding in the drug discovery and development processes for several diseases, including squamous cell carcinoma and psoriasis. Her research in 3D printed tissue models not only enhances our understanding of these conditions but also paves the way for more effective treatments. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Public Health from Slippery Rock University, Ms. Derr's educational background and relentless commitment have made her an invaluable asset in the realm of biomedical research, driving innovation and contributing to a future of improved health outcomes.

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Tim Mierzwa

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Tim Mierzwa has been supporting NIH since 2011, leveraging his extensive skills in software development, infrastructure and operations, and portfolio management. With a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Catholic University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, Mr. Mierzwa has been instrumental in enhancing the technological framework essential for cutting-edge biomedical research. His expertise in project and program management has streamlined NIH processes, fostering an environment of efficiency and innovation. Mr. Mierzwa's dedication and strategic approach have significantly contributed to the NIH's mission, making him a valued and trusted member of the research community.

Staff Testimonials

"Nextonic Solutions is a great place to work. My time here has provided me with opportunities to take on new challenges, learn new technologies, and overall, advance my career. We boast a multifaceted and talented team capable of tackling a wide array of challenges within the Health IT space. I am confident that the work I do with our customers not only makes a difference but is also supported by an exceptional company!"

Nate Miller

Senior Software Engineer

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