Core Focus

At Harper Rollins, we strive to improve the quality of life, healthcare, and outcomes of our fellow bleeding disorder community members by becoming the source for safe and fun educational events, consumer focused retreats, corporate advisory boards, and other events on a national landscape in the Bleeding Disorder Community. We are committed to delivering superior resources and content for all of our programs that will inform, inspire, and initiate positive growth.

Part of what makes Harper Rollins unique is actually in the name. Jeff and Jake have lived their entire lives with severe Factor VIII Deficiency. They have firsthand knowledge of the requirements, questions, and/or concerns a person or parents of a child with a bleeding disorder may often have regarding the products they choose or currently use. Their own personal experiences, combined with their business background and knowledge of the industry, help facilitate an open and relaxed conversation with other consumers. This sets the tone so that the right questions may be asked. The outcome is clearer answers and more detailed information and insight into the consumer’s needs.

Experience results in Quality Outcomes!

The Start of Harper Rollins

Through our many decades of symposiums, annual meetings, advocacy boards, and educational meetings we have both have attended, organized, and hosted, we noticed what we felt was an underserved segment of the bleeding disorder community that rarely, (if ever) came out for any events.

We took the initiative to find out why. We asked individuals in the bleeding disorders community a few questions: what were some of the factors that prevented a person from attending any given event and/or why did you stop attending events? What we heard was similar reasons, anything from: lack of travel funding, no knowledge of the events, or it’s the same topic and I can get that information online, to name a few.

Putting our heads together, we felt we could pool our many decades of business experience, and organize educational events that had interesting, new topics that would be both beneficial and fun.

We felt this approach might be attractive to the segment of the community that hasn’t been active, and give interested participants the opportunity to attend a retreat, advocacy board or other educational event.

Our company would handle all of the arrangements, and take the burden of travel and accommodations off of the attendees.
Bottom line, it was a way for us to give back to the community, while utilizing our experience and resources to organize and host events where we all could experience camaraderie, education and sharing life experiences!

Warmest Regards,
Jake and Jeff

Jeff Harper, Founder

jeff@harperrollins.com

Jeff was born and raised in a Washington, DC suburb of Maryland.

He was formally diagnosed with Severe FVIII Deficiency before his first birthday and was fortunate to live next door to the Chief Pathologist of a large general hospital who provided the family with encouraging support, and important hemophilia updates regarding new treatment options and care advances.

His childhood would have him being seen in his local ER, for what would be a 8 + hour visit, most often for a painful joint bleed, and after admitting, they would thaw one unit of fresh frozen plasma then repeat with a second unit of plasma for a slow drip infusion, This was the treatment options for the times, (treat the bleed) and well before self-infusion, or the Hemophilia Treatment Center concept.

In 1985, after years working in Washington, DC, last on the US Military “rebuild” during the Reagan administration, he moved to North Carolina and joined the University of North Carolina HTC where he was fortunate to meet a few others with hemophilia A and B. He stated up until that time, he had never met anyone with hemophilia, and after years of trying to “hide” his condition, he became active with others in the community, and learned how beneficial it was to stay connected.

One of new connections had severe FIX Deficiency, and he worked in the Coagulation Lab at UNC Hospital. During this time, UNC was involved with various coagulation studies as part of the many early Clinical Trials regarding the first early recombinant anti-hemophilia drug. As a participant in a few studies, he became interested in new drug therapies, and continued to meet others, some with similar interests. Discovering how important coagulation deficient plasma was for research, and other in-vitro diagnostic uses, a few of his new connections started a business.

Jeff has served as President, and FDA Authorized Official responsible for regulatory compliance as well as other regulatory agencies for HRF, Inc., an FDA-regulated human biologics company. Thirty-two years in business, they still collect and supply internationally (rare) human plasma from the human bleeding and clotting spectrum. These human plasmas are used for coagulation research, or for further manufacturing into non-injectable products that include factor assay material, and more.

In addition, Jeff has for over two decades held positions with national or regional Specialty Pharmacy entities, and worked establishing new territories, working with pharma manufacturers planning and hosting educational events, and other duties in the marketplace. He also served as Vice President of Hemophilia Services for one Specialty Pharmacy, where he created advocacy programs, and educational tools for members of the community.

One example is his Pathways program, that encouraged, supported, and assisted members of the bleeding disorder community who wanted to work, but often lacked the resources or experience due to their condition. Using state government resources he identified and cultivated, his Pathways program introduced community members to the available state government resources that would facilitate their entrance to, or their re-joining of the workplace.

Another popular project with the community he conceived and managed was Chilly the Penguin, which was a comic book series following the ongoing antics and adventures of a young male Penguin character who lived with hemophilia. It highlighted Chilly and his supportive family, plus a host of equally interesting friends, as well as other notable characters. Jeff was able to tap experiences from his own life, and what he saw firsthand from friends and family living with a bleeding disorder, and then use as story lines to promote positive outcomes through medical care, treatment adherence, and to offer encouragement to kids: “if you want it, you can do it, anything is possible, and hemophilia will not stop you”.

Through his many decades as a member of the bleeding disorders community, combined with his three decades of hemophilia associated business experience, he states that “now more than ever”, he sees the need for mentoring, where experience, understanding of resources and life’s lessons can be shared with younger community members, and to also reach those in the community who haven’t been active.

“Many can’t attend a national event, have never been, they just can’t afford the cost. Jake and I want to reach these members on a local or regional basis and cover interesting topics that affect all of us with hemophilia, topics that are very important that you would never see covered through traditional educational events”.

Jeff is married to Kathy, his wife of 28 years, and has two children: Lauren 23, and John Avery, 18.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-harper-88952818/

Jake Rollins, Founder

jake@harperrollins.com

Jake Rollins is one of two founders of Harper Rollins LLC, a company that is dedicated to promoting health education and bringing the pharmaceutical industry together with the patient community. You will find out more about how Harper Rollins does this as you venture through our amazing website.

He was born and raised in beautiful North Carolina and after meeting his lovely wife Hyatt, he moved to Lubbock, TX where they are currently raising their two children Sophie and Baylor. Jake grew up with severe Hemophilia A and developed an inhibitor at the age of 6 months old. Growing up with an inhibitor caused a lot of damage to Jake’s joints and because of the numerous uncontrollable bleeding episodes he missed a lot of school. Despite this, he worked hard to make up the work and still managed to get a quality education. With these unique challenges and obstacles in life, Jake had to learn to adapt. These skills that he learned helped him in many respects to be a good businessman and strong leader. He learned to be a great problem solver, to think outside the box (when the situation calls for it), to delegate tasks, to show compassion where compassion is needed, and to lead by example instead of by authority only.

Jake has previous experience as a former Director of Marketing for EMSI and he has also owned two previous businesses: Consignment Stop and Occutest Solutions. Over the past three years, he has been an Advisor for a pharmaceutical manufacturer and has traveled the country telling his story as a public speaker. He also works closely with other fellow hemophiliacs who are doing Immune Tolerance Therapy in order to overcome their inhibitor so that their factor products will work better at controlling their bleeds. He makes sure that they are prepared for the challenge and ready to commit to taking large doses of factor on a daily basis. He also makes sure that they have the proper support system in place to be successful with their therapy. Jake has dedicated the last several years of his life to the hemophiliac community in order in to give back to a community that has given so much to him.

In his spare time Jake likes to spend a lot of time with his family in the great outdoors. They go camping, hiking, fishing, and visit interesting landmarks all over the country.

“I have a real love for traveling and think that everyone should travel whenever they have the chance. When you travel you can escape the challenges of daily life and just be normal for a while. That’s why with my partner Jeff Harper we have created Harper Rollins. We created this great organization with the goal to provide an escape from the challenging realities that come with a chronic illness. We also want to provide fun and interesting educational programs so that the consumer can be well informed about the product they are taking or planning to take. We understand that with the changing landscape and new treatments coming out on the market today that it can make the waters tough to navigate without the proper education and understanding. We promise to take an unbiased approach in helping you find the right solution for you or your loved one.”

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-rollins-24032852/

Jeff Harper, Founder

Jeff was born and raised in a Washington, DC suburb of Maryland.

He was formally diagnosed with Severe FVIII Deficiency before his first birth day and fortunate to live next door to a Chief Pathologist of a large County General Hospital. This was well before the HTC program started, which resulted in many trips to the local ER for fresh frozen plasma after a debilitating bleed, usually into a joint. His neighbor, the Doctor was able to streamline the process some, and shave a few hours off the seven to eight hours it usually took to be treated in the ER, by calling and ordering units of plasma to be thawed, avoiding the “blood typing and thaw” step. Both of his parents were Federal employees, so though the insurance was great, it did have its limitations, which was always a concern.

When the HTC concept was started, he was quickly informed by his Doctor neighbor, and joined the GW Hospital in downtown Washington, DC.

There under the care of Dr. Kessler, and his Nurse in charge, Helen Houze, he learned many important “life tools” as a take away, and used to better manage his condition. His Nurse assisted with career choices (for one), and instilled one of the most important lessons he would carry with him: the value of having a “good insurance policy”, preferably with a large company. This was during the life time cap, and pre-existing conditions days. He also was one of the first test subjects studying the concept of a oral anti-hemophilia drug study being conducted on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD.

Jeff worked in the DC area in a positon during the Reagan Administration’s re-build of the nation’s military, working on various military system design or re-build, advanced aircraft and weapon systems as well as Space projects until 1984 when he moved to his Father’s home town in NC.

He stayed in the same industry in NC, and worked for the first national, US Billion Dollar Corporation which instilled many productive business skills.

In 1985, he met an individual with severe FIX Deficiency who worked in the Coagulation Lab at UNC Hospital who was (at the time) working various projects related to the first early Recombinant product trials. He, himself was a test subject in one of the studies, and started to become interested in coagulation and disorders. He subsequently started work in a corporate position in this new company as a partner, board of director and shortly thereafter, President of HRF, Inc., a FDA regulated human biologics company that was started by a group of individuals with hemophilia. HRF, Inc. collects “rare” human plasma from participants with various coagulation disorders. The products are used internationally for research, or for further manufacturing into non-injectable products that include factor assay material, and more. The client list includes Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of hemophilia factor, Regulatory Agencies, Manufacturers of Reagent-Assay material, and others.

In addition, Jeff has (for over two decades) held positions for national and regional Specialty Pharmacy entities, establishing new territories, working with Pharma manufacturers setting up and hosting educational events, serving as a VP of Hemophilia Services creating Advocacy Programs, and responsible for other creative marketing ideas.

Through his decades of involvement as a member of the bleeding disorders community, combined with 31 years of business experience, he feels a few of his strongest attributes are: the ability to listen to the needs and concerns of people within the community, spot emerging trends that indicate change or areas of need, and respond with an appropriate plan of action.

Jeff is married to Kathy, his wife of 27 years and has two children: Lauren 23, and John Avery, 18.

Jake Rollins, Founder

Jake Rollins is one of two founders of Harper Rollins LLC, a company that is dedicated to promoting health education and bringing the pharmaceutical industry together with the patient community. You will find out more about how Harper Rollins does this as you venture through our amazing website.

He was born and raised in beautiful North Carolina and after meeting his lovely wife Hyatt. He moved to Lubbock, TX where they are currently raising their two children Baylor and Sophie. Jake grew up with severe Hemophilia A and developed an inhibitor at the age of 6 months old. Growing up with an inhibitor caused a lot of damage to Jake’s joints and because of the numerous uncontrollable bleeding episodes he missed a lot of school. Despite this, he worked hard to make up the work and still
managed to get a quality education. With these unique challenges and obstacles in life, Jake had to learn to adapt. These skills that he learned helped him in many respects to be a good businessman and strong leader. He learned to be a great problem solver, to think outside the box (when the situation calls for it), to delegate tasks, to show compassion where compassion is needed, and to lead by example instead of by authority only.

Jake has previous experience as a former Director of Marketing for EMSI and he has also owned two previous businesses: Consignment Stop and Occutest Solutions. Over the past three years, he has been an Advisor for a pharmaceutical manufacturer and has traveled the country telling his story as a public speaker. He also works closely with other fellow hemophiliacs who are doing Immune Tolerance Therapy in order to overcome their inhibitor so that their factor products will work better at controlling their bleeds. He makes sure that they are prepared for the challenge and ready to commit to taking large doses of factor on a daily basis. He also makes sure that they have the proper support system in place to be successful with their therapy. Jake has dedicated the last several years of his life to the hemophiliac community in order in to give back to a community that has given so much to him.

In his spare time Jake likes to spend a lot of time with his family in the great outdoors. They go camping, hiking, fishing, and visit interesting landmarks all over the country.

“I have a real love for traveling and think that everyone should travel whenever they have the chance. When you travel you can escape the challenges of daily life and just be normal for a while. That’s why with my partner Jeff Harper we have created Harper Rollins. We created this great organization with the goal to provide an escape from the challenging realities that come with a chronic illness. We also want to provide fun and interesting educational programs so that the consumer can be well informed about the product they are taking or planning to take. We understand that with the changing landscape and new treatments coming out on the market today that it can make the waters tough to navigate without the proper education and understanding. We promise to take an unbiased approach in helping you find the right solution for you or your loved one.”