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We speak science. It’s in our DNA.

With our biomedical research backgrounds and biotech communications experience, we translate the science and technology into the value story that matters for your stakeholders and business goals.

Jessica Yingling, Ph.D.

President and Founder

Jessica founded Little Dog Communications Inc. to work with companies and organizations that, through research, innovation and new technologies are helping develop tomorrow’s medicines and re-imagining the future of healthcare.

The DNA of communications is both science and art.
“It’s more than a website, a PowerPoint or a press release, it’s your story.  It needs to inspire others, so together you can achieve something important.”

– Jessica Yingling, Ph.D., President of Little Dog Communications

Biotech and healthcare communications have an added layer of complexity due to the science. Jessica merges a biomedical research background with communications EQ to find the best way to convey new science and technologies to motivate audiences and stakeholders.

Jessica has more than 15 years of experience in biotech PR and 12 years of experience in biomedical research. ​She founded Little Dog Communications Inc. in 2011 to help tell the stories of companies that are developing tomorrow’s medical products and reimagining the future of healthcare. Over the past 11 years, Little Dog has worked with start-up companies to public biotechs on a wide range of projects, delivering positive and impactful media coverage in top-tier, financial, scientific, and trade outlets.

Before founding Little Dog Communications in 2011, Jessica was director of corporate communications at Fate Therapeutics, where she built and successfully executed a complete corporate communications program that established Fate as a pioneering company in stem cell medicines. This program led to numerous company awards and recognitions, including being named one of the most innovative biotechs by Fast Company.

Previous to Fate, Jessica was at Porter Novelli Life Sciences, where she gained experience working with a wide range of accounts from start-up biotechs translating early stage technology to public life sciences companies with marketed products.

Jessica achieved her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from UC San Diego, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship. She is author in multiple top-tier review articles and research papers, including Cell. She earned a B.S. with honors in biochemistry and art history from the University of Arizona, where she received a number of academic and research scholarships and awards.


Christine (Chris) Castro has more than 25 years of experience leading corporate communications and public relations functions for publicly held global brands in the media, technology, and health science sectors. She currently serves as an advisor and consultant for an array of startups and privately held companies in the technology and biotech sectors. Prior this, Chris has held the following roles: Chief of Staff at Elysium Health; Senior Vice President, Communications at CBS Corporation; Vice President, Communications at 23andMe; Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations at Genentech; Chief Communications Officer at Yahoo; Vice President, Corporate Communications at The Walt Disney Company; and Director, Corporate Communications at American International Group. Chris earned her B.A. in journalism and her M.A. in communications management from the University of Southern California. 

Claire is a senior communications consultant and writer with 15+ years of experience working for science-based organizations, government, nonprofits, and media. Claire launched her career working for the National Microbiology Laboratory in Canada before pivoting into journalism. She spent half a decade writing and editing for various British Columbian publications. In 2011, Claire transitioned into communications and served in several senior-level positions to support innovative organizations and researchers. Supplementing her experience, Claire holds a B.Sc. in Biology and an M.A. in Professional Communications.

Clarke is a Design and SEO consultant who has been working in the web industry for 27 years. With a background of working with high-profile athletes and companies in various realms, Clarke has dialed in many successful and evolving methods to help companies succeed in the search engine world. With website and competitor audits, keyword density reports, industry analysis, and efficient workflows, he helps make sure your website is optimized for maximum exposure, and trending in the right direction.

Francina has 10 years of experience in academia with a background in neuroscience. During her Ph.D. and first postdoc, she studied molecular mechanisms in the central nervous system that control obesity and pain. She did a second postdoc focused on understanding how peripheral neurons talk to immune cells to respond to and resolve inflammation. In 2021, she decided to leave the bench and focus on communicating science. Since then, she’s been working with biotech and pharma companies to help them build the message they want to share with the world. Her work involves writing blogs, press releases, articles, and website content, preparing or editing corporate presentations, and assisting with media and investor outreach. She also enjoys writing science news articles for the general audience featured in digital magazines.

With almost two decades of extensive experience in web development, Jorge consistently demonstrates excellent communication skills, a high level of capability, and resourcefulness in assisting clients ranging from local businesses to global enterprises with their website requirements. Armed with a Computer Science degree, Jorge has maintained a proactive approach in staying updated with the latest advancements in computer programming and data science. His expertise spans across PHP and JavaScript, and he is actively expanding his skills by gaining proficiency in the React platform. Furthermore, Jorge is enhancing his understanding of digital marketing strategies, aiming to become an even more valuable resource for his clientele.

Michelle’s background is in working with Fortune 500 companies to help them build long-term brand value and reach their target audience. Now, she excels at working with startups and mid-sized companies to help them build credibility, generate positive press and media exposure, and get recognized as experts in their industry.

Her clients have been thrilled with the impact of being featured in publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal TechCrunch, and Fortune, as well as regional publications and industry press. A lifelong learner, Michelle is a contributing writer for several online business and lifestyle publications.

Paula loves digging into the details. Her initial passion for science never waned, and although she does not work behind a bench, she makes sure everything that leaves her desk is scientifically accurate and speaks clearly to the intended audience. With a Masters of Applied Medical Science from UIC and degrees in biology, chemistry, & fine arts from Purdue University, Paula functions as a liaison with scientists, helping to translate their most complex concepts into compelling visuals. She has been working with digital media for 30 years, pioneering graphic integration for the web in its infancy, building multimedia programs for CEOs, and leading the way in the transition from traditional media to digital media in the scientific illustration community.

Following a decade of work as a protein biochemist and molecular biologist, Randall has spent the last 25+ years as a science and medicine communicator, not only exploring a variety of scientific disciplines and clinical indications but also leveraging a variety of media. His journalistic efforts have graced the pages of industry magazines like Modern Drug Discovery and Drug Discovery News, as well as scientific journals such as The Journal of Proteome Research and Analytical Chemistry. He also served as Communications Manager for a bioinformatics research group, formulating public and media relations strategies and leading publishing efforts. As an advertising Medical Writer and Creative Director, Randall developed medical education and patient awareness campaigns creating content for brochures, manuals, videos, web sites, and advertisements. And in recent years, Randall has also hosted biomedical webinars and podcasts. Somehow, among all that, Randall continues to push forward as a professional storyteller, filmmaker, screenwriting instructor, blogger, and story analyst and coach. Storytelling is just who Randall is.

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