The Science and Policy Advisory Council provides a disruptive force in our dynamic healthcare forum through expert observations and recommendations on DIA's content strategies, essential research questions, key opinion leaders, collaboration partners, and trends affecting the future life sciences landscape.

Clark Golestani

Chair

  
Clark Golestani is an investor, advisor with a focus on the healthcare, life science and TMT sectors. Golestani currently serves as the Managing Director of C Sensei Group, LLC, as a senior advisor to New Mountain Capital, an investment advisor to The CXO Fund, and as a special advisor to the Dean at the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School. He serves as chairman of the board for Sparta Systems, and as an independent director on the board for CIOX Health, eMids, TruU, Inc., UMUC/Ventures, and Zapata Computing. Golestani retired from Merck in 2018 as the President, Emerging Businesses and Global CIO. Prior to Merck, he was a principal with Oracle. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Peter Sorger

Co-chair

  
Peter Sorger is the Otto Krayer Professor of Systems Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. He received his AB from Harvard College and PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge University U.K., working under the supervision of Hugh Pelham. He trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco with Harold Varmus and Andrew Murray. Prior to coming to HMS Peter served as a Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at MIT. Sorger was cofounder of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and Glencoe Software and is an advisor to multiple public and private companies and research institutes in the US, Europe and Japan.

Nancy A. Dreyer

Fellow of DIA

  
Nancy Dreyer is Chief Scientific Officer Emerita for Real World Solutions at IQVIA, and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Fellow of both the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and DIA, she is well-known for her thought leadership. She helped advance the use of real-world evidence for regulatory purposes, influencing the content of recent guidelines by regulators in the US, Europe, and China, each of which cite one or more of her publications. Her substantial executive and field experience have helped hone her pragmatic views.

Susanne Gronen

  
Susanne Gronen leads the Data Science organization in Development for Astellas. Her responsibilities include Biostatistics, Statistical Programming, Data Management and Medical Writing for Clinical Development and Medical Affairs. Over the last few years, Susanne has fully globalized her organization. Under her leadership, the department has built a Central Monitoring & Data Surveillance team in support of the overall risk based monitoring effort. Susanne has spent most of her career in data science functions. Prior to joining Astellas, she worked at a global CRO as a statistician. Susanne holds an MSc in Statistics from the University of Dortmund, Germany.

Yeul Hong Kim

  
Yeul Hong Kim, MD, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Korea University College of Medicine in Seoul. He is actively involved in cancer genomic research, using circulating tumor DNA, for lung and gastrointestinal cancers. His primary area of interest is in the development of new therapies in gastric cancer, colon cancer, and other gastrointestinal cancers including pancreatic cancer and biliary cancer. Dr. Kim has also served as President of the Asian Clinical Oncology Society since 2016. He is also Director of the K-MASTER Cancer Precision Medicine Diagnosis and Treatment Enterprise, a cancer precision medicine project funded by the Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Sandy Milligan

Fellow of DIA

  
Sandra Milligan is the executive vice president and head of Research and Development, Organon, focused on improving the everyday health of every woman. Prior to this role, she served as senior vice president and head of Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety (GRACS), consisting of global Regulatory, Safety and CMC functions at Merck & Co., Inc. From 2011 to 2017, Sandy served on the board of directors and executive committee of the DIA. In 2017, Sandra was recognized as a DIA Fellow and was appointed to the Science Advisory Council in 2018. She is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Law Center.

Michael Rosenblatt

  
Michael Rosenblatt, MD, Senor Partner at Flagship Pioneering, has advanced academic and biopharmaceutical research and development throughout his career. He was previously Chief Medical Officer for Merck, after serving as Dean of Tufts Medical School. Formerly, he was Ebert Professor of Molecular Medicine and Minot Professor at Harvard. He served as President of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and as Director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology. He is on the board of several life sciences companies, and on the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows and research advisory committees of the Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Boston Children’s Hospitals. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School.

Ling Su

Fellow of DIA

  
Dr. Ling Su is a Research Fellow in Shengyang Pharmaceutical University Yeehong Business School and a Venture Partner in Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV). He has 30 years of experience in drug regulatory and development. He had worked in various R&D management positions in the pharma industry, including Medical Director at MSD, Pharma Development Director at Roche, VP for Clinical Research Asia Pacific at Wyeth, and SVP and Head of Pharma Development China at Novartis. Prior to that, he worked in the Chinese regulatory agency and CDER, US FDA. He is a Fellow of DIA and was the President of DIA (2012-2013). Ling holds BS in pharmacology from Shanghai Medical University and PhD in Epidemiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Robert M. Califf

Advisor

  
As Commissioner, Dr. Califf oversees the full breadth of the FDA portfolio and execution of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other applicable laws. This includes assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices; the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation; and the regulation of tobacco products. Dr. Califf has had a long and distinguished career as a physician, researcher, and leader in the fields of science and medicine.

Sandra Horning

Advisor

  
Sandra Horning, MD is currently a co-founder and advisor for EQRx, a biotechnology company focused on creating innovative medicines at lower prices. Previously she served as CMO and Head of Global Product Development at Genentech/Roche from 2014 to 2019. Over the course of a decade, she oversaw the approval of 15 new medicines across a variety of diseases. Prior to joining Genentech, she spent more than 20 years as a Professor of Medicine, Oncology and Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she remains an Emerita Professor. Dr. Horning received her M.D. from University of Iowa School of Medicine and completed her post-graduate fellowship in Oncology and Cancer Biology at Stanford University.