The Board of Directors collaborates to provide strategic clarity, direction, and policy objectives for DIA. The Board of Directors and its Standing Committees ensure DIA meets the requirements of our members in the content of our programs, research, and financial decisions.
Board membership is voluntary, and DIA does not compensate Directors or members of Advisory Councils for their contributions.
Rebecca A. Vermeulen
Chair of DIA Board
Chair of Executive Committee
Rebecca Vermeulen, RPh, brings a variety of experiences to her role as Customer Strategy and Patient Partnership for Global Medical Affairs at Roche. She has served in numerous functions including Medical Affairs, Clinical Research, Sales, Medical Communications, Medical Science Liaisons, Patient Partnership, Digital Health, and Six Sigma, in her 26 years of healthcare industry experience, and has been responsible for creating global standards for information exchange with healthcare professionals and patients. Rebecca is currently Vice-Chair of the DIA Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Corporate Board of Directors, and serves on the Patient Focused Medicine Development Advisory Committee.
Joseph C. Scheeren
Immediate Past Chair
Chair of Governance Committee
Dr. Scheeren worked in R&D in the Pharmaceutical Industry for over 35 years in the USA, China and Europe. He led the Regulatory Affairs Department in Bayer in the last 15 years. Since January 2019, he is Adjunct Professor at Peking University for Regulatory Sciences in the Department of Clinical Research. In April 2019 he joined C-Path Institute as its President and CEO. Dr. Scheeren serves on Advisory Boards at the Center for Innovation in Regulatory Science, the Regulatory Affairs Track at Yale University, the Center of Regulatory Excellence in Singapore. He is also a foreign member of the Academie Nationale de Pharmacie in France, and a lecturer at Yale University. Dr. Scheeren studied pharmacy at the University of Leiden.
Lingshi Tan, PhD, is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of dMed Biopharmaceutical Co., Ltd. a China-based contract research organization. Prior to founding dMed, Dr. Tan was Pfizer’s VP of Worldwide Development Operations, and Chairman and General Manager of Pfizer (China) Research & Development Co., Ltd. He previously served as Pfizer’s Head of Global Biometrics for Japan, Asia, Africa, Mideast, and Latin America. He is a council member of Peking University’s Pharmaceutical Information and Engineering Research Center, and inaugural Chair of the Research and Development Heads Working Group of Research & Development-based Pharmaceutical Association Committee in China. He earned his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Chair of Finance Committee
Michael Romano is a Partner and leader of the Life Sciences Industry practice group for RSM US LLP; he is also a Partner in RSM’s Technology and Management Consulting practice, and leads RSM’s Finance and Accounting Outsourcing group. Michael has more than 25 years of diverse experience in both the life sciences industry and as an audit and business consultant, and has orchestrated successful financial and operational turnarounds, restructured and reorganized businesses, and successfully executed growth strategies in the life sciences industry. He also served as Vice President and General Manager of a global medical publisher offering health information products and services to the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device markets.
Barbara Lopez Kunz
Global Chief Executive
Barbara Lopez Kunz, MS, is responsible for the leadership and oversight of DIA global operations, implementing strategies that focus on driving thought leadership and innovation in therapeutic development to improve the health of people worldwide. Ms. Lopez Kunz previously served as President of Health and Life Sciences at Battelle, one of the world’s largest, most respected research and development organizations. She has also served as Senior Vice President/General Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Biosciences Business and on the inaugural board of the Childhood League School. She holds 14 patents, earned her Masters Degree in Polymer Science from the University of Akron, and is certified in INSEAD’s International Executive program.
Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH, currently serves as Chief Medical Officer and Senior VP of Clinical Development at Agile Therapeutics, a women’s healthcare company in Princeton, NJ. Garner was previously VP of Medical Affairs at Myriad Genetics. Her prior positions include Senior Medical Director at Abbott Laboratories and Director of Clinical Research at Merck Research Laboratories. Dr. Garner completed her medical training at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.
Angelika Joos, MPharm, is responsible for Regulatory Policy issues within MSD's Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety department. This role includes identifying regulatory policy priorities that align with MSD’s business priorities, leading cross-functional networks to define policy positions, and informing MSD’s regulatory strategy development. Angelika represents MSD in various Committees of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations, EuropaBio, and the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs; she is also involved in international policy activities as the MSD delegate in the IFPMA Regulatory Science Committee, and the BIO and the PhRMA international Committees.
Chair of Audit Committee
Tatyana is a CFO with experience in four countries over past 20 years. Tatyana is currently with Amring Pharmaceuticals Inc. where she is a member of the Executive Board responsible for all aspects of the firm's financial operations. Before joining Amring, she was a Finance Director at a subsidiary of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, she served as CFO at DST Global Solutions, a London-based subsidiary of DST Systems, with offices in nine countries. Tatyana is a licensed CPA and holds an MBA degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, a part of the Arizona State University.
Tatyana is married with three children and lives in Greater Philadelphia area.
Judith Ng-Cashin, MD, serves as Chief Medical Officer at AOBiome Therapeutics, leading end-to-end asset development strategy and medical governance. Dr. Ng-Cashin previously served as Chief Scientific Officer and led the Safety & Pharmacovigilance business unit for Syneos Health. Before Syneos, she spent nearly a decade in R&D for a top five pharmaceutical company spanning early assets to marketed products, global development, and franchise/portfolio strategy/prioritization. Dr. Ng-Cashin earned her MD from Rush Medical College, trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, and received infectious diseases and hematology fellowship training (and subsequently served on the clinical faculty) at the University of North Carolina.
Michael Rosenblatt, MD, Chief Medical Officer of 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 biotech companies, and on the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows and research advisory committees of the Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Children’s Hospitals. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School.
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.
Dr. Takahashi is currently Vice President and Director of Japan Development, GlaxoSmithKline K.K. He graduated from Hokkaido University School of Medicine in 1981, and received his PhD in Medical Science in 1986. He served as Research Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University from 1990 to 1992, and joined Merck Research Laboratories in 1992 and served as Vice President, Merck Research Laboratories from 2003 to 2008. After retiring from Merck, he served as a President & CEO of LOTUS Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, a bio-venture company before joining GSK.
Cynthia L. Verst
Cynthia L. Verst, PharmD, MS, is President of Design and Delivery Innovation for Research and Development Solutions at IQVIA, responsible for accelerating growth through innovative solutions powered by rich data assets, advanced predictive analytics, integrated technology capabilities, and deep domain expertise to develop actionable insights that drive better clinical research outcomes. Dr. Verst has been named one of the Top Women in Biotech by FierceBiotech, and is the 2018 Vice Chairman of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations. Dr. Verst earned her PharmD and Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati, and her Master’s degree in Structural and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois.
Mike A. B. Devoy
Dr Michael Devoy is the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Pharmacovigilance for the Pharmaceuticals Division at Bayer AG. He is also the Chief
Medical Officer of Bayer AG. Dr Devoy joined the former Schering AG in 2005 as Senior VP of Global Medical Development and was appointed to his current position in 2014. Dr Devoy studied Medicine and Pharmacology at University College London and graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BS). He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians in London. Dr Devoy has extensive experience across Clinical Development and International Medical Affairs. His career in the pharmaceutical industry began when he joined Glaxo Group Research in Clinical Pharmacology.