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Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications Forum

3 Meetings. 1 Location. Mix and Match Sessions. Truly a cross-functional experience for knowledge sharing, integrated thought leadership, and proactive networking.


Speakers

  • Kevin  Appareti, MBA

    Kevin Appareti, MBA

    • Senior Director, Global Medical Science Liaison
    • Philips HealthTech, United States

    Kevin Appareti is Senior Director, Global Medical Science Liaison in the Chief Medical Office at Royal Philips. He leads the Key Thought Leadership Program and works across Philips’ businesses, markets, and research to build strong internal and external relationships with key thought leaders and influencers. Kevin partners with internal business, market, and research leaders to develop strategic Key Thought Leader (KTL) engagement programs to deliver strategic guidance, leverage clinical and scientific knowledge, foster peer-to-peer relationships, and support clinical and marketing evidence development in support of Philips meaningful innovations.

  • Peter  Baumeister, PhD

    Peter Baumeister, PhD

    • Senior Manager, Global Scientific Communications
    • Amgen Inc., United States

    Dr. Peter Baumeister is currently a Medical Affairs professional with a career history that includes clinical and emergency medicine, basic science research, active duty enlistment in the Air Force and a short stint in art school that continues to supply him with entertaining anecdotes. He currently lives in Southern California, where he enjoys challenging the laws of physics with his eternally patient wife and 3 kids, all of whom are well-versed in basic first aid and trauma care. Professionally, he is interested in the sweet spot at the intersection of people, process, and technology in Medical Affairs and works to bring teams together that experience success greater than the sum of its individuals.

  • Michael  Burman, PharmD, RPh

    Michael Burman, PharmD, RPh

    • Vice President, Global Medical Information
    • ProPharma Group, United States

    Mike has over 15 years of industry Medical Information experience on the client side and vendor side, with a history of successfully setting the vison, strategy and leading the implementation of innovative contact center services. Over the past 10 years, Mike has focused on regionalizing and globalizing medical information, and as Vice President of Global Medical Information at ProPharma Group, Mike leads the Medical Information group globally. Mike is active in several professional organizations and is a frequent speaker at various industry conferences. Mike received a BS in Pharmacy from Temple University and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from Shenandoah University.

  • Stephanie L. Byrdé, BSN, MS, RN

    Stephanie L. Byrdé, BSN, MS, RN

    • Advisor, Scientific Communications, Clinical Pharmacology
    • Eli Lilly & Company, United States

    Stephanie Byrdé is an Advisor in Clinical Pharmacology for Eli Lilly and Company. During her tenure with Lilly, she has held various roles in clinical development, project management, and scientific communications, spanning early phase through late phase submissions and launches.

  • Alicia  Cadogan, PharmD, RPh

    Alicia Cadogan, PharmD, RPh

    • Director, Oncology Medical Information
    • Pfizer Inc, United States

    Alicia is Director and North America Team Lead for Oncology Medical Information at Pfizer Inc. Alicia has participated in the Core Curriculum for DIA both as faculty and Chairperson, and in 2010 served as Chairperson for the Annual Medical Communications Workshop. Alicia received her BS in Pharmacy from St. John’s University, and her PharmD from Albany College of Pharmacy. She spent 4 years at The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy as a Nephrology Fellow and then Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics. Alicia also worked in Medical Communications at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and as Medical Director at CoMed Communications.

  • Ivy Lee Chang, PharmD

    Ivy Lee Chang, PharmD

    • Principal Medical Science Director, Medical Affairs
    • Genentech, Inc., A Member of the Roche Group, United States

    Ivy has 18+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She is an Associate Director in Medical Communications at Genentech with experience across diverse therapeutic areas including Oncology, Rheumatology, Respiratory, Ophthalmology, Endocrinology, Neurology, Cardiovascular Disease, and various clinical conditions with an immunologic basis in pathophysiology. Prior to joining Genentech, she was a Clinical Pharmacist in General Surgery, Surgical Subspecialties, and Solid Organ Transplant at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, and an Assistant Clinical Professor with the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

  • Michael  Church, MA

    Michael Church, MA

    • Senior Director, Medical Writing
    • Syneos Health, United States

    Michael Church has been with Syneos Health for 15 years and working in the area of scientific communications for 19 years. Having started his career as a medical editor, Michael was a founding member of Syneos's clinical group and oversees a medical writing partnership that began with 5 associates in 2005 and has grown to its current state of 110 medical writers, editors, technical writers, and regulatory publishers. He is currently a Senior Director and leads the Syneos Strategic Resourcing Medical Writing Department.

  • Ed  Cunningham, PharmD

    Ed Cunningham, PharmD

    • Senior Director, Neurology Medical Science Liaison Team Lead
    • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., United States

    Ed Cunningham, PharmD is Senior Director, Neurology Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Lead at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Ed is based in Milwaukee, WI, and is responsible for overseeing the US Neurology MSL team. Prior to Sunovion, Ed was the Director of Specialty Care MSLs at Eisai Inc., leading the company’s Neuroscience and Metabolic MSL teams. Ed obtained his PharmD degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and completed a 1-year Drug Information Residency with Janssen Pharmaceutica. Ed has been in the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years, working as both a direct contributor and a team leader in a variety of Medical Affairs functions, including Medical Information, Medical Education, Investigator Initiated Studies, and MSLs.

  • Rania  Gaspo, PhD

    Rania Gaspo, PhD

    • Director, Global Therapy Area Lead, External Medical Communications
    • Pfizer Inc, Canada

    Rania Gaspo earned her Pharmacy Degree and her PhD at University of Montreal, Faculty of Pharmacy. She served as a Post-Doctoral fellow at Montreal Heart Institute before moving into industry in 1998 as a Senior Scientist. Rania joined Pfizer in 2003 where she held positions in medical information, medical affairs and clinical development in various therapeutic areas. She also served as a guest speaker for 24 years at University of Montreal. In her current role Rania leads a team of Experienced Medical Information Managers within Neuroscience and Pain category leadership in US and Canada and Globally. Rania authored/co-authored about 25 peer-reviewed publications and 50 scientific communications.

  • Kathleen M Guindon, PhD, MS, RN

    Kathleen M Guindon, PhD, MS, RN

    • Senior Director, MSL Team
    • QED Therapeutics, United States

    Kathleen Guindon, Director, Medical Science Liaison team at Puma Biotechnology is responsible for supervision of a team of six United States Based MSL’s. Kathy also maintains a territory within the US with her MSL team. Kathleen is a qualified registered nurse and holds the a Master’s degree from State University of New York at Buffalo in Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a doctoral degree from the University of Phoenix in Management and Organizational Leadership. She holds current memberships in NAPW, DIA, ASCO, ASH, & AACR. Kathleen’s varied background includes oncology nursing, oncology medical affairs, oncology clinical R&D, organizational management, public speaking, and publication in peer reviewed medical journals.

  • Kevin Charles Henderson, PharmD, MBA

    Kevin Charles Henderson, PharmD, MBA

    • MSL Field Operations and Resources Manager
    • Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group, United States

    Kevin is currently a Field Operations and Resources Manager but has held a variety of roles in both US Commercial and Medical areas at Genentech. His experience includes strategic roles in oncology NME launches and line extensions. His relevant education includes a Pharm.D. and an MBA in Healthcare Administration. Prior to joining Genentech, Kevin spent over 5 years in healthcare management consulting, including PwC and Kaiser Permanente.

  • Jennie G. Jacobson, PhD

    Jennie G. Jacobson, PhD

    • Lead Medical Writer
    • Fishawack Communications, United States

    Jennie G. Jacobson is a Lead Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications. She earned a BA from Swarthmore College, a PhD from Harvard University, and a certificate in Medical Writing from the University of Chicago. In her 19 years as a medical writer, Jennie has worked in mental health, health outcomes research, infectious disease, and endocrinology. She has presented on authorship and data accuracy for both AMWA and DIA MASC. What Jennie loves most about medical writing is the ongoing opportunities to learn new things. She has two wonderful adult daughters and lives near Philadelphia with her also wonderful husband.

  • Craig J. Klinger, RPh

    Craig J. Klinger, RPh

    • Global MSL Trainer, The Office of Medical Professional Development
    • Lilly USA, LLC, United States

    In Craig’s 27 years working at Lilly, he has successfully worked in various positions in multiple therapeutic areas. Craig is a founding member of the Medical Science Liaison (MSL) program at Lilly where he worked in the NYC Metropolitan area for over 13 years in this field role. Craig spent 6 years as the MSL Trainer for Lilly USA, and now currently is part of the Office of Medical Professional Development, where Craig is responsible for on boarding all Lilly MSLs globally. Craig has been active in developing benchmarking survey data on MSL standards across the industry, having presented and published this data at DIA meetings and in the DIJ. Craig currently serves on the DIA planning committee for its MSL Community.

  • Darryl Zachary L'Heureux

    Darryl Zachary L'Heureux

    • Global Strategic and Regulatory Documentation
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb, United States

    Darryl Z. L’Heureux is an active and engaged member of the medical writing community. Dr. L’Heureux received his PhD in Cancer Biology and Masters in Pharmacy, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from Temple University. He has worked within the NCI cooperative group structure and across small biotech to large pharmaceutical companies. Returning to his early research interest in immuno-oncology/tumor biology, he leads Integrated Oncology Lung Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Combining his interest in science and education, Dr. L’Heureux continues to present lectures/roundtables at professional and educational events. He teaches scientific writing in the Professional Master’s Scientific Writing Program at Temple University.

  • Christi C Marsh, PharmD

    Christi C Marsh, PharmD

    • Director, Medical Affairs, Medical Information and Scientific Communication
    • HEMA Biologics, LLC, United States

    Dr Marsh, currently serves as the Director, Medical Affairs, Medical Information, and Scientific Communications, at HEMA Biologics, LLC. She has been involved in medical affairs in industry across many companies for 19 years including GSK, Solvay, UCB, and also has had experience working as a Scientific lead for an agency, MediTech Media, part of Nucleus Holdings, as well as owned and ran MedInfo Results, LLC. A graduate of Samford School of Pharmacy, Birmingham, AL and ASHP residency program at the Medical College of Pharmacy. Dr Marsh has held academic appointments with Mercer University (Director for Drug Information Residency 2004-2008), and adjunct professor at UGA, USC, and Auburn Colleges of Pharmacy.

  • Julia  Petses, PharmD

    Julia Petses, PharmD

    • Global Medical Information, Regional Head Americas
    • Sanofi US, United States

    Dr. Petses is the Medical Information Regional Lead for the Americas at Sanofi US. She is responsible for management and implementation of strategic and tactical medical information objectives across several business units. She has directed teams of medical information professionals who have provided support for products across broad therapeutic areas. She has managed the development of digital communication channels and a data mining tool to improve analytics and insights gathering. Prior to joining Sanofi she completed a Drug Information Residency at Schering-Plough. She earned her Bachelor and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from St. John’s University in New York.

  • David  Price, PhD

    David Price, PhD

    • US Bio-Medicines Medical Science Liaisons
    • Lilly USA, LLC, United States

    David Price, PhD has been employed with Eli Lilly and Company since 2011. Since joining the industry at Lilly, David has served as Medical Liaison supporting multiple therapeutic areas, including: Psychiatry, Urology and Musculoskeletal. In these roles, David developed and maintained TL relationships in the Midwest/Great Plains and Southwest/Mountain regions. In 2014, David joined Lilly’s Field Medical Operations team providing Strategy & Capabilities support for the US Medical Science Liaisons. David is currently a Global MSL Trainer for Eli Lilly and Company and works within The Office of Medical Professional Development.

  • Holli  Simmons-Little, MS

    Holli Simmons-Little, MS

    • Director, The Lilly Answers Center
    • Lilly USA, LLC, United States

    Holli has worked in the Center for 15 years with responsibilities focused on customer experience, operations, training, monitoring, and quality systems. She is motivated to drive positive customer experiences while managing the operations and regulatory needs for the business. Holli uses customer input to drive operational efficiencies and continuous improvement with business partners such as brands, medical, quality, safety functions. She is actively involved in the management, leadership and partnership with TLAC’s outsourced supplier relationship to deliver on The Lilly Answers Center experience. Holli graduated from Indiana University with Spanish/Political Science degrees and completed her Masters in Instructional Systems Technology.

  • Robin  Whitsell

    Robin Whitsell

    • President
    • Whitsell Innovations, Inc, United States

    Founder and president of Whitsell Innovations, Inc., a medical writing firm headquartered in Chapel Hill, NC, she has 20 years’ experience, specializing in regulatory medical writing and submission strategies. Prior to founding WI, Ms. Whitsell was the assistant director of preclinical & clinical development at Inspire Pharmaceuticals and a team lead at GlaxoWellcome. She has degrees in biophysics and physics from Miami University and interned at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Jim R. Wilkinson, PhD

    Jim R. Wilkinson, PhD

    • Executive Director, Global Medical Affairs
    • Amgen, Inc., United States

    Jim Wilkinson, Ph.D Executive Director, Global Medical Affairs Amgen, Inc. Jim Wilkinson is an Executive Director of Global Medical Affairs at Amgen with over 17 years of experience in Medical Communications, Medical Information, and Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs). His work includes managing Departments focused on contact centers, global publication planning, congresses, scientific advisory boards, creation of MSL resources, and Promotional Review Committees across multiple therapeutic areas. Jim has also managed MSL teams with accountabilities for the overall global field-based strategy, scientific engagement plans for opinion leaders, disease state and product discussions, and clinical research and formulary support.

  • Ann  Winter-Vann, PhD

    Ann Winter-Vann, PhD

    • Senior Medical Writer and Consultant
    • Whitsell Innovations, Inc., United States

    Ann Winter-Vann earned her PhD in Molecular Cancer Biology from Duke University, where she was a predoctoral fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Following a postdoctoral position in the Pharmacology Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ann joined Whitsell Innovations, Inc. as a medical writer. She has extensive experience in clinical regulatory writing, and also provides consultations and training in medical writing. Since 2008, Ann has co-taught a science writing course for first-year biomedical graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill. Ann is a past president of the Carolinas chapter and is on the national Board of Directors for the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA).

  • David  Bowers, PharmD

    David Bowers, PharmD

    • Director, Medical Communications
    • PPD, United States

    David Bowers has 15+ years of experience managing pharmaceutical contact center programs at PPD. As Director of Operations, David supports global medical information for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device clients. He has a background in pharmacy, with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina in the United States. During his time at PPD, David has worked with over 30 client contact center programs providing medical information, pharmacovigilance and product complaint processing, patient adherence programs, REMS support and other services. David’s recent experience includes implementing contact center operations in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

  • Speaker  Invited

    Speaker Invited

    • United States

  • J. Lynn  Bass, PharmD

    J. Lynn Bass, PharmD

    • Senior Director, MSLs & Lead, Global Field Medical Affairs
    • Rakuten Aspyrian, United States

    With 19+ years of experience in Medical Science Liaison and Medical Affairs roles across the pharmaceutical industry, Lynn is currently the Director, MSLs (Americas) at Santen, Incorporated. Her industry career has spanned many therapeutic areas and she has authored/ co-authored several MSL surveys. Lynn is the elected Chair of the Medical Science Liaison Community at the Drug Information Association (DIA) and is a regular, invited panelist. Lynn holds B.S. degrees in Biology and Medical Technology. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina.

  • Poonam A. Bordoloi, PharmD

    Poonam A. Bordoloi, PharmD

    • Director, Medical Affairs Team Lead
    • Merck & Co., Inc., United States

    Poonam Bordoloi is currently at Celgene Global Medical Information in the Strategic Medical Communications and Innovation group. Prior to joining Celgene, Poonam worked at Sanofi MI for 12 years. She is actively involved with DIA, is a DIA planning board member, and continues to chair and speak at meetings. She has over 22 years of experience in the Medical Information setting and has 2 publications regarding Social Media and Medical Information Trends. Prior to Sanofi, Poonam worked in the Global Competitive Intelligence group with Johnson and Johnson and in the Medical Information Department at Parke-Davis. She also has experience in managed care with her work as a Formulary Director at a Pharmacy Benefits Management Company.

  • David B. Clemow, PhD

    David B. Clemow, PhD

    • Advisor, Scientific Communications Information Strategy
    • Eli Lilly and Company, United States

    David is an Advisor Scientific Communications Information Strategy at Eli Lilly and Company with over 20 years of regulatory, publication, and promotional scientific communications experience in the pharmaceutical industry. His work has included document authoring, team management, operations consulting, clinical research, and medical affairs. David is Chair of DIA’s Medical Writing Community and Community Leadership Council, as well as the American Medical Writers Association Medical Writing Certification Commission.

  • Eileen  Girten, MS

    Eileen Girten, MS

    • Principal Medical Writer
    • PRA Health Sciences, United States

    Eileen M. Girten is a Principal Medical Writer with PRA Health Sciences and is experienced in regulatory and publications writing, submissions, and mentoring. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and has taught Regulatory Documentation Processes for the Biomedical Writing program. Prior to joining PRA Health Sciences, Eileen was a medical writer for INC Research/inVentiv Health (now Syneos). Eileen earned a BA in Chemistry from Rosemont College, an MS in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University, and an MS in Biomedical Writing from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

  • Pete G. Guillot, CPA, MBA, RAC

    Pete G. Guillot, CPA, MBA, RAC

    • President
    • Centerfirst, United States

    Pete Guillot is the president and founder of Centerfirst. Pete started Centerfirst in 2004 with the mission of helping pharmaceutical better manage their contact centers. In the 12 years since its beginning, Centerfirst has grown to more than 30 employees and worked with 11 of the world’s top 20 bio-pharma companies. Centerfirst’s continues to expand services to include outsourced call quality monitoring and an industry first service named, “Voice of the Caller.” Pete is a long standing member of the DIA Planning Committee, has an MBA from The University of Texas, and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • Monica A. Kwarcinski, PharmD

    Monica A. Kwarcinski, PharmD

    • Head of External Medical Affairs
    • Purdue Pharma L.P., United States

    Monica Kwarcinski is the Head of External Medical Affairs at Purdue Pharma and is responsible for Medical Information, Medical Science Liaisons, Patient & Professional Relations, Clinical Communications, and External Medical Affairs Operations/Compliance. Monica previously led the Purdue Medical Services Department and held various positions with increasing responsibilities within Abbott Laboratories Medical Services Department. She received her PharmD from Creighton University in Omaha, NE followed by a Drug Information Residency at Glaxo and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Monica has over 20 years of industry experience and frequently presents on topics related to Medical Communications compliance and department processes.

  • Sudip  Parikh, PhD

    Sudip Parikh, PhD

    • Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DIA Americas
    • DIA, United States

    Sudip S. Parikh, PhD, serves as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for DIA Americas. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Health & Consumer Solutions at Battelle, leading its Healthcare Improvement, Public Health Research, and Consumer, Industrial, and Medical Technology Development teams in R&D supported by government and commercial clients. Dr. Parikh is a board member of Research America, the Friends of Cancer Research, and the Food Innovation Center. He was a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship while earning his PhD in Macromolecular Structure and Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute

  • Lucy  Rose, MBA

    Lucy Rose, MBA

    • President
    • Lucy Rose and Associates, LLC, United States

    Lucy graduated as a physician assistant, earned an MBA, and worked for seven years in sales and sales training with Bristol-Myers Squibb prior to serving as the Director of the Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications and the Office of Training and Communications at FDA. For the last 18 years she has consulted with numerous pharmaceutical companies on promotional regulations/strategy, drug development and regulatory strategy, health policy, and has enjoyed training many professionals on advertising/promotional regulations.

  • John  Brokars

    John Brokars

    • Health Outcomes Scientist
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb , United States

  • Katherine  Thomas

    Katherine Thomas

    • Associate Director, Project Leadership, Clinical Operations
    • IQVIA, Inc., United States

  • Lisa  Toth

    Lisa Toth

    • Scientific Communications Consultant
    • Eli Lilly and Company, United States

    Lisa has 23 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry as both a biochemist and scientific writer. She is a technical advisor for clinical pharmacology scientific communications and regulatory submissions. Lisa has expertise working on multidisciplinary teams across multiple geographies and phases of drug development.

  • Anne  Arvizu, PharmD

    Anne Arvizu, PharmD

    • CEO & Medical Affairs Advisor
    • RxER Communications, United States

    Anne is founder and CEO of RxER Communications Corp. With 21 years of progressive leadership in the pharma/biotech industry, she has served in key roles, such as Global Head & Director of Medical Information for Baxter; Global Head & Senior Director of Medical Information, Literature Services & Knowledge Management, Baxalta; Member Executive, PhactMI; and Regional Head & Director of Medical Information & Medical Communications, GlaxoSmithKline. As a seasoned C-suite executive consultant, she currently engages biotech clients with Medical Information & Medical Affairs operational capabilities build, launch and scale. She is an advocate for community health and wellness and serves as Vice Chair, South Florida YMCA, Board of Directors.

  • Michael S. Banks, DrMed

    Michael S. Banks, DrMed

    • Managing Director
    • BESTMSLs, United States

    Attended the University of Michigan for undergrad and went on to the University of Connecticut for medical school. After completing his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospital in 2002, he left clinical medicine to pursue a career in medical education. He is the President and Co-Founder of MDea, a creative medical education company in NYC, and The Doctor’s Channel, known as the “educational YouTube for doctors.” Michael serves as a Managing Director of BESTMSLs, a contract MSL organization, where he brings medical and technology expertise to field organizations. He is also one of the founders of the physician recruiting firm DrCruiter.com.

  • Anna D. Barker, PhD

    Anna D. Barker, PhD

    • Professor and Director, NBDA; Co-Director, Complex Adaptive Systems
    • Arizona State University, United States

    CAS at ASU creates knowledge networks to solve complex systems problems in biomedicine. Prior to ASU, Dr. Barker served as the deputy director of the National Cancer Institute where she planned and implemented the: Nanotechnology Alliance for Cancer; The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) with NHGRI; Clinical Proteomics Technologies Initiative for Cancer; Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers; and national programs in biospecimens and bioinformatics. Prior to NCI, Dr. Barker served as a research scientist and subsequently senior executive at Battelle Memorial Institute, and a CEO of a public biotechnology company. She has received many awards for her work and service. She completed her Ph.D. degree at The Ohio State University.

  • Stephanie  Brillhart, MS

    Stephanie Brillhart, MS

    • Manager, Medical Writing
    • Inventiv Health, United States

    Stephanie Brillhart joined inVentiv Health Clinical in 2012. As a Manager of Medical Writing for inVentiv Health, Stephanie currently oversees a team of writers who provide support for autoimmune and clinical pharmacology projects. Prior to working for inVentiv Health, Stephanie was the Manager of Clinical Science and Safety for an academic research organization, CPC Research, in Denver, CO. Stephanie earned a BA in Molecular Biology from the University of Denver, and an MS in Clinical Investigation from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

  • Michelle  Carey, PhD

    Michelle Carey, PhD

    • Inventiv Health, United States

    Michelle Carey is a Principal Medical Writer with inVentiv Health. She earned her BS in Biotechnology from the National University of Ireland Galway and a PhD in Pharmacology from University College Cork, Ireland.

  • Dale  Cooke, MA

    Dale Cooke, MA

    • President
    • PhillyCooke Consulting , United States

    Dale Cooke is president of PhillyCooke Consulting, which helps prescription product marketers use 21st century technology to provide healthcare information while ensuring compliance with FDA regulations written in the 1960s. Dale is the author of Effective Review & Approval of Digital Promotional Tactics, now in its second edition, which was published by the Food & Drug Law Institute.

  • Torrey  Cope, JD

    Torrey Cope, JD

    • Partner
    • Sidley Austin LLP, United States

    Torrey Cope advises clients on a wide range of FDA regulatory issues. He is an experienced regulatory lawyer who regularly works on legal matters involving good clinical practice (GCP) and other requirements for clinical trials, marketing authorization, promotion, good manufacturing practice (GMP), and product safety. Torrey has been recognized for his work by LMG Life Sciences since 2016, and was named a “Rising Star” in LMG’s 2017 and 2018 Expert Guides.

  • Lisa  DeTora, PhD

    Lisa DeTora, PhD

    • Assistant Professor
    • Hofstra University, United States

    Lisa is an assistant professor of Writing Studies at Hofstra University, where she teaches in multiple departments, including biology and chemistry. Her research interests include vaccination policy, medical humanities, publication ethics, regulatory writing, and theories of the body. As a member of the ISMPP ethics and standards committee, Lisa runs its publications subteam. Lisa has presented on topics such as authorship, ethics, ghostwriting, and data sharing at TIPPA. Her publications have appeared in various medical journals and books. A recent paper, which appeared in The International Journal of Clinical Practice, discusses the negative impact of ghostwriting on practicing physicians.

  • Mark Alan DeWyngaert, PhD, MBA

    Mark Alan DeWyngaert, PhD, MBA

    • Managing Director, Life Sciences
    • Deloitte & Touche, LLP, United States

    Dr. DeWyngaert trained as a molecular biologist and has been actively involved in both research and business development roles for the past 30 years. He has provided operational, clinical, managerial, consulting, and litigation services to various segments of the health care industry. He specializes in assisting pharmaceutical manufacturers, biotechnology, and medical device companies with identifying and mitigating regulatory risks, valuing intellectual property and litigation support.

  • Michael  Dubroff, MD

    Michael Dubroff, MD

    • Genentech, Inc., A Member of the Roche Group, United States

    Dr. Dubroff has been at Genentech for 9 years. He currently leads the Managed Care Liaison team, who are the science interface with managed care customers. Prior to Genentech, he was the VP for Health Excellence Partners at Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before Highmark, Michael was a National Medical Director at GSK and a Sr. Medical Director at Blue Cross of Philadelphia. After receiving a BA from LaSalle College, a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a Pediatric Residency at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, and a Fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation from St. Christopher’s Hospital, he practiced general pediatrics and cared for handicapped children.

  • Deborah  Frisby, MA

    Deborah Frisby, MA

    • Scientific Communications Consultant
    • Eli Lilly and Company, United States

    In her 18 years of medical writing experience, Deborah Frisby has played a key role in leading large teams through the process of planning, writing, and coordinating the completion of the many clinical documents needed for marketing authorization applications. Her experience also includes writing the clinical documents needed for the initiation and completion of clinical trials across all phases of drug development. She is currently employed by Eli Lilly and Company.

  • Avikk S Ghose, MBA

    Avikk S Ghose, MBA

    • CEO
    • kernel, United States

    Avikk is co-founder and CEO at kernel, a San Francisco-based company which develops intelligent mobile software for Life Sciences. Previously, he directed strategic mobile initiatives at Intuit where his team was responsible for product strategy and mergers & acquisitions. Before Intuit, Avikk was vice president, marketing and business development at Mercora and worked in corporate business development at RealNetworks. Avikk serves on the board of trustees at the Ghose Foundation. He is on the board of advisors at Virtual Mobile Technologies (Pty) Ltd in Cape Town, South Africa and a mentor at Endeavor. Avikk received an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Washington and an MBA from New York University.

  • Suzana  Giffin, PharmD

    Suzana Giffin, PharmD

    • AVP, Global Medical Affairs
    • Merck & Co., Inc., United States

    Dr. Giffin is responsible for ensuring scientific resources, quality, compliant and fair balanced information delivery, establishing best practices in Medical Communications and providing leadership globally. Dr.Suzana Giffin is the AVP, Global Medical Affairs at Merck. Prior to joining Merck, she was at Amgen as Head of Global Scientific Communications and was an MSL with BErlex Oncology. Dr. Giffin received her PharmD from USC.

  • Cathi  Harmon

    Cathi Harmon

    • Manager, Global Scientific Communications
    • Eli Lilly and Company, United States

    Cathi has held numerous roles in Marketing, Marketing Communications and Scientific Communications for nearly 35 years in the diagnostic, device, and pharmaceutical industries. Cathi works at Eli Lilly and Company as a manager in scientific communications for Autoimmune. Previously, Cathi wrote, managed and edited documents for device medical and regulatory purposes, including briefing documents, regulatory responses, 510(k) submissions, and clinical evaluation reports. She also developed new and updated device methods to improve timelines and quality of device-related documents. Cathi has also written, managed and edited compound scientific documents, including protocols, briefing documents, submissions, and abstracts/manuscripts.

  • Evelyn R. Hermes-DeSantis, PharmD

    Evelyn R. Hermes-DeSantis, PharmD

    • Clinical Professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States

    Evelyn Hermes-DeSantis, PharmD, BCPS, is a Clinical Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and is the Director of Drug Information Services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University and completed Specialized Residency in Drug Information Practice at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Over the years she has trained over 25 Specialized Residents in Drug Information Service and has precepted numerous Pharmacy Practice Resident and Clinical Industry Fellows. She is also a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

  • Stacie  Hudgens, MA

    Stacie Hudgens, MA

    • Managing Partner
    • Clinical Outcomes Solutions, United States

  • Taleen  Kalebjian, PharmD

    Taleen Kalebjian, PharmD

    • Senior Manager, Medical Information
    • Gilead Sciences, Inc., United States

    Taleen is currently the US lead for HIV Medical Information at Gilead Sciences. After graduating from USC School of Pharmacy she pursued a career in retail pharmacy, which provided experience in a variety of settings including management. She later had the opportunity to switch paths and move into the pharmaceutical industry at Gilead, where she has supported the cardiovascular, cardiopulmonary, and HIV portfolios.

  • Dawn  Kirspel

    Dawn Kirspel

    • Vice President
    • The Center For Client Retention, United States

    Dawn Kirspel is Vice President of The Center For Client Retention, a NJ-based research firm specializing in measuring customer satisfaction and loyalty. Before being promoted to Vice President, Dawn served as Account Manager for various pharmaceutical and healthcare clients and as well as Director of Operations. In addition to today's responsibilities related to management of marketing and operations, Dawn has been successful in developing and managing consultative relationships with Fortune 500 clients, assisting them in improving the customer experience. Dawn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University.

  • Jane  Miller, PhD

    Jane Miller, PhD

    • Professor
    • Rutgers University, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, United States

    Dr. Jane E. Miller (Ph.D., Demography, University of Pennsylvania) is a Professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. A specialist in quantitative communication and statistical literacy, she has written two books: The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers and The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, both in their second editions, and a series of related articles in teaching and research journals. Her research interests include relationships between poverty, child health, health insurance, and access to health care.

  • Robert  Paarlberg, MS

    Robert Paarlberg, MS

    • Principal
    • Paarlberg & Associates LLC, United States

    Robert Paarlberg is the Principal of Paarlberg & Associates LLC, a consultancy specializing in regulatory policy, regulatory intelligence and global clinical trial disclosure strategy and operations. Prior to founding Paarlberg & Associates LLC, Bob created and directed global regulatory policy and intelligence functions at UCB and Pharmacia (Upjohn). Bob is past Chair of DIA’s Clinical Trial Disclosure Community. Bob has more than 35 years of pharmaceutical industry experience with the vast majority of his experience in US and international regulatory affairs.

  • Jamie Lynn Scism-Bacon, PhD

    Jamie Lynn Scism-Bacon, PhD

    • Scientific Communications Consultant
    • Eli Lilly and Company, United States

    Jamie received her PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the U. of Kansas in 1994, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the U. of Washington. She studied drug disposition (absorption, metabolism, distribution, excretion [ADME]) with an emphasis on drug transport across biological barriers. She joined the ADME department at Eli Lilly & Co. in 1997. Still within Lilly, she left the laboratory environment in 2003 and began her medical writing career, supporting diabetes and growth hormone disorders. For a brief period (2 years), she worked for a vendor writing company and then returned to Lilly, where she now provides medical writing support for the Clinical Pharmacology Department, focusing on Phase 1 studies.

  • Raymond  Taetle, MD

    Raymond Taetle, MD

    • Medical Oncologist
    • Arizona Oncology, United States

    Dr. Taetle is currently a member of Arizona Oncology, a statewide, multidisciplinary oncology group. His practice includes hematologic and solid tumor cancers, and benign hematology disorders, and is active in clinical research. He was previously on the faculty of the University of Arizona and University of California-San Diego, where he was active in clinical and basic science research, and medical education.

  • Mark  Watts

    Mark Watts

    • IT & Data Privacy Lawyer - EU
    • Bristows LLC, United Kingdom

    Mark is an IT and Data Privacy specialist with over 20 years’ experience. Much of his experience was gained in-house at IBM where he was Global Privacy Counsel for many years. He regularly advises many global companies on developing data privacy compliance programs. He has particular expertise in dealing with international data transfers matters and the development of ‘Binding Corporate Rules’.

  • Robin L. Winter-Sperry, DrMed, MD

    Robin L. Winter-Sperry, DrMed, MD

    • Head, Global Field Based Medical Excellence
    • Sanofi Genzyme, United States

    Robin Winter-Sperry, MD, Head, Global Field Based Medical Excellence & Insights, Sanofi Genzyme, has a distinguished career. She joined Sanofi in Global MS Medical Affairs, Strategy & Tactics and previous to that position, she was President and CEO of Scientific Advantage, LLC. She created Novartis’ MSL department of Scientific Operations and Sanofi-Synthelabo’s (predecessor to Sanofi) Medical Therapeutic Liaison division. She has pioneered the recognition of MSLs as a specialty in the biopharmaceutical and device industry and is responsible for creating and developing many of the industry’s leading Medical Affairs and Medical Liaison teams.

  • Matthew  Wong, PharmD, MBA

    Matthew Wong, PharmD, MBA

    • Chief of Staff, Global Regulatory Affairs
    • Celgene Corporation , United States

    Matt graduated in 2008 with his Pharm.D. from Rutgers University and subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Affairs. From 2008 to 2015, he held various responsibilities and roles within the Medical Affairs umbrella at Daiichi Sankyo. In 2016, Matt made a transition to Regulatory Affairs at Celgene, where he was responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of US promotional materials. Most recently, Matt completed his MBA and was also appointed to a secondment opportunity as the Chief of Staff for Celgene's Global Regulatory Affairs group.

  • Patricia J. Zettler, JD

    Patricia J. Zettler, JD

    • Associate Professor
    • Georgia State University College of Law, United States

    Patricia J. Zettler is an associate professor at Georgia State University College of Law. Her research focuses on medicine and biotechnology regulation, with an emphasis on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Before her current position, she served as a fellow at Stanford’s Center for Law and the Biosciences and as an associate chief counsel in FDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel. In addition to her legal background, Zettler has worked in NIH’s Department of Bioethics and the University of California San Francisco’s Program in Medical Ethics. She received her BA and JD, both with distinction, from Stanford.

  • Shelby Lynn Biagi, PharmD

    Shelby Lynn Biagi, PharmD

    • Scientific Engagement and Communication Lead
    • UCB, Inc., United States

    Dr. Biagi serves as the Head of Scientific Engagement and Communication - Neurology for UCB, Inc. She brings 14 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry. She has held many memberships and designations over the years including positions with the American Medical Writers Association and the Georgia Pharmacy Association. Dr. Biagi received her PharmD and Drug Information Residency from Mercer University.

  • Elizabeth M. Chebli, PharmD

    Elizabeth M. Chebli, PharmD

    • Associate Director, Medical Services Center
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb, United States

    Elizabeth supports the organization by helping improve the patient experience, using service design. Her work incorporates design principles into key capabilities; co-creation with patients, proto-typing, and systems thinking. She leads the Patient Relationship Management capability, which offers the organization the opportunity to have a deeper patient engagement and to ultimately build trust with patients. Elizabeth’s role in the Patient Hub, builds on 20+ years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry (BMS, Pfizer) and Community Pharmacy. She also has held roles as the Director of Independent Medical Education for the Oncology Franchise, Publications Operations Lead, and Medical Information Lead for the Contact Center, at BMS.

  • Leslie  Citrome, MD, MPH

    Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH

    • Editor in Chief, International Journal of Clinical Practice
    • Wiley, United States

    Dr. Citrome is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Clinical Practice, published by Wiley. Dr. Citrome is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, and has a private practice in Pomona, NY. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is the author or co-author of over 500 published research reports, reviews, and book chapters in the biomedical literature.

  • Mary Anne Cronk

    Mary Anne Cronk

    • Senior Manager, Market Intelligence
    • Philips Healthcare, United States

    Mary Anne Cronk is an accomplished influence marketer continuously striving to push the envelope via new and adapted techniques for evolving marketing and business strategies. Widely known as a practical visionary in the ‘big data’ field for creatively unearthing insights and meeting new objectives, she inspires others to “tell the customer’s story.” She currently taps into her innate intuition and foresight to “link,” creatively connect, and profitably harness, contextual insights from evolving communication channels, including integrating social media influencers into the mix. She has applied this competitive energy and passion across different businesses at Philips Healthcare for over 10 years.

  • Peg  Crowley-Nowick, DrSc, MBA

    Peg Crowley-Nowick, DrSc, MBA

    • President
    • Zipher Medical Affairs, LLC, United States

    Dr. Crowley-Nowick, is a respected expert in the pharmaceutical industry, bringing nearly 15 years of experience in medical affairs and clinical research. In 2008, Dr. Crowley-Nowick founded Zipher Medical Affairs, Co., LLC., a leading provider of medical affairs strategic consulting & MSL services. She has successfully led late stage biotech & pharma companies through multiple product launches across several therapeutic areas, such as oncology, cardiovascular, and diabetes. Dr. Crowley-Nowick’s patient-centric view & drive for improved patient care & outcomes have propelled her to shape the organization based on not only scientific integrity but also continual collaboration with emerging medical stakeholders.

  • James Stephen Dodge, PharmD, MBA

    James Stephen Dodge, PharmD, MBA

    • Executive Director, Medical Affairs Health Systems
    • Merck & Co., Inc., United States

    Prior to joining Merck, Stephen spent 12+ years in medical affairs leadership roles working for Novo Nordisk and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, leading national teams supporting a variety of therapeutic areas. Before coming into industry in 2001, Stephen worked for a medical services organization in Southern California, managing global risk and a self-funded health plan for an integrated healthcare delivery system. He started his career in hospital and outpatient clinical practice, followed by running his own company, supporting provider groups in management of their drug utilization and delivery under financial risk arrangements.

  • Joseph  Falcone

    Joseph Falcone

    • Lead, Medical Digital Solutions
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb, United States

    Joe has been at Bristol-Myers Squibb for 7 years and is responsible for driving strategic innovation focused on improving internal and external customer experience for the Medical organization. Joe’s depth and breadth of expertise includes strategy, creative, technology, and operations. He’s played an integral role developing enterprise-wide digital standards, process/system overhauls and ground-breaking digital projects that have transformed the way both Commercial and Medical teams operate.

  • Thomas  Faria, PharmD, MSc

    Thomas Faria, PharmD, MSc

    • Executive Director, Global Medical Information
    • Celgene Corporation, United States

    Tom Faria, Pharm.D., M.Sc. is currently the Executive Director and Global Medical Information lead at Celgene. He has over 13 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry across many aspects of Medical Communications, including Medical Information, Global Medical Congress Planning and the development of innovative communications content, tools and channels.

  • Chad  Green, PharmD, MBA

    Chad Green, PharmD, MBA

    • Director, Medical Communications
    • Clinical Outcomes Solutions, United States

    Chad provides strategic direction to project teams for the creation of compelling market access stories along with medical content development. He is experienced in global medical communications with project teams to create a spectrum of deliverables (abstracts, posters, manuscripts, sales aids, dossiers, slide decks, and customized reports). His background includes 10 years of agency medical communications, 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry, 4 years in the US managed care industry, and 5 years of clinical practice. His experience includes serving as an industry liaison on the AMCP expert review panel that developed the first AMCP dossier format.

  • Jamie  Haney, JD

    Jamie Haney, JD

    • General Cousel - Lilly Diabetes Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel
    • Eli Lilly and Company, United States

    In her role, she provides counsel regarding various issues including healthcare regulation, FDA advertising and promotion laws, Lanham Act. Jamie provides legal support to the company on general antitrust matters and is a core participant in several industry groups including PhRMA and the MIWG. Jamie also serves on the Lilly Diabetes executive team and the General Counsel’s staff. Prior to her current role, Jamie served as Assistant Secretary and Corporate Securities Counsel for Lilly, where she worked with the Eli Lilly executive committee and board of directors. Before coming to Lilly, Jamie was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law, and Purdue University.

  • Judy  Lee, PhD

    Judy Lee, PhD

    • Sr. Trial Information Specialist
    • Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group, United States

  • Hal J Mann, MBA

    Hal J Mann, MBA

    • Director, Clinical Operations, Trial Support and Strategic Outsourcing
    • Roche Molecular Solutions, Inc., United States

  • Bonny Patricia McClain, MS, MSc

    Bonny Patricia McClain, MS, MSc

    • Datapreneur and Healthcare Analyst
    • Data & Donuts, United States

    Bonny is a data-preneur and founder of Data & Donuts--a popular blog creating a narrative between health data and the variability of interpretation and presentation. Patients, business types, people of all ages are contributing to the data flotsam and jetsam sought after by multiple industries and stake-holders. Filtering the digital exhaust to yield value and actual insights--a true 360 analyses--is the true objective.

  • David  Meats

    David Meats

    • Trilogy Writing & Consulting
    • Associate Director Midwest Operations, Medical Writing Manager, United States

    David Meats is a Cell and Developmental Biologist with degrees from Purdue University. David has 18 years of experience in the medical and scientific writing community as a principle medical writer with multiple large pharmaceutical companies, with extensive experience in pharmaceutical and device clinical trials, submissions, and regulatory documentation. David is active with the plain language community and has develop procedures and templates to return study results to trial patients.

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    Panel Discussion

    • All Session Speakers, United States

  • Crystal Bryant Perry, RPh

    Crystal Bryant Perry, RPh

    • Associate Director, Operations
    • PPD, United States

    Crystal is an Associate Director of Operations at PPD and has worked in Medical Information for over 13 years. Prior to joining PPD, she worked for over 11 years in the community pharmacy setting.

  • Sarika  Sood, MD

    Sarika Sood, MD

    • Sr. Director Global Medical Information
    • Abbvie, United States

  • Andrea Marie Tenbarge, PharmD

    Andrea Marie Tenbarge, PharmD

    • Consultant, Medical Digital Strategy and Capabilities
    • Eli Lilly and Company, United States

    Andrea M. TenBarge, PharmD is a Consultant in Medical Digital Strategy and Capabilities at Eli Lilly and Company. She has led multiple projects implementing new technologies for medical information disclosure and preferred customer channels across Medical Affairs. Andrea obtained her PharmD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon graduation, Andrea completed a 2-year Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship specializing in Drug Information with Purdue University, Lilly, and the FDA.

  • Kay  Uttech, PharmD, MA, RPh

    Kay Uttech, PharmD, MA, RPh

    • Consultant
    • Scientific Commercialization, LLC, United States

    Kay Uttech is a Consultant in Medical Affairs for Scientific Commercialization, LLC. For more than 15 years she has held a variety of roles in Medical Affairs, R&D and corporate global program management. Kay began her career in the industry as a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) for Novo Nordisk and developed to manage that field team nationally. Also, she worked with her European counterpart to establish NovoNordisk’s MSL team in 5 key countries. Additionally, Kay worked to define and establish the first MSL team at Baxter Healthcare for North America and managed medical affairs operations across four franchises.

  • Chi  Chang

    Chi Chang

    • Associate Director, Medical Communications
    • Genentech Inc., United States

    Chi Chang, PharmD is an Associate Director in Medical Communications at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. She leads a group of PharmDs dedicated to providing Medical product information, medical review of promotional materials, and customer insights for Genetech’s Respiratory and Ophthalmology Therapy Areas. Prior to joining Genentech in 2005, she served as Manager in Medical Information at Gilead Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator of Pediatric Service at the UCSF Children’s Hospital. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a Clinical Pharmacy Practice Residency at the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco.

  • Maureen  Feeney, PharmD, MBA, RPh

    Maureen Feeney, PharmD, MBA, RPh

    • Senior Director, Head Global Medical Communications
    • Takeda, United States

    Dr. Feeney has over 18 years of experience in Medical Affairs, including leadership roles in Medical Information and Medical Communications. She is currently the Head of Global Medical Communications at Shire. Prior to joining Shire, Dr. Feeney led the development and implementation of a new Medical Information Department and Call Center, at Incyte. She held various positions of increasing responsibility including, Director of Medical Information at GlaxoSmithKline. Prior to joining industry, Dr. Feeney was a Clinical Pharmacist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Bethany  Fox, PhD

    Bethany Fox, PhD

    • Consultant, Neuroscience, Global Scientific Communication
    • Eli Lilly and Company, United States

  • Helle  Gawrylewski, MA

    Helle Gawrylewski, MA

    • Co-owner
    • Hawkwood Consulting, LLC, United States

    Helle manages Medical Affairs writing, with a staff of Regional Leads and is responsible for special projects. She joined Johnson & Johnson, former Janssen Research Foundation (JRF), in 1997 and was closely involved in developing JRF’s first electronic submission. She led the oncology writing group and assumed early development MW for global Research units. She worked in the CDISC Glossary Group and in the standards developing organizations of HL7/RCRIM/CDISC Working Group for the Protocol Representation Model. She represented PhRMA on the ICH E3 Q&A Implementation Working Group. She’s a member of the TransCelerate Transparency Leadership Team, is the CSR Redaction Sub Team Co-Lead, and has 40+ years in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Arlene  Kray, PharmD, PhD

    Arlene Kray, PharmD, PhD

    • Associate Director, Medical Writing
    • PRA Health Sciences, United States

    Arlene Kray has over 10 years of industry experience with increasing levels of responsibility. She received her PhD in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. She completed Post-doctoral Training at Carnegie Mellon University and then pursued a PharmD at Duquesne University while working as a clinical scientist and medical writer. She has been with PRA since 2016 and currently leads a team of medical writers and managers supporting Oncology. She also teaches Pharmacology to Nursing Students at the local community college.

  • Thomas  Malieckal, PharmD

    Thomas Malieckal, PharmD

    • Director, Global Medical Information
    • Celgene, United States

  • Michael  Pietrack

    Michael Pietrack

    • Executive Vice President
    • TMAC Direct, United States

    Michael Pietrack is the Pharmaceutical Industry's leading third-party recruiter. Michael heads up TMAC Direct, an executive search firm is the direct-hire capability of The Medical Affairs Company. TMAC Direct fills critical hires in Medical Affairs and Clinical Development with a specialty in field Medical Affairs and Physician Recruitment. Michael has made a name for himself not only in the Pharmaceutical Industry but in the Recruiting Industry as well. In 2013, he was named the #1 Worldwide Recruiter, and in 2015, he became a member of The Pinnacle Society, which is a group of 80 of the top recruiters in the world. Because of his level of success, Michael is a sought after speaker in both industries.

  • Michael S Rocco, PharmD

    Michael S Rocco, PharmD

    • Director
    • Pfizer Inc., United States

    Michael is the Director of Business Planning and Communication for Pfizer Medical Information in the Americas where he oversees regional projects and budgets collaborating with regional leads to define Medical Information’s global strategy as well as provides Medical Review for non-branded pieces. In 2011, he served as a key member of the team that deployed Pfizer’s first global Medical Information platform enabling the department to more easily share information, resources, and work-load globally. Currently, Michael is the business lead for Pfizer MI’s component authoring initiative which aims to minimize duplication while creating content by enabling global re-use.

  • Sanjay  Singhvi, MD, MBA

    Sanjay Singhvi, MD, MBA

    • Director
    • System Analytic, United Kingdom

    Sanjay has worked in pharmaceutical marketing services for several years in a number of roles, including Director roles in leading healthcare agencies. He has a degree in biochemistry from the University of London, a degree in Medicine from Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. His first post-graduate thesis on pharma brand-management was developed through a collaboration with several pharmaceutical companies. His second post-graduate thesis was a study on why most healthcare communication agencies are doomed to eventual failure – for which he received a First Class commendation. Sanjay is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

  • IRIS  Tam, PharmD

    IRIS Tam, PharmD

    • Director and Head, Outcomes Research & Quality of Care
    • Achaogen, United States

    Iris Tam has 15 years of experience in medical affairs within the biopharmaceutical industry. As VP of Patient Access and Quality, her current responsibilities include health economics and outcomes research, managed care medical communications, customer engagement, and patient advocacy and quality of care. Previously, her pharmacy experience includes hospital (operations, clinical programs, administration) and managed care (physician relationships, drug utilization management, program pull-through).

  • Elizabeth  Turcotte, MBA

    Elizabeth Turcotte, MBA

    • Director, Patient Hub
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb, United States

    Elizabeth Turcotte is a design thinker and marketer with sixteen years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In her current role as the Director of the Patient Hub at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Elizabeth is responsible for patient experience across the enterprise. She has developed design-based organizational capabilities that allow the company to innovate its patient offerings with a human-centered lens. Her team’s flagship capability is the Universal Patient Language (UPL) — a set of resources that support communicating complex topics to patients. The UPL is derived from hundreds of hours co-creating and prototyping with patients, and has been made available as an open-source capability on UPL.org.

  • Brandi Fannon Gregg, PharmD

    Brandi Fannon Gregg, PharmD

    • HCP Associate, UCBCares
    • UCB, Inc. , United States

    Brandi Gregg is a pharmacist at UCB, Inc. in their patient-inspired solution center, UCBCares®. She received her Pharm.D. in 2010 from Mercer University College of Pharmacy. Her previous professional experience includes pharmacy management in a corporate retail setting and pharmacist and diabetes care coordinator at an independent compounding and retail pharmacy. Brandi is passionate about patient care and is excited to be part of the industry’s growing focus on providing patient value.

  • Jung  Lee, PharmD

    Jung Lee, PharmD

    • Senior Director, Medical Information
    • AstraZeneca, United States

    Jung began her career at AstraZeneca in 2000 and has over 17 years of Medical Affairs experience, in various roles and in multiple therapeutic areas. She started as an MSL in NYC & Philadelphia prior to beginning her HQ-based roles. Jung received a BS and PharmD from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science. She completed a managed markets pharmacy residency at Advance Paradigm/University of Maryland. Prior to AZ, she was a clinical pharmacist for HIP of New York.

  • Christine  Sunwoo, PharmD, MPH

    Christine Sunwoo, PharmD, MPH

    • Senior Manager, Strategic Medical Communications and Innovation
    • Celgene Corporation, United States

    Christine Sunwoo currently works within Global Medical Information at Celgene, where she manages multi-channel medical communications and brings innovative solutions to internal and external audiences. Previously, Christine supported pharmaceutical clients with strategic planning and promotional activities at BGB Group, and developed her passion for medical communications while working in and leading the Medical Information group at PDR Network. Christine received her PharmD degree from Rutgers University and her MPH degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University in 2008 and 2015, respectively. She’s excited to be a part of healthcare at a time of explosive growth in medical technology and positively impact patients’ lives.