Future of Evidence Workshop
René Allard, PhD
- CTC, Germany
René Allard graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1991 and completed reading for his doctorate at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Graduation College of Biogensis and Mechanism of Complex Cellular Functions, in 1995. Since 2012 René has been Public Disclosure Lead at Grünenthal after serving in various positions in Research and Development in the Pharmaceutical Industry in the past 20 years. Interests include trial designs, outcomes research, genetic biomarkers, data collection methods, and pharmaco-economics.
Frederik Floether, PhD, MA, MSc
- Quantum Industry Consultant - Global Lead Life Sciences and Healthcare
- IBM, Switzerland
Dr. Frederik Flöther is the Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Leader for IBM Q Consulting. He has deep expertise in quantum computing and artificial intelligence and works with clients to create tangible value based on these next-generation technologies. Frederik has a PhD in quantum physics from the University of Cambridge and has authored 10+ peer-reviewed publications, patents, and white papers.
Robert Hemmings, MS, MSc
- Consilium Salmonson and Hemmings , United Kingdom
Rob has been with MHRA for 16 years and heads up the team of statisticians and pharmacokineticists. Much of Rob’s time is spent educating colleagues in the importance and artistry of clinical trial statistics; their use in proof and in obfuscation. Rob is a co-opted member of the CHMP, chair of its Scientific Advice Working Party and has a number of other interests and responsibilities within the European regulatory network.
Michael Lees, MA
- Chief Operating Officer and Head of Market Access Strategy
- PHMR Ltd, United Kingdom
Michael is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Market Access Strategy at PHMR. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that the research delivered matches the strategic needs of our clients. Michael has extensive experience in the development of health economic models and indirect treatment comparisons, utility measurement and health valuation, strategies for collection and use of real-world data, and the development of dossiers to support HTA submission. He also has substantial experience in working with different stakeholders, including through the use of early scientific advice through HTA agencies, to lead the development of integrated evidence plans and allow for access needs to be incorporated from early in development.
Inger Mollerup, MS, MSc
- Inger Mollerup Regulatory Consulting, Denmark
Inger has more than 25 years’ experience in Drug Development and more than 15 years Regulatory Affairs experience with global regulatory responsibility for a number of drug development projects. Inger is experienced in developing and leading regulatory strategy and implementation toward the NDA approval and life-cycle management and has in that capacity overseen a number of license application and approval projects with multiple agency interactions in several regions of the world including USA (incl. Advisory Committee preparations), EU, Japan, China, Canada, India, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Experience also includes the project leadership responsibility for conducting a CVOT interim analysis to support regulatory decisions.
- Strategic Account Executive Nordics
- IBM Watson Health, Germany
André Rausch is a Strategic Account Executive within IBM Watson Health focusing on improving patients life through real word evidence and AI solutions. He worked for over 20 years globally as a consultant to the Life Sciences industry.
Duane Schulthess, MBA
- Vital Transformation, Belgium
Duane is the Managing Director of Vital Transformation which consults to national health authorities, blue chip multi-national organisations, governments, and stakeholder groups on healthcare policy and technology. He and his firm have developed many unique techniques and methods to harness Real World Evidence to evaluate new therapies, which are often discussed on their widely followed weekly Vital Health Podcast Series. Duane was formerly the EMEA Head of Corporate Development of The Wall Street Journal.
- Head Real World Evidence
- Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland
A biochemist by education, Michael Seewald built expertise in analytical disciplines (biophysics, bioinformatics, chemoinformatics) during his academic career, and authored/co-authored publications in leading journals such as Nature and EMBO J. Michael began his industry career in the area of bioinformatics, then moved through a number of positions of increasing responsibility in Finance, Strategy, Marketing, and Development. Since 2015, Michael is heading the Center of Excellence for Real World Evidence at Novartis.
Solène Thieffry, MSc
- Global RWE Policy Lead
- UCB, Belgium
Solène is the Global RWE Policy Lead for UCB in Brussels, Belgium. In this role, she is leading and coordinating the external engagement strategy that aims to advance acceptance of RWE by healthcare decision-makers from early clinical development through to in-market treatment options. Within this role, she is actively involved in different activities such as the IMI EHDEN project. Prior to this, she held various positions in access, pricing and health economics and outcomes research in Global Market Access mostly focusing on neurology solutions for patients.
Ian Rentsch, JD
- Vice President, Growth and Strategic Partnerships
- Aetion , Germany
Ian Rentsch has over 25 years’ experience in Multinational Corporate Affairs, Outsourcing Management & Clinical Research Development working in large multinational companies including large biopharma and Contract Research Organizations Globally and in Emerging Markets. Most recent roles include General Executive Management, Leadership of regional clinical teams, Business Operations and Strategic Business Development in the Contract Research Industry & Clinical Technology.
Nikolai Constantin Brun, MD
- Co-Chair, EMA-MHA Big Data Task Force; Dir, Div for Medical Eval & Biostatistics
- Danish Medicines Agency, Denmark
Background and experience in the clinical field and afterward in research and devel-opment of pharmaceuticals in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry for 17 years with a long list of publications in high-impact journals. 4 years as Director of Division responsible for Medical Evaluation and Biostatistics – both Human and Veterinary Medical Evaluation, Danish Medicines Agency. As of 1st of January 2021 Director of Division responsible for Medical Strategy and Innovation, Danish Medicines Agency. Co-Chair of the joint HMA/EMA Big Data Steering Group. Member of the Board of Directors, Copenhagen Centre for Regulatory Science, University of Copenhagen Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, EHDEN, European Health Data Evidence Net
- Managing Director
- OncologyInformationService, Germany
Peter Mol, PharmD, PhD
- Principal Clinical Assessor, University Medical Center Groningen; Member SAWP
- CBG-MEB (Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board), Netherlands
Peter Mol is a principal assessor at the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board and a member (vice chair) of EMA’s Scientific Advice Working Party. He is chair of the EMA Cross-Committee Task force on Registries. He is also a professor of drug regulatory science at the University Medical Center Groningen. His research interest is in the area of regulatory science; from new tools to optimize regulatory decision-making (especially impact of personalised medicine and real world evidence), to improve knowledge transfer and with a specific interest in safety communication.
- Chair ESMO Patient Advocates Working Group (PAWG)
- Melanoma Patients, Sweden
Bettina Ryll, MD/PhD founded the Melanoma Patient Network Europe in 2013 and developed a special interest in patient-centric clinical research and drug development. Bettina’s current areas of focus are Adaptive Licensing/ MAPPS , innovative sustainable healthcare models and patient-centered risk/ benefit assessment tools. She lectures and advises on patient-centric drug development, member of ASCO and ISPOR and current chair of the ESMO Patient Advocacy Working Group.
Somnath Sarkar, PhD
- VP, Head of Quantitative Sciences
- Flatiron Health, United States
Somnath Sarkar, PhD is vice president and head of quantitative sciences at Flatiron Health, where he leads a team of health economists, outcome researchers, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, and data scientists who focus on curation of high-quality real-world datasets, validation of real-world endpoints, and the development of various advanced analytics and analysis methods. In addition, Flatiron’s quantitative scientists collaborate with academic institutions and serve in a number of educational leadership positions to build industry-wide understanding of translating real-world data to potential real-world evidence for oncology research.
- Principal Statistician
- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Christian Stock is a Principal Statistician with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma who is working in the fields of medical affairs and market access. He holds master’s degrees in biostatistics and health sciences, a doctorate in epidemiology, and a habilitation (second thesis) in biostatistics and epidemiology. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim he worked at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination in York (UK), the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the University of Heidelberg. His main interests for many years have been the design and analysis of studies for comparative effectiveness and safety research. He has worked extensively also with data sources such as electronic health records, disease and drug registries, and claims data.
Christian Brasen, PhD, MSc
- Project Manager, Biometrics
- Lundbeck A/S, Denmark
Christian Brasen is project manager in Biometrics at H. Lundbeck A/S. He holds a Master of Science (2007), a PhD in biophysics (2010) and has experience as research group leader at the Technical University of Denmark and other positions in industry. In Lundbeck Biometrics Christian works within CNS focusing on remote assessment and prediction models.
- Senior Director Epidemiology & Evidence Excellence, AstraZeneca AB
- Adj Researcher Karolinska Institute, Dept Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Sweden
Claudia Cabrera graduated from Tulane University School of Public Health with a master’s degree in international public health and a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 1994. She completed her doctorate degree in Epidemiology at the Nordic School of Public Health and Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University. She also holds a Licentiate in Medical Science. Claudia has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for the past 14 years across all therapy areas and patient safety, lately she has focused on the build of large global studies related to respiratory disease. Her most recent position is in Real World Science and Digital.
- VP Account Management
- Trinetx, United States
Nigel Hughes, RPh
- Scientific Director, Observational Health Data Analytics/Epidemiology
- Janssen Research and Development, Belgium
Nigel Hughes has a thirty-five year career spanning the NHS in the UK (16 years), NGOs and patient organisations (10 years) and within the pharmaceutical industry (17 years). He has worked clinically in HIV and viral hepatitis, liver disease, and in sales & marketing, medical affairs, market access and health economics, R&D, precision medicine, advanced diagnostics, health IT and Real World Data/Real World Medicine. His experience covers clinical, education, as an advisor, consulting, communications and lobbying over the years. Currently the Project Lead for the IMI2 European Health Data & Evidence Network, he was Platform Co-Lead for the IMI1 EMIF, as well as consulting on numerous projects and programmes in the domain of RWD/RWE
Jessica S. Scott, JD, MD
- Head of R&D Patient Engagement Office
- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, United States
Dr. Jessica Scott is the Head of R&D Patient Engagement at Takeda. Prior to Takeda, she was with Global Medical Organization, leading efforts related to clinical trial transparency, patient centricity initiatives, bioethical issues and the development of GSK’s approach to sharing aggregate results of clinical trial in plain language. Jessica received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine, completing her residency in Family Medicine with the University of Virginia. She practiced Family Medicine in NC for more than a decade, leaving her medical practice to join GlaxoSmithKline. Jessica also attended Campbell University School of Law, graduating with honors with admittance to the NC Bar in 2010, where she is currently licensed.
Yoshiaki Uyama, PhD, RPh
- Director, Office of Medical Informatics and Epidemiology
- Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), Japan
Dr Yoshiaki Uyama is currently Office Director, Office of Medical Informatics and Epidemiology, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) of Japan. He is responsible for all epidemiological activities in PMDA including the projects of MIHARI(Medical Information for risk assessment initiative) and MID-NET®(Medical Information Database Network). He has many experiences in regulatory science of benefit/risk assessment of a new drug, including the role in ICH as ICH Technical Coordinator (2004-2009), the topic leader of ICH E15 and E16, Rapporteur of ICH E17 Expert Working Group (2014-2017) and Rapporteur of ICH Pharmacoepidemiology Discussion Group (2019-).
- F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Switzerland
Elina Asikanius is a statistician at Roche in Basel. She joined Roche in 2009 and has worked in oncology clinical trials from phase I to phase III in lymphoma and breast cancer. In the recent years, her focus has been in rare diseases, in particular in hemophilia and currently in developmental disorders. She is also supporting the use of external controls at Roche. She holds an MSc in Statistics from University of Turku, Finland.
- Associate Group Director Epidemiologist, Personalised Healthcare Data Science
- Roche/Genentech, Switzerland
James is an Associate Group Director in the Personalised Healthcare (PHC) group at Roche, a team focussed on enabling the Roche PHC vision by leveraging meaningful routine real world data at ever greater scale to generate insights on how to get the right drug to the right patient.
M. Khair ElZarrad, PhD, MPH
- Director (Acting) , Office of Medical Policy, CDER
- FDA, United States
Dr. ElZarrad is the Deputy Director of the Office of Medical Policy (OMP) at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), where he leads the development, coordination, and implementation of medical policy programs and strategic initiatives. Dr. ElZarrad currently leads multiple projects focused on exploring the potential utility of real-world evidence, innovative clinical trial designs, and the integration of technological advances in pharmaceutical development. He earned a doctoral degree in medical sciences with a focus on cancer metastases from the University of South Alabama, as well as a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- Senior Principal RWAS
- IQVIA, Netherlands
Andreas has been primarily focused on evidence synthesis, systematic literature reviews and decision-analytic models. He has been involved in numerous submissions to HTA and reimbursement authorities in Europe. Prior to joining IQVIA, he was most recently Director-Head of the Modelling & Evidence Synthesis service line at Mapi Group (now part of ICON). Since 2017, he has been appointed Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University College of London. Andreas has published over 20 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, over 50 conference abstracts and is serving as peer reviewer for several scientific journals. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics, MSc and PhD in Applied Mathematics.
Rebecca Li, PhD
- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
- Vivli Center for Global Clinical Research Data, United States
Rebecca Li, PhD, is the Executive Director of Vivli and on faculty at the Center for Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School. Previous to her current role she was the Executive Director of the MRCT Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard for over 5 years and remains a Senior Advisor at the Center. She has over 25 years of experience spanning the entire drug development process with experience in Biotech, Pharma and CRO environments. She completed a Fellowship in 2013 in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She earned her PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Anja Schiel, PhD
- Senior Adviser/Statistician, Unit for HTA and Reimbursement
- Norwegian Medicines Agency (NoMA), Norway
Anja Schiel has studied Biology at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany. She received her PhD from the Free University in Amsterdam in 2006 and worked several years as Post-Doc on a range of subjects focusing on oncology, immunology and molecular biology, first at the University of Leiden and later at the University of Oslo, before starting at the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NoMA) in 2013. At NoMA she is working as special adviser/Statistician/Methodologist both on regulatory (EMA) and HTA projects. She has been Chair of the Biostatistics Working Party for the last 3 years and currently is the Chair of the Scientific Advice Working Party at EMA.
- Global Chief Medical Officer
- Philips , Netherlands
With a team with 40 clinicians and medical PhDs he drives advocacy, customer partnerships, clinical research and medical consulting, he is responsible for the annual publication of the Philips Future Health Index. He is a strategic advisor and participates in the WEF Global Future Council on Healthcare, the American Heart Association alliance and the Board of Sanara Ventures in Israel. Jan is president of COCIR, the European trade union for imaging, healthcare informatics and radiotherapy. Jan joined from the University Medical Center Utrecht – one of the largest healthcare organizations in the Netherlands – where he was a professor and chairman of Pediatrics before serving as CEO from 2009 to 2015.
- Senior Lecturer
- Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
He has been involved in eHealth development projects in Estonia from the beginning of 2005 and from 2007 to 2011 he was a Member of Management Board of Estonian eHealth Foundation where he formed a strong team of professionals around him. As medical doctor with strong knowledge in IT he provided professional expertise to ensure the new Estonian Electronic Health Record services being developed serve the best interests of medical staff and patients. In recent years, he has also counselled several foreign e-health related institutions and promoting Estonian experience world-wide.