Medical Information and Communications Conference
- Director Global Medical Information
- Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd., United Kingdom
Hakan Aribas, MD
- Sr. Medical Information and Communication Manager
- NOVARTIS PHARMA, Turkey
Previous positions: Novartis Pharmaceuticals – Region Europe Medical Expert on Bone & Pain; Novartis Pharmaceuticals – Medical Information & Communication Manager; Novartis Pharmaceuticals ANKARA Rheumatology, Gastroenterology & Urology Therapeutic Area (Reg. Medical Manager); Sincanli Government Hospital, AFYON Medical Group Chairman & Chief of Staff, E.R. Doctor; Universal Group, Bodrum/MUGLA Emergency Boat and E.R. Doctor. Education: Faculty of Medicine, University of Trakya, EDIRNE.
Isabelle C. Widmer, DrMed
- Medical Affairs Consultant
- elytra GmbH, Switzerland
Isabelle Widmer, MD is a life science consultant and coach based in Europe. Isabelle supports teams in both Fortune 500 companies and biotech to deliver global transformation programmes in Medical Affairs and Med Info. Combining an entrepreneurial mindset, analytical and project management skills with the ability to design and implement tailored solutions, Isabelle takes pride in proposing pragmatic, sustainable and cost-effective solutions. A published author, frequent conference presenter, recent Programme Director at Basel University in postgraduate education in pharmaceutical medicine and a Program Committee member for the DIA Annual European Medical Information and Communications Meeting she is passionate about continuing education.
Jürgen W.G. Bentz, MD, PhD, MSc
- Head of Medical Information & Patient Support
- UCB, Belgium
Jürgen W.G. Bentz is the Head of Medical Information & Patient Support of UCB. In his current role, Jürgen oversights the provision of medical information and patient support to generate the best induvial experience for every patient, caregiver, or health care professional. Jürgen is enthusiastic about the well-being of people suffering from severe diseases and looking into all facets to provide the right solution to the right patient at the right time. During his professional career, Jürgen worked as scientific journalist, and contributed for more than 20 years to the well-being of patients in multiple medical, clinical and operational roles with increasing responsibility.
Katia Castrillo, PhD
- Medical Information Europe Capability Manager
- Eli Lilly, Ireland
Katia is a European Medical Information Capabilities specialist for Eli Lilly. With a background in Genetics, Katia has been working for six years in medical information for the European market in Lilly. Before joining Lilly, she worked in competitive watch for the pharmaceutical market in France. After working on the frontline and specializing in the autoimmune and pain area, she is now involved in the development of the content creation platforms used by the MI team and digital channels. She is passionate about innovating and improving our Medical information customers’.
Marie-Luise Helmich, PhD
- Head of Europe Medical Information
- Sanofi, Germany
Marie-Luise is the Head of Europe Medical Information at Sanofi. Before, she has led Medical Information for Sanofi in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Besides ensuring high-quality Medical Information for all customers and products, she is working on inclusion of new digital media in the Medinfo channel mix. She is the Co-founder of the subcommittee Medical Information of the industry association (VFA) in Germany. Before joining Medical Information she has gained experience in Medical Affairs, Supply Chain, and as a Qualified Person in Quality.
Michelle Bridenbaker, BSN, MS
- Head of Global Medical Information
- Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Switzerland
Michelle is currently the Global Medical Information Lead at Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd. She has worked in industry Globally for over 15 years in roles including: Medical Device Sales, Med Info, Pharmacovigilance and Medical Affairs for Ethicon Endosurgery (a J&J Company), Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Amgen, Shire and Biogen. Michelle is very passionate about Med Info & Med Affairs and is highly motivated by innovative, customer centric ways to support healthcare and non-healthcare professionals around the world to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines.
Monica Rojo Abril
- Medical Information Manager Iberia Cluster
- Gruenenthal Pharma S.A., Spain
After obtaining a degree in Information and Communication Sciences, Monica Rojo Abril expanded her postgraduate education in Research Journalism, Medical Information and Scientific Documentation. Since 2000, she has developed her professional training and background in Medical Information at the pharmaceutical industry. Nowadays, She is the MedInfo responsible Officer at Grünenthal Spain. She is also co-founder and active member of the Medical Information Working Group under the auspices of the Spanish Medical Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (AMIFE). In this position, Monica is one of two coordinators of the first Spanish guide to good practices in Medical Information.
- Director of Medical Information Effectiveness
- Pfizer Limited, United Kingdom
Peter is Director of Business Planning and Communications (EMEA) in Pfizer Medical Information, supporting global and regional operations, and leading their Global Customer Engagement Strategy. Peter has worked in Pfizer MI for over 15 years, covering numerous roles and responsibilities during this time. He is a passionate advocate for MI, the work MI does and the value that it provides to both the customer and the company.
Sabine Lischka-Wittmann, DrSc
- Director Medical Information Europe
- Lilly Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Sabine Lischka-Wittmann, PhD is currently the European Medical Information Director for Eli Lilly & Company. She was previously the Senior Manager of the Medical Information and Medical Liaisons teams in Germany. Sabine is a highly experienced Medical Information manager: she has managed the German team for over 20 years. Sabine has lead numerous projects across the European region during her role as a European MedInfo Coordinator, including the implementation of Virtual MedInfo Teams in Europe to increase productivity, a quality assurance system for MedInfo responses, and the harmonization of process flows in this function. Sabine has presented at the DIA US Medical Communications workshop as well as the European Med Info conference.
- Medical Operations Partner
- Sarah Dunnett Consulting Ltd, United Kingdom
Sarah is a Medical Operations Consultant working with Medical Information, Affairs and Compliance professionals, applying skills in clinical pharmacy and experience as a Regional Director and Cluster Senior Manager. She has partnered many teams and led a wide range of initiatives, e.g. catalysing complex projects; auditing and improving processes; developing clear operating frameworks; evaluating and implementing novel technologies; upskilling multi-cultural, cross functional groups; and effecting change. A Pharmacist and Medical Signatory, Sarah sustainably improves business and patient outcomes. She is a past President of PIPA, founding member of the MILE body, and has supported the DIA as a committee member and session chair since 2008.
- Senior Director, Medical Content Strategy
- Veeva Systems, United Kingdom
Callum Hawes is responsible for leading Veeva’s Global Medical Content Strategy – helping customers to optimize the management of their scientific content, and transform their medical information business processes and technology. Over the last 6 years, he has occupied a number of roles across Veeva’s Medical and Commercial Content business having initially joined from Zinc Ahead, where he was responsible for customer insights.
- Director, Medical Information and Marketed Product Safety
- IQVIA, United Kingdom
Simon Johns has over 25 years of experience supporting global pharmaceutical customer projects. As Director of Medical Information (MI) and Marketed Product Safety at IQVIA, he manages global MI projects focused on process optimization and technology enablement to drive enhanced efficiency and customer engagement. Simon is a member of the European DIA Medical Information and Communications Training Team, advising pharmaceutical companies on best industry practices, innovation and automation. He speaks regularly on topics ranging from combined human and AI conversational agent models for MI to the benefits and increased value of integrating MI and pharmacovigilance.
- Assoc. Director,Commercial Strategic Planning
- IQVIA, United States
Troy Lase has over 19 years of experience in large pharma managing global medical and commercial projects across multiple therapeutic areas. For IQVIA Integrated Global Compliance, Troy is responsible for driving the growth of IQVIA’s Safety, Regulatory, Quality and Commercial Compliance businesses. This includes establishing and governing strategic initiatives and identifying innovative technology and service solutions that meet the needs of customers. Troy obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and from Grand Valley State University and Master of Business Administration from University of Hartford.
- Chief Customer Officer
- Conversation Health, United States
Richard is a C-level executive with 20 years of building brands and businesses in startup and multinational organizations, both in North America and globally. Prior to conversationHEALTH, Richard led a North American strategy agency focused on brand innovation and digital transformation, working with companies like Salesforce and Alphabet. At heart, however, Richard is an industry insider. He was a founding executive at Silicon Valley-based biotech companies and prior to that held a number of leadership roles across Johnson & Johnson businesses.
- SciMax Global, United States
Joe Pierce has worked with pharmaceutical and biotech companies since 1995, specifically in the area of medical information and medical affairs. He was VP of Sales and Marketing for Online Business Applications, leading that company’s core product IRMS, to become the most widely used medical information software solution in the industry. In 2014, Joe founded EndPoint Technologies, a business and technology consulting firm offering services in data privacy and validation, analytics and new and innovative technology solutions.
- Manager, Medical Information
- ProPharma Group, United States
Stephanie Pruett is a St. Louis-based pharmacist with over 6 years of experience in hospital, retail, and pharmaceutical industry. At ProPharma Group, Stephanie supervises teams of specialists who provide Medical Information support to pharmaceutical clients. Stephanie is detail-oriented with a passion for managing projects, fostering teamwork, and developing innovative medical communications.
- Senior Vice President of Sales | Global Success
- Anju Software, United States
As the Sr Vice President of Sales and Global Customer Success, Reed is responsibilities for developing brand awareness, business development, and revenue generation for Anju. He oversees all sales initiatives from initial customer contact to completing the customer acquisition and maintenance. Reed has over 12 years of experience within the life sciences industry and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Springfield College (Mass).
Sara Torgal, MPharm
- Senior Manager, Scientific Programs
- DIA, Switzerland
Sara is currently Senior Manager, Scientific Programmes at DIA. In the EMEA region, she is responsible for engaging with external stakeholders and advancing the scientific content strategy by creating opportunities to integrate scientific and regulatory changes of interest in DIA initiatives. Additionally, she is responsible for the regional patient engagement and learning design initiatives, being the liason for the Middle East and SEE regions. Previously, she was Public Health Promotion Projects Manager at the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society. Sara is a Master of Pharmacy since 2015 and a Soft skills Trainer since 2012, having delivered over 300h of Training internationally primarily focused on creating impactful interactions.
Georgina Carr, MSc
- Chief Executive
- The Neurological Alliance, United Kingdom
Georgina joined the Alliance in January 2020. Prior to her role at the Neurological Alliance, Georgina was with the MS Society for over six years, overseeing their work to improve MS treatment, care and support. Georgina was also a member of the European MS Platform Executive Committee and MS International Federation Access to Medicines working group, working closely with neurological organisations across the world to improve care. Georgina has a close connection to MS, and is passionate about raising the bar of neurological treatment, care and support across the country. Prior to working at the UK MS Society, Georgina worked on EU health policy for the consultancy Burson Marsteller.
Kerry Ann Rogers, MSc
- Medical Information Operations Manager, Europe
- Pfizer Ltd, United Kingdom
Kerry Rogers has achieved a BSc in Environmental Science, MSc in Environmental Assessment and a MSc in Pharmacovigilance (pending). She started her pharmaceutical career at Schering Health care in 2005 in Drug Safety and moved to Pfizer in 2007 where she took on the position as a Drug Safety Manager. Here she held the position until Sep 2017 when she moved to Medical Information where her responsibilities now include leading developments and maintaining EU chatbots and investigating the feasibility and value of implementing other bot technologies. Making use of her background in safety she also leads the AE/PC reporting oversight for the EU.
MACARENA TELLO VEGA, LLM, MBA, MPharm
- MEDICAL INFORMATION PRODUCT SPECIALIST
- ELI LILLY, Spain
Maria Argyrofthalmidou, PhD
- Medical Information Frontline Manager
- Pfizer, Greece
Petra Delgado Romero, PhD
- Principal Medical Writer and Sr. Manager Global Medical Information
- Merck KGaA, Germany
Petra holds a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Salamanca, Spain. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the NCI (USA), she pursued a career in medical communication. In the last 15 years, Petra has held various positions in agencies in the USA and Germany as science and medical writer, and in the industry in medical information and communication departments. In her current position, she wears two hats in a dual role in medical writing and medical information with a focus on oncology.
- General Manager
- ESMS Global, United Kingdom
- Head of Professional Services
- Explicatos, Germany
Thorsten Rothweiler has a graduation as Bachelor Professional of Business CCI (IHK Hochrhein-Bodensee). He started his Career at Roche Pharma AG in Grenzach / Germany in 2011 in the Medical Information department, where he is responsible for any kind of data analytics. Furthermore, he is a member of different regional and global reporting groups with a strong focus on improving the quality of Medical Information data.
Bhanuja Balakrishnan, MPharm
- Medical Information Specialist
- Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd, United Kingdom
Ana Barrias, PharmD
- Director, EMEA Regional Therapy Area Lead, EMEA Medical Information
- Pfizer Inc, Portugal
Trained as PharmD and with post-graduations in Management, Pharmaceutical Medicine, Drug Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Quality and Auditing, she has held several leadership roles in pharmaceutical industry for more than 25 years, in areas that include Medical Information, Drug Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing and Compliance. Her experience has allowed a successful leadership of a therapeutic area as well as of several regional & global key projects such as in-house frontline pilot, global operations management for the integration of new products, product specialists internships programmes, medical writing vendors implementation, coordination of internal and external relationship projects, and global patient content strategy.
Thomas Green, MSc
- Senior Capabilities Specialist
- Eli Lilly, Ireland
Tom is currently a Senior Capabilities Specialist at Eli Lilly working in the European Medical Information department. He has worked for the last 5 years developing and enhancing the role of capabilities in Medical Information; starting with data analytics and dashboards, developing into project management, process improvement, business strategy, and budget. He has been a bridge between IT and the department to deploy new technologies, and enhance global solutions. Tom is motivated to drive Medical Information to be a leader and innovator of new technologies that will not only help customers but also the people within the department.
- Healthcare Data Ecosystems
- Roche, Switzerland
Lori Mouser, PharmD
- Global Head, Medical Customer Engagement
- F. Hoffman La Roche, Switzerland
Lori Mouser is the Global Head of Medical Customer Engagement at Roche. She champions the success of field medical teams and medical information teams to advance medicine through their engagements with healthcare providers and patients. Leading medical engagement teams for over 18 years, Lori brings the experience from a range of therapeutic areas. She has US and Global experience and operates with a commitment to creating solutions through collaboration. Lori’s first MSL position was at Aventis (now Sanofi) where she quickly gravitated to leading MSL teams during her 12 years with the company. Joining the Roche organization at Genentech in 2012, Lori ultimately was responsible for the national US Oncology MSL and field leadership team.
Marcos Pasarin, DrSc
- Medical Information Manager
- Grifols, S.A., Spain
PhD in Biology and Master in Pharmaceutical Industry, with more than 7 years of experience in the design and execution of projects in research teams working both individually and in groups. Results-oriented, resistant to pressure and with the ability to adapt to different environments. Currently working as Medical Information Manager in the Grifols Medical Affairs department. Specialties: Global vision of the operation of a pharmacovigilance system, Medial Affairs as well as Medical Information. In addition, I have extensive knowledge of diabetes and liver disease and pre-clinical research.
Elena Molina, PhD
- Sr. Mgr Scientific Communications
- Amgen S.A., Spain
PhD in Biological Sciences, within the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Elena is responsible for the Scientific Communication Service of Amgen Spain and Portugal and she has a wide experience in activities related to Medical Information (MI) and Communication in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PI). Elena has been a member of the MI Working Group (MIGW) of the Spanish Association of Medicine of Pharmaceutical Industry (AMIFE) since 2017. She teaches in three master's programs of the ESAME Foundation (Barcelona) and she is the co-director of the First Postgraduate Course in MI in the PI in Spain, a collaboration between MIGW-AMIFE and CEU San Pablo University (Madrid).