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Mar 10, 2022 10:00 AM - Mar 11, 2022 2:00 PM

Medical Communications Primer: The Fundamentals of Medical Communications


Payal  Desai, PharmD

Payal Desai, PharmD

Associate Director, Integrated Evidence Team Lead, Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC., United States

Payal Desai earned a PharmD degree from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. Dr. Desai worked in community practice before transitioning to a career in pharmaceutical industry. Over 20 years, Dr. Desai served at several pharmaceutical companies. In her current role at Janssen, she is the Integrated Evidence Team Lead and is responsible for generating the evidence generation plan within Medical Affairs. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Medical Information, where she was responsible for the successful launch of cardiovascular products, promotional review, and development of scientific responses. . She provides strategic medical support and participates in several cross-functional teams.

Ellen  Whipple, PharmD

Ellen Whipple, PharmD

Owner/Principal Writer, EW Associates, LLC, United States

Ellen is the co-owner of Scientific Content Solutions, LLC and the sole proprietor of EW Associates, LLC. She was previously a director of medical communications with an agency. Ellen has experience with medical information-related documents (e.g., standard letters, FAQs, dossiers, escalated inquiries), continuing education articles, primary author publications, promotional review, payer materials, and advisory board meeting reports. As a member of AMCP Format Executive Committee, Ellen contributed to AMCP Format 4.1. She serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Since 2000, Ellen has been a Medical Advisor for the MS Foundation.

Komal  Bawa, PharmD

Komal Bawa, PharmD

Senior Evidence Synthesis Scientist, US Medical Affairs, Genentech, United States

Dr. Komal Bawa has taken on various roles in Medical Affairs at Genentech since joining in 2014. She currently focuses on evidence synthesis in the health economics and outcomes research organization, leading the dossier strategy for the portfolio. Similar to many other pharmacists, Komal started in medical communications before venturing out into other roles to broaden her experience. Prior to joining industry, she worked as an emergency medicine clinical pharmacist at UCSF and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Komal lives in San Francisco where she has been "getting to know" her family a little too well these days, but enjoys cooking with the kids, long walks with her mom, and can't wait to travel again.

Vineeth Nair Nair, PharmD, MPH

Vineeth Nair Nair, PharmD, MPH

GMI Content Manager, Sanofi, United States

I am a licensed Pharmacist with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Master of Public Health degree. I currently function as a Global Medical Information Content Manager with Sanofi Global Medical Information.

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