Latin America Annual Meeting
Fernanda Lessa, MBA, MPH
- Health Regulatory Systems
- Consultant, Switzerland
Pharmacist, with MBA and Masters in Public Health, with more than a decade focusing on regulatory strategies to strengthen health systems across the globe.
Maria Antonieta Tony Roman, MPharm
- Head Regulatory Policy Emerging Markets LATAM
- Novartis, Mexico
Degree in Pharmacy, Master of Science (pharmacy) UNAM; Diploma in Clinical development and regulatory affairs, Universidad Anahuac; diploma in public health by the Swiss School of Public Health. 31 years of experience in various areas in the Pharmaceutical industry like R&D, quality, manufacturing, regulatory affairs and teaching. She has contributed in: BIRMEX, CDC, USA, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi Pasteur and Novartis where she currently holds the position of Regulatory policy head, LATAM; has collaborated with regulatory authorities and associations of the pharmaceutical industry in the review and preparation of regulatory documents; coordinator of the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Swiss-Mexican Chamber of commerce.
Leonardo Semprun, RPh
- Global Regulatory Policy Lead-LatAm
- MSD, Panama
Leonardo Semprún is currently Senior Director, Global Regulatory Policy at MSD. In this role, Leonardo is responsible to define and execute a regional regulatory policy plan that addresses current and future needs, while also advocating for and anticipating regulatory change with LATAM-based regulators and multilateral organizations. He has worked with governments, regulators, trade bodies and other external stakeholders to shape regional regulatory policy.
Urimara Argotti-Rodriguez, MBA
- Regional Regulatory Policy LATAM Region, Global International Regulatory Policy
- Productos Roche S.A. DE C.V., Mexico
Urimara Argotti is the LATAM Regional Regulatory Policy Manager, Product Development Regulatory Department at Roche based in Mexico, responsible for leading regional Regulatory Policy activities, developing and executing a regional policy roadmap and associated Roche positions to drive global regulatory convergence in LATAM. She is involved in regional and global initiatives for regulatory systems strengthening. She has over 19 years of experience in the Life Science Industry, mainly in the Regulatory Affairs, Regulatory Policy and Quality Assurance field. Active member of the Latin American Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry (FIFARMA), Chair of the Regulatory and Biological Working Group, participates in EFPIA LATAM Network.
Flavia Firmino Ribeiro, PharmD
- Director Reg Global CMC
- Pfizer, Brazil
Flavia is the Regulatory Advisor for Latin America in Global CMC at Pfizer since 2017. She holds accountability for partnering with manufacturing organizations and Regulatory Affairs while providing regional regulatory expertise to CMC Product Strategists, addressing strategic issues, contributing to the development of policies and positions on draft regulations and external engagement on CMC topics. Based in Brazil, she has over 20 years of experience in Quality, Regulatory and CMC areas and held leadership positions in Regulatory Conformance, Quality Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
Gislaine Villarta Capeleti Dib, PharmD
- Pharmacovigilance Manager
- PGA Farma, Brazil
Patient Safety Manager at PGA Farma responsible for supporting activities related to patient safety, in clinical trials and post marketing activities, for different pharmaceutical companies with the objective to help them reach their internal process with high performance and quality according to requirements from differenece healthy authorities. Professional with over 20 years of experience in pharmacovigilance in national and international pharmaceutical industry, working on different kind of operations like Pharmacovigilance, Technovigilance, Cosmetovigilance and Nutrivigilance owith process related to clinical development and postmarketing.
Raphael Elmadjian Pareschi, PharmD, MBA
- Patient Safety Lead/ Head of Pharmacovigilance Brazil
- Roche, Brazil
Raphael has more than 16 years of experience in Pharmacovigilance, beginning at Sanofi Brazil, where he acted in roles of increasing responsibility within local PV organization, responsibilities including oversight of case management, PSUR management and RMP management. Raphael also worked for Johnson & Johnson as associate manager, with responsibility for 18 countries within Latin America in processes like PSURs, PV Agreements, oversight of reporting to Health Authority and of contracts with vendors and business partners. Also worked at MSD Brazil as Associate Director with experience in PV and Quality & Compliance for PV and Regulatory for Americas. Since Aug.2022 Raphael is Head of PV Brazil at Roche.
Rosana Miguel Messias Mastellaro, PharmD, RPh
- Director of Regulatory Affairs
- Sindusfarma, Brazil
Pharmacist, she has worked for 17 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Specialist in Project Management. She is currently Director of Regulatory Affairs at Sindusfarma . Since 2008 is responsible for the Pharmacovigilance area. Responsible for the coordination of several seminars and symposiums and for the elaboration of a Manual of Good Practices of Pharmacovigilance Sindusfarma in 2010 to assist in the orientation, training and compliance of sanitary regulations.
Bianca Passos, MBA, RPh
- Country Safety Head - Brazil
- Sanofi, Brazil
Country Safety Head for Sanofi Brazil. Industrial Pharmacist with over 16 years of experience in Pharmacovigilance, Cosmetovigilance and Materiovigilance operations in multinational pharmaceutical industries. As part of her career, also assumed responsibilities for Call center, Patient Support Program and Medical Governance areas. Active member of local and 119egional Pharma Associations, has been participating in important projects to strengthen Pharmacovigilance in Brazil.
Michelle Arguelles Gonzalez, MBA, RPh, PMP
- Executive Director, Clinical Research
- Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), Mexico
Michelle Argüelles is currently the Executive Director of Clinical Reserach at MSD Mexico. She has more than 20 years of experience in different roles, with increasing levels of responsibility moving from Quality Asoociate to CRA, CPM, CRM, and in her latest Directive experience as Head of Project Management teams, for Primary Care Portfolio in US, Canada and LATAM , Head of the Regional Operations Center and finally as Regional Operations Head in LatinAmerica. Michelle has a Master in Business Administration, a Bachelor in Pharmacy & Biochemistry, she is expert leading and coaching high performing teams, Michelle is certified in six sigma yellow & green belt, holds a diplomate in Agile methodologies and in Patient Advocacy.
Duglas Rodriguez Calderon, MSc
- Head of LATAM Regulatory Policy, Global Regulatory Policy & Intelligence
- Roche, Panama
Duglas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with specialization in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and experience in preclinical biochemical research. He adds to his career more than 12 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs in multinational companies such as P&G, J&J and Roche. With an extensive knowledge of the LATAM regulatory landscape for consumer products, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, he recently has worked on strategic approaches to cooperate with regulators to strengthen the regulatory systems and has played leadership roles in industry associations like FEDEFARMA. Duglas currently holds the position of Head of LATAM Regulatory Policy part of the Global Regulatory Policy & Intelligence group at Roche Diagnostics
Lorena Larrosa, RPh
- Regulatory Affairs Manager
- Abbvie, Uruguay
Lorena Larrosa is currently working as Manager, Regulatory Affairs for Latin America at Abbvie. in this role she develops and executes regulatory strategies in alignment with Global and Affiliate teams for several products and indications, simultaneously across countries in Latin America. She is pharmacist with 19 years of experience in pharmaceutical companies, both national and international (Merck, Novartis and AbbVie) having broad expertise in Regulatory Affairs, and Quality Assurance areas. She has also expertise on Regulatory Policy matters having worked as member of trade associations (CEFA and Fifarma).
Susan Koepke, MBA
- Head of Regulatory Affairs LATAM
- EMD Serono, Inc., Healthcare Business of Merck Kgaa, Darmstadt, Germany, United States
Susan Koepke is a Regulatory Affairs professional with more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry. She works for EMD Serono Inc, healthcare business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. She is the Regulatory Affairs Head for Latin America based in Miami, FL, USA being responsible for innovative pipeline delivery as well as for life cycle management activities of established products in Latin America.
Ana Pineda Zavaleta, MSc
- International Regulatory Analyst, OIP, OGROP, OC
- FDA, United States
Ms. Pineda joined the U.S. FDA office in Mexico on March, 2013. She has a BSc on Chemistry, Pharmacology and Biology from the UNAM and a MSc on Toxicology from the CINVESTAV/IPN. She started her professional career in the pharmaceutical industry in the production area. In 2001 she joined the Mexican Government as Head of the Toxicology Department at the Ministry of Health, participating in the development of the risk assessment area. For 10 years Ms. Pineda was Manager of International Affairs on Drugs at (COFEPRIS), where she represented and coordinated COFEPRIS’ participation in international fora on drugs, medical devices, dietary supplements, cosmetics, toxic substances and pesticides, as well as developed cooperation agreements.
Tamei Elliott, MS
- Senior Manager, Scientific Programs
- DIA, United States
Tamei Elliott is the Senior Manager of Scientific Programs for the Americas Region at DIA. She is responsible for identifying and prioritizing content areas and topics of importance to DIA constituents, assessing the implications of important regulatory and health policy changes, and incorporating appropriate content into the development and advancement of content for DIA conferences and courses. Prior to DIA, Tamei worked as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist where she maintained a portfolio of INDs and protocols for clients and was responsible for the preparation, tracking, and submission of regulatory documents to regulatory health authorities. She has her master's degree in biotechnology and bachelor's degree in nutritional science.
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Viktoria Magyar, LLM, MSc
- USC School of Pharmacy, United States
Over 15 years of experience in law, finance, and corporate compliance. Worked for numerous small and mid-sized law firms, renewable energy companies, before launching MGC Associates LLC, a fully integrated pharmaceutical and medical device consulting partnership. Current area of focus and specialty is regulatory and quality sciences pertaining to medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, and digital health technologies in Latin American and Caribbean regions. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Regulatory Sciences (DRSc) at USC.
Lisette Pérez Ojeda
- Asesora de la Dirección
- CECMED, Colombia
Professional in Pharmaceutical Sciences with 20 years of experience, 15 of them in the sector of health regulation of medicines; focused mainly on the management of international cooperation from National Regulatory Authorities, networking, project management, negotiation and implementation of agreements, construction and monitoring of action plans, intellectual property and its linkage with access to medicines and other health technologies and the preparation and publication of scientific publications.
Josue Bautista, PharmD
- GCP/PV Auditor
- Novartis, Mexico
Industrial Pharmaceutical Chemist with 17 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Founder and Member of #PharmacovigilanceEnEspañol. Founder of "JBA Farmacovigilancia". Advisor of the Pharmacovigilance Institute. Member and Mexico´s ambassador of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE). Member of the LinkedIn program #LinkedInCreators. Pharmacovigilance Professor for Latin America. Ambassador for LATAM of the Global Pharmacovigilance Society (GPS). Invited coordinator of the Pharmacovigilance academic program at UNIBE. He collaborated with companies such as Wyeth, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck Sharp & Dhome and Pfizer. Currently, he works as a Global Auditor of Pharmacovigilance for Novartis.
Sonia Viejobueno, LLM
- Latin America Lead, Global Regulatory Policy and Intelligence
- Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Argentina
Sonia has over 15 years of professional legal, health policy and regulatory policy experience in the Latin American biopharmaceutical industry. As legal counsel specialized in commercial, business and corporate law, she has provided extensive legal advice to pharmaceutical companies in the region, including pharmaceutical law, intellectual property, business transactions, regulatory matters and corporate healthcare compliance, among others. She joined Johnson & Johnson in 2016 as Latin America Lead for Global Regulatory Policy & Intelligence. She holds a Master of Laws degree on International Trade Law from the University of South Africa and a Law degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Senior Country Manager, Latin America
- WCG, United States
Jared Auclair, PhD
- Vice Provost Research Economic Development; Director Bioinnovation
- Northeastern University, United States
Jared R. Auclair, Ph.D. is currently the Vice Provost Research Economic Development and Director of Bioinnovation in the Office of the Provost at Northeastern University. As Vice Provost Research Economic Development, Dr. Auclair works to strengthen the bonds between our education and research missions by strengthening the integration of work-integrated credentialed learning and use-inspired research, co-creating with communities and partners while expanding our global mindset. As Director of Bioinnovation, Dr. Auclair works to leverage important University activities around biotechnology, bringing together experts from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds to advance the expansion of Northeastern life sciences programs.
- Director of Medical Devices and Other Technologies
- INVIMA, Colombia
Pharmacist specialized in marketing management with 30 years of professional experience in the goverment and industry sectors, as a consultant for medicines and health technologies and manager of regulatory affairs and quality assurance at the regional level. Has worked as an advisor on issues of pharmaceutical legislation, pharmacovigilance, post marketing surveillance, clinical studies, environment and intellectual property in the medical device, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food sectors.
- Regional Regulatory Affairs Head of New Product Strategy (LACan)
- Novartis Pharma Logistics, Inc., Guatemala
Pharmacist with a Master (MS) in Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy with more than 20 years of experience in regulatory affairs in a Global Organization. Currently, RA Head of New Product Strategy for Latin American countries at Novartis. In collaboration with the local, regional, and global cross-functional teams, accountable for developing innovative regulatory strategies for efficient approvals of projects under responsibility. Regulatory experience includes modalities such as in-vivo gene-therapy, biologics and small molecules in multiple therapeutic areas, mainly rare diseases, oncology, hematology, ophthalmology and cardiovascular.
Cristiane Carvalho, MBA
- Patient Safety Team Leader
- Roche, Brazil
Pharmacist, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Business Administration. Solid knowledge of Pharmacovigilance and Medical Devices. Experience in Risk Management and Post-Marketing Vigilance of Medical Devices, with a focus on Patient Centricity and the development of Additional Activity Minimization Measures to provide support and health literacy to patients and healthcare professionals. Experience in project coordination and ability to work in cross and self-managed teams to achieve results and ensure that more solutions can be delivered to patients and society.
Gabriela Dávila, MD
- Area Head EUCALA (Europe, Canada & LATAM)
- Pfizer Mexico, S.A. De C.V., Mexico
Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad La Salle; specialized in clinical neurology at the University of Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France; awarded a Diploma in Electrophysiology at the same university. She has been classified as one of the one hundred most influential women in Mexico over the last ten years (2009-2019) and in 2019 was nominated as Leader of the Year in the Science category at the special 2019 edition of the 25 Executive Women Leaders. In 2020 she headed one of the Pfizer Mexico´s most important projects, the COVID-19 vaccine, achieving one third of the total sample in Latin America alone in record time. In 2021 she was appointed as Area Head for EUCALA (Europa, Canada and LATAM).
Noe Geovanni Garcia
- National Director
- National Directorate Of Medicines, El Salvador
Lawyer and notary, graduated from the University of El Salvador, has a master's degree in Administrative Law and Public Policies, specializing in Health, Pharmaceutical, Labor and Labor Procedural Law; Sanctioning Administrative Law and Administrative Procedure. With experience in health regulation and surveillance, administrative management and public policies in public health. He has held executive and technical positions at the NRA as a Specialist Technician in Regulatory Litigation, Secretary for the Investigation of Sanctioning Procedures, Head of the Regulatory Litigation Unit, Acting Head of the Inspection, Oversight and Good Practices, Legal Coordinator of Regulatory Processes and currently as a National Director.
Hugo Hamel, MBA, MSc
- Associate Director, BRDD
- Health Canada, Canada
Mr. Hamel spent his last 23 years working with the Biologic and Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Directorate (BRDD) at Health Canada as Senior Evaluator and Division Manager. He is currently Associate Director with BRDD. Mr. Hamel was involved with reviewing the CMC information pertaining to CTAs, NDSs and Post-Marketing changes associated with Biotherapeutics and represented Health Canada on the WHO drafting group in charge of developing the WHO Guidelines on procedures and data requirements for changes to approved biotherapeutic products. Mr. Hamel is also a member of the ICH M4Q EWG and ICH Q12 IWG and leads its implementation in Canada. He is pleased to share his experience with the ICH Q12 pilot program in Canada.
- Principal Scientific Enablement Director, Scientific Enablement and Processes
- Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group, United States
Alan Hochberg is a Scientific Enablement Leader at Genentech, involved in bringing innovations into the pharmacovigilance system. He was formerly with ProSanos, where he developed and evaluated signal-detection algorithms. He has worked in bioinformatics and biomedical engineering for the past 38 years, at DuPont, Hologic, and J&J. Mr. Hochberg holds several patents on medical devices and data analysis methods. He received his B.S. degree in Engineering from Princeton University.
Cammilla Horta Gomes, MA, MPharm
- Latam Regulatory Policy Lead
- Roche, Brazil
Specialist in Global Health and Health Regulation, with a Master’s Degree in Development and International Cooperation. Broad experience in regulatory policy, both as regulator in ANVISA and industry, leading or contributing to bilateral and multilateral negotiations, harmonization and convergence initiatives. Specialized knowledge and activities in liaising with government agencies, international and regional organizations, industry and other stakeholders in the area of health regulation. Current role in Roche as Regulatory Policy Lead for Latin America, with special focus on Brazil.
Alexandre Kiazand, DrMed, MD
- Head, Global Patient Safety - Vaccines & Immune Therapies
- AstraZeneca, United States
Alex Kiazand is the Head of Global Patient Safety, Vaccine & Immune Therapies at AstraZeneca. He has a medical degree from Claude Bernard University School of Medicine, was a hospitalist in France and completed post-doctoral training in clinical research, and epidemiology at Stanford School of Medicine, CA. Alex joined the Industry in 2006 and has led teams of physicians and scientists in the US, Germany, Sweden, & UK. He holds a faculty position and teaches pharmacovigilance courses at the Claude Bernard School of Medicine in France. Alex served as the Chair of IQ-DILI consortium in 2020-22 and has published in several high impact journals. Alex currently heads the Global Patient Safety team in Vaccine & Immune Therapies at AstraZeneca.
Alexandre Lemgruber, MSc
- Regional Advisor, Health Technologies
- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), United States
Mr. Lemgruber is Regional Advisor on Health Technologies Management at PAHO/WHO, a position he holds since July 2011. He is responsible for providing technical support for the countries in Regulation of Medical Devices, Health Technology Assessment (HTA), and Biomedical Equipment Management. Prior, Mr. Lemgruber was the Head of the Office of Economic Evaluation of New Technologies at ANVISA. He was a member of the National Commission of Health Technologies Incorporation, a member of the MERCOSUR HTA Commission and a rapporteur of the Brazilian Policy of Health Technology Management. Mr. Lemgruber holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, a Masters degree in Public Policies and specialization degrees in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics.
- Site Services Specialist
- WCG Clinical, United States
Lesley Maloney, PharmD
- Director, Regulatory Policy - Digital Health and Integrated Solutions
- Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group, United States
Lesley R. Maloney, Pharm.D., is Global Regulatory Policy Lead for Digital Health at Genentech/Roche. She is responsible for shaping the external regulatory environment on integrated and digital solutions, including use of digital health technologies in drug development for digitally-derived endpoints, SaMD, and AI/ML. She was previously Head of US Regulatory Policy for Roche Diagnostics. Prior to joining Roche, Dr. Maloney worked for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the Office of the Commissioner, where she served in various roles, including Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff. Dr. Maloney holds a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Oklahoma and did an Executive Residency at ASHP.
Maria Cristina Mota Pina, MBA
- Director, Regulatory Policy and Intelligence -Japan, Emerging Markets, Australia
- Latin America Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry (FIFARMA), United States
Cristina is currently Director at AbbVie where she coordinates regulatory policy and intelligence activities for the Emerging Markets. Cristina worked for Boehringer Ingelheim for 13 years in different roles including Quality, Validation and Regulatory Affairs. Cristina attended Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico where she got her Pharmacy Degree and a Masters in Industrial Administration.
Leonardo R. Pereira, PharmD, MSc
- Clinical Safety Director
- Roche, United Kingdom
I am pharmacist graduated at University of Sao Paulo (FCF-USP), and I was awarded a MSc in pharmacoepidemiology at Bordeaux University. I am currently PhD candidate at UMC Utrecht (Netherlands) focusing on the research area of drug safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding through IMI-ConcePTION. Besides my academic life, I work simultaneously at Roche in UK as Clinical Safety Director in Oncology Area with more 12 years’ experience in pharmacovigilance in pre-and post-marketing programs.
Renata Yoshida, PharmD
- International Patient Safety Head for Latin America & Canada
- Hoffman La Roche, Brazil
International Patient Safety Head for Latin America and Canada at Roche with more than eighteen years of experience in Pharmacovigilance (PV), including local and regional roles. A pharm D who is driven by the passion and commitment to develop and bring people together across countries and cultures to collectively improve patients' lives. Renata has been advocating the strengthening of the PV system in the region and successfully led the design of the Affiliate Patient Safety model at Roche to sustain our trust with patients and society while proactively addressing unmet patient safety needs. A stronger believer in collaboration with the different sectors of the healthcare ecosystem to significantly improve patients' outcomes.
Mario Alanis, PhD
- Senior Advisor
- Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science (CIRS), United Kingdom
Mario Alanis has domestic and international, public sector experience in health regulation, economic analysis, social policy and international trade negotiations. Proven track record of successfully leading teams working on complex, sensitive issues with governments, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Currently he collaborates as Senior Advisor to the Center for Innovation in Regulatory Science, (CIRS) participating in diverse strategic projects for the Latin American Region. He concluded a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Bachelor program at the TEC de Monterrey in Mexico.
Johan Beun, MPA
- Markiva, Netherlands
Mario Cesar Muniz, DrMed
- Department Head, Medical Devices
- CECMED, Cayman Islands
Doctor of Medicine (1993) and First Degree Specialist in Family Medicine (1997) at the "Salvador Allende" Faculty of the Superior Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana. Numerous responsibilities in the Cuban Health System: Municipal Director of Health of the Cerro Municipality in the Havana province; Head of the Independent Section of Optics of the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba; Head of the Department of Medical Technologies of the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba; Director of the National Electromedicine Center, Commercial Director of the Cuban Medical Supplies Company. Since 2019, he has been the Head of the Department of Medical Equipment and Devices of the Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices.
Alexandre Chiavegatto Filho, PhD
- Associate Professor of Machine Learning in Healthcare
- University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Brazil
I am an Associate Professor of machine learning in healthcare at the Department of Epidemiology of the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo. I served as a visiting professor (2016 and 2020) and visiting researcher (2017 and 2019) at the Harvard School of Public Health. I am the director of the Laboratory of Big Data and Predictive Analysis in Health (Labdaps) at the University of São Paulo, which currently has a team of 25 researchers focused on developing artificial intelligence (machine learning) algorithms to improve healthcare decisions in Brazil, in areas such as improving disease diagnosis and prognosis, and improving the allocation of public health policies.
Jason Cross, JD, PhD
- Chief Strategy Officer
- Rymedi, United States
Dr. Cross is co-founder and Chief Strategy officer of Rymedi, a digital health company providing a digital workflow and data automation platform for testing, treating and monitoring patients across health service providers. Prior to Rymedi, he was a professor of health innovation law, policy, and business at Duke University, where he was founding Executive Director of the Innovation & Technology Policy Lab (ITPLab) and led research, consulting and venture incubation on health innovation. Dr. Cross is an advisor to several health innovation companies and research programs, as well Chair of the intellectual property subgroup of the IEEE Blockchain in Healthcare and Life Sciences Standards Development Working Group.
Betty Duarte, PharmD
- Pharmacovigilance Director CAN & LATAM
- Pfizer, Costa Rica
I began my work at Pfizer as Pharmacovigilance leader in 2011. In March 2017, was appointed as the leader of the Pharmacovigilance Unit for the Americas, which is a hub of the company -based in Costa Rica- dedicated to processing of adverse drug events. Later, in 2020, was appointed director of Pharmacovigilance for Canada and Latin America. I graduated as a pharmacist in 2006 from the Universidad de Iberoamérica and have a specialization in Management Skills and Leadership. Had the opportunity to entrepreneur having my own pharmacy, and, in addition, worked as a professor for Universidad de Iberoamérica. Currently I am in the process of finishing my Thesis for a Master's in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.
Rian Marie Extavour, PhD, MSc, RPh
- Programme Manager, Caribbean Regulatory System
- Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Trinidad And Tobago
Dr. Rian Marie Extavour is a pharmacist by training, and is the Programme Manager of the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS), under the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Dr. Extavour holds a Master of Science degrees in Clinical Pharmacy, and in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree. She manages the technical work of the CARPHA-CRS, which supports CARICOM Member States in regulatory functions of market authorization, pharmacovigilance, and post-market surveillance. Her work experience includes pharmacy education, research, consulting in pharmaceutical systems and medicines utilization, and pharmacovigilance.
Heriberto Enrique García Escorza, MPA, RPh
- Instituto de Salud Pública de Chile, Chile
Pharmaceutical Chemist and Master in public policy, director(s) of the Institute of Public Health of Chile. In January 2020, he joined the ISP after being appointed Head of the National Medicines Agency (ANAMED), a position he assumed through the Senior Public Management System. In August of the same year, he was appointed director(s), a period in which he stands out for his management and leadership in controlling the pandemic through the evaluation and authorization of vaccines to combat COVID-19, in addition to reinforcing the institutional role to support the Ministry of Health in the strategy of testing, traceability and isolation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus through genetic sequencing.
Sandra Ligia González Aguirre
- Executive Secretary, Inter-American Coalition for Regulatory Convergence
- Inter-American Coalition For Regulatory Convergence, Medical Technology Sector, United States
Sandra has hold diverse management and directive positions at Regulatory Affairs, Sales, Marketing, Business Development and R&D for various countries in Latin America and Turkey. Her experience covers from Public institutions to Global Companies: Baxter, Danone and J&J MDs. She has held diverse mgmt. positions in Sales, Mktg, Business Dev. and RA. Sandra has participated as a Faculty Member and speaker for several international events organized by RAPS, ISPOR, COFEPRIS, INVIMA and PAHO. She holds a bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition & Food Sc and a Diploma on Product/Brand Mgmt, by U. Iberoamericana and a Diploma on Enterprise Top Mgmt. by IPADE. She currently leads the Inter-American Coalition for Regulatory Convergence, MedTech Sector.
Michelle Grimes, MSc
- Head, International Pharmacovigilance. GCS&PV
- MSD, United Kingdom
Michelle is leading the International Pharmacovigilance organization at MSD. She has 25+ years of experience in the pharma industry and worked in clinical research and consulting prior to moving into pharmacovigilance (PV). Since joining MSD in 2002 she has performed various roles within PV including an EUQPPV support function, as well as prior regional operations roles in Asia Pacific and EMEA. Michelle has accountability for PV activities ex-US which consists of approx. 205 markets managed from 56 locations across the globe. Michelle is a part of the Global Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance Leadership Team, and works closely with HQ colleagues in the US. She is based in Europe.
Lawrence Liberti, PhD, RAC
- Project Director, The FRPath Project
- Frpath Project/The Erudee Foundation, United States
Dr Liberti has worked in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, communications and clinical R&D for the past four decades. From 2009 to 2021 he has served as the Executive Director of CIRS (the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science, Ltd, forming part of Clarivate Analytics). He has been actively involved in promulgating best practices in the regulatory aspects of medicines development, especially in the emerging markets. He received his doctorate in International Regulatory Policy through the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation, Utrecht University, where his research centered on expedited regulatory pathways with applicability in the emerging markets. He is a volunteer with the nonprofit Erudee Foundation.
Cintia Parellada, MD, PhD
- Outcomes Research Director - Vaccines
- MSD, Brazil
Dr Parellada, MD, PhD, Vaccine Outcomes Research Director for Latin America, works in the Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence of MSD. She is a healthcare professional with a demonstrated history of working in academic institutions and pharmaceutical industry. Her background includes active participation in planning and execution of pre-launching and life cycle management of products/ vaccines as part of cross-functional teams. Dr Parellada received her medical degree in 1993 and her “magna cum laude” PhD in Health Sciences in 2002 from São Paulo University (Brazil). She has authored more than 100 publications and support creation of F2F and e-learning courses, digital newsletters/ websites, and biomedical journal.
Vaishali Patadia, PhD
- Executive Director, Signal Mgt and Risk Mgt; TransCelerate Lead
- Amgen, United States
Vaishali Patadia, PhD, MPH, MBA is an Executive Director, Head of Signal Management and Risk Management Center of Excellence, Global Patient Safety in Amgen. She is also the lead for TransCelerate’s Rapid Signal Assessment using Real World Data workstream. Dr. Patadia has 22+ years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotech companies. She has a strong leadership track-record with broad experience across Patient Safety, including signal management, risk management, benefit-risk assessment and pharmacoepidemiology. She has extensive experience in leading change, building and growing global teams, mentoring, teaching, as well as in the design and implementation of innovative tools and processes in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology.
Raphael Sanches Pereira
- Quality Assessment of Synthetic Medicines Office Manager
- ANVISA, Brazil
Manager of Office for Quality Evaluation of Small Molecules (GQMED/GGMED) since october/2019. Previously manager of Office for Quality Evaluation for Registration of Small Molecules. Also acted as deputy General Manager of General Office for Small Molecules and Biologics in 2018 and assistant for Registration Directory at ANIVSA. Previus experience in analytical method development and validation, especially degradation products, and API manufacturers representation to brazillian pharmaceutical companies.
Tammy Steuerwald, JD
- Head of Regulatory Policy for Foundational Principles and Supranational Organiza
- Roche Diagnostics, United States
Tammy Steuerwald is the Head of Regulatory Policy for Foundational Principles and Supranational Organizations at Roche Diagnostics. In that role, she collaborates with the global regulatory community to identify modern and flexible solutions that drive improved access to innovative healthcare products. Her work includes efforts to support regulatory convergence, implementation of Good Regulatory Practices, and Regulatory Reliance policies and involves organizations such as the World Health Organization and IMDRF. Ms. Steuerwald holds a B.S. of Science from Indiana University, as well as a J.D. and Health Law Certificate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Diana Tellez, DrMed, MPH
- Director Market Access and Pricing Operations LATAM
- Merck Group, Colombia
Diana is a Medical Doctor with Master in Public Health from the University of Warwick in the UK and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the International School of Management in Paris (in course). Diana has held several regional leadership roles in Market Access across LatAm with various companies like Abbvie, Roche, Janssen and Baxter. She has experience in oncology, neuroscience and orphan diseases. In addition, she has in-depth experiences as Scientific Affairs Manager with Abbott, as Public Health Consultant with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and served for 2 years as President for Latin American Consortium Health Technology with the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).
Kristof Vanfraechem, MSc
- Founder and CEO
- Data for Patients, Belgium
I am a caregiver and former pharma R&D scientist, now building a start-up focused on helping EU Patient Organisations leverage data to increase their impact on healthcare change.
Veronica Marcela Vergara Galvan, MSc
- Head, Pharmacovigilance Subdepartment
- Instituto de Salud Pública de Chile, Chile
Pharmacist, Master in Clinical Epidemiology. Head of the Pharmacovigilance Subdepartment of the Public Health Institute (ISP). She has experience in the areas of pharmacovigilance, drug information, regulatory inspections, patient safety and evaluation of reference regulatory agencies.
Kenneth Cavanaugh, PhD
- Deputy Director, Office of Cardiovascular Devices
- FDA, United States
Dr. Kenneth J. Cavanaugh Jr. has been employed at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health since 2003 and is currently a Deputy Director in FDA’s Office of Cardiovascular Devices. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing pre-market review, post-market surveillance, and compliance-related activities for all cardiovascular devices in the United States. Dr. Cavanaugh has also worked extensively in the areas of standards and guidance development and international harmonization, including co-leading several International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) and ISO work items.
Augusto Geyer, MSc
- Head of Medical Devices Office
- ANVISA, Brazil
Augusto Geyer, PharmD, MSc is the Head of Medical Devices Office at the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA). Between 2017 and 2022 he served as Senior Advisor and Deputy General Manager of the Office of Medical Devices. Between 2014 and 2017 he served as Manager at the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics. Since 2005, when he joined ANVISA as Specialist in Regulation and Health Surveillance, he represents the Office of Medical Devices in international technical working groups and committees of IMDRF, ISO, WHO and other organizations. His educational background includes Pharmacy Degree, specialization in Sanitary Law, and a Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering.
Juan Camilo Gonzalez, MSc
- Head of Global Pharmacovigilance Operations
- Moderna, United States
Juan Camilo Gonzalez is a Pharmacist with Master’s Degree in Science; he has extensive experience in pharmacovigilance country operations, policy, and systems management. He joined Moderna in April 2021 as Head of Pharmacovigilance operations Japan, APAC Countries, Africa and Latin America; now he is the Head of the Global Pharmacovigilance Operation at Moderna, he is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.
Ana Carolina Moreira Marino Araujo, PharmD
- General Manager, Office of Inspections and Law Enforcement
- ANVISA, Brazil
Head of the Inspections and Law Enforcement Office at the Brazilian Health Regulatory Authority (Anvisa) for the last 2 years. Anvisa's employee for 16 years with experience in assessing medicinal products, management position in the office of variations of medicinal product, and inspections of medicines and medical devices. Actively involved in international initiatives for the last 10 years, such as IPRP, ICH, PICs and IMDRF. Acts as Anvisa's ICH Coordinator for 7 years. Graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Brasília (2002), postgraduate in Health Surveillance from Oswaldo Foundation (2009) and postgraduate in Pharmaceutical Technology from the Fluminense Federal University (2012).
Fabrício Carneiro De Oliveira
- Head of Biologic Products and Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products Office
- ANVISA, Brazil
Pharmacist graduated in Federal University Of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, Specialist in Health Surveillance. Started in Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) in 2005 on the marketing authorizations office. From 2011 to 2013 performed as advisor in the Anvisa's Board Of Directors. In 2015 was the manager of the Cells, Tissues, Blood, Organs Office then moved in 2016 to the Anvisa inspectorate. Since August 2022 is the Head of Biological Products and Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products Office.
Jan Petracek, MD, MSc
- Ivigee, Czech Republic
Jan Petracek, MD, MSc, DIC, MIoD, FISoP, has gained international recognition with over 22 years of pharmacovigilance and drug safety expertise. Dr Petracek has been instrumental in guiding many of the world’s leading biotech organisations and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. His pharmacovigilance clients appreciate a pragmatic approach and sensible solutions to every problem they may encounter while battling with global pharmacovigilance demands. He serves clients as EU QPPV, auditor, trainer and advisor.
Sheila Rodrigues Rodovalho, PhD, MSc
- Technical Officer
- Pan American Health Organization, Brazil
Bachelor in Biological Sciences (2001) and Master in Ecology from the University of Brasília (2005) and PhD in Tropical Medicine from the State University of Amazonas (2022). I worked at the Ministry of Health in the National Malaria Control Program between 2010 and 2018 and in the General Coordination of Arbovirus Surveillance in 2022. Between 2018 and 2022, I was a national consultant on malaria and I am currently a national officer on malaria and neglected infectious diseases at the Pan American Health Organization in Brazil
Erika Rufino, MBA
- Regulatory Affairs Director
- Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Brazil
Erika Diago Rufino is a PhD candidate in Science with focus in E-labeling and Artificial Intelligence. Graduated in Pharmacy and Industrial Chemistry. Post graduated in Quality and Productivity, she also has an International MBA being a student in Cambridge and Bocconi. Black Belt certified in Lean Six Sigma. With extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and food industries, she has a 25-year career and has worked for companies such as Sanofi, Mars and J&J in the areas of Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality System and Operations. She is currently Director of Regulatory Affairs, in Janssen Pharmaceutical Brazil.
Meredith Smith, PhD, MPA, FISPE
- Senior Director, Implementation Science Pillar Lead
- Evidera, Inc, United States
Meredith Smith, PhD, MPA, FISPE is Senior Director and Head, Implementation Science team within the Patient-Centered Research group at Evidera, Inc., PPD, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is a behavioral scientist and health services researcher by training with over 20 years of experience in health outcomes, drug safety and regulatory policy in the pharmaceutical industry. She has served on numerous FDA expert panels, on CIOMS Working Groups VIII, IX and XI, and IMI-PREFER and is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. She has been a pioneer in the application of Implementation Science methods within the context of drug development and has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature.
Julia Souza Vidal, MPH
- Pharmacovigilance Manager
- ANVISA, Brazil
Pharmacist, MPH. Certified in Health Regulation and in Administrative Management at Public Organizations. Pharmacovigilance Manager at the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa). She has expertise in the areas of drug information, health technology assessment, patient safety, economic regulation of medicines, and pharmacovigilance.
Omar Tounekti, PhD, MBA
- Acting Director, Centre for Oncology, Radiopharmaceuticals and Research
- Health Canada, Canada
Omar is Acting Director of the Centre for Oncology, Radiopharmaceuticals and Research of the Biologic and Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Directorate (BRDD) at Health Canada. With over 18 years at Health Canada, Omar has experience as Manager of Cell, Gene Therapies and Radiopharmaceuticals Division and the Monoclonal Antibodies Division in BRDD. Prior to Health Canada, he served as a research scientist working on Alzheimer’s disease. Omar holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Paris VI, a Masters in Regulatory Affairs form the University of Montreal and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Quebec. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the field of neurosciences at the Lady Davis Institute, McGill University.
Ricardo Uribe, MBA
- Head of Clinical FSPx Americas
- Labcorp Drug Development, Mexico
As Head of Clinical FSP for The Americas at Labcorp, Ricardo oversees clinical teams of professionals in over 12 countries in North and Latin America. With over 20 years of experience in clinical research, he started his career working in Regulatory and Quality areas, then moved to Clinical Monitoring and Project Management. In 2009 he created from scratch and managed a Site Management Organization in Mexico that leaded him to jump to the CRO business in 2011. Passionate about developing professionals and innovative applications for clinical research, his career has been a complete journey. He regularly participates as speaker in different congresses and as trainer in Global Events presenting Latin American Clinical Research Advantages.
Xiomara Vega Cruz, MPH
- Coordinator, National Pharmacovigilance Center, Department of Regulation of Prod
- Ministry of Health of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Christine Von Raesfeld
- Founder/SME, Patient Experience
- People With Empathy, United States
Christine, founder and CEO of People with Empathy, is a pillar of patient advocacy and allyship in the rare and chronic disease community. She is a champion for patient voices, diversity and inclusion in clinical research, and equitable patient-sponsor partnerships. As a patient, Christine has assisted in initiatives including MedicineX, the Stanford "Humanwide" Precision Medicine Program and the NIH All of Us Research Program; has served as board member and advisor for multiple non-profits and startup companies. She has been recognized as a 2019 100 Women of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2020 Silicon Valley Community Hero, 2021 HIMSS Future50, and 2022 Medika Life 50 Most Influential Voices in healthcare.
Timothy Watson, PhD
- Head of CMC Regulatory Affairs- VP
- Gilead Sciences, United States
Tim was one of the PhRMA expert working group (EWG) members on the ICHQ11 regulatory guidance document for drug substance, and the current Rapporteur for the ICHQ11 Starting Material IWG. He is also served on the ICHQ7 IWG Q&A team, ICHQ3C EWG, and supporting many other ICH efforts (such as Q12). Tim’s primary responsibility at Pfizer is to collaborate with Regulatory CMC team leaders, Co-Development teams (technical teams), and Pfizer Global Supply (PGS) teams from Small Molecule (API and DP), Biotherapeutics, Vaccines, etc. on a number of regulatory and technical issues.
Salvador Alvarado Lopez, MD, MPH, MSc
- Regional Pharmacovigilance Manager
- Uppsala Monitoring Centre, Sweden
Dr Alvarado has worked since 2018 at the Uppsala Monitoring Centre (Uppsala, Sweden),which is the World Health Organization-Collaborating Centre responsible for supporting the Program for International Drug Monitoring(WHO-PIDM), his current position is Regional Pharmacovigilance Manager. Dr Alvarado graduated as a medical doctor from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, has a Master´s degree in Public Health with a major in Health Economics and Policy, from the Karolinska Institute(Stockholm, Sweden), and Master´s degree in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology from the University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain). Dr Alvarado provides Pharmacovigilance support to Ministries of Health and Regulatory Authorities around the world.
Carolina Consuegra, MBA
- Science to People, Colombia
Experienced Medical Marketing Manager with a history of working in global, reginal and local teams in the healthcare industry in LATAM. A healthcare enthusiast, passionate patient advocate, I have recently specialized in helping patients by providing support in communication skills, resources, and guidance. With my knowledge of the industry, and personal experiences as a patient, I have helped patients get their voices heard in the industry. I have worked with organizations such as the FAST LATAM (Angelman Syndrome), Sickell Cell Disease, Rare Disease, among others. My latest work is a Voice of Patient Review, which is an FDA-led Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) Report, where the FDA recognizes the value of gathering patient input.
Jose Vicente Coto, DrMed, MEd, MPA, MPH
- Subregional Advisor, Regulatory Strengthening of Medicines and Other Technologie
- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), United States
Experiencia Académica. Medico y Cirujano, Master en Salud Publica, Gestion de Calidad, Gestión de Riesgos, Regulación Sanitaria de Productos Biológicos. Experiencia Laboral. Asesor, Fortalecimiento de Sistema Regulador de Medicamentos y otras Tecnologias Sanitarias. mayo 2018 a la fecha Director Nacional de Medicamentos, abril 2012 - abril 2018.
Miriam Jackeline Loera Rosales
- Commissioner of Evidence and Risk Management
- COFEPRIS, Mexico
Daniela Marreco Cerqueira, MS
- Associate Director, Third Directorate
- ANVISA, Brazil
Daniela graduated in Biological Sciences from the University of Brasilia (2002) and completed her PhD in Molecular Biology in the University of Brasilia (2007). Specialization in Health Surveillance by FIOCRUZ, in 2010. Currently, Daniela is the specialist in health surveillance of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), with the position of Deputy Director for Director Alex Campos, in the Third Board of Anvisa. She acted as Manager of Biological Products Office at Anvisa from 2014 to 2018.
Eva Maria Ruiz de Castilla, PhD, MSc
- Executive Director
- Latin America Patients Academy, United States
Eva Maria Ruiz de Castilla Founder and director of LAPA (Latin America Patients Academy) has more than 20 years of experience providing strategic leadership, development and global health policy analysis and implementation. She is a global leader in patient-based organizational capacity building, patient involvement and alliance development covering several therapeutic areas, including cancer, NCDs and rare diseases. She is expert in health diplomacy, organizing forums and building coalitions of patient groups, physicians, public health specialists and government officials to generate dialogue and action plans to address a variety of public health issues.
Jose Antonio Maza Larrea
- Executive Director of Pharmacopoeia and Pharmacovigilance
- COFEPRIS, Mexico
Flávia Moreira Cruz, PharmD
- Specialist at Pharmacovigilance Officer (GFARM)
- ANVISA, Brazil
As Pharmacist and Specialist in Health Surveillance and Regulation, I'm working at Anvisa since 2005. I had expertise in some medicine areas, like market authorization, traceability and authenticity, regulation of inserts and labels, etc. In 2016, I began work with Pharmacovigilance in activities related to the ICSRs management system, including the implantation of VigiFlow in Brazil with the partner of Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC), and the uses of PV databases. I'm representing Anvisa in the following Working Groups: ICH WG E2B (R3), ICH WG E2D(R1), and CIOMS WG XI on Artificial Intelligence in Pharmacovigilance.
Samvel Azatyan, MD, PhD
- Team Lead, Regulatory Convergence and Networks (RCN/REG)
- World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland
Dr Samvel Azatyan is a Paediatrician with a PhD in clinical pharmacology and medical products regulation. Over his more than 20 years at WHO, he has had a wide range of leadership roles associated with the regulation of medical products, including supporting regulatory collaboration, convergence and harmonization, as well as regulatory capacity building and facilitation of products introduction in the countries. Dr Azatyan has also led various projects aiming at development of national regulatory systems, as well as the development and implementation of the concept of reliance in regulation of medical products. Dr Azatyan is currently leading the Regulatory Convergence and Networks Team at the WHO's Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
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