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Courtyard by Marriott Brussels

Sep 27, 2023 8:15 AM - Sep 28, 2023 3:00 PM

Av. des Olympiades 6, 1140 Brussels, Belgium

Medical Information and Communications Conference

Engage and Exchange with the Biggest Medical Information Community in Europe


Elvar  Eyjolfsson

Elvar Eyjolfsson

Head of Global Medical Information, Kyowa Kirin, United Kingdom

Hakan  Aribas, MD

Hakan Aribas, MD

Medical Operations Head, Orion Healthcare Inc., 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

Isabelle C. Widmer, DrMed

CEO elytra GmbH, 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

Jürgen W.G. Bentz, MD, PhD, MSc

Head of Medical Information & Patient Support, 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

Katia Castrillo, PhD

Medical Information Europe Capability Senior 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

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

Michelle Bridenbaker, BSN, MS

Vice-President at MILE, Head of Global Medical Information, , Recordati Rare Diseases, 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.

Peter  Brodbin

Peter Brodbin

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.

Sarah  Dunnett

Sarah Dunnett

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.

Sara  Torgal, MPharm

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.

Ana  Barrias, PharmD

Ana Barrias, PharmD

Director, Regional Therapy Area Lead, 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.

Beatrice  Omisakin, MPharm

Beatrice Omisakin, MPharm

Head Medical Information, Region EMEA, Takeda, Switzerland

Beatrice Omisakin, Head of Medical Information for EMEA at Takeda Pharma Ag, is a UK pharmacist with 22 years of experience. She practiced in the UK NHS and worked in medical information at Novartis, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Merck Sharp and Dohme. At Takeda, she led digital initiatives like NLP analytics and a global medical HCP Portal rollout. Beatrice is active in the global medical affairs community, excelling in virtual engagement, medical congresses, real-time medical information initiatives, and cross-department IT projects. Her expertise and industry relationships drive strategic success.

Steve  Wright

Steve Wright

Mi OPS Omni-Channel Manager, Pfizer, United Kingdom

Steve has a background of working in IT specialising in telecommunications for 20+ years. He has worked for EMEA Pfizer Medical Information for 11 years, previously Steve worked for a publishing and consulting company covering a wide range of services including telecoms. He is responsible for the global Omni-Channel system that our customers call us on. The service is provided in approximately 23 languages, this can be challenging but equally rewarding knowing that we are providing access to Pfizer’s medical information service in their chosen language.

Giovanna  Ferrari, PhD

Giovanna Ferrari, PhD

Regional Labelling Lead, Senior Director, Pfizer Ltd, United Kingdom

Giovanna Ferrari is a Senior Director at Pfizer with over 15 years’ experience working in the regulatory sector of the pharmaceutical industry, specialising in labelling & product information since 2009. She currently works within the Pfizer International Labeling Group with regional responsibility for Europe and is also the global business owner for the Pfizer process for management of country labeling documents. Externally, Giovanna has represented Pfizer in a wide range of industry forums over the last few years, in particular focussing on e-labelling, and is the industry lead for a highly innovative and patient-focussed digital health information project that is being progressed via an IMI public-private partnership – Gravitate Health

Katie Corina Lewis

Katie Corina Lewis

Regional Director , TransPerfect , United Kingdom

Katie started with TransPerfect 12 years ago in New York City. She moved to London in 2009 to oversee some of TransPerfect’s key life sciences clients across Europe. She is responsible for helping companies create meaningful customer experiences. She manages a team of incredible life sciences account management professionals across Europe. Passionate about driving gender parity in healthcare, Katie sits on the Healthcare Businesswomen Association UK board and oversees Volunteer Engagement and Membership.

Daniell  Liu, MPharm

Daniell Liu, MPharm

Global Medical Information Lead, Viatris Inc., China

Daniell is Global medical Information lead at Viatris (formed by the combination of Pfizer Upjohn and Mylan in Nov 2020) with over 10 years of experience in medical information. Her main responsibilities are implementing the global and regional MI service in terms of structure, processes, and systems, as well as leading, managing and providing strategic direction of GMI team. Previously she worked as head of global content center for global medical information at Pfizer where she managed a team for global content creation/maintenance, and delivering query response to customers. She has great enthusiasm for providing a better MI service to customers by utilizing the new technologies.

Andy  Mackay, MSc

Andy Mackay, MSc

Global Medical Information Product Specialist, Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Switzerland

Andy is currently the Global Medical Information Lead at Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd. He has worked for over 9 years in the industry. He has had experience at country, regional and global levels. Andy is very passionate about the value that Medical Information can bring both to external and internal customers.

Katie  Tonge

Katie Tonge

Director, Medical Information Europe, ProPharma Group, United Kingdom

Katie has over 14 years of Medical Information outsourcing experience, as well as contact centre management. Following a degree in Medical Anthropology, Katie started her career straight into the Medical Information division. Katie has extensive experience with working in all the major European markets within Medical Information services. Katie has worked for the last six years as the Director for ProPharma’s European Medical Information service. Currently a European team of 375 people based from our European Medical Information hub using both dedicated and shared working models and multiple MI databases, providing services for over 125 Pharma clients.

Hannah  Brennan, MSc

Hannah Brennan, MSc

Associate Director, Medical Information, PTC Therapeutics, United Kingdom

Hannah has 9 years’ experience in Medical Affairs, working in Medical Information and Medical Science Liaison roles at country, regional and global levels. Hannah is currently an Associate Director in Medical Information at PTC Therapeutics Inc, where she leads the EMEA-APAC region and acts as the team’s Global content lead. Hannah’s background in biochemistry has proved invaluable working for companies with a focus in rare diseases where Medical Information teams extensively support the business with disease awareness and patient finding. Beyond work, Hannah volunteers for a suicide prevention charity, reinforcing her commitment to offering compassionate support in PTC's patient communications project.

Marianne  Paterson

Marianne Paterson

EMEA Director of Medical Information and Compliance, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom

Dana  Weber

Dana Weber

Global Director of Client Solutions, TransPerfect, United Kingdom

Dana Weber specializes in performance marketing, and has lead digital marketing solutions for some of the world’s most notable brands (across industries) including JnJ, Sanofi, Genentech, AWS, Western Union, AMEX, and many more. Dana leads the TPT Digital Client Solutions team at TransPerfect, and knows what it takes to generate business outcomes in any market or language, with a data-led ROI mindset.

Pooja  Anand, PharmD

Pooja Anand, PharmD

Manager Medical Information Europe, Eli Lilly and Company, Ireland

I am pharmacist by profession and have worked in the USA, Kenya and Ireland. I am currently working for Eli Lilly and Company, in the European Medical Information Department. I am part of the content team and love my work!

Gaurav  Kumar, PhD

Gaurav Kumar, PhD

Associate Director, UCB, Belgium

Gaurav is Global Medical Information System lead, responsible for end-to-end MI process at UCB. A pharmacy graduate with PhD in pharmacology was a passionate neuroscientist in epilepsy & cognitive impairment at UCB and J&J & published over 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts before his MI role at GSK – 2nd line support & global content for many vaccines. Transforming MI into a simple and simplified “process and content” in MI is a real passion for him. Gaurav led replacement of MI systems with new systems (Salesforce & Veeva MedComms) and its successful launch & implementation across >35 countries at UCB. He enjoys resolving issues that users face in the MI systems on daily basis and further improving the systems for users.

Elizabeth  Olbrich, MS, RN

Elizabeth Olbrich, MS, RN

Associate Director, Evidera | PPD, United States

Diane  Wiseman

Diane Wiseman

Global Medical Information Leader, Roche Products Limited, United Kingdom

Miriam  Fenelon, PhD

Miriam Fenelon, PhD

Medical Information Operations Lead , Europe + Canada, Pfizer Ltd, United Kingdom

Miriam has a background in Molecular and Reproductive Biology and has previously worked in Science Communication. She has worked in Pfizer Medical Information for the last 19 years, working across customer-facing, medical writing and operational roles. Miriam is currently the Operations Lead for Europe and Canada ensuring that our MI systems, digital channels and tools as well as our MI teams are ready for the future evolution of MI. Miriam is still motivated by both Science Communication and Medical Information and is passionate about empowering patients and Health Care Professionals access to scientific education through established and digital solutions.

Anita  Lewis

Anita Lewis

Global Medical Information Leader, Roche , United Kingdom

Anita has 14 years' experience in various Medical Information roles at Roche, including MI affiliate, management and global positions. Anita is passionate about the value MI teams can bring to healthcare professionals, and ultimately patient's lives. She's committed to training affiliates and facilitating collaborations within the MI network at Roche, to ensure the network offers exceptional customer service.

Jill  Voss, MSc

Jill Voss, MSc

Head of Scientific Communications and Medical Information, Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland

Jill is a medical information professional with more than 30 years’ experience in international, regional and affiliate roles in pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as 9 years providing strategic business and medical consultancy services. Jill has held leadership roles in medical communications, medical information and health informatics. Currently Jill is on assignment to Patient Engagement responsible for involving patients in the decision-making processes to develop treatments that will address real unmet needs. Jill is also the Past-President of the MILE association (Medical Information Leaders in Europe), a cross-industry collaboration.

Evelyn R. Hermes-DeSantis, PharmD

Evelyn R. Hermes-DeSantis, PharmD

Director, Research and Publications, phactMI, United States

Evelyn R. Hermes-DeSantis, PharmD, BCPS, is the Director for Research and Publications for phactMI and Professor Emerita at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is dedicated to advancing and elevating the practice of medical information. She received both a BS in Pharmacy and a PharmD from Rutgers and completed a Drug Information specialty residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, Virginia prior to working at the University of Utah Hospital Drug Information Service. For 25 years she was the Director of Drug Information Services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and a Clinical Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers.

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