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Nov 15, 2023 1:00 PM - Nov 16, 2023 6:40 PM

DIA Innovating Clinical Trials in Europe

This year's must-attend virtual live conference for pharmaceutical innovators and clinical researchers alike!


Jesper  Kjær, MS

Jesper Kjær, MS

Global Director for Public, Private Partnerships, Strat Ops, Global Med Affairs, Novo Nordisk, Denmark

Global Director for Public, Private Partnerships at Novo Nordisk, Global Medical Affaris. Former Director of Data Analytics Centre at the Danish Medicines Agency and co-chair of HMA / EMA Big Data Steering Group. 20 years for life science experience in academia and industry. Been leading EU framework programme workpackages, IMI and TransCelerate Biopharma workstreams in the past. Currently active in development of FHIR for clinical research and use of AI/ML in life science.

Florian  Lasch

Florian Lasch

Biostatistics Specialist, Data Analytics and Methods Task Force, European Medicines Agency, Netherlands

Florian is a Biostatistician with a degree in mathematics and a PhD from Hannover Medical School. Florian works as a Biostatistics Specialist at the European Medicines Agency, providing scientific support to development and evaluation throughout all stages of marketing authorisation assessments of medicinal products, and leads the ACT EU Priority Action on Clinical Trial Methodologies.

Craig H Lipset, MPH

Craig H Lipset, MPH

Managing Partner, Clinical Innovation Partners, United States

Craig Lipset is an advisor, educator, advocate and innovator focused on novel solutions for clinical trials and medicine development. He is the founder of Clinical Innovation Partners, providing advisory and board leadership with pharma, tech and investors. Craig is Co-Chair for the Decentralized Trials & Research Alliance and Vice President of the Foundation for Sarcoidosis. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Informatics at Rutgers University, and serves on the Advisory Council for HL7 Project Vulcan and External Stakeholder Board for IMI Trials at Home. Craig was previously the Head of Clinical Innovation and Venture Partner at Pfizer, and on the founding management teams for two successful startup ventures.

Daniel  Millar, MBA

Daniel Millar, MBA

Senior Director, Strategic Business Transformation, Johnson & Johnson, United States

Daniel Millar leads Strategic Business Transformation in Quantitative Sciences at Janssen R&D. He is an advocate for utilizing quantitative innovation to advance patient-centric R&D while simultaneously delivering transformational efficiencies. Daniel is a founding leader and champion for multi-stakeholder engagement in the recently launched Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) public-private partnership for Integrated Research Platforms. Daniel obtained a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Manhattan and enjoys traveling. His current “country number” is 115.

Álmath  Spooner, PhD

Álmath Spooner, PhD

Head of Europe Regulatory Policy & Intelligence (RPI), AbbVie, Ireland

Álmath is Head of Europe Regulatory Policy at AbbVie. Álmath dually qualified as a pharmacist and a barrister-at-law with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin and postgraduate qualifications in statistics and pharmaceutical medicine. Álmath has extensive experience in regulation and policy having held management and assessment roles at the Irish HPRA (2007-2019) and at EMA's PRAC (Vice Chair 2012-2018). Álmath was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2018 and practiced in Commercial Law prior to joining AbbVie in 2020. At EFPIA, Álmath chairs the Integrated Evidence Generation Working Group. She has prior experience in various global initiatives including at ICH. She is a member of the DIA Regional Advisory Council.

Elke  Stahl, PhD

Elke Stahl, PhD

Senior Expert, Clinical Trials Department, Federal Institute For Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), Germany

Dr. Elke Stahl, Clinical Trial Unit BfArM, Germany. Clinical Trials Senior Expert. CoChair of the Clinical Trial Facilitation Group (CTFG) till 2022. Involved in EMA’s EU CTIS groups as BfArM’s representative, National Contact Point for the CTR in Germany, representative in European Commissions CT working groups. Prior BfArM 10 years experiences as a pharmacokineticist at Bayer HealthCare AG, Germany, in early research up to candidate selection. PostDoc at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc and University of North Carolina (UNC). Ph.D. in pharmacology and licenced pharmacist.

Monique  Al, PhD

Monique Al, PhD

Special advisor CCMO, Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO), Netherlands

Monique Al is currently special advisor at the Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO) in The Netherlands. Since May 2023 she is the vice-chair of the Clinical Trial Coordination Group. She is the lead of the CTCG ethics advisory group. Her background is Clinical Nutrition with a PhD in Human Biology. She has worked for several nutritional and pharmaceutical companies in the field of clinical research before she started in 2001 as a scientific staff member at the CCMO.

Gunilla  Andrew-Nielsen

Gunilla Andrew-Nielsen

Head of Clinical Trials, Swedish Medical Products Agency (läkemedelsverket), Sweden

Marianne  Lunzer, DrMed

Marianne Lunzer, DrMed

Assessor, Dept of Clinical Trials, Federal Office for Safety in Health Care, AGES, Austria

Marianne is a medical doctor by training and joined AGES in 2008 as a pharmacovigilance assessor. She was an alternate PRAC member between 2015 and 2017. In 2017, she joined the clinical trial unit at AGES as a safety assessor and has since been part of the Clinical Trials Facilitation and Coordination Group (CTFG) group. Since 2022 she is chairing the group now called Clinical trials coordination group (CTCG). Marianne contributed to the CTFG best practice guidelines for safety assessors for clinical trials and is a member of the drafting team for the Commission implementing regulation for the cooperation in safety assessment of clinical trials.

Lembit  Rago, DrMed, MD, PhD

Lembit Rago, DrMed, MD, PhD

Secretary General, Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS), Switzerland

Dr Lembit Rägo was a Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Director General of the Estonian State Agency of Medicines until joining WHO Geneva in 1999. When retiring WHO in 2016 Dr Rägo served as the Head of the WHO’s Unit, Regulation of Medicines and Other Health Technologies (RHT), which covered norms and standards, safety, prequalification and regulatory strengthening for medicines, vaccines and diagnostics. 2000-2016 he served also as WHO observer to the ICH Steering Committee, ICH GCG and MedDRA MB, IPRF and ICMRA. Since 2016 he works as a Secretary-General of Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS). Under his leadership CIOMS joined ICH as an observer in 2016 and increased its number of working groups.

Britta  Hänisch

Britta Hänisch

Head of Division Research, BfArM, Germany

Cecile  Spiertz, MSc

Cecile Spiertz, MSc

, Netherlands

Cecile Spiertz is a senior director at J&J, Head External Innovation, Clinical Trial Platforms and current project lead for the IMI Project EU-PEARL. She has a strong operational track record in successful delivery of global clinical development programs for Janssen Immunology R&D in her most recent positions as Global Operations Head and Strategy&Operations Lead for the Immunology clinical development organisation. She brings > 25 years of experience in phase 1, 2, 3 of drug development in various scientific and operational leadership roles, in different companies and is highly skilled in leading global cross-functional teams and innovation projects.

Susan  Bhatti, PhD

Susan Bhatti, PhD

Director EU Global Regulatory and Scientific Policy, Global Regulatory Affairs, Merck BV, Netherlands

Susan Bhatti has been working in Regulatory Affairs in the pharmaceutical and clinical research industry for more than 25 years. At Merck BV she is Director EU Global Regulatory and Scientific Policy and is responsible for supporting the development of regulatory and scientific policies as well as responding to regulatory & legislative issues that impact product development. She is co-chair of the Clinical Research Expert Group at EFPIA as well as a co-chairing subgroup focussed on patient engagement. She is currently co-leading a multi-stakeholder initiative on cross-border access to clinical trials in Europe (EU-X-CT), which is a joint undertaking by the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice and EFPIA.

Antonio  Estrella

Antonio Estrella

Managing Director, Author, & Strategic Futurist,, Taliossa, Singapore

Stefan  Gold

Stefan Gold

Professor, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Peter  Mol, PharmD, PhD

Peter Mol, PharmD, PhD

CHMP member, NL, MEB, Netherlands

Peter Mol is the Dutch member of the Committee for Human Medicinal Products. He was a previous member (vice chair) of EMA’s Scientific Advice Working Party. He is co-chair of the EMA Cross-Committee Task force on Registries. He is also a professor of drug regulatory science at the University Medical Center Groningen. His research interest is in the area of regulatory science; from new tools to optimize regulatory decision-making (especially impact of personalised medicine and real world evidence), to improve knowledge transfer and with a specific interest in safety communication.

Yiannos  Tolias

Yiannos Tolias

Legal Lead AI and AI liability in healthcare & European Health Data Space (EHDS), Team, DG SANTE, European Commission, Belgium

Yiannos is the legal lead on AI and AI liability in Healthcare in the DG for Health and Food Safety at the European Commission. He is also part of the team that developed the European Health Data Space (EHDS) legislative initiative. Additionally, he is a member of the EC teams that developed the AI Act and Product Liability proposals. He was a Senior Emile Noel Fellow at NYU Law School carrying out research on AI in medicine and law. Prior to joining the European Commission, he was an Assistant Professor of EU law at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee. He holds a Ph.D. in EU Constitutional law from the University of Edinburgh and he was later a Post-doctoral Research Fellow.

Mårten  Wendt

Mårten Wendt

Physician, Clinical Investigator, Swedish Medical Products Agency , Sweden

Kasper  Bendix Johnsen

Kasper Bendix Johnsen

Head of Section, Danish National Center For Ethics, Denmark

Gracy G Crane, PhD, MS

Gracy G Crane, PhD, MS

Policy Lead , Roche, United Kingdom

Gracy holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology from King’s College Hospital, an M.Sc. in Biomedical Research from King’s College. She did her postdoctoral training at Oxford (UK) and at MIT (USA). Gracy brings broad experience in clinical research, medical affairs and health outcomes within the pharmaceutical industry. She currently works as a Regulatory Policy Lead at Roche Pharmaceuticals, focusing on RWD Policy.

Tala  Fakhouri, PhD, MPH

Tala Fakhouri, PhD, MPH

Associate Director for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Office of Medic, FDA, United States

Tala H. Fakhouri PhD MPH is the Associate Director for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in the Office of Medical Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Fakhouri manages a team tasked with developing, coordinating, and implementing medical policy with a focus on data science and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in drug development. These efforts include overseeing an AI policy group, as well as engaging external stakeholders and advancing the development of regulatory science around the use of AI in drug development. She also contributes to the development of medical policy related to real-world evidence and the use of digital health technologies for medical product development.

Nicole  Mahoney, PhD

Nicole Mahoney, PhD

Executive Director US Regulatory Policy & Intelligence , Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, United States

Nicole Mahoney is an Executive Director for Regulatory Policy at Novartis, and global regulatory policy lead for data and digital technologies, including real-world evidence and artificial intelligence. Prior to Novartis, she led Regulatory Policy at Flatiron Health, helping support the acceptance of real-world evidence for regulatory decision making in oncology. Nicole developed and advanced anti-infectives policies as a Director of Global Regulatory Policy at Merck, senior officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts' antibiotics and innovation project, and FDA Commissioner’s Fellow. She earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.

Fanni-Laura   Mantyla

Fanni-Laura Mantyla

, Patient Community Representative, Switzerland

Martin  O'Kane

Martin O'Kane

Regional Head RA EU Policy & Liaison, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom

Dr Martin O'Kane, MRPharmS, studied pharmacy at University of Aston and after completing a PhD and a post-doctorate research project at the University of Glasgow, he moved to Japan to work within the pharmaceutical industry. He joined the MHRA in 2005 as a Pharmacopoeial Scientist with the British Pharmacopoeia and was a member of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission’s Working Party on Cell Therapy Products. He moved to the Clinical Trials Unit as a Pharmaceutical Assessor in 2007 and was involved in the assessment of chemical and biological CTA applications for all phases of study. In 2023, becoming the Regional Head RA EU Policy & Liaison at Novartis.

Martina  Radanovic

Martina Radanovic

Project Manager, RISE - Research and Innovation Services, Croatia (Hrvatska)

Arnaub  Chatterjee, MHA, MPA

Arnaub Chatterjee, MHA, MPA

Chief Product and Solutions Officer, TriNetX, United States

Arnaub Chatterjee is Chief Product and Solutions Officer at TriNetX, a health technology platform focused on improving clinical research, evidence generation and safety. He also serves as Senior Advisor at the Carlyle Group where he evaluates investments in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. Additionally, Arnaub is passionate about teaching and is a member of the faculty in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Gokhan  Ertaylan

Gokhan Ertaylan

Research Lead, VITO, Belgium

Franz  Koenig, MSc

Franz Koenig, MSc

Associate Professor, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Franz König is Associate Professor at the Section of Medical Statistics at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He regularly serves as member of ethics committees and DSMBs. From 2008 till 2010 he was seconded to the European Medicines Agency as statistical expert. His main research interests are multiple testing and adaptive designs. For more information see

Stefanie  Prilla, DrSc

Stefanie Prilla, DrSc

RWE Coordinator, European Medicines Agency, Netherlands

Dr. Stefanie Prilla is a pharmacist and doctor of natural sciences. Stefanie has more than 15 years of experience in the field of regulatory science with a focus on EU marketing authorisations. Since 2007, she has been working for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Before joining the EMA data analytics task force, Stefanie held the post of PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) Scientific Coordinator. Previously, Stefanie supported the set up of the European Network of Centres for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP) as well the IMI PROTECT project which was led by EMA. In her current role, Stefanie coordinates EMA studies using real-world data to support EU regulatory decision making.

Eric  Vermeulen

Eric Vermeulen

Policy Officer, , VSOP - Patient Alliance for Rare and Genetic Diseases, Netherlands

Gabriel  Westman, DrMed, MSc

Gabriel Westman, DrMed, MSc

Head of Artificial Intelligence, Swedish Medical Products Agency, Sweden

GW is an infectious disease specialist and associate professor (MD, PhD), member of EMA/HMA Big Data Steering Group and EMA Methodology Working Party. He also has an MSc in Engineering with experience in bioinformatics, AI and big data applications within medicine and pharmaceutics and is currently building regulatory AI/data science capacity and competence at the Swedish Medical Products Agency, exploring use of real-world data, and hoping for a better and data-driven world.

Isabelle  Clamou

Isabelle Clamou

Policy Officer, DG SANTE Unit D2, European Commission, Belgium

Karen  Hicks, MD, FACC

Karen Hicks, MD, FACC

Deputy Director, Office of Medical Policy, CDER, FDA, United States

Dr. Hicks is the Deputy Director of the Office of Medical Policy in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She oversees regulation and policy development for CDER and participates in cross-cutting agency initiatives. She works closely with the Office of the Commissioner and other Centers to promote diversity and inclusion of underrepresented populations in clinical trials. Dr. Hicks came to the FDA in 2003 and previously served as a Team Leader in the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products and as a Deputy Director in the Division of Nonprescription Drugs II. She has led two large multi-stakeholder initiatives to standardize data collection for cardiovascular trials.

Benjamin  Hofner, PhD

Benjamin Hofner, PhD

Head of Data Science and Methods, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines, Germany

Benjamin Hofner is Head of Data Science and Methods at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI). In this role he is involved in the assessment of Clinical Trial Applications and Marketing Authorisation Applications, and provides Scientific Advice to stakeholders. He is member of the EMA Methodology Working Party ESEC and Adjunct Lecturer for Biostatistics at the medical school at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. Benjamin was involved in the IMI project EU-PEARL on patient centric research platforms as regulatory task lead and is member of the temporary drafting group (tDG) for the EMA reflection paper on platform trials.

Pekka  Kahri

Pekka Kahri

Technology Officer, HUS, Finland

I work at the strategy & development group of Helsinki University Hospital and am coordinating an EU funded ONCOVALUE-project (2023-2026). ONCOVALUE is part of the European Cluster for Methods to use Real-world and synthetic data for regulatory purposes and health technology assessment. ONCOVALUE project aims to increase the capabilities of European cancer hospitals to easily and timely collect real-world data (RWD). Systematic collection and analysis of clinical data is needed for the continuous development of treatment and improvement of outcomes. Real-time high-quality clinical data also supports the decision making of regulatory and HTA bodies on the value of novel cancer therapies.

Daniel   Prieto-Alhambra

Daniel Prieto-Alhambra

Section Head - Health Data Sciences at Botnar Research Centre , and Professor at University of Oxford and Erasmus MC, United Kingdom

Jianmei  Wang

Jianmei Wang

Senior Principal Statistical Scientist, Roche, United Kingdom

Olga  Kholmanskikh Van Criekingen, MD, PhD

Olga Kholmanskikh Van Criekingen, MD, PhD

Clinical assessor, Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products, Belgium

Olga Kholmanskikh is a clinical assessor at the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP), a Belgian National Competent Authority, since 2012. She is an MD by training and holds PhD in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Xiaoxuan  Liu

Xiaoxuan Liu

Senior Clinician Scientist in AI and Digital Health Technologies and an , Ophthalmology Doctor, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Elena  Petelos

Elena Petelos

Lecturer of Evidence-Based Medicine and Evidence-Informed Policy, University of Maastricht, HTAi, Netherlands

Estelle  Michael

Estelle Michael

RWE Policy & External Engagement Lead, UCB, Belgium

Estelle Michael majored in science and law, and is a recognized global industry policy leader who aims to positively impact people’s lives and to develop sustainable ecosystems, that facilitates patient access to health care solutions. She has partnered with DIA for over twenty years and in collaboration with patient groups, policy makers, academia and industry delivered thought provoking and forward looking panel discussions and workshops. She strives for excellence as a leader, and strongly believes that we need to continuously learn and improve, failing fast and succeeding slow and long

Abba Elizabeth  Theogaraj, PhD

Abba Elizabeth Theogaraj, PhD

Regulatory Senior Group Director, Roche, Switzerland

Elizabeth Theogaraj is a Global Regulatory Leader at Roche. Elizabeth is a seasoned regulatory professional with extensive experience across the full project lifecycle including developing strategies and leading major Regulatory submissions. Elizabeth has a PhD in Neuroendocrinology from Imperial College, London. At Roche, Elizabeth is working in Oncology Precision Medicine. Elizabeth led the team developing the first fully decentralized clinical trial (DCT) in oncology (Alpha-T). Using this experience, she has been leading HA interactions to help shape HA thinking for DCTs. The has resulted in very positive discussions with various global HAs and helped shaped the regulatory guidances released on DCTs.

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