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DIA Names 2019 Honorary Fellows

DIA, founded as the Drug Information Association, has named the 2019 Fellows of DIA, for their lifetime contributions to DIA and their commitment to advancing health and healthcare product innovation around the world.

The 2019 Fellows of DIA will be inducted at the DIA Inspires 2019 Annual Celebration of Volunteerism to be held on Monday, June 24 at the upcoming DIA 2019 Global Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, June 23-27. The event is being held to honor DIA’s most devoted and engaged volunteers who have dedicated their energy and enthusiasm to drive DIA’s mission forward.

2019 Fellows of DIA:

  • Gerald J. Dal Pan, MD, MHS, Director, Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, CDER, FDA
  • Tatsuya Kondo, PhD, MD, Former Chief Executive of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), Japan
  • Birka Lehmann, MD, Senior Expert Drug Regulatory Affairs
  • John A. (Jay) Roberts, MBA, Incoming Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Genetics, Inc.

“These four long-standing volunteers combine their wisdom with the spirit of innovation to address the challenges of today’s global healthcare ecosystem,” said Barbara Lopez Kunz, Global Chief Executive, DIA. “I am honored to recognize and congratulate these individuals who epitomize leadership, volunteerism, and engagement. We are extremely grateful to have such committed members and I cannot think of people more deserving of this recognition.”

For more information or to join the DIA Board of Directors at the 2019 DIA Inspire Awards Ceremony, please contact This is your opportunity to gain visibility into the achievements of the Fellows of DIA and engage with DIA’s Board of Directors, Executive Leadership Team, and other DIA supporters.

To learn more and register for DIA 2019 Global Annual Meeting visit, For live updates, attendees and the public should follow and join the conversation on Twitter, @DrugInfoAssn, using the hashtag #DIA2019.

About Fellows of DIA Program

Membership into the Fellows of DIA Program is a unique distinction awarded to long-term, highly engaged members who continue to contribute to DIA in exemplary ways. This is an honorary recognition bestowed on less than one percent of DIA’s membership. Fellows of DIA have demonstrated active support of the advancement of healthcare and the healthcare products arena through leadership roles for a minimum of 15 years and have proven engagement in DIA through key volunteer roles in support of major DIA initiatives.