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Albert Spanos

Albert Spanos

Head of Operations and Corporate Affairs, Celgene

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Deidre MacKechnie

Deidre MacKechnie

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CEO, MS Australia

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Deidre is the CEO of MS Australia, the national peak advocacy body for people living with MS in Australia. Deidre commenced with MS Australia in early 2013 in the role of Executive Officer and Company Secretary before her appointment as CEO in 2015. Deidre has had an extensive career in Health, initially training as a nurse which led to clinical education, followed by a move to Human Resources and subsequent roles in senior management. Deidre has post graduate qualifications in Education, Human Resource Management and Governance.

Simon McErlane

Simon McErlane

Regional Medical Director, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

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Dr Simon McErlane is a medically qualified pharmaceutical executive with 17 years of broad management experience across General Management, Medical Affairs, Medical Information, Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Research in Europe, Asia and Australia.

As VP & Asian Site Head of Development for Takeda, Dr McErlane was responsible for all development activities in Asia Pacific Region. He led a team of over 50 staff, representing 9 different functions and 10 different nationalities. He also contributed to Takeda’s global policies on questions of biomedical ethics, including patient-centricity, and was responsible for creating the Clinical Science function in Asia.

Prior to this he was Medical Director of Takeda UK, responsible for medical affairs and pharmacovigilance as well as leading a medical team of both office and field based staff. His first role at Takeda was as the European Medical Affairs Manager for their Cardiovascular portfolio. He started his pharmaceutical medicine career with medical affairs and clinical development roles at Schwarz Pharma UK, Allergan Europe and Pfizer Australia.

Currently with Alexion Pharmaceuticals as the Regional Medical Director, Asia & Australia, Dr McErlane leads a team of over 15 staff across 6 countries. He is heavily involved in keeping decisions, both within Alexion and in government negotiations throughout Asia & Australia, focused on patient outcomes.

Before joining industry Dr McErlane trained in Emergency Medicine at Liverpool Hospital Sydney. He received his MB. BS. BSc. from UNSW, his Diploma of Pharmaceutical Medicine from University of Wales in Cardiff and has attended both INSEAD Singapore and the MGSM Sydney for general management and business education.

Penny Shakespeare

Penny Shakespeare

First Assistant Secretary, Pharmaceutical Benefits Division, Department of Health

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Paul White

Paul White

National Sales Manager, Oncology, Novartis Group

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Paul White is a National Sales Manager at Novartis Oncology, Australia. He has worked in Pharmaceuticals for sixteen years, prior to which he was a director at a health and fitness company. Paul has worked across multiple areas of business, was a regular contributor to magazines and presents at industry conferences. He is passionate and enthusiastic about all things, in particular; change management, organisational effectiveness and wine. Paul resides in Sydney with his fiancé Kate and can be contacted at paul7752white@yahoo.com.au.

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Helen Perkins

Helen Perkins

Director of Human Resources ANZ, Johnson & Johnson

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Helen Perkins leads the enterprise HR agenda, partnering closely with the J&J Board. She is part of the Asia Pacific HR Leadership Team driving the Asia Pacific agenda. Helen partners closely with the Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, HR Operations and EHS teams to ensure an integrated delivery of HR support and services.

Since joining J&J Medical in 2009, Helen has progressed through roles of increasing responsibility and was appointed Director of HR in 2014. She has played a critical role in advancing the talent agenda, developing organisation capability and leading change in the complex and dynamic businesses across ANZ.

Alida Rossi

Alida Rossi

Customer Excellence Director, AbbVie

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Josie Downey

Josie Downey

Director, Oncology Business Unit, MSD

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Josie Downey is a Business Unit Director for Oncology at MSD. She began her career as a research scientist in the biotech sector. She has had over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked for a number of pharmaceutical companies, most recently joining MSD in 2011 where she has held roles across various divisions as Business Unit Manager in Specialty Care, Marketing Manager in Primary Care and Director of Commercial Operations.

Elizabeth de Somer

Elizabeth de Somer

Director Policy, Medicines Australia

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Ben Hopkins

Ben Hopkins

Commerical Director, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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Richard Clement

Richard Clement

Group Digital Marketing Manager, Aspen Pharma

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Luke Cornish

Luke Cornish

Senior Government Relations Manager, MSD

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Luke Cornish is the Government Relations Manager in Australia and is responsible for handling all aspects of policy and political engagement. He joined MSD in 2010 after working as a journalist in the US, UK and Australia.

Luke has worked on a number of policy issues including regulatory reform, biosimilars, and intellectual property rights – specifically data exclusivity and gene patenting. He has a particular interest in oncology, hepatitis C and innovative access models for antibiotics.

Carol Ireland

Carol Ireland

CEO & Managing Director, Epilepsy Australia

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A senior executive with an extensive background in the NFP human services sector spanning 35 years; holding chief executive and general management roles; responsibility for client services, revenue generation, branding, marketing, research, communications; significant merger and organisation design experience; providing strong leadership; demonstrated strong commitment to human rights; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Tammy Lindrum

Tammy Lindrum

Head of Sales and Key Account Management, Sanofi

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Tammy has over 30 years’ experience within the Pharmaceutical and Consumer Industry.

She has worked in Senior Marketing, Medical and Sales Management roles for the last 25 years.

Tammy has a background in Nursing and studied marketing at Kuring Gai College.

During her career she has worked across a broad range of products and disease states including Dermatology, Anti-infective, Cardiology, Hypertension, Allergy, S8 Pain Medications, Anticoagulants, Diabetes treatments, Devices, Hospital based medications as well as Infant formula.

Tammy Launched Loceryl, Posicor and was responsible for the pre marketing of Xenical and Tamiflu during her 10 years at Roche products where she worked as Business Unit Manager.

She worked as Medical Director with Nutricia overseeing Prebiotics introduced into the Karicare range of Infant formula.

Tammy worked on acquisitions at both Roche and Aventis and is a great advocate for change management when implemented well.

Highlights of Tammy’s careers include her twice nominated for the Telstra Business Woman of the year. Both nominations were submitted by the team of Managers she worked with at that time and were based on what they believed to be model leadership and vision.

Tammy also received recognition for the work she completed with the Royal Australasian college of Dermatologists assisting them secure the World Congress of Dermatology...

She was presented with a plaque by Professor Robin Marks recognizing her as an official Ambassador of the Royal Australasian College of Dermatologists for her efforts in assisting the College with their successful bid to secure the Congress for Australia.

Tammy also spent 2 years on the Australian College of Nursing Advisory Board – In this capacity she provided insights into Registered Nurses working outside of the Hospital system.

Tammy currently works with Sanofi as Head of Sales and Key Account Management for the General Medicine Business Unit. She has been with Sanofi for 9 years.

Roberto Castro

Roberto Castro

Commercial Operations Manager, iNova Pharma

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Sue MacLeman

Sue MacLeman

CEO, MTPConnect

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Sue MacLeman is the CEO of the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Industry Innovation Growth Centre Ltd (MTPConnect) . She is also a non-executive director at Oventus Medical Ltd and Reproductive Health Sciences Ltd. Previously she has served as Mesoblast Ltd Head of Commercial and Senior Vice President Corporate. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a pharmaceutical executive with roles in corporate, medical, marketing, business development, and sales management at Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck), Amgen and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Sue has also served as CEO and director of several ASX and NASDAQ listed companies.

Damian Byers

Damian Byers

Director of Human Resources, Mundipharma

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Paul Cross

Paul Cross

Publisher, PharmaDispatch

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Paul Cross is the publisher of PharmaDispatch and BiotechDispatch, online journals focused on providing news and analysis concerning the Australian pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. He has over 15 years experience in health care, having served in senior roles in government and the private sector.

As a senior adviser to two Australian health ministers over 5 years, he had policy responsibility for the PBS, pharmacy, private health insurance and private hospitals.

He then served in senior Australian and global public affairs roles for three pharmaceutical companies, including for Merck & Co in the US.

He established PharmaDispatch in 2012 with the goal of providing news and analysis from the perspective of the pharmaceutical sector. Since launch, the publication has been cited as a source by the Australian Financial Review and in News Corp publications. It has also been referenced in the Federal Parliament.

Kylie Bromley

Kylie Bromley

Associate Director of Sales & Marketing, Biogen

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Kylie is currently the Associate Director of Sales and Marketing for Rare Diseases at Biogen Australia and New Zealand.   She is an accomplished senior commercial leader with diverse experience in the biopharmaceutical industry across marketing, sales management, market access, and medical affairs.   In her most recent role prior to joining Biogen, Kylie was National Sales Manager – Haematology/Oncology at Amgen Australia, leading a large highly-functioning team to deliver results in highly competitive markets through the promotion of Neulasta®, XGEVA® and Vectibix®.  This role was preceded by her Marketing Manager role in nephology where she had oversight both Aranesp® and Sensipar®.   

Along with extensive commercial experience spanning the entire product lifecycle (pre-launch, launch and mature phase) in a variety of therapeutic areas including haematology/oncology, nephrology, osteoporosis and most recently in rare paediatric neurological disorders.   Kylie also holds a PhD in Pharmacology and a Bachelor degree in Science (Honors) from the University of Melbourne, and a postgraduate certificate in Marketing Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

She has a passion for science and innovation; with a desire to ensure patients have access to products and services that can support better outcomes.

Adrian Bootes

Adrian Bootes

Assistant Secretary, Prescription Medicines Authorisation Branch, Therapeutic Goods Administration

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Shaun Holmgreen

Shaun Holmgreen

Head - Operational Excellence, UCB

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Jessica Danaher

Jessica Danaher Galderma

Brand Manager - Prescription, Galderma

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Dr Munro Neville

Dr Munro Neville

Chief Medical Officer, Sonic Clinical Services

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Chris Barakat

Chris Barakat

Director of Business Development, Healthshare

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Julia Ballard

Julia Ballard

Senior Journal Publishing Manager, Wiley

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