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Jason DeGoes

Jason DeGoes

Senior Vice President Global Patient Solutions
Teva

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Jason DeGoes is the Senior Vice President of Global Patient Solutions for Teva Pharmaceuticals and a member of the Executive Team for Teva Global Specialty Medicines. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing Support Programs, Services and Engagement Strategies for patients using Teva medicines.  He also currently serves as a member of the Patient Expert Committee for the EGA.  Mr. DeGoes previously served as Vice President of Business Planning and Intelligence for Teva Europe, a role in which he was responsible for the Market Research, Competitive Intelligence, Commercial Excellence and Strategic Business Planning functions.

Prior to joining Teva in 2012, Mr. DeGoes was Vice President of Market Strategy and Development for Medco International where he was responsible for implementing Patient Centric Specialty Pharmacy services for both Payors and Pharmaceutical companies in the European marketplace.  In a career of over twenty years in regulated healthcare, Mr. DeGoes has held senior roles at several small to midsize biopharmaceutical companies including Vion Pharmaceuticals and Alpha Therapeutic Corporation and has also served as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry in both North America in Europe.

Lars Joensson

Lars Joensson

Vice President and Head of Patient Engagement
Grünenthal Innovation Unit Pain

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Guy Yeoman

Guy Yeoman

Vice President, Patient Centricity
AstraZeneca

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Isabelle Bocher Pianka

Isabelle Bocher Pianka

Chief Patient Affairs Officer
Ipsen

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Isabelle Bocher -pianka has over 25 years of international experience in the pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries, leading cross-functional and country teams across the globe. From her previous  Senior Vice President role , leading the Global Neurociences franchise at Ipsen , she was appointed to the new  transformation role of Chief Patient Affairs Officer reporting to Global medical affairs  in March 2016

Her mission at Ipsen is to ensure that “the people we care about are at the center of the decisions we make.” She is the internal and external reference patient ambassador, responsible for driving and promoting the patient centricity vision and strategy along the entire value chain of Ipsen’s therapeutic areas (Oncology, Neuroscience and Rare diseases) and across all divisions and geographies. In developing patient centricity within the company, Isabelle supports the sourcing and internal dissemination of patient’s insights, needs and priorities in order to shape Ipsen’s business to positively impact patient outcomes.

Analia de la Fuente

Analia de la Fuente

Vice President & Global Head of Patient Ecosystem Insights Practice
UCB

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Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson

Global Head of Patient Advocacy
Teva

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Jan Liska

Jan Liska

Global Head of Patient Business Strategy
Sanofi

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Jan enables and coordinates integration of patient behavioral segmentations and big data powered predictive analyses into Sanofi’s direct-to-patient unbranded and branded activities, to optimize the end customer value proposition, experience and positive impact on patient health outcomes and quality of life. Previously, he has served as Global Patient Strategy Lead in Diabetes & Cardio-vascular chronic condition management, delivering projects to optimize patients’ disease awareness, medication acceptance and adherence.

Jan joined Sanofi in 2011 as Global Brand Director in Consumer Healthcare team, bringing more than 10 years of consumer business experience from hi-level global and regional roles at L’Oréal and Shiseido. Jan holds a M.Sc. European Masters in Management and Diplom Kaufmann degrees from ESCP Europe business school – Paris | Oxford | Berlin.

Thomas Kerscher

Thomas Kerscher

Global Head Patient & Customer Excellence
Shire

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Alex Kalomparis

Alex Kalomparis

Vice President, Public Affairs – EMEA
Gilead Sciences

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Alex Kalomparis joined Gilead Sciences as Vice President, Public Affairs – EMEA in January 2017. His career in the pharmaceutical industry spans nearly 20 years and several countries. He previously held communications leadership positions at Novartis, where he was Global Head of  Excellence and Risk Communications, and at AstraZeneca, GSK and Roche. 

Prior to his role at Gilead, Alex worked at Rolls Royce, leading internal communications, community investment and education outreach. Alex also implemented an internal digital and social media strategy for the company, managed philanthropic programming, and supported the CEO and executive leaders’ internal communications.

Fiona Olivier

Fiona Olivier

Director of Public Affairs, Western Europe & Canada
AbbVie

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Peter Verwaijen

Peter Verwaijen

International Product Manager 
Roche

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Carla van de Guchte

Carla van de Guchte

Director European Operations, Patient Solutions
Teva

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Carla Van De Guchte is Director of European Operations, Patient Solutions at Teva. Overseeing Patient Program operations in MS, Severe Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis (across 10 countries) With over 9 years’ experience in patient and nurse support programs, Carla has managed various patient support programs multiple therapy areas.

Carla has a very enthusiastic personality with a passion for care and highly committed to patient centricity. Individualized focused care tailored to the needs of the patients is an important source of inspiration. She is passionate to create more value to patients, customers and stakeholders. Through her engaging leadership, she brings people together and gets things done.

Dr Oleksandr Gorbenko

Dr Oleksandr Gorbenko

Global Patient Affairs Medical Lead
ViiV Healthcare

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Cristina Ferragut

Cristina Ferragut

Project Leader of Health Ecosystem Solution
UCB

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Cathy Emmas

Cathy Emmas

Patient Centricity Partnership Director
AstraZeneca

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Cathy is the Partnership Director in AstraZeneca’s global Patient Centricity team where she leads a 5-year strategic collaboration with the PatientsLikeMe online health network. This alliance was established to accelerate our ability to generate the right patient insight that enables informed decision making within our R&D programs and shape healthcare delivery. In the first two years, the collaboration has linked the experiences of over 70,000 patients into our lifecycle teams and patients have helped shape 12 clinical studies across 7 diseases.

Emma Sutcliffe

Emma Sutcliffe

Director, Patient Engagement and Innovation
NexGen Healthcare

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Emma Sutcliffe is a Medical Biochemist, currently completing PhD research about the impact of social media on medicine and also researching about the psychological adaptation to long-term illness.

During a highly successful 21 year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Emma has lobbied relentlessly about the patient voice – infact she is our resident ‘Patient Polemic’ columnist at EFP.

Emma is extensively published on the importance of good industry-patient relationships and more recently is credited for being the first leader to describe the era of Citizen Health. Emma works as an independent consultant in pharma companies – she is drafted in to audit and integrate patient-generated evidence into 360 degree support systems. Having done this for many companies, Emma recently published a 10-point patient-centricity checklist for healthcare companies. I’ve previously described Emma as ‘relentless’ in pushing pharma companies around … that’s in her DNA!

At NexGen Healthcare, Emma heads up the Patient Services division and works alongside the medical communication and strategy teams to drive insightful, incisive and innovative ways to improve patient care.

Richard White

Richard White

Director
Oxford PharmaGenesis

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A leader in value demonstration communications and publications, Richard is a Director of Oxford PharmaGenesis. He brings expertise in the elicitation and communication of patient insights through advisory panels, PROs and real-world evidence, and has given invited presentations on these areas at international congresses (e.g. ISMPP and TIPPA). His extensive experience in Patient Engagement involves a wide range of activities in rare diseases, including stakeholder mapping and the development of patient value propositions. Richard has chaired discussions at World Orphan Drug Congress Europe, authored a white paper on orphan drugs and was recently interviewed for a Pharma Times feature in this area.

Doron Obazanek

Doron Obazanek

Public Affairs Manager
Abbvie

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Doron has 20 years of experience in public affairs and external communications, focusing on large scale national projects and public benefit campaigns. During that time he was also a journalist and an editor.

After 13 years of experience in the other industries, in 2010 he has joined the healthcare industry at Abbott as Communication and Patient's Relations Manager for the Israeli affiliate. He took the role of Public Affairs Manager at AbbVie, following the company’s split from Abbott in 2013.

Doron has a BA degree in communications and psychology. He lives in Israel with his wife, a devoted nurse and their two children.

Duncan Arbour

Duncan Arbour

EU Innovation Lead
INC Research/inVentiv Health

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Laura Ciccolini

Dr Laura Ciccolini

Commercial Director
Bedrock Healthcare Communications

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Matt Norton

Matt Norton

Director of Sales and Marketing
S3 Connected Health

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Kelli Walker

Kelli Walker

Director Platform Strategy
Envision Pharma Group

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David Montgomery

David Montgomery

Vice President, Science Exchange, Oncology
Pfizer

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David Joined Pfizer in 2008 as an MSL in the UK. He became medical advisor in the UK, leading the renal and lung portfolios before being promoted to UK oncology medical director in 2013. In 2017, David became Vice President, Science Exchange for Pfizer oncology.

As medical director, David led a significant expansion of the team, and implemented a new strategic approach, incorporating patient relationship, policy and value work into the everyday role of medical affairs. In addition to his role in Pfizer, David chaired the oncology medical directors’ forum at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). He previously sat as the industry representative on the national Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) panel and as the industry representative on the National Cancer Research Initiative (NCRI) annual meeting scientific committee.  Finally, David contested the 2015 UK general election for the Conservative party.

David qualified from the University of Glasgow Medical School before going on to surgical training in the UK, obtaining MRCS from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.  He then undertook a period of research in the field of breast cancer, specifically looking at innovative methods of follow up of patients treated with curative intent.  More recently, David has obtained the Fellowship of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and is on the GMC specialty register in this specialty.

Kelly Franchetti

Kelly Franchetti RN,CCRN,CEN

Vice President, Global Patient Insights and Engagement
Mapi Group

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A prolific author, presenter, lecturer, and thought leader in the realm of patient recruitment and retention, Kelly Franchetti leads Mapi’s Patient Insight and Engagement team and brings extensive experience in partnering with patient advocacy, and clinical research with a specialty in Rare Disease programs.

She is a leading developer of Patient Engagement solutions in the world of both clinical research and in therapeutic practice.

Ms. Franchetti has two decades of direct patient experience, gained in both hospital and industry settings, including CROs, healthcare technology, patient research, and hands-on patient care across multiple therapeutic areas.

Ms. Franchetti was an active critical care Registered Nurse for over 18 years and an experienced caregiver for children with rare disease for over 20 years. This experience translates into a keen understanding of how patients think regarding their treatment, giving her a singular perspective regarding the best way to approach patients and Health Care Practitioners. She maintains her nursing status at Temple Hospital to continue to grow her knowledge base regarding patient care.

In conjunction with her nursing career, Ms. Franchetti founded the New Jersey State Coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide, where she worked directly with both local and national legislators and regulators to change laws to enhance safety for children throughout the state and North America.

Ms. Franchetti has been involved in the development and moderation of advisory boards as well as patient, HCP, and KOL forums. She also has experience collaborating with Patient and Clinical Advocacy groups. Her experience allows her to provide significant insights into how patients regard their treatment options and how to best approach patient recruitment and retention strategies.

Franchetti currently sits on Mapi’s Patient Initiative ommittee along with the industry’s foremost leaders on Patient Centered Medical Affairs, Patient Centered Outcomes, and Research Experts from the Mapi Trust.

John Pugh

John Pugh

Health & Life Science Team Leader in the Global Centre For Innovation
Accenture

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John is 100% a digital innovator, committed to transforming the Life Science and healthcare industry. Currently at Accenture as Health & Life Science Team Leader in the Global Centre For Innovation in Dublin, working in Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Innovation workshops and Accenture's HealthTech Innovation Challenge (StartUps). Daily work includes solving big problems through automation and artificial intelligence, analytics and data platforms, IOT, industry X.O, cyber security and blockchain, designing and running design thinking, human-centred, innovation workshops to challenge orthodoxies and solving unsolvable problems. A strong communicator at all levels and cross-culturally; John is globally recognized as an award winning, industry thought-leader and speaker in digital innovation

Fabio Sergio

Fabio Sergio

Managing Director Design Strategy
Accenture

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Fabio brings 20 years of experience across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors. Throughout his career, he has worked with global leaders such as Novartis, Merck, J&J, Nestle Health Science, WHO, Whirlpool, Vodafone, GE, HP, LGE, UBS, Unicef, GSMA and WEF, exploring areas where emerging technologies can create new opportunities to advance human aspirations and business scenarios can be wrapped around people’s dreams and desires.

Prior to joining Fjord, Fabio was Vice President of design at frog, where he helped shape the firm’s Experience Strategy offering and was one of its healthcare experts. Along with his role at Fjord Fabio serves as a design educator and mentor to graduate and post-graduate students of the Politecnico di Milano, and is a frequent speaker at worldwide design and innovation events.

Hilary Thomas

Hilary Thomas

Partner and Chief Medical Adviser
KPMG

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Hilary is KPMG's Chief Medical Adviser and a member of the global Centre of Excellence in Healthcare and Life Sciences. Prior to KPMG she spent 23 years in the NHS - including as Professor of Oncology at the University of Surrey and Medical Director of the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Hilary works at the interface of healthcare and life sciences for public and private sector clients - redesigning care models and pathways and helping organisations to navigate the changing way that the public interact and the implications for organisational strategy and business models. She is a past winner of the First Women in Business Services and a 2015 luminary of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association. In 2006 she developed breast cancer – and the experience of becoming a patient has made her even more passionate about the importance of the patient perspective.

Jessica Brueggeman

Jessica Brueggeman, RN, MPH

EVP, Health Behavior Group
MicroMass Communications - an Ashfield company

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Jessica joined MicroMass, an Ashfield company, in 2000 and leads a team of behaviorists in applying behavior change strategies to health communication programs for the life sciences industry. With a combined background in nursing and public health, Jessica has a passion for creating solutions that can change patient and healthcare provider behavior and improve health outcomes.

Mike Walker

Mike Walker

Brand Development Director
Hive Health

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Jerome Stevens

Dr Jerome Stevens

Co-founder and CEO
Patientys

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Dr Jerome Stevens is the cofounder and CEO of Patientys, a company dedicated to patient support programs. With more than 100 000 patient interactions per year, and a staff of +100 HCPs, Patientys is France care management leader. Dr Stevens holds a Medical Degree from Paris VII University and an MBA from the Wharton School. After working as an ER physician in a Paris academic center, Dr Stevens spent 10 years in the United States as senior consultant for CSC Healthcare, managing disease management programs. Upon returning to France, Dr Stevens joined Arthur D Little before co-founding Patientys.

Audrey Liechti

Audrey Liechti

Senior Communications Manager, Takeda

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Patients & Advocates


Andrew Miles

Andrew Miles

Senior Vice President & Secretary General
European Society for Person Centered Healthcare

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Sheila Khawaja

Sheila Khawaja

Vice-Chair
The World Alliance Of Pituitary Organisations (Wapo)

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Sheila Khawaja is an acromegaly patient since 2003 and the current Vice-Chair of the World Alliance of Pituitary Organizations (WAPO), a non-profit entity that unites the global international pituitary community and aims at optimizing treatment and care of all patients with pituitary and related conditions. Sheila is responsible for EU Relations and fundraising opportunities that will enable WAPO to carry forward the Action Plan set forth by the Board. Since 2013 she leads her own affiliated local Patient Organization, Associazione Nazionale Italiana Patologie Ipofisarie – Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (ANIPI-FVG) based in Trieste, Italy. Public awareness through workshops, walk-a-thons and the financial endorsement of medical research are constantly evolving in the organization and high on the agenda; since 2014 Sheila is also on the national board of ANIPI-Italia acting as a representative when the national organization participates in international events.

Sheila is bilingual in English and Italian and obtained her Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation at the University of Trieste in 2012. In 2016 she joined the RareConnect translation group of EURORDIS to ensure that the Italian online community has easy access to important information on rare diseases; She recently became a EURORDIS ExPress Summer School Fellow upon completion of the course in June 2017.

Alex Wyke

Alex Wyke

CEO
Patient View

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Alex Wyke is CEO and founder of PatientView, a UK-based research, publishing and consultancy group. PatientView has worked to build bridges worldwide with the health NGOs that comprise the patient movement, to help define and support one of the most important phenomenon changing healthcare in the 21st Century. (For more on PatientView, see: www.patient-view.com). PatientView is the publisher and owner of the series Corporate Reputation of Pharma – from a patient perspective, Benchmarking the patient Movement as well as the online mhealth resource for public and patients, myhealthapps.net.

Jasmine Smith

Jasmine Smith

Member of Trustee Board
Epilepsy Society UK

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Jasmine Smith was 17 years-old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour triggering epileptic seizures.  She had hoped to become a ballet dancer but was asked to leave the university where she was studying dancing due to having epilepsy – which also happened with several jobs. Jasmine, now 26, is living seizure free following extensive surgery, and as a result of her experiences works within Cardiothoracic Critical Care at Harefield Hospital, with an on-going interest in epilepsy. She is also an epilepsy patient ambassador working with the UK’s Epilepsy Society since 2011; and started working with UCB in 2012, beginning as a patient ambassador, speaking with their medical teams and giving a patient insight into living with epilepsy. For the past year she has been working with the UCB European research team as a patient consultant. 

Nicholas Brooke

Nicholas Brooke

Chief Executive
PFMD

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Nizar Asadi

Nizar Asadi

Consultant Surgeon
Harefield Hospital, UK

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I am a trained general thoracic surgeon with particular interest in minimal invasive surgery and chest wall surgery. Additionally, I am research active and currently completing several projects in adult and paediatric thoracic surgery. I believe I would be well suited to this position as a fully trained thoracic surgeon with interest in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. This position in one of the most important trust in the country would allow me to demonstrate and consolidate my clinical and management skills required for such a very important unit and to contribute to the on-going growing service and create an independent thoracic surgery service under the cardiothoracic department.

I have a solid background in general thoracic surgery and significant experience in chest wall surgery, metastasectomies and a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery (VATS lobectomies). Since the beginning of my training I have always been interested in minimally invasive surgery and I have planned my career such that I am always exposed to VATS resection in very important centres with high volume of VATS lobectomies, but also in centres with less experience in VATS where I have contributed to developing the minimally invasive service.

I believe I am a hard working, highly motivated and approachable surgeon. I always strive to be the best and treat patients with kindness and the people that I work with respectfully, and always practice in accordance with the GMC standards of Good Medical Practice. This is reflected in my 360 MSF. I am not afraid of hard work or difficult situations. I have been trained in numerous diverse hospitals in the United Kingdom and abroad, all of which have had high workloads. This has given me considerable experience and the ability to deal with a wide variety of challenging clinical situations.

Furthermore, I value opportunities to teach and mentor medical staff in the principles and practices of thoracic surgery. I am keen to actively participate in both department and trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audits.

My career intention is to deliver the best quality of care to my patients and be responsible for their safety and wellbeing while under my care. I am willing to bring my experience to increase and enhance the number of thoracic surgery procedures with particular focus towards minimally invasive surgery, with a great interest to develop an independent thoracic service.

Maya Zlatanova

Maya Zlatanova

Co-founder, FindMeCure

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Maya has more than 10 years of experience in the pharma industry providing regulations training to organizations like Roche, Novartis, Merck, United Nations, NHS Trusts, Ministries of Health etc. Her first company has established a network of more than 100 top experts in the clinical research area.  Two years ago, after having to find a solution for her sister's condition, she started FindMeCure and she has dedicated her efforts to empowering patients to find, understand and make an informed decision on clinical trials. She is also a Board Member at the Patient Engagement Committee at the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety.

Trishna Bharadia

Trishna Bharadia

Multiple Sclerosis/Chronic Illness Advocate and Expert Patient

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Trishna Bharadia is a multi-award winning advocate for people with multiple sclerosis and chronic illness. Diagnosed with MS in 2008, aged 28, she's used her experiences to raise awareness and improve support for people affected by MS and other chronic illnesses. A full time Spanish-English translator, in her spare time she collaborates with organisations in the UK and abroad, including charities, non-profits and pharmaceutical companies to help improve patient experience and engagement. She’s a writer, blogger, vlogger and inspirational/expert patient speaker, as well as advising on projects, research proposals and diversity strategies, and is regular contributor in the media for issues relating to MS, chronic illness and disabilty. She’s a patron/ambassador for several MS/disability charities and is currently a member of “The Ozone” virtual round table for key opinion leaders across healthcare specialities.

Awards include: WATC Top 100 Rising Star in Charity 2017, Lift Effects Top 100 Star Award 2017, Precious Leadership Award 2016, Woman of Achievement 2015 (Women of the Year Foundation), Sue Ryder Southern Women of Achievement Award 2015 and MS Society Volunteer of the Year 2013.

TWITTER: @TrishnaBharadia

Claire Murray

Claire Murray

Joint Head of Operations, PIF
PIF - Patient Information Forum

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PIF (Patient Information Forum) champions the vital role health information plays in supporting person centred care, and improving patient experience and outcomes.

Claire joined PIF in 2013, and her work over the last four years has included leading the development of PIF's best practice for creating health information that works and the 'Perfect Patient Information Journey' project. Central to both projects has been the importance of involving patients and service users in the development of health information resources and services, to ensure they are accessible, effective and genuinely meet needs.

Previously Claire worked for NAM, an HIV information charity, in communications, service development and income generation.

Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens

Consumer Lead and Chair of Consumer Forum
NCRI

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Richard Stephens is a survivor of two cancers and a heart emergency, and has multiple morbidities and late effects.  He has participated in four interventional clinical trials and eight other studies.

He Chairs the NCRI’s Consumer Forum and sits on strategic groups for NIHR, NCRAS, MRC CTU, Genomics England, Cancer Research UK, ABPI and others.

Richard was the patient representative on the Independent Cancer Taskforce that produced the (English) National Cancer Strategy, Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes, and is a founder member of the AllTrials and useMYdata movements. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of BMC’s Journal of Research Involvement and Engagement.

Simon Stones

Simon Stones

Patient Advocate and NIHR Young Patient Research Ambassador
representing the European Young Person’s Advisory Group Network (eYPAGnet)

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Damian Kelly

Damian Kelly

Chair Training and Capacity Building
European AIDS Treatment Group - EATG

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Natacha Bolaños

Natacha Bolaños

Patient Expert
EUPATI

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Robert Gallo

Robert Gallo

Communications & Patient Engagement Advisor

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Rob Gallo was corporate communications director for Europe/Canada at Takeda with 18+years combined experience in both consumer and corporate communications.

Rob believes that his profession is uniquely placed to earn insights that enable organisations to connect to their audience in a personal and meaningful way. His passion for digital innovation is what inspires him to explore the full potential of tech and design while also encouraging authenticity, brand trust, and employee engagement across Takeda.

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Jason DeGoes

Jason DeGoes

Senior Vice President Global Patient Solutions
Teva

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Jason DeGoes is the Senior Vice President of Global Patient Solutions for Teva Pharmaceuticals and a member of the Executive Team for Teva Global Specialty Medicines. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing Support Programs, Services and Engagement Strategies for patients using Teva medicines.  He also currently serves as a member of the Patient Expert Committee for the EGA.  Mr. DeGoes previously served as Vice President of Business Planning and Intelligence for Teva Europe, a role in which he was responsible for the Market Research, Competitive Intelligence, Commercial Excellence and Strategic Business Planning functions.

Prior to joining Teva in 2012, Mr. DeGoes was Vice President of Market Strategy and Development for Medco International where he was responsible for implementing Patient Centric Specialty Pharmacy services for both Payors and Pharmaceutical companies in the European marketplace.  In a career of over twenty years in regulated healthcare, Mr. DeGoes has held senior roles at several small to midsize biopharmaceutical companies including Vion Pharmaceuticals and Alpha Therapeutic Corporation and has also served as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry in both North America in Europe.

Lars Joensson

Lars Joensson

Vice President and Head of Patient Engagement
Grünenthal Innovation Unit Pain

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Guy Yeoman

Guy Yeoman

Vice President, Patient Centricity
AstraZeneca

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Isabelle Bocher Pianka

Isabelle Bocher Pianka

Chief Patient Affairs Officer
Ipsen

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Isabelle Bocher -pianka has over 25 years of international experience in the pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries, leading cross-functional and country teams across the globe. From her previous  Senior Vice President role , leading the Global Neurociences franchise at Ipsen , she was appointed to the new  transformation role of Chief Patient Affairs Officer reporting to Global medical affairs  in March 2016

Her mission at Ipsen is to ensure that “the people we care about are at the center of the decisions we make.” She is the internal and external reference patient ambassador, responsible for driving and promoting the patient centricity vision and strategy along the entire value chain of Ipsen’s therapeutic areas (Oncology, Neuroscience and Rare diseases) and across all divisions and geographies. In developing patient centricity within the company, Isabelle supports the sourcing and internal dissemination of patient’s insights, needs and priorities in order to shape Ipsen’s business to positively impact patient outcomes.

Analia de la Fuente

Analia de la Fuente

Vice President & Global Head of Patient Ecosystem Insights Practice
UCB

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Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson

Global Head of Patient Advocacy
Teva

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Jan Liska

Jan Liska

Global Head of Patient Business Strategy
Sanofi

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Jan enables and coordinates integration of patient behavioral segmentations and big data powered predictive analyses into Sanofi’s direct-to-patient unbranded and branded activities, to optimize the end customer value proposition, experience and positive impact on patient health outcomes and quality of life. Previously, he has served as Global Patient Strategy Lead in Diabetes & Cardio-vascular chronic condition management, delivering projects to optimize patients’ disease awareness, medication acceptance and adherence.

Jan joined Sanofi in 2011 as Global Brand Director in Consumer Healthcare team, bringing more than 10 years of consumer business experience from hi-level global and regional roles at L’Oréal and Shiseido. Jan holds a M.Sc. European Masters in Management and Diplom Kaufmann degrees from ESCP Europe business school – Paris | Oxford | Berlin.

Thomas Kerscher

Thomas Kerscher

Global Head Patient & Customer Excellence
Shire

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Alex Kalomparis

Alex Kalomparis

Vice President, Public Affairs – EMEA
Gilead Sciences

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Alex Kalomparis joined Gilead Sciences as Vice President, Public Affairs – EMEA in January 2017. His career in the pharmaceutical industry spans nearly 20 years and several countries. He previously held communications leadership positions at Novartis, where he was Global Head of  Excellence and Risk Communications, and at AstraZeneca, GSK and Roche. 

Prior to his role at Gilead, Alex worked at Rolls Royce, leading internal communications, community investment and education outreach. Alex also implemented an internal digital and social media strategy for the company, managed philanthropic programming, and supported the CEO and executive leaders’ internal communications.

Fiona Olivier

Fiona Olivier

Director of Public Affairs, Western Europe & Canada
AbbVie

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Peter Verwaijen

Peter Verwaijen

International Product Manager 
Roche

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Carla van de Guchte

Carla van de Guchte

Director European Operations, Patient Solutions
Teva

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Carla Van De Guchte is Director of European Operations, Patient Solutions at Teva. Overseeing Patient Program operations in MS, Severe Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis (across 10 countries) With over 9 years’ experience in patient and nurse support programs, Carla has managed various patient support programs multiple therapy areas.

Carla has a very enthusiastic personality with a passion for care and highly committed to patient centricity. Individualized focused care tailored to the needs of the patients is an important source of inspiration. She is passionate to create more value to patients, customers and stakeholders. Through her engaging leadership, she brings people together and gets things done.

Dr Oleksandr Gorbenko

Dr Oleksandr Gorbenko

Global Patient Affairs Medical Lead
ViiV Healthcare

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Cristina Ferragut

Cristina Ferragut

Project Leader of Health Ecosystem Solution
UCB

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Cathy Emmas

Cathy Emmas

Patient Centricity Partnership Director
AstraZeneca

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Cathy is the Partnership Director in AstraZeneca’s global Patient Centricity team where she leads a 5-year strategic collaboration with the PatientsLikeMe online health network. This alliance was established to accelerate our ability to generate the right patient insight that enables informed decision making within our R&D programs and shape healthcare delivery. In the first two years, the collaboration has linked the experiences of over 70,000 patients into our lifecycle teams and patients have helped shape 12 clinical studies across 7 diseases.

Emma Sutcliffe

Emma Sutcliffe

Director, Patient Engagement and Innovation
NexGen Healthcare

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Emma Sutcliffe is a Medical Biochemist, currently completing PhD research about the impact of social media on medicine and also researching about the psychological adaptation to long-term illness.

During a highly successful 21 year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Emma has lobbied relentlessly about the patient voice – infact she is our resident ‘Patient Polemic’ columnist at EFP.

Emma is extensively published on the importance of good industry-patient relationships and more recently is credited for being the first leader to describe the era of Citizen Health. Emma works as an independent consultant in pharma companies – she is drafted in to audit and integrate patient-generated evidence into 360 degree support systems. Having done this for many companies, Emma recently published a 10-point patient-centricity checklist for healthcare companies. I’ve previously described Emma as ‘relentless’ in pushing pharma companies around … that’s in her DNA!

At NexGen Healthcare, Emma heads up the Patient Services division and works alongside the medical communication and strategy teams to drive insightful, incisive and innovative ways to improve patient care.

Richard White

Richard White

Director
Oxford PharmaGenesis

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A leader in value demonstration communications and publications, Richard is a Director of Oxford PharmaGenesis. He brings expertise in the elicitation and communication of patient insights through advisory panels, PROs and real-world evidence, and has given invited presentations on these areas at international congresses (e.g. ISMPP and TIPPA). His extensive experience in Patient Engagement involves a wide range of activities in rare diseases, including stakeholder mapping and the development of patient value propositions. Richard has chaired discussions at World Orphan Drug Congress Europe, authored a white paper on orphan drugs and was recently interviewed for a Pharma Times feature in this area.

Doron Obazanek

Doron Obazanek

Public Affairs Manager
Abbvie

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Doron has 20 years of experience in public affairs and external communications, focusing on large scale national projects and public benefit campaigns. During that time he was also a journalist and an editor.

After 13 years of experience in the other industries, in 2010 he has joined the healthcare industry at Abbott as Communication and Patient's Relations Manager for the Israeli affiliate. He took the role of Public Affairs Manager at AbbVie, following the company’s split from Abbott in 2013.

Doron has a BA degree in communications and psychology. He lives in Israel with his wife, a devoted nurse and their two children.

Duncan Arbour

Duncan Arbour

EU Innovation Lead
INC Research/inVentiv Health

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Laura Ciccolini

Dr Laura Ciccolini

Commercial Director
Bedrock Healthcare Communications

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Matt Norton

Matt Norton

Director of Sales and Marketing
S3 Connected Health

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Kelli Walker

Kelli Walker

Director Platform Strategy
Envision Pharma Group

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David Montgomery

David Montgomery

Vice President, Science Exchange, Oncology
Pfizer

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David Joined Pfizer in 2008 as an MSL in the UK. He became medical advisor in the UK, leading the renal and lung portfolios before being promoted to UK oncology medical director in 2013. In 2017, David became Vice President, Science Exchange for Pfizer oncology.

As medical director, David led a significant expansion of the team, and implemented a new strategic approach, incorporating patient relationship, policy and value work into the everyday role of medical affairs. In addition to his role in Pfizer, David chaired the oncology medical directors’ forum at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). He previously sat as the industry representative on the national Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) panel and as the industry representative on the National Cancer Research Initiative (NCRI) annual meeting scientific committee.  Finally, David contested the 2015 UK general election for the Conservative party.

David qualified from the University of Glasgow Medical School before going on to surgical training in the UK, obtaining MRCS from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.  He then undertook a period of research in the field of breast cancer, specifically looking at innovative methods of follow up of patients treated with curative intent.  More recently, David has obtained the Fellowship of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and is on the GMC specialty register in this specialty.

Kelly Franchetti

Kelly Franchetti RN,CCRN,CEN

Vice President, Global Patient Insights and Engagement
Mapi Group

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A prolific author, presenter, lecturer, and thought leader in the realm of patient recruitment and retention, Kelly Franchetti leads Mapi’s Patient Insight and Engagement team and brings extensive experience in partnering with patient advocacy, and clinical research with a specialty in Rare Disease programs.

She is a leading developer of Patient Engagement solutions in the world of both clinical research and in therapeutic practice.

Ms. Franchetti has two decades of direct patient experience, gained in both hospital and industry settings, including CROs, healthcare technology, patient research, and hands-on patient care across multiple therapeutic areas.

Ms. Franchetti was an active critical care Registered Nurse for over 18 years and an experienced caregiver for children with rare disease for over 20 years. This experience translates into a keen understanding of how patients think regarding their treatment, giving her a singular perspective regarding the best way to approach patients and Health Care Practitioners. She maintains her nursing status at Temple Hospital to continue to grow her knowledge base regarding patient care.

In conjunction with her nursing career, Ms. Franchetti founded the New Jersey State Coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide, where she worked directly with both local and national legislators and regulators to change laws to enhance safety for children throughout the state and North America.

Ms. Franchetti has been involved in the development and moderation of advisory boards as well as patient, HCP, and KOL forums. She also has experience collaborating with Patient and Clinical Advocacy groups. Her experience allows her to provide significant insights into how patients regard their treatment options and how to best approach patient recruitment and retention strategies.

Franchetti currently sits on Mapi’s Patient Initiative ommittee along with the industry’s foremost leaders on Patient Centered Medical Affairs, Patient Centered Outcomes, and Research Experts from the Mapi Trust.

John Pugh

John Pugh

Health & Life Science Team Leader in the Global Centre For Innovation
Accenture

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John is 100% a digital innovator, committed to transforming the Life Science and healthcare industry. Currently at Accenture as Health & Life Science Team Leader in the Global Centre For Innovation in Dublin, working in Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Innovation workshops and Accenture's HealthTech Innovation Challenge (StartUps). Daily work includes solving big problems through automation and artificial intelligence, analytics and data platforms, IOT, industry X.O, cyber security and blockchain, designing and running design thinking, human-centred, innovation workshops to challenge orthodoxies and solving unsolvable problems. A strong communicator at all levels and cross-culturally; John is globally recognized as an award winning, industry thought-leader and speaker in digital innovation

Fabio Sergio

Fabio Sergio

Managing Director Design Strategy
Accenture

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Fabio brings 20 years of experience across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors. Throughout his career, he has worked with global leaders such as Novartis, Merck, J&J, Nestle Health Science, WHO, Whirlpool, Vodafone, GE, HP, LGE, UBS, Unicef, GSMA and WEF, exploring areas where emerging technologies can create new opportunities to advance human aspirations and business scenarios can be wrapped around people’s dreams and desires.

Prior to joining Fjord, Fabio was Vice President of design at frog, where he helped shape the firm’s Experience Strategy offering and was one of its healthcare experts. Along with his role at Fjord Fabio serves as a design educator and mentor to graduate and post-graduate students of the Politecnico di Milano, and is a frequent speaker at worldwide design and innovation events.

Hilary Thomas

Hilary Thomas

Partner and Chief Medical Adviser
KPMG

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Hilary is KPMG's Chief Medical Adviser and a member of the global Centre of Excellence in Healthcare and Life Sciences. Prior to KPMG she spent 23 years in the NHS - including as Professor of Oncology at the University of Surrey and Medical Director of the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Hilary works at the interface of healthcare and life sciences for public and private sector clients - redesigning care models and pathways and helping organisations to navigate the changing way that the public interact and the implications for organisational strategy and business models. She is a past winner of the First Women in Business Services and a 2015 luminary of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association. In 2006 she developed breast cancer – and the experience of becoming a patient has made her even more passionate about the importance of the patient perspective.

Jessica Brueggeman

Jessica Brueggeman, RN, MPH

EVP, Health Behavior Group
MicroMass Communications - an Ashfield company

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Jessica joined MicroMass, an Ashfield company, in 2000 and leads a team of behaviorists in applying behavior change strategies to health communication programs for the life sciences industry. With a combined background in nursing and public health, Jessica has a passion for creating solutions that can change patient and healthcare provider behavior and improve health outcomes.

Mike Walker

Mike Walker

Brand Development Director
Hive Health

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Jerome Stevens

Dr Jerome Stevens

Co-founder and CEO
Patientys

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Dr Jerome Stevens is the cofounder and CEO of Patientys, a company dedicated to patient support programs. With more than 100 000 patient interactions per year, and a staff of +100 HCPs, Patientys is France care management leader. Dr Stevens holds a Medical Degree from Paris VII University and an MBA from the Wharton School. After working as an ER physician in a Paris academic center, Dr Stevens spent 10 years in the United States as senior consultant for CSC Healthcare, managing disease management programs. Upon returning to France, Dr Stevens joined Arthur D Little before co-founding Patientys.

Audrey Liechti

Audrey Liechti

Senior Communications Manager, Takeda

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Andrew Miles

Andrew Miles

Senior Vice President & Secretary General
European Society for Person Centered Healthcare

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Sheila Khawaja

Sheila Khawaja

Vice-Chair
The World Alliance Of Pituitary Organisations (Wapo)

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Sheila Khawaja is an acromegaly patient since 2003 and the current Vice-Chair of the World Alliance of Pituitary Organizations (WAPO), a non-profit entity that unites the global international pituitary community and aims at optimizing treatment and care of all patients with pituitary and related conditions. Sheila is responsible for EU Relations and fundraising opportunities that will enable WAPO to carry forward the Action Plan set forth by the Board. Since 2013 she leads her own affiliated local Patient Organization, Associazione Nazionale Italiana Patologie Ipofisarie – Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (ANIPI-FVG) based in Trieste, Italy. Public awareness through workshops, walk-a-thons and the financial endorsement of medical research are constantly evolving in the organization and high on the agenda; since 2014 Sheila is also on the national board of ANIPI-Italia acting as a representative when the national organization participates in international events.

Sheila is bilingual in English and Italian and obtained her Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation at the University of Trieste in 2012. In 2016 she joined the RareConnect translation group of EURORDIS to ensure that the Italian online community has easy access to important information on rare diseases; She recently became a EURORDIS ExPress Summer School Fellow upon completion of the course in June 2017.

Alex Wyke

Alex Wyke

CEO
Patient View

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Alex Wyke is CEO and founder of PatientView, a UK-based research, publishing and consultancy group. PatientView has worked to build bridges worldwide with the health NGOs that comprise the patient movement, to help define and support one of the most important phenomenon changing healthcare in the 21st Century. (For more on PatientView, see: www.patient-view.com). PatientView is the publisher and owner of the series Corporate Reputation of Pharma – from a patient perspective, Benchmarking the patient Movement as well as the online mhealth resource for public and patients, myhealthapps.net.

Jasmine Smith

Jasmine Smith

Member of Trustee Board
Epilepsy Society UK

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Jasmine Smith was 17 years-old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour triggering epileptic seizures.  She had hoped to become a ballet dancer but was asked to leave the university where she was studying dancing due to having epilepsy – which also happened with several jobs. Jasmine, now 26, is living seizure free following extensive surgery, and as a result of her experiences works within Cardiothoracic Critical Care at Harefield Hospital, with an on-going interest in epilepsy. She is also an epilepsy patient ambassador working with the UK’s Epilepsy Society since 2011; and started working with UCB in 2012, beginning as a patient ambassador, speaking with their medical teams and giving a patient insight into living with epilepsy. For the past year she has been working with the UCB European research team as a patient consultant. 

Nicholas Brooke

Nicholas Brooke

Chief Executive
PFMD

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Nizar Asadi

Nizar Asadi

Consultant Surgeon
Harefield Hospital, UK

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I am a trained general thoracic surgeon with particular interest in minimal invasive surgery and chest wall surgery. Additionally, I am research active and currently completing several projects in adult and paediatric thoracic surgery. I believe I would be well suited to this position as a fully trained thoracic surgeon with interest in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. This position in one of the most important trust in the country would allow me to demonstrate and consolidate my clinical and management skills required for such a very important unit and to contribute to the on-going growing service and create an independent thoracic surgery service under the cardiothoracic department.

I have a solid background in general thoracic surgery and significant experience in chest wall surgery, metastasectomies and a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery (VATS lobectomies). Since the beginning of my training I have always been interested in minimally invasive surgery and I have planned my career such that I am always exposed to VATS resection in very important centres with high volume of VATS lobectomies, but also in centres with less experience in VATS where I have contributed to developing the minimally invasive service.

I believe I am a hard working, highly motivated and approachable surgeon. I always strive to be the best and treat patients with kindness and the people that I work with respectfully, and always practice in accordance with the GMC standards of Good Medical Practice. This is reflected in my 360 MSF. I am not afraid of hard work or difficult situations. I have been trained in numerous diverse hospitals in the United Kingdom and abroad, all of which have had high workloads. This has given me considerable experience and the ability to deal with a wide variety of challenging clinical situations.

Furthermore, I value opportunities to teach and mentor medical staff in the principles and practices of thoracic surgery. I am keen to actively participate in both department and trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audits.

My career intention is to deliver the best quality of care to my patients and be responsible for their safety and wellbeing while under my care. I am willing to bring my experience to increase and enhance the number of thoracic surgery procedures with particular focus towards minimally invasive surgery, with a great interest to develop an independent thoracic service.

Maya Zlatanova

Maya Zlatanova

Co-founder, FindMeCure

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Maya has more than 10 years of experience in the pharma industry providing regulations training to organizations like Roche, Novartis, Merck, United Nations, NHS Trusts, Ministries of Health etc. Her first company has established a network of more than 100 top experts in the clinical research area.  Two years ago, after having to find a solution for her sister's condition, she started FindMeCure and she has dedicated her efforts to empowering patients to find, understand and make an informed decision on clinical trials. She is also a Board Member at the Patient Engagement Committee at the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety.

Trishna Bharadia

Trishna Bharadia

Multiple Sclerosis/Chronic Illness Advocate and Expert Patient

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Trishna Bharadia is a multi-award winning advocate for people with multiple sclerosis and chronic illness. Diagnosed with MS in 2008, aged 28, she's used her experiences to raise awareness and improve support for people affected by MS and other chronic illnesses. A full time Spanish-English translator, in her spare time she collaborates with organisations in the UK and abroad, including charities, non-profits and pharmaceutical companies to help improve patient experience and engagement. She’s a writer, blogger, vlogger and inspirational/expert patient speaker, as well as advising on projects, research proposals and diversity strategies, and is regular contributor in the media for issues relating to MS, chronic illness and disabilty. She’s a patron/ambassador for several MS/disability charities and is currently a member of “The Ozone” virtual round table for key opinion leaders across healthcare specialities.

Awards include: WATC Top 100 Rising Star in Charity 2017, Lift Effects Top 100 Star Award 2017, Precious Leadership Award 2016, Woman of Achievement 2015 (Women of the Year Foundation), Sue Ryder Southern Women of Achievement Award 2015 and MS Society Volunteer of the Year 2013.

TWITTER: @TrishnaBharadia

Claire Murray

Claire Murray

Joint Head of Operations, PIF
PIF - Patient Information Forum

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PIF (Patient Information Forum) champions the vital role health information plays in supporting person centred care, and improving patient experience and outcomes.

Claire joined PIF in 2013, and her work over the last four years has included leading the development of PIF's best practice for creating health information that works and the 'Perfect Patient Information Journey' project. Central to both projects has been the importance of involving patients and service users in the development of health information resources and services, to ensure they are accessible, effective and genuinely meet needs.

Previously Claire worked for NAM, an HIV information charity, in communications, service development and income generation.

Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens

Consumer Lead and Chair of Consumer Forum
NCRI

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Richard Stephens is a survivor of two cancers and a heart emergency, and has multiple morbidities and late effects.  He has participated in four interventional clinical trials and eight other studies.

He Chairs the NCRI’s Consumer Forum and sits on strategic groups for NIHR, NCRAS, MRC CTU, Genomics England, Cancer Research UK, ABPI and others.

Richard was the patient representative on the Independent Cancer Taskforce that produced the (English) National Cancer Strategy, Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes, and is a founder member of the AllTrials and useMYdata movements. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of BMC’s Journal of Research Involvement and Engagement.

Simon Stones

Simon Stones

Patient Advocate and NIHR Young Patient Research Ambassador
representing the European Young Person’s Advisory Group Network (eYPAGnet)

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Damian Kelly

Damian Kelly

Chair Training and Capacity Building
European AIDS Treatment Group - EATG

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Natacha Bolaños

Natacha Bolaños

Patient Expert
EUPATI

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Robert Gallo

Robert Gallo

Communications & Patient Engagement Advisor

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Rob Gallo was corporate communications director for Europe/Canada at Takeda with 18+years combined experience in both consumer and corporate communications.

Rob believes that his profession is uniquely placed to earn insights that enable organisations to connect to their audience in a personal and meaningful way. His passion for digital innovation is what inspires him to explore the full potential of tech and design while also encouraging authenticity, brand trust, and employee engagement across Takeda.

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