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Anjali Trasy

Anjali Trasy

Global Head, Patient Engagement Strategy , Sanofi

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Anjali Trasy is the Global Head of Patient Engagement Strategy within Sanofi’s Patient Centricity Center of Excellence.

The mission of our group, Patient Engagement Strategy, is to ensure that Sanofi’s patients are continually engaged, involved and at the center of our business. Our goal is to proactively incorporate patients’ unique needs into our products and services thereby delivering superior patient outcomes and experiences. Total Patient Engagement is the essential lever and critical business differentiator that will enhance all of Sanofi’s business franchises, beginning with the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Business. Core capabilities of the Patient Engagement group include Design Thinking and Jobs to be Done Marketing.

Anjali was previously Consumer Marketing Director in the US for both the launch of Toujeo and Lixisenatide (pre-launch) where she spearheaded the development and implementation of Sanofi’s industry-leading COACH programs. Anjali was recognized for this work in 2013 when she received the US Industrial Innovation Award for Enhancing Patient Centricity.

Since joining Sanofi in 2004, she has served in various marketing and staff positions within US and Global wherein she received multiple awards for developing best-in-class integrated solutions. Prior to joining Sanofi, she was at ZS Associates (Healthcare Consulting) and Oliver Wyman & Co (Financial/Strategy Consultants).

Anjali graduated from Johns Hopkins University, receiving the G. Stanley Hall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and has an MBA from NYU/Stern in Marketing, Leadership and Change Management.

Deborah Neville

Deborah Neville

Director, Global Patient Solutions, Patient & Market Insights, Teva

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Shabnam Kazmi

Shabnam Kazmi

Former Vice President, Patient Access & Adherence, Otsuka America

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Tom Croce

Tom Croce

Vice President, Global Advocacy Relations, Amgen

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Tom Croce, RPh, oversees development and leads implementation of an integrated strategy involving patient advocacy groups and professional associations. He and the extended Amgen Advocacy Relations team around the globe work collaboratively with these external third-party organizations to align and execute on shared goals across the development life-cycle—from pre-clinical to post-launch and across Amgen’s product portfolio—with the shared vision of improving access to care and health outcomes for patients. Amgen’s new approach to advocacy relations is designed to bring more patient and professional input into how the Company develops and commercializes medicines. Tom and his team put a priority focus on advocating for policies in affiliate markets that are in the best interest of patients.

Tom brings a wealth of experience gained from more than 30 years working in the healthcare industry and with professional associations. He joins Amgen from Shire Pharmaceuticals, where he was head of Global Patient Advocacy. His previous leadership roles have spanned patient and professional advocacy, as well as public affairs, and he has held a leadership role with the American Pharmacists Association.

Jessica Grossman

Jessica Grossman

Chief Executive Officer, Medicines360

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Dr. Grossman is an experienced and visionary leader in women's health. Currently she is CEO of Medicines360, a non-profit pharmaceutical organization. Medicines360 recently received FDA approval for LILETTA a 52mg hormonal IUD. Previously, she was CEO and President at Sense4Baby, Inc. that was sold to AirStrip, LLC. Prior to that she was a medical director at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson and Johnson company. Dr. Grossman was also a Board Member at Medicines360, a non-profit pharmaceutical company. In addition, Dr. Grossman was the founder and President of Gynesonics, an early stage medical device company focused on minimally invasive solutions for women’s health where she raised over $20 million in venture capital financing.

Katherine Capperella

Katherine Capperella

Global Patient Engagement Leader, Janssen

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As global head of patient engagement for Janssen, Katherine leads a cross-functional team responsible for developing and driving patient engagement strategy and measuring progress over time.  She and her team are focused on leading Janssen to incorporate direct patient voice early and throughout the entire product lifecycle, beginning with disease area strategies and including product development, formulation decisions and clinical trial strategies.  Katherine has over 20 years of experience at Johnson & Johnson in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as global commercial vice president for the pain API business.

Gabriela Mondino

Gabriela Mondino

Head of US Public Affairs, Multiple Sclerosis, Sanofi Genzyme

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Gabriela Mondino is dedicated to delivering value to patients so they can focus more on living life and less on their disease. For over fifteen years, she has been devoted to understanding needs and providing solutions to physicians and patients.

Gabriela currently leads the Public Affairs function for Multiple Sclerosis at Sanofi Genzyme. She joined Sanofi in 2013 as Global Marketing Director in osteoarthritis, where she led the shift to patient centricity, integrating the voice of the patient into the business strategy. She built patient marketing capabilities within affiliates and supported the implementation of patient activation programs.

Prior to Sanofi, Gabriela held global marketing positions at Baxter Healthcare, Glaxosmithkline, Kraft Foods and Kimberly-Clark. She speaks four languages and has lived in Argentina, France and the US; her work experience covers five continents and over forty countries.

Originally from Argentina, Gabriela earned her bachelor’s degree at Lawrence University and her Master of Business Administration at Thunderbird School of Global Management. In addition, Gabriela is the founder of VISIONAR, a philanthropic organization that provides scholarships and mentorship to college students in Argentina.

Doug Noland

Doug Noland

Patient Experience, Executive Director, Astellas

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Doug Noland is the head of Astellas’ newly established Patient Experience organization. He is responsible for delivering results for patients by accelerating the pace and scope of associated organizational change to ensure Astellas’ market leadership in the area of patient experience. He is responsible for engaging with all facets of the organization to align on a true north definition of patient experience to ensure that all strategies, tactics, policies and procedures work across all functions to facilitate the delivery of high quality patient experience and outcomes.

Prior to his current role, Doug led the development and implementation of Astellas’ business-to-business model and comprehensive end-to-end disease state solutions to help Integrated Health Systems deliver improved patient care. He also established Astellas’ Commercial Innovation and Effectiveness group during which time he worked with Astellas president team to drive results through broad and sustainable organizational change.

Dawn DiCandilo

Dawn DiCandilo

Patient Centricity Excellence Director, AstraZeneca

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Dawn has nineteen years of pharma industry experience with a focus and passion for the Medical Affairs function.  14 of those years were spent in the US market in roles within Medical Affairs operations.  In 2012, she helped establish Global Medical Excellence in AstraZeneca and then went to Japan for 3 years to establish Medical Excellence there.  Much of her experience centered around driving an increase in the contribution and value that Medical Affairs brings through strategic planning, metrics, capability development and communication strategies.

In her role as PaCe Excellence Director, Dawn provides strategic direction and leadership of the capability programs to elevate patient insight and engagement skills to help teams effectively understand patient needs and co-create solutions with patients. She facilitates enterprise-level collaborations to develop robust patient-oriented risk management and governance frameworks.

Marilyn Metcalf

Marilyn Metcalf

Patient Engagement Lead, GSK

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Dr. Metcalf is a Patient Engagement Lead at GSK. She and her Patients in Partnership colleagues lead GSK’s work developing medicines with patients, to meet their health goals. She is a member of GSK’s Global Safety Board and participates in a number of alliances including Patient Focused Medicine Development; Patients as Partners; FasterCures; National Health Council; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and TransCelerate.

Previously she was Family Health International’s project director for an NIH master contract for HIV vaccine research, primarily in developing countries. She studied the health economics and quality of life effects of HIV therapies at the former GlaxoWellcome. She moved to the UK to build GSK’s international Decision Sciences team. Upon returning to the US, she led Centocor’s R&D portfolio management team, formed GSK’s Benefit Risk Evaluation team, then led the Pharmacovigilance Centre of Innovation. Her current role began in June 2017.

Christine MacCracken

Christine MacCracken

Director, Patient Support, Janssen

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Christine MacCracken is Director, Patient Support at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson where she leads strategic identification and implementation of patient-centered initiatives. In this role, she serves as key liaison to New York University School of Medicine and the Compassionate Use Advisory Committee (CompAC). Her focus is on raising organizational awareness around hearing the voice of the patient and recognizing “Every Patient is a Person First”.

Prior to joining the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in 2015, Christine was Senior Director, Business Insights at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).In support of people with cancer and the providers who treat them, she closely collaborated with industry, state oncology societies and advocacy groups to disseminate NCCN treatment information through health technology platforms as well as market and outcome research programs.

Christine’s strong passion around hearing the voice of the patient began at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she was an oncology nurse treating families with life changing diagnoses. With patients and their experience front of mind, she developed an interest in research and joined Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) with a focus on quality of life studies. Bridging this interest with pharmaceutical development, she later joined Merck & Co., Inc. with increasing roles of responsibility in clinical research and academic affairs, ultimately sharing her collective experience as an adjunct professor.

Christine resides outside of Philadelphia with husband Tim, and the luckiest dog on earth, Jack. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Nursing from Holy Family University and Master’s Degree, Health Education from Arcadia University.

Jaye Bea Smalley

Jaye Bea Smalley

Associate Director, Patient Advocacy and Professional Relations - Patient Engagement, Boehringer Ingelheim

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Madeline Geday

Madeline Geday

Associate Director, Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Merck

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Madeline is an Associate Director for the Global Trial Optimization Group within GO (Global Operations) at Merck and Co., Inc. She serves as Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Lead for her organization. Madeline is responsible for optimizing clinical trial feasibility and execution through integrated data-driven expert analysis and recommendations, while promoting its engagement, development, and opportunities for innovation in recruitment and retention.

Madeline joined Merck in 2004. She began her work as a Medical Program Clinical Specialist working on several insomnia programs in clinical neuroscience with a focus on patient recruitment. Madeline joined Global Trial Optimization in 2006 where she has spearheaded dozens of patient recruitment initiatives, served as Therapeutic Area lead for Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Hematology and Multiple Myeloma as well as Process Owner and Subject Matter Expert for the department. While at Merck, she has helped launch the Clinical Trials Microsite of merck.com; has lead several voice of the patient projects; and has served as an industry expert in the field of recruitment and retention. Most recently, she has been appointed to lead the initiative for Patient and Stakeholder Engagement within the Global Clinical Trial Organization with the intent of capturing the voice of the patient into operational aspects of clinical trial design, feasibility, and recruitment and retention. She also works on several collaborative projects surrounding Diversity in Clinical Trials. Trained in Health Literacy principles, she has used her knowledge and expertise to champion changes to patient facing materials to ensure health literacy for clinical trial participants and their families.

Prior to Merck, Madeline held positions in Business Development, Education, and in Clinical Research as a CRA Associate.

Madeline received her B.S. in Psychology and Health/Exercise Physiology from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania and is pursuing graduate coursework in Marketing from Temple University.

Barbara Wuebbels

Barbara Wuebbels

Vice President of Global Patient Relations, Audentes Therapeutics

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Barbara has been involved in patient advocacy activities for patients with rare diseases for the past 15 years at Ucyclyd Pharma and BioMarin. She joined Audentes Therapeutics as Vice President of Patient Advocacy and Medical Affairs in 2013. Currently she is the Vice President of Global Patient Relations. She has been actively involved with the National Organization of Rare Diseases, International Conference of Rare Disorders, and the Global Genes Project. Currently she serves on the Board of the Batten’s Disease Support and Research Association. Additionally she is the Chair and founding board member of the Professional Patient Advocates in the Life Sciences.

She holds Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in nursing.

Aaron Mitchell

Aaron Mitchell

Managing Principal, ZS

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Aaron Mitchell is a Managing Principal and the global lead for ZS’s R&D excellence practice, based in Zurich, Switzerland. He partners with clients to strengthen the value of their pipelines, optimize the execution of clinical trials, drive the effective use of real-world evidence, and improve medical and scientific engagement. A key area of focus for Aaron is patient-centric drug development, including optimizing clinical trials for patients and leveraging real-world evidence to support product development. Aaron joined ZS in January of 2003. Prior to ZS Aaron was a manager for Deloitte, providing strategic consulting services to clients in a range of industries including financial services consumer products retail and healthcare. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Hensley Evans

Hensley Evans

Principal, ZS

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Hensley Evans is a Principal based in New York and leads ZS’s patient marketing strategy practice. Hensley has developed and implemented strategic solutions that combine marketing efforts with consumer health support programs for pharmaceutical, biotech, over-the-counter and provider clients, and has driven health and wellness initiatives in the consumer goods industry. Hensley holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Heather Erickson

Heather Erickson

Chief of Staff, Sangamo Therapeutics

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Leigh Householder

Leigh Householder

Managing Director of Innovation, inVentiv Health Communications

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As Managing Director of Innovation for inVentiv Health Communications, Leigh is responsible for shaping the company’s perspective on the next era of healthcare marketing. Through thought leadership, strategic innovation workshops and new products and capabilities, Leigh focuses on identifying marketing approaches that will fuel that new era and generate significant growth for clients.

Leigh has worked with Fortune 1000 companies to craft their digital, mobile, social and CRM strategies for over 17 years. She’s worked for category-leading agencies in retail, public affairs, B2B technology, and higher education. Prior to moving to inVentiv Health Communications, she had several leadership roles at one of our agencies, GSW. There, she founded an innovation practice fueled by the zeitgeist and spearheaded digital and innovation thinking across the business.

A critical part of Leigh’s work is trends and new ideas. Every year, she convenes a group of trend watchers from across inVentiv Health Communications’ global network to identify the shifts most critical to healthcare marketers. Leigh is a sought-after writer and speaker. Recognized as one of the most inspiring people in the pharmaceutical industry by PharmaVoice, Leigh also was recognized as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) for her overt passion, industry thought leadership and significant contributions in new business, strategy and mentoring.

Louisa Daniels

Louisa Daniels

Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer

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Louisa Daniels leads a team responsible for all legal matters related to global product development at Pfizer, including clinical study conduct issues, data sharing and vendor oversight activities, as well as transactional support for clinical research worldwide. This includes Pfizer’s outsourcing relationships with CROs, as well as collaborations, investigator-initiated research, publications and Pfizer-sponsored clinical studies.

Jessica Nora

Jessica Nora

Executive Director Patient Engagement Strategies, Amgen

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Jessica Nora is the head of Patient Engagement Strategies at Amgen. In this role, Jessica is responsible for building the capabilities for Amgen to consistently put the patient at the center of all that we do from bench to bedside. Prior to this role, Jessica led an Amgen wide change initiative for Amgen. Jessica served as the Global Marketing Leader for Prolia, where she co-lead the Global Product team for Prolia our flagship product for osteoporosis. The scope of her responsibilities includes developing and executing life-cycle management initiatives for Prolia and Amgen’s bone franchise. Jessica joined Amgen in 2003 and served in various roles of increasing responsibility in both the commercial and medical affairs organizations. Prior to joining Amgen, Jessica led various teams in oncology medical affairs at Aventis and Pfizer. Jessica received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, PharmD from Rutgers University and Masters in Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Emmanuel Fombu

Emmanuel Fombu

Medical Director, Novartis

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EMMANUEL FOMBU MD,MBA is a physician, entrepreneur, author, speaker and innovative healthcare executive with vast experience in medical and clinical affairs in pharmaceutical, device, imaging and laboratory diagnostic industries as well as bringing quality experience to healthcare delivery. He is an advocate for value-based healthcare and a leader in the design and execution of clinical trials using innovative digital technology to evaluate complementary health approaches and their integration into real world health care. He is also passionate about mhealth, personalized medicine, genomics, nanotechnology, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things, digital medicine and is an external advisory board member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT.nano project.

Dr Fombu did his clinical training at Emory-Crawford Long Hospital and holds an MBA from both the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and Smith School of Business at Queens University. He lives in New York City.

Alison Broomall

Alison Broomall

Life Sciences Lead, North Highland

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Alison is a senior patient engagement and strategy professional. As Life Sciences Lead for North Highland, she brings over 20 years of experience helping Life Sciences organizations identify, implement, and sustain the capabilities that drive purposeful patient engagement across the care continuum. She possesses a consistent track record of providing thought leadership to clients, guiding forward-thinking, data-driven engagement programs that align with business expectations, goals, and compliance considerations. Skilled in achieving consensus in cross-functional environments, she has designed sustainable, transformative patient-centric programs. Alison received her Master’s degree from American University and Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Rich Denness

Rich Denness

Managing Director and Healthcare & Life Sciences Global Lead, North Highland

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Rich brings over 25 years of Healthcare and Life Sciences experience, having served in senior management and C-suite positions for a range of organizations, including a global management consultancy, a pharmaceutical startup, a medical device company, and international pharma companies. With a record of driving results, Rich’s key strengths include setting strategic visions, financial management, and leading organizations through entrepreneurial initiatives, including playing a lead role in the development and deployment of a global patient-centric business model. As Managing Director and Healthcare & Life Sciences Global Lead at North Highland, Rich leads market approach, strategic planning, team leadership, and operations management for North Highland's Healthcare and Life Sciences practices. He oversees client services in key strategic areas including patient engagement, virtual health, and specialty pharmacy. Rich received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance from Missouri State University. He has also completed the INSEAD Euro-Asian International Executive Program in Hong Kong.

Brian Aggen

Brian Aggen

Patient Services Lead, Mavens

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Jean McCoy

Jean McCoy

Senior Vice President, Partnerships, Health Perspectives Group

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Jean McCoy is Senior Vice President of Partnerships at Health Perspectives Group, a patient engagement and technology firm that helps companies include the authentic voice of real patients in all aspects of their business. Jean has 25 years of biopharmaceutical commercialization experience and entrepreneurial business background, including tenure with Amgen (and before its acquisition, Immunex), as well as Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca) and McNeil Consumer Products Company. For more info: www.hpgroupllc.com

Andrea Heslin Smiley

Andrea Heslin Smiley

President and Chief Executive Officer, VMS BioMarketing

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Andrea Heslin Smiley serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of VMS BioMarketing, a patient support solutions company utilizing nurse educators to improve patient adherence and outcomes.

Ms. Smiley joined VMS BioMarketing in July 2008 to lead the company’s strategic marketing and brand development business groups, and was named President and CEO in 2011. Prior to VMS, Ms. Smiley was an executive at Eli Lilly and Company where she worked for 12 years in strategic business development roles as well as increasingly senior leadership positions in the diabetes, growth hormone, and osteoporosis business units. She has launched multiple biotech and pharmaceutical drugs and devices in injection-naïve markets, negotiated product labels with the FDA, led the development of Eli Lilly and Company’s first Risk Management Plan, repositioned late-stage products that resulted in increased market share growth, and developed and implemented customer-focused sales models. She began her career with Harvard University as a business development analyst and was a management consultant with Putnam Associates, a Boston-area firm focused on companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and diagnostics businesses. Ms. Smiley serves on numerous boards including the Egalet Corporation and several prominent charitable organizations, and she received a gubernatorial appointment to the Indiana Commission for Women. She earned her BA in economics from DePauw University where she was an Honors Management Fellow, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School executive education program.

Eric Gascho

Eric Gascho

Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, National Health Council

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Eric Gascho is the Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs at the National Health Council. He has been with the National Health Council since August 2009. In his role, Gascho helps the National Health Council and its member organizations develop policy positions that seek to improve the lives of people with chronic diseases and disabilities and advocates for these policies on Capitol Hill and within the executive branch. Prior to joining the NHC, he worked in the government relations department of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Gascho earned his BA degrees in government and business management from the University of Redlands in California.

Marie Emms

Marie Emms

Head, Global Clinical Trial Engagement, INC Research / inVentiv Health

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Marie Emms has 20 years of experience in healthcare communications, spanning PR, medical education and clinical trial recruitment support. She has spent the past 17 years focused solely in patient recruitment, supporting pharma, biotech and CRO clients. She specializes in developing and executing strategic integrated communications programs to support sites and their patients through the clinical trial journey, from initial awareness, consent through to compliance and adherence. She has worked on a wide variety of therapeutic areas across neonatal, pediatric, adult and geriatric studies. Marie is currently Head, Global Clinical Trial Engagement at INC Research / inVentiv Health.

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Jill Donahue

Co-founder, The Aurora Project;
Author of EngageRx: The 3 Keys to Patient-focused Growth;
Founder, Excellerate

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Rubi Burlage

Rubi Burlage, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Sterile Formulation Sciences, Merck

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Rubi Burlage, Ph.D. is Executive Director, Sterile Formulation Sciences at Merck & Co. Inc. In this capacity, Dr. Burlage leads a group responsible for pharmaceutical product and process development for new chemical entities, and for progressing innovation in dosage form and process design. Prior to assuming her current role, Dr. Burlage led development of oral solid dosage forms developing single entity/combination products and lifecycle management strategies for all phases of drug development encompassing first-in-human and Phase I-III studies. She has led teams responsible for the development of commercial formulations including process development, process scale up, and technology transfer to commercial facilities at Schering-Plough and Merck leading to the global filing and approval of those products. Dr. Burlage’s interests include understanding biopharmaceutical and mechanistic principles influencing dosage form design, studying factors germane to successful product and process scale up, and developing risk-weighted strategies that integrate the aforementioned principles and knowledge. More recently, Dr. Burlage has been active in co-leading efforts addressing concerns with patient adherence to medications deploying a multifactorial approach including use of smart technologies, data analytics, and gathering patient insights through internal and external partnerships.

Dr. Burlage earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from India and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The University of Iowa. Dr. Burlage is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and is currently serving on the Drug Product Leadership Group for the International Consortium for Innovation & Quality in Pharmaceutical Development (IQ).

Kathy Gram

Kathy Gram

Vice President Patient Advocacy, Snow Companies

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RN, BSN with over 25 years in the healthcare industry. Spent the majority of her career in the home infusion industry as VP of Sales for Chartwell Home Therapies (joint venture between MGH and New England Medical Center).Was the Director of Biotech Sales for Caremark (now CVS Caremark) followed by VP of Sales for Panel Intelligence, a medical market research company founded by an oncologist from the Dana Farber. She is a recent cancer survivor and remains passionate about the patient community which she supported for 8 years as Director of Patient Advocacy at Takeda. She recently joined Snow Companies as Vice President of Patient Advocacy, a full service patient engagement company.

Valerie Powell

Valerie Powell

Senior Director Global Patient Insights and Engagement, Mapi

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Valerie Powell has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical space and an advanced degree in Instructional and Performance Technology.

Her recent and current positions provide her the opportunity to collaborate with behavioral scientists in a number of specialties, conducting qualitative research using a broad range of methodologies and uncovering insights that provide a line-of-sight into the patient experience.

Elle Hamilton

Elle Hamilton

Senior Director, INC Research / inVentiv Health Commercial and Clinical

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Elle Hamilton works across INC Research / inVentiv Health Commercial and Clinical divisions to bring biopharma clients the right resources, expertise and communications solutions to address patient engagement challenges at all stages of therapeutic development and commercialization. These offerings include Advocacy Relations, Clinical Trial Recruitment, Social/Digital Strategy, Behavioral Insights and Research and Patient Communications, such as the development of Expanded Access Program policies, all striving to accelerate biopharma performance and bring much-needed medicines into the hands of patients. Her experience spans a wide variety of therapeutic areas and client profiles - from start-ups to top-tier biopharma and global advocacy organizations. Passionate about gender parity as well as patient advocacy, Elle serves on the Southern California Board of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) and has held pro-bono leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. She is an alumna of The Pennsylvania State University.

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Gavin Corcoran

Gavin Corcoran

Chief Medical Officer, Allergan

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Cathryn Clary

Cathryn Clary

Global Head, Patient Affairs and Policy, Chief Medical Office, Novartis

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Cathryn M. Clary, MD is Global Head of Patient Affairs and Policy in the Chief Medical & Patient Safety Office, Novartis Global Drug Development. In this role, Cathryn is responsible for ensuring the implementation of Patient Focused Drug Development across Novartis and developing and implementing patient centered policies.

Cathryn received her MD degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed psychiatric residency training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  She practiced psychiatry for 13 years in Delaware, staying actively engaged in clinical research through her membership in the University of Pennsylvania Psychopharmacology Research group.

After receiving an MBA degree from the University of Delaware, Cathryn joined Pfizer in 1996 as Medical Director. Her 13 year career at Pfizer was one of continued advancement and in her last four years, she served as SVP of the US Medical group.. supporting a large portfolio. After leaving Pfizer, Cathryn took a role as Head, US Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Ipsen, a French biopharmaceutical company, for three years, before joining Novartis. 

Throughout her career, Cathryn has been interested and engaged in public affairs and public speaking on behalf of patients. This has led to engagements such as Congressional testimony on publications of pharmaceutical sponsored research in 2004 and presentations before the Institute of Medicine. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  Cathryn has also published widely, mainly in psychiatric journals.

Martin Mendoza

Martin Mendoza

Director of Extramural Research, Office of Minority Health, FDA

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Martin Mendoza, PhD serves as Director of Extramural Research in FDA’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) where he oversees OMH’s extramural research grant program. Martin has spoken before Congress and other audiences in support of OMH’s programs, has authored numerous Congressionally-mandated reports, and is primary author for OMH’s recent FDA guidance document Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data in Clinical Trials. Prior to FDA, he spent several years in NIH’s extramural and intramural research programs, with work ranging from neurological clinical trials, pediatric oncology research, to the Human Genome Project. Martin received his doctorate in cancer biology from Johns Hopkins University.

Frank Spinelli

Frank Spinelli

Medical Director, Patient Affairs, US, ViiV Healthcare

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Ramana Sonty

Ramana Sonty

Director of Strategy, Global Medical Organization, Janssen

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Ramana Sonty, MBBS, PhD, is a Director of Strategy, in the Janssen Global Medical Organization.

Dr. Sonty is a J&J leader who helped launch Janssen’s innovative pilot with NYU called CompAC (Compassionate Use Advisory Committee). The CompAC is a first-of-its-kind independent, expert body providing recommendations on compassionate use requests. The model been expanded to all of Janssen’s assets and is under consideration for adoption more broadly across the industry. Pilot findings have been published in Nature and JAMA.  He has trained in Medicine and Neuroscience.

Debra Reinhard

Debra Reinhard

Lead, Translational Medicine Enabling Solutions, Bristol-Myers Squibb

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A sought-after speaker and subject matter expert with over 28 years in the Pharmaceutical industry, Deb’s career has spanned Corporate and R&D Finance and strategy, as well as broad Informatics roles in support of R&D.  As Head of Translational Medicine Enabling Solutions, she leads a growing organization that plans and executes translational medicine strategies, integrating Discovery, Clinical Development and Translational Research.  She is responsible for the BMS biorepository, redesigning informed consent processes and tools, and ensuring robust operations across all lab partners.  Deb is a core member of TransCelerate’s eConsent initiative creating an industry-aligned position on consent processes and technologies.

Joseph Kim

Joseph Kim

Senior Advisor, Clinical Innovation, Eli Lilly and Company

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Joseph Kim serves as a Senior Advisor in Clinical Innovation at Lilly, focusing on developing and implementing innovative patient engagement solutions. He has spent over 18 years in the Pharma industry utilizing a unique approach that integrates his experiences working for Sponsors such as Shire and Merck, CROs, and technology vendors. He has a robust combination of experience that includes early and late phase clinical research, and a well-known history of innovation in the clinical research industry, recognized as one of “Top 100 individuals on the 2015 MedicineMakers Power List, and “20 Innovators Changing the Face of the Clinical Trials Industry” by CenterWatch in 2013.  He holds a BS in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University and an MBA from Villanova. He can be reached at kim_joseph_p@lilly.com and on Twitter

Patricia Cunningham

Patricia Cunningham

Associate Director Health Information Technology, Boehringer Ingelheim

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Ms. Cunningham has approximately 30 years of progressive experience in health information management and technology. She has a Masters Degree in Health Informatics, is a Certified Registered Health Information Administrator and is also Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security. Her extensive career and experience includes implementing numerous EHR platforms in diverse healthcare settings; leading Health Information Management and Technology Teams; serving as the organization-wide Privacy Officer in a large academic medical center and serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the State of Illinois’ Health Information Exchange. In her current role as the Associate Director of Health IT at Boehringer-Ingeheim Pharmaceuticals, she is responsible for orchestrating digital processes for organizational population health initiatives.

Stephen Yates

Stephen Yates

Clinical Program Director and Head, Patient Engagement Strategy, UCB

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Daniele D’Ambrosio

Daniele D’Ambrosio

Senior Director, Clinical Science Program Head, Actelion

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Daniele D'Ambrosio, M.D., Ph.D., currently leads Actelion's clinical team developing ponesimod for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Daniele joined Actelion in 2009 and was appointed Senior Director, Clinical Science Program Head in 2011. In his function, he has provided scientific and management leadership to Actelion's clinical programs in autoimmune diseases. Prior to joining Actelion, Daniele held various R&D positions in biotech and leading pharmaceutical companies Roche and Novartis.

Daniele earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine and Immunology from La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, has published more than 60 scientific articles, and is inventor on one issued patent. Daniele has served on the Editorial Board of British Journal of Pharmacology, and has held a Professorship at the School of medical, molecular and cellular biotechnologies at Vita Salute San Raffaele University, Milano, Italia

Luther Clark

Luther Clark

Global Director, Scientific, Medical and Patient Perspective, Merck

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Dr. Luther T. Clark is Global Director, Scientific Medical and Patient Perspective (SMPP) in the Office of the Chief Patient Officer (OCPO) at Merck. In this role, he supports the needs of the CPO by (1) gathering internal and external scientific and medical information to assist with decision-making at the highest levels and (2) collaborating across Merck to help increase the voice of patients, directly and indirectly into decision-making across the enterprise. He is a key member of the team that champions the OCPO’s Health Care Equities Strategic Initiative (including promotion of health literacy and research diversity) and chairs the Health Literacy Investigator Initiated Studies Research Committee.

Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Clark was Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Brooklyn Health Disparities Research Center.

Dr. Clark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his Medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He has authored more than 100 publications, edited and was principal contributor to the textbook, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes (McGraw-Hill 2007).

Mary Elmer

Mary Elmer

Associate Director, Global Patient Engagement Strategy Office, Merck

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Mary Elmer leads a team for the global patient engagement program at the office for the Chief Patient Officer at Merck & Co., Inc. This group is actively involved in bringing the voice of the patient into the drug development process at Merck through strong collaborative partnerships with patients and organizations serving patients. Mary is a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 18 years of experience at Merck, working in all phases of drug development and implementing global strategic initiatives. Mary is a member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion council at Merck and co-leads the diversity in US clinical trials initiative, which seeks to ensure our clinical trials are representative of diverse patient groups. Mary is a member of TransCelerate Biopharma, and leads a work stream on patient engagement.

Mary obtained her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Six Sigma green belt who has experience in executing organizational change and cross-company initiatives, such as implementing clinical trial data sharing at Merck, in alignment with trade organizations (EFPIA/PHRMA) and regulatory bodies.

Martin Collyer

Martin Collyer

Chief Operating Officer Patient Recruitment, Bioclinica

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 Martin Collyer is a senior healthcare and life sciences executive with more than 20 years of experience and a strong operations and finance background.

As COO of Bioclinica’s Patient Recruitment & Retention division, Martin enables organizations to expedite the enrollment of patients into clinical trials utilizing therapeutically-aligned global patient engagement platforms and digital methodologies.

Prior to joining Bioclinica in 2016 he was with Hitachi for four years solving big data challenges.

Susan Bartlett

Susan Bartlett

Principal, Bridgeable

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Susan Bartlett is a service designer and business strategist at Bridgeable, where she helps organizations transform their business using service design. Susan leads multidisciplinary design teams as they understand the complex interactions people have with the world around them, and work to make those interactions more meaningful and effective. Her projects emphasize co-creation with a wide array of stakeholders, applying a holistic, systems-thinking lens to problem solving, and using service design to effect organizational change.

Rick Liwski

Rick Liwski

Chief Technology Officer; Director, Data Collaboration Center, Critical Path Institute

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Kelly Franchetti RN,CCRN,CEN

Kelly Franchetti RN,CCRN,CEN

Vice President, Global Patients Insights and Engagement, Patient-Centered Sciences, Mapi

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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.

Ferdi Steinmann

Ferdi Steinmann

Senior Director - Industry Marketing Life Sciences, Pega

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Jitesh Rohatgi

Jitesh Rohatgi

Director, Global Industry Principal - Life Sciences, Pegasystems

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Jitesh has over 17 years of experience in managing business and technology aspects of customer engagement and compliance solutions for life sciences industry. As the Director- Global Industry Principal, Jitesh is responsible for product strategy, marketing and thought leadership for customer engagement in life sciences for Pega. Prior to joining Pega, Jitesh worked in various leadership roles in product management, solution consulting and technology for Cegedim (Now IMS Health). In his career, he has interacted with 200+ unique life sciences organizations, sharing his expertise in the life sciences domain with customers in specific sales and consulting engagements. He lives in Allentown PA with his family and loves watching/playing tennis whenever possible.

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Cindy Geoghegan

Cindy Geoghegan

Principal, Patient and Partners LLC

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A patient advocate and cancer survivor with decades of health policy, communications and capacity-building experience, Cindy Geoghegan founded Patient & Partners to ensure that the patient perspective is strategically integrated into industry, academic, government and non-profit efforts focused on patient outcomes and clinical benefit. She has founded, transformed and grown several patient-led non-profit organizations, and represents the patient perspective on research projects sponsored by government, academia and industry. She currently serves as an individual patient/caregiver representative on CTTI’s Steering Committee and as a team lead for CTTI’s Mobile Clinical Trials Stakeholder Perceptions project.

Grace Cordovano

Grace Cordovano

CEO, Enlightening Results

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Upon recognizing significant unmet needs and challenges in patients’ journeys throughout their cancer diagnosis, Dr. Grace Cordovano founded Enlightening Results, LLC in 2010. As the culmination of her life’s experiential learning and education, Dr. Cordovano is dedicated to fostering private, personalized patient advocacy services, specializing in the cancer arena.  She strategically and empathetically guides her clients through survivorship or end-of-life care, ensuring they are armed with the most pertinent, medically credible, easy to understand information so as to make empowered decisions about their care. Grace is a firm believer in the continuous advancement and improvement of cancer patient experiences through the infusion of empathic design and thinking into current healthcare paradigms. A frequent questioner of the status quo, she leaves no stone or process unturned in her quest to improve overall patient experiences across the continuum of patient care. She's motivated to have patient and caregiver stories included throughout the entire healthcare ecosystem and considers herself a patient voice activator. Grace operates as part rocket scientist, part healthcare MacGyver, a dash of Tinkerbelle (because everything is better when left with a little sparkle), topped off with a whole lot of coffee. Grace is a proud member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA), the premier, international organization of independent professional patient advocates.

Heidi Floyd

Heidi Floyd

Author, Patient, Advocate, Speaker

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As individuals are diagnosed with cancer, many immediately seek to make a connection with others for help.  Heidi Floyd has become that resource for many. As an author/speaker/patient/advocate, she is able to lean on myriad of NGOs and fellow patients in her network. Heidi has the ability to lean in and listen to true needs – from caregivers and corporations who want to help, but aren’t sure where to begin. Connecting those who need with those who can assist is her true passion, and has done so worldwide. She’s addressed venues as varied as Google to classrooms of 6.

Levi Gershkowitz

Levi Gershkowitz

Founder and Executive Director, Living in the Light LLC

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As a compassionate writer and photographer with a love for people and the stories they carry, Levi is the Founder and Executive Director of Living in the Light, an advocacy corporation that utilizes the potency of photography, filmmaking and compelling personal narratives to educate about the realities of living with a rare disease and the unprecedented impact this has on families and daily life. This distinct concentration grew out of an understanding that the rare disease community is comprised of many people with many voices, while at the heart lies a unified experience of deep resilience and unique wisdom.

Michael Mittelman

Michael Mittelman

VP Patient Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, American Living Organ Donor Fund

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Michael Mittelman is currently the Co-Founder and VP of Patient Advocacy and Partnerships of the American Living Organ Donor Fund, a patient rights group focused on helping living organ donors in their quest to become a donor. Michael also works as a Product Development Manager at Independence Blue Cross. He is a former Patient Editor at The BMJ and former CEO and Co-Founder of PHmHealth, a digital health company focused on post-acute care and compliance. His experience as a patient spans over 3 decades. He is a 3-time kidney transplant recipient with other chronic conditions. Michael was invited to testify/advocate before the FDA and serves as PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) patient representative. Additionally, he serves on the steering committee of a PCORI-Funded initiative. He has also overseen the mobile app development taskforce and the data governance taskforce for the same PCORI-funded initiative, the NephCure Kidney Network. Michael is a tireless, independent patient advocate and a healthcare strategist. He strongly believes that patients should play integral roles in healthcare companies and government agencies. 

Michael holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.  He also has a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a published author, recent pieces in the American Journal of Transplantation and the BMJ.

Marla Jan Wexler

MarlaJan Wexler

Patient, Lupus Advocate and Blogger, Luck Fupus

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MarlaJan Wexler is 35 years old, was born with a complex congenital heart defect, and had 4 open-heart surgeries by the time she was 6. She went from pediatric cardiac ICU patient to pediatric cardiac ICU nurse until being diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematous (lupus). Due to complications from the disease, she was forced her to give up her nursing career. Since 2008 she has been diagnosed with lupus and multiple overlapping autoimmune diseases, cervical cancer, and underwent a double mastectomy December 2014 after a lump was found in her breast.

She’s the creator and author of the blog Luck Fupus (www.luckfupus.com) which she writes about the day-to-day and long-term struggles of living with multiple chronic illnesses. She’s know for her humorous, non-sugar coated, keep-it-real style of writing. Her blog was used as a platform to help her become a patient leader and influencer, and she now travels the country attending healthcare conferences, speaking publicly sharing her story, educating and advocating for patients across the globe.

Nadia Bodkin

Nadia Bodkin

Board Member, EDSers United Foundation

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Nadia is a seasoned rare disease advocate. She served as the chairperson for Rare NJ and was the Executive Director for RDUF. She also founded and currently directs EDSers United, and is the current Corporate Engagement Manager for the Jansen’s Foundation. Nadia earned her Pharm.D. and Masters in Genetics from Rutgers University. In addition to leading the community outreach and engagement efforts for LITL, Nadia also formulates and implements collaborative programs specific to the particularities of the rare disease community for several groups dedicated to serving rare disease stakeholders.

Suz Schrandt, JD

Suz Schrandt

Director of Patient Engagement, Arthritis Foundation

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Suz Schrandt, JD, is Director of Patient Engagement at the Arthritis Foundation. Schrandt previously served as Deputy Director of Patient Engagement for PCORI, where she helped to launch key efforts including the Engagement Rubric.  Schrandt's patient engagement focus stems from her own rheumatological diagnosis at age 14.  Since then, she has been involved with myriad patient and clinician education and advocacy initiatives.  Schrandt’s prior posts include roles in health and disability law and policy, genetic discrimination, and public health.  Schrandt is current chair of the ISPOR Patient Representative Roundtable and a member of the FDA’s inaugural Patient Engagement Advisory Committee.

James Metcalf

James Metcalf

Patient

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James resides in southeast Missouri and is passionate about clinical research.  He first participated in a clinical trial on asthma which was investigating the efficacy of a new inhaler.  Since then, he has participated in approximately 32 clinical trials covering everything from pain management techniques to allergy studies though a university “Volunteer for Health” program.   Having lost his mom to mixed dementia, he is very involved in dementia research and most recently has enrolled in a study designed to detect Alzheimer’s dementia in its earliest stage.  James also volunteers his time to participate on TransCelerate’s patient advisory boards, where he has the opportunity to provide his feedback, insights and ideas on solutions aimed at creating better informed patients and lessening the burden for patients in clinical trials.

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Anjali Trasy

Anjali Trasy

Global Head, Patient Engagement Strategy , Sanofi

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Anjali Trasy is the Global Head of Patient Engagement Strategy within Sanofi’s Patient Centricity Center of Excellence.

The mission of our group, Patient Engagement Strategy, is to ensure that Sanofi’s patients are continually engaged, involved and at the center of our business. Our goal is to proactively incorporate patients’ unique needs into our products and services thereby delivering superior patient outcomes and experiences. Total Patient Engagement is the essential lever and critical business differentiator that will enhance all of Sanofi’s business franchises, beginning with the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Business. Core capabilities of the Patient Engagement group include Design Thinking and Jobs to be Done Marketing.

Anjali was previously Consumer Marketing Director in the US for both the launch of Toujeo and Lixisenatide (pre-launch) where she spearheaded the development and implementation of Sanofi’s industry-leading COACH programs. Anjali was recognized for this work in 2013 when she received the US Industrial Innovation Award for Enhancing Patient Centricity.

Since joining Sanofi in 2004, she has served in various marketing and staff positions within US and Global wherein she received multiple awards for developing best-in-class integrated solutions. Prior to joining Sanofi, she was at ZS Associates (Healthcare Consulting) and Oliver Wyman & Co (Financial/Strategy Consultants).

Anjali graduated from Johns Hopkins University, receiving the G. Stanley Hall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and has an MBA from NYU/Stern in Marketing, Leadership and Change Management.

Deborah Neville

Deborah Neville

Director, Global Patient Solutions, Patient & Market Insights, Teva

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Shabnam Kazmi

Shabnam Kazmi

Former Vice President, Patient Access & Adherence, Otsuka America

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Tom Croce

Tom Croce

Vice President, Global Advocacy Relations, Amgen

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Tom Croce, RPh, oversees development and leads implementation of an integrated strategy involving patient advocacy groups and professional associations. He and the extended Amgen Advocacy Relations team around the globe work collaboratively with these external third-party organizations to align and execute on shared goals across the development life-cycle—from pre-clinical to post-launch and across Amgen’s product portfolio—with the shared vision of improving access to care and health outcomes for patients. Amgen’s new approach to advocacy relations is designed to bring more patient and professional input into how the Company develops and commercializes medicines. Tom and his team put a priority focus on advocating for policies in affiliate markets that are in the best interest of patients.

Tom brings a wealth of experience gained from more than 30 years working in the healthcare industry and with professional associations. He joins Amgen from Shire Pharmaceuticals, where he was head of Global Patient Advocacy. His previous leadership roles have spanned patient and professional advocacy, as well as public affairs, and he has held a leadership role with the American Pharmacists Association.

Jessica Grossman

Jessica Grossman

Chief Executive Officer, Medicines360

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Dr. Grossman is an experienced and visionary leader in women's health. Currently she is CEO of Medicines360, a non-profit pharmaceutical organization. Medicines360 recently received FDA approval for LILETTA a 52mg hormonal IUD. Previously, she was CEO and President at Sense4Baby, Inc. that was sold to AirStrip, LLC. Prior to that she was a medical director at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson and Johnson company. Dr. Grossman was also a Board Member at Medicines360, a non-profit pharmaceutical company. In addition, Dr. Grossman was the founder and President of Gynesonics, an early stage medical device company focused on minimally invasive solutions for women’s health where she raised over $20 million in venture capital financing.

Katherine Capperella

Katherine Capperella

Global Patient Engagement Leader, Janssen

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As global head of patient engagement for Janssen, Katherine leads a cross-functional team responsible for developing and driving patient engagement strategy and measuring progress over time.  She and her team are focused on leading Janssen to incorporate direct patient voice early and throughout the entire product lifecycle, beginning with disease area strategies and including product development, formulation decisions and clinical trial strategies.  Katherine has over 20 years of experience at Johnson & Johnson in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as global commercial vice president for the pain API business.

Gabriela Mondino

Gabriela Mondino

Head of US Public Affairs, Multiple Sclerosis, Sanofi Genzyme

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Gabriela Mondino is dedicated to delivering value to patients so they can focus more on living life and less on their disease. For over fifteen years, she has been devoted to understanding needs and providing solutions to physicians and patients.

Gabriela currently leads the Public Affairs function for Multiple Sclerosis at Sanofi Genzyme. She joined Sanofi in 2013 as Global Marketing Director in osteoarthritis, where she led the shift to patient centricity, integrating the voice of the patient into the business strategy. She built patient marketing capabilities within affiliates and supported the implementation of patient activation programs.

Prior to Sanofi, Gabriela held global marketing positions at Baxter Healthcare, Glaxosmithkline, Kraft Foods and Kimberly-Clark. She speaks four languages and has lived in Argentina, France and the US; her work experience covers five continents and over forty countries.

Originally from Argentina, Gabriela earned her bachelor’s degree at Lawrence University and her Master of Business Administration at Thunderbird School of Global Management. In addition, Gabriela is the founder of VISIONAR, a philanthropic organization that provides scholarships and mentorship to college students in Argentina.

Doug Noland

Doug Noland

Patient Experience, Executive Director, Astellas

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Doug Noland is the head of Astellas’ newly established Patient Experience organization. He is responsible for delivering results for patients by accelerating the pace and scope of associated organizational change to ensure Astellas’ market leadership in the area of patient experience. He is responsible for engaging with all facets of the organization to align on a true north definition of patient experience to ensure that all strategies, tactics, policies and procedures work across all functions to facilitate the delivery of high quality patient experience and outcomes.

Prior to his current role, Doug led the development and implementation of Astellas’ business-to-business model and comprehensive end-to-end disease state solutions to help Integrated Health Systems deliver improved patient care. He also established Astellas’ Commercial Innovation and Effectiveness group during which time he worked with Astellas president team to drive results through broad and sustainable organizational change.

Dawn DiCandilo

Dawn DiCandilo

Patient Centricity Excellence Director, AstraZeneca

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Dawn has nineteen years of pharma industry experience with a focus and passion for the Medical Affairs function.  14 of those years were spent in the US market in roles within Medical Affairs operations.  In 2012, she helped establish Global Medical Excellence in AstraZeneca and then went to Japan for 3 years to establish Medical Excellence there.  Much of her experience centered around driving an increase in the contribution and value that Medical Affairs brings through strategic planning, metrics, capability development and communication strategies.

In her role as PaCe Excellence Director, Dawn provides strategic direction and leadership of the capability programs to elevate patient insight and engagement skills to help teams effectively understand patient needs and co-create solutions with patients. She facilitates enterprise-level collaborations to develop robust patient-oriented risk management and governance frameworks.

Marilyn Metcalf

Marilyn Metcalf

Patient Engagement Lead, GSK

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Dr. Metcalf is a Patient Engagement Lead at GSK. She and her Patients in Partnership colleagues lead GSK’s work developing medicines with patients, to meet their health goals. She is a member of GSK’s Global Safety Board and participates in a number of alliances including Patient Focused Medicine Development; Patients as Partners; FasterCures; National Health Council; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and TransCelerate.

Previously she was Family Health International’s project director for an NIH master contract for HIV vaccine research, primarily in developing countries. She studied the health economics and quality of life effects of HIV therapies at the former GlaxoWellcome. She moved to the UK to build GSK’s international Decision Sciences team. Upon returning to the US, she led Centocor’s R&D portfolio management team, formed GSK’s Benefit Risk Evaluation team, then led the Pharmacovigilance Centre of Innovation. Her current role began in June 2017.

Christine MacCracken

Christine MacCracken

Director, Patient Support, Janssen

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Christine MacCracken is Director, Patient Support at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson where she leads strategic identification and implementation of patient-centered initiatives. In this role, she serves as key liaison to New York University School of Medicine and the Compassionate Use Advisory Committee (CompAC). Her focus is on raising organizational awareness around hearing the voice of the patient and recognizing “Every Patient is a Person First”.

Prior to joining the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in 2015, Christine was Senior Director, Business Insights at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).In support of people with cancer and the providers who treat them, she closely collaborated with industry, state oncology societies and advocacy groups to disseminate NCCN treatment information through health technology platforms as well as market and outcome research programs.

Christine’s strong passion around hearing the voice of the patient began at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she was an oncology nurse treating families with life changing diagnoses. With patients and their experience front of mind, she developed an interest in research and joined Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) with a focus on quality of life studies. Bridging this interest with pharmaceutical development, she later joined Merck & Co., Inc. with increasing roles of responsibility in clinical research and academic affairs, ultimately sharing her collective experience as an adjunct professor.

Christine resides outside of Philadelphia with husband Tim, and the luckiest dog on earth, Jack. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Nursing from Holy Family University and Master’s Degree, Health Education from Arcadia University.

Jaye Bea Smalley

Jaye Bea Smalley

Associate Director, Patient Advocacy and Professional Relations - Patient Engagement, Boehringer Ingelheim

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Madeline Geday

Madeline Geday

Associate Director, Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Merck

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Madeline is an Associate Director for the Global Trial Optimization Group within GO (Global Operations) at Merck and Co., Inc. She serves as Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Lead for her organization. Madeline is responsible for optimizing clinical trial feasibility and execution through integrated data-driven expert analysis and recommendations, while promoting its engagement, development, and opportunities for innovation in recruitment and retention.

Madeline joined Merck in 2004. She began her work as a Medical Program Clinical Specialist working on several insomnia programs in clinical neuroscience with a focus on patient recruitment. Madeline joined Global Trial Optimization in 2006 where she has spearheaded dozens of patient recruitment initiatives, served as Therapeutic Area lead for Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Hematology and Multiple Myeloma as well as Process Owner and Subject Matter Expert for the department. While at Merck, she has helped launch the Clinical Trials Microsite of merck.com; has lead several voice of the patient projects; and has served as an industry expert in the field of recruitment and retention. Most recently, she has been appointed to lead the initiative for Patient and Stakeholder Engagement within the Global Clinical Trial Organization with the intent of capturing the voice of the patient into operational aspects of clinical trial design, feasibility, and recruitment and retention. She also works on several collaborative projects surrounding Diversity in Clinical Trials. Trained in Health Literacy principles, she has used her knowledge and expertise to champion changes to patient facing materials to ensure health literacy for clinical trial participants and their families.

Prior to Merck, Madeline held positions in Business Development, Education, and in Clinical Research as a CRA Associate.

Madeline received her B.S. in Psychology and Health/Exercise Physiology from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania and is pursuing graduate coursework in Marketing from Temple University.

Barbara Wuebbels

Barbara Wuebbels

Vice President of Global Patient Relations, Audentes Therapeutics

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Barbara has been involved in patient advocacy activities for patients with rare diseases for the past 15 years at Ucyclyd Pharma and BioMarin. She joined Audentes Therapeutics as Vice President of Patient Advocacy and Medical Affairs in 2013. Currently she is the Vice President of Global Patient Relations. She has been actively involved with the National Organization of Rare Diseases, International Conference of Rare Disorders, and the Global Genes Project. Currently she serves on the Board of the Batten’s Disease Support and Research Association. Additionally she is the Chair and founding board member of the Professional Patient Advocates in the Life Sciences.

She holds Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in nursing.

Aaron Mitchell

Aaron Mitchell

Managing Principal, ZS

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Aaron Mitchell is a Managing Principal and the global lead for ZS’s R&D excellence practice, based in Zurich, Switzerland. He partners with clients to strengthen the value of their pipelines, optimize the execution of clinical trials, drive the effective use of real-world evidence, and improve medical and scientific engagement. A key area of focus for Aaron is patient-centric drug development, including optimizing clinical trials for patients and leveraging real-world evidence to support product development. Aaron joined ZS in January of 2003. Prior to ZS Aaron was a manager for Deloitte, providing strategic consulting services to clients in a range of industries including financial services consumer products retail and healthcare. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Hensley Evans

Hensley Evans

Principal, ZS

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Hensley Evans is a Principal based in New York and leads ZS’s patient marketing strategy practice. Hensley has developed and implemented strategic solutions that combine marketing efforts with consumer health support programs for pharmaceutical, biotech, over-the-counter and provider clients, and has driven health and wellness initiatives in the consumer goods industry. Hensley holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Heather Erickson

Heather Erickson

Chief of Staff, Sangamo Therapeutics

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Leigh Householder

Leigh Householder

Managing Director of Innovation, inVentiv Health Communications

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As Managing Director of Innovation for inVentiv Health Communications, Leigh is responsible for shaping the company’s perspective on the next era of healthcare marketing. Through thought leadership, strategic innovation workshops and new products and capabilities, Leigh focuses on identifying marketing approaches that will fuel that new era and generate significant growth for clients.

Leigh has worked with Fortune 1000 companies to craft their digital, mobile, social and CRM strategies for over 17 years. She’s worked for category-leading agencies in retail, public affairs, B2B technology, and higher education. Prior to moving to inVentiv Health Communications, she had several leadership roles at one of our agencies, GSW. There, she founded an innovation practice fueled by the zeitgeist and spearheaded digital and innovation thinking across the business.

A critical part of Leigh’s work is trends and new ideas. Every year, she convenes a group of trend watchers from across inVentiv Health Communications’ global network to identify the shifts most critical to healthcare marketers. Leigh is a sought-after writer and speaker. Recognized as one of the most inspiring people in the pharmaceutical industry by PharmaVoice, Leigh also was recognized as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) for her overt passion, industry thought leadership and significant contributions in new business, strategy and mentoring.

Louisa Daniels

Louisa Daniels

Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer

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Louisa Daniels leads a team responsible for all legal matters related to global product development at Pfizer, including clinical study conduct issues, data sharing and vendor oversight activities, as well as transactional support for clinical research worldwide. This includes Pfizer’s outsourcing relationships with CROs, as well as collaborations, investigator-initiated research, publications and Pfizer-sponsored clinical studies.

Jessica Nora

Jessica Nora

Executive Director Patient Engagement Strategies, Amgen

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Jessica Nora is the head of Patient Engagement Strategies at Amgen. In this role, Jessica is responsible for building the capabilities for Amgen to consistently put the patient at the center of all that we do from bench to bedside. Prior to this role, Jessica led an Amgen wide change initiative for Amgen. Jessica served as the Global Marketing Leader for Prolia, where she co-lead the Global Product team for Prolia our flagship product for osteoporosis. The scope of her responsibilities includes developing and executing life-cycle management initiatives for Prolia and Amgen’s bone franchise. Jessica joined Amgen in 2003 and served in various roles of increasing responsibility in both the commercial and medical affairs organizations. Prior to joining Amgen, Jessica led various teams in oncology medical affairs at Aventis and Pfizer. Jessica received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, PharmD from Rutgers University and Masters in Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Emmanuel Fombu

Emmanuel Fombu

Medical Director, Novartis

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EMMANUEL FOMBU MD,MBA is a physician, entrepreneur, author, speaker and innovative healthcare executive with vast experience in medical and clinical affairs in pharmaceutical, device, imaging and laboratory diagnostic industries as well as bringing quality experience to healthcare delivery. He is an advocate for value-based healthcare and a leader in the design and execution of clinical trials using innovative digital technology to evaluate complementary health approaches and their integration into real world health care. He is also passionate about mhealth, personalized medicine, genomics, nanotechnology, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things, digital medicine and is an external advisory board member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT.nano project.

Dr Fombu did his clinical training at Emory-Crawford Long Hospital and holds an MBA from both the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and Smith School of Business at Queens University. He lives in New York City.

Alison Broomall

Alison Broomall

Life Sciences Lead, North Highland

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Alison is a senior patient engagement and strategy professional. As Life Sciences Lead for North Highland, she brings over 20 years of experience helping Life Sciences organizations identify, implement, and sustain the capabilities that drive purposeful patient engagement across the care continuum. She possesses a consistent track record of providing thought leadership to clients, guiding forward-thinking, data-driven engagement programs that align with business expectations, goals, and compliance considerations. Skilled in achieving consensus in cross-functional environments, she has designed sustainable, transformative patient-centric programs. Alison received her Master’s degree from American University and Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Rich Denness

Rich Denness

Managing Director and Healthcare & Life Sciences Global Lead, North Highland

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Rich brings over 25 years of Healthcare and Life Sciences experience, having served in senior management and C-suite positions for a range of organizations, including a global management consultancy, a pharmaceutical startup, a medical device company, and international pharma companies. With a record of driving results, Rich’s key strengths include setting strategic visions, financial management, and leading organizations through entrepreneurial initiatives, including playing a lead role in the development and deployment of a global patient-centric business model. As Managing Director and Healthcare & Life Sciences Global Lead at North Highland, Rich leads market approach, strategic planning, team leadership, and operations management for North Highland's Healthcare and Life Sciences practices. He oversees client services in key strategic areas including patient engagement, virtual health, and specialty pharmacy. Rich received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance from Missouri State University. He has also completed the INSEAD Euro-Asian International Executive Program in Hong Kong.

Brian Aggen

Brian Aggen

Patient Services Lead, Mavens

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Jean McCoy

Jean McCoy

Senior Vice President, Partnerships, Health Perspectives Group

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Jean McCoy is Senior Vice President of Partnerships at Health Perspectives Group, a patient engagement and technology firm that helps companies include the authentic voice of real patients in all aspects of their business. Jean has 25 years of biopharmaceutical commercialization experience and entrepreneurial business background, including tenure with Amgen (and before its acquisition, Immunex), as well as Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca) and McNeil Consumer Products Company. For more info: www.hpgroupllc.com

Andrea Heslin Smiley

Andrea Heslin Smiley

President and Chief Executive Officer, VMS BioMarketing

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Andrea Heslin Smiley serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of VMS BioMarketing, a patient support solutions company utilizing nurse educators to improve patient adherence and outcomes.

Ms. Smiley joined VMS BioMarketing in July 2008 to lead the company’s strategic marketing and brand development business groups, and was named President and CEO in 2011. Prior to VMS, Ms. Smiley was an executive at Eli Lilly and Company where she worked for 12 years in strategic business development roles as well as increasingly senior leadership positions in the diabetes, growth hormone, and osteoporosis business units. She has launched multiple biotech and pharmaceutical drugs and devices in injection-naïve markets, negotiated product labels with the FDA, led the development of Eli Lilly and Company’s first Risk Management Plan, repositioned late-stage products that resulted in increased market share growth, and developed and implemented customer-focused sales models. She began her career with Harvard University as a business development analyst and was a management consultant with Putnam Associates, a Boston-area firm focused on companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and diagnostics businesses. Ms. Smiley serves on numerous boards including the Egalet Corporation and several prominent charitable organizations, and she received a gubernatorial appointment to the Indiana Commission for Women. She earned her BA in economics from DePauw University where she was an Honors Management Fellow, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School executive education program.

Eric Gascho

Eric Gascho

Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, National Health Council

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Eric Gascho is the Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs at the National Health Council. He has been with the National Health Council since August 2009. In his role, Gascho helps the National Health Council and its member organizations develop policy positions that seek to improve the lives of people with chronic diseases and disabilities and advocates for these policies on Capitol Hill and within the executive branch. Prior to joining the NHC, he worked in the government relations department of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Gascho earned his BA degrees in government and business management from the University of Redlands in California.

Marie Emms

Marie Emms

Head, Global Clinical Trial Engagement, INC Research / inVentiv Health

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Marie Emms has 20 years of experience in healthcare communications, spanning PR, medical education and clinical trial recruitment support. She has spent the past 17 years focused solely in patient recruitment, supporting pharma, biotech and CRO clients. She specializes in developing and executing strategic integrated communications programs to support sites and their patients through the clinical trial journey, from initial awareness, consent through to compliance and adherence. She has worked on a wide variety of therapeutic areas across neonatal, pediatric, adult and geriatric studies. Marie is currently Head, Global Clinical Trial Engagement at INC Research / inVentiv Health.

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Jill Donahue

Co-founder, The Aurora Project;
Author of EngageRx: The 3 Keys to Patient-focused Growth;
Founder, Excellerate

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Rubi Burlage

Rubi Burlage, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Sterile Formulation Sciences, Merck

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Rubi Burlage, Ph.D. is Executive Director, Sterile Formulation Sciences at Merck & Co. Inc. In this capacity, Dr. Burlage leads a group responsible for pharmaceutical product and process development for new chemical entities, and for progressing innovation in dosage form and process design. Prior to assuming her current role, Dr. Burlage led development of oral solid dosage forms developing single entity/combination products and lifecycle management strategies for all phases of drug development encompassing first-in-human and Phase I-III studies. She has led teams responsible for the development of commercial formulations including process development, process scale up, and technology transfer to commercial facilities at Schering-Plough and Merck leading to the global filing and approval of those products. Dr. Burlage’s interests include understanding biopharmaceutical and mechanistic principles influencing dosage form design, studying factors germane to successful product and process scale up, and developing risk-weighted strategies that integrate the aforementioned principles and knowledge. More recently, Dr. Burlage has been active in co-leading efforts addressing concerns with patient adherence to medications deploying a multifactorial approach including use of smart technologies, data analytics, and gathering patient insights through internal and external partnerships.

Dr. Burlage earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from India and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The University of Iowa. Dr. Burlage is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and is currently serving on the Drug Product Leadership Group for the International Consortium for Innovation & Quality in Pharmaceutical Development (IQ).

Kathy Gram

Kathy Gram

Vice President Patient Advocacy, Snow Companies

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RN, BSN with over 25 years in the healthcare industry. Spent the majority of her career in the home infusion industry as VP of Sales for Chartwell Home Therapies (joint venture between MGH and New England Medical Center).Was the Director of Biotech Sales for Caremark (now CVS Caremark) followed by VP of Sales for Panel Intelligence, a medical market research company founded by an oncologist from the Dana Farber. She is a recent cancer survivor and remains passionate about the patient community which she supported for 8 years as Director of Patient Advocacy at Takeda. She recently joined Snow Companies as Vice President of Patient Advocacy, a full service patient engagement company.

Valerie Powell

Valerie Powell

Senior Director Global Patient Insights and Engagement, Mapi

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Valerie Powell has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical space and an advanced degree in Instructional and Performance Technology.

Her recent and current positions provide her the opportunity to collaborate with behavioral scientists in a number of specialties, conducting qualitative research using a broad range of methodologies and uncovering insights that provide a line-of-sight into the patient experience.

Elle Hamilton

Elle Hamilton

Senior Director, INC Research / inVentiv Health Commercial and Clinical

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Elle Hamilton works across INC Research / inVentiv Health Commercial and Clinical divisions to bring biopharma clients the right resources, expertise and communications solutions to address patient engagement challenges at all stages of therapeutic development and commercialization. These offerings include Advocacy Relations, Clinical Trial Recruitment, Social/Digital Strategy, Behavioral Insights and Research and Patient Communications, such as the development of Expanded Access Program policies, all striving to accelerate biopharma performance and bring much-needed medicines into the hands of patients. Her experience spans a wide variety of therapeutic areas and client profiles - from start-ups to top-tier biopharma and global advocacy organizations. Passionate about gender parity as well as patient advocacy, Elle serves on the Southern California Board of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) and has held pro-bono leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. She is an alumna of The Pennsylvania State University.

Gavin Corcoran

Gavin Corcoran

Chief Medical Officer, Allergan

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Cathryn Clary

Cathryn Clary

Global Head, Patient Affairs and Policy, Chief Medical Office, Novartis

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Cathryn M. Clary, MD is Global Head of Patient Affairs and Policy in the Chief Medical & Patient Safety Office, Novartis Global Drug Development. In this role, Cathryn is responsible for ensuring the implementation of Patient Focused Drug Development across Novartis and developing and implementing patient centered policies.

Cathryn received her MD degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed psychiatric residency training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  She practiced psychiatry for 13 years in Delaware, staying actively engaged in clinical research through her membership in the University of Pennsylvania Psychopharmacology Research group.

After receiving an MBA degree from the University of Delaware, Cathryn joined Pfizer in 1996 as Medical Director. Her 13 year career at Pfizer was one of continued advancement and in her last four years, she served as SVP of the US Medical group.. supporting a large portfolio. After leaving Pfizer, Cathryn took a role as Head, US Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Ipsen, a French biopharmaceutical company, for three years, before joining Novartis. 

Throughout her career, Cathryn has been interested and engaged in public affairs and public speaking on behalf of patients. This has led to engagements such as Congressional testimony on publications of pharmaceutical sponsored research in 2004 and presentations before the Institute of Medicine. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  Cathryn has also published widely, mainly in psychiatric journals.

Martin Mendoza

Martin Mendoza

Director of Extramural Research, Office of Minority Health, FDA

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Martin Mendoza, PhD serves as Director of Extramural Research in FDA’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) where he oversees OMH’s extramural research grant program. Martin has spoken before Congress and other audiences in support of OMH’s programs, has authored numerous Congressionally-mandated reports, and is primary author for OMH’s recent FDA guidance document Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data in Clinical Trials. Prior to FDA, he spent several years in NIH’s extramural and intramural research programs, with work ranging from neurological clinical trials, pediatric oncology research, to the Human Genome Project. Martin received his doctorate in cancer biology from Johns Hopkins University.

Frank Spinelli

Frank Spinelli

Medical Director, Patient Affairs, US, ViiV Healthcare

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Ramana Sonty

Ramana Sonty

Director of Strategy, Global Medical Organization, Janssen

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Ramana Sonty, MBBS, PhD, is a Director of Strategy, in the Janssen Global Medical Organization.

Dr. Sonty is a J&J leader who helped launch Janssen’s innovative pilot with NYU called CompAC (Compassionate Use Advisory Committee). The CompAC is a first-of-its-kind independent, expert body providing recommendations on compassionate use requests. The model been expanded to all of Janssen’s assets and is under consideration for adoption more broadly across the industry. Pilot findings have been published in Nature and JAMA.  He has trained in Medicine and Neuroscience.

Debra Reinhard

Debra Reinhard

Lead, Translational Medicine Enabling Solutions, Bristol-Myers Squibb

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A sought-after speaker and subject matter expert with over 28 years in the Pharmaceutical industry, Deb’s career has spanned Corporate and R&D Finance and strategy, as well as broad Informatics roles in support of R&D.  As Head of Translational Medicine Enabling Solutions, she leads a growing organization that plans and executes translational medicine strategies, integrating Discovery, Clinical Development and Translational Research.  She is responsible for the BMS biorepository, redesigning informed consent processes and tools, and ensuring robust operations across all lab partners.  Deb is a core member of TransCelerate’s eConsent initiative creating an industry-aligned position on consent processes and technologies.

Joseph Kim

Joseph Kim

Senior Advisor, Clinical Innovation, Eli Lilly and Company

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Joseph Kim serves as a Senior Advisor in Clinical Innovation at Lilly, focusing on developing and implementing innovative patient engagement solutions. He has spent over 18 years in the Pharma industry utilizing a unique approach that integrates his experiences working for Sponsors such as Shire and Merck, CROs, and technology vendors. He has a robust combination of experience that includes early and late phase clinical research, and a well-known history of innovation in the clinical research industry, recognized as one of “Top 100 individuals on the 2015 MedicineMakers Power List, and “20 Innovators Changing the Face of the Clinical Trials Industry” by CenterWatch in 2013.  He holds a BS in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University and an MBA from Villanova. He can be reached at kim_joseph_p@lilly.com and on Twitter

Patricia Cunningham

Patricia Cunningham

Associate Director Health Information Technology, Boehringer Ingelheim

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Ms. Cunningham has approximately 30 years of progressive experience in health information management and technology. She has a Masters Degree in Health Informatics, is a Certified Registered Health Information Administrator and is also Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security. Her extensive career and experience includes implementing numerous EHR platforms in diverse healthcare settings; leading Health Information Management and Technology Teams; serving as the organization-wide Privacy Officer in a large academic medical center and serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the State of Illinois’ Health Information Exchange. In her current role as the Associate Director of Health IT at Boehringer-Ingeheim Pharmaceuticals, she is responsible for orchestrating digital processes for organizational population health initiatives.

Stephen Yates

Stephen Yates

Clinical Program Director and Head, Patient Engagement Strategy, UCB

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Daniele D’Ambrosio

Daniele D’Ambrosio

Senior Director, Clinical Science Program Head, Actelion

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Daniele D'Ambrosio, M.D., Ph.D., currently leads Actelion's clinical team developing ponesimod for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Daniele joined Actelion in 2009 and was appointed Senior Director, Clinical Science Program Head in 2011. In his function, he has provided scientific and management leadership to Actelion's clinical programs in autoimmune diseases. Prior to joining Actelion, Daniele held various R&D positions in biotech and leading pharmaceutical companies Roche and Novartis.

Daniele earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine and Immunology from La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, has published more than 60 scientific articles, and is inventor on one issued patent. Daniele has served on the Editorial Board of British Journal of Pharmacology, and has held a Professorship at the School of medical, molecular and cellular biotechnologies at Vita Salute San Raffaele University, Milano, Italia

Luther Clark

Luther Clark

Global Director, Scientific, Medical and Patient Perspective, Merck

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Dr. Luther T. Clark is Global Director, Scientific Medical and Patient Perspective (SMPP) in the Office of the Chief Patient Officer (OCPO) at Merck. In this role, he supports the needs of the CPO by (1) gathering internal and external scientific and medical information to assist with decision-making at the highest levels and (2) collaborating across Merck to help increase the voice of patients, directly and indirectly into decision-making across the enterprise. He is a key member of the team that champions the OCPO’s Health Care Equities Strategic Initiative (including promotion of health literacy and research diversity) and chairs the Health Literacy Investigator Initiated Studies Research Committee.

Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Clark was Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Brooklyn Health Disparities Research Center.

Dr. Clark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his Medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He has authored more than 100 publications, edited and was principal contributor to the textbook, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes (McGraw-Hill 2007).

Mary Elmer

Mary Elmer

Associate Director, Global Patient Engagement Strategy Office, Merck

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Mary Elmer leads a team for the global patient engagement program at the office for the Chief Patient Officer at Merck & Co., Inc. This group is actively involved in bringing the voice of the patient into the drug development process at Merck through strong collaborative partnerships with patients and organizations serving patients. Mary is a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 18 years of experience at Merck, working in all phases of drug development and implementing global strategic initiatives. Mary is a member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion council at Merck and co-leads the diversity in US clinical trials initiative, which seeks to ensure our clinical trials are representative of diverse patient groups. Mary is a member of TransCelerate Biopharma, and leads a work stream on patient engagement.

Mary obtained her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Six Sigma green belt who has experience in executing organizational change and cross-company initiatives, such as implementing clinical trial data sharing at Merck, in alignment with trade organizations (EFPIA/PHRMA) and regulatory bodies.

Martin Collyer

Martin Collyer

Chief Operating Officer Patient Recruitment, Bioclinica

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 Martin Collyer is a senior healthcare and life sciences executive with more than 20 years of experience and a strong operations and finance background.

As COO of Bioclinica’s Patient Recruitment & Retention division, Martin enables organizations to expedite the enrollment of patients into clinical trials utilizing therapeutically-aligned global patient engagement platforms and digital methodologies.

Prior to joining Bioclinica in 2016 he was with Hitachi for four years solving big data challenges.

Susan Bartlett

Susan Bartlett

Principal, Bridgeable

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Susan Bartlett is a service designer and business strategist at Bridgeable, where she helps organizations transform their business using service design. Susan leads multidisciplinary design teams as they understand the complex interactions people have with the world around them, and work to make those interactions more meaningful and effective. Her projects emphasize co-creation with a wide array of stakeholders, applying a holistic, systems-thinking lens to problem solving, and using service design to effect organizational change.

Rick Liwski

Rick Liwski

Chief Technology Officer; Director, Data Collaboration Center, Critical Path Institute

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Kelly Franchetti RN,CCRN,CEN

Kelly Franchetti RN,CCRN,CEN

Vice President, Global Patients Insights and Engagement, Patient-Centered Sciences, Mapi

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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.

Ferdi Steinmann

Ferdi Steinmann

Senior Director - Industry Marketing Life Sciences, Pega

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Jitesh Rohatgi

Jitesh Rohatgi

Director, Global Industry Principal - Life Sciences, Pegasystems

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Jitesh has over 17 years of experience in managing business and technology aspects of customer engagement and compliance solutions for life sciences industry. As the Director- Global Industry Principal, Jitesh is responsible for product strategy, marketing and thought leadership for customer engagement in life sciences for Pega. Prior to joining Pega, Jitesh worked in various leadership roles in product management, solution consulting and technology for Cegedim (Now IMS Health). In his career, he has interacted with 200+ unique life sciences organizations, sharing his expertise in the life sciences domain with customers in specific sales and consulting engagements. He lives in Allentown PA with his family and loves watching/playing tennis whenever possible.

Cindy Geoghegan

Cindy Geoghegan

Principal, Patient and Partners LLC

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A patient advocate and cancer survivor with decades of health policy, communications and capacity-building experience, Cindy Geoghegan founded Patient & Partners to ensure that the patient perspective is strategically integrated into industry, academic, government and non-profit efforts focused on patient outcomes and clinical benefit. She has founded, transformed and grown several patient-led non-profit organizations, and represents the patient perspective on research projects sponsored by government, academia and industry. She currently serves as an individual patient/caregiver representative on CTTI’s Steering Committee and as a team lead for CTTI’s Mobile Clinical Trials Stakeholder Perceptions project.

Grace Cordovano

Grace Cordovano

CEO, Enlightening Results

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Upon recognizing significant unmet needs and challenges in patients’ journeys throughout their cancer diagnosis, Dr. Grace Cordovano founded Enlightening Results, LLC in 2010. As the culmination of her life’s experiential learning and education, Dr. Cordovano is dedicated to fostering private, personalized patient advocacy services, specializing in the cancer arena.  She strategically and empathetically guides her clients through survivorship or end-of-life care, ensuring they are armed with the most pertinent, medically credible, easy to understand information so as to make empowered decisions about their care. Grace is a firm believer in the continuous advancement and improvement of cancer patient experiences through the infusion of empathic design and thinking into current healthcare paradigms. A frequent questioner of the status quo, she leaves no stone or process unturned in her quest to improve overall patient experiences across the continuum of patient care. She's motivated to have patient and caregiver stories included throughout the entire healthcare ecosystem and considers herself a patient voice activator. Grace operates as part rocket scientist, part healthcare MacGyver, a dash of Tinkerbelle (because everything is better when left with a little sparkle), topped off with a whole lot of coffee. Grace is a proud member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA), the premier, international organization of independent professional patient advocates.

Heidi Floyd

Heidi Floyd

Author, Patient, Advocate, Speaker

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As individuals are diagnosed with cancer, many immediately seek to make a connection with others for help.  Heidi Floyd has become that resource for many. As an author/speaker/patient/advocate, she is able to lean on myriad of NGOs and fellow patients in her network. Heidi has the ability to lean in and listen to true needs – from caregivers and corporations who want to help, but aren’t sure where to begin. Connecting those who need with those who can assist is her true passion, and has done so worldwide. She’s addressed venues as varied as Google to classrooms of 6.

Levi Gershkowitz

Levi Gershkowitz

Founder and Executive Director, Living in the Light LLC

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As a compassionate writer and photographer with a love for people and the stories they carry, Levi is the Founder and Executive Director of Living in the Light, an advocacy corporation that utilizes the potency of photography, filmmaking and compelling personal narratives to educate about the realities of living with a rare disease and the unprecedented impact this has on families and daily life. This distinct concentration grew out of an understanding that the rare disease community is comprised of many people with many voices, while at the heart lies a unified experience of deep resilience and unique wisdom.

Michael Mittelman

Michael Mittelman

VP Patient Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, American Living Organ Donor Fund

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Michael Mittelman is currently the Co-Founder and VP of Patient Advocacy and Partnerships of the American Living Organ Donor Fund, a patient rights group focused on helping living organ donors in their quest to become a donor. Michael also works as a Product Development Manager at Independence Blue Cross. He is a former Patient Editor at The BMJ and former CEO and Co-Founder of PHmHealth, a digital health company focused on post-acute care and compliance. His experience as a patient spans over 3 decades. He is a 3-time kidney transplant recipient with other chronic conditions. Michael was invited to testify/advocate before the FDA and serves as PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) patient representative. Additionally, he serves on the steering committee of a PCORI-Funded initiative. He has also overseen the mobile app development taskforce and the data governance taskforce for the same PCORI-funded initiative, the NephCure Kidney Network. Michael is a tireless, independent patient advocate and a healthcare strategist. He strongly believes that patients should play integral roles in healthcare companies and government agencies. 

Michael holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.  He also has a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a published author, recent pieces in the American Journal of Transplantation and the BMJ.

Marla Jan Wexler

MarlaJan Wexler

Patient, Lupus Advocate and Blogger, Luck Fupus

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MarlaJan Wexler is 35 years old, was born with a complex congenital heart defect, and had 4 open-heart surgeries by the time she was 6. She went from pediatric cardiac ICU patient to pediatric cardiac ICU nurse until being diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematous (lupus). Due to complications from the disease, she was forced her to give up her nursing career. Since 2008 she has been diagnosed with lupus and multiple overlapping autoimmune diseases, cervical cancer, and underwent a double mastectomy December 2014 after a lump was found in her breast.

She’s the creator and author of the blog Luck Fupus (www.luckfupus.com) which she writes about the day-to-day and long-term struggles of living with multiple chronic illnesses. She’s know for her humorous, non-sugar coated, keep-it-real style of writing. Her blog was used as a platform to help her become a patient leader and influencer, and she now travels the country attending healthcare conferences, speaking publicly sharing her story, educating and advocating for patients across the globe.

Nadia Bodkin

Nadia Bodkin

Board Member, EDSers United Foundation

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Nadia is a seasoned rare disease advocate. She served as the chairperson for Rare NJ and was the Executive Director for RDUF. She also founded and currently directs EDSers United, and is the current Corporate Engagement Manager for the Jansen’s Foundation. Nadia earned her Pharm.D. and Masters in Genetics from Rutgers University. In addition to leading the community outreach and engagement efforts for LITL, Nadia also formulates and implements collaborative programs specific to the particularities of the rare disease community for several groups dedicated to serving rare disease stakeholders.

Suz Schrandt, JD

Suz Schrandt

Director of Patient Engagement, Arthritis Foundation

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Suz Schrandt, JD, is Director of Patient Engagement at the Arthritis Foundation. Schrandt previously served as Deputy Director of Patient Engagement for PCORI, where she helped to launch key efforts including the Engagement Rubric.  Schrandt's patient engagement focus stems from her own rheumatological diagnosis at age 14.  Since then, she has been involved with myriad patient and clinician education and advocacy initiatives.  Schrandt’s prior posts include roles in health and disability law and policy, genetic discrimination, and public health.  Schrandt is current chair of the ISPOR Patient Representative Roundtable and a member of the FDA’s inaugural Patient Engagement Advisory Committee.

James Metcalf

James Metcalf

Patient

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James resides in southeast Missouri and is passionate about clinical research.  He first participated in a clinical trial on asthma which was investigating the efficacy of a new inhaler.  Since then, he has participated in approximately 32 clinical trials covering everything from pain management techniques to allergy studies though a university “Volunteer for Health” program.   Having lost his mom to mixed dementia, he is very involved in dementia research and most recently has enrolled in a study designed to detect Alzheimer’s dementia in its earliest stage.  James also volunteers his time to participate on TransCelerate’s patient advisory boards, where he has the opportunity to provide his feedback, insights and ideas on solutions aimed at creating better informed patients and lessening the burden for patients in clinical trials.

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