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Gary Burd

SVP, Global Medical Director

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MA, PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2017)

Bio: Gary has 15 years of medical communications and scientific publishing experience. He joined McCann Complete Medical in 2006, and is now SVP, Global Medical Director for Caudex, based in their New York office. Gary has led communication planning and publication planning activities in several therapy areas and has collaborated with teams in many European and US pharmaceutical companies, including Bayer Schering, Roche, Lundbeck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK, AstraZeneca, BMS, Merck Serono, EMD Serono, Pfizer, Chugai and Mitsubishi Tanabe. Prior to his medical communications career he gained valuable editorial experience in journal publishing with Portland Press. Gary obtained his PhD from the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, London working on a monoclonal antibody therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus.

Elvira D'souza

President, Global Medical Communications, Medical Communications
Cactus Communications

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: CMPP
CMPP Certified: (9/2011)

Bio: Elvira D'souza has over 10 years of experience in the medical communications industry. Elvira has a very good understanding of the logistics of global outsourcing of medical writing services and works extensively with key decision makers within pharmaceutical/device companies globally to develop long-term relationships and provide solutions for assistance with multiple types of projects including publication planning, graphics support, regulatory writing, and marketing support documentation across a range of therapeutic areas. During her tenure at CACTUS, Elvira has also gained expertise in interacting with individual authors/researchers from all over the globe, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Elvira helped conduct the first BELS exam in India and has also proctored subsequent BELS exams in the country. She has a Bachelor's degree in life sciences from the University of Mumbai and a master's in business administration from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, India. She also has an ELS certification from the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and is a certified medical publication professional.

Martine Docking

VP, Global Corporate Sales, Research

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MBA

Bio: Martine Docking B.Sc., M.Comm (Mktg), is VP, Global Corporate Sales, Wiley and has 20 years of experience in healthcare marketing and medical communications. Her past experience includes having worked as the General Manager, McCann Healthcare, Singapore; General Manager, Atlantis Healthcare, Singapore; Account Director, InVivo Communications, Singapore; and Product Manager, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Australia.

Jovelle Fernandez

VP, Japan Medical Officer and Head, Global Medical Affairs
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Bio: Jovelle graduated from BS Biology and Doctor of Medicine (Saint Louis University, Philippines) and is an Obstetrician Gynecologist with specialty in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Gynecologic Oncology. She obtained Doctor of Philosophy major in Surgical Sciences and did post-doctoral studies in the field of Molecular Biology and Oncology (Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan). She also obtained various business certifications and executive education programs from Harvard School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, INSEAD, Rotterdam School of Management and Oxford Said Business School. She was awarded the best poster presentation by the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1999, and in 2005, obtained the best oral presenter award and Young Gynecologist Award from the Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has published over 30 studies in peer-reviewed journals and has made over 100 oral presentations/chaired scientific sessions in Asia Pacific including Japan, Europe and US. She has worked for more than 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Takeda Pharmaceuticals in November 2015, she worked at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of increasing leadership in various territories. In Takeda, she heads the Japan Medical Affairs organization involving physicians, allied health care providers and those with advanced science degrees and her team is responsible for scientific exchange and evidence generation.

Stephen Griffiths

Publications Lead, Asia-Pacific, Medical Affairs

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, PhD

Bio: Stephen Griffiths is currently Publications Lead for Asia-Pacific at GSK Vaccines, based in Singapore. He has almost 10 years of industry experience, first in R&D for pharma (GSK) and biotech (Arrow Therapeutics; later acquired by AstraZeneca) then as Principal Medical Writer and Scientific Advisor for the medical communications company Nucleus Global. During his medical communications career to date he has worked on various medical and commercial projects across all stages of the product lifecycle for several top pharma companies. He holds a PhD from University College London and the Royal Free Hospital in the field of virology and immunology, with research experience at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in the US and National University Hospital in Singapore.

Mieko Hamana

Associated Director, Medical Affairs
Astellas Pharma Inc.

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: CMPP, *Other
Other Degrees*: postgraduate
CMPP Certified: 3/2015

Bio: Mieko is a Certified Medical Publication Professional and has the extensive experience required for a pharmaceutical company to successfully pursue publication activities. Deep knowledge of publication ethics and good practices, as well strategic planning and implementation capabilities, are required. Mieko has had a broad-ranging career, developed by working in medical affairs, marketing, development, HEOR, product and portfolio assessment, and resource planning associated with product development. In addition, her 10-year experience as a global lead to manage one of her company's leading urology products served to enhance her strength in managing diverse requirements. In moving to medical affairs, Mieko has been actively engaged in publication policy/SOP setting, auditing, and educational activities. She has been an invited speaker at various meetings organized by entities in domestic and overseas including ISMPP.

Brian Hepburn

Envision Pharma Group

Bio: Brian Hepburn is the founder and CEO of the Envision Pharma Group, a full service, technology-enabled agency that supports Medical Affairs through scientific communication services and purpose-built technology solutions. During his 16-years at the helm, the Medical Affairs landscape has undergone extensive changes. Patient centricity, pricing pressures, increased transparency, and industry guidelines (eg, GPP3) have influenced the environment in which Envision operates, including the Asia Pacific region. As Envision has grown, Brian and his team have strived to stay ahead of this changing environment, assisting clients to produce effective, ethical, and compliant medical communications, and ultimately, to facilitate the transition of innovative treatments into the clinic. To assist Envisions clients in this endeavour, Brian has driven the evolution of Envision, adding services such as Medical Strategy and HEOR/Market Access consultancy, in addition to a range of purpose-built software solutions beyond Datavision. Given the increasing importance of the Asia Pacific region in the global drive for healthcare innovation, Brian prioritised expansion of Envision's Tokyo and Sydney offices, leveraging the local expertise of Envision's CMPP-qualified staff who have been living and working in the Asia Pacific region for almost 20 years.

Noriaki Hosoya

Medical Publications Manager, Medical Capabilities
Bristol-Myers Squibb K.K.

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Noriaki Hosoya has worked as publication lead at Bristol-Myers Squibb K.K., Tokyo, Japan, since April 2015. In this role, he covered publications in the therapeutic areas of hematology, immuno-oncology and immunology in his first year, and currently covers publications in the therapeutic areas of hematology, hepatitis C virus and cardiovascular disease as publication lead. Noriaki received a doctor degree from the University of Tokyo in 2005. He previously worked as a basic researcher of HIV immunology and virology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston MA, USA, from 2005-2008 and the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, from 2009-2015.

Chris Hourigan

Janssen Japan KK

Bio: Chris Hourigan is President, Janssen Japan and a member of the Janssen Asia Pacific Leadership Team. Before moving into his current role in Japan, Chris was the Managing Director for Janssen Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), where he developed strong business leaders among his team and also played a key role in supporting the local industry as a member of the Medicines Australia Board. Chris also initiated the development of a Johnson & Johnson signature program for disadvantaged indigenous populations in collaboration with the local J&J Board. Before leading Janssen ANZ, Chris was the Managing Director of Janssen Vietnam, where he focused on building a long-term strategy to drive transformational growth for the pharmaceutical business in this high growth AP market. Before this role, Chris was Country Manager for Janssen New Zealand and a board member of the industry association, Medicines New Zealand, and the Janssen Australia New Zealand Leadership Team. During 2008 and 2009, he was the Global Marketing Leader for Psychiatry based in the USA, where he led the development of the antipsychotic long-acting franchise, including Risperdal Consta and Invega Sustenna. Chris joined Johnson and Johnson through Janssen Australia in 2005, as the Marketing Manager for the General Medicine franchise. In 2006, he was appointed Associate Business Unit Director for CNS and also had Asia Pacific regional marketing responsibility for Concerta. In the 13 years before joining J&J, he worked for other pharmaceutical companies. Chris holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Applied Science.

Nobuhiko Ishizuka

Senior Leader, Medical Affair
Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: After graduating from the veterinary pharmacology department at Gifu University, Ishizuka joined Chugai Pharmaceutical as a cardiovascular researcher. His PhD research was involving pharmacology of Na/K ATPase isozyme working in the pediatric pharmacology lab at National Children's Medical Research Center of Japan and in the physiology lab at Bockus Research Institute in University of Pennsylvania. Then, he spent 2 weeks at KRICT in Korea as a UNDP consultant to share the laboratory standards for pharmaceutical development. During last decade, he gained peer-review experience requested from the several basic scientific journals, and have become an editorial board member. His current role in medical affairs division includes aligning processes with the global publication standard, medical writing, and publication management of antibody biologics against autoimmune diseases in rheumatology, dermatology, and neurology.

Christine Laine

Annals of Internal Medicine

Professional Degrees: MD, MPH
Other Degrees*: FACP

Bio: Dr. Laine is active in the world of medical journalism and holds leadership positions in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), and the Ethics Committee of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). She has been instrumental in the development of editorial policy about such issues as authorship and conflicts of interest in medical research. In addition to her work with Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Laine is a practicing physician and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Internal Medicine at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Laine first joined Annals in June 1995 as an Associate Editor, and became a Deputy Editor in 1998 and Senior Deputy Editor in April 2008. In July 2009, Dr. Laine became the Editor-in-Chief of Annals, and a Senior Vice President at the American College of Physicians.

Michelle Mynderse

Principal Medical Writer
Syneos Health

Type of Company:
Contract Research Organization
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Michelle Mynderse earned her PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Purdue University. She has over 7 years of industry experience as a medical writer. She has been with inVentiv Health Clinical since 2012 and currently works as a Principal Medical Writer and manages a global team of medical writers supporting Oncology publications for a large, international pharmaceutical company.

Marika Ogasawara

Medical Communication Manager
CMC Japan, MDS-CMG Inc.

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS
CMPP Certified: (9/2015)

Bio: Marika started her career in healthcare as a medical representative for a global pharmaceutical company and was responsible for communicating with area leaders in west Japan. Her skill in medical communication was further developed at information and news provider specialized in physician communication. Her experience in sales and promotion of ethical medicines projects covered diverse therapy area including cardiology, gastroenterology, respiratory, and CNS before joining McCann. Marika┬┐s turning point came after joining McCann, when she was appointed as one of the funding member of McCann Complete Medical, a division of MDS-CMG. Inc., a network company of McCann. She worked on medical affair support activities including publication, which she became certified in 2015 by the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals, as the fifth certificate holder in Japan. Her strategic and tactical support in communication and publication has been proven by a New England Journal of Medicine publication funded by a Japanese pharmaceutical company, in which she was acknowledged as a publication manager. As much as she is known as an excellent researcher and project manager, providing literature search, and management service, she is capable of providing insight creating and situation analyzing support for pharmaceutical professionals, which quality is now valued by various clients both global and Japanese.

Wilfred Peh

Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Diagnostic Radiology
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Professional Degrees: MD
Other Degrees*: MHS, FRCP, FRCR

Bio: Professor Peh is a Clinical Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). Professor Peh served as Chief Editor of the Singapore Medical Journal for three terms and is currently Advisor. He was past Chief Editor of Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, Founding Chief Editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Radiology and currently Senior Editor of the British Journal of Radiology. His Editorial Board memberships (past or current) include journals such as Radiology, American Journal of Roentgenology, Skeletal Radiology, Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology and American Journal of Orthopedics. Professor Peh has been the Chief Examiner for the Master of Medicine (MMed) (Diagnostic Radiology), NUS, since 2002 and is Chairman of the NUS MMed (Diagnostic Radiology) Committee. Professor Peh specialises in musculoskeletal radiology. His other interests are medical writing and editing. To date, he has authored 8 books, more than 50 book chapters, more than 350 PubMed-listed journal publications, and has delivered more than 800 invited lectures. He and his co-authors have presented more than 250 scientific abstracts- many of which have won awards in regional and international meetings. He has been the organising chairman of several scientific writing workshops, radiology examination preparation courses, musculoskeletal teaching courses, and regional and international radiology congresses, including the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting and Refresher Course of the International Skeletal Society held in Singapore in 2005. He is currently serving as President of the Asia-Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors.

Jenny Putin


Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Jenny Putin has an academic background in East Asian Studies and has worked in global and regional healthcare communications since 1994. She is a co-founder and director of AMICULUM, a global healthcare communications and consulting company, and leads the agency's operations, client services and teams in Asia. Jenny has been resident in Shanghai since 2008 when she set up Mudskipper Business Consulting (Shanghai) Limited, AMICULUM's first Asian subsidiary. She leads teams based in Shanghai, Singapore and Auckland. She has directed client projects in the Asia-Pacific region (including scientific and medical publications) for a range of therapy areas including oncology, hematology, cardiovascular medicine, virology and rare diseases, as well as supported development of the agency's client base and editorial and commercial teams.

Andrew Sakko

Principal Medical Writer
Syneos Health

Type of Company:
Contract Research Organization
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2013)

Bio: Andrew Sakko is a Certified Medical Publication Professional, with over 10 years of practical experience leading the development and execution of effective publication plans in the Asia-Pacific region, achieved through several roles, including Medical Communications Manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Principal Medical Writer at inVentiv Health Clinical. In his current role at ViiV Healthcare, Andrew oversees the execution of publications in the therapeutic area of HIV in Australia. Andrew has a PhD in clinical oncology and is Secretary for the Asia-Pacific Education Task Force for the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals.

Al Weigel


CMPP Certified: (2/2009)

Bio: Al Weigel is President and COO for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP). Al joined ISMPP in November of 2013 with primary responsibility for implementing the strategic goals and vision of the Society, in addition to ensuring the Society meets established milestones for ongoing development, growth and success. Prior to joining ISMPP, Al led cross-therapeutic medical publication and scientific communication teams at sanofi-aventis, Boehringer-Ingelheim and Celgene Corporation. Al earned his Masters of Education at the University of the Arizona and currently is a ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP).

Karen Woolley

Global Lead, Patient Partnerships
ProScribe - Envision Pharma Group

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2010)

Bio: Professor Karen Woolley is Certified Medical Publication Professional. She has 25 years of experience in the healthcare sector, gained in academia, hospital, industry, and agency environments in North America and the Asia Pacific region. She has led international teams to conduct and publish research on publication ethics and on patient engagement in evidence generation and communication. In 2000, Karen co-founded the Asia Pacific medical communication agency, ProScribe, which is proudly part of the global Envision Pharma Group. She has a strong focus on strategic initiatives in the medical affairs sector and leads teams in Envision's Tokyo and Sydney offices. Karen has served on ISMPP's Board of Trustees, chaired ISMPPs Asia Pacific Advisory Committee, and co-authored the Good Publication Practice 3 guidelines and the Joint Position Statement on Professional Medical Writers. She is an Honorary Fellow of AMWA, a Life Member of ARCS, and initiated the Global Alliance of Publication Professionals. She is a Professor at two universities and has been a government-appointed director overseeing 6 hospitals, serving on the Patient Safety and Quality Committee, and managing a $2B budget.