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Maria Alu

Publications Manager, Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Columbia University Medical Center

Type of Company:
Academic Institution
Professional Degrees: MS

Michele Avissar-Whiting

Operations Manager, R&D/Promotions
Research Square

Type of Company:
Other

Bio: Michele earned her B.Sc. at the University of Rhode Island in Biological Sciences and her PhD at Brown University in Medical Science. As a graduate student and as a post-doc she studied the connection between epigenetic changes and cancer, with a focus on environmental exposures. She has been employed at Research Square since 2011, initially as a manuscript editor and illustrator for the American Journal Experts arm of the business. Later, she helped to assemble a creative team and launch the Video Abstracts service that she now manages.

Lisa Baker

Freelance Medical Writer
Lisa Baker, PhD, LLC

Type of Company:
Consultant/Freelance
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2017)

Bio: Lisa Baker, PhD, CMPP, is an experienced publications professional who previously worked full-time at leading agencies including inScience Communications, Springer Healthcare (Medical Director, 2015-17) and Envision Pharma Group (Principal Medical Writer/Team Lead, 2010-2015). Lisa is now a freelance medical writer developing publications, strategic publication deliverables and educational materials for pharmaceutical and medical communications clients.

Chris Baumle

Executive Publisher
Elsevier

Type of Company:
Publisher
Professional Degrees: BA/BS

Bio: Chris Baumle is Executive Publisher, Health and Medical Sciences, Elsevier. Chris's career in medical publishing spans over 30 years. He currently manages a portfolio of journals in specialties including pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, rehabilitation, infection control, and allied health. Chris is a graduate of Stockton University and lives in southern New Jersey with his family and two cats.

Alejandro Bernal

Global Therapy Lead - Oncology
Apothecom

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

Bio: Alejandro is the Global Therapy Lead at ApotheCom overseeing its entire oncology portfolio. Alejandro has served in various capacities with several healthcare communications agencies, focusing on publication planning, medical affairs, brand strategy, strategic positioning, medical education, as well as sales training initiatives for both global and US clients. Prior to joining Apothecom, Alejandro was a Medical Scientist on the US Oncology Medical Affairs team at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prior to embarking on his health care communications career, Alejandro received his PhD in immunology from the Weill Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of Cornell University, focusing on novel signaling pathways conferring survival benefits within hematologic malignancies. He also was Postdoctoral research fellow on the Vascular Research Team at J&J Pharmaceutical and Development and became Senior Research Scientist with Progenra where he was involved in drug discovery for targets within the ubiquitin system, with an emphasis on oncology.

Gregory Bezkorovainy

Vice President, Scientific Services
Adelphi Communications

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

Bio: Gregory Bezkorovainy is Vice President of Scientific Services at Adelphi Communications in New York. He entered the healthcare communications field in 1988, just as strategic publications planning was taking root in the pharmaceutical industry. Over the years he has worn almost every publications planning hat imaginable, including medical reporter, editor, writer, designer, tactical planner, and strategic planner. Gregory joined Adelphi in 2002 and has been in his current position since 2006. This is Gregory's ninth consecutive year as faculty for Introduction to Publications Planning.

Angela Bickford

Director, Publications & Disclosure Practices, R&D, Chief Medical Officer
GlaxoSmithKline

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MS, PhD
CMPP Certified: 3/2015

Bio: Angela is the R&D Publication Lead in the Publications & Disclosure Practices group at GSK. She has 18 years of experience working in a global publication role including employment at Eli Lilly & Co and Novartis. She has been with GSK ten years. Her current responsibilities include oversight of publication planning and development in R&D. She also manages direct reports, leads global publication teams in the Neuroscience therapeutic area and develops training materials for internal employees. She has been a member of the ISMPP Board of Trustees since 2015.

Liz Bilodeau

Senior Client Engagement Manager, Licensing and Business Development
Copyright Clearance Center

Type of Company:
Other
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Liz Bilodeau is a Senior Client Engagement Manager at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). CCC is a global leader in content management, discovery and document delivery solutions. Through its relationships with those who use and create content, CCC drives market-based solutions that accelerate knowledge, power publishing and advance copyright. With its subsidiaries RightsDirect and Ixxus, CCC provides solutions for millions of people from the world's largest companies and academic institutions. Liz has developed a deep appreciation of the concerns and needs of content users worldwide since joining CCC in 2005. She spends much of her time helping Corporate clients with their suite of solutions to include the Annual Copyright License, Motion Picture License, Music Use License and RightFind Software. She is focused on ensuring clients understand the boundaries of their license, assisting with permissions and educating clients on the basics of copyright.

Pamela Blumberg

Vice President, Real World Evidence
Xcenda, LLC

Type of Company:
Other

Bio: Pamela B. Landsman-Blumberg MPH, DrPH is Vice President of Real-World Evidence at Xcenda, LLC. Dr. Blumberg has over 25 years of experience utilizing administrative claims, EMR, and chart review data to conduct studies of all aspects of health economics and outcomes research (HEOR). Her focus has been on providing real world evidence of program and product performance to payers, providers, and policy makers. With 10 years of HEOR consulting experience, she also spent 15 years with a large pharmaceutical manufacturer and time at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr Blumberg received her BS in biology from the University of Connecticut, her MPH in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her DrPH in health policy and management from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Co-authoring over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts she is a long-standing member of AcademyHealth and ISPOR and serves as a peer reviewer for JAMA, AJMC, AJPB, Medical Care, and Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety.

Jessica Bowler

Associate Director, Procurement
Pfizer Inc.

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: MBA

Bio: Jessica Bowler is currently an Associate Director on the Agency Team within Global Procurement at Pfizer Inc. overseeing the Global Medical Education and Publication Categories. Jessica joined Pfizer in January 2002 and during her career at Pfizer has supported Clinical Trials as a Study Manager and worked on other Indirect Categories in Procurement including but not limited to: QA, Safety and Medical Information. Prior to joining Pfizer, Jessica worked at Organon and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Jessica has a BA in Health and Society from University of Rochester and an MBA in Health Care Administration from Baruch College and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Monica Bradford

Executive Editor, Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Type of Company:
Other

Bio: Monica Bradford is the Executive Editor of the Science Journals, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In this position she sets editorial policies, oversees peer-review and selection of manuscripts, and the copy-editing and proofreading process for six journals, Over the last twenty-two years, Monica has been involved in the development of Science's web and digital offerings. Prior to joining the staff of Science, Monica worked for the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society for nine years.

Andy Brown

Portfolio Lead, Excel Division
Envision Pharma Group

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2016)

Bio: Andy has worked in a wide range of medical and technical writing roles for the last 20 years. He is a currently a Scientific Portfolio Lead at Envision Pharma Group, managing a team of writers supporting a number of publication programs.

Gary Burd

SVP, Global Medical Director
Caudex

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.

Amy Calamari

Publication Manager, Global Scientific and Medical Communications
Merck

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: MS
CMPP Certified: (9/2016)

Bio: Amy Calamari is an associate director in the Global Scientific and Medical Publications department at Merck & Co, Inc. In this role she leads multiple publication teams in the oncology therapeutic area. Amy has a B.S. in Comprehensive Science from Villanova University and an M.S. in Molecular Biology from Drexel University. She previously worked in basic research studying the molecular pathways of cancer and pain/migraines and has authored many publications on this work.

Martin Callaghan

Director of Digital Communications
Mr

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Martin has >10 years of medical and scientific communications experience in writing and digital roles, working across global, European and emerging markets. He currently leads the Oxford PharmaGenesis Digital team, where he is responsible for integrating digital innovation into the company's HealthScience capabilities. Martin has a DPhil in bacterial population biology and molecular evolution from the University of Oxford, UK, spent >5 years in post-doctoral research with the Oxford Vaccine Group (University of Oxford Dept. of Paediatrics), and has authored 11 primary publications.

Bradford Challis

Associate Director, Publications
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: MBA, PhD

Bio: Brad Challis is Associate Director in the Global Medical Affairs Publications group of Janssen Global Services. He joined J&J in 2000 in the medical and regulatory writing group, and moved to the scientific publication group formally established in 2005. He is currently a publication therapeutic area lead in Alzheimer immunotherapy and oncology, and had responsibility for cardiovascular, metabolism, infectious diseases and vaccines. He is involved in publication project team communication and collaboration from early publication planning to submission. Brad obtained his PhD in cognitive psychology from Purdue University and following a research fellowship at University of Toronto, he was a visiting professor at Tsukuba University in Japan for three years. Prior to joining J&J, Brad was a medical writer at Organon. He obtained a MBA from Rutgers University while at J&J and is a member of ISMPP.

Alice Choi

Global Head
Complete Medical Communications

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, MPH, MS, PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2011)

Bio: Alice Choi is currently the Executive Director of McCann Health's Scientific Council and also Global Head of Complete Medical Communications (CMC), a division of McCann Health. Alice has an honours degree in Pharmacology, a Masters Degree in Clinical Pharmacology, a Masters in Public Health and a doctorate in cancer epidemiology. Pre CMC, Alice began her career in academia as a researcher before moving on to a number of healthcare agencies, working in medical communications, market research and health outcomes. Since joining CMC in 2002, Alice has held a number of different roles, including account director and commercial director, before taking up her current position in 2006. In this role, she oversees a multidisciplinary team based in offices across the UK and the US. Alongside her broader operational responsibilities, Alice continues to work with several clients. Having 20+ years of experience in a range of different therapy areas, she assists clients with a variety of projects including communication planning, Phase IIIB/IV planning, stakeholder services and general consultancy - in particular, publication planning and best practice scientific exchange are important areas for Alice and the wider CMC team. Alice is a Certified Medical Publication Professional and has contributed to several ISMPP committees over the years. She currently serves on the Advocacy and Outreach Committee, is a Past Chair of the Board of Trustees for ISMPP and was the Chair of the 2016 Annual Program Committee. She also serves as a Governor for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, one of Europe's leading cancer centres and is a mentor for the Women of Influence initiative at Cancer Research UK.

Juli Clark

Director, Global Medical Writing, Global Publications
Amgen

Type of Company:
Biotechnology
Professional Degrees: PharmD

Bio: Juli is currently Director, Global Publications, at Amgen, Inc, where she has served in various positions over the last 15 years, including leading the Global Medical Writing Department, and prior to that, the Medical Information Department. During her 20 years in the biotech industry she has managed staff, services, and led cross-functional projects in Medical Writing, Medical Information and Medical Communication roles in smaller companies as well (Immunex, Pathogenesis, and Otsuka). Before entering the biotech/pharma industry, Juli practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist in different health care settings including managed care, the Indian Health Service, and private and large University Hospitals. Juli earned her B.S. Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at University of Iowa, completing a General Hospital Pharmacy Residency program, and a Fellowship in Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy. Juli is currently serving as Chair of ISMPP Board of Trustees (BOT), and will be assuming the role of Past President at the end of the 14th Annual Meeting. She has been an active ISMPP and BOT member, has served as participant/presenter in the Medical Publishing Insights and Practices Initiative (MPIP) as well as with ISMPP, AMWA and DIA professional society meetings.

John Czekanski

President, Fishawack US & Global Head of Commercial, Fishawack US & Global Business Unit Head
Fishawack Group Companies

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS

Bio: John (Zeke) Czekanski is President, Fishawack US and Global Head of Commercial for the Fishawack Group of Companies where he manages both the US and European markets. He is actively focused on maintaining Fishawack's ability to consistently meet and exceed client needs. His strategic thinking, leadership principles, high-level of motivation, innovative methods, and collaborative management style have enabled consistent growth and development for the organization. Zeke has 25+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical and Medical Communications industries. As the co-founder of JK Associates, Inc (which was sold to Fishawack in 2014) he has held executive and senior-level positions at several medical communications agencies. He also worked in the manufacturing, finance, sales, managed care, and marketing departments of a global pharmaceutical company experiences that have given him a unique insight into the pharmaceutical industry. Zeke also has extensive pre-launch, launch, and post-launch experience, as well as strong relationships with large and small pharmaceutical clients and therapeutic area experts. He has served as a Visiting Faculty member for Lehigh University's Entrepreneurial School of Business and currently sits on the Advocacy & Outreach Committee for ISMPP. His interests outside of work include family, travel, cycling, and fitness. Zeke received a B.S in Finance from Lehigh University

Ann Davis

Manager, Global Sci/Med Communications, Medical Development and Scientific/Clinical Affairs
Pfizer

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: CMPP, MPH
CMPP Certified: (3/2012)

Bio: Ann Davis is Manager of Global Scientific and Medical Communications at Pfizer, where she supports execution of publication plans for the vaccines portfolio. Ann has more than 30 years of experience in the medical communications field, including prior content development roles at Centocor Ortho Biotech (now Janssen Pharmaceuticals) and Bristol-Myers Squibb. At BMS, she also served as a Global Publication Advisor, developing publications policies and practices, as well as advising and training internal stakeholders and agency partners. An ISMPP-certified medical publication professional, she has served as workshop leader for ISMPP and the American Medical Writers Association, author of multiple ISMPP poster presentations, faculty for the ISMPP U webinars, and a member of various ISMPP committees. She has been an invited speaker at TIPPA and other publication planning seminars, Ann completed her graduate studies at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center.
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