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Samantha D'Iorio

VP, Sr. Program Director
IMPRINT Science

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: CMPP
CMPP Certified: (9/2016)

Elvira D'souza

President, Global Medical Communications, Medical Communications
CACTUS

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.

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.

Jennifer Davis

Group Account Supervisor
Oxford PharmaGenesis

Type of Company:
Communications Agency

Tim Day

Principal / Owner
Innovative Strategic Communications, LLC

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

Yaswant Dayaram

Head, GMA Medical Publications Oncology, Global Medical Affairs Oncology
Bayer

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (9/2012)

Barbara Ann DeCastro

Director, Publications & Disclosure Practices
GlaxoSmithKline

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: MBA

Tricia Deja

Associate Director, Global Publications, Global Publications, GMA
Takeda Development Center Americas, Inc

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PharmD
CMPP Certified: (2/2009)

Kim Della Penna

Publication Manager, Global Scientific and Medical Publications
Merck And Co., Inc.

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, MS
CMPP Certified: 9/2014

Bio: Kim is a Director, Publication Manager, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines in the department of Global Scientific and Medical Publications at Merck and Co., Inc. Kim has been at Merck and Co., Inc. for 18 years. The first 9 years were in the Pain Research laboratories performing molecular biology techniques to discover novel compounds to treat neuropathic pain. The next 9 years have been in Global Scientific and Medical Publications. In this role, Kim is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic publication plan for therapeutics in infectious diseases and vaccines. Kim received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Drexel University and Masters of Science degree in molecular biology from Lehigh University. Kim is also an ISMPP CMPP.

RoseAnn DePalma

Senior Account Manager
Peloton Advantage, LLC

Type of Company:
Communications Agency

Shailesh Desai

Associate Director, Medical Affairs
Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc.,

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
CMPP Certified: (3/2016)

William Devita

Account Director, Scientific Services
Peloton Advantage

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: CMPP
CMPP Certified: (9/2010)

Piyali Dhar Chowdhury

Director, Multiple Myeloma, Global Scientific Communications
Celgene Corporation

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: PhD
CMPP Certified: 9/2014

Faith DiBiasi

Director, Scientific Communications, Medical Affairs
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, MBA
CMPP Certified: (9/2009)

Bio: Faith has more than 20 years of experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, including 8 years at Roche leading the PCR technical support operations group and providing technical direction for strategic marketing. She spent 2 years at QIAGEN as Director of Global Marketing, and 7 years heading infectious disease & immunology publications and overseeing knowledge management at Human Genome Sciences Inc. Over the past 5+ years she has been the Director of Scientific Communications in the Medical Affairs department at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. leading the publication efforts for CNS, Digital Medicine and most recently Oncology. Before going to industry, Faith was a clinical microbiologist, an infectious disease researcher, and she taught Biology, Microbiology, and Bacterial Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Faith has a BS in Microbiology and a paralegal certificate both from Penn State University, she is a board-certified Microbiologist, has an MBA in Marketing, and is an ISMPP CMPP. In the past she has chaired the ISMPP abstract committee and is currently co-chair of the ISMPP credentialing committee.

Kay Dickersin

Professor and Director, Center for Clinical Trials, Department of Epidemiology
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins

Type of Company:
Academic Institution
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Kay Dickersin, M.A., Ph. D. is Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she serves as the Director for the Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis. She is also Director of the U.S. Cochrane Center. Kay's main research contributions have been in the area of scientific integrity, reporting biases, trials registration, clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Kay's research has involved comparing internal company documents to the published record, where she and her colleagues have found differing results. She is currently engaged in examining practical issues related to demands for "open access to trial data," when the available data may be discordant.

Tania Dickson

Team Lead
ProScribe - Envision Pharma Group

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

Bio: Tania Dickson received her Doctorate in prostate cancer from the Institute of Reproduction and Development at Monash University in Melbourne Australia, where she evaluated the role of the TGF-beta superfamily on normal and neoplastic growth of the prostate. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Ingram Cancer Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee USA. After her fellowship, Tania joined Merck and Co, Inc in Blue Bell Pennsylvania as a Senior Medical writer supporting the cardiovascular clinical group. During her tenure at Merck, Tania contributed to more than 15 peer reviewed manuscripts, of which she is an author of eight. Tania left Merck to join Elsevier where she was a medical director for Carus Clinical Communications an Elsevier Business and subsequently was promoted to Vice President of the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education. Tania joined ProScribe in December 2013 and has over 15 years of experience in medical communications. She has written abstracts, posters, manuscripts, slide kits, and content for advisory boards on a wide range of topics in various therapeutic areas.

Mary DiGiorgi, MPH, PhD

Director, Scientific Communications
Pacira Pharmaceuticals

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
CMPP Certified: (3/2017)

Riad Dirani

VP, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research (GHEOR)
Teva Pharmaceuticals

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Riad Dirani, PhD, is currently the VP of Global Health Economic and Outcomes Research at Teva Pharmaceuticals. His responsibilities include overseeing the establishment of this function within Medical Affairs, and developing the strategic capabilities for HEOR to optimize the development and commercialization of Teva¿s portfolio of products and offerings globally. Riad has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since 2000, including positions of increasing responsibility at Aventis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson in multiple therapeutic areas. Riad joined Teva in 2014 to build the HEOR group and establish it operating model. Riad received his Ph.D. in Health Services Research/Health Economics from The Pennsylvania State University. He has published over 25 journal articles and made numerous presentations to professional organizations, including the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and therapeutic-specific conferences.

John Dixon

Trainer in scientific writing
Libra Medical Marketing Limited

Type of Company:
Other
Professional Degrees: MBA
Other Degrees*: MA MB BS FRCS MRCGP

Martine Docking

VP, Global Corporate Sales, Research
Wiley

Type of Company:
Publisher
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MBA
CMPP Certified: (3/2018)

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.
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