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Simon Page

Managing Scientific Director
Cambridge Medical Communication Ltd

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MA, PhD
Other Degrees*: MSci

Bio: Simon is Managing Scientific Director at Cambridge Medical Communication, a small, well-established agency based near Cambridge, UK. In his current role, Simon has a range of responsibilities including team management, recruitment, business development and company finance, as well as providing management support to the company's client accounts. He has a wealth of experience in medical publications, having previously led a medical writing division for a number of years, and is currently a member of the ISMPP Ethics Committee and a section editor for EMWA's Medical Writing magazine. Simon holds a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and a Master's degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Marie-Claire Pickaert

Deputy Director General

Bio: Ms Pickaert is the Deputy Director General of EFPIA, member of EFPIA's General Management. Since 2008, Ms Pickaert is coordinating EFPIA's ethics and compliance activities. Following the adoption of the 2010 Leadership Statement calling for greater transparency, accountability and ethical behaviour within and industry framework of self-regulation, she took the lead of activities including the creation of the EFPIA e4ethics platform and the development of the EFPIA Disclosure Code. She is acting as the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at EFPIA. In 2015, she was asked to take the role of Ambassador to the Medical Communities, coordinating EFPIA's relationships with medical & scientific societies, including learned societies, also through professional communities within the pharmaceutical companies that interact with medical communities.

Andrea Plant

Director of Scientific Services (UK), Scientific Services

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

Bio: Andrea has over 12 years of experience in medical communications. During this time, she has worked across wide range of medical communications offerings from congress presentations to full strategic publication plans, satellite symposia and standalone CME meetings. After gaining a strong grounding in the varied aspects of medical communications, Andrea chose to specialise in publications. As a publications specialist, Andrea now advises her clients on strategic planning, tactical delivery and best practice. Andrea also provides scientific guidance and support to clients to ensure effective implementation of publication plans. As a CMPP, Andrea also advises clients, healthcare professionals and colleagues to ensure medical publications are developed in accordance with the highest ethical standards. At Caudex, Andrea leads a team of medical writers on a large publications account, where she is responsible for overseeing scientific accuracy and editorial excellence of all written materials. In addition to her account-specific responsibilities, Andrea is passionate about ensuring the continued professional development of the wider Scientific Services team at Caudex. Andrea has worked across a wide range of therapy areas including oncology, autoimmune diseases, hypercholesterolemia and thrombosis. She has a BSc (Hons) in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Bristol, a PhD in Rheumatology from the same institution and is CMPP qualified.

Fiona Plunkett

Director, Client Services
Articulate Science

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

Bio: Fiona Plunkett has been Director of Client Services for Articulate Science for the past year after spending nine years in various client services positions for Health Interactions. She holds a PhD from the University of Bristol and received her CMPP certification in 2011. Fiona has chaired the European Programme Committee for the past two years and has served on the faculty for ISMPP's European and Annual Meetings.

Christopher Rains

VP, Global Medical Affairs

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PharmD
CMPP Certified: (9/2010)

Bio: Chris is Head of the Global Medical Affairs - Medical Shared Services group at Shire, which includes the Global Publications Group. Shire continues to be a leader in navigating a path through the changing and challenging environment, and in shaping publication practices for the biopharmaceutical industry.

Chris Rapier

Director, Global Medical Communications
Merck KGAA

Bio: Chris Rapier is an experienced Medical Communications professional. He is currently Global Medical Director of Medical Communications at Merck KGAA in Germany, with responsibility for oncology publications. He has a strong agency background, having worked in the industry since 2005, including senior roles at GeoMed and Gardiner-Caldwell Communications. Chris has extensive experience of strategic publication planning and delivery, specializing in oncology and immunotherapy. He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.

Nicole Rapior

Global Head Medical Communications, Medical Affairs Operations
Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: MS, PhD

Bio: Nicole has headed since 2012 the Global Scientific Communications Team at Boehringer Ingelheim which is responsible for the planning and development of all global scientific publications for Boehringer Ingelheim's main therapeutic areas, respiratory, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases as well as oncology, immunology and CNS. In total, she has 8 years of experience within the field of scientific publications having also worked as Global Publications Strategy Manager in prior roles at Boehringer Ingelheim, Warner Chilcott Pharmaceuticals and Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals. Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and a Master degree in Advanced Oncology.