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Christine Vanderlinden

Director Publications Management Team, Scientific & Public Disclosure
GSK Biologicals

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Professional Degrees: CMPP
CMPP Certified: (9/2011)

Bio: Christine Vanderlinden, Director, Head Publications Management Team - GSK Vaccines Christine is a biologist with a PhD in Marine Biology and Pharmacology. Her role as Publications Manager and later as Publications Lead for different vaccine projects within GSK has allowed her to develop into this area and gain extended experience in good publication practices and ethics. In her current function as Head of the Publications Management team, Christine oversees a global team of publications professionals covering all GSK vaccine projects. Christine is also a certified ISMPP medical publication professional (CMPP), an accredited member of EMWA and was an EMWA workshop leader giving a course on Medical Writing for Vaccines.

Steven Walker

Director and Co-Owner
St Gilesmedical London & Berlin

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

Bio: Steven has degrees in medicine, education and clinical oncology. He trained in the UK, USA and Germany. His focus is on building St Gilesmedical's team of medics, scientists, writers and educators in London and Berlin into a major health communication company. Current interests include medical and regulatory writing, teaching and delivery of effective meetings. Steven is active in ISMPP, EMWA and lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University. St Gilesmedical also supports non-commercial education and research activities in the UK and Germany. The needs of patients and healthcare professionals are at the centre of everything we do.

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).

Richard White

Commercial Director
Oxford PharmaGenesis Ltd

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: MA, PhD

Bio: Richard White is Commercial Director of Oxford PharmaGenesis, an independent HealthScience communications consultancy. He has more than 18 years of experience in medical communications, and has led launch publications plans for products across a broad range of therapy areas. Richard is a member of the International Society for Medical Publications Professionals (ISMPP), the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and the Institute of Directors. He was a reviewer of the GPP2 and GPP3 guidelines, and has personally authored 17 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Richard has also published white papers on good publication practice, value demonstration and rare diseases in Pharmaceutical Marketing Europe, is an invited author of articles for ISMPP's MAP e-newsletter, and is on the Editorial Board of Drugs in Context. Richard founded the Oxford PharmaGenesis Value Demonstration Practice to apply good publication practice and communications expertise to HEOR, RWE and patient-reported outcomes (PRO) studies. He has run training workshops in these areas for multiple pharma companies and academic institutions, and has delivered invited presentations, educational webinars and moderated roundtable discussions on publications and communications best practice in HEOR, RWE and PROs at the ISMPP and TIPPA Annual Meetings. Richard was Chair of the 2017 TIPPA Annual Meeting. Before joining Oxford PharmaGenesis, Richard gained his MA and PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK. His PhD research won the 1998 Glaxo Wellcome Young Investigator's Award, and he was awarded a Research Fellowship in Pharmacology at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He has completed the Advanced Health Economic Modeling Programme at the University of Oxford, is an alumnus of the International Marketing Programme at INSEAD, and is a member of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, UK.

Sophia Whitman

Research Lead & Medical Writer

Bio: Sophia is a medical writer at Stgilesmedical where she undertakes a range of projects, including regulatory writing and manuscript preparation. She has degrees in medicine, psychology and immunology. Prior to studying medicine and becoming a medical writer, Sophia coordinated clinical trials in health psychology research.

Jurgen Wiehn

Director, Scientific Publications

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Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (9/2011)

Bio: Jurgen, PhD, ISMPP CMPP, has over 15 years of international pharmaceutical/biotech experience in medical affairs and clinical development (Publications/Scientific and Regulatory Writing; Medical Information, Communication and Education). Prior to industry career, Jurgen studied biology, gained his PhD in Finland and lead academic research programs in Finland and Switzerland. His industry experience comes from Orion Pharma, Merck Serono, Ferring Pharmaceuticals and, most recently, from Shire, where Jurgen works as a Director, Global Scientific Publications since 2011.

Steve Winter

Global Publications Leader, Global Medical Affairs

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Professional Degrees: PhD
Other Degrees*: BPharm
CMPP Certified: (3/2016)

Bio: Steve is a former pharmacist, with a PhD in cardiovascular pharmacology (University of Bath, UK). Having completed his academic studies, Steve commenced his career in medical communications, first within the agency sector and most recently with various pharmaceutical and diagnostic/device companies in Switzerland and the UK. He is currently Global Publications Leader for AstraZeneca (UK). Steve obtained his CMPP certification in March of 2016.

Ryan Woodrow

Aspire Scientific Ltd

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP
CMPP Certified: (3/2012)

Bio: Ryan Woodrow is a co-owner of Aspire Scientific Ltd ( -- a medical writing agency -- and has almost 20 years of experience of working within pharmaceutical companies and in senior editorial positions within medical communications agencies. Over his career, Ryan has gained extensive experience of developing and implementing medical publication and communication plans for the pharma industry, and has a good knowledge of a number of therapeutic areas. Ryan is conversant in the latest ethical guidelines, serves on the European Committee for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), is a Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP) and helps to organise educational, careers and networking events for the European medical communications community. Ryan can be contacted by email (