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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

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
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.

Stephen Griffiths

Senior Global Publications Lead, Medical Affairs
GSK Vaccines

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

Project Manager, Department of International Trials, Center for Clinical Sciences
National Center for Global Health and Medicine

Type of Company:
Academic Institution
Professional Degrees: CMPP, *Other
Other Degrees*: Postgraduate Diploma
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. Leaving Astellas, she joined and work for National Center for Global Health and Medicine(NCGM). She has been engaged in various international clinical trials with focus on Asian and African countries, at the Department of International Trials, Center for Clinical Sciences at NCGM.

Michelle Mynderse

Senior Medical Writer
PRA Health Sciences

Type of Company:
Contract Research Organization
Professional Degrees: PhD
CMPP Certified: (9/2018)

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

Commercial Manager
CMC, McCann MDS 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.

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 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 Medical Manager at ViiV Healthcare. Andrew is based in Australia and has been a Principal Medical Writer with Syneos Health (previously inVentiv Health) for over 4 years. Andrew has a PhD in clinical oncology and has served on numerous committees 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
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 involvement 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. 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.