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Susan Scott

Scott Pharma Solutions Ltd

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Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (2/2009)

Bio: Since 2014, Susan Scott has been a director of Scott Pharma Solutions Ltd, providing consultancy in the arena of disclosure of clinical trials as scientific publications and on clinical trial registries. For a decade before that, she was the Director of Publications & Communications for Ipsen, a mid-size European pharmaceutical company. Responsible for establishing and building their global publication management function, she also created and led the group managing clinical trial registration and results posting. With a PhD in biochemistry from University of London, she previously worked for GSK as a project leader in neurology having gained extensive experience in clinical study management in several therapeutic areas for its heritage companies. She is accredited with the Certificate of Medical Publication Professionals (CMPP), and is now on the ISMPP Recertification committee. She has presented or chaired sessions at numerous ISMPP, DIA and CBI Publication conferences in Europe and the US.

Jan Seal-Roberts

Publishing Director
Adis, Springer Healthcare

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Professional Degrees: BA/BS

Bio: Jan Seal-Roberts is a medical publisher with more than 20 years' experience, and has worked with several global companies including Blackwell Science (now part of Wiley), Wolters Kluwer and Springer Nature. Jan is currently Publishing Director for Adis (part of Springer Healthcare) which publishes around 35 journals exclusively in the area of drugs and disease management.

Danielle Sheard

Head of Publications, Publications
Costello Medical

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS
CMPP Certified: (9/2018)

Bio: Danielle is Head of Publications at Costello Medical, a consultancy that provides scientific support to the healthcare sector in the analysis, interpretation and communication of clinical and health economic data. Danielle started her career in medical communications after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences. She developed her writing and project management skills at the specialist healthcare publishing company MGP Ltd, through work on a variety of educational projects for healthcare professionals including working party guidelines and eLearning materials. Since joining Costello Medical, Danielle has managed and delivered global publications plans, manuscripts and congress publications across a range of disease areas. She is a member of ISMPP and has submitted her own research to the European meeting since 2015. Danielle is now responsible for managing the Publications Division at Costello, which involves overseeing all the ongoing publications work, continually improving processes and developing the team. She particularly enjoys advising clients and finding innovative solutions to publications challenges.

Rachel Sherman

Fishawack Group

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (9/2010)

Bio: Rachel is a Certified Medical Publication Professional (ISMPP CMPPTM) with over 20 years' experience in research and medical communications. She gained her PhD in the metabolic programming of hypertension and has comprehensive medical communications experience in a number of different therapy areas including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, urology, haematology and psychiatry. Rachel has spent a significant proportion of her medical communications career based in the US, and has delivered a variety of medical education outputs for the US domestic, as well as global and European, markets. She has also worked on a secondment basis within pharmaceutical companies providing on-site publication management support to clients. Rachel has a leadership role across the Fishawack organization, and specializes in delivering scientific engagement and publication projects. She provides technical and strategic expertise, and directs the delivery of a range of medical communication services, taking responsibility for client service and quality of deliverables. She is also co-chair on the ISMPP credentialing committee.

Richard Smith

Patients Know Best

Bio: Richard Smith is chair of the board of trustees of icddr,b (formerly the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) and chair of Patients Know Best (a company that brings all medical and social care records together in one place under the control of patients). From 2004 to 2015 he was the director of the UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative. From 1979 to 2004 he worked at the BMJ and was the editor of the journal and chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group from 1991 until he left. A member of the board of the Public Library of Science from 2004 to 2011, he continues to blog for the BMJ and to publish regularly. He is an adjunct professor at Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation. Having qualified in medicine in Edinburgh in 1976, Smith worked in hospitals in Scotland and New Zealand before joining the BMJ. He also worked for six years as a television doctor with the BBC and TV-AM and has a degree in management science from the Stanford Business School. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2000.

Stuart Spencer

Sr. Executive Editor
The Lancet

Bio: For the past 20 years Stuart has led the Lancet's Fast Track team that aims to select, review and publish prestigious manuscripts within 4 weeks of receipt. Although dealing with all areas of research, he deals with most of the cardiology submissions. Stuart started his research at the Brompton Hospital, London, looking at scoliosis in children before moving to the Veterinary School site at Bristol University. Later he set up a research team for a major pharmaceutical company in Switzerland for a year, and then spent 9 years as a senior researcher in New Zealand. He has also worked in the Netherlands, had two senior research fellowships at Leuven University, Belgium, and visiting professorships at Kings College, London and Hong Kong University, and a doctorate of medicine from Umea University, Sweden. Stuarts research expertise includes such diverse topics as, growth, neuroendocrinology, immunology and fetal development. He also had a Senior Fellowship in bioethics for 5 years. Stuart is also a Trustee of the Scoliosis Association (UK), board member of British Scoliosis Research Fund and the Steering Committee of the Swedish National GP Research School.

Rafal Swierzewski

Expert, consultant
European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)

Bio: Rafal Swierzewski has been involved in patient advocacy for ten years as both a scientist and cancer survivor. He earned his PhD in 2006 by examining the physical and chemical properties of model macromolecules (incl. new chemotherapy compounds) in cellular environment. From 2013 to 2016 he served as Board Member of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC). From 2013 he represents ECPC in patients' and Consumers' Working Party within the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Through the EMA, he is involved in various projects, such as Adaptive Pathways, IMI-ADVANCE (member of Scientific Advisory Board) and IMI-WEBRADR, IMI-PREFER. Rafal also represents patients' interests in the European Unions clinical trial portal and database of stakeholder groups created within the EMA to construct new systems for implementing European regulations on clinical trials and clinical data. Recently Rafal has been appointed as a member of Technical Anonymization Group (TAG) created by the EMA to continue the work undertaken during the development and finalisation of the external guidance on the anonymization of clinical reports for publication.

Russell Traynor

Director, Platform Strategy, Envision Technology Solutions
Envision Pharma Group

Type of Company:
Technology Provider
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, MS
Other Degrees*: MSc
CMPP Certified: (2/2009)

Bio: Russell Traynor is iEnvision Strategy Lead, Envision Technology Solutions, responsible for working with his clients to identify and implement effective technology solutions to meet their needs. Russell has worked in medical communications and publications since 1997, both as a medical writer, account lead and business consultant. Russell has presented and published extensively in the area of medical publications, including topics such as Open Access Publishing, need for Quality Control globally, successful implementation of one SOP across the organization, and the future of medical publications. Russell has served on ISMPPs Board of Trustee as European Trustee and the Chairman of ISMPP, 2012-2013. He is an ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP).

Katherine Tucker

Senior Manager - Data Sharing Lead
Roche Products Ltd.

Bio: Katherine has over twenty years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Her background is a clinical trial statistician at Pfizer, Roche and Novartis. After several years as a statistical programming manager at Roche, since 2013 she has led a team at Roche dedicated to patient-level data sharing. She was part of the original GSK/Roche collaboration which led to the creation of (CSDR) and continues to be involved with CSDR, EFSPI-PSI (European Federation of Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry - Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry) and PhUSE. Part of the remit of her team is to deliver on all data sharing requests originating from CSDR, support data de-identification activities across Roche and build internal data access processes and capabilities. She was part of the TransCelerate working group on data anonymization and was lead author of the EFSPI/PSI paper "Protecting patient privacy when sharing patient-level data from clinical trials." She is co-lead on a Roche project to address EMA policy 0070 requirements.