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Todd Parker

VP, Managing Director
MedThink SciCom

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

Bio: As VP, Managing Director, Todd is responsible for implementation of MedThink SciComs core organizational focus: always thinking, flawless execution, and outstanding customer service. In addition, Todd is responsible for financial management and business planning; overseeing team growth and staff development; and establishing and maintaining procedure, performance, and quality standards. Todd has over 12 years of medical communications agency experience overseeing scientific strategy (eg, scientific platforms, disease-state education plans, publication planning). Todd has also been involved in identifying and expanding new service offerings (ie, developing innovative approaches to address client needs). His areas of expertise include biochemistry, drug development, immunology, infectious diseases, inflammation, and oncology. Before he joined MedThink SciCom, Todd worked at a medical communications company in the Midwest, where he provided scientific direction for multiple therapeutic areas in the oncology space, including immunotherapy, supportive care, and targeted agents. Todd earned his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Mississippi State University. He completed his postdoctoral research at Ohio University studying the mechanism of action of 2 biological response modifiers. Todd is also credentialed as a Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP) through the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.

Valerie Philippon

Head, Publications, Global Medical Affairs

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Valerie Philippon is the Head of Global Publications at Shire, now a part of Takeda, a leading global biotech in rare diseases with medicines in over 100 countries. She leads the publications teams responsible for publications related to all company therapeutic areas (hematology, immunology, gastrointestinal/internal medicine, neuroscience, ophthalmics, genetic diseases) across various geographies. Valrie has over 20 years of experience in Research, Development, and Medical Communications. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University Denis Diderot Paris, France and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health. She has held various Publications and Scientific Communication roles with increasing responsibilities at Idenix, Vertex, AVEO Oncology, and Cubist before joining Shire.

Michael Platt

Virgo Health

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

Bio: Michael has 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare delivery fields. His expertise includes pre-launch/launch/post-launch medical communications activities designed to educate and inform healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders. He has broad experience in publication planning and adult-based education, including 10+ years in continuing education and pharmacy education credentialing/certification. Michael has managed teams of professional writers, scientific managers, editors, meeting planners, and designers who develop professional, compliant medical and clinical communications, with a focus on clinical data publications and associated meeting activities. He is a past CMPP Board Member, CMPP Vice-Chair, and also an active member of the ISMPP U Committee. As a past-Chair of ISMPP U, Michael assisted in establishing Needs-based sessions for ISMPP U that meet educational gaps for publication professionals.

Tom Rees

Communications Director
Oxford PharmaGenesis

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MS, PhD
CMPP Certified: 3/2015

Bio: Tom has over 20 years' experience in medical communications and publications planning, and is currently a Communications Director at Oxford PharmaGenesis, having previously held roles in strategic consultancy, as a team leader and lead medical writer. Tom is a regular contributor to the US and European ISMPP meetings, and has delivered a number of workshops and new research presentations on the topics of publications innovations, good publications practice, and patient communications, publication metrics (including altmetrics), and social media. He currently serves on the ISMPP Social Media/Web-based Metrics Working Group and is a past member of the ISMPP Credentialing and Global Workshop Committees. Tom holds a PhD in Biotechnology from Cranfield University in the UK, and is CMPP certified.

Angel Riggins

Account Director, Medical Communications
Complete HealthVizion

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

Bio: Angel is an Account Director for Complete HealthVizion with more than 15 years of experience in healthcare communications. She has expertise in the delivery and management of a variety of communication outputs across all drug lifecycle stages, including competitor intelligence, gap analysis, symposia, patient materials, internal and external training resources, publication planning, and out-of-home consumer advertising. Before finding medical communications, she worked for digital agencies in both New York and Los Angeles and now brings her early-adopter enthusiasm to publications. Additionally, Angel has worked as a psychotherapist in hospital, university, and clinic settings and has led non-profit support groups for patients and care providers. In her free time, she volunteers her services with children impacted by cancer.