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Lisa Baker

Medical Writer
Lisa Baker, PhD, LLC

Type of Company:
Consultant/Freelance
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2017)

Bio: Lisa Baker, PhD, CMPP, is an experienced publications professional who previously worked at leading agencies including inScience Communications, Springer Healthcare (Medical Director, 2015-17) and Envision Pharma Group (Principal Medical Writer/Team Lead, 2010-2015). Lisa is now a freelance medical writer developing publications, strategic publication deliverables and educational materials for pharmaceutical and medical communications clients.

Andrew Berrie

Head of Compliance and Ethics, Senior Management
McCann Health Medical Communications

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MS

Bio: supplied

Denise Bonen

Senior Scientific Director
Complete HealthVizion

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

Bio: Denise Bonen is a Senior Scientific Director with Complete HealthVizion. She has more than 15 years of medical communications and scientific publishing experience. Denise has provided strategic counsel from a scientific and medical perspective for numerous global pharmaceutical companies. As a publications professional, she is well versed in driving communications both pre-launch and through life-cycle management across numerous therapeutic areas and product types. Prior to her medical communications career, she obtained her PhD from Rush University in Chicago and was Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Medicine, working on the genetics of gastrointestinal diseases.

Gary Burd

SVP, Global Medical Director
Caudex

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.

Thomas Chmielewski

Director, Disclosure & Transparency
Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: BA/BS

Bio: Tom has more than 7 years of experience in Clinical Trial Disclosure & Transparency, working across all aspects of Disclosure, Transparency, and Data Sharing. Currently, Tom is the Director of Disclosure & Transparency for Jazz Pharmaceuticals where he oversees Jazz's global Clinical Trial Disclosure and Transparency portfolio.

Alice Choi

Global Head
Complete Medical Communications

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

Bio: Alice Choi is currently the Executive Director of McCann Health's Scientific Council and also Global Head of Complete Medical Communications (CMC), a division of McCann Health. Alice has an honours degree in Pharmacology, a Masters Degree in Clinical Pharmacology, a Masters in Public Health and a doctorate in cancer epidemiology. Pre CMC, Alice began her career in academia as a researcher before moving on to a number of healthcare agencies, working in medical communications, market research and health outcomes. Since joining CMC in 2002, Alice has held a number of different roles, including account director and commercial director, before taking up her current position in 2006. In this role, she oversees a multidisciplinary team based in offices across the UK and the US. Alongside her broader operational responsibilities, Alice continues to work with several clients. Having 20+ years of experience in a range of different therapy areas, she assists clients with a variety of projects including communication planning, Phase IIIB/IV planning, stakeholder services and general consultancy - in particular, publication planning and best practice scientific exchange are important areas for Alice and the wider CMC team. Alice is a Certified Medical Publication Professional and has contributed to several ISMPP committees over the years. She is a Past Chair of the Board of Trustees for ISMPP and led the 2018 strategic vision work stream for the organization. She also serves as a Governor for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, one of Europe's leading cancer centres and is a mentor for the Women of Influence initiative at Cancer Research UK.

Juli Clark

Consultant, Global Publications
Formerly of Amgen

Type of Company:
Biotechnology
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, PharmD

Bio: Juli Clark is the current Past Chair of the ISMPP Board of Trustees (BOT). During her 20-plus years of experience in biopharma industry, she has led Medical Information and Medical Communications teams, but the focus of her career has been leading and managing teams of publication writers and managing ethical, compliant publications processes. Most recently, she served as Director, Global Publications, at Amgen, Inc, where she has held various positions over the last 17 years, including leading the Global Medical Writing Department, and the Medical Information Department. Prior to joining Amgen, Juli led Medical Information and Medical Communication groups in smaller companies as well (Immunex, Pathogenesis, and Otsuka). Before entering the biopharma industry, Juli practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist in several different health care settings, including managed care, the Indian Health Service, and both private and large University Hospitals. Juli has been an active ISMPP and BOT member, has served as committee member and participant/presenter in the Medical Publishing Insights and Practices Initiative (MPIP), as well as presenting at AMWA and DIA professional society meetings. Earning her B.S. Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at University of Iowa, Juli also completed both General Hospital Pharmacy Residency program, and a Fellowship in Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy. Juli plans to retire from Amgen at the end of September 2018, and while completing her current term on the BOT, will happily stay active in ISMPP, pursue travel, and explore new opportunities.

Christine Gatchalian

Director, Global Publications, Global Publications
Amgen Inc.

Type of Company:
Biotechnology
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, PhD
CMPP Certified: (9/2009)

Bio: Dr. Christine Gatchalian is Director in Global Publications at Amgen, providing global oversight of regional publication planning and leadership of publication operations. Christine has over 15 years of experience in the medical publications field in both publication vendor and biopharma settings. She has served on the ISMPP Faculty and on a number of ISMPP Committees. Christine obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis.

William Glass

Associate Vice President, XSciCom, Global Medical Affairs
Allergan

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, PhD

Bio: Accomplished strategic leader, scientist, and change agent with over 10 years of experience in top pharmaceutical and device companies. Has worked in the Publishing space for over 7 years and personally authored more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. During his career, he has driven the planning and execution of strategic publication plans for some of the most successful and recognized products in Pharma (HUMIRA, BOTOX, Infliximab). Has personally developed corporate publication policies for Top Tier Pharma companies ensuring global alignment, understanding, and adherence. Finally, he is a transformational leader who motivates teams to develop, pursue, and enact novel methods for goal achievement.

Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall Consulting LLC
Present Your Science

Type of Company:
Consultant/Freelance

Bio: Melissa is on a mission: to transform how scientists and engineers present their work. That's because she believes that even the best science is destined to remain undiscovered unless it's presented in a clear and compelling way that sparks innovation and drives adoption. For almost a decade, she has traveled around the world to work with Fortune 100 corporations, institutions and universities, teaching the proven strategies she's mastered through her consulting work and during her time as a faculty member with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University.

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
Shire

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Valerie Philippon is the Head of Global Publications at Shire, 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, oncology, 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

Consultant/Educator
Virgo Health

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

Bio: Michael has 23 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.

Shula Pollard

Director Scientific Communications, Medical Affairs
Greenwich Biosciences

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: 9/2014

Bio: Shula Pollard is an experienced medical publication professional with over 10 years of experience in the medical device/pharmaceutical industry across a range of roles including product management, competitive intelligence, medical writing, and publication planning. Shula holds a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, and has received the AMWA Essential Skills certificate and ISMPP CMPP¿ certification. She currently leads Scientific Communications at Greenwich Biosciences.

Tom Rees

Communications Director
Oxford PharmaGenesis Ltd

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 Credentialling 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

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.

Carol Sanes-Miller

Consultant, Global Medical Affairs
TBD (between gigs!)

Type of Company:
Biotechnology
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, MS
CMPP Certified: (2/2009)

Bio: Carol Sanes-Miller has been active in biomedical communications for more than 30 years, and has been involved in publication planning since 1992. In late 2014, Carol joined Baxter Healthcare in Deerfield, IL as Senior Manager, Global Medical Communications. Following a corporate split (Baxalta) and purchase by Shire, Carol was promoted to Associate Director and Publications Lead (Immunology) within Global Medical Affairs. Following relocation of her position at the end of 2017, Carol has been actively investigating new opportunities. Prior to Baxter, Carol spent 2 years as Director of Scientific Content at Vision2Voice, a small marketing communications agency based in Deerfield, IL. She also worked for 4 years as a Global Publications Manager, commuting weekly to AstraZeneca in Wilmington, Delaware, where she managed publications and symposia for diabetes and cardiovascular products. From 2000 to 2008, Carol worked for Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America in Deerfield, IL, where she held various positions from Senior Medical Writer to Manager of Strategic Publications, development compounds, gastroenterology and cardiovascular science, and managed publication plans in the therapy areas of sleep, oncology, sepsis, endometriosis, gastroenterology and lipid-lowering. Before joining Takeda, Carol spent 8 years as Managing Medical Editor with Discovery International, a medical communications company then located in Deerfield. While at DI, she developed publication strategies and plans, promotional and CME materials, publications and presentations for pharmaceutical company clients. Her professional experience also includes nearly ten years as in-house editor at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago, where she supported academic publication development in the departments of pathology, surgical nursing, internal medicine, and the Office of the Dean. For 3 years, Carol was Managing Medical Editor at Publications International, publishers of Consumer Guide, where she developed consumer-targeted books and magazines on topics including family health, fitness, exercise, diet and prescription drugs. Carol has been an active member of ISMPP since its inception, serving on the Best Practices Committee, co-chairing the subcommittee on publication strategy development, and as a member of the CMPP Board (2010-2014), including 2 years on the executive committee and as Board Chair from 2013-2014. Carol is a co-author of GPP2 and GPP3. She holds a BS in Biology from Northwestern University and an MS in Biology from Northeastern Illinois University. She lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, youngest son, and "super puppy," Izzy.

Justin Sodano

VP, Creative Services
Peloton Advantage, LLC

Type of Company:
Communications Agency

Bio: Justin Sodano, PA, Vice President, Creative Services, has more than 19 years of health care experience encompassing emergency medicine, pharmaceutical sales, sales training/marketing, and medical communications. Mr. Sodano began his career as a physician assistant working in the emergency department at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. He then transitioned to pharmaceutical sales, first with Tyco/Mallinckrodt, and then with Novartis Pharmaceuticals. After successfully consulting physicians in the field, Mr. Sodano became Manager, Medical & Product Training for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, training hundreds of sales professionals, playing a key role in an sNDA product launch, and assisting with joint product ventures by conducting national training and medical communication programs. Mr. Sodano subsequently joined HealthAnswers Education, a division of Sudler & Hennessey, as Director of Client Services, developing and conducting national product launches, live meetings, and educational deliverables (digital, audio, and print). Prior to joining Peloton Advantage, Mr. Sodano was the Director of Creative and Content Development at Millennium Communications Group, where he directed the development of various sales training programs, e-learning applications, creative product launches, and marketing initiatives. In recent years, Mr. Sodano has been expanding Peloton Advantage's innovative and digital offerings by conceptualizing, directing, and executing projects such as infographics, eNewsletters, interactive ePosters, and augmented-reality applications. Mr. Sodano continues to support Peloton Advantage's role as an industry leader by positioning the company to meet future medical communications demands.

Jeymi Tambiah

SVP, Medical Affairs, Medical Affairs
Samumed. LLC

Type of Company:
Biotechnology
Professional Degrees: MD

Bio: Dr. Tambiah is an industry physician with expertise in medical affairs, clinical development, translational medicine, health outcomes, scientific communications and publications. Prior to Samumed, he worked for UCB Pharma holding medical affairs leadership roles within their Immunology franchise in the UK and US. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, he trained and practiced in cardiothoracic surgery at Guys' and St. Thomas' Hospitals in London. Dr. Tambiah gained his UK medical qualifications at the Universities of St. Andrews and Manchester, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, (England and Edinburgh) and gained his research degree in Vascular Immunology as a Wellcome Research Fellow at Imperial College, London.

Al Weigel

President/CEO
ISMPP
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).
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