Medical Affairs Leadership Forum

October 19-20, 2020

Philadelphia, PA

Event Overview

The Medical Affairs Leadership Forum taking place October 19-20th in Philadelphia will be focused on a holistic cross-functional approach meant to inspire the latest ideas in medical affairs. It is a cutting edge launch event tracking the hottest trends in medical affairs spanning the next decade.

  • Why Medical Affairs? - Discuss why medical affairs is so important in the evolution of the industry
  • Reclaiming Your Mojo - Has your voice been stifled at your company? Learn how to reclaim your voice and make an impact that is long lasting
  • Medical Affairs Road Warrior – Understand how to balance family, career, and the demands of travel
  • Listening to Our Partners - Commercial leaders discuss best Medical Affairs value stories
  • What Patient Advocates Want? - A growing voice and partner to medical affairs
  • Stay Happy and Fulfilled – Examine how to develop you career without compromising who you are

Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites

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198 E Delaware Place
Chicago, IL. 60611
(312) 664-1100

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About the Chairperson

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Dr. Matthew T. Roe has been a faculty member at Duke University School of Medine and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) since 1999. As a senior investigator at the DCRI, he has been the principal investigator for numerous phase II-IV cardiovascular clinical trials and is currently a co-principal investigator for the ADAPTABLE trial—the first large-scale pragmatic trials being conducted in the PCORnet network. He has also served in leadership roles for several observational registries focusing upon the treatment and outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease and has served as the Director of the DCRI Clinical Research Fellowship since 2010.

Featured Speakers

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Craig Lipset

Head of Clinical Innovation
Pfizer

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Jeff Kingsley

Chief Executive Officer
IACT Health 

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Dawn Anderson

Managing Director, Life Sciences Strategy and Operations, R&D Practice
Deloitte

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Ross Friedberg

General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer
Doctor on Demand

Top Reasons to Attend

  1. Expand Your Career Options
  2. Increase Effectiveness
  3. Distinguish Yourself
  4. Achieve the Highest Standard of Excellence
  5. Ensure a Culture of Inclusion for Everyone

Attendee Profile

Current medical affairs professionals:

  • Medical Science Liaisons
  • Medical Directors
  • Medical Affairs
  • Medical Information Specialists
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Medical Communications
  • HEOR Professionals
  • Those professionals working within Clinical Development, Research & Development and are transitioning to a medical affairs role
  • Physicians, pharmacists, and PhD professionals wishing to transition into the pharmaceutical industry

Monday

October 19th, 2020 | Day 1

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

KEYNOTE – MEDICAL AFFAIRS LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE

The Medical Affairs function serves as a point of differentiation for highly functioning organizations. With scientific understanding, communication experience and business knowledge, Medical Affairs teams can set your organization apart from the competition.
Discuss how to transform your Medical Affairs team and learn to achieve excellence within your organization. 

  • Explore how Medical Affairs teams are designing advanced strategies that align with the organization's overall strategic goals
  • Examine strategic Medical Affairs leadership skills
  • Improve cross-functional collaboration and alignment around the medical affairs strategy
  • Work with leadership to develop a culture of creativity and build high-performing teams

Eddie Power - Vice President, North America Medical Affairs, Hospital Business
Pfizer

WHY MEDICAL AFFAIRS?

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

DISCUSS WHY MEDICAL AFFAIRS IS IMPORTANT IN THE EVOLUTION OF THE INDUSTRY

The Medical Affairs role has been shifting to become a more strategic partner within the industry for years. Now that organizations recognize the importance of the medical function as a pillar of business, discuss the how the function is taking on new technology challenges, economic changes, and complying with regulatory trends.

  • Discuss how Medical Affairs is revolutionizing evidence generation
  • How are medical teams accelerating access to treatments?
  • What is the medical affairs role within personalized medical engagement?
  • Learn how organizations can improve internal medical leadership

Moderator:

Global Head of Publications

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

CAREER PANEL: NAVIGATING YOUR CAREER PATH AND EXPANDING YOUR OPTIONS

This panel is designed to help you think about your career path and the different options that are open to you. Long careers in one therapeutic area or one company are becoming a rarity as new technologies and shifting social norms disrupt traditional careers. 

As employers and employees seek more diverse skill sets, flexibility and alternative paths, the road to a fulfilling career has become more difficult to navigate. Panelists will share their career paths, dive into what their job details, discuss transferrable skills for those looking to make a transition and tips for uncovering opportunities.  

  • Identify and explore potential career opportunities in Medical Affairs 
  • What does a career in Medical affairs look like? 
  • Learn about different opportunities within MA to discover which are a good fit for your skill set 
  • Transitioning into Medical Affairs; how to reach out to people in MA and discuss opportunities to transition internally
  • Understand the most powerful actions that you can take towards getting to the next level in your career

Moderator: 

Renu Juneja - Head, Scientific Evidence & Communications, Oncology US Medical Affairs
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J

Panelists: 

Ana Bozas, PhD, CMPP - AD Global Medical Communications
Akcea Therapeutics, Inc.

Ina Shah, PharmD, BCMAS - Executive Director
Allergan

RECLAIMING YOUR MOJO

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

HAS YOUR VOICE BEEN STIFLED AT YOUR COMPANY?

It can be easy to blend into the background at work, if you want to get ahead in your career, you’ll need a new approach. When building a strong professional reputation, you need to learn how to find your voice within your organization. Knowing how to voice your ideas and perspectives in an appropriate manner is an essential part of career success. 

  • Learn how to reclaim your voice and make an impact that is long lasting
  • Why speaking up in meetings is important no matter what your role and how to do it when you’re intimidated
  • How to effectively express yourself and become an influential team member
  • Discuss how to advocate for yourself and communicate in emotionally charged situations

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

DISCUSS HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE YOUR COMPANY CULTURE

Every company has their own culture, a certain way of doing things. To move up the ladder, it's important to clearly understand your company's culture -- both spoken and unspoken. In this session we'll reveal how, so that you can fit in while standing out.

  • How to fit in while maintaining your values
  • How to stand out, while playing by the rules
  • Building good alliances with co-workers and bosses

Director, Medical Affairs, Large Pharma

Co-presenter TBD

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Luncheon

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

UNDERSTAND HOW TO BALANCE FAMILY, CAREER, AND THE DEMANDS OF TRAVEL

The desire to succeed professionally can lead us to ignore our well-being. It's important to create a harmonious work-life balance for our families, emotional and mental health, and also our career health. This session will discuss the challenges and rewards of finding a work-life balance with the demands of a professional career.

  • Discuss how to navigate raising children and achieving professional goals
  • What is the role of work in our identities? What “should” it be?
  • Master asking for help in the workplace
  • Navigate guilt you feel about being away from family
  • Learn to restore your balance and find fulfillment

Speaker Invited
Catabasis Pharmaceuticals 

2:15 PM - 3:00PM

LEARN HOW TO BE A MORE ENGAGED FIELD-BASED EMPLOYEE

The disconnect that's often felt when employees are on the road can be challenging for both employer and employee. How do workers in the field manage this disconnect? This session will take a deep dive into the life of a field-based employee to explore best practices.

  • What are the key elements to successful internal and external engagement?
  • Discuss skills and techniques that are necessary for a successful MSL career
  • Best practices for staying engaged and keeping up with continuous communication with the office
  • Establishing solid relationships and communication channels within your organization
  • Discuss the best technologies for staying up to date when on the road

Speaker invited
Oncology Medical Science Liaisons
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

3:00 PM - 3:15PM

Networking Break

LISTENING TO OUR PARTNERS

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

PANEL: COMMERCIAL LEADERS DISCUSS BEST MEDICAL AFFAIRS VALUE STORIES

Many organizations struggle with keeping medical and commercial teams in lockstep. This panel will discuss the challenges that these teams face as they struggle to move forward together. Learn as a medical professional to work hand in hand with commercial to create a seamless message.

  • Creating a strategic competitive advantage while safeguarding public confidence
  • Discuss how medical and commercial should be utilizing the same platforms
  • Learn to be highly collaborative and translate technology trends into tangible business gains
  • Working with commercial to bring medical up to speed

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

UNCOVER BEST PRACTICES ON ENGAGING VIRTUALLY AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

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4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

WHAT DO PATIENT ADVOCATES WANT? A GROWING VOICE AND PARTNER TO MEDICAL AFFAIRS

The industry is constantly communicating what they believe patient-centricity means, but many advocates don't believe that the industry is truly putting the patient first. Advances in technology have opened up different channels for patients to access medical information, enabling patients and advocates to speak up and become more engaged in the patient experience. Medical Affairs teams are uniquely positioned to be the voice of the patient within an organization. This session will explore how to use your position within the organization to further support a patient-centric environment.

  • How to create a patient-centric development strategy that focuses on influencing early-stage R&D efforts
  • Learn to demonstrate patient impact
  • Building trust within the patient community and becoming more communicative transparent
  • Engage with a broad range of stakeholders to more thoroughly understand the different needs of patients

Tuesday

October 20th, 2020 | Day 2

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

KEYNOTE: HOW TO STAY HAPPY AND FULFILLED IN YOUR CAREER

Do you feel fulfilled and happy in your career? If not, you aren't alone. Most people aren't excited about the work they're doing and feel unsatisfied with the direction their careers have taken. Let's take a look at how to become fulfilled in our careers no matter your position.

  • Examine how to develop your career without compromising who you are
  • Finding joy in your career, no matter your position
  • Embrace work-life integration

Renu Juneja - Head, Scientific Evidence & Communications, Oncology US Medical Affairs
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J

MANAGING TEAMS

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

MANAGING, RECRUITING, ONBOARDING & RETAINING TOP TALENT

With Millennials becoming the largest generation in the U.S. labor force and Gen Z entering the labor force, the structure of the workplace is changing. With a new workplace structure and a solid job market, these generations have the freedom to move from job to job if they don't think there is room for advancement, there is little work flexibility, the culture of the organization doesn't reflect their needs or they are looking for more education and training involved in their day-to-day. This session will teach you to onboard, manage and retain talented employees.

  • Building a high functioning medical affairs team
  • Discuss how to train and develop your leaders 
  • Bringing on scientifically and technologically savvy individuals
  • Developing strategic thinking, commercial skills, cross-functional collaboration, and scientific leadership 
  • Creating a culture that ensures advancement and retainment 

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Session TBD

Ariel Katz - Co-Founder
H1

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

WORKING WITH DIFFERENT GENERATIONS AND ADDRESSING SKILL GAPS

From the Silent Generation to Gen Z, there are five generations working side by side. Having such a widespread age difference in the workplace is creating new challenges for organizations. This session will examine how organizations are restructuring to appeal to this broad range of employees.

  • How to create a clear path for advancement
  • Does your organization offer training? 
  • Creating flexibility in working arrangements
  • Examine who is responsible for reskilling

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Luncheon

DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL BRAND

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

HOW TO DEVELOP OR REINVENT YOUR PERSONAL BRAND TO BOOST YOUR CAREER

Did you know that your developing your personal brand can be a surprisingly strong tool in building your career? Your personal brand communicates the unique advantage that you can bring to the table. Learn to create a message that is clear, direct, and relevant to reach your target audience.

  • Discuss how to perfect the message behind your personal brand
  • What does personal branding etiquette look like?
  • How to use your LinkedIn profile to express your unique value 
  • How to continually evolve your brand
  • Best practices for their professional social media profiles and content sharing

Speaker invited
ORCAS Project Controls

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE STATE OF MEDICAL AFFAIRS

With technological advances quickening and the amount of data being generated, medical affairs must solidify their leadership role within the industry and modernize the way medical functions. This session will not only focus on where we see medical affairs in the next five years but rather, what is being done right now to prepare for increased evidence generation, improved access to treatments, personalized medicine, and elevated leadership.

  • Discuss how cross-collaboration is changing and needs to continue to evolve to increase successful outcomes
  • Incorporating a digital medical affairs strategy
  • Adjusting to the shifting needs of stakeholders
  • Strategic collaboration with patient advocacy
  • Remaining compliant while facilitating innovative ventures

Speaker invited
McKinsey & Company

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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Ronald Walls

The CSPC Pharmaceutical Group

US Head of Operations, & Business Development, Vice President Clinical Development Medical Affairs

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Dakota Fisher-Vance

Young Adult Cancer Connection

Founder (Also Patient Advocacy Manager, Horizon Therapeutics)

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Dan Donovan

rare Life SOLUTIONS

Founder

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