Medical Affairs Leadership Forum

Prioritize Job Satisfaction, Proper Work-Life Balance, and Professional Growth to Maintain Consistent Team Expertise

October 19-20, 2020

Online Livestream

Event Overview

More than many of their colleagues, medical affairs professionals may feel unrecognized, stressed, and trapped, with difficult travel schedules that put a burden on their family life, and “reward structures” that don’t match what they actually want. The Medical Affairs Leadership Forum takes an unprecedented look at how to improve job satisfaction, incentives, and work-life balance for medical affairs professionals, while reducing burnout and rapid turnover. 

This event emphasizes the new methods for training, professional growth, engagement, and technology that make medical affairs professionals feel truly recognized and valued, thus inspiring them to stay on at their companies and keep giving their full efforts.

Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites

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

Hotel Website

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

Why Attend

  • Success strategies for improving recognition for medical affairs professionals – throughout both teams and companies
  • Best practice for matching reward structure expectations and reality
  • A map for setting achievable work-life balance
  • New practicable priorities for career growth
  • An emphasis on stability and happiness during a time of unprecedented uncertainty

Attendee Profile

  • Medical Science Liaisons
  • Medical Directors
  • Medical Affairs
  • Field Medical Affairs
  • Medical Information Specialists
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Medical Communications
  • HEOR
  • Real World Evidence
  • Evidence Generation
  • Scientific Affairs
  • Medical Writing
  • Publication Planning
  • Grants

Monday

October 19th, 2020 | Day 1

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Registration

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Brian Scheckner - Senior Director, Medical Communications, Neuroscience Franchise 
Jazz Pharmaceuticals

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

KEYNOTE – SET NEW STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN MEDICAL AFFAIRS LEADERSHIP

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?

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

PANEL:  Navigate Medical Affairs Challenges Across Big and Mid-Sized Biopharmaceutical Companies

Although Global Medical Affairs organizations have similar functional accountabilities, they may have different organizational structures and/or accountability depending on the size of the company. Mid-sized and big biopharmaceutical companies may approach medical affairs roles differently; what are the key areas of similarities and differences, and what challenges do medical affairs professionals face?

  • Clarify how medical affairs departments are organized in different-sized companies
  • Recognize areas of collaboration and difference between global medical affairs and affiliate medical affairs functions
  • Focus on roles, responsibilities and challenges of integration and cross-functional collaboration

MODERATOR:
Mina Patel
- Global Head of Publications
OPEN Health Group

Tom Brown - Senior Medical Director
ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS

Beatriz Pujol - Head, Medical Affairs Europe
GLOBAL BLOOD THERAPEUTICS

Mark Riotto - Director, Publications
ASTRAZENECA

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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
Janssen

Panelists: 

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

Ina Shah, PharmD, BCMAS - Executive Director, Medical Information
Abbvie

Brian Scheckner - Senior Director, Medical Communications, Neuroscience Franchise
Jazz Pharmaceuticals

RECLAIMING YOUR MOJO

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

DISCUSS HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE YOUR COMPANY CULTURE

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

Stanislav Glezer - VP, Global Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care
BD

Tracy Bunting - Director, Global Medical Communications
VERTEX

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch Break

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

UNCOVER BEST PRACTICES ON ENGAGING VIRTUALLY AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

Within3

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

PANEL: 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

MODERATOR:
Daniel Snyder - VP, Medical Affairs, Urovant Sciences

Jodie Gillon - VP, Patient Advocacy & Clinical Affairs
Abeona Therapeutics 

John Viel - Senior Medical Director
Alexion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

Tuesday

October 20th, 2020 | Day 2

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Chairperson’s Recap of Day One

Brian Scheckner - Senior Director, Medical Communications, Neuroscience Franchise
Jazz Pharmaceuticals

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
Janssen

MANAGING TEAMS

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Build a Medical Affairs Function During a Global Pandemic

Establishing a new medical affairs function in a decentralized environment, when travel and face-to-face activities are completely ruled out, requires an unprecedented quantum leap in both tools and skills.  By embracing the necessary changes and remaining resilient, medical affairs professionals can show even more value to their stakeholders.

  • Plan the structural changes necessary for integrated evidence generation
  • Comprehensively share resources and training
  • Build a new global strategy that can meet the challenges of the moment

Ornah Levine-Dolberg - VP, Medical
OTSUKA EUROPE

Robert Kaper - VP, Head of Global Medical Affairs
OTSUKA U.S.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

  • Spotlight the applications of Emotional Intelligence that are specifically useful for medical affairs
  • Integrate EI concepts such as self-awareness, self-regulation, and ethical decision-making into your leadership practice
  • Shape a forward-facing dialogue among key team members

Robert Consalvo - Director, Strategic Commercial Engagement
H1 INSIGHTS

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Tactics to Avoid Burnout: Contributors to Success and Fulfillment for Field-Based Medical Affairs Professionals.

Field medical professionals, like many other healthcare providers, are at increased risk of burnout.   A better understanding of key factors to individual and team burnout and the steps to take to improve performance and mitigate turnover. 

  • Recognize the causes of burnout across multiple disciplines
  • Importance of being the CEO of your territory vs management of teams 
  • Acknowledge common pitfalls and leverage key strategies to maximize career growth and potential

Bob Fell - Executive Medical Science Liaison, Diabetes
Sanofi

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

PANEL: 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

MODERATOR:
Stanislav Glezer - VP, Global Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care
BD

Diana Stefani-Hunyadi - Head of Global Medical Affairs
VIELA BIO

Samson Ng - Director, Medical Affairs
ABBVIE

DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL BRAND

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

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

Diana Stefani-Hunyadi - Head of Global Medical Affairs
VIELA BIO

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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Ana Bozas

Akcea Therapeutics

Associate Director, Global Medical Communications

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Tracy Bunting

Pfizer

Director, Global Medical Affairs

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Bob Fell

Sanofi

Executive Medical Science Liaison, Diabetes

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Jodie Gillon

Abeona Therapeutics

VP, Patient Advocacy & Clinical Affairs

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Stanislav Glezer

BD

VP, Global Medical Affairs – Diabetes Care

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Renu Juneja

Janssen

Head, Scientific Evidence & Communications, Oncology US Medical Affairs

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Ariel Katz

H1 Insights

Co-Founder

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Mina Patel

OPEN Health Group

Global Head of Publications

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Eddie Power

Pfizer

VP, North America Medical Affairs, Hospital Business

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John Viel

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Senior Medical Director

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Robert Kaper

OTSUKA U.S.

VP, Head of Global Medical Affairs

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Ornah Levine-Dolberg

OTSUKA EUROPE

VP, Medical

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Diana Stefani-Hunyadi

VIELA BIO

Head of Global Medical Affairs

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Brian Scheckner

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Senior Director, Medical Communications, Neuroscience Franchise

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Ina Shah

Abbvie

Executive Director, Medical Information

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Mark Riotto

ASTRAZENECA

Director, Publications

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Tom Brown

ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS

Senior Medical Director

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Samson Ng

ABBVIE

Director, Medical Affairs

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