Olle Bergman International Writing and Scientific Communications Expert
Bergmans Bokstäver AB
Olle Bergman is a writer, consultant and communications trainer, serving professionals in the fields of science, medicine and tech. Starting out in wet lab research, he soon chose to follow a communications career. Today he is a freelancing “pen for hire” and advisor based in Sweden, doing international assignments for different media as well as for organizations like The Swedish Cancer Society and Scania. On a daily basis, he is interacting and networking with a large number of people and organizations in academia, industry and the startup world. In addition, he is helping early career scientists to develop their communication skills.
Ana Bozas, PhD, CMPP Associate Director Global Medical Communications
Akcea Therapeutics, Inc.
Ana is the Associate Director of Global Medical Communications at Akcea Therapeutics, a leader in rare disease therapies. Ana has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Utah and began her career as a research associate and medical writer before managing publications for therapeutics organizations. During her time in the industry, Ana has led publication strategy from department inception to near-patent-expiry post-marketing, across the globe (including Emerging Markets). Over her medical communications & research career, she has produced 50+ publications. Ana is passionate about career development and peer mentoring and has been active in the local (Greater Boston Area, MA) career mentoring scene.
Iwona Bucior Senior Director, Medical Communications
Iwona Bucior is Director of Medical Communications at Myokardia, responsible for the vision and strategic direction for Medical/Scientific Communications and Publications. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Basel in Switzerland, followed by a postdoctoral and specialty fellowships at UCSF, Department of Medicine. Iwona has over 15 years of combined experience in Medical/Scientific Communications and Publications, as well as in Real-World Evidence and Health Economic and Outcomes Research.
Faith DiBiasi Director, Scientific Communications, Medical Affairs
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.
Faith has more than 20 years of experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, including 8 years at Roche leading the PCR technical support operations group and providing technical direction for strategic marketing. She spent 2 years at QIAGEN as Director of Global Marketing, and 7 years heading infectious disease & immunology publications and overseeing knowledge management at Human Genome Sciences Inc. Over the past 8 years she has been the Director of Scientific Communications in the Medical Affairs department at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. leading the publication efforts for CNS, Digital Medicine and most recently Oncology.
Before going to industry, Faith was a clinical microbiologist, an infectious disease researcher, and she taught Biology, Microbiology, and Bacterial Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh.
Faith has a BS in Microbiology and a paralegal certificate both from Penn State University, she is a board-certified Microbiologist, has an MBA in Marketing, and is an ISMPP CMPP™. In the past she has chaired the ISMPP abstract committee and the credentialing committee. She is currently on the Credentialing Board.
Director, Scientific Communications, Migraine and Headache, Global Medical Affairs
Sissy Easo-Joseph Director, Scientific Communications, Migraine and Headache, Global Medical Affairs
Sissy Easo-Joseph is a communications professional with 20 years of experience in the medical and scientific communications industry. Sissy is Director of Scientific Communications - Migraine and Headache, Global Medical Affairs, for Teva Pharmaceuticals, where she demonstrates collaborative leadership to foster awareness and accountability of good publication and scientific communications planning practices; develops very high quality, innovative and creative scientific communications, as well as, educational resources; ensures that all stakeholders have a comprehensive understanding of strategic planning and how it fits into overall communications plan. Her expertise affords opportunities to leverage the understanding of the therapeutic area and strategic communication principles, to create compelling communication plans. Moreover, her responsibilities includes advocacy development, financial and program management, operational experience in the execution of disease-state and product-related scientific communications, publications and educational initiatives, which support the strength of a communications, plan. She has an undergraduate degree in biology, a Master’s degree in Toxicology and a PhD in Health Administration.
Senior Director Publications & Scientific Communications
Lynne Gordon Senior Director, Scientific Publications and Medical Affairs
Lynne has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years, in both large pharma and start-up biotech companies. She was a field-based Medical Science Liaison (MSL) for 15 years and has been in-house at Theravance Biopharma US, Inc. since 2011. In her current role, she is the sole publication professional and manages all things relating to publications for the five compounds in various stages of development, from Phase 1 to a commercialized product. Her other responsibilities include Medical Affairs operations such as departmental policies, guidelines and work instructions.
Laura E. Happe Director, Online MS in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, University of Florida Clinical Associate Professor,
University of Florida
Laura E. Happe, PharmD, MPH is an editor, professor and author who specializes in using data to aid in decision making. Laura leads an online Master’s degree program with approximately 150 students and 50 graduates annually at the University of Florida, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy. Laura is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy (JMCP), the official peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy with a circulation of over 30,000 people. Previously, Laura was the Chief Pharmacy Officer of Humana, where she was responsible for advancing the clinical pharmacy acumen and integrating pharmacy into the company’s integrated care delivery model. During her time at Humana, she also enhanced the company’s research program, contributing to more than 70 peer-reviewed published manuscripts. Laura earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University and is a licensed pharmacist in both Florida and Arizona. She also holds a Master’s of Public Health degree with an emphasis in epidemiology from the University of South Florida and is fellowship trained in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. Laura’s first book, If You Give an Ox an Oxy, is an educational resource for parents to teach their adolescents about the hazards of opioid use.
Genevieve Nesom Publishing Ethics and Integrity Manager
Taylor & Francis
Genevieve Nesom is a Research Ethics and Integrity Manager at Taylor & Francis Group Publishers. She’s joined the now 5-person team in 2019 and couldn’t be happier with the fit. Prior to working at T&F, she worked in clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and, more recently, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). While at CHOP she managed rare metabolic disease clinical trials, mostly funded by industry sponsors. During that time she also completed a dual degree master’s program at UPenn in public health and biomedical ethics. Her bachelors degree is in religious studies, which, altogether, seems to be a prudent preparatory exposure for working with content across T&F’s 2,000 diverse journals.
Director Medical Communications and Medical Information
Shasta Rayne Harner is the Vice President of Chronic Illness Advocacy and Awareness Group, a patient rights organization that works to promote inclusion of disabled rights and individualized patient-centered care.
She graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Political Science. She worked for many years as a Certified Medical Assistant and Project Coordinator for a large medical group. In her career, she focused on the delivery of patient care to medical practice administration. Shasta lives with a rare, disabling autoimmune disease called dermatomyositis.
After the onset of her disease, Shasta gained insight into the experience of being a chronically ill patient in today’s medical/political climate. As a result of this experience combined with her work history, personal interests, disability and educational background, she was inspired to advocate for others who also have disabling conditions.
Burnedette Rose Hill
Deputy Director, Scientific & Medical Publications
Chirag Shah Head of Strategic Publications & Medical Education
Chirag Shah is a results-driven Medical Affairs Professional, Pharmacist, Speaker, Advisor, and Leader with vast experiences across clinical, academic, and industrial environments. His areas of expertise include medical affairs strategy and communications, publication planning and strategy, scientific exchange, medical education and training, and project management.
Chirag holds a leadership position as the Head of Strategic Publications and Medical Education at Neurocrine Biosciences. Chirag has experience working in a global team environment, managing large budgets across external business partners, and is very comfortable in a fast-paced, changing environment. His broad areas of expertise include immunology, central nervous system, inflammation, and medicine. Chirag obtained his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He speaks English, Gujarati, and Spanish.
Kelly Soldavin is a Medical Editor for the publisher Taylor & Francis Group and a member of their London-based Medicine & Health Editorial team. In this role, Kelly manages Current Medical Research & Opinion, a MEDLINE-indexed, peer-reviewed, international journal for the publication of original research focused on new and existing drugs, Phase II through IV studies, and post-marketing investigations. She previously managed Journal of Medical Economics and Journal of Drug Assessment. Kelly is an advocate for, and has a special interest in, open science and ethical and transparent publishing, as well as patient engagement and plain language summaries. She has spoken on these topics for the International Publication Planning Meeting (TIPPA), International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), and Special Libraries Association (SLA). In addition, Kelly is a member of the ISMPP Social Media & Web-based Metrics Working Group. Prior to joining T&F, Kelly spent 14 years in the veterinary medicine publishing industry. She works in Philadelphia and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.