Speakers

Soo Bang, MSHA, CA-AM
Vice President, Business Strategy, Integration & Planning
Celgene Corporation

Soo Bang is vice president, business strategy, integration & planning for the Global Pharmaceutical Development & Operations (GPDO). Soo has overall responsibility for the project management, operational excellence, EHS, technical commercialization and GPDO alliance management teams. Previously at Celgene, Soo held the role of executive director, global alliances, where she managed alliance relationships across Hem/Onc, I&I and Early Development, and was the alliance lead for numerous collaborations with clinical programs in both biologics and small molecules. In addition, she helped build the global alliance infrastructure and processes as one of the early members of the team.

Previously, she was the global head of clinical site contracts, where she led a global team responsible for contracts, budgets, central IRBs, and study start-up activities. Previous to Celgene, Soo served as the global investigator lead at Pfizer, responsible for contract and outsourcing across all Pfizer business units, development operations functional service providers, and medical affairs. She also held various leadership positions at NYC Health & Hospitals Corp, director of clinical trials at NYU Medical Center, and Winthrop University Health System. Soo also served as industry lead for the "Advancing the use of Central IRBs" for the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, a private public initiative with Duke and the FDA. Soo received her BA and MS from George Washington University and completed her fellowship at Johns Hopkins Health System. Soo is a certified alliance management professional and has a green belt in Lean Six Sigma. She is also actively involved in the career development of others by leading mentorship programs within Celgene and through her strong support and involvement in the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA).

Judith Baselice
Director, Alliance Management
Pfizer

Judy is the director of alliance management in the Pfizer worldwide business development group. In her role, Judy is responsible for ensuring alliance effectiveness for Pfizer's oncology clinical research and commercial collaborations. Prior to joining Pfizer, Judy held positions of increasing responsibility at Forest Laboratories and Eisai Inc. in the areas of alliance management, clinical and manufacturing outsourcing, sales operations and finance.

Judy is on the board of trustees for The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. She serves on the hospital's investment and audit & compliance committees as well as the research advisory group. Judy holds a BS in business administration & accounting from Meredith College and is a certified public accountant.

Gary Butkus, CA-AM, RPh
Director of Alliance Management
Eli Lilly and Company

Gary Butkus is director of alliance management at Eli Lilly and Company, where he has leveraged 25 years of pharmaceutical experience into being a respected and recognized alliance professional. While at Lilly, he has held numerous roles across the enterprise on both the sales and medical sides of the business and in global shared services, allowing him to become actively engaged in alliance oversight across all phases of drug development. Gary is a published author on alliance-related topics and brings his expertise into his community efforts. He holds various positions including as a trustee at Butler University, a director at the Institute for Study Abroad, and board member for the ASAP Midwest Chapter.

In addition to his CA-AM certification from ASAP, Gary also has completed his certifications in healthcare compliance from Seton Hall University and another from Boston College in corporate citizenship. He is a registered pharmacist with a bachelor's degree from Butler University.

Christine A. Carberry, CSAP
Chief Operating Officer
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals

Christine Carberry is a biopharmaceutical leader with the unique ability to transform strategy into results through the power of collaboration. She joined Keryx Biopharmaceutical in the beginning of 2017 as the chief operating officer. In her leadership role she serves on the executive committee while leading initiatives in cross-functional integration, operational excellence, and program management. She heads the manufacturing, technical operations, quality and regulatory functions.

Prior to Keryx, she served as a senior vice president at FORUM Pharmaceuticals. At FORUM, She established the program & alliance management cross-functional matrix to integrate across the entire organization. She also led the CMC, supply chain, and quality functions.

At Biogen for over 25 years, Christine held positions of increasing responsibility as the company advanced from a biotechnology pioneer to an internationally recognized Fortune 500 company.

Christine is a certified strategic alliance professional (CSAP). She holds an MS in innovation and technology management from Boston University, certificates in management and biotechnology strategy from Harvard University, and a BS in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

Cathy Connelly, MBA, CA-AM
Vice President & Head of Alliance Management
Sanofi Genzyme

Cathy Connelly, vice president and head of alliance management for Sanofi Genzyme, has over 30 years of biotech/pharma and healthcare-related experience in alliance management, clinical trial and observational research, managed health care, social work and more. Her experience encompasses several therapeutic areas, including: rare diseases, neurology, oncology, cardiac, pulmonology, and infectious disease. Additionally, she has extensive experience in program development, process improvement, business development and in managing complex global teams and alliances.

Cathy is currently responsible for the oversight of Sanofi Genzyme's alliances and alliance management team in the areas of rare diseases, neurology, oncology, immunology, and rare blood disorders, and works in close collaboration with Sanofi Genzyme's executive leadership and the alliance management team to ensure that alliances are run productively and profitably.

Cathy is a published author and a frequently requested speaker at conferences. Most substantially, she was a co-author and/or a reviewer for the three editions of The AHRQ Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide.

Cathy earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, BA in Sociology from Framingham State College, and CA-AM certification from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals.

Andrew S. Eibling, CSAP
Senior Partner
Forty86 Consulting Group

Andy Eibling is 30-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry and an accomplished alliance management and business development leader with experience in technology, development, commercialization, and supplier relationships.

Andy founded Forty86 Consulting in 2018 in order to continue to elevate the collaborative capabilities of the pharmaceutical industry. He was formerly vice president of enterprise alliance management at Covance, Inc., the drug development division of LabCorp. While at Covance, he created a formal alliance management capability and function. His team was responsible for growth and operational excellence with Covance's most critical client relationships.

Prior to joining Covance, Andy spent over 24 years at Eli Lilly and Company, most recently implementing Lilly's partnering strategy with roles in business development and as a founding member of Lilly's pioneering office of alliance management. During that time Andy managed a variety of partnerships, ranging from early discovery technologies to global drug development alliances with Lilly ICOS, LLC for Cialis® and Amylin for Byetta®.

Andy is a member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, and a Certified Strategic Alliance Professional (CSAP). He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops, and his work on "Unique Aspects of Alliance Projects" was published by Wiley in 2010 in the book, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Project Management in a Changing Global Environment. Andy has a BSME from Purdue University and MBA from Indiana University.

Katherine Ellison, MS, MBA, CA-AM
Associate Director, Alliances
Illumina, Inc.

Katherine Ellison leads Illumina's alliances team in its corporate and business development organization. The team is responsible for a wide variety of partnership types, including co-development, co-commercialization, technological innovation, licensing, and supply agreements.

As a dedicated servant leader, Katherine focuses on building and supporting great teams to drive results for Illumina. With more than 15 years' experience working with critical partners, she is responsible for developing Illumina's partnering strategy and assessing organizational fit with potential new partners as part of the company's goal to advance gene sequencing and personalized medicine.

Prior to her work in alliances, she was a product management leader who successfully launched multiple major platforms and products used by thousands of diagnostic testing laboratories worldwide. A lifelong learner, Katherine has bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry, a graduate certificate in Marketing, an MBA, and earned her certification of achievement-alliance management (CA-AM) from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals last year.

Brent Harvey, CA-AM
Director, Alliance Management
Eli Lilly and Company

Brent leads teams focused on maximizing the value of partnered assets at each stage of the development and commercialization cycle.

Brent has played an integral role in some of the largest development and commercial alliances at Lilly, including worldwide partnerships with BMS, Merck KGaA, Daiichi-Sankyo, and Innovent Biologics. He is also the alliance manager on collaborations with venture capitalists, AstraZeneca, GSK, Merck, Sanofi, and WuXi. Brent has responsibilities for M&A integration as well.

Brent has an engineering degree from Purdue and an MBA from Indiana University. He also has a CA-AM and is a certified management accountant (CMA).

Dr. Jeff Karp
Co-founder of six companies
Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jeff Karp is a professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and an affiliate faculty at the Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (where he teaches to HST and MIT-Sloan business school students). His work spans the fields of drug delivery, medical devices, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives. He has published >100 peer-reviewed papers (with >15,000 citations), has given >250 national and international invited lectures, and has >100 issued or pending national/international patents. Several technologies developed in his lab have formed the foundation for multiple products on the market and currently under development and for the launch of six companies that have raised over $100 Million in funding including Skintifique (hightech skincare), Gecko Biomedical (tissue adhesives and 3D printed Biomedical Devices), Alivio Therapeutics (immunomodulation with bioligically responsive materials), Frequency Therapeutics (small molecule regenerative therapeutics), Molecular Infusions (natural products), and Landsdowne Labs (biomedical devices to improve child safety). In 2014, Skintifique brought four consumer healthcare products to market that are sold in pharmacies throughout Europe and are globally available. In 2017, Gecko Biomedical received European regulatory approval (CE mark) for its first tissue sealant product and was recognized by Fierce Medtech as part of their Fierce 15 list of 2017. Frequency Therapeutics began human clinical testing in 2017 for its lead program to treat chronic hearing loss and just completed a successful Phase I safety study in Australia.

Karp's laboratory has been funded by multiple companies, foundations, and governmental funding agencies, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NFL, Johnson & Johnson, Phillips, Sanofi, UCB, NIH, DOD, US Army, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Helmsley Trust, JDRF, Rheumatology Research Foundation, Coulter Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Brain Science Foundation, American Heart Association, Deshpande Foundation, Institute for Pediatric Innovation, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Government of India and the Government of Korea. Karp also won an internal Shark Tank award judged by Kevin O'Leary (from ABC's Shark Tank).

Karp's work has been published in several high impact journals, including six papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (including two cover features), four in Nature Nanotechnology (including a cover feature), three in Cell Stem Cell, one in Nature Biotechnology, one in Nature Materials, one in Nature Methods, one in Nature Biomedical Engineering, one in Nature Protocols, four in Science Translational Medicine (including two cover features), three in Nature Communications, and two in Blood. Karp also has published a commentary in Nature and another in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Karp's work has been discussed in hundreds of newspapers, online websites, television newscasts, and radio shows around the world, including CNN, ABC News, NBC, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, The Atlantic, The Guardian, American Museum for Natural History, Popular Mechanics, and CTV Canada AM, among many others. Karp has also appeared multiple times on CBC's Quirks and Quarks and NPR Science Fridays. Karp has given invited lectures in 16 countries outside of the US including Canada, Israel, Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Aruba, Japan, Korea, Italy, India, Colombia, France, Chile, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and Germany.

Karp has received over 50 awards and honors. Boston Magazine recently recognized Karp as one of 11 Boston Doctors Making Medical Breakthroughs. The Boston Business Journal recognized him as a Champion in Healthcare Innovation and MIT's Technology Review Magazine (TR35) also recognized Karp as being one of the top innovators in the world (three members from his laboratory have subsequently received this award). Karp is also a Kavli Fellow and was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows in 2013. His work has been selected by Popular Mechanic's as one of the Top 20 New Biotech Breakthroughs that Will Change Medicine. He gave a TEDMED talk at the Kennedy Center in DC on bioinspired medical innovation, and since 2015 has been a member of the TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board. In 2015 and 2016, he received Breakthrough Awards from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and in 2015 was a commencement speaker in at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and Pharmacy. He also has served as a consultant to the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation on the topic of new technologies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He has deep consulting expertise with startups and Fortune 500 companies across a wide spectrum of areas, including drug delivery, medical devices, consumer healthcare products, and stem cell therapeutics.

Karp has had several notable scholarly achievements during his career. In 2010, Karp was asked to serve a two-year term to co-lead the Brigham and Women's Hospital Regenerative Therapeutics Center (making him the youngest faculty at the Brigham and Women's Hospital to direct a research center). He also received the Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award and the Coulter Foundation Translational Young Investigator Award. Additionally, he was a visiting professor at Oxford in 2014, presented the Nicholson Memorial Lecture at Composites of Lake Louise in 2015, presented two public lectures at the American Museum of Natural History in 2016, gave a Keynote Lecture at the Ontario Hospital Association's 2017 Health Achieve conference, was a Plenary Speaker at the Tissue Engineering Society Europe conference in 2017, and was a Keynote speaker in 2018 at the combined meeting of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the American Association for Hand Surgery.

In addition to his research goals, Karp is dedicated to the career development of next generation bioengineers to work at the forefront of regenerative medicine. Karp was selected as the Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Mentor among all faculty at MIT and he received the HST McMahon Mentoring award for being the top mentor of Harvard-MIT students. Karp strives to create an educationally conducive environment that fosters the development of scientific confidence. To date, 20 trainees from his laboratory have secured faculty positions (he currently has 4 faculty working in his lab who he promoted from postdoctoral positions) and several have transitioned into impactful careers in pharma, biotech, medtech, and venture capital. Karp dedicates significant time to inspiring the next generation through hosting multiple groups of grade school and high school children to his laboratory each year for lectures and hands on demonstrations (including those from the US, Japan, Sweden, and France), as well as through giving lectures at local and national schools, including schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, and Washington. For example, in 2017 he gave a lecture at the Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon CT (a school for gifted children). He also has been a speaker at the Global Youth Summit at Brandeis University for the past two years. Karp has also collaborated extensively with clinicians, basic scientists, engineers, and fellow bioengineers in the US and in India, where he co-directed an Indo-US Center for Nanobiotechnology, he was invited to help launch a new biomedical engineering program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and he is currently a principle investigator on a Nanomedicine Center at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia.

Stuart Kliman, CA-AM
Partner
Vantage Partners

Stuart Kliman is a founding partner of Vantage Partners LLC, and heads up Vantage's alliance practice area. As such, he has worked to help clients build and implement the processes, tools, skills and structures necessary to more effectively manage key alliance relationships. In addition to the alliance space, Mr. Kliman has also worked extensively with organizations looking to engage in more value maximizing and integrated ways with key suppliers and customers.

Mr. Kliman is a regular speaker and writer on issues of alliance and key supplier relationship management.

Kevin Little, CSAP, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
3D Signatures Inc.

Kevin Little is an accomplished industry executive with a strong history of success in leading life sciences ventures through the creation of collaborative business ecosystems. Kevin is the chief scientific officer of 3D Signatures Inc., overseeing the design, development and implementation of 3DS' research and clinical programs. He is also a consultant with InvenScion, offering strategic advisory services to help facilitate new life sciences collaborations for public and private sector clients. Kevin previously led the PERFORM Centre, a $36 Million health research and community services complex, as the founding chief administrative officer. He also spent several years leading the New Zealand government's economic development efforts to build strategic investment relationships across the biotechnology industry sector, and helped co-found the Asia Collaborative Business Community. Kevin holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Victoria, a PhD in eperimental, medicine from McGill University, and went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in translational neuroscience and clinical gene therapy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Kevin is a certified strategic alliance professional.

Corey McCann, MD, PhD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Pear Therapeutics

Corey is a physician, scientist, entrepreneur, and healthcare investor.

Previously, he was an investor with MPM Capital and with RiverVest Venture Partners, where he evaluated new investment opportunities, managed relationships with strategic partners, and oversaw board-level strategy and execution at portfolio companies. Prior to MPM, he was with McKinsey & Company, where he advised pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology companies on the acquisition, development, and commercialization of life science technologies. He also led McKinsey's Central Nervous System (CNS) expertise group, serving clients across pharma and biotech. He is a founding member of multiple start-ups including Alcyone Lifesciences, a company developing technologies to deliver therapeutics to the brain.

Dr. McCann's post-graduate training was at Harvard University, Washington University in St Louis, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and he graduated summa cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University where he was an Evan Pugh Scholar.

Craig McDonald, CA-AM
Director, Alliance Management
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Craig McDonald is a based in Princeton, New Jersey and is part of the U.S. Business Development and Alliance Management team at. In his role, Craig oversees two key neuroscience and cardio renal alliances and brings together leaders from Otsuka and its collaborators to create a joint vision and drive alliance governance to execute actionable strategies.

Otsuka's collaboration with Proteus Digital Health, Inc., based in Redwood City, California, is focused on developing and commercializing cutting-edge wearable and ingestible technologies to track medication ingestion as well as activity and rest patterns for patients with serious mental illnesses. One achievement of this collaboration is U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in October 2017 of the first digital medicine system, ABILIFY MYCITE®.

The collaboration between Otsuka and Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharma company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is focused on delivering innovative therapies to patients with kidney disease through hypoxia-inducible factor biology.

Craig is a demonstrated leader of global pharmaceutical development programs and collaborations. He has over 26 years of experience across multiple therapeutic areas in alliance management, program management and clinical research. Prior to joining Otsuka, Craig held positions of increasing responsibility at Sanofi (formerly: Hoechst), Merck (formerly: Schering) and Novartis and consulted for Celgene Global Project Leadership. Craig earned a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University and has achieved the CA-AM Certification.

James C. Mullen
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Editas Medicine, Inc.

James C. Mullen is a biotech leader with more than 30 years of experience building leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations on a global scale. Previously, Mr. Mullen served as chief executive officer of Patheon N.V., a leading global provider of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services, until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. in August 2017. Before joining Patheon, Mr. Mullen served as chief executive officer and president at Biogen, one of the world's largest biotechnology companies. Prior to being named chief executive officer, Mr. Mullen held various operating positions at Biogen, including chief operating officer, vice president, international, and vice president, operations. Before joining Biogen, he held several manufacturing and engineering positions at SmithKline Beecham.

Mr. Mullen also serves on the Board of Directors of Editas Medicine, Insulet Corporation and Vicarius Pharma AG. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Patheon, Biogen, and PerkinElmer. He was also chairman of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

Mr. Mullen holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master of business administration from Villanova University.

Vinayak Sharma
Senior Director & Head, Alliance Management
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Vin Sharma leads alliance management at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, building the organization's capability as a world-class leader in partnering, collaborative performance & alliance optimization. Under Vin's purview, his team manages Alnylam's portfolio of partnerships from drug discovery to commercialization, and across rare, cardiometabolic, and hepatic infectious disease. During his tenure, Vin has been a key member of multiple deal teams, kicked-off new partnerships, and has established alliance best practices and processes.

Prior to Alnylam, Vin was most recently at Vertex Pharmaceuticals where he held multiple commercial roles including in global marketing, US marketing, sales, and new product planning. A former consultant, program manager, and case manager Vin leverages his diverse experiences and engagements to strategize, build upon and promote alliance management principles.

Vin holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MPH with a focus on organizational behavior from Boston University, and a BS in neuroscience & psychology from Brandeis University.

Samantha Singer
Chief Operating Officer
Broad Institute
Session

Samantha Singer is the chief operating officer of the Broad Institute, where she oversees the institute's human resources, finance, facilities, and information technology teams, in addition to the office of strategic alliances and partnering.

Singer joined the Broad after building extensive experience in corporate strategy and organizational effectiveness. She most recently served as vice president for corporate strategy and chief of staff for the chief executive officer at Biogen Idec. Over her six years at the company, she led corporate strategy efforts and oversaw major operations initiatives abroad.

Before her time at Biogen Idec, Singer was a management consultant, first in the health care practice area at the Boston Consulting Group, and then in an independent consulting partnership focused on biotech companies and biomedical research centers.

Singer holds an MS in molecular biology from The Rockefeller University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David S. Thompson, CA-AM
Chief Alliance Officer
Eli Lilly and Company

David is an internationally recognized alliance architect and alliance builder, specializing in making alliances productive and profitable with a track record of: designing and operating effective and efficient alliances; successfully managing and negotiating alliance conflict; and developing high performing alliance management teams. David has published over 20 articles on the topic of alliance management and has been sought out by Fortune 100 companies outside of the pharma industry to consult on their alliance management programs. David regularly teaches alliance management courses as a guest lecturer at universities and has taught scores of alliance managers not only from pharmaceutical and biotech companies, but also high tech, insurance, petroleum, funeral, automobile, and financial services industries. David also serves as a board member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals.

Currently, David is the chief alliance officer at Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly). As the leader of Lilly's alliance management group, David is responsible for establishing and maintaining all major development, commercial, and manufacturing partnerships. He also oversees the integration of companies brought into Lilly via mergers and acquisitions. David has played a key role in many major alliances and acquisitions at Lilly, working with Boehringer Ingelheim, Amylin, Daiichi Sankyo and IMCLONE. His involvement begins during the due diligence process and continues throughout each alliance's lifecycle.

Prior to his role as chief alliance officer, David held leadership positions in sales, marketing, market research, pricing, new product planning, business development, and corporate strategy.

Steve Twait, CSAP
Vice President, Alliance and Integration Management (AIM)
AstraZeneca (AZ)

Steve has responsibility for AstraZeneca's alliance and integration management (AIM) strategy and execution capabilities. Steve's team leads the integration of all major acquisitions, the transitions for divestments, and management of key alliances for AZ. Steve joined AZ in January 2015, after spending 26 years at Eli Lilly and Company where he was a founding member of Lilly's office of alliance management. Steve is a well published author in Pharmaceutical Executive, PLG's Business Development & Licensing Journal, and Strategic Alliance Magazine and is a board member and treasurer of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals.

Jan Twombly, CSAP
President
The Rhythm of Business, Inc.

For nearly 20 years Twombly has served as a trusted, expert advisor to global and emerging companies. She works as an extension of the partnering and alliance management team, helping them develop their ability to accelerate outcomes from partnering and alliances. Partnering with the executive suite, she helps companies reach higher levels of alliance success by integrating partnering into all aspects of the business.

A few of the many companies she has worked with include Abbott, Astellas, AT&T, Bayer, Becton Dickinson, Biogen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Colgate-Palmolive, Dun & Bradstreet, EMC, Equifax, FIS, IBM, Intel, Novartis, Sanofi, Shire, and Xerox.

Twombly serves on the executive and management committee of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP). She is editorial advisor to ASAP Media, which publishes Strategic Alliance Magazine, and contributed to The ASAP Handbook of Alliance Management. Together with business partner Jeffrey Shuman, Twombly has a rich history of developing, publishing, and presenting strategic and practical thinking that advances the art and science of partnering and alliance management.

Jason M. Urban, PhD
Senior Director, Business Strategy & Process Excellence, Global Pharmaceutical Development & Operations
Celgene

Jason built and leads Celgene's business strategy & process excellence function in the Global Pharmaceutical Development & Operations organization (GPDO). Celgene's GPDO is responsible for biopharmaceutical development, manufacturing and supply of innovative therapies for unmet medical needs in cancer and immune-inflammatory disease.

Jason's function is focused on progressing the organization from functionally oriented to cross-functional, end-to-end oriented operations. This is being accomplished through core capabilities and responsibilities for business development/global alliances alignment within GPDO and regulatory CMC, business strategy, long range planning, business case development, business process management (OpEx), as well as, internal & external communications.

Prior to his current role, Jason built and led Celgene's global quality risk management and surveillance department under quality operations, responsible for quality metrics, health authority communications & risk management. Prior to Celgene, Jason held risk management and compliance positions in the office of strategic programs and the office of compliance in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. During that time, he led activities in the areas of compliance, quality, supply chain, regulatory CMC and policy development.

Jason holds a PhD in Cellular Biology with a focus on cancer signaling. He also completed several postdoctoral residencies in molecular neuroscience and cell therapies. Jason is also a member of the editorial board of Life Science Leader Magazine.

Alex Waldron
Chief Commercial Officer
Pear Therapeutics

Alex Waldron is a senior level global bio/pharmaceutical business leader with 27+ years of experience with large pharmaceutical, fully integrated biopharmaceutical and startup organizations. He currently serves as chief commercial officer at Pear Therapeutics.

He has a proven record of building and leading business strategy and operations. In his career, Alex has driven enterprise value from portfolio strategy through to commercial launch. In previous roles, Alex has architected the structure and growth of several divisions at Biogen and helped to shape the emerging biosimilar market at Epirus Biopharmaceuticals.

Alex has also worked in numerous commercial and operations roles at Genzyme, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb.