Bridging Alliance Management Experience to the CEO Role

Across most industries today–including biopharma–CEOs are realizing the importance of the business ecosystem and of the mutual benefits that can be derived from partnering. However, not all have yet come to understand, value, or prioritize the critical role of the alliance management function, or fully comprehend the capabilities and skills needed for partnering success. In this special Fireside Chat, Christine Carberry talks with Prakash Raman about how the experience of building up a hands-on alliance management practice and leveraging lessons learned in cross-functional partner collaborations has proved vital in preparing him for his role as President and CEO of Ribon Therapeutics.


Christine A. Carberry, CSAP
Carberry Consulting

Christine Carberry is a biopharmaceutical leader with the unique ability to transform strategy into results through the power of collaboration. Most recently she was the Chief Operating Officer at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals. In her leadership role she served on the Executive Committee while leading initiatives in cross-functional integration, operational excellence, and program management. She headed the Manufacturing, Technical Operations, Quality, Human Resources, 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 M.S. in innovation and technology management from Boston University, Graduate Certificates in Management and Biotechnology Strategy from Harvard University, and a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

Special Guest:

Prakash Raman, PhD
President, Chief Executive Officer
Ribon Therapeutics

Prakash Raman has served as Ribon’s president, chief executive officer and board member since February 2022. Dr. Raman brings to Ribon decades of biopharmaceutical business development and executive leadership experience, blending his scientific background, program and portfolio management and strong business development experience. Prior to joining Ribon, he served as Senior Partner, Chief Business Development Officer at Flagship Pioneering from October 2019 to February 2022, where he leveraged the platforms and assets in Flagship’s network to generate opportunities for significant value creation. Prior to Flagship, Dr. Raman spent nearly fourteen years at Novartis, most recently as Vice President, Global Head of Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) Business Development and Licensing (BD&L). During his time at Novartis, Dr. Raman was instrumental in forging key collaborations in immuno-oncology, executing many out-licensing opportunities and guiding the acquisitions of Advanced Accelerator Applications, Endocyte, IFM Tre and Selexys. In addition, he has led cross-functional drug discovery and early development project teams that successfully progressed compounds to clinical testing in patients. Prior to Novartis, Dr. Raman spent six years as a Senior Scientist at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and two years as a post-doctoral fellow at The Scripps Research Institute. He completed his undergraduate work at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and received his Ph.D. in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.