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The Fourth Annual BioNJ CEO Summit Took It OVER the Top

Posted on: 29 Sep 16

TRENTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Fourth Annual BioNJ CEO Summit that took place last week, September 23 at the Bridgewater Marriott, brought together some of the most influential leaders in the life sciences industry to share their knowledge, experiences and views on today's challenging and evolving market access and commercialization environment. The stellar lineup of speakers dove into the issues and considerations that need to be addressed along the development continuum, including raising capital, pricing, post-launch and politics.

"Because Patients Can't WaitSM, bringing new treatments and drugs to the Patients who need them is always at the heart of our programs," said BioNJ President and CEO Debbie Hart. "And, this year's CEO Summit reflected that by facilitating vital conversations that need to happen to ensure ongoing medical innovation. Today's environment is increasingly complex and the uncertainty of the election makes it even more ominous."

"A special thank you to our committed volunteer committee chaired by BioNJ Board Member Al Altomari of Agile Therapeutics and Jan Campbell of Korn Ferry, and our insightful friends at McKinsey & Company who played an integral role in building this year's program," added Hart.

One of the many highlights of the Summit included a luncheon presentation by Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO James Greenwood. During his Keynote address, Mr. Greenwood introduced " Innovation Saves," BIO's multi-media campaign focused on biopharmaceutical innovation and its' unique ability to help save lives and money. He rounded out his Keynote with a fireside chat led by Hart on his predictions on the 2016 Presidential Race and its impact on future medical innovation, access and pricing.

The diverse roster of speakers included:

Murray Aitken, Sr.Vice President & Executive Director, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics

Meg Alexander, Head, Issues Management Practice, inVentiv Health

Mark J. Alles, CEO, Celgene Corporation

Fedora Baloiu, Head of the Biopharmaceutical Practice, Houlihan Lokey's Healthcare Group

Geert Cauwenbergh, Ph.D., Med. Sc., CEO, RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Brett Davis, Principal, Deloitte Consulting & General Manager, ConvergeHEALTH

James Greenwood, President & CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

Robert Goldberg, Ph.D., Vice President and Co-Founder, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Sam Hall, Ph.D., Principal, Apple Tree Partners

Karin Hehenberger, M.D., Ph.D., Founder, Chairman & CEO, LYFEBULB

Jesper Høiland, Executive Vice President, U.S., Novo Nordisk

Lindsay McKenna, Ph.D., Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company

Daniel O'Connor, President, CEO & Director, Advaxis

Stelios Papadopoulos, Ph.D., Chairman, Biogen

Linda Pissott Reig, Esq., Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC

Carlo Rizzuto, Ph.D., Partner, Versant Ventures

David Schwartz, Partner, DLA Piper

Susan Shiff, Ph.D., Sr. Vice President & Head of the Center for Observational & Real World Evidence, Merck & Co.

Jeffrey Stoll, Ph.D., Vice President, EY

BJ Tevelow, M.D., Sr. Partner, McKinsey & Company

Harry J. Travis, President & CEO, eTect, Inc., & Former Vice President, Aetna Specialty & Home Delivery Pharmacy

Robert Ward, President & CEO, Radius Health

Dieter Weinand, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG, President Pharmaceuticals & Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer Pharma AG

Please visit to learn about BioNJ's upcoming events, including our inaugural Patient Advocacy Summit on November 4 at Celgene, the Second Annual Inspiring Women in STEM Conference on December 2 at Sanofi and our first-ever Value of Medical Innovation Workshop on December 8 and Amicus Therapeutics.

About BioNJ

BioNJ, The Gateway to Health, is a network of more than 400 Members representing research-based life sciences companies and stakeholders dedicated to propelling a vibrant ecosystem where Science is Supported, Companies are Created, Drugs are Developed and Patients are Paramount. Because Patients Can't WaitSM, BioNJ supports its Members in the discovery, development and commercialization of therapies and cures that save and improve lives and lessen the burden of illness and disease to society by driving capital formation, fostering entrepreneurship, advocating for public policies that advance medical innovation, providing access to talent and education and offering a cost-saving array of critical commercial resources. For more information about BioNJ, please visit


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Last updated on: 29/09/2016

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