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13th Public Relations & Communications Summit

Jul 18, 2017 - 07:30 AM - Jul 19, 09:30 PM
Celgene's Campus — Summit, NJ Summit West Campus 556 Morris Avenue Summit, NJ 07901,

New Jersey,
NJ ,
ZIP: 07901
Phone: +1 929 900 1853

13th Public Relations & Communications Summit

According to recent reports, only nine percent of consumers in the U.S. think pharmaceutical and biotech companies put patient well-being ahead of profits. Unfortunately, it’s not difficult to understand why — every day seems to bring a new story that presents life science companies in a negative light. The healthcare industry is also receiving more attention than ever before on the Hill, with both parties in agreement that something has to change. Although life science organizations are curing or better managing more medical conditions than ever before and providing even greater value, it’s hard to communicate these advances in a sincere way that doesn’t come off as being defensive.

The 13th annual Public Relations & Communications Summit is designed to help you address negative (and sometimes inaccurate) perceptions head on, and build upon your company’s reputation by clearly and openly communicating the value you provide. Now more than ever, it’s important that the press and public understand what the industry does and the good it provides. Join us for two days of hands-on learning and unparalleled networking opportunities, all taking place at Celgene’s campus in Summit, NJ.

A special thank you to our distinguished advisory board members:

  1. Cathy CantoneSenior Director, Public Relations, Immunology and Inflammation, CELGENE CORPORATION
  2. Karen CarolonzaManaging Partner, GREEN ROOM COMMUNICATIONS
  3. Nikki CopasSenior Vice President, DNA COMMUNICATIONS
  4. Tom JonesHealthcare Practice Director, KETCHUM
  5. Andrew LewisHead of Communications, Global Medical and Development, ASTELLAS
  6. Chris LoderSenior Director of Worldwide Communications and Head of U.S. Media Relations, BAYER HEALTHCARE
  7. Tierney SaccavinoExecutive Vice President, Corporate Communications, ACORDA THERAPEUTICS, INC.
  8. Buddy ScaleraSenior Director of Content Strategy, THE MEDICINES COMPANY
  9. Candace Steele FlippinVice President, External Communications, ST. JUDE MEDICAL
  10. Wendy LundChief Executive Officer, GCI HEALTH

From industry peers as they share their insights, experiences and best practices on developing and executing successful communications strategies in an evolving healthcare ecosystem.

Our network of life science communicators and participate in discussions during our networking dinner, interactive workshop, and scheduled breaks and reception.

Your knowledge over the course of two days and grow your personal network at the only conference dedicated to life science communicators.


Who Should Attend

The 13th Public Relations & Communications Summit is designed for life science professionals responsible for:

  • Public/Media Relations
  • Communications: Corporate, Brand, Internal, External, Integrated, Multichannel
  • Marketing
  • Public/Government Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Investor Relations
  • Community/Advocacy Relations
  • Strategic Alliances
This event is also of interest to agencies and other vendors that support those who work in public relations, public affairs and communication roles at life sciences companies such as communications agencies, publications and data analytics firms.
Please contact the event manager Marilyn below for the following:
- For Tickets/Registrations,
- Discounts for registering  5 or more participants.
- If you company requires a price quotation.
Event Manager Contact:

marilyn.b.turner(at) or Contact:  +1 929 900 1853
You can also contact us if you require a visa invitation letter, after ticket purchase.
We can also provide a certificate of completion for this event if required.
This Event Listing is Promoted by  New York Media Technologies LLC in association
with EXL Events Inc.


Day One
TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

7:30AM – 8:30AM
Registration and Morning Coffee
8:30AM – 8:45AM
Opening Remarks
Julissa Viana, Senior Director, Corporate Communications and Global Social Media, CELGENE CORPORATION
8:45AM – 9:30AM
KEYNOTE Keeping Pace in a Changing Healthcare Landscape
Mark J. Alles, Chief Executive Officer, CELGENE CORPORATION
9:30AM – 10:00AM
CASE STUDY Communicate Value and Innovation in a Way that Resonates
Anthony Farina, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer, CSL BEHRING
10:00AM – 10:30AM
Networking and Refreshment Break
10:30AM – 11:15AM
PANEL Lessons Learned from the Vaccines Front: How to Effectively Address Fake News
Stefani Klaskow, Head of Industry, Healthcare, GOOGLE
Kasia Hein-Peters, Vaxelis Head of Marketing, SANOFI PASTEUR
Madeleine Shin, Vice President, Media, DNA COMMUNICATIONS
11:15AM – 12:00PM
CASE STUDY Going Boldly: Balancing the Public Narrative on Biopharmaceutical Innovation
Christian Clymer, Vice President of Public Affairs, PHRMA
12:00PM – 1:00PM
1:00PM – 1:45PM
Communications in Chaotic Times: Providing a Clear Path for Successful Media Engagement
Wendy Lund, Chief Executive Officer, GCI HEALTH
1:45PM – 2:30PM
KEYNOTE From “Most Admired” to “Pharma Bros”: How Biopharmaceutical Companies Have Allowed the Debate on Drug Pricing to Steal Their Reputation – and What Communications Professionals Can Do to Help Get It Back
Ron Cohen, M.D., Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President, ACORDA THERAPEUTICS
Interviewed by: Tierney Saccavino, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications,ACORDA THERAPEUTICS
2:30PM – 3:00PM
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:00PM – 3:30PM
Communicate Healthcare 2020 in Today’s New Influencer Ecosystem
Valerie Delva, Senior Vice President, Health Strategy North America, KETCHUM
3:30PM – 4:15PM
PANEL Discuss Strategies to Build or Rebuild Trust Internally and Externally
Sarah Alspach, Vice President of U.S. Communications, GLAXOSMITHKLINE
Mary Halliwell, Senior Director, Content and Channel Management, North America Communications, SANOFI U.S.
Evan Miller, Director, Global Corporate Communications, SMITHS MEDICAL
4:15PM – 4:45PM
Optimize Stakeholder Engagement Programs with Online Discussion Platforms
Lance Hill, Chief Executive Officer, WITHIN3
4:45PM – 5:30PM
KEYNOTE Learn, Unlearn and Relearn: Harness Your Creativity to Stay Relevant in Today’s Evolving Environment
5:30PM – 6:30PM
Evening Reception
6:30PM – 7:00PM
Evening Reception Concludes
7:00PM – 9:30PM
ExL Pharma’s Networking Dinner
9:30PM –
Conference Day One Concludes

Day Two

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Registration and Morning Coffee



9:00AM – 9:30AM
Effectively Use Social Media to Tell Your Brand Story
Chad Parizman, Head of Social Media and Digital Communications, PFIZER INC.
9:30AM – 10:00AM
CASE STUDY Meaningful Storytelling: Work with Patients to Drive Awareness and Engagement
Ambre Morley, Senior Director, Product Communications and Patient Relations, NOVO NORDISK
10:00AM – 10:30AM
Partner with Trusted Sources to Improve Your Company and Brands’ Images


9:00AM – 9:30AM
CASE STUDY Differentiate the Roles of Marketing and Corporate Communications
Sara Pellegrino, Senior Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications,AMICUS THERAPEUTICS
Mark Baldry, Vice President of Global Marketing, AMICUS THERAPEUTICS
9:30AM – 10:00AM
Discuss Steps to Approach Data Transparency to Enhance Pharma Credibility
Deb Mayo, PharmD, MHA, Vice President of Global Scientific Communications, TEVA
10:00AM – 10:30AM
CASE STUDY Reach the Asian American Community through Integrated Marketing Communications
Paul Wynn, Oncology & Rare Disease Public Relations,BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM


9:00AM – 9:30AM
Explore the Unspoken Skill of Communications: Fundraising
Lisa Wolfe, Global Client Service Leader, GREEN ROOM COMMUNICATIONS

Cathy Cantone, Senior Director, Public Relations, Immunology and Inflammation, CELGENE CORPORATION
9:30AM – 10:00AM
CASE STUDY Evolve Your Company’s Storytelling Voice to Better Reflect Your Company and Its Values
Rebekah Pajak, Project Manager StoryLab Content Development,ABBVIE
Suzanne Barston, Manager, Content Producer, Storylab,ABBVIE
10:00AM – 10:30AM
Become a Change Agent to Drive Your Company Forward


10:30AM – 11:00AM
Networking and Refreshment Break



11:00AM – 11:30AM
Leverage Marketing Best Practices Within Social Media
Joshua Palau, Senior Director Global Partnerships, JOHNSON & JOHNSON
11:30AM – 12:00PM
CASE STUDY Address Patient Needs Through Social Media
Gloria Vanderham, Global Head, Social and Digital Media,NOVARTIS ONCOLOGY


11:00AM – 11:30AM
Reimagine Your Global Corporate Digital Presence
Robert Allen, Lead, Digital Operations, BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB
11:30AM – 12:00PM
Evolve Your Internal Communications: Driving Growth and Creating Culture Change
Agatha Newman, Associate Director, Medical and Development Communications,ASTELLAS
Jennifer Saputo, Associate Director, Employee Communications, ASTELLAS


11:00AM – 11:30AM
CASE STUDY Utilize Videos to Create More Engaging Content
Lauren McCurdy, Lead Medical Producer, MULTIVU, A DIVISION OF PR NEWSWIRE
11:30AM – 12:00PM
CASE STUDY Develop a Corporate Reputation when Launching Your First Product
Jamie Ring, Head of Patient Advocacy, SPARK THERAPEUTICS, INC.


12:00PM – 1:00PM
1:00PM – 1:10PM
Plenary Sessions Opening Remarks
Wendy Lund, Chief Executive Officer, GCI HEALTH
1:10PM – 2:00PM
Don’t Be #BASIC when You Can #SLAY
Lucy Abreu, Director of Corporate Communications, OTSUKA AMERICA PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.
2:00PM – 2:30PM
Networking and Refreshment Break
2:30PM – 3:15PM
Understand the Communicator’s Role in the Cost, Pricing and Value Dilemma
João Nuno Belo, Senior Director, Global Therapeutic Area Public Affairs, ABBVIE
3:15PM – 4:00PM
Inspire Innovative Communications in Healthcare Organizations that Believe the Earth Is Flat
Buddy Scalera, Senior Director of Content Strategy, THE MEDICINES COMPANY
4:00PM –
Conference Concludes

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