Diane Berry, Ph.D.
Diane Berry, Ph.D. has served as Vice President, Global Policy, Government & Patient Affairs at Sarepta Therapeutics since December 2011. She engages policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as patient advocacy organizations, to advance critical policies related to newborn screening, regulatory policy, and reimbursement and access with a goal of expediting development and patient access to genetic-based therapies for rare diseases. Previously, Dr. Berry served in leadership roles for the federal government, across the legislative and executive branches, overseeing and implementing science and technology and public health activities. She served as a Subcommittee Staff Director and Senior Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and as Chief Scientist and Senior Biodefense Advisor at the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Health Affairs. Dr. Berry was also a Senior Science Advisor at McKenna, Long, and Aldridge and a Science and Technology Policy Advisor and Fellow within the Department of Defense through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and received her B.S. and M.S. in chemical/biochemical engineering from Tufts University.
Jaime Rubin Cahill, MA, MPH
Robert Campbell, MD
After graduating Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a BS degree in Biochemistry, Bob attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed a residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the Pennsylvania State University Medical Center in Hershey, PA. He has also worked as a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and spent over a decade working at Lebanon Anesthesia Associates in Lebanon, PA.
In 2012, Bob co-founded and chaired Physicians Against Drug Shortages (PADS), which advocates for reform of the healthcare supply chain. He is active in many advocacy organizations, including Physicians for Reform, Patients Rising, Practicing Physicians of America, and Free2Care. He is Past President of the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, and currently chairs its Committee on Legislative Affairs and Committee on Pain Management. He also serves as Pennsylvania Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Rafael Fonseca, MD
Dr. Rafael Fonseca is a specialist at the Mayo Clinic, clinical investigator for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fund, and an adjunct at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Dr. Fonseca earned his medical degree at Universidad Anahuac, Mexico. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Miami, and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Fonseca’s clinical work focuses on diagnosing and treating plasma cell disorders. He also leads the multiple myeloma team in its effort to develop a better understanding of the disease and its impact on patients. In his laboratory, Dr. Fonseca has led his team of researchers in concentrating on the genetic nature of the clonal cells of plasma cell disorders. He also has expertise in myeloma bone disease, prognostic markers, and development of new therapies for the disease.
Dr. Fonseca has received numerous awards and honors, including the Young Investigator Award in Hematology, the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Clinical Investigator Award, and the International Waldenström Macroglobulinemia Research Award. Most notably, he is a Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator, the highest academic distinction given to investigators at the institution. He has given many national and international presentations as a visiting professor, and has authored over 200 articles, book chapters, editorials, abstracts, and letters.
During his 16 years at Celgene, Brian established global corporate communications and investor relations functions from the ground up, and eventually led those efforts, directly managing public relations and employee communications worldwide. Mr. Gill also led global communication strategies and tactics for multiple blockbuster disease-altering medicines in cancer and autoimmune disease, such as Revlimid and Pomalyst in multiple myeloma, Abraxane in pancreatic cancer, and Otezla in psoriatic diseases.
He was also the architect of Celgene’s value of medical innovation initiative, and contributed as a member of multiple strategic committees, including the Compliance Committee and the Digital Communications Committee. Brian also served on the communications committees for both PhRMA and BIO.
Prior to joining Celgene, Brian spent more than eight years as managing director for a leading corporate communication and investor relations firm in New York City, where he created and executed on corporate communications and investor relations programs for more than 40 global healthcare and biotech companies. He has also held senior management positions, both domestic and international, with leading healthcare and biotech companies, and gained capital markets experience on Wall Street as a market specialist for Paine Weber following the healthcare and biotech sectors.
Robert Goldberg, PhD
Robert Goldberg is Vice President and co-founder of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI), a non-profit organization that advocates for consumer access to public health innovations. He is also an adviser to Nonpareil, a biotech commercialization accelerator, as well as CEO and co-founder of Thrive HealthRx, a company that uses artificial intelligence to improve health outcomes. He also serves as a consultant for several biopharmaceutical companies on reimbursement, market access, and patient-centered value.
He has also advised HHS, the VA, and FDA on the limits of traditional approaches to data analysis currently used to assess public health benefits and risks. Goldberg’s work in this area focuses on generating reliable, real-world, consumer-level evidence. Prior to founding CMPI, Goldberg was Director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress and Chairman of its 21st Century FDA Task Force that recommended ways to reduce the time and cost of getting innovative medicines to patients. Many of these recommendations were included in the 21st Century Cures Act.
Dr. Goldberg has published in peer-reviewed journals and also writes for The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, The New York Post, Morning Consult, and Real Clear Health. He also contributes to Drugwonks.com, one of the mostly widely read blogs on medical innovation and drug regulation.
Jennifer Hinkel, MSc, DPhil Candidate
Jennifer Hinkel is a researcher and business leader in oncology outcomes, data, and health economics. Currently, she is VP for Strategic Collaborations at Caris Life Sciences, a DPhil (doctoral) candidate in Evidence Based Health Care at the University of Oxford, and on the Board of Lydion Research, a data economics science company. She also mentors a number of health and technology early-stage companies and founders. Her past roles include as a Senior Partner in a boutique market access consultancy as well as strategic, analytic, and commercial roles at Roche and Genentech in the US, Latin America, and Europe. Prior to entering the life sciences industry, Hinkel held roles in the non-profit and public sector including at National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and in the office of a Parliamentary member of the United Kingdom House of Lords. Ms. Hinkel holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (BS International Affairs) and the London School of Economics (MSc International Health Policy). She has lectured in Health Systems and Health Economics at Penn State University and Arcadia University, holds patents in health care technology, and has published numerous articles and abstracts related to market access and oncology health services research. As a survivor of Stage III Hodgkin Lymphoma, Ms. Hinkel has a special interest in oncology innovation as a cancer survivor. To support the broader survivor and oncology community, Ms. Hinkel founded Resilience Racing, the first all-cancer-survivor sailing team, and also launched the 40 Under 40 in Cancer annual awards program.
Stephen McKenna PhD, AFBPsS, C.Psychol
Before co-founding Galen Research in 1989, Stephen worked in various academic departments concerned with clinical, social, occupational and community health. He was a member of the team that developed and tested the Nottingham Health Profile and, with Sonja Hunt, developed and operationalised the needs-based model of quality of life.
Stephen now specialises in the development of disease-specific patient-reported outcome measures, primarily for the pharmaceutical industry. He is widely published, lectures around the world and is an internationally recognised expert in the fields of quality of life assessment and health measurement.
Michael Miller, MD
Dr. Michael Miller is a health care and life sciences expert. He graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with a B.A. in chemistry, and received his M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine. For more than 25 years, Dr. Miller has been supporting the development, reimbursement, and appropriate use of clinical and scientific innovations to expand access to better care and improve outcomes.
In his work as a health care and life sciences expert, Dr. Miller has worked with large and small organizations and private companies, as well as with governmental organizations, including the National Governors Association, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the National Institutes of Health, and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. His work has covered a broad range of issues, including new financing and delivery models, reimbursement practices, government programs, telemedicine, IP protection, and innovations for specific clinical conditions and populations to achieve measurable clinical and economic improvements. Clinical areas have included autoimmune diseases, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, COPD, diabetes, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, mental illnesses, musculoskeletal conditions, neurodegenerative diseases, osteoporosis, pain and opioids, public health, prevention, and women’s health.
In addition, Dr. Miller has spoken and written extensively about the interactions across the health care delivery, financing, research, and public health systems, including his “Drug Pricing Principles” chapter in The Entrepreneur’s Guide to a Biotech Startup.
Dr. Robert Popovian
Dr. Robert Popovian is the Founder of the strategic consulting firm Conquest Advisors and serves as Chief Science Policy Officer at the Global Healthy Living Foundation and Senior Healthy Policy Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. He previously served as Vice President, U.S. Government Relations at Pfizer. One of the country’s foremost experts on biopharmaceuticals and the healthcare industry, he is a recognized authority on health economics, policy, government relations, medical affairs, and strategic planning.
Dr. Popovian has published extensively on the impact of biopharmaceuticals and health policies on costs and clinical outcomes in the most prominent medical sources and media publications, including the Clinical Economics and Outcomes Research, The Oncologist, Journal of Vaccines and Vaccinations, Health Science Journal, USA Today, Managed Healthcare Executive and Morning Consult.
He completed his Doctorate in Pharmacy and Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy degrees at the University of Southern California with honors. He has also completed a residency in Pharmacy Practice/Adult Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Los Angeles County-USC Hospital and a fellowship in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy at USC.
Jon C. Schommer, Ph.D.
Jon C. Schommer, R.Ph., Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Minnesota. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Since graduating with his PhD in 1992, he has devoted his career to teaching and research.
His research is focused upon information processing and decision making related to the provision, use, and evaluation of drug products and pharmacist services. He recently completed the National Consumer Survey on the Medication Experience — a study of over 38,000 individuals.
Dr. Schommer has served as: Peters Chair for Pharmacy Practice Innovation, President for the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, and Member of the American Pharmacists Association Board of Trustees. He holds a Distinguished Teaching Professor appointment and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Minnesota. In March 2019, he received the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science – Research Achievement Award. In July 2021, he will receive the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy – Graduate Education Achievement Award.
Katy Talento is a licensed health benefits consultant, veteran health care reformer, epidemiologist and thought leader. As the top health advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council, Katy spearheaded transformative policies to end secret health care prices across the United States, end predatory medical collections practices, lower prescription drug prices, guarantee health records access and interoperability for patients and their care teams, combat the opioid addiction crisis and eliminate domestic HIV/AIDS. She first developed her take-no-prisoners approach to waste and corruption as an oversight investigator and legislative director on Capitol Hill, born of love and duty toward the hardworking American taxpayers.
Katy has traveled the world, holding U.S. foreign aid programs accountable for results, as well as protecting the workforce of multinational energy companies from infectious disease threats. On the faculty of Georgetown University Medical School, Katy managed the school’s participation in a multi-site NIH study. She founded a mentorship program for junior high girls in inner city DC and even served two years as a Catholic nun! Katy earned her graduate degree in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.
Based in northern Virginia, Katy quarterbacks AllBetter’s nationwide, custom-curated partnerships of advisors, actuaries, member services teams and analytics gurus to deliver on the AllBetter client promise: significant savings, more generous benefits, and happier employees.
Nathan Yates is the founder of ForwardView Consulting, and is an entrepreneur, economic and financial analyst, and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) patient advocate. Prior to founding a consultancy, Nathan worked for an independent equity research firm covering the industrial and energy sectors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance and a Master’s degree in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University, graduating summa cum laude and being named Outstanding Student in his area of focus. Nathan previously taught economics and finance at his alma mater as an adjunct professor and held a faculty leadership role. Nathan’s piece published in May 2019 in STAT News, entitled “I have spinal muscular atrophy. Critics of the $2 million new gene therapy are missing the point,” brought his voice and perspective as both a patient and a finance/economics expert to the debate on gene therapy pricing and value.