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In collaboration with our leadership teams, the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) has conceptualized the Medical Affairs function in 11 general focus areas, leading to the creation of the following 11 Focus Area Working Groups (FAWGs). Each FAWG is a committee of about 10 members with area expertise collaborating to produce content and training resources, and to provide guidance and guidelines to steer the future direction of their specialty within Medical Affairs. Meet our FAWG members and see FAWG activities below.

The goals of the Medical Affairs Professional Society Compliance Focus Area Working Group are to create a community that advances our role as fully integrated strategic business partners to promote the growth of Compliance and Medical Affairs Professionals within the life sciences sector worldwide; to develop our Compliance community within MAPS to become the premier global destination of choice for Compliance and related Medical Affairs Professionals, noting the synergies and close working relationships across the teams; and to catalyze our individual personal leadership development and professional career advancement. 

Activities: We will organize Compliance-relatedworkshops for MAPS meetings in the North America, APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia) regions. We develop original content for webinars, podcasts, eLearning courses and white papers. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content on the Compliance sector for the MAPS publication, Elevate magazine. Most importantly, we will provide a supportive resource for all Compliance and relatedMedical Affairs Professionals. 

 

Recent MAPS content relating to Compliance

Current FAWG members:

Jennie Orrico
Global Chief Compliance and Risk Executive
GE Healthcare
Maureen Lloyd
Executive Director
LloydMJMC Inc
Kendi Miaro
Head, Ethics and Business Integrity, ESA and Nigeria-Ghana
Sanofi
Jessica Santos
Global Compliance and Quality Director, Health Division
Kantar
Jenny McVey
Compliance Risk Strategy and Mitigation Ethics and Compliance
Novo Nordisk
Erinn Hutchinson
Principal, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Advisory Group
PWC
Ann Ford
Partner/Managing Director HPS Advise, Hall
Prangle & Schoonveld
Bill Hrubes
Chief Compliance Officer
ACell Inc
Tara D'Orsi
EVP General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Kyowa Kirin
William Mwiti
Director, Quality and Risk, Global Safety and Medical Governance
GSK
Joyce Ryan
Senior VP Medical Affairs Executive
JC Ryan Consulting

The MAPS Digital Focus Area Working Group is a forum to build knowledge and share best practices. The goal is to support the Medical Affairs organization’s efforts to embrace digital innovation through webinars, training, white papers, and best practice sharing. This Focus Area group will leverage other thought-leader forums to share insights and learnings – both successes and failures – across Medical Affairs organizations.   

 

Activities:  

  • Organize workshops for MAPS meetings in the North America, APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Asia) regions.  
  • Ensure understanding of the current state of digital innovation as it relates to the Medical Affairs function, and the needs of Medical Affairs professionals 
  • Build an understanding of digital opportunity for Medical Affairs professionals and important aspects of a digital-ready culture 
  • Engage experts both inside and outside of pharma, to share their expertise and help Medical Affairs professionals better understand the digital opportunity 
  • Bring case examples to MAPs members to stimulate ideas and applicable innovations in Medical Affairs functional areas such as Medical Information and Field Medical 
  • Build Medical Affairs digital capabilities with specific focus on improving external digital engagement experience and advanced analytics. 

 

Recent MAPS content relating to Digital Strategy

Current FAWG members:

Digital Strategy Focus Area Working Group

The mission of the Evidence Generation Focus Area Working Group (FAWG) is to educate the MAPS membership on contemporary practices for data generation strategies, including the design, implementation, and communication of new evidence, and educate the MAPs membership how real-world (RW) evidence may be utilized to support product value; including labeling changes.  

 

Our objectives include 1.) Enabling broader use of real-world evidence to support product value worldwide; 2.) To develop a community of professionals within MAPS seeking to enhance their foundational knowledge and technical skills for evidence generation; 3) To establish opportunities to increase the integration of evidence generation into Medical Affairs strategy; and 4.) To provided direct and specific individual personal leadership development and career advancement skills. 

 

Activities:  

To reach our goals, the Evidence Generation FAWG will execute on 2 key objectives.  First, through educational programs and communications, we will increase understanding of requirements for Evidence Generation in the context of Medical Affairs strategic planning & execution of evidence generation plans.  Second, we will explore applications of real-world evidence across stakeholders within Medical Affairs, with the purpose of increasing the acceptance of real-world evidence for regulatory purposes.    

As part of this plan, we will organize a host of Evidence Generation activities including workshops for MAPS meetings in the North America, with longer term plans and aspirations of conducting Evidence Generation workshops in APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia) regions.  

We will develop original content for webinars, podcasts, eLearning courses, and white papers. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content on the Evidence Generation sector for the MAPS publication, Elevate magazine. Most importantly, we will provide a supportive resource for all Medical Affairs professionals seeking advice and direction on data generation and regulatory strategies. 

Recent MAPS content relating to Evidence Generation

Current FAWG members:

Evidence Generation

Evidence Generation

The goals of the Medical Affairs Professional Society External Education Focus Area Working Group are to create a community that advances our role as fully integrated strategic business partners to promote the growth of Medical Affairs Professionals within the External Educationsector worldwide; to develop our External Education community within MAPS to become the premier global destination of choice for External Education MA Professionals; and to catalyze our individual personal leadership development and professional career advancement. 

Activities: We organize External Education workshops for MAPS meetings in the North America, APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Asia) regions. We develop original content for webinars, podcasts, eLearning courses and white papers. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content on the External Education sector for the MAPS publication, Elevate magazine. Most importantly, we will provide a supportive resource for all External Education Medical Affairs Professionals. 

 

Recent content from the MAPS External Education FAWG

Current FAWG members:

External Education

The strategic mission and objectives of the Medical Affairs Professional Society Field Medical Focus Area Working Group are to create a community that advances our role as field medical professionals to promote the growth of Medical Affairs Professionals worldwide; to develop our field medical community within MAPS to become the premier global destination of choice for field medical MA Professionals; and to catalyze our individual personal leadership development and professional career advancement. 

 

Activities: We will organize workshops relevant for field medical for MAPS meetings in the North America, APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Asia) regions. We develop original content for webinars, podcasts, eLearning courses and white papers. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content on the practice of field medical for the MAPS publication, Elevate magazine. Most importantly, we will provide a supportive resource for all field medical Medical Affairs Professionals. 

 

Recent MAPS content relating to Field Medical

Current FAWG members:

Donna Holder
Senior Director, Global MSL Excellence
Daiichi Sankyo Inc
Ralph Rewers
National MSL Director, Anti-Infectives/HCV/Virology
AbbVie
Robin Winter-Sperry
CEO
Scientific Resilience
Kyle Kennedy
Principal
TMAC
Robert Groebel
Vice President - Global Medical Strategy
Monocl
Kate Bradford
Head of International Field Based Medicine
Arena Pharmaceuticals
Amanda Logue
Oncology, Global MSL Excellence Director
AstraZeneca
Lori Mouser
Global Head, Medical Customer Engagement
Roche
Mark Rees-Saunders
Director External Engagement Centre of Excellence
Astellas
Matthew Britland
Senior Medical Manager - Immuno-oncology
Amgen
Nancy Ortiz
Exec Director, Global Medical Affairs & Field Medical
Stonebridge Biopharma
Paul Theron
Medical Director
Merck KgaA
Michelle Powell
Dir Field Medical Excellence
Astellas
Irma Saliu
National Director, CNS Medical Science Liaisons
AbbVie
Ajay Tiku
Region Medical Head, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
Novartis
Deborah Crawford
Director, Headache MSL Team
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Wendy Fraser
Executive Director, Global Field Medical Center of Excellence & Scientific Training
Merck
Kathryn Gann
Independent
Consultant
Suzanne Giordano
Head, Field Medical
Sunovion
Eleonora Goldberg
Global Field Medical Capabilities Lead
Amgen

The strategic mission and objectives of the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) Insights Focus Area Working Group are to create a community that advances our role as fully integrated strategic business partners to promote the growth of Medical Affairs Professionals within the MA insights sector worldwide; to develop our Insights FAWG community within MAPS to become the premier global destination of choice for Insights MA Professionals; and to catalyze our individual personal leadership development and professional career advancement. 

 

Activities: We will organize insights workshops for MAPS meetings in the North America, APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Asia) regions. We develop original content for webinars, podcasts, eLearning courses and white papers. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content on the insights sector for the MAPS publication, Elevate magazine. Most importantly, we will provide a supportive resource for all insights Medical Affairs Professionals. 

 

Recent MAPS content relating to Insights

Current FAWG members:

The strategic mission and objectives of the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) Medical Communications Focus Area Working Group are to create a community that advances our role as fully integrated strategic business partners to promote the growth of Medical Affairs Professionals within the Medical Communications sector worldwide; to develop our Medical Communications community within MAPS to become the premier global destination of choice for Medical Communications MA Professionals; and to catalyze our individual personal leadership development and professional career advancement. 

 

Activities: We will organize Medical Communications workshops for MAPS meetings in the North America, APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Asia) regions. We develop original content for webinars, podcasts, eLearning courses and white papers. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content on the Medical Communications sector for the MAPS publication, Elevate magazine. Most importantly, we will provide a supportive resource for all Medical Communications Medical Affairs Professionals. 

Recent MAPS content relating to Medical Communications

Current FAWG members:

Renu Juneja
Head, Scientific Evidence & Communications, Oncology Medical Affairs
Janssen
Fatima Ahmad
Head of Medical Communications
Spark Therapeutics
Brian Falcone
Executive Vice President
Oxford PharmaGenesis Inc
Wes Portegies
CEO & Co-Founder
MedicalWriters.com
Clare Baker
Director, Comm, Pub. Training: Medical Affairs Ophthalmology
Bayer
Raffy Dakessian
Head, Scientific Communications & Medical Information
Novartis
Sissy Easo-Joseph
Director, Scientific Communications
Teva Pharma
Paul O'Grady
Global Scientific Communication Head Oncology
GSK
Monicca Shanthanelson
Director, Scientific Services
MedThinkSciCom
Elvira Dsousa
President
Cactus Life Sciences
Jennifer Schwinn
Director, Worldwide Scientific Publications - Immunology
BMS
Keith Gaddie
Director, Global Medical Communications
Vertex Pharma

The Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) Medical Information FAWG evolves and expands the value of Medical Information as a strategic Medical Affairs partner and an exceptional resource of timely and trustworthy information for providers and patients.

Objectives:

1.) Define the value of Medical Information as a strategic Medical Affairs partner and an exceptional resource of timely and trustworthy information for providers and patients

2.) Raise awareness among Medical Affairs professionals of the value of Medical Information in the biopharmaceutical/device industry

3.) Facilitate the evolving role of Medical Information professionals in response to the changing landscape

4.) Develop a foundational curriculum for Medical Information which provides tools, solutions and digital innovations to lead a strategic partnership for Medical Information 

Activities:

We will organize Medical Information workshops for MAPS meetings in the North America, APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Asia) regions. We develop original content for webinars, podcasts, eLearning courses and white papers. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content on the Medical Information sector for the MAPS publication, Elevate magazine. Most importantly, we will provide a supportive resource for all Medical Information Medical Affairs Professionals. 

 

Recent content relating to Medical Information

Current FAWG members:

MedInfo FAWG

The the strategic mission and objectives of the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) Medical Technology Focus Area Working Group are to create a community that advances our role as strategic partners and promotes the growth of Medical Affairs professionals within the MedTech sector worldwide; to develop our community within the MAPS to become the premier global destination of choice for MedTech MA Professionals; and to catalyze our individual personal leadership development and professional career advancement. 

 

Activities: We will organize MedTech workshops for the MAPS annual meetings (Global, Japan, China, EMEA) as well as develop original content for eCademy Webinars/podcasts throughout the year. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content on the MedTech sector for the MAPS publication, Elevate magazine. Most importantly, we will provide a supportive resource for all MedTech Medical Affairs professionals. 

 

Recent MAPS content relating to Medical Technology

Current FAWG members:

MedTech FAWG

The Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) Patient Centricity Focus Area Working Group are to ensure understanding of the current state of patient centricity as it relates to the Medical Affairs function, and the needs of Medical Affairs professionals; to raise awareness among Medical Affairs professionals of the current state of “patient centricity” in the biopharmaceutical/device industry; to To define how Medical Affairs specifically can play a role in increasing patient centricity in their organization; and to identify current barriers (real and perceived) to implementing patient centric approaches and propose solutions to overcome them. 

 

Activities: We will organize patient centricity-focused workshops for MAPS meetings in North America, APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia) regions. We will collaborate within the Focus Area Working Group members and with external advisors and experts, including patients and patient advocates, to develop original content for webinars, podcasts, eLearning courses, and/or white papers. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content on relevant patient centricity-focused topics for the MAPS publication, Elevate magazine. Most importantly, we will provide a supportive resource for all Medical Affairs Professionals, to expand their knowledge, understanding, and ability to support or lead patient-focused activities in their organizations. 

 

Recent content relating to Patient Centricity

Current FAWG members:

Patient Centricity FAWG

The strategic mission and objectives of the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) Medical Strategy and Launch Excellence Focus Area Working Group are to create a community that advances our role as fully integrated strategic business partners for internal stakeholders; to develop our medical strategy and launch excellence community within MAPS to become the premier global destination of choice for MA Professionals responsible for leading medical strategy; and to catalyze our individual personal leadership development and professional career advancement. 

 

Activities: We will organize medical strategy and launch excellence workshops for MAPS meetings in North America, APAC (Asia Pacific – China/Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia) regions. We develop original content for webinars, podcasts, eLearning courses and white papers. In addition, the working group will periodically contribute cogent and timely content for the MAPS online publication, Elevate. Most importantly, we will serve as a supportive resource for all Medical Affairs Professionals. 

 

Recent MAPS content relating to Medical Strategy and Launch Excellence

Current FAWG members:

Strategy Launch FAWG