Dr. Robin Winter-Sperry started working in the industry in the area of Dermatology. She has had a long and distinguished career including Sanofi/Genzyme Global Medical Affairs, Strategy & Tactics in the area of Multiple Sclerosis and President and CEO of Scientific Advantage, LLC. She created Novartis’ Medical Science Liaison (MSL) department of Scientific Operations and Sanofi-Synthelabo’s Medical Therapeutic Liaison division.
She has been involved in over 28 product launches. She has pioneered the recognition of MSLs as a specialty in the biopharmaceutical and device industry and is responsible for creating and developing many of the industry’s leading Medical Affairs and Medical Liaison teams.
Meg Heim as VP, Global Head Strategic Scientific Engagement, Operations and Program Management, is a key member of the CMO Office. Meg’s role participates as a member of various Global teams and committees to further strengthen and globalize the Medical function across all Business Units and Countries.
Meg is responsible for crafting and executing the Integrated Scientific Strategy, harmonize Medical Systems, CRMs, Transparency Systems and lead the Innovative Scientific Congress model of the future.
Meg has held officer roles and Executive Global Medical, Sales and Marketing positions with a number of healthcare, medical device and health information technology companies.
Meg is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Administrative Science, with Post Masters certificates in Non-Profit Organizational Development and Global Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Greg Christopherson is the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Medline Industries, a privately-owned manufacturer and distributor of medical devices and supplies devoted to the continuum of healthcare. His current role oversees creation and execution of a comprehensive clinical strategy for the company, encompassing: identification of business and regulatory needs (Clinical Affairs), study design and execution (Clinical Operations), communication of clinical results and publication tactics (Medical Communications) and development of clinical research partners, medical education initiatives and coordination of Medical Science Liaisons (Clinical Development).
Prior to joining Medline, Greg served in a scientific affairs capacity for the medical aesthetics division of Allergan, coordinating R&D efforts to commercially support new product launches and the existing device portfolio for breast implants and acellular dermal matrices. He played a key collaborative role internally, integrating divisions across the company (Regulatory, Sales & Marketing, Medical Affairs, R&D) to define and execute research strategy, as well as acting as the primary scientist for KOL engagement and medical education.
His previous experience is heavily centered in R&D, as a postdoctoral fellow in the NIH examining the pathophysiology of heterotopic ossification in blast-injured soldiers at Walter Reed, and as a senior scientist at LifeCell, creating novel tissue-based devices for colorectal and wound healing applications. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Kirk Shepard has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist physician. He is currently Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Medical Affairs OBG at Eisai Pharmaceutical Company.
Dr. Shepard’s experience in multiple therapeutic areas includes operational and strategic product development from Phases I through IV and the diverse disciplines of medical affairs and product commercialization, such as leading compliance and SOP/policy efforts, health economics & outcomes research & patient access, data generation, field-based medical teams (MSLs), PV/safety, medical communication & publications, patient advocacy, and public relations. In 2015, he was selected as one of the 100 Most Inspiring People in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PharmaVOICE).
Before his pharmaceutical career, Dr. Shepard served as a staff physician in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he supervised numerous studies in oncology and symptom control. He has more than 50 medical publications in journals and books. Dr. Shepard earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School in Cincinnati, OH. He completed both his internship and residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and fellowships in hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics in Chicago, IL.