Christina Anderson develops strategies and provides direction for the growth of the Knowledge Center services. In addition to developing and technology solutions, she adeptly collaborates with division managers to ensure optimal alignment with Novartis business partners. Prior to March 2017 Christina was North America E-Library Technology Lead for the Novartis Knowledge Center. Christina joined Novartis in 1997 after the merger of Ciba-Giegy and Sandoz, where she participated in the build-up of the technology infrastructure working in the Research Information Management team. In 1999, Christina joined the Informatics and Knowledge Engineering Team to support the automation and data analysis activities in high throughput screening. As her career progressed in the Functional Genomics therapeutic area, Christina continued to develop solutions for the various phases of the drug discovery process. She eventually joined the Novartis Knowledge Center where she currently specializes in producing best-in-class information management products serving the complete drug development life cycle at Novartis.
As a project management professional, Christina has expertise in delivering enterprise software solutions that include products such as Intranet portals, current awareness tools, and integrated web solutions (portlets, web parts, feeds and web services) targeting information specific to business and scientific areas of interest. She is passionate about building productive aand stable teams in business and in her personal athletic endeavors and believes the investment delivers the exceptional results she aims to achieve.
Mr. Ramin Assa has extensive experience leading and delivering ultra-innovative technology and business solutions in energy, land development and health sciences.
Mr. Assa develops and implements policies, strategies and governance models that support organizational goals, cultivate collaborative cultures, enable change management, and win stakeholders’ buy-in.
He builds and sustains a balance among technologies, processes and people in order to achieve harmonized operational efficiencies and effectiveness.
In recent years, Mr. Assa has been designing and establishing health information systems and processes to support knowledge management and regulatory decision-making in the medical device industry ecosystem.
Margret Assfalg has a strong background in statistical thermodynamics. She has spent more than 25 years in research informatics functions at Roche in Basel (Switzerland), Palo Alto (on the United States West Coast), Nutley (on the United States East Coast) and Penzberg (Bavaria, Germany). She leads local and global areas and projects delivering chemistry and biology information systems spanning lab workflow applications as well as data management and knowledge systems throughout Roche’s Research and Early Development departments, which contain more than 1,000 scientists. Examples of major initiatives led and delivered are the global chemistry system (IRCI); the global biological systems (BDS); Therapeutic Proteins systems; and electronic notebook initiatives for chemistry, biology, process chemistry and formulation.
John Bordeaux is a Senior Management Scientist at the RAND Corporation. For nearly 20 years, Bordeaux has provided research and advisory services in strategy, knowledge management, information integration, and governance for federal and private sector interests. Preferred methods derive from a combination of cognitive science, complexity theory, information science, and cultural studies.
Focus areas include strategic planning, organizational decision-making, teaming structures, and risk analysis/assessment to include resilience “engineering.”
In 2008 he served as Leader, Knowledge Management Working Group for the Project on National Security Reform (Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress).
Bordeaux’s previous positions include Associate Partner with IBM’s Global Business Services, Director for the Stupski Foundation, and a Sr. Principal with SRA International, Inc.
Prior to this (1990-1998), he was a Sr. Programmer Analyst with the RAND Corporation, supporting defense policy analysis and wargaming events for the U.S. Department of Defense. John served in the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Analyist from 1982-1990.
Dr. Natalia Borinshteyn is a recognized industry leader with 20 years of experience in pharma and a unique blend of medical, marketing and research expertise.
In her most recent role as Vice President of the HCV Launch team at AbbVie, Dr. Borinshteyn led the HCV Global and US MA team in preparation of the launch of AbbVie’s HCV regimen, from launch strategy and communication platform development to the translation of those developments into tactics.
Prior to joining AbbVie, over the previous 18 years, she held several positions within Sanofi and its predecessor companies — in global, US and Russian affiliates — where she played an important role in bringing five innovative therapeutics to market, including treatments for diabetes, obesity, GI/HCV, and moderate to severe allergies. Dr. Borinshteyn applied her medical, scientific and commercial expertise to the development of a long-term portfolio strategy for Sanofi, which resulted in the substantial advancement and increased effectiveness of R&D and business development investments.
Dr. Borinshteyn has also led medical affairs and physician training activities for dermatology (Sculptra). In that role, she defined and led the execution of a medical strategy with the cross-functional Medical Core team. In six months, she developed and rolled out the execution of a best-in-class, hands-on physician training program for dermatologists and plastic surgeons, which was recognized by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery with a Diamond award.
Dr. Borinshteyn graduated with a degree in medicine from the Russian State Medical University in 1994 and undertook a residency in dermatology, qualifying as a dermatologist in 1996. She completed a Ph.D. project studying immunologic changes in children with atopic dermatitis and obtained a dual degree in allergy and immunology. She received her business education at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Harvard Business School.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Diabetes Association.
Floyd Christofferson is the Senior Vice President of Products at StrongBox Data Solutions.
As a professional involved in content management and storage workflows for over 25 years, Floyd has focused on methods and technologies needed to manage and better utilize massive volumes of data in some of the world’s most challenging data environments.
Prior to joining SDS, Floyd worked with software and hardware companies in this space, including over 10 years at SGI, where he managed storage and data management products, with an emphasis on very large data environments in HPC, Life sciences & research, and media.
Edsel is an information management professional specializing in knowledge, records and content management, business process management, collaboration, training and compliance. Edsel also specializes in regulated systems and enterprise-wide information management technology implementations across multiple industries. Edsel is currently global lead for Regulatory and Quality Assurance systems at Astellas Pharmaceuticals.
In his current role, Edsel leads the development, deployment and management of systems, databases, processes, tools, templates, analytics and metrics to drive business performance excellence and compliance. Previously, Edsel was Head of Knowledge Management at Sodexo, Fannie Mae and Daiichi Sankyo and held senior-level operations and information management positions with Bayer and Pfizer.
Edsel has given numerous presentations on knowledge, data and information management to meetings in the financial, legal and pharmaceutical industries. Edsel holds an MBA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MA in International Telecommunications from Michigan State University and a BA in English & Political Science from Alfred University (NY).
Keith Davis has more than 25 years of experience in the field of information management and governance. His background includes knowledge and experience in enforcement-based, compliance-based information management programs and initiatives in heavily regulated industries. His areas of expertise include a track record in building and leading high-performing global organizations and cross-functional, cross-divisional teams. Keith is currently the Director of Knowledge Management, Process Development & Technical Services at Shire in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he is tasked with implementing a knowledge-sharing capability for the organization and its sphere of influence. Prior to Shire, Keith worked at Biogen as the Global Director of Knowledge, Records & Information Strategies. He’s contributed to the build of strong information management programs at McKesson, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Genentech, and Pfizer. Keith has a Master’s in Business Administration from Cleary University and is a Certified Records Manager (CRM) via the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM).
Giovanna Gualtieri is a Knowledge Manager in the Novartis Knowledge Center, where she is involved in learning & training and onboarding activities, current awareness solutions, and information consultancy, primarily supporting the Research Division of Novartis (NIBR). Before joining Novartis in 2011, she worked in Discovery Research as a Medicinal Chemist at Berlex Biosciences, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals and Axxam (Milan, Italy). Giovanna holds a Laurea degree in Chemistry from the University of Bologna (Italy), a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, and she did postdoctoral work at ArQule, MA.
Peter Henstock is working to transform Pfizer using AI, machine learning visualization, and data science. He is a Sr. Manager in the Business Technology group in Massachusetts dividing time between running software projects, developing data analysis methodologies, and creating visualization/analysis software solutions.
He holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Purdue University and Master’s degrees in Biology, Software Engineering, Applied Statistics, Applied Linguistics, and Image Processing. Before joining Pfizer, Peter worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in image processing and computational linguistics.
He also teaches graduate-level Machine Learning & Data Mining and Software Engineering at Harvard University.
Joe Horvath is Global Head of IT Systems–Quality at Takeda Pharmaceuticals where he is responsible for the IT systems and services that support Quality. He was formerly Senior Director of Quality Systems at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and an Executive Consultant with IBM Global Services where he worked with pharmaceutical clients and was a founding member of the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management. Prior to IBM, Joe was an Associate Research Scientist at Yale University where he conducted research on the role of tacit knowledge in organizations. His publications on that topic (with Robert Sternberg and others) remain among the most frequently cited in the field. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Brown University.
Michael received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University. After working in photographic engineering and tactical communication systems, he developed an interest in physiology and returned to school, obtaining an M.S. in exercise physiology and anatomy from Boston University’s Sargent College. He continued his studies, receiving his Ph.D. in neurobiology, physiology and biophysics from Brown University, where he did his graduate work studying neural control of hormonal rhythms. Michael did his post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, studying neuroendocrine control of body weight and metabolism. He started his career in medical writing at Parexel in 1998, later moving to Genetics Institute in Cambridge. In 2001, he founded the Medical Writing Department at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. He moved to Genzyme Corporation in 2004 to direct Medical Writing for the Rare Disease programs. Michael had been involved in a number of initiatives aimed at automating the process of writing, review and approval. In the beginning of 2013, he became the Clinical Documentation Program Manager for the CRUISE Content Reuse program at Sanofi. In September 2015, Michael joined Shire’s Medical Writing Department as Content Management Group Lead, a newly created position within the Clinical Operations department.
Sebastien heads the Enterprise Data Management, Data Analytics & Decision Support capabilities at Alexion, building an end-to-end data and analytics competency. He joined Alexion in Sept 2015 first delivering MDM and Content Analytics and then delivered the data strategy for Alexion, expanding the application of data management, Analytics, Search, and Data Sciences to drive insights and value across the entire company value chain. He currently focuses on Data Sciences scaling the Alexion Insight engine, a computable orphan disease data engine, delivering insights on target selection, disease signatures, patient distribution, unmet medical needs, and new business opportunities. His prior roles include Head of Global Data Office at Biogen and Head of R&D Information Architecture practice at AstraZeneca.
As Director, Knowledge Management at Amgen, Brian leads the advancement of Knowledge Management in the Operations business function, which includes global manufacturing operations, quality, product and process engineering, and capital projects. Brian joined Amgen in 2003 and has held roles of increasing responsibility focused on web, portal, collaboration and knowledge management. Prior to Amgen, he spent five years in the defense industry developing web applications and IT solutions for U.S. Navy customers. Brian has a B.S. in Business Administration, Information Systems from California State University, Northridge.
Mr. Morris is the president and founder of Pioneer Knowledge Services (PKS), a non-profit organization with a charitable purpose. PKS involves clients in customizing knowledge solutions and training to cultivate an organizational disposition and culture that values knowledge as a sustainable asset. He is also teaches as an adjunct instructor for Kent State University’s School of Digital Sciences and in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management graduate program, from which he earned his M.S. in 2012. His article, “Knowledge management and value creation within an organization: U.S. Army wartime operations relief in place” was published in the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin in 2011. He earned the Thomas J. Froehlich Award from Kent State in 2013 recognizing academic excellence and promise for leadership in the field of information architecture and knowledge management.
In 2016 Morris was selected by Kent State University’s School of Library and information Sciences peers and faculty as the 2016 Alumnus of the year. This honor recognized Morris for his significant contribution to the knowledge management profession.
A disabled veteran, Morris was deployed to Iraq twice — as a sergeant in 2004 and then as a second lieutenant in 2005. In the years thereafter, he served as a contracted trainer, doctrine writer, lessons learned knowledge leader, and knowledge management lead for various government contractors serving Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, AZ.
Steve works as part the Computational Sciences group that supports Medicinal Sciences at Pfizer. Customers include Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Metabolism and Clinical Supply chain. Steve ultimately works across Medicinal Sciences lines and sites, leading global efforts for Information and Document Strategy, enhancing ability to discover, reuse, and mine information more efficiently. Steve delivers expertise to enable content mapping between systems across the organization and Leading projects to improve knowledge management systems and practices in Medicinal Sciences. Steve provides leadership, guidance and insight into the support and advancement of all data and document systems that hold Regulatory documentation for Medicinal Sciences. Steve has over 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical sector. His Pfizer career began in 2004 at Pfizer Sandwich working in Pharmacokinetics Dynamics and Metabolism (PDM) and has seen Steve relocate to Pfizer Andover in 2012 and subsequently to the Kendall site in (2016). Steve holds a BSC (hons) Human Biology from Loughborough University in the UK. Steve has a wide range of experience and exposure in leading document, data and knowledge management systems strategy, migration, deployment and implementation. Steve also has a firm back ground in the regulated environment working in Quality environments to GLP, GCP and GMP over his career thus far. He currently interacts successfully with colleagues across all levels both locally and globally; working across business line/department boundaries to accomplish common gain in Pfizer data, documentation and knowledge management. Steve is comfortable with the concepts of organizational behavior/culture, processes, and the use of collaborative technology to ultimately meet the business requirements.
Theo Platt is Associate Director of Research & Development IT Engineering. In this capacity, Theo leads a team of data engineers in rapidly delivering innovative solutions to scientists and executives, accelerating the process from data to insight. Theo joined Biogen in 2013 to help launch a Data Science team and since that time has been involved in implementing many cross-functional projects from enterprise search, data lake, target identification, social media analytics, disease maps, knowledge graphs, data catalogs, and medical devices, all the way to real-world data ingestion and machine learning.
Theo came to Biogen from a decade spent implementing evaluation models for financial derivatives such as Credit Default Swaps and Interest Rate Swaps for Intercontinental Exchange (formerly Interactive Data) where he helped to build a new data-driven, multi-million-dollar, business line.
Prior to Interactive Data, Theo’s previous positions revolved around problems with large data volumes in areas as diverse as offshore finance, cell phone billing and national/state lottery systems. He holds a MEng in Engineering & Computer Science from Balliol College, Oxford University.