Faculty – Pharmacovigilance Audit and Inspections Conference


Deepa Arora
Vice President Pharmacovigilance and Global Head, Drug Safety and Risk Management, LUPIN LIMITED

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Dr. Deepa Arora is Vice President Pharmacovigilance and Global Head Drug Safety and Risk Management with Lupin Limited. She is a Physician, having more than 18 years of experience in drug safety and clinical development in the pharma industry and academia.

She has successfully set up world-class Pharmacovigilance systems for Lupin & Lupin subsidiaries in US, Europe, Japan and Australia. Under her able leadership, Lupin has successfully cleared Pharmacovigilance inspections conducted by regulatory authorities across the world.

She is playing an active role in developing awareness and skills of pharmacovigilance in the region by designing teaching modules in Pharmacovigilance & conducting training for medical institutions. She believes in finding innovative solutions to facilitate the translation of PV regulations in enhanced patient safety. She has authored the book on Pharmacovigilance; “Pharmacovigilance- An Industry Perspective” to help youngsters learn relevant aspects of Pharmacovigilance.


Deanna Montes de Oca
Associate Director, PV Operations Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance, OTSUKA

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Deanna holds a doctorate in Pharmacy and is a seasoned pharmacovigilance professional who has been leading the Otsuka Global Pharmacovigilance (GPV) department in an effort to harmonize our PV processes over the last five years. Deanna is a key member of the Otsuka management team currently leading and supporting many key initiatives. She has over 14 years of operational experience within the global pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Montes de Oca is a subject matter expert in pharmacovigilance operations, quality and analytics, and compliance. She has been a key leader and contributor for successful inspections with the FDA, MHRA, BfArM, and EMA. Dr. Montes de Oca has extensive experience and knowledge of vendor transition, management and oversight, safety database upgrades, and merging of multiple global safety databases.


Suzanne Elliott
Director (Head), U.S. Medical Compliance, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM

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Suzanne Elliott is currently a Director, PV Quality Compliance Management, at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston, MA for the last 5 months.  Responsible for Managing the Quality Assurance Program and overseeing Company PV activities relative to GxP industry standards, laws, and regulations.  Sue is also a leader in strengthening and executing on the Quality Management System within Vertex.  In addition, she is leading the Risk Management efforts within the Quality Management System. 


Sue Elliott
Director, Pharmacovigilance Quality Assurance Leader, JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS


Paula Engle
Head of Global PV Compliance, Training and PV Network, GE HEALTHCARE


Marissa Fernandez
Pharmacovigilance Manager, BAXTER HEALTHCARE CORPORATION

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Dr. Marissa Fernandez is the current country head of Baxter’s Patient Safety department in Canada. Marissa is both a pharmacist and a medical doctor by training with more than 25 years of comprehensive knowledge and cross-functional experience in pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs and quality assurance within the pharmaceutical industry. Marissa has held various roles with increasing responsibilities, is recognized for operational excellence, and has successfully led various national inspections and audits. Marissa has thorough knowledge of pharmacovigilance principles and regulations, including Health Canada, ICH guidelines and the European Medicine Agency’s Good Pharmacovigilance Practices modules. Marissa is concurrently a part-time faculty in the Regulatory Affairs Program of Humber College’s School of Health Sciences in Canada, where she is responsible for courses in medical products safety, regulatory legislations and submissions. She has also recently completed her Certified Quality Auditor Certification from the American Society of Quality.


Patrick Hoegen
Associate Director, PV Quality and Compliance, ALKERMES


Kevin Malobisky
Senior Vice President Regulatory, Quality, and Pharmacovigilance, KARYOPHARM

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Dr. Kevin P. Malobisky is a seasoned executive in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology arenas with professional experience in clinical and regulatory drug development, quality assurance, and pharmacovigilance. As a professional with over 26 years of experience, Dr. Malobisky has provided global leadership, management, and strategy across numerous therapeutic domains while working for companies and organizations in the public and private sectors. Kevin earned his bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University, his masters of science in quality assurance and regulatory affairs from the Temple University School of Pharmacy, and his doctorate in organization management from the Capella University School of Business and Technology. Dr. Malobisky is currently the senior vice president of regulatory, quality, and pharmacovigilance at Karyopharm Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing first-in-class selective inhibitors of nuclear export proteins for the treatment of hematologic and solid organ cancers. He is a member of the senior executive and leadership teams.


Rena Pandit
Director, Inspection Readiness Global Patient Safety and Epidemiology (GPSE), ALLERGAN

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Rena Pandit is the Director of Inspection Readiness for the Global Patient Safety & Epidemiology(GPS&E) group within Allergan. In this role Rena is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of a Global Inspection/Audit readiness program for audits and health authority inspections for the GPS&E group. She is also responsible for review of relevant procedures, regulatory requirements, gap analysis and mock interviews with relevant colleagues and collaborating with key stakeholders to proactively mitigate compliance risks.

Rena has more than a decade of experience in Pharmacovigilance. Her previous roles include being appointed Deputy EU QPPV for Arrow Generics in the UK, as well the Head of Allergan’s Global Case Processing department. Rena has also spent time as a Pharmacovigilance Consultant taking on various projects including providing input into best pharmacovigilance practices, creating and maintaining PV System Master Files, streamlining PV procedures and creating training materials and competency testing for pharmacovigilance staff. Previous to entering the Pharmaceutical world Rena spent time working in hospital and retail pharmacy.

Rena holds a Pharm.D. from the University of Southern California (USC).


Fawad Piracha
Risk Management, Pharmacovigilance/Risk Management, REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC


Sameer Thapar
Assistant Professor and Advisor, Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance Rutgers, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY

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Dr. Sameer Thapar holds a doctorate of pharmacy, is Oracle Health Science Consulting’s Director of Global Pharmacovigilance, and is on faculty as Assistant Professor for the Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance track of the Master in Clinical Trial Sciences program at Rutgers University. Dr. Thapar has 18 years of experience in operations within the pharmaceutical, biotech and CRO industries, with cross-functional experience in medical affairs, clinical operations, quality assurance and subject matter expertise in pharmacovigilance operations and compliance. He has built global departments and defended in successful FDA, MHRA and EMA health authority inspections. He is an active advisor in several U.S.-based life science industry conferences and participates as an invited speaker and panelist at global industry conferences.


Boris Videlov
Head PV Licensing, PFIZER INCORPORATED


Susan Welsh
Chief Safety Officer, CSL BEHRING

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CSL Behring is a global company which conducts business in 60 countries and is headquartered in Australia. The company has a remarkable and industry-leading patient-centric approach truly placing patients first and foremost. Currently, the company is experiencing strong growth and is expanding. Susan heads the global PV function at this exciting and dynamic company. She has 28 years of industry experience with over 15 years overseeing PV directly or as part of clinical development/medical affairs roles. Before CSL, Susan served as VP of Safety Strategy at Pfizer, VP Medical Safety at BMS, and Chief Safety Officer at Sanofi.

Earlier in her career, Susan held senior roles in medical affairs, clinical development, general management, finance and IT. She worked as Chief Knowledge Officer at Monsanto and then as Corporate Officer, SVP & Chief Science Officer at Express Scripts, establishing the company by designing formulary strategies e.g. multi-tier formulary and specialty distribution services and co-founding one of the world’s first real-world evidence companies, Practice Patterns Science. Following this, she served as CEO Charis Pharma and as CEO Snowdon Pharma successfully transferring the companies on when key milestones were achieved.

Susan holds an MBChB (British equivalent MD) and Bachelor of Science from University of Leeds, UK. Her Master’s Information Management is from Washington University, St. Louis, USA, and her MBA is from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Susan is a licensed physician with UK practicing rights. She is an elected Fellow, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Royal Colleges of Physicians UK (FFPM), Member, Royal College of General Practitioners, UK and Royal College of Psychiatrists UK, Diplomate, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists UK, and Member, American College of Physicians.

Before industry, Susan practiced medicine for 10 years in the UK serving for six years as a military officer in Britain’s Royal Air Force and completing many military challenges around the world. Upon leaving, she was granted the life-long title of “Squadron Leader (Retired)”.


Richard Wolf
Senior Director Regions and Pv Operations, Global Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance, CSL BEHRING

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Rich Wolf is Senior Director, Regions & Pv Operations in the Global Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance group at CSL Behring. He directs Case Management, Medical Evaluation, Pv Systems, and the Regional organization responsible for Pv in affiliates around the world.

CSL Behring is a global leader in the plasma protein biotherapeutics industry. They research, develop, manufacture and market biotherapies that are used to treat serious and rare conditions. Users of their therapies rely on them for their quality of life and, in many cases, for life itself. Corporate Headquarters are in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania in the United States and its parent company CSL is headquartered in Melbourne Australia.

Rich joined CSLB in 2014 after 12 years with Johnson & Johnson serving a number of different roles across Drug Safety, Benefit Risk Management, and Global Medical Safety. He has a BA from the University of Richmond, and MBA from Rutgers University is PMP certified in project management.