Budhesh Dhamija is currently working in Regulatory Affairs department of Novo Nordisk A/S in Copenhagen, Denmark since the beginning of 2017. His main responsibilities include to plan, coordinate and execute the regulatory tasks as required in the projects; including RA submission plans for activities such as variations, line extensions, PSURs, RMPs, and renewals.
Budhesh was previously employed in the Safety Surveillance Department of Novo Nordisk. His main responsibilities included providing process expertise on PSUR/DSUR preparations, training and cross-project alignment of aggregate reporting. He has authored several regulatory PSURs, DSURs and clinical RMPs according to the defined development milestones or as required by Health Authorities. Additionally, Budhesh was responsible for surveillance of Novo Nordisk products during post-approval phases based on safety information from worldwide sources and communication of drug safety issues internally and to health authorities as required.
Budhesh has a Masters of Pharmacy (M Pharm) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Research and possesses more than nine years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry for several therapeutic areas like Diabetes, Cardiovascular, Oncology, and Central Nervous System. Prior to joining Safety Novo Nordisk in 2013, Budhesh was working in a CRO as a Team Leader for Medical writing.
Ruth Dixon has over 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry within clinical development and pharmacovigilance roles at major pharmaceutical companies and at a large global CRO. She qualified in medicine from the University of Leeds, UK and as well as BSc, MB, ChB, her qualifications include MRCP, Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine and the Diploma in Clinical Pharmacology from the Society of Apothecaries of London. Currently, she is a medical director at GSK within the Global Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance Department, a role which includes leadership of global risk management planning processes. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, an appraiser for medical revalidation and a long-standing member of the Board of Examiners of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.
Jane Feron, BSc (Hons) has 20 years experience in Pharmacovigilance at AstraZeneca, having previously worked in clinical development. Jane worked in safety surveillance before becoming the process owner for Risk Management and subsequently taking the lead role responsible for all Pharmacovigilance processes. Currently, she is a Risk Management Director and is responsible for developing risk minimisation strategies for the oncology portfolio, supporting affiliates in the implementation of local risk management regulations and risk minimisation measures, and maintaining global oversight of risk management activities internally and externally. Jane has recently been responsible for the implementation and rollout of GVP Rev 2 within AstraZeneca.
Dr. Michael von Forstner serves as co-chair of Medicine for Europe’s Pharmacovigilance Working Group and is also Managing Director and Head of Risk Management and Pharmacoepidemiology at Mesama Consulting. Michael’s primary activities are in areas of planning, development, implementation and evaluation of (benefit-)risk management solutions, as well as the optimization of processes around benefit-risk management. He is developing and applying (benefit-)risk analysis methodologies in order to make RM planning more formally reproducible. Furthermore, he supports the development and implementation of additional risk minimization and PV measures in the context of RMPs, and is involved in teaching and training activities on pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology at various European institutions. Michael is former Global Head of Pharmacovigilance at Acino Pharma in Switzerland, where his key responsibility was the creation and maintenance of a compliant global PV system.
Before entering his current role, Dr. Forstner was Head of Regional Pharmacovigilance Europe at Boehringer-Ingelheim. His main focus at BI had been to establish a proactive and highly integrated benefit-risk management organization with strong links to other functions, while maintaining compliance with all local regulations in the 35 countries of his region.
From 2009 to 2013, he was Process Development Leader in Drug Safety and Chair of the global Risk Management Working Group at Roche, Basel, where he was — amongst other duties — responsible for all aspects of global benefit-risk management planning and implementation of RMPs
Prior to this he worked in a variety of positions in pharmaceutical R&D at Pharmacia (Nerviano, Italy) and Novartis (Basel, Switzerland), focusing mostly on signal transduction pathways in oncology and CNS disorders, and in drug liability risk management at Zurich Financial Services. He studied biochemistry and medicine in Graz, Austria; holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland; did postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California in the area of structural enzymology and biophysics; and was Assistant Professor of Molecular Structural Biology at Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitetet in Uppsala, Sweden. Recently, he also obtained a postgraduate certificate in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In his spare time, Michael loves to spend time outdoors with his children and dogs, and to engage in various activities from skiing and hiking to fishing, hunting, horseback riding and gardening. He is also an avid reader, and loves the opera and music in general.
Marcus Schartau is the Safety Surveillance Risk Management Specialist at Novo Nordisk A/S. In his role, Marcus is responsible for all processes associated with risk management activities anchored in Global Safety, for assessing new risk management requirements and assisting the local affiliates in interpreting and fulfilling local requirements.
He also contributes to the development of global and local risk management and risk minimisation activities. This includes guiding the initial discussions relating to risk management during early development, supporting the preparation of risk management plans for market authorisation applications and providing guidance to the subsequent updates taking place thereafter. As part of his role, he maintains a global overview of risk management and risk minimisation activities across the world.
Marcus has a PhD in Zoological Cell Biology from Lund University and has been working with pharmacovigilance at Novo Nordisk A/S since 2011.
Paul Sheehan, BSc (Hons), CPHIMS, joined Celgene Corporation in 2005, and is currently the Head of the U.S. REMS department where he is responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of Celgene’s REMS programs for REVLIMID, POMALYST and THALOMID. Paul has 17 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical risk management industry, and previously was the head of global risk management operations at Pharmion, and a consultant at SI International who designed, developed and managed risk management programs for Roche, BMS and GSK among others. Paul holds a BSc (Hons) Information Systems Management from Bournemouth University, England, is completing his Masters of Science in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall University School of Law, and is a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems. Paul has co-authored a number of articles about pharmaceutical risk management, and presented at international conferences about the subject.
Rachel Sobel, DrPH is a Senior Director and the Specialty Care and Established Products Business Unit Team Lead for Epidemiology at Pfizer, Inc. in New York, NY.
Since joining Pfizer in 2001, Dr Sobel’s responsibilities have included general epidemiology support and contributing to the design and implementation of risk management strategies for medicines in several therapeutic areas. She negotiated, designed, and led the implementation of various epidemiologic commitments with the US FDA and EMA, and oversees a team of epidemiologists.
Before coming to industry, Dr. Sobel was an Autoimmune Disease Registry and Repository Coordinator at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.
She has published and presented numerous articles and abstracts on epidemiology and risk management, and co-authored a chapter in Strom’s Textbook of Pharmacoepidemiology. Rachel holds her degrees from Columbia University: a DrPH and MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health and a BA from Barnard College.