Speaker

Tanya Momtahen
Tanya Momtahen
Vice President, Global Scientific & Clinical Procurement
Sanofi
Tanya Momtahen is Vice President, Global Scientific & Clinical Procurement in Sanofi since September 2014. Tanya is responsible for all Clinical and Scientific outsourcing and those Markets for Sanofi Group - worldwide. She ensures internal knowledge and awareness of markets, suppliers, technologies for all relevant categories within that perimeter and manages an international team that develops sourcing strategies balancing risks and opportunities that are aligned with the business needs. Her team leads key supplier relationships and drives the development of new market opportunities.

Tanya previously worked in Research & Development for more than 25 years. Most recently as the Vice President, Anti IL-6R Global Project Head in the Immunology & Inflammation area in Sanofi were she transitioned the project from phase 2 through to the first phase 3 results. She lead the project, which is co-developed with Regeneron, for 3.5 years. Over the past 15 years within Sanofi she has held several R&D leadership positions, including the Head of Development & Realization for the previous Fibrosis & Wound Repair Unit and the Vice President of Metabolism Project Direction.

Prior to Sanofi, Tanya was a project leader at Glaxo Welcome in the late ‘90s. She started her career in medicinal chemistry in Research at Rhone Poulenc Rorer in 1989. She holds a M.S. in organic chemistry from Villanova University and a B.A. from Immaculate University.
Ratan Ratnesh
Ratan Ratnesh
Director, Clinical Outsourcing
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies (U.S.)
Ratan Ratnesh is a Director and Head of Clinical Outsourcing at Otsuka Pharmaceutical. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India and an MBA from University of Louisiana. Ratan has broad experience in strategic sourcing, clinical outsourcing, operations and supply chain improvements in Fortune 500 and growth companies. He started his career in management consulting specializing in supply-chain across different industries and moved to clinical outsourcing in early 2000. In Pharmaceutical industry he worked at Wyeth and Novartis prior to joining Otsuka and he has managed different categories related to clinical outsourcing.
Edward McAndrews
Edward McAndrews
Head of Procurement
AstraZeneca
Ed is currently the Head of Procurement for North America at AstraZeneca. In this role he leads the US and Canada in market procurement teams. He also has global accountability for AstraZeneca’s core commercial categories including Advertising, Digital/Media, Market Research, Contract Sales and PR. Prior to his role as Head of Procurement, Ed held multiple Global Category Leader roles where he developed and implemented global category strategies across key global markets. Established, developed, and managed key global supplier relationships and implemented global category best practices and sourcing programs. Ed has experience in procurement technology implementing Ariba platforms on a global scale and process expertise in strategic sourcing and category management. Ed holds a Bachelors Degree from Eastern University and an MBA from St. Josephs University.
Mary Kachinsky
Mary Kachinsky
Vice President Strategic Sourcing and Operations
FORMA Therapeutics
Mary brings over 25 years’ experience as a strategic partner and business leader in the research, development and manufacturing procurement functions spanning across the pharmaceutical, biotech and consumer electronics industries. Prior to her current role at FORMA, Mary worked at Cubist Pharmaceuticals where she launched the Strategic Sourcing organization in 2011, with a robust change management strategy requiring engagement and participation across the enterprise. Under Mary’s leadership, the Sourcing organization successfully supported Cubist’s growing portfolio and clinical trials pipeline through cost savings initiatives and efforts to build a sustainable supply network. Previous to Cubist, Mary held various leadership positions for 8 years at Pfizer, where she most recently led the Global Scientific Materials organization and supported the outsourcing of clinical trials at Pfizer Global R&D. She also held senior leadership positions at Genzyme, Waters, and Bose Corporation.

Mary is an Executive Member of Linking Leaders Clinical Outsourcing Roundtable and is a member of the Bio-Supply Management Alliance Board of Advisors. She received the 2013 NESCON Supply Chain Hall of Fame Award and the 2009 Harry J. Graham Award from the Purchasing Management Association of Boston (PMAB), affiliate of ISM, for her generous volunteer work. In addition, Mary is an Advisor on the PMAB Board of Directors, where she has also served as President. She is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.). Mary earned her Master of Science in Management from the Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.
Fred Naids
Fred Naids
Head of Global R&D Procurement
Shire
Dr. Fred Naids is currently the Head of Global R&D Procurement for Shire Pharmaceuticals. He and his team influence more than $625M in external annual spend including, but not limited to non-production lab supplies and equipment, discovery and non-clinical goods and services, and all phases of clinical development. In his role, he is responsible for leading the development of comprehensive, category-focused sourcing strategies across the globe. Working across R&D and Technical Operations, Fred and his team partner with the respective leadership teams, function heads, R&D Vendor Management, and key stakeholders to define internal core competencies that then allow for the optimization of resources and ultimately to the development of appropriately leveraged supplier engagements, contracts, and governance. In addition to partnering with Shire’s Legal, Finance, and External Partnerships groups to establish de-risked, streamlined processes for supplier selection/engagement, contracting, and oversight, Fred and his team proactively collaborate with Compliance and QA, Drug Safety, and Regulatory Affairs to maintain industry best practices and compliance with regulatory, government, and industry agencies. Fred joined Shire in 2005 as the Head of Global Clinical Strategic Sourcing for legacy Shire Specialty Pharma. Prior to joining Shire, Fred spent 7 years at Pfizer in roles of increasing responsibility in Strategic Alliances supporting Discovery and Exploratory Development investments and as the Head of Contracts & Outsourcing supporting Full Development for all clinical trial activity. Prior to joining Pfizer, Fred held positions at Qiagen, IGEN, and Cerep. Fred earned his B.S. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University; he earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia; and he successfully completed a post-doctoral fellowship at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals in Macromolecular Sciences and Gene Expression Sciences.
Jennifer Freed
Jennifer Freed
Global Sourcing Associate Director
Boehringer Ingelheim
Jen Freed is the Global Sourcing Head of Contract Sales, Meetings, Print and Sales Training Services at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the world’s largest privately held pharmaceutical company. Jen’s team is located in the US and Germany and is responsible for worldwide spend of ~ € 450Mio. Jen’s early career was with IBM (Financial Analyst) and Emerson Electric (Site Direct & Indirect Purchasing). She has held increasingly responsible positions within BI Global Sourcing across diverse services commodities (IT Consulting, Management Consulting, BPO Outsourced Services, and Marketing Agencies), and was a change champion through two transformational Purchasing reorganizations. Her experiences have left her very aware of the importance of maintaining a global and external perspective, as well as building a positive team culture and maintaining a diverse set of individuals that understand and champion the overall qualitative and quantitative value that sourcing provides. Becoming even more flexible with her personal style and recognizing and valuing relationship building, influence, collaboration, and sincerity are what she considers to be her critical success factors. She does her best to integrate her work life with her personal life which involves raising a family, acting as a board member of a local land trust, and volunteering as a 4-H leader. Jen holds a B.S. in Animal Science and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and an M.B.A. from Western Connecticut State University.
Richard Dean
Richard Dean
Head of Procurement
Bayer HealthCare
Richard Dean serves in Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Center of Excellence focused on global procurement market and risk intelligence analytics. His research supports an array of spend categories with actionable supplier capability assessments and performance scorecards that foster stronger relationships between Bristol-Myers Squibb and its worldwide supply base. Mr. Dean’s presentation will offer a case study view of the strategic nature of market and risk intelligence at BMS and how this function supports both better decision making and mutually beneficial customer-supplier outcomes.
Jill Rankin
Jill Rankin
Global Sourcing Category Manager
Boehringer Ingelheim
Jill Joy Rankin, C.P.M. Global Category Manager, is part of a Global Sourcing Team at Boehringer Ingelheim, whose corporate offices are based in Ingelheim, Germany. Jill is based out of Ridgefield Connecticut and is currently responsible for Global Sourcing initiatives for domestic and international programs. She has extensive leadership and cross functional experience across Sourcing and Procurement for more than 20 years. She currently supports Contract Sales Organizations, Meetings, Congresses, Sales Training, and Print management at the global level and works across many cross functional teams at BI.

Prior to Boehringer Ingelheim, Jill supported Sourcing and Procurement Categories as Associate Director at Novartis Consumer Health which included Global Category strategy management of their Marketing Services and Digital Services programs as part of their Over the Counter (OTC) Division. In addition she worked in Strategic sourcing group for Johnson and Johnson, based in New Brunswick New Jersey as part of a shared services team function supporting and leading Strategic Sourcing specific categories across three business sectors including Pharma, Consumer and Medical Devise Business units.

Jill was previously based on the West Coast as part of the Purchasing team for Neutrogena supporting all Supply Chain plant site functions. Jill has been in a Procurement function across multiple industries including Software, Health and Beauty, and worked in manufacturing leading the purchasing team for a Billion dollar Global Corporation in the Food industry as well as experience working for Wella Corporation running the Purchasing function for their West Coast division. She is a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager and Green Belt for Six Sigma and has a vast knowledge across many industries which lends to her success and leadership in Procurement roles and expertise initiating new processes, approach and innovation to this field with both her internal stakeholders and Suppliers.
Raj Kshatriya
Raj Kshatriya
Global SC Strategy & Risk Management
Johnson & Johnson
Raj Kshatriya is Sr. Manager, Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM).  Raj joined the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in 1994 and since has been part of Engineering, Project Management, FPX, Process Excellence and Network Strategy groups within the Consumer Sector.  Raj holds B.S. & M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and is a J&J certified Black Belt. In his current role, Raj leads SCRM for Consumer Sector globally and represents Consumer Sector on several Enterprise-wide SC initiatives.  Additionally, he has driven development of the Enterprise Sourcing Risk Management (ESRM) approach and currently leads its deployment.
Eliza Gonzalez
Eliza Gonzalez
Global Procurement Talent Management Director
Johnson & Johnson
Eliza is currently Procurement Capabilities and Leadership Development Lead at Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Eliza is accountable to drive strategies encompassing functional competency building, functional training programs, and leadership development. Eliza’s career began at Johnson & Johnson in 1986 when she joined as an Assistant Accountant for the then Ortho Pharmaceutical business. Since then, she has held positions of increasing responsibility and spanning a range of cross-functional experiences in: Finance providing support for R&D, Supply Chain/Operations, and Marketing; enterprise-wide Marketing Sourcing as part of the former Corporate Strategic Sourcing organization and leading a team as Sourcing Director for the U.S. Pharmaceutical Procurement Group. Prior to her current role Eliza was Director, North America Consumer Commercial and Business Services Procurement. Eliza has a natural passion for coaching, mentoring, and advocating for talent at all levels within the organization, encouraging a mindset of continuous learning and leading with strengths. Eliza holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Rutgers University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is also a certified coach in the Hogan Assessment personality-based assessment inventories. Eliza resides in Kendall Park, New Jersey with her husband Angel and their children Jessica, Victoria, and Luis. In addition to quality family time, Eliza enjoys getting each day started with her morning exercise regimen and vacations at the beach.
Daniel Marasco
Daniel Marasco
Associate Director Global Procurement
Bristol Myers Squibb
Jon Leisner
Jon Leisner
Assistant Director, Sourcing and Facilities
Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI)
Jon Leisner is the Assistant Director, Sourcing and Facilities for AMRI, a contract research and manufacturing organization headquartered in Albany, New York. In this role, he is responsible for the procurement of indirect goods and services for AMRI’s global facilities, as well as the logistics and facilities management functions related to AMRI’s R&D and small-scale manufacturing facilities in New York and Massachusetts. Additionally, he also serves in an advisory capacity for the procurement of direct materials and supplies for AMRI’s aseptic manufacturing facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Burlington, Massachusetts. He has been a member of AMRI’s team since 2008.

Prior to joining AMRI, Jon was a Direct Material Sourcing Leader for Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Silicones) in Waterford, New York, from 2005 - 2008. In this role, he was responsible for the procurement of key raw materials, fillers, pigments and additives. Prior to that, Jon served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, with a specialty in Surface Warfare. Jon served on two warships, the USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) and the USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 73), in divisional leadership roles within the Operations and Engineering Departments. His responsibilities included management of shipboard communications systems, gas turbine engines and generators, and deck seamanship processes.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jon graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Jon also holds a Master of Engineering degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
David Freschi
David Freschi
Senior Director, R&D Procurement & Clinical Outsourcing
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Phil Sampona
Phil Sampona
Senior Global Category Procurement Manager
FMC Corporation
Phil Sampona currently works at FMC Corporation with his office located at its headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. Phil’s current title is the Global Category Senior Manager of Professional Services. Within this role he is responsible for managing indirect spend categories on a global basis which includes (but is not limited to) advertising, marketing, travel, fleet, HR, real estate, facilities, communications, IT, translation services, market research, and consulting (across all corporate functions and business units).

Prior to FMC, Phil worked for Teva Pharmaceuticals, Dechert LLP, and Bristol-Myers Squibb in a variety of global procurement roles. Phil is a graduate of Wilkes University where he received both his Bachelor’s in Business Management and his MBA in Operations Management. Phil completed the Global Leadership Executive Education Program at The Wharton School of Business and the Six Sigma Green Belt Program at Villanova University. Phil is also a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) through the Institute of Supply Management and a Global Travel Professional (GTP) through the Global Business Travel Association.

Phil is also a prior Board Member and Chair of the New Jersey Business Travel Association (NJBTA) and currently sits as an Advisory Board Member for ProcureCon events.
Michelle Charpentier
Michelle Charpentier
Director, Global Indirect Procurement
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Kent Morsch
Kent Morsch
Regional Head of Procurement
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Kent Morsch is the Head of Regional Procurement, Americas, for Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Co. He has a wealth of pharmaceutical industry experience, including twenty years in procurement. Kent’s current focus is two-pronged -- business partnering with internal commercial stakeholders and leadership of the global procurement project management team. He is responsible for advocating Takeda’s values of Integrity, Fairness, Honesty and Perseverance while putting the patient at the center of all that Takeda does.

While employed at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Kent provided leadership and strategic direction in procurement transformations – he continues this role currently at Takeda. For the past ten years, he has been an active member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Pharma Forum, having held several Officer positions including Chair.
Frank Tamburro
Frank Tamburro
Sr. Manager, Scientific Services Strategic Sourcing
Amgen Inc
Donna Lynch
Director, R&d Clinical Procurement, Cro & Clinical Monitoring Global Lead
GlaxoSmithKline
Tarbinlam Lafon
Tarbinlam Lafon
Director- Travel, Card & MEetings Procurement
Merck
Tarbinlam (Tar) is currently Director of Global Travel, Meetings and Payments Procurement at Merck & Co., Inc., whose corporate headquarters are in Kenilworth, New Jersey; he has worked at Merck since September 2012.  In his current role, Tar and his team are responsible for global category strategy development/ execution and supplier relationship management for Travel, Meetings and Payments in concert with internal business partners and regional procurement peers.  Prior to his current role, he had responsibility for Global Transportation Procurement, where he led the delivery of transformational value and stretch performance in savings, working capital conversions, supplier rationalization among other procurement initiatives.
His broad experience includes several years of increasing responsibility in diverse supply chain functions in the pharmaceutical industry, including supply chain logistics, order-to-cash business operations, ERP systems implementation, project management and other procurement categories.
Tar holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and both Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.  In addition to English, he speaks German and French.

Brett Healy
Brett Healy
Director Global Procurement
Capsugel
Brett Healy is Director of Global Procurement for Capsugel, a global innovator of dosage solutions for the healthcare industry. She joined Capsugel in 2012 and focuses on indirect procurement for the company’s manufacturing and R&D facilities around the world. Brett is based at Capsugel’s headquarters in Morristown, NJ and manages a global team of talented procurement colleagues. Brett drives the company’s procurement strategy for all indirect spend worldwide, through a complete approach including portfolio optimization, category planning, strategic sourcing, contract management, functional procurement, and supplier relationship management. Working with company leadership, she develops and prioritizes a portfolio of high-value strategic sourcing opportunities. In addition to providing hands-on leadership for large multi-million dollar global projects, Brett leads procurement integrations for acquired businesses and manages procurement for facility expansions. Prior to joining Capsugel, Brett held various procurement leadership roles, in both direct and indirect procurement, during a 12-year career with Ingersoll Rand. She earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a BS in Business Administration/Supply Chain from Lehigh University.
Raphael Kleinmann
Raphael Kleinmann
Us Procurement Head
Ferring
Raphael Kleinmann is Head of US Procurement at Ferring Pharmaceuticals. He is appointed to transform a highly decentralized transactional oriented organization into a proactive and strategic value-adding function for all US companies. He is responsible to develop, shape and lead the Procurement organization to drive change across the organization in conjunction with internal stakeholders and key suppliers to drive supply cost, innovation, corporate responsibility, operational and ROI enhancements.

Raphael has worked at Fortune 500 companies in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Manufacturing, Life and Material Sciences, Biotechnology, Food and Beverage industries.

Raphael holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Business Administration from the European University, and a Master of Business Administration degree in International Business and Supply Management from the University of San Diego, CA. He is fluent in English, French and Dutch.
Keith DeMatteo
Keith DeMatteo
Center of Sourcing Excellence Director
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Keith works for BMS as Director in Global Procurement’s Center of Excellence. In this position, Keith supports the design and implementation of the BMS Procurement Operating model which includes Business Partnering, Strategic Category Management, and Supplier Relationship Management. He also trains and mentors Procurement professionals in various strategic skills and issues. Prior to BMS, Keith worked in Hewlett Packard’s procurement organization, was the Chief Procurement Officer at TD Ameritrade, and was Verizon’s Head of FiOS Sourcing & Supply Chain organization. He has over 21 years of Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Chain experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA with a Finance concentration from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Arash Azadegan
Arash Azadegan
Associate Professor
Rutgers
Arash Azadegan (PhD, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University) is an Associate Professor at Rutgers Business School and the Director of Supply Chain Disruption Research Laboratory (SCDrl). Dr. Azadegan has over a decade of industrial experience with Fortune 100 companies such as Quaker Oats, Ralston Purina and Ford Motor. His research focuses on supply chain disruptions, and the effect of organizational response and recovery efforts to mitigate them. He has ongoing experiment based research projects on the role of organizational, leadership and supply chain resilience in the face of natural and man-made disruptions. He leads the efforts of a small team of PhD and graduate students at the SCDrl on several studies to assess firm behavior in response and in recovering from disruptions. Dr. Azadegan’s work is published in several top Operation and Supply Chain Management journals including the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management Journal, and the Decision Sciences Journal among others. Dr. Azadegan is an officer of the OM Division at the Academy of Management, an active member of the Decision Sciences Institute. He was recently recognized as a Galactic Hero at the Buzz Light Year Ranger Spin at Disney World, Orlando.
Derek Mitchell
Derek Mitchell
North America Procurement Lead
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Derek Mitchell is the North America Procurement Lead for Takeda Pharmaceuticals. In this senior leadership position he is accountable for Takeda’s United States Business Unit financial efficiency targets, and effective stakeholder relationship management.

After graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, Derek worked in the automotive industry in various capacities before focusing on procurement. Derek also has extensive procurement experience in consumer packaging and pharmaceuticals.

Samuel Friedman
Samuel Friedman
Director, Strategic Procurement Leader
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Kristy Kershaw
Kristy Kershaw
Associate Director, US Marketing, Surgery & Anesthesia
Merck
Kristy is currently an Associate Director of US Marketing for the Surgical Anesthesia Franchise at Merck. In her current role as Scientific Strategy Lead, she is responsible for leading the scientific brand strategy development and thought leader engagement strategy, while working closely with Medical Affairs. Additional responsibilities include leading the planning and execution of the BRIDION & ENTEREG advisory boards, refining the scientific platform, and developing the society engagement plan. During her 17 years at Merck, Kristy has also worked in marketing communications, market research and sales. Kristy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Temple University and an MBA from Drexel University.
Scott McKinney
Scott McKinney
Associate Director of Procurement
bluebird bio
Adam Long
Head of Indirect
Merrimack
Jack Schink
Jack Schink
Director of Procurement
Novartis
Jack Schink is a Director, Procurement within the Novartis Business Services organization. He has in excess of thirty years professional procurement experience across multiple industries including sanitary and fine paper manufacturing, electrical distribution, telecommunications, pharmaceutical distribution, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. He has managed multiple indirect spend categories including real estate and facilities management, travel, relocation, training, payroll administration, and contingent labor. For the past twelve years, Jack’s primary responsibility has been managing the $200MM Novartis US contingent labor program, which includes all categories of contingent labor and most recently, scope of work engagements.
Rea Tachdjian, C.P.M
Rea Tachdjian, C.P.M
Former Sourcing Manager, Global R&D, Janssen
Procurement Management Leader

Rea Tachdjian is a Procurement Management Leader from the Pharmaceutical industry.

With a background from one of the top 3 consulting firms, she has led strategic sourcing teams at leading edge Procurement organizations such as, Janssen Research & Development LLC, GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Throughout her Procurement career, Rea has impacted an aggregate spend of an estimated $320M and delivered a total savings of approximately $50M.

Rea received her M.B.A. in Finance from Drexel University, and B.S. degree in Marketing from the Philadelphia University. Rea is a Certified Purchasing Manager, and has a Green Belt Certification in Lean Sigma.

In August 2016, she received a Spark Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Rea is a former Board of Director member of the Institute for Supply Management - Philadelphia, Inc.

Rea is from the Greater Philadelphia area.

Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea
Senior Label Program Director
Clintrak Clinical Labeling LLC., a part of ThermoFisher Scientific
Kevin began his career at Clintrak in May 2004 in the Manufacturing Division and was directly involved with label production. He transitioned to the Project Management Department where he worked closely with clients to offer a consultative approach to completion of jobs from protocol interpretation to label production. Throughout his tenure, Kevin has gained a broad knowledge of the clinical supplies process while enhancing clinical label production from just label printing to overall clinical label services. Over the past few years, Kevin has been an integral part in the development of translation and regulatory review solutions for clinical trial labels. Kevin provides customer support including client and site visits, quarterly meetings, trade meetings, demonstrations, seminars and industry lead discussion groups. He works closely with Clintrak specialists to develop customized solutions to meet client’s unique needs. Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College in the year 2000, where he majored in English with minors in Media & Society and Journalism. Kevin currently resides in Patchogue, NY with his wife and two children.
Dr. Elizabeth Iorns
Dr. Elizabeth Iorns
Founder & CEO
Science Exchange
Dr. Elizabeth Iorns is the Founder & CEO of Science Exchange, the Co-Director of the Reproducibility Initiative, and is a part-time partner at Y Combinator. Elizabeth has a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the Institute of Cancer Research (UK), and before starting Science Exchange in 2011 was an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami (where she remains an Adjunct Professor). Elizabeth has received a range of honors and recognition, including the Kauffman Foundation Emerging Entrepreneur Award, one of Nature Magazine’s ‘Ten People Who Mattered’, and one of WIRED’s '50 Women Who Are Changing The World'. Elizabeth is focused on the development of innovative models to promote the quality and efficiency of scientific research.
Stephany Lapierre
Stephany Lapierre
CEO
Tealbook
A born entrepreneur with 16 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Stephany started Matchbook in 2008 to provide a sourcing service to healthcare companies. Since then, Stephany has become an invaluable sourcing expert for some 50 of the industry’s leading companies, efficiently managed more than 500 supplier searches across all healthcare functions. She believes there is a way to make the RFP process simpler, targeted and more efficient for both sides of the industry. She launched tealbook to give the healthcare industry easy access to suppliers that support their business, easily stay on top of industry trends, efficiently receive targeted supplier recommendations and ultimately validate their supplier selection.
Dan Kagan
Dan Kagan
COO
Scientist.com
Dan is a bioengineer who has worked extensively with life science start-up companies. Prior to joining Scientist.com, he advised startups at eBoost Consulting, started a company called ChemoTactics and was the CTO of the UC-San Diego 100K Entrepreneur Challenge. In 2012, Dan was selected as a Siebel Scholar. Dan received an M.S. and Ph.D in Bioengineering from Joseph Wang’s lab at UCSD, where he was a Gordon Scholar. He received a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Rutgers in 2006.
Richard Stack
Richard Stack
VP, Value Engineering
SAP Ariba

Richard is Director, Value Engineering for SAP’s Procurement Line of Business responsible for client procurement transformation in a digital world. His thought leadership enables organizations to embrace the value of using business networks throughout the entire value lifecycle; from simple indirect procurement and payment to digital supply chain collaboration for direct materials. Richard joined SAP Value Engineering in 2013 to work with SAP’s most strategic customers in Canada and the US. Prior to joining SAP, Richard worked in the life science, chemical and higher education industries, including various finance, procurement and supply chain leadership roles at Boston University, W.R. Grace, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and DuPont. Richard holds a Master’s in Finance from Fairfield University and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Chemistry and Economics. Richard is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM). He is based in Wayland, MA near Boston.

Ken Serviss
Ken Serviss
Senior Account Director
PRO Unlimited
Ken Serviss is a Senior Account Director for PRO Unlimited. He has been with PRO since 2006 and is responsible for the overall strategic management for many PRO programs and ensures best-in-class service delivery to our clients. He has more than 20 years of staffing, recruiting, and operations management experience. Ken has managed many Fortune 50 accounts accounts in his tenure in the staffing and consulting industry. His is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Art Chavez
Art Chavez
Partner
The Bloc
Art is a Partner at The Bloc, a mid-sized creative engagement agency based in New York. He is responsible for business operations, business development and client services oversight. In this role he ensures that all client teams receive a support structure and agency experience that is tuned to their specific needs. This role has enabled him to establish and expand several new working models that have generated strong results both for clients and The Bloc. He helps lead a core team involved in the development and implementation of all agency service agreements. Art has spent over 30 years in the healthcare agency world. His most recent roles included directing the activities of a multi-agency global healthcare assignment for Colgate Palmolive as part of an integrated cross-agency leadership team at WPP. He also helped establish the New York operations of GSW Worldwide as its President for 3.5 years. Art is a graduate of Fairfield University and he resides in Connecticut with his wife and three children.
Talia Mashiach
Talia Mashiach
CEO, Founder & Product Architect
Eved
Talia Mashiach is the CEO, Founder and Product Architect of Eved, an event commerce company that offers the only spend management solution for meetings and events. Eved's web-based platform automates how large corporations request, order and pay for event services, delivering increased transparency, significant efficiencies in the billing and reconciliation process, and improving compliance and control.
David Pastore
David Pastore
Director
Source One Management Services
David Pastore is a strategic sourcing subject matter expert with extensive experience in the Pharmaceuticals industry and specializing in niche categories such as Information Technology and Telecommunications. As Director at Source One, Pastore works closely with procurement professionals, stakeholders, and functional owners to develop and imple¬ment best-in-class agreements through extensive research, detailed spend analysis, supplier negotiations, and change manage¬ment. Prior to his work at Source One, David worked as an IT consultant, on security, data integrity, and the management of privileged and confidential data on high-profile eDiscovery initiatives. He is also a contributing author to the landmark resource Managing Indirect Spend: Enhancing Profitability Through Strategic Sourcing, published by John Wiley & Sons.
Elizabeth Robillard
Elizabeth Robillard
Program Director
ProcureCon Pharma
Elizabeth Robillard is a conference producer at Worldwide Business Research. Over several months of research phone calls with procurement executives in the pharmaceutical industry, she put together the program and invited the speaking faculty for ProcureCon Pharma 2016.