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Financial Times Global Pharma and Biotech Summit

9 – 11 November 2020, virtual event

Transforming the pharma business for growth

As they move past the immediate challenge of contributing solutions to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, pharmaceutical and biotech companies will face a changed world. Despite the many devastating impacts, the crisis represents an opportunity to innovate at a quicker pace, refine growth strategies and build new partnerships. The Financial Times Global Pharma and Biotech Summit brings together industry leaders and experts to share insights and perspectives on the critical issues set to re-shape the sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Featured speakers include:

Paul Hudson, CEO, Sanofi

David Loew, CEO, Ipsen

Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Roger Connor, President of Global Vaccines, GSK

Richard Hatchett, CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEPI)

Teresa Graham, Head of Product Strategy, Roche

Bertrand Dobson, Chief Digital Officer, Novartis

Marianne De Backer, Head of Pharmaceuticals Business Development and Licensing


Steven Pearson, Founder and President, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER)

Jose Baselga, Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Oncology


Susanne Schaffert, President, Oncology, Novartis

Libby Driscoll, Vice President of US Neurosciences, Eli Lilly & Company

ICON speakers:

Dr. Nuala Murphy

President, Clinical Research Services

Monday, November, 09, 4:20 PM - 4:45 PM GMT (25 Min)

Presentation and fireside chat with Clive Cookson, Science Editor, Financial Times, on "Decentralised & hybrid trials - models for increased resilience and better outcomes".

Thomas O'Leary

Thomas O'Leary

Chief Information Officer

Tuesday, November 10, 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM GMT (50 Min)

Panel: How Technology is Transforming R&D

Pharma companies are using technologies to include advances in AI, functional genomics and other innovations to take a patient focused approach, to accelerate the pace of medicines discovery, to reduce the costs of clinical trials and deliver drugs to patients faster. And advances in the use of technology in R&D is receiving a boost with regulators including the FDA releasing guidelines on the use of RWE/RWD, and with their growing acceptance of novel patient-centred and digital endpoints in the approval of new drugs. What are the ways in which AI and big data are making/will make a meaningful impact in R&D, and where is pharma on its AI /data journey? How successful will pharma companies ultimately be in finding new ways to apply AI to big data sets to discover new drugs, given the complexity of the underlying biology?

Tarek Sherif, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Medidata

Andrew Hopkins, CEO, ExscIentia

Moderator: Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

Deirdre Albertson

VP, Women's Health

Tuesday, November 10, 5:20 PM - 6:00 PM GMT (40 Min)

Panel: Women's Health

Women’s healthcare has been largely underserved and underfunded, yet there is significant scope for innovation. Issues to include stigma and the challenge of attracting scientists to this specialisation have impeded market growth, yet the market opportunity is significant. Women account for half the global population and they are the leading decision makers in term of family health and healthcare spend. The health and pharma industry are rallying to the cause, and the field of femtech, for instance, has expanded significantly in recent years. As the issue of under representation of women in drug trials hits the headlines, meanwhile, the business of women’s health is gradually moving to the spotlight. What are the emerging opportunities, and how are early pioneers in this market addressing the market?

Per Falk, President, Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Tania Boler, CEO, Elvie

Halle Tecco, CEO Natalist

Moderator: Hannah Kuchler, US Pharma and Biotech Correspondent, Financial Times