Previous Seminars

Fall 2017 Seminar Series

  • Wed, Sept 20 “Balancing Values: Working in Pharma as a Public Health Professional” talk with Yogeeta Manglani, Associate Director, Policy (Vaccines and Hepatitis C) at Merck & Co.
  • Wed, Sept 20 Pharmaceuticals Student Social
  • Wed, Oct 11 New Student Luncheon
  • Wed, Oct. 25 “How My Practicum Influenced My Job Search” alumni and current student panel
  • Thurs, Nov 16 “Life After the MPH: How One Alumna Became a Member of Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017” talk with BUSPH Alumna Dr. Emilia Javorsky MD, MPH.
  • Thurs, Dec 7 2nd Annual Pharmaceuticals Program Networking Event

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

  • Tues, Jan 24: Welcome Back Session, Christina Allain, Global Senior Associate, Family Planning at Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Tues, Feb 7: Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director  Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL), an interdisciplinary research core focusing on intersections among prescription drugs and medical devices, patient health outcomes, and regulatory practices and the law.
  • Thurs, Feb 23: Tom Kowalski, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Director, Health and Medical Management at Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Tues, Feb 28: Dan Ollendorf, Ph.D, Chief Scientific Officer, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review
  • Thurs, Mar 16: Pharm Certificate Alumni Panel
  • Wed, Mar 22: Dean’s Symposium: Innovative Access: Using Technology to Improve Quality, Distribution, and Use of Medicines
  • Tues, Mar 28: Alan Sager, Ph.D., Professor, Health Law, Policy and Management, BUSPH
  • Thurs, April 13: Jamie Ring, BUSPH MPH ’04, Head of Patient Advocacy, Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Thurs, April 20: Brook Baker, JD, Senior Policy Analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project), Professor of Law, Northeastern School of Law

Fall 2016 Seminar Series

  • Thurs, Sept. 8: Welcome Session Pharm Program Leadership Council to host!
  • Tues, Sept 13: Margaret Ewen, Global Coordinator, Health Action International
  • Wed., Sept. 14: Yu Lu, PhD, Professor of Health Economics, Fudan University (China)Health reform in China, Health Financing, Access to Medicines and Universal Health Coverage
  • Thurs. Sept 15: Dean’s Symposium The Role of Pharmaceuticals in Public Health
  • Tues, Oct. 11: Claudia Kelly, DrPH, Seqirus/Novartis
  • Wed., Oct. 19: Doris Peter, Consumer Reports
  • Thurs., Nov. 3: Practicum Speed Networking Current Pharm Students and Alumni
  • Tues, Nov. 8: David Kaufman, Slone Epidemiology Center“Studies & Surveys on Use and Safety of Medicines: Getting to know BU’s Slone Epidemiology Center”
  • Thurs, Nov 10: Networking Event Meet and network with the Pharm Program’s, External Advisory Board!
  • Tues, Nov. 29: Joe Massaro, Harvard Clinical Research Institute
  • Wed., Nov. 30: Veronika Wirtz, Associate Professor, BUSPH“Launching the Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines policy: A Conversation with the Commissioners”
  • Tues. Dec. 6: Lauren Celano, Propel Careers
  • Wed, Dec 7: Job Talk InClinica, PA-based CRO, information session.


Spring 2016 Seminar Series

  • Tuesday, January 26 – Welcome Session
  • Wednesday, January 27Andy Gray, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Hans Hogerzeil, University Groningen, Netherlands on Universal Health Coverage & Medicines: A global perspective
  • Tuesday, February 2Kevin Outterson, JD, BU School of Law on International cooperation to sustain effectiveness of antimicrobials
  • Tuesday, February 16Deirdre McCarthy, Senior Director, Global Head, Benefit-Risk Management, Quintiles on Pharmacovigilance 101
  • Tuesday, March 1 Vishal Patel, Senior Director for Global Institutional Affairs at EMD Serono—the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA on How to shape industry practice & government policy through advocacy, dialogues, and multi-stakeholder initiatives
  • Tuesday, March 15Maura Soucy, Technical Advisor, Pharmaceutical Management and Health technologies Group, Management Sciences for Health on MSH’s Approach to Global Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening
  • Tuesday, March 22Laurie Halloran, CEO, Halloran Consulting on How Pharmaceutical Companies Work
  • Tuesday, March 29 Susan Jick, Director, Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program (BCDSP) on BU’s role in researching adverse effects of Rx medicines
  • Tuesday, April 5 – Career/Alumni Speed Networking with former BUSPH students

Fall 2015 Seminar Series

  • Tuesday, September 8Welcome Session – Current and prospective Pharm Program students joined faculty and staff from the program for a meet and greet event
  • Tuesday, September 22 – Marion McNabb, Senior Technical Advisor, mHealth at Pathfinder International
  • Tuesday, September 29 – Frédérique Santerre, Global Head, Access to Health (A2H) Merck Group
  • Tuesday, October 6 – Aura Mackenzie – Director, Pricing and Market Access, ICON Commercialisation & Outcomes
  • Tuesday, October 13Current Student Practicum Speed Networking – Pharm Students who completed practicums over the previous year shared their experiences with other current students.
  • Thursday, October 22 – Networking Reception at Estragon (does not carry seminar credit) –faculty, staff, current students, alumni, and community partners gathered for an off-site networking event
  • Tuesday, November 3 – Paul Newton – Professor at Oxford University discussed quality of medicines
  • Tuesday, December 1 – Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers discussed job trends in Pharma/Life Sciences industry.
  • Tuesday, December 8Muhammad Zaman – Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University presented on the problem of counterfeit drugs.

Spring 2015 Seminar Series

  • Archie Areche, Alliance Manager at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and BUSPH alum
  • Laura Krech discussing her work as a Technical Leader and Global Advocate Promoting the Quality of Medicine program, implemented by the United States Pharmacopeia, funded by USAID
  • Professor Stacey Dogan is a BU faculty member and leading scholar in intellectual property and competition law. Her recent articles explore cutting-edge topics in trademark, copyright, and right of publicity law, including questions of intermediary liability, the rights of trademark parodists, and evolving norms underlying trademark law
  • Dennis Ross Degnan from Harvard Vanguard Center for Population Studies, talking about medication access and pricing

Fall 2014 Seminar Series

  • Tuesday, September 9: Dr. Gill introduces the start of the seminar series, and Richard Laing discusses practicums at EPN and WHO; Lauren Celano, Co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers, talks about job search tips, LinkedIn, and networking.
  • Tuesday, September 30: Dr. Gill highlights new practicum opportunities at Gilead, MSH, Merck and Agio; Lisa Toby lead exercises on elevator pitch and other interview strategies.
  • Tuesday, October 14: Boston Health Associates Employer Information Session, Bakst Auditorium.
  • Tuesday, October 28: Quintiles Alumni Panel
  • Tuesday, November 11: BUSPH/Pharmaceuticals Program Alumni Panel: Join Meghan Bratton, Clinical Project Support Specialist at Quintiles, Lesley Nguyen, Associate Trial Leader at Novartis Vaccies, and Nga Tong, Publications Writer at Novartis Vaccines for a Q&A about their current positions, how they achieved their rules and any tips and tricks of navigating the Pharm Program.
  • Tuesday, November 18: Focus Group
  • Tuesday, December 2: Carrie Cook, Head of Licensing Neurodegenerative Diseases and Global Health Global Business Development at EMD Serono Inc. (Merck).
  • Tuesday, December 9: Jamie Ring from Genzyme discusses her work and tips for entering the field.

Seminar Series Spring 2014

  • Chris Gill Director of Program Clinical Trials
  • Tobias Rinke de Wit PharmAccess a personal story around development of his career and in particular PharmAccess
  • Lauren Celano Co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers Job search tips/LinkedIn/networking
  • Jonathan Spector Special Assistant to the President at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Erin Hasselberg Consulting Services Manager, John Snow, Inc./ Principal Advisor (SCMS)
  • Leah Davis Associate Director, Dar New Me, Development & Alumni Relations at BU Fundraising
  • Dr. Beverly Brown director of development for both the Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) and the Office of Technology Development (OTD) at Boston University Development

Seminar Series Fall 2013

  • Information session and introduction for new/interested students, and welcome back for current students
  • Presentation from Lisa Toby, Career Office on the job search in the realm of pharmaceuticals. Check out her presentation on the “elevator pitch” here: Elevator Pitch Presentation
  • Presentation from Tom McKeeff at Sproxil
  • Presentation from Vas Narasimhan, Global head, vaccines development for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics.
  • Presentation from Richard Laing, from the World Health Organization
  • Presentation from current students who have recently completed pharmaceuticals practicums
  • Quintiles information session and panel discussion
  • Presentation from Lesley Nguyen and Nga Tong, BUSPH alumni working at Novartis
  • Presentation from Danielle Littee, BUSPH alum now working at Millennium Pharmaceuticals

Seminar Series Fall 2012

  • Pharmaceuticals Program Q&A and Introduction of current students who have worked in the field
  • Jose Travejo, Medical Director and Clinical Disease Area Lead for Infectious Diseases, Vertex Pharmaceuticals discusses his experiments in clinical development
  • Erin Hasselberg Principal Advisor, Human Resource Capacity Development with the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) at John Snow Inc. on supply chain management in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Ingrid De Beer, BUSPH/CGHD’s first social entrepreneur in residence on the challenges of providing basic commodities and health care in Namibia

Seminar Series Spring 2012

  • Dr. Chris Gill discusses updates to the Pharmaceuticals Program curriculum and welcomes new and returning students
  • Julia Giguere from MSCI Inc. on the Access to Medicine Index
  • Alumni Meredith Wallace and Esprit Ma on the lessons learned a recap of the 1st Annual Pharmaceuticals Symposium
  • Lydia Olson, Associate – Intellectual Property at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on IP and Patent Infringement in the Pharmaceutical Sector
  • Dr. Chris Gill on Clinical Development
  •  Christopher Webster Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs Strategy at Vertex Pharmaceuticals on Regulatory Affairs
  • Student Practicum Presentations