2018 HORIZONS Speakers

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Join us this year at HORIZONS to hear from some of the industry's top though leaders!

We are pleased to announce our first speakers for HORIZONS 2018.  Join us for the chance to listen to these compelling industry movers and shakers. Additional speakers will be announced soon - Watch this space for all of our latest speaker announcements!


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Dr. Simon Kos

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Simon Kos is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Director, Worldwide Health, Microsoft. In this key executive role, Dr. Kos is responsible for providing clinical guidance, thought leadership, vision and strategy for Microsoft technologies and solutions in the Health and Healthcare industries. He works with industry partners and healthcare organizations around the world to improve and transform health outcomes by leveraging technology and innovation. Dr. Kos joined Microsoft in 2010, bringing his expertise to the Australian health team after 17 years in the health and health IT industries. As the doctor on Microsoft’s health team, he was responsible for health strategy and industry engagement. He raised awareness of the Microsoft brand, technologies, and partner community, and he works to find clinical relevance for Microsoft products.

Prior to Microsoft, Dr. Kos worked with global health IT companies Cerner and InterSystems as they implemented some of the largest e-Health initiatives in Australia. Before his career in health IT, Dr. Kos practiced at NSWHealth for several years with a focus on critical care. Simon has an MBBS and a BSc (Med) from the University of New South Wales, as well as an MBA with a major in change management from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is passionate about improving healthcare through technology.

Dr. Gene Dantkser

Senior Director
Qualcomm Life, Inc.

Dr. Dantsker is responsible for enabling intelligent integrated care models through the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) in the pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics and payer industries. Prior to this role, Dr. Dantsker worked across the spectrum of therapy and diagnostic technology solutions with broad experience in healthcare, biotech and semiconductor businesses. Formerly, he was a senior technical staff member at TRW, Inc., Space and Electronics Division where he was responsible for design, fabrication, and integration of microelectronics for space/satellite applications.

Subsequently he co-founded Nanostream, Inc., a biotechnology company and provider of high-throughput bio-analytical instruments to pharmaceutical companies and CROs. As VP of Technology, Dr. Dantsker was co-inventor and developer of Nanostream’s core technologies based on polymer MEMS microfluidics and converted them into commercial products purchased by leading pharmaceutical companies. He also served as CEO and CTO of aDNAvance Technologies, Inc., a provider of ultra-sensitive medical molecular diagnostic products. Dr. Dantsker served on the Board of Directors of D-Wave Systems, a pioneer in Quantum Computing, with leading Silicon Valley VCs, as well as heavily consulted the company in business development, IP strategy, growth strategy and operational infrastructure.

Linda Ricci
Associate Director, Office of Device Evaluation, Center for Devices and Radiologic Health

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Linda Ricci began her career developing artificial intelligence solutions in the defense industry before moving to the medical device industry as a software engineer.  She helped to develop several diagnostic cardiology devices and has participated in all phases of product life cycle development.  Ms. Ricci moved to the FDA in 2005 and has had several roles including scientific reviewer and branch chief within the Division of Cardiovascular devices.  Currently Ms. Ricci is the Associate Director for Digital Health within the Office of Device Evaluation.  In this role she, leads the development and implementation of digital health policy within the Office of Device Evaluation.  She has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering.

Peyton Howell
Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer

Peyton Howell joined PAREXEL as Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer in May 2018 and is responsible for leading PAREXEL’s commercial operations to enhance the customer experience.  Ms. Howell’s distinguished career spans over 25 years of delivering solutions that meet the needs of customers in the healthcare industry. 

Ms. Howell previously held several leadership positions with AmerisourceBergen as Executive Vice President and President, Health Systems and Specialty Care Solutions, leading a business unit with market leading share of specialty and biotech products and solutions to physicians, health systems and specialty pharmacy customers. Prior to that, she served as Executive Vice President and President, Global Sourcing and Manufacturer Relations, in which she led all pharmaceutical manufacturer procurement strategy for AmerisourceBergen, including multi-billion dollar sourcing activities.

Xavier Flinois
President, PAREXEL Informatics

Xavier Flinois has more than 25 years of experience in the technology and healthcare IT sectors. Since 2013, he has led PAREXEL in developing industry-leading technological innovations and solutions to enhance drug development aimed at making the process faster, more accurate, more productive and easier to track. Most recently, Mr. Flinois drove PAREXEL’s technology development alliance with Microsoft.

Mr. Flinois also led the launch of Perceptive® Cloud, a platform delivering PAREXEL solutions on an enhanced, global, secure cloud infrastructure. In addition, Mr. Flinois spearheaded the development and launch of PAREXEL’s Patient Sensor Solution and drove the Company’s collaboration with Sanofi, both with the goal of advancing the use of wearable devices to transform data collection in clinical trials.


  Desmond Creary
Health Business Leader of the Americas

Desmond Creary is currently the Health Business Leader of the Americas at Microsoft. He previously held several positions at GSK including Vice President of Sales, Primary Care, Field Vice President, and Project Manager for the CEO's Future Strategy Group.  He has a degree in marketing from the Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge and an MBA from the University of Phoenix


Ritesh Patel

Chief Digital Officer-Health & Wellness
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

Ritesh is the Chief Digital Officer at Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, a global marketing services company offering advertising and promotion, brand identity and development, digital marketing, market access, medical education, PR, and strategy and planning. Prior to Ogilvy, he spent 5 years as the Global Head of Digital and Innovation for inVentiv Health, a global healthcare services organization with offices in 40 countries. Ritesh is a Digital and Social Evangelist and a geek at heart. With over 18 years of digital experience his background includes Online Marketing, Advertising, Sales, CRM and E-Business. He focuses primarily on digital strategy, tools, platforms, and ecosystems in Healthcare.


Paul Bidez

Vice President Regulatory & Clinical Solutions

Paul joined PAREXEL in the summer of 2015 to lead the Regulatory Solutions business and provide innovative, industry-leading technologies and services that help to deliver on the missions of global regulatory organizations. These capabilities include the full suite of regulatory enabling technologies within the INSIGHT platform as well as industry-leading teams of experienced regulatory professionals well versed in the best practices for the global management of regulatory information.


Jo English
Senior Director of Client Enablement

Jo is a specialist in global regulatory affairs and operations with over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. She also has 15+ years’ experience in registration information management, submission management and dossier publishing. Jo leads a team of solution design experts with her team at to provide strategic regulatory input and designs client solutions for the RIM suite. Jo has her BSc in Microbiology


Tim Gilbert
Senior Director, Product Management

 Tim has spent over 25 years in the Communications and more recently Healthcare industries. He has held various senior roles across those spaces and currently heads up Product Management for PAREXEL’s Randomization and Trial Supply Management service. He has a software engineering degree and is passionate about progressing the combination of people and technology to bring medicines to market, safer, faster and more efficiently.


Matt Petrella
Senior Director of Client Enablement

  Matt is currently responsible for management, development and oversight for managing customer relationships, delivering services and implementing technologies to PAREXEL’s customers. He supports clients through the facilitation of their clinical trials while providing the appropriate technical integration and clinical technologies (CTMS, EDC, IRT/IVRS, medical imaging and regulatory). Matt is a subject matter expert in the area of clinical technology platforms combining a unique operational and technical background to identify and integrate the solutions into the business. He focuses on customer satisfaction, excellence in delivery and the nurturing of a longer term partnership with our global clients.


Bill Puglia

Global Head Solutions Management

Bill leads the group responsible for incubating new solutions from ‘concept to cradle’ leveraging the MyTrials integrated clinical development platform. He drives technology innovation in SMAC technologies (social mobile analytics, cloud) applied to Phase 1-4 clinical research trials and is responsible for innovation roadmaps, establishing ecosystem partnerships and ‘first of kind’ customer delivery of new technology solutions.


 Sarah Luijpers
Associate Vice President, DDO Business Operations
(FACT, Reporting/Analytics & Resourcing)

Sarah’s varied background and experience in her 25+ years in the pharmaceutical industry has given her a broad perspective in which she shares with her colleagues daily.  Prior to joining Allergan, Sarah spent ~20 years with Schering Plough (now Merck) starting off as a site monitor and progressing throughout the Clinical Development organization.  Sarah also oversaw all Global Early Stage Development Operations at Schering Plough.  Sarah then transitioned to Forest where she has overseen various groups within Drug Development Operations from Recruitment and Vendor Management, to her current role as Head of DDO Business Operations overseeing, among others, Feasibility Analysis for Clinical Trials (FACT) and Systems and Reporting.


Ivan Tarapov

Senior Program Manager: Project InnerEye


 Hanan Butler
Senior Director, Product Management, EDC and CTMS

Hanan has over 16 years of industry experience in Product Management and Life Sciences Services. Prior to joining PAREXEL, she worked as Director of Product Strategy at Oracle Health Sciences leading a portfolio of market-leading products. Prior to Oracle, Hanan worked at Phase Forward where she held multiple positions in Product Management and in the Services organization.


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Nick Darwall-Smith
Vice President Technology

Nick is a technology executive with 26 years in Clinical R&D, with experience in Clinical R&D Operations, IT and Consulting, with the ability to bring rapid value to the business through leveraging the right technology enablers. He is focused on digital innovation, leveraging and exploring workflow, warehousing, analytics, mobile, persona based UI, direct from patient capture, eSource, wearables, real world evidence and cross industry standards, striving to make the process of clinical trials easier for patients, sites and sponsors. Nick is a solution expertise in Clinical R&D systems, ERP, Business Intelligence and Warehousing.


Matt Neal

Senior Director Product Management

Matt Neal joined PAREXEL in 2016 as the Senior Director of Product Management for Regulatory Solutions.  Before joining PAREXEL, Matt was a Director of Regulatory & Safety Operations at Amgen, Inc.  (2003-2016) and prior to that he was one of the pioneering members of the Regulatory Submissions Department for GlaxoSmithKline (1996-2003) and has been publishing and submitting electronic dossiers to the FDA since 1996, and submitted the very first fully electronic NDA for GSK in 1999. Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from Temple University.  He and his wife Beth live in Los Angeles, CA and spend most of their time entertaining their two kids, Claudia & Tobias and their dog, Laverne.


Bill Pierce
Vice President Regulatory & Clinical Solutions

Bill is a global transformational industry leader, leveraging significant healthcare, M&A, and financial services expertise in along with cutting-edge technology to improve the pharmaceutical industry. He leads the cloud based analytical and digital development via a transformational strategy and road-map that drives innovation and change. Previously, as Global CIO at Synteract and CIO at INC Research he led teams of system, network, database admins, web developers, validation  specialists, customer service associates to deliver technology services. He was also a Vice President at Fidelity where he focused on improving productivity and reducing costs through creative application and reuse of technology.


Tom Ruane

Global Head of Patient Recruitment

Tom Ruane has over 27 years experience in clinical research operations, with the last 17 years driving innovation in patient engagement and recruitment for clinical trials. Having enjoyed a variety of roles in the Pharmaceutical industry and CROs as well as the UK National Health Service, he is now responsible for driving new attitudes and innovations in patient engagement and recruitment on PAREXEL run studies. Tom has regularly published articles and presents at international meetings on the subject of clinical trial patient recruitment.


Peter Shone

Corporate Vice President Engineering

Peter is a Corporate Vice President of Engineering at PAREXEL Informatics. He leads a large and globally distributed engineering function that covers the full clinical development lifecycle with technology solutions from wearable tech in early phase trials through to managed early and ethical drug and device access programs. Peter’s challenge is to combine strategic vision and management skills to deliver on the above through a major change program incorporating a full portfolio redevelopment using micro-service architectures, re-platformed in Microsoft Azure (PaaS) supported fully through DevOps processes delivered through SAFe (scaled agile development framework).


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