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Sunday, June 23 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Forum for Students and Emerging Professionals

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Component Type: Forum
Level: Basic

This forum is a unique opportunity for students and young/emerging professionals to meet, network, share and learn about career opportunities and participate in small group discussions and activities.

Learning Objectives

Navigate the DIA Annual Meeting effectively;Identify emerging career trends;Develop awareness of tools and skills that may help in their career path.


Nancy Pire Smerkanich, DrSc


Amelia Rose Spinrad, MS

Dan Tierno, MA, MBA

Meredith Y. Smith, PhD, MPA

Kayla Valdes, PhD

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Nancy Smerkanich

Assistant Professor Regulatory & Quality Sciences, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Dr. Smerkanich has her doctorate and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences at the University of Southern California. She leads the clinical/regulatory courses while continuing to provide regulatory knowledge support to her academic and industry... Read More →
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Meredith Smith

Global Risk Management Officer, Global Patient Safety, Amgen Inc.
Meredith Smith is Global Risk Management Officer at Amgen, Inc. where she leads a team of 6 scientists responsible for medicinal product benefit-risk assessment and risk management. She is a behavioral scientist and health services researcher by training with over 15 years of experience... Read More →
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Amelia Spinrad

Regulatory Knowledge Support Administrator, USC International Center For Regulatory Science
Amelia Spinrad, MS is currently a Regulatory Knowledge Support Administrator working at the International Center for Regulatory Science on projects with the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC-CTSI). She manages a regulatory research and her main project... Read More →
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Dan Tierno

Associate Director, Global Clinical Data Sciences and Analytics, Bayer
Mr. Dan Tierno has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, specializing in drug development, data sciences and analytics for clinical trials, and commercialization of novel small molecule and cell based therapeutics. Mr. Tierno has spoken on training... Read More →
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Kayla Valdes

Associate Director, Scientific Programs, DIA
Dr. Kayla Valdes is an Associate Director of Scientific Programs at DIA, based out of Washington, DC, where she supports the advancement of DIA’s global content strategy by providing scientific expertise related to therapeutic drug development and regulatory disciplines. Prior to... Read More →

Sunday June 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Marriott Marquis Marina San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA
  13: ProfDevelopment, Forum