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Monday, June 24


#136: Interpretation of New Pharmacovigilance Regulations: Key Insights
Component Type: Forum
Level: Basic
CE: ACPE 1.00 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-19-539-L04-P; CME 1.00; IACET 1.00; RN 1.00

Building on the ongoing collaborative efforts of nineteen sponsor companies, a key workstream has been established on how each is addressing major new pharmacovigilance regulations and guidances. This session will provide feedback on key learnings and best practices. Join the Clinical Safety & Pharmacovigilance Community for a follow up Round Table discussion on Tuesday, June 25, 9:30-10:30AM in the DIA Community Zone 1, Sails Pavilion.

Learning Objectives

Explain some of the challenges associated with major new pharmacovigilance guidelines; Discuss how companies are interpreting and implementing the aforementioned guidelines; Share best practices across the industry and learnings from feedback from regulators.


Ajay B. Singh


Reference Satety Information: Implementing the Recommendations Noted in the CTFG
Ajay B. Singh

Update From MHRA
Mick Foy

Combination Products: Focus on FDA Guidance on Postmarketing Safety Reporting
Jane M. Carroll, BSN, MS, RN

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Jane Carroll

Head of Global Patient Safety Region - Americas, EMD Serono
Jane Carroll is the interim Head of Global Patient Safety Regions since February 25, 2019 and Head of Global Patient Safety Region Americas for the Biopharma business of Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany since 2015. Jane is responsible to ensure a robust system to collect and report adverse... Read More →
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Mick Foy

Head of Pharmacovigilance Strategy, Vigilance Intelligence, and Research Group, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Mick Foy is Head of Pharmacovigilance Strategy at the MHRA. Among is responsibilities is the running of the UK ADR reporting system and signal detection activities. Mick is also leads the MHRA's work with WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on capacity building in low and... Read More →

Ajay Singh

Team Leader, Safety Evaluation and Risk Management, GlaxoSmithKline
Ajay is a nephrologist by training and currently serves as a team leader in the Safety Evaluation and Risk Management group at GSK. The main focus of the group currently is development of oncology/immune-oncology products. Ajay represents GSK on the TransCelerate work stream focused... Read More →

Monday June 24, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6C San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA


#143: Opportunities and Challenges with First-In-Human Multiple Expansion Cohort Designs in Oncology
Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.00 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-19-543-L04-P; CME 1.00; IACET 1.00; RN 1.00

Use of the multiple expansion cohort design in oncology trials offers advantages and challenges. This session presents views on the success and hurdles of this design by regulators and industry. Implications for global development are also raised.

Learning Objectives

Discuss the important differences between phase 1 FIH studies and the FIH multiple expansion cohort design; Identify key safety challenges and risk mitigation steps; Discuss ethical consideration with oncology studies involving expansion cohorts; Identify examples of implementation challenges and opportunities of this design; Describe lessons learned from industry and regulators.


Sherry Leonard, RAC


The Use of Expansion Cohorts in First-in-Human Clinical Trials to Expedite Oncology Drug Development
Pamela Balcazar, MS

Implementation Challenges and Opportunities with FIH Multiple Expansion Cohorts
Sherry Leonard, RAC

Ethical Considerations in Oncology Studies Involving Expansion Cohorts
Lindsay McNair, MD, MPH, MSc


Pamela Balcazar

Regulatory Health Project Manager, OHOP, CDER, FDA
Pamela Balcazar is Regulatory Project Manager in the Office of Oncology and Hematology Products (OHOP) at the FDA. In OHOP, her responsibilities include developing policies and overseeing regulatory initiatives related to the review of oncology products including guidances and process... Read More →
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Sherry Leonard

Director, Regulatory Affairs, Celgene Corporation
Sherry A. Leonard, RAC, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Celgene Corporation Sherry joined Celgene Corporation in 2014 where she is a Director Regulatory Affairs within the Hematology/Oncology Franchise. She is the global regulatory lead for new chemical entities and biologic products... Read More →
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Lindsay McNair

Chief Medical Officer, WCG
Lindsay McNair, MD, MPH, MSBioethics is the Chief Medical Officer for the WIRB-Copernicus Group. She oversees the physician team within the WCG IRBs, and provides consultation to institutions and biopharma companies on a wide range of issues related to clinical protocol design, regulatory... Read More →

Monday June 24, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 2 San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA


#169: How Statistics Can Help Improve Data Quality: ICH E6 R2
Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.00 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-19-564-L04-P; CME 1.00; IACET 1.00; RN 1.00

ICH E6 (R2) guidance stresses the importance of centralized monitoring, especially by leveraging statistical analyses in order to assess data quality. This session will discuss how statistical methodology fits in the overall quality risk management strategy for the trial portfolio.

Learning Objectives

Discuss centralized statistical monitoring approaches and their impacts to data quality and integrity.


Cheng Su, PhD


Using Appropriate Count-Based Statistical Models for KPIs, Risk Metrics, QTLs, etc.
Michael Farnum, PhD, MS

ICH E6 R2: How Statistics Can Help Improve Data Quality
Stephen Young, MSc

Centralized Statistical Monitoring: A Large Pharma's Approach
Taras Carpiac, MBA

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Taras Carpiac

Director, Head of Innovation and Process Improvement, Amgen, Inc.

Michael Farnum

Senior Director, Covance
Michael Farnum is a Senior Director for Covance Informatics. In 5+ years working at Covance, he has helped to create the Xcellerate platform, consisting of data integration, analytics, and decision support tools that enable Risk-Based Monitoring, Medical Review, Statistical Review... Read More →

Cheng Su

Executive Director, Data Sciences and Analytics, Biomarin Pharmaceutical
Cheng got his Ph.D. in statistics from NCSU and has 22 years of experiences in both nonclinical and clinical areas. Cheng has a broad interpest in applying statistical thinking and analytics to support drug research and development. His specific areas of expertise include high throughput... Read More →
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Stephen Young

Chief Scientific Officer, CluePoints
As Chief Scientific Officer for CluePoints, Steve oversees the research and development of advanced methods for data analytics, data surveillance and risk management, along with providing guidance to customers in RBQM methodology and best practices. Steve worked for three bio-pharmaceutical... Read More →

Monday June 24, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 3 San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA
Tuesday, June 25


#264: Immuno-Oncology Product Development: Overcoming Scientific and Regulatory Challenges
Component Type: Session
Level: Advanced
CE: ACPE 1.25 Application UAN: 0286-0000-19-615-L04-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

The development of immuno-oncology products has spanned decades, culminating in approvals for the use of immune modulating cytokines, monoclonal antibodies, fusion proteins, genetically modified T cells, cancer vaccines and oncolytic vectors, for the treatment of cancer. Currently there are hundreds of immuno-oncology products in clinical trials.

This session will provide an overview of immuno-oncology products, highlighting the relevant preclinical safety regulations and potential safety concerns ascribed to different categories of products. Preclinical development challenges, such as, selecting the relevant pharmacology and toxicology models, distinguishing pharmacologic from toxicologic responses, and justifying first in human dose, will be discussed. Case examples highlighting the preclinical testing strategies that are being applied to evaluate the pharmacology and safety of immuno-oncology drugs will also be presented.

Learning Objectives

Describe immuno-oncology products, including the potential safety concerns ascribed to different immunotherapeutic modalities; Identify the regulatory requirements (and/or challenges) associated with preclinical safety evaluation for different modalities of immuno-oncology drugs; Discuss the preclinical testing strategies that are being applied to evaluate the pharmacology and safety of immuno-oncology products through case study presentations.


Laurie Iciek, PhD


New Challenges for Developing HER2-Targeted Cancer Immunotherapeutics
Karin Staflin, PhD

Strategies for Preclinical Safety Assessment of Immune-Oncology Biologics
Simone Nicholson, PhD

Challenges in Predicting Animal-to-Human Safety for Immune-Stimulatory Agents from Toxicology Studies
Theresa Sweeney, PhD

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Laurie Iciek

Senior Consultant, Nonclinical, Biologics Consulting
Laurie is currently a Sr. Nonclinical Consultant for Biologics Consulting. Previously she spent 17 years in industry as a lead Toxicologist for MedImmune/AstraZeneca, Abbott Laboratories, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Her academic training is in cellular and molecular immunology and her... Read More →

Simone Nicholson

Toxicologist, AstraZeneca
Simone is a Toxicologist at MedImmune/AstraZeneca, she supports the safety assessment of multiple biologics modalities at all stages of development. Prior to her time at MedImmune, Simone performed in vivo pharmacology and safety studies at Dyax, the antibody library company. She... Read More →

Karin Staflin

Senior Scientist, Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group
Dr. Karin Staflin, PhD., DABT., is a Development Toxicologist within the Safety Assessment Group at Genentech. She is responsible for the safety assessment of early- to late-stage large and small molecule therapeutics, within a range of disease areas. Before joining the Development... Read More →
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Theresa Sweeney

Vice President, Safety Assessment, Nektar Therapeutics
Dr. Sweeney is currently the Vice President of Safety Assessment at Nektar Therapeutics where she leads a team responsible for evaluating the safety of both large and small molecule drugs. She has more than 25 years of drug development experience at Nektar and Genentech. Her professional... Read More →

Tuesday June 25, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 2 San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA
Wednesday, June 26


#313: Model Integrated Evidence as Pivotal Information for Drug Regulatory Decision Making: When, Where, and Why
Component Type: Session
Level: Basic
CE: ACPE 1.25 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-19-654-L04-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

The use of advanced quantitative methods and computational modeling has become part of modern drug development and assessment. Model Integrated Evidence (MIE) is an approach for generating evidence of bioequivalence via modeling and simulation.

Learning Objectives

Identify the core modeling and simulation capabilities (PBPK and QCP) that a generic drug manufacturer must posses; Evaluate lessons learned from the use of a model informed drug development process for new drugs, and apply common processes to generic drug development programs; Define and prepare for the future use of model informed evidence (MIE) in a generic drug submission and identify the value.


Liang Zhao, PhD


Industry Update
Michael A. Eldon, PhD, RPh

FDA Update From New Drugs Perspective
Yaning Wang, PhD

FDA Update from Generic Drugs Perspective
Liang Zhao, PhD

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Yaning Wang

Director, Division of Pharmacometrics, OCP, OTS, CDER, FDA
Dr. Yaning Wang is the Director of the Division of Pharmacometrics in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology at FDA. Before joining FDA, Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Florida from 1999 to 2003. He also obtained... Read More →

Liang Zhao

Director, Division of Quantitative Methods and Modeling, OGD, CDER, FDA
Dr. Liang Zhao has been serving as Director of the Division of Quantitative Methods and Modeling (DQMM), Office of Research and Standards (ORS) in Office of Generic Drugs, CDER since 2015. He initially joined FDA as a clinical pharmacology reviewer in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology... Read More →
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Michael Eldon

Expert Consultant, NDA Partners LLC
Dr. Eldon has more than 37 years of experience in clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics/ pharmacodynamics and pharmacometrics in the pharmaceutical industry. He is an Expert Consultant at NDA Partners and as VP of Clinical Pharmacology at Nektar Therapeutics he was responsible for... Read More →

Wednesday June 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Room 6E San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA


#363: Neurodegenerative Diseases: Early-Stage Challenges and Optimal Models in Drug Development
Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.25 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-19-687-L04-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

Intense research on the multiple fronts advanced our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. Many disease-specific animal models have been used to test emergent medicines in neurology. Genetics and mechanism of neuronal pathogenesis contributed greatly and has created a wealth of knowledge and became the bases for novel technologies and multiple therapeutic targets for these neurodegenerative diseases. There is however substantial difficulty in choosing/accessing an optimal model or choosing measurements which would be truly informative of the product’s efficacy in neurodegenerative rare diseases or more prevalent diseases like pediatric neurodegenerative diseases and Alzheimer’s. This session will discuss nonclinical models supporting efficacy in rare neurodegenerative conditions, looking also at the challenges in early development in pediatric neurodegenerative diseases and highlight successes and failures in the development of treatments for dyslipidemia that may be applicable to the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.

Learning Objectives

Describe the importance and value of nonclinical in vivo models in rare neurodegenerative conditions and share highlights on the challenges in early development in pediatric neurodegenerative diseases; Identify optimal strategies for testing putative Alzheimer therapies; Recognize how to select and qualify biomarkers to identify patient and measure relevant drug activity; Define how to apply lessons from development of drugs to prevent Alzheimer Dementia.


Dinah Duarte, MSc


Rare Neurodegenerative Diseases: Early-Stage Challenges and Optimal Animal Models in Orphan Drug Development
Dinah Duarte, MSc

Alzheimers Disease Prophylaxis: Lessons from Lipid Therapeutics
Richard Scheyer, MD

The Challenges in Early Development in pediatric Neurodegenerative Diseases
Scott Demarest, MD


Scott Demarest

Assistant Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Children's Hospital Colorado
Scott Demarest received a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Texas at Austin before going on to medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and child neurology at Children's National Health... Read More →
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Dinah Duarte

Scientific Evaluation Unit, Directorate of Medicinal Products, INFARMED
Dr. Dinah Duarte is a senior assessor at the Scientific Evaluation Unit at the Directorate of Medicinal Products, in the Portuguese regulatory authority for medicines and health products (INFARMED). She is an expert member at the European Medicines Agency (EMA); the current Committee... Read More →
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Richard Scheyer

Vice President, Medical, Medpace
Dr. Richard Scheyer is VP Medical at Medpace. Prior to Medpace, he led Experimental Medicine, BM, and PGx functions at Daiichi Sankyo. He served in leadership roles at Sanofi-Aventis and CMO at Neurotrope Bioscience. Dr. Scheyer received his BS Physics from Stanford, MD from SUNY... Read More →

Wednesday June 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 2 San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA


#388: Convergence of the Regulatory Pathways for Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products
Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.25 Application UAN: 0286-0000-19-707-L04-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) include gene therapy, somatic-cell therapy, and tissue-engineered products. Collectively, these products are being developed in an evolving landscape and are associated with unique developmental challenges because of distinct manufacturing, clinical trial, and regulatory requirements. A 75-minute session is proposed facilitating the presentation and discussion of perspectives from several experienced regulatory agencies. An objective would be to provide a global overview of the various frameworks in place for the development of ATMPs, making note of ongoing and planned harmonization and cooperation projects.

This session will include collective short talks by CBER (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), Health Canada, and possibly a representative from Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) on the nature and importance of regulatory convergence with ATMPs. This would be followed by a interactive session with the speaker panel and the audience.

Learning Objectives

Describe the regulatory pathway for advanced therapy medicinal products in various global regions.


Peter W. Marks, MD, PhD


EMA Update
Anthony Humphreys, MPharm

PMDA Update
Nobumasa Nakashima, PhD

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Peter Marks

Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA
Peter Marks received his graduate degree in cell and molecular biology and his medical degree at New York University and completed Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Medical Oncology training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has worked in academic settings teaching... Read More →
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Anthony Humphreys

Head of Scientific Committees Regulatory Science Strategy, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
He is the Head of Scientific Committees Regulatory Science Strategy Division (SciRS). He is responsible for providing leadership in the Agency in the areas of Scientific Committees Coordination and Regulatory Science Strategy in support of delivering the EMRN 2020 Strategy. He chairs... Read More →
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Nobumasa Nakashima

Associate Executive Director for International Programs and Asia Training Centre, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)
Dr. Nakashima holds the position of Associate Executive Director for International Programs and Asia Training Centre (ATC) at PMDA since January 2020. Before this position, he had joined MHLW in April 1992, where he worked as Director of Office of International Regulatory Affairs... Read More →

Wednesday June 26, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Room 6F San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA


#393: Case Studies in Resolving Quality Issues
Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.25 Application UAN: 0286-0000-19-715-L04-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

Getting a drug approved is challenging, but it is even harder when the drug developer or manufacturer is inexperienced with regulatory agencies, the process following an inspection, and expectations from regulatory authorities. This session presents specific examples of how to recover from unsuccessful inspections and/or complete response action.

Learning Objectives

Identify some of the pitfalls that can happen during the drug development and initial manufacturing; Describe methodologies for resolving deficiencies in manufacturing and enhancing assurance of product quality.


Milind Ganjawala, MBA, MS


Preparing Global CMC Dossiers when Faced with Challenging Corporate Milestones and Manufacturers Inexperienced with ICH/GMP
Duu-Gong Wu, DrSc, PhD

A Small US Drug Manufacturing Company’s Journey from Complete Response to NDA Approval
Daniel M. Bollag, PhD

FDA Update
Derek Smith, PhD

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Daniel Bollag

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality, Ocular Therapeutics
Dr. Bollag joined Ocular Therapeutix in August 2017 as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality. He held a similar role at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals from 2009 - 2017 where he oversaw the accelerated registrations of ICLUSIG (ponatinib) indicated for chronic myeloid leukemia... Read More →
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Derek Smith

Director, Div of Inspectional Assessment, OPF, OPQ, CDER, FDA
Derek Smith is the Director of the Division of Inspectional Assessment and the Acting Associate Director for Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Process and Facilities where he oversees the assessment of the manufacturing process and facilities for biologics and small molecule drug... Read More →

Duu-Gong Wu

Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, PPD
Dr. Duu-Gong Wu is Senior Director of Regulatory Consulting at PPD with expertise in biosimilar regulatory and technical strategy. He previously worked at US FDA with the last position as Deputy Division Director at CDER, before joining PharmaNet/i3, then PPD. His experience included... Read More →

Milind Ganjawala

Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, OMQ, OC, CDER, FDA
Mr. Ganjawala serves as the Division Director of the Division of Drug Quality 2 (DDQ2), Office of Manufacturing and Product Quality (OMPQ), Office of Compliance (OC), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), FDA. Prior to coming to FDA, Mr. Ganjawala spent more than 20 years... Read More →

Wednesday June 26, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Room 8 San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA
Thursday, June 27


#410: Advancing Benefit-Risk Assessment to Support FDA’s Regulatory Review of Human Drugs and Biologics
Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.25 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-19-724-L04-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

FDA currently uses a structured, qualitative framework for benefit-risk assessment of human drugs and biologics. This session will cover FDA’s efforts to enhance this qualitative framework and explore more advanced benefit-risk assessment methods.

Learning Objectives

Describe FDA’s approach to benefit-risk assessment under PDUFA V and VI; Discuss efforts to continue enhancing FDA’s methodological approach to benefit-risk assessment; Summarize findings from analysis of BRFs in 2017 novel drug approvals.


Graham Thompson


Implementation of a Structured Benefit-Risk Framework into FDA's Human Drug Review
Leila Grace Lackey, MHS, PhD

CBER’s Experience with Benefit-Risk
Hong Yang, PhD

Planning and Assessing Benefit-Risk Quantitatively in the Next Decade
Susan Duke, MSc

Best Practices for Quantitative Benefit-Risk Assessments
Tommi Tervonen

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Susan Duke

Mathematical Statistician, OB, OTS, CDER, FDA
Susanis is a Mathematical Statistician reviewer in CDER, assigned to pulmonary, allergy and critical care indications. She became involved in safety related industry-wide graphics in 2009 when she joined the FDA/Industry/Academia Safety Graphics WG, which lead to subsequent interests... Read More →
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Leila Lackey

Operations Research Analyst, OPSA, OSP, CDER, FDA
Dr. Lackey has a Master of Health Science from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Health Sciences and a doctorate from UCLA in Environmental Science and Engineering. Professionally, she has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and for the Food and Drug Administration leading... Read More →
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Tommi Tervonen

Research Scientist, Evidera, PPD
Tommi Tervonen, PhD, is an Associate Director of Patient Preferences and Research Scientist at the Patient-Centered Research team of Evidera in London, UK. Dr. Tervonen joined Evidera in September 2015 after leaving his position of Assistant Professor at the Erasmus School of Economics... Read More →

Graham Thompson

Operations Research Analyst, Decision Support and Analysis Team, OSP, CDER, FDA
Graham Thompson joined FDA in 2012 and currently serves as an operations research analyst for the Decision Support and Analysis Team (DSAT) in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). He works on CDER projects and initiatives related to benefit-risk assessment and supporting... Read More →
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Hong Yang

Biologist, Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, CBER, FDA
Dr. Hong Yang is a senior regulatory scientist in the Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, CBER, FDA. She holds Ph.D. degree in Biological Engineering. Dr. Yang has expertise in benefit-risk assessment of biological products. She has been devoted in regulatory review, as well... Read More →

Thursday June 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Room 6F San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 USA