Day 1 - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Co-Chairs’ Introductory Remarks

Funke Abimbola MBE
General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance
Roche UK (Hertfordshire, UK)

Lori G. Cohen
Co-Chair, Global Litigation; Chair, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Group; Chair, Trial Practice Group
Greenberg Traurig LLP (Atlanta, GA)

It’s About the Big Picture: Being an Effective Risk Manager in Addition to Being a Legal Adviser

Nicole Peter
Regional Compliance Manager, EEMEA
F.Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd (Basel, Switzerland)

Rebecca Weston
Country Legal Head UK & Ireland
Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited (Surrey, UK)

Joyce ter Heerdt
Head International Regulatory Legal Group
Johnson & Johnson (Diegem, Belgium)

In today’s interconnected and global world, having a strategic focus and understanding the industry and its concerns, rather than just providing legal advice, is crucial to distinguishing yourself. Nowadays, it is about helping make risk assessments for clients. The discussion will look to illuminate what this means in the complex life sciences legal industry.

Getting the Balance Right: Encouraging a Corporate Culture that Values Work-Life Balance

Orla Dunlea
International Legal Counsel and Company Secretary
Endo International plc (Dublin, Ireland)

Kiran Sharma
Ropes & Gray LLP (London UK)

Helén Waxberg
Mannheimer Swartling (Stockholm, Sweden)

  • What active steps can be taken to start to shift the current thinking that in order to make it to the top, one has to work 24/7?
    • Dispelling the “can do it all” notion by recognizing that it is impossible to do it all and especially not without a support network
    • Becoming a part of and maintaining a support network
  • Building in a framework and an infrastructure that supports the new outlook
  • Advancing the type of a work environment that recognizes what is important to employees and that they work better when they have the proper balance between family and work established
  • Ensuring that a culture of mentorship develops within each company and law firm

Networking Break
Exploring Potential Ways of Developing Effective Diversity Programs

Annamaria Mangiaracina
Linklaters LLP (Brussels, Belgium)

Jocelyn McDermid
International Counsel Patient and Health Impact
Pfizer (Surrey, UK)

Anna Pavlou
Sidley Austin LLP (Brussels, Belgium)

  • Lay of the Land: what do the statistics show and initiatives within companies to reduce diversity gaps
    • Gender disparities in companies and law firms
    • Gaps in remuneration at the same position
  • Exploring potential ways in which effective diversity programs can be developed
  • Making advancement of women a priority within an organization
    • Educating decision-makers within an organization on how large of a gap between women and men in top positons actually is and developing strategies that look to actively combat that
  • Lessons from women executives on how they are dealing with the pressure of having both a career and a family

Networking Lunch
Building and Cultivating a Personal Brand

Funke Abimbola MBE
General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance
Roche UK (Hertfordshire, UK)

Ceren Aral Desnos
Interim Director Legal Affairs & Compliance
MedTech Europe (Brussels, Belgium)

Lori G. Cohen
Co-Chair, Global Litigation; Chair, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Group; Chair, Trial Practice Group
Greenberg Traurig LLP (Atlanta, GA)

Elisabeth Eklund
Advokatfirman Delphi (Stockholm, Sweden)

Every interaction and communication in the work environment is a chance to highlight your unique talents and abilities and to distinguish yourself. In this unique session, our distinguished speakers will take you through an exercise in concisely and effectively communicating who you are. Learn from your peers and those who have already gone through the experiences similar to your own and see what resonates with you to incorporate into your own vision for your future in the industry going forward.

Overcoming Subconscious Gender Bias

Dr. Dominika Misztela
Director Regulatory Policy Europe
Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) (Brussels, Belgium)

Maura O’Connell
Managing Partner European Patent Attorney
FRKelly (Dublin, Ireland)

  • Becoming educated on what this bias is and correcting it
    • Identifying seemingly commonplace or unconsciously-biased attitudes which may be more damaging to careers than overt acts of discrimination
  • What has worked for similarly situated women-lawyers when faced with gender-specific challenges
  • Examining how personality traits such as frankness, directness, forthrightness in men, might be perceived as rude, overly aggressive or even abusive in their female counterparts
  • Drawing a line between gender bias and being overly sensitive

Networking Break
Practical Strategies for Retaining Women in the Workplace

Robyn Busby
Senior Legal Director
Ipsen Biopharm Limited (Surrey, United Kingdom)

Fiona Carlin
Chair, Global Antitrust & Competition Practice
Baker & McKenzie CVBA/ SCRL (Brussels, Belgium)

Christine Héron Schwaighofer
Assistant GC / Directrice Juridique Adjointe – Global BD & Europe
Mylan EMEA (Saint Priest, France)

Ina vom Feld
Simmons & Simmons LLP (Düsseldorf, Germany)

  • Understanding some possible reasons as to why women tend to leave private practice around the year 5
  • Tips for businesses on how they can retain their trained and talented women
  • Making a case with employers that retaining already trained and talented women will benefit them in the long run: from not losing the talent to cultivating a healthy working environment where business thrives because its people thrive
  • Recognizing that a woman is still generally regarded as a primary individual in the family, what are some of the coping mechanisms that she can employ to help her advance her career?
    • Putting processes in place to help women cope with extended breaks for maternity leave
  • Who advises women who did reach the highest positions? What support network do they need?
  • Pay negotiation: Keeping in mind that it is not just about merit, how does a woman prepare to negotiate?

Day 1 Adjourns to Cocktail Reception Hosted by

Day 2 - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Continental Breakfast
Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
Issue Spotting: Review of the Most Important Cases and the Latest Trends Affecting the Future of Life Sciences Law

Fenna Douwenga
Bird & Bird LLP (The Netherlands)

Karina Hellbert
Head of Life Science
Fiebinger Polak Leon & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (Vienna, Austria)

Katherine Llewellyn
Head of Life Sciences
LexisNexis (London, UK)

Vivian N. Osayande
Head Legal, AsiaPacific, Middle East & Africa (APMA) operations
Novartis (Basel, Switzerland)

Ingrid Vandenborre
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates (Brussels, Belgium)

Eveline Van Keymeulen
Allen & Overy LLP (Paris, France)

Broken down by practice area, including IP, Products Liability, and Compliance, this session will provide attendees with the big picture of the year’s most critical developments and a rundown of the latest trends affecting the future of life sciences law.

  • Intellectual Property
  • Compliance
  • Regulatory Developments Including Medical Device Regulation
  • Life Sciences Competition: Mergers and Acquisitions and Antitrust Developments
  • Products Liability

Networking Break
Sexual Misconduct in the Work Place and How to Ensure Better Protection of Rights, Investigations of Issues, and Encourage Speak Up

Amanda N. Raad
Ropes & Gray LLP (London, UK)

Laura Atherton
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, GEC
Head of Investigations CoE

GSK (Middlesex, UK)

Shu-Yin (Tina) Yu
Ropes & Gray

Recognizing Your Own Leadership Style and Learning How to Be Perceived as a Leader

Alison Dennis
Partner and Co-head Life Sciences
Fieldfisher LLP (London, UK)

Barbara Levi Mager
General Counsel & Global Head of Legal
Sandoz International GmbH (Holzkirchen, Germany)

Cristiana Spontoni
Jones Day (Brussels, Belgium)

  • Taking control of your career and putting yourself forward: becoming clear on what you want and finding support for getting there
  • Developing effective leadership skills: it is not all about work – learning how to act like a leader and be seen as somebody who can lead
    • What are the top skills – personality-wise and otherwise – that need to be developed for an effective leadership?
    • Examples from women who made it on how they got there
  • Advocating for yourself and getting credit for your contributions and achievements

Conference Ends