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October 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Transitioning to the ‘Next Normal’: Biopharma’s Role in Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis and What’s Next

With insights from McKinsey & Company

Now Virtual! Kicking Off With an In-Person Reception on October 14!

In-Person Networking Reception*
Thursday, October, 14, 2021 • 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Basking Ridge Country Club 185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
In an abundance of caution, masks are required.
Virtual All-Day Education Program
Friday, October, 15, 2021 • 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

After closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and State and local health agencies, as well as speaking with leading epidemiologists, BioNJ has decided to present this year’s full-day C-Suite Summit virtually, instead of its originally planned in-person format.


Transitioning to the “Next Normal” has brought massive disruption to our local and global communities. However, the life sciences industry has met these unprecedented challenges head-on by delivering innovation at an accelerated pace. As we look ahead to our “Next Normal”, join BioNJ and industry experts virtually on Friday, October 15, for BioNJ’s C-Suite Summit, to reflect on this past year’s successes and challenges, discuss the next wave of innovation across the value chain, and to share thoughts on how the industry might deepen and scale its commitment to delivering a positive impact for society.

To kick off BioNJ’s Ninth Annual C-Suite Summit, please join us the evening of Thursday, October 14, 2021, for an in-person Networking Reception. Following safety guidelines, including on-site proof of vaccination and recommended masking, attendees will enjoy networking, cocktails, dinner and first-hand views of the beautifully manicured fairways of the Club’s golf course and 260 private acres.

Take look at this action-packed agenda:

Thursday, October 14, 2021
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception* at the Basking Ridge Country Club
Friday, October 15, 2021 • VIRTUAL

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Will Lewis, JD, MBA, Chair & CEO, Insmed, Inc.
Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ

8:40 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Keynote: An Imperative to Lead
Presented by McKinsey & Company

Biopharma rose to the COVID-19 challenge, delivering significant impact for society. The industry is now at an inflection point, with expectations of the industry higher than ever. We’ll discuss the most pressing themes and opportunities that lie on the horizon – including how companies can lead in the context of a mounting Environment, Social, and Governance imperative.

Nicole Szlezak
, Partner, McKinsey & Company

9:25 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Panel: Striding into a “New Normal”
Industry leaders will share their reflections on the pandemic and the industry’s impact, what the “Next Normal” holds, and how their companies are advancing an ESG agenda.

Elliott Levy, M.D., Head, Intrepid Alliance; former Senior Vice President, Global Development, Amgen
Brent Ragans, President, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, US
Geralyn Ritter, Executive Vice President, External Affairs & ESG, Organon

Moderator: Lucy Perez, Ph.D., Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Fireside Chat: A Rapidly Evolving Regulatory Landscape
Regulatory experts will share perspectives on emerging trends including the learnings from the “natural experiments” that took place during the pandemic, and what it means for the future of innovation and partnership between pharma and regulatory agencies with a special focus on pricing and policy reform.

Featuring Conversationalists:
Peter Marks M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food & Drug Administration
Jacqueline Berman, Partner, Morgan Lewis

10:40 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat: Digital Patient and HCP Engagement in a Post-COVID World
COVID-19 introduced significant new burdens onto patients and providers, requiring Pharmacos to place heightened emphasis on innovative engagement and experience drivers. Join us to discuss how patient needs and care have evolved, how go-to-market models have shifted, and the role digital engagement strategies will play in responding to this changing landscape – from virtual care delivery to remote physician engagement.

Featuring Conversationalists:
Tamara Elias, M.D.,
Vice President, Global Partnerships & Innovation, MSD, Merck & Co.
Innes Meldrum, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, Otsuka
Ben Hohn, Principal, Business Development, Pipeline & Launch Strategy & Emerging Pharma; Lead, ZS Associates

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel: Value Creation in the Industry
Biopharma has proven resilient through a challenging year, with innovation continuing to be funded and developed. Experts will share perspectives on the rapidly changing M&A / BD landscape and trends in capital allocation and access.

Steve Bryant, Ph.D.
, Vice President, Head of Global Business Development, Genmab

Daniel Karp, Senior Vice President, Head of Business Development, Organon
Elizabeth Naldi-Jacob, Head of Oncology Business Development for Corporate Development & GHH, Merck

Moderator: Arda Ural, Ph.D., Americas Industry Market Leader – HS&W | Life Sciences & Healthcare, Ernst & Young LLP

12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m. Break

12:05 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Panel: Rethinking Resilience – The Global Supply Chain
The supply chain took on new significance in the pandemic demonstrating just how important its vitality is. Experts will discuss recent learnings, what the hallmarks of resilience will look like, and how companies can plan for the unexpected.

Gerry Collins, Vice President, Strategy & Services, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain
Fred Lowery, Senior Vice President, Thermo Fisher & President, Customer Channels, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Stefan Roehr, Head North America Supply Chain, Distribution, and Logistics, Sanofi

Joseph Goldberg, Director, Strategy & Management Consulting, National Life Sciences Industry Consulting Leader, RSM US LLP

12:50 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Fireside Chat: Winning in the Digital Age
Digitization is impacting the world in critical and meaningful ways. Our speaker wrote the book on how to win in the new Digital Age. Nitin Seth will discuss the 7 building blocks of a successful digital transformation and how it pertains to the life sciences in a post-COVID World.

Featuring Conversationalist
Nitin Seth, CEO, Incedo, Inc.
Emilio Ragosa, Partner, DLA Piper.

1:20 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Delivering Hope: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Supply Chain Journey
What did it take to deliver the world’s first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine? Michael Ku, Pfizer’s Vice President of Global Clinical Supply, shares the five mindsets that got us across the finish line.

Featuring Conversationalist:
Michael Ku, PharmD
, Vice President, Global Clinical Supply, Pfizer
Laks Pernenkil, Ph.D., Principal, Life Sciences, Deloitte Consulting LLP

2:05 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Debbie Hart
, President & CEO, BioNJ

Now a lower cost: Registration is $350 for Members and $450 for future BioNJ Members. The registration fee includes the Networking Reception on Thursday, October 14, 2021, as well as the full-day virtual event on Friday, October 15, 2021. The C-Suite Summit is closed to media. Contact Kim Minton at KMinton@BioNJ.org to learn about Sponsorship opportunities.




Thank You To Our Sponsors


* Final Registration Guidelines for BioNJ October 14, 2021 C-Suite Summit Networking Reception
As we continue to work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, BioNJ wants to assure you that we are taking additional measures at our upcoming C-Suite Summit Networking Reception to protect you, your coworkers, your families, and our Patients from contracting and spreading COVID-19. There is no higher priority than to keep our community safe and well at this time. All of our measures have been developed with that and CDC guidelines in mind.

These measures include the following protocols that are in place as a condition of attending the in-person Networking Reception on October 14 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • All Attendees are required to be fully vaccinated (two weeks since the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and need to provide proof of vaccination to enter the event. This can be done by showing proof of identity together with your CDC vaccination card and/or proof of vaccination on DOCKET, NY Excelsior Pass or other similar state approved application. The CLEAR digital vaccination card will also be accepted.
  • While all of New Jersey is classified by the CDC as an area of high or substantial COVID-19 transmission, all Attendees must wear properly-fitting face coverings except when eating or drinking even if vaccinated.
  • Attendees should observe social distancing while eating and drinking without their masks.
  • Please be respectful of any other attendee’s request for social distancing at any time, even if fully masked.
  • As of the day of the event, if you, or any members of your household, have any symptoms of any potentially transmissible illness, including COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 within the prior 14 days, you should NOT attend the Networking Reception.
  • BioNJ will also update these protocols, as appropriate, subject to any new CDC guidance, in compliance with local/state/federal guidance and any applicable protocols at the venue.

If you previously registered and can no longer attend, please request a cancellation for headcount purposes by emailing DMennito@BioNJ.org.

If you still are able to attend, please review the below Registration Confirmation and RSVP by emailing DMennito@BioNJ.org.

Registration Confirmation
I wish to confirm my in-person attendance at the C-Suite Summit Networking Reception. I understand that BioNJ will take reasonable precautions against the spread of COVID-19, and further understand that such precautions cannot guarantee that I will not be exposed to COVID-19 at the event. As a condition of my registration and voluntary attendance, I waive and release BioNJ, its owner, employees, partners, agents and representatives from liability arising from potential COVID-19 exposure related to this event.


October 1, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm