WIB-Metro New York

Name:  Faith Charles
WIB Position:  Chapter Chair
Company: Thompson Hine
Title: Corporate transactions and securities partner and chair of life sciences group
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Faith leads Thompson Hine's Life Sciences group where she guides companies through many aspects of their corporate development, from initial organization and acquisition of technology through private financing, venture capital and initial public offering, public reporting requirements, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic collaborations both in the US and internationally.

Name:  Patti Melick
WIB Position:  Chapter Vice Chair
Company: Wiggin & Dana
Name:  Linda Dyson
WIB Position:  Communications Chair
Company: Kiromic
Title: Global Head, Investor Relations
Bio Data:  

Linda is an award-winning global communication executive senior executive who has worked seamlessly and successfully to further the marketing communications priorities of Fortune 100 healthcare brands (product and corporate).  Moreover, she is an entrepreneurial communications bridge-builder with a history of developing productive relationships among both internal and external audiences; collaborative member of leadership, commercial, policy, state and federal government affairs teams. Linda’s storied career includes the following positions: Global Communications Director, Commercial and R&D, Pfizer Nutrition at Pfizer; Executive Vice President, Public Affairs Leader, Global Communications, Healthcare at Cohn & Wolfe; and Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy Relations at Hoffmann-La Roche.  She is currently the Global Head, Investor Relations at Kiromic.

Name:  Christine Livoti
WIB Position:  Communications Co-Chair
Company: Deerfield Management
Title: Sr. Research Manager
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Christine has experience conducting business intelligence research for the life science industry, spanning pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare services, diagnostic and medical device companies. She was previously a journalist at BioPharm Insight where she covered drug development, regulatory and reimbursement issues in the US and EU.  She is now with the Deerfield Institute of Deerfield Management. 

Name:  Leslie Gailloud
WIB Position:  Communications Co-Vice Chair
Company: NYC Health + Hospitals
Title: Assistant to the Director
Name:  Jennifer Zimmons
WIB Position:  Program Co-Chair
Company: Zimmons Int. Comm.
Title: President
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Jennifer K. Zimmons, Ph.D., serves as President of Zimmons International Communications, Inc., managing  all aspects of client services. Clients include private companies looking to develop/enhance their brand awareness, corporate messaging, and media recognition (industry/financial/advocacy) as well as public companies (domestic and international) requiring various types of investor, analyst, and media exposure within the US.

Name:  Dana Gandsman
WIB Position:  Program Co-Chair
Company: Pfizer
Title: Director, Product PR
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Dana is responsible for product public relations for the Primary Care Business Unit. She oversees all communications for several brands in the portfolio, including Eliquis, Viagra and Chantix/Champix. She brings more than 16 years of pharmaceutical public relations experience to her position.

Name:  Lisa Weiss
WIB Position:  Program Vice Chair
Company: Pfizer
Title: Director, Epidemiology
Name:  Andrea Nicolas
WIB Position:  Funding Chair
Company: Skadden LLP
Title: Partner
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Andrea applies her scientific background and knowledge of corporate law in advising investment banks, biotech and health care companies of corporate development. Her experience includes initial public offerings, high-yield and investment grade debt offers and restructuring transactions. Ms. Nicolás holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology.

Name:  Keisha Thomas
WIB Position:  Funding Co-Vice Chair
Company: Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Title: Corporate Development Specialist
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As a Corporate Development Specialist, Keisha supports efforts to commercialize novel cancer therapeutics.  Previously, she was Program Director at KiiLN, a biotech accelerator. Keisha is a biochemist and is passionate about supporting scientific innovations that improve health outcomes.

Name:  Geeta Shroff
WIB Position:  Funding Co-Vice Chair
Company: Chalksense
Title: President
Name:  Leslie Gailloud
WIB Position:  Young Women In Bio Chair
Company: NYC Health + Hospitals
Title: Assistant to the Director
Name:  Wendy Diller
WIB Position:  Young Women In Bio Co-Vice Chair
Name:  Jana Oberman
WIB Position:  Young Women In Bio Co-Vice Chair
Company: Roche
Title: Senior Regulatory Program Director
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Jana is a Senior Regulatory Program Director at Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. and provides regulatory strategy to early drug development teams focused on the Neuroscience, Ophthalmology & Rare Diseases (NORD) therapeutic areas. She obtained her BS in Biopsychology & Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, and Regulatory Affairs Certification. Prior to joining Roche, Jana held positions with increasing responsibility in both Clinical Science and Regulatory Affairs at Forest Laboratories and Schering-Plough.

Name:  Janet Vasquez
WIB Position:  Membership Vice Chair
Company: JV Public Relations NY
Title: Founder
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