10th Biosimilars & Follow-On Biologics Congregation 2017
Offering our customers the knowledge and connections for a profitable business

    MOURAD REZK Biogen




    NIRAJ CHHAYA Boehringer Ingelheim


    AMARDEEP UDESHI Cipla (India)


    PETAR BAST Allergan






    THEO CHRISTIE National Institute for Health Research (The research arm of the NHS)


    MAARTEN VAN BAELEN Medicines for Europe


    STEPHEN MURBY Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines, Alliance of Patients Organizations


    CECIL NICK Parexel




    AMI SCOTT NHS Medicines Optimisation Team Berkshire


    STEINAR MADSEN Norwegian Medicines Agency


    LOUIS BOON Bioceros


    SANDY EISEN Frontline Pharma Consulting




    DAVID DAILY DALI Medical Devices


    CHRISTOPHER STOTHERS Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer


    FEDERICO POLLANO Polpharma Biologics


    ASH RAMZAN Woodley BioReg


    JOANNA BROUGHER BioPharma Law Group


    DOMINIC ADAIR Bristows




    HILARY JONES Bristows


    JACKIE MULRYNE Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

9th – 10th May 2017, Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel, London UK

“Uniting industry leaders to analyse advanced commercial developments & to identify successful management strategies of Biosimilars”

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The Biosimilars market is going to heat up considerably over the next three years. Biosimilar versions of a number of major biologic drugs used in the treatment of cancers and rheumatic diseases are expected to complete their development and potentially come on to the market. In order to ensure the sustainability of public healthcare systems, in the context of ageing populations and the growing number of diagnosed chronic diseases, it will be essential to harness the potential of Biosimilars to deliver savings, so that greater numbers of patients can be treated with these medicines. The development of the Biosimilars market is growing exponentially with the industry forecast to be worth $25 billion by 2020.

This conference will bring together top pharmaceutical, biotechnology and regulatory representatives under one roof that will address the key issues of the industry. This 10th Biosimilars and Follow-on Biologics Congregation 2016 will look at the multiple facets of Biosimilars, ranging from the evolving regulatory landscape and challenges in clinical development, to the legal and economic aspects. This Biosimilars conference will focus on multiple aspects of Biosimilar product development to successfully deliver safe, Biosimilar products to the market place. By attending this conference, you will gain a comprehensive outlook on the key issues surrounding Biosimilars. This event will provide an important platform for Biosimilars stakeholders to discuss and share best practices in furthering Biosimilars development.

It gives me great pleasure in welcoming all of you to the Virtue Insight’s 10th Biosimilars and Follow-on Biologics Congregation 2017.



  • Current market trends and future challenges for Biosimilar success 
  • Biosimilar development in emerging markets 
  • Redesigning the Biosimilar business model: What is the optimum business model for Biosimilars? 
  • Commercial challenges and opportunities - strategies to develop Biosimilars
  • Leading Biosimilars companies share their views and strategies on successful market penetration and learn to implement best practices through recent successful strategies and business models – real time case studies
  • How do payers see Biosimilars and where is the market going?
  • Developing successful business models in Biosimilar product development
  • Advances in Biosimilar clinical development and resulting regulatory challenges and opportunities
  • Non-Clinical Studies in Biosimilars development
  • Biosimilars development and impact on clinical practice
  • Capturing the mAb Biosimilar opportunity
  • Research-based industry Biosimilar strategies
  • Gain in-depth knowledge on role of technology transfer - How does this effect market access?
  • Considerations for the analytical similarity assessments when designing a Biosimilar development program
  • Determining the right investments & potential returns from Biosimilars
  • Understanding the current regulatory approval standards for Biosimilars in Europe, US and ROI including for monoclonal antibodies
  • Be part of a major networking opportunity



CSOs, CMOs, Vice Presidents, Presidents, Heads, Directors, Team Leaders, and Senior Scientists from the following roles:

  • Biopharmaceuticals/ Biotherapeutics
  • Follow on Biologics/Follow on Proteins/Biosimilars
  • Biologics/Biotechnology/ Biogenerics
  • Legal Affairs 
  • Intellectual Property
  • Health Economics
  • Pricing and Reimbursement
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Principal Scientist
  • Chief Scientific Officer
  • Process Control and Analytical Technologies
  • Analytical Characterisation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Drug Safety & Risk Management
  • Quality Affairs/ Quality Control
  • New Product Development
  • Process Science
  • Portfolio Management
  • Research & Development
  • Business Development
  • Business Operations
  • Scientific Affairs
  • Commercial Affairs
  • Marketing



Get more from the event, enjoy and make the best out of our dedicated networking drinks time, meet the leading international vendors showcasing the products of tomorrow in the co-located exhibition. Expand your knowledge of the latest business models and strategies in the high-level conference. Whether you are on the branded or generic side, you cannot afford to miss this opportunity to benchmark your tactics and strategies against the industry leaders who will be the first to traverse the pathway. Devise an immediate action plan for your biosimilar prosecution and litigation strategies in light of the barriers to entry, research and development costs, and regulatory hurdles, which are balanced against an enormous potential for increased profit margins.

08:30 – Coffee and registration – An opportunity to meet and network with your conference colleagues.

09:30 – Chairperson opening remarks
DUNCAN EMERTON, Senior Director, Syndicated Insights & Analysis, FirstWord


 09:40 – Payer perspective on biológics and Biosimilars

  • NHS payer landscapes post Brexit
  • Payers perspectives on Biosimilars and levers for integration into formularies
  • Payers perspectives on Parent Innovators - when are payers willing to pay for premium price brands despite Biosimilars?
  • Differential Access & Reimbursmemet levers for primary care and hospital settings

AMI SCOTT, NHS Medicines Optimisation Team Berkshire

 10:20 – Navigating the mAb biosimilar regulatory maze

  • Introduction to Mabs
  • What differences might be acceptable
  • Aligning of CQAs
  • The importance of comparative biological testing
  • The role of clinical data in supporting biosimilarity and its limitations

CECIL NICK, Vice President (Technical), Parexel 


11:00 – Morning Coffee/Tea & Discussion


11:20 – Keynote Panel Discussion: BREXIT – What impact has it had on the biosimilars industry?

  • Global development of biosimilars – vision or reality?
  • What will happen to the market size of biosimilars in the emerging market?
  • Current - What are the myths and realities about biosimilars in EU & USA?
  • How are Big Pharma and Biologics Majors reacting to BREXIT?
  • Pros and cons of serving multiple growing markets

DUNCAN EMERTON, Senior Director, Syndicated Insights & Analysis, FirstWord

NIRAJ CHHAYA, Senior Risk Management Physician of Biosimilar Compounds, Boehringer Ingelheim
SANDY EISEN, Chief Medical Officer,
Frontline Pharma Consulting
DOMINIC ADAIR, Partner, Bristows
CHRISTOPHER STOTHERS, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer




12:00 – Planning for Success: A CMC Strategy for Biosimilars

  • Importance of CMC
  • What is required for successful Biosimilar development
  • Building a CMC Biosimilar strategy
  • How to de-risk a Biosimilar drug development program

LOUISE ANGELL, Lead Scientist, BioCMC, BioPharmaceutical CMC Solutions – Large Molecules, Covance

12:20 Networking luncheon




13:30 – Biosimilar safety strategy: Challenges and Opportunities
OLEKSANDR KARPENKO, Managing Director, Olexacon


14:00 – Partnering with biosimilar and generic companies for injection devices:

  • Device requirements, self-injection needs
  • Implications of FDA & EMA biosimilar guidances
  • "Me-too" or "device-better"?
  • Examples from DALI's SAN product line and E3D's Flexi-Q autoinjector product line

DAVID DAILY, CEO & Co-Founder, DALI Medical Devices


14:30 – Role of physicians and pharmacists towards strategic business plans

  • Can we rely on the regulator – what constitutes ‘trusted’
  • USA physicians support labels with data to learn about and evaluate biosimilars
  • European doctors have insufficient knowledge of biosimilars – they’ve got company
  • Canadian physicians feel strongly about the need to retain sole prescription authority
  • 35% of Latin American physicians haven’t heard of or could not define biosimilars
  • USA hospital pharmacists are more likely to be “Very familiar…” with biosimilars than retail pharmacists (but that’s only 44% vs. 23%)
  • Lessons to be learnt from pharmacy level substitution in Australia.

STEPHEN MURBY, Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines, International Advisory Board Member, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, Biosimilars Spokesperson    


15:00 – Afternoon Tea/Coffee

15:20 – From biosimilars to biogenerics

  • Attitudes and acceptance in clinical practice
  • Uptake in clinical practice
  • Nor-Switch study and other clinical trials
  • Switching and interchangeability

STEINAR MADSEN, Medical Director, Norwegian Medicines Agency

16:00 – Gainsharing and biosimilar medicines: the policy to increase medical use of biosimilars.

  • Gainsharing principles: how switching to biosimilars is in the benefits of all stakeholders
  • Gainsharing for the individual patient: improvement of care
  • Gainsharing for the healthcare professional: more patient treated, more treatment options
  • Gainsharing for the payers: still savings after splitting the gain

MAARTEN VAN BAELEN, Market Access Director, Medicines for Europe‎

16:40 - Panel Discussion: Market access in the EU market and the way forward

  • Biosimilars – Market strategies and techniques to overcome the hurdles
  • Considerations for successful market of biosimilars
  • Market access experiences with initial biosimilars
  • Surveying the battlefield: how are the key players lining up?
  • Key points in sourcing of comparators
  • The way forward

DUNCAN EMERTON, Senior Director, Syndicated Insights & Analysis, FirstWord

MAARTEN VAN BAELEN, Market Access Director, Medicines for Europe
CECIL NICK, Vice President (Technical), Parexel
STEINAR MADSEN, Medical Director,
Norwegian Medicines Agency

NEIL GRUBERT, Independent Consultant

17:10 Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of conference

17:20 – 18:10 Networking Drinks Session

08:30 – Coffee and registration – An opportunity to meet and to network with your conference colleagues.

09:30 – Chairperson opening remarks
DUNCAN EMERTON, Senior Director, Syndicated Insights & Analysis, FirstWord


09:40 – Biosimilars – 10 years’ experience – what have we learnt and what challenges are there going forward from a medical affairs perspective 

MATTHEW TURNER, Global Medical Director Biosimilars, Merck KgA


10:20 – Commercial Excellence in Pharma:  Beyond SFE

  • Global trends that form pharma landscape & their implications
  • Creating next-generation pharma
  • New capabilities and core processes to support the new pharma commercial model

OZDEMIR SENGOREN, Area Head - Turkey, Middle East & Africa, UCB Pharma

11:00 – Morning Coffee/Tea & Discussion

11:20 – Customized development and production of biosimilars

  • Time to market
  • High yield expression systems
  • Modular flexible production set up
  • One stop shop for biosimilars

FEDERICO POLLANO, Director Contract Manufacturing and Business Development, Polpharma Biologics


12:00 – Value-Added Medicine - The opportunities and challenges - Similarities to Biosimilars
PETAR BAST, VP Business Intelligence, Allergan


12:30 Networking luncheon


13:30 – The Access potential of biosimilars – Will we fully realize it?
AMARDEEP UDESHI, Head - Commercial Strategy, Cipla (India) 


14:00 – Innovators & Biosimilars: Challenges of Operating in an “Anti-Patent” Climate

  • Overview of recent cases affecting the biotechnology industry
  • Impact on biosimilar development
  • Strategies for obtaining adequate patent protection

 JOANNA BROUGHER, Owner & Principal, BioPharma Law Group

 14:30 – Boosting expression of biosimilar antibodies to reduce cost of goods   

  • Upstream process modulation
  • Improving expression levels
  • Critical Quality Attributes
  • Custom biosimilar bio-assay design


15:00 – Afternoon Tea/Coffee

15:20 – The mystery of the NOCEBO effect  for Biosimilars and its relation to adherence
MOURAD REZK, Global Head Medical Affairs (Biosimilars), Biogen Idec


15:50 Harnessing the power of a national network to deliver clinical evidence for biosimilars:

  •  Is the NHS ready for the biosimilar clinical trial boom? 
  • Insight into the current clinical research landscape in the UK
  • Collaboration - the key to efficient and effective trial delivery
  •  Networking locally to deliver globally 

THEO CHRISTIE, Business Development Manager (Commercial), National Institute for Health Research (The research arm of the NHS)


16:20 Panel Discussion: The developing regulatory framework in advanced and developing markets – for Today & Tomorrow

  • The latest in regulatory thinking - Update and current trends for EU and US biosimilar approvals, new and future guidelines. What has changed? – Get yourself updated.
  • What is the best way for industry to present data to the regulatory authorities?
  • Regulatory changes necessary to maximize biosimilars potential
  • How similar is similar? What is likely not to be accepted by the regulator?
  • What types of additional risk minimisation measures may be necessary?
  • IP and regulatory rights

DUNCAN EMERTON, Senior Director, Syndicated Insights & Analysis, FirstWord

MOURAD REZK, Global Head Medical Affairs (Biosimilars), Biogen
ASH RAMZAN, Principal Consultant,
Woodley BioReg
HILARY JONES, Senior Associate,

JACKIE MULRYNE, Counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer


17:00 Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of conference
DUNCAN EMERTON, Senior Director, Syndicated Insights & Analysis, FirstWord 


17:10 – End of the 10th Biosimilars Congregation 2017


Global Head Medical Affairs (Biosimilars)


Dr Mourad Rezk joined Biogen in January 2015. He is a medical doctor who trained as a diabetologist. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, holding a number of leadership roles in medical affairs, R&D and

Before joining Biogen, Dr Rezk was with Amgen for nearly eight years as an international medical lead for nephrology innovator biologics and the company’s EU biosimilars taskforce. While there, he established an internal biosimilars medical platform and led the development and execution of a significant number of multinational studies, key publications and poster presentations. He has also spoken at a number of key international biosimilars congresses.

Prior to that, Dr Rezk spent four years in Athens with Novo Nordisk Africa & Gulf as the region’s medical affairs director, establishing diabetes and hematology clinical and medical educational infrastructures that supported the launch of the company’s second‐generation insulin analogues and hemophilia treatments. He also previously spent nearly 11 years with J&J Middle East where he was marketing & sales lead for the biotech business unit, after which he moved to head the medical affairs team.


Global Medical Director Biosimilars

Merck KgA

A scientist by training in the UK, Matthew has spent 21 years thus far with a career working in pharma industry from basic biotech research, to clinical development and medical affairs.  Matthew has been working in the biosimilar area for the last 10 years in medical affairs in global positions, notably as head of Europe medical affairs and global head of medical affairs at Sandoz. Matthew is working now within the Merck KgA group in medical affairs working on biosimilars.


Senior Risk Management Physician of Biosimilar Compounds

Boehringer Ingelheim

Dr. Niraj Chhaya is a Risk Management expert for biosimilar portfolio within Global Pharmacovigilance at Boehringer Ingelheim based out of its corporate office in Ingelheim, Germany. After completing post‐graduation in Internal medicine, he started his career by joining Tertiary Care hospital in Mumbai, India. Apart from clinical practice, he was involved with clinical research as an investigator covering various therapeutic areas. After a decade of work in hospital setting, Dr. Chhaya joined pharmaceutical industry in 2006. He has more than 7 years of experience in the field of biosimilars through his involvement in clinical development, medical monitoring and pharmacovigilance at Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and Boehringer Ingelheim.


Head - Commercial Strategy

Cipla (India)


VP Business Intelligence


Petar has worked in the pharma industry for more than 20 years, most recently as VP Corporate Business Insights at Allergan. He is currently involved in a Swiss start-up focusing on Women’s Health, and just finalised a M.Sc. pharm. med. (specialised in Value-Added medicine); academic record also includes an MBA, B.Com. in Org.Dev. and M.Sc. pham.eng.

Previously worked for Amgen, and held several commercial roles here, including project manager of the biosimilars task-force.

Will be presenting on the synergies between Value-Added medicines and Biosimilars


Area Head - Turkey, Middle East & Africa

UCB Pharma

Ozdemir Sengoren was appointed as Area Head of UCB Turkey, Middle East & Africa in February 2014.

Prior to this, Ozdemir gained 17 years of experience in biopharmaceuticals working at; Abbott, Wyeth and more recently as Managing Director at Merck Serono. Ozdemir has a bachelor's degree in medicine from Marmara University İstanbul.

UCB is a patient-centric global biopharmaceutical leader, transforming the lives of people with severe diseases, operating in more than 40 countries with 8.700 employees. UCB is a specialist company in neurology & immunology.

Contact details:

Mobile:   +90 532 201 39 02
E-mail:   ozdemir.sengoren@ucb.com
Web-site:   www.ucb.com.tr


Managing Director



Business Development Manager (Commercial)

National Institute for Health Research (The research arm of the NHS)

The Clinical Research Network


Funded by government through the Department of Health, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the National Health Service in England. We turn the pledges in the government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences into reality, by creating a better environment for conducting large scale commercial contract clinical research, so that life sciences companies can place clinical studies in the UK with confi dence.
Delivering research to make patients, and the NHS, better

Theo Christie is a Business Development Manager (Commercial) for the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). Theo facilitates key discussions between industry and the Clinical Research Network and is a point of contact for the life sciences companies engaging with the Clinical Research Network. Theo is able to provide advice to companies on how they are able to tap into the Clinical Research Network study support services to ensure clinical studies are set up effi ciently and recruit to time and target.

With a degree in Clinical Sciences, Theo has been with the Clinical Research Network for over four years. He previously worked within the Research Delivery Directorate of the CRN, collaborating with the life sciences industry and national specialty groups across 10 therapeutic areas, providing operational support through feasibility, set up and patient recruitment.

E: theo.christie@nihr.ac.uk
T: 0113 3439528
M: 07879 114042


Market Access Director

Medicines for Europe

The goal of « Medicines for Europe » (formerly EGA) is to improve health by ensuring better access to treatment for patients in Europe and beyond. As Market Access Director, the objective of Maarten’s team is to shape in the EU a dynamic and sustainable market situation that enables fast and fair pricing and reimbursement for generic, biosimilar and value-added medicines.

Maarten joined « Medicines for Europe » in 2011 as Medical Affairs Manager with responsibilities in the areas of fighting Falsified Medicines and Pharmacovigilance. In his life before the association, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry providing pharmacovigilance consultancy and in the medical device industry liaising with Key Opinion Leaders. He combined these roles while working weekends in a community pharmacy.

Maarten is a pharmacist by education and holds an MBA from “Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management” and “École des Ponts Paris Business School”. 


International Advisory Board Member, Biosimilars Spokesperson

Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines, Alliance of Patients Organizations

Amongst other things, Stephen is: a member of the International Advisory Board of the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM), headquartered in Virginia, USA; a Special Board Representative of the Consumer Health Forum of Australia (CHF) Board (having previous roles as Director, Treasurer andChair); and a biosimilars spokesperson for the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), headquartered in London; In 2014, Stephen was made an Honorary Life Member of CHF. He is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), headquartered in London and a Life Member of the Graduate Union of The University of Melbourne.

Stephen has a special interest in biosimilars from the patient perspective and has been working with ASBM, CHF, IAPO and others over the past six years in developing and disseminating biosimilars information and educational resources to patient, prescriber and dispenser organisations around the world. In February, this year he travelled to Australia on behalf of ASBM to facilitate severaltop-level meetings with peak professional organisations and government bodies on the outcomes of the ASBM Australian Prescribers Survey. Stephen has also spoken at peak body meetings on biosimilars in The Philippines, Hong Kong, Switzerland, USA and the United Kingdom.


Vice President (Technical)


Cecil Nick, Vice President (Technical), at PAREXEL Consulting has been working in regulatory affairs and clinical development for over 30 years; for over 25 years he has focused on biological medicines. Cecil Nick has particular expertise in monoclonals and biosimilars, having worked on over 20 such programs, engaged in over 50 interactions and meetings with regulatory agencies in the EU, US, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and supported  6 submissions in the EU and US. He has also participated extensively in Industry and International meetings on the subject. Additionally, Cecil Nick has extensive experience in orphan drugs and in numerous therapeutic areas including, but not limited to, oncology, inflammatory disease, diabetes, growth and hematology.

Since joining PAREXEL in February 2001 Cecil has applied his extensive scientific, drug development and regulatory experience in supporting clients  with clinical development plans and regulatory strategies for EU, US and global approval. In the last five years alone he has worked on scores of clinical development plans connecting the input from pharmacologists, statisticians, therapeutic experts, and feasibility analyses to craft plans which are effective, highly efficient and achievable

Cecil has been working in Regulatory Affairs since 1979. From 1987 – 2000, prior to joining PAREXEL, Cecil served as Regulatory Manager at Novo Nordisk Ltd., working on the development and registration of biotechnological products and NCE’s. In addition he has knowledge of health economic assessments.

Cecil is a Fellow of TOPRA and has been a guest lecture at Cardiff University MSc in Clinical Research and Greenwich University MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences courses and Biotech Module leader for the TOPRA MSc course. He was on the editorial panel of SCRIP Clinical Research and has authored many articles on regulatory and clinical development issues.


Senior Director, Syndicated Insights & Analysis


Duncan has been working in the pharma industry for over 15 years, gaining experience across a broad range of disciplines including pre-clinical and clinical R&D, sales, marketing, medical affairs, competitive intelligence, management consulting, and business analysis. For nearly a decade, Duncan has followed the biosimilars market, and is recognised as one of the leading international voices on the subject. He is a regular presenter and Chair at biosimilar-focused conferences, has contributed several articles and book chapters on key issues in the biosimilars industry, and runs The Biosimilarz Blog (www.biosimilarz.com).

Next month Duncan will be attending the European Biosimilar Group’s 14th annual biosimilars conference where he will be presenting and facilitating an interactive panel discussion on how biosimilars have performed so far, and what the future holds. Duncan holds a BSc(Hons) in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Surrey, and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Kent.



NHS Medicines Optimisation Team Berkshire

Ami is an experienced commissioner with a background as a Hospital Pharmacist. Ami is passionate about driving change to deliver better patient care in a challenging healthcare environment whilst delivering QIPP savings. Her areas of interest include Biosimilar Implementation Programs (across Rheumatology, Gastroenterology and Endocrine Disorders), Mental Health, Cardiology, endocrinology and more.

Accomplishments include setting up a Managed Entry Committee and  the creation of the Clinical Innovation Pharmacist Post; an innovative joint post with funding from the payers and providers. Other achievements include the production of pathways/policies to improve patient care and ensure the efficient use of scarce NHS resources and the creation of a Joint Formulary across primary and secondary care.

Ami is an experienced coach and mentor, able to inspire and motivate her team of pharmacists to deliver the Medicines Optimisation agenda.


Medical Director

Norwegian Medicines Agency

Dr. Steinar Madsen is medical director at the Norwegian Medicines Agency. He has been working with generic substitution since it was introduced in Norway in 2001 and with biosimilars since 2006. He is member and previously chairman of the committee for generic substitution at the Agency. Dr. Madsen is also engaged in the drug information service, with a special interest in the safe and cost-effective use of drugs. He is a specialist in internal medicine and cardiology and works part time as a consultant in cardiology.




Dr. Boon received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Amsterdam. In 2003 he was one of the founders of Bioceros BV were he currently hold a position of CSO. In addition, he held position as CSO for MacroZyme BV, 4AZA Bioscience NV, FF Pharma and VP Preclinical for PanGenetics BV and Tanox. Dr. Boon is author of over 240 papers in international scientific journals in the field of medical biotechnology.

Bioceros generates production cell lines for the industry and used its proprietary CHOBC® platform to generate a portfolio of cell lines producing biosimilar monoclonal antibodies. Since the acquisition of Bioceros by EPIRUS in 2015, he extended this expertise and developed a complete process toolbox to fit biosimilar CQAs. After the acquisition of Epirus NL by the Polpharma Biologics group in June 2016, he has continued to work on biosimilar development and innovative new molecular antibody entities, which now within the Polpharma Biologics group can be extended to GMP production and clinical testing


Chief Medical Officer

Frontline Pharma Consulting

(Previously Chief Medical Officer, Teva Europe, 2006 – 2011)

Dr Eisen graduated from Cambridge University in 1980 and studied clinical medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in London.  He has postgraduate medical qualifications in Surgery and in Pharmaceutical Medicine and now has over 25 years’ experience in pharmaceutical regulation and pharmaceutical medicine.  He has worked in several senior positions in both Government and the Pharmaceutical Industry, most recently having been Chief Medical Officer for Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe for 5 years.

In 2011 he set up his own Company, Frontline Pharma Consulting Ltd providing independent advice to pharmaceutical and financial companies on all aspects of research, pharmaceutical regulation and drug safety, and covering innovative products, biosimilars and generics in all therapeutic areas.  He also works on contract in interim senior management roles, including Medical Director, Clinical Research Director and as a Senior Safety Physician/QPPV.

Contact details:



+44 7921 495663 (mobile)

+44 0208 3648426 (office)


Lead Scientist, BioCMC, BioPharmaceutical CMC Solutions - Large Molecules


Louise Angell has over eleven years of experience working within the Contract Research Organisation (CRO) industry at Covance,  and has worked at various levels, including Study Director and Scientific Manager within Large Molecule Bioanalytical. Prior to this Louise spent 5 years within the Pharmaceutical Industry developing and validating ligand binding assays in support of drug development within the GxP arena.

More recently, Louise has been working as a Lead Scientist at Covance;  providing oversight to ensure scientific and regulatory integrity of large molecule CMC projects,  within a GMP environment.


CEO & Co-Founder

DALI Medical Devices

DALI (www.dalimed.com) is a R&D company focused on developing innovative drug delivery devices.

These include the proprietary Safe Auto-Needles (SANs) product family and a variety of autoinjectors that are developed in partnership with Elcam Drug Delivery Devices (E3D) (www.elcam3d.com), an Elcam Medical company.

Before co-founding DALI in 2003, David worked as Product Development Manager at Élan Pharmaceuticals (now Perrigo), responsible for leading the development of a variety of disposable autoinjectors and micro-infusion systems. Prior to Élan he served in various R&D positions in the Israeli Defense Forces.

David is named inventor on multiple international patents and patent applications. He is an author of various publications and gave presentations in professional conferences in the parenteral drug delivery arena.

David holds an MSc in biomedical engineering, a BSc in mechanical engineering and an MBA.



Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Assisting companies from all fields of technology, from pharmaceutical and medical devices to software and telecommunications, Christopher is an experienced litigator on strategic, cross-border patent disputes (including opposition work before the European Patent Office). He also litigates and arbitrates other types of intellectual property (trade mark, copyright, and designs), antitrust (including follow-on damages claims), pharmaceutical regulation, European Union law and commercial disputes. He is a creative and efficient problem-solver who thinks laterally across the breadth of his practice. He has taken cases before the First Tier Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal, the Patents County Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, the European Patent Office, and the European Court of Justice.

Christopher is a Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property and Competition Law at University College London, and his 2007 practitioner textbook, "Parallel Trade in Europe: Intellectual Property, Competition and Regulatory Law," has been cited by the UK Supreme Court. He is committed to pro bono matters, including cases on recognition of change of gender for social security and tax purposes. Christopher is also chair of the firm's Diversity Committee for the London office.


Director Contract Manufacturing and Business Development

Polpharma Biologics

Federico Pollano is the Business Development and Contract Manufacturing Director at Polpharma Biologics, located in Gdańsk. He has 28 years of experience in pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals mainly in senior and executive positions, which includes:
2008-2015 Richter-Helm-Biotec Managing Director
2005-2007 Helm AG - Executive Manager Generics
2001-2005 BioGenerix AG ratiopharm Business development - Member of the Management Board
1991-2001 GlaxoWellcome - Clinical research, pharmacoeconomics, business development
1989-1991 Zambon , Clinical research
Federico Pollano received his education at University of Bielefeld, specializing in Biology, as well as at Stockholm School of Economics


Principal Consultant

Woodley BioReg

Dr. Ramzan has over 25 years of international experience to over 40 World territories within the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. He has held a number of senior positions in product and clinical development, manufacturing to cGMP, Analytical Development, Quality Control and Assurance, and Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Ramzan has experience in the successful Technology Transfer of the manufacture of a complex biologics including biosimilars and their associated methods. His expertise also includes the management and implementation of Regulatory Conformance programmes (“Registration Drift”) for both Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals (biologics and vaccines).  Dr. Ramzan is a University of Liverpool graduate and holds a PhD in Protein Biochemistry.


Owner & Principal

BioPharma Law Group

Joanna is a patent attorney who focuses her practice on all aspects of services related to patents in the life sciences. Joanna has experience counseling clients on the Hatch-Waxman Act and is monitoring developments involving biosimilars under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act. Joanna is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology.  She regularly speaks or lectures on intellectual property-related topics and is a frequent author of articles related to patent law and healthcare.  In 2013, Joanna published a book called Intellectual Property and Health Technologies: Balancing Innovation and the Public's Health which examines the relationship between patents and public health in the context of medical technologies. Joanna received her J.D. degree from Boston College Law School, and is admitted to the Massachusetts and New York State Bars as well as the USPTO.




Dominic is a partner in the patent litigation group at Bristows LLP. He specialises in life sciences cases, reflecting his scientific background in this area (BA Natural Sciences and PhD Zoology, University of Cambridge).

He has extensive experience of cross-border litigation in and beyond Europe. This has involved working closely with other lawyers, in-house and external, to ensure alignment with global strategic objectives concerning the defence and enforcement of several portfolios of patents.

In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector, Dominic has worked on all aspects of the drug life cycle, from freedom to operate analyses and early-stage risk assessment of generic competition to end-stage litigation, SPCs and anti-trust issues.

Dominic writes regularly on reported patent cases in the UK and at the EPO. He is a member of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) and sits on the UK council of AIPPI. He is a regular conference speaker and presenter.


Independent Consultant

Neil Grubert is a pharmaceutical market access specialist with 27 years of experience tracking the global prescription drug and self-medication markets. He has written more than 150 reports on all aspects of pricing, reimbursement and market access in 20 mature and emerging markets, including work on generics, biosimilars and life cycle management. Before becoming an independent consultant, Neil spearheaded the development of Decision Resources Group’s international market access business, most recently as Vice President of Global Market Access Insights.


Senior Associate


Hilary is a senior associate in the IP Regulatory team and specialises in all aspects of EU and UK law in the bio-pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors.  Hilary was previously part of the in-house legal team at Pfizer for twelve years and has also worked at Gilead Sciences. As a senior corporate counsel she supported the UK, EU and global business units, gaining excellent knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry enabling her to bring a strong business approach to her legal advice.  Her experience ranges from the early stages of a product’s development to post marketing activities and long established brands. Hilary regularly speaks at public conferences on topics such as paediatric research, HTA and market access, and orphan designation for medicines. Prior to working within the pharmaceutical industry Hilary spent two years in the legal team at the Consumers’ Association (and Which?) specialising in consumer law, general commercial matters and public affairs activities.


     LLB Law, University of Southampton
     LPC, Nottingham Law School
     Qualified 2001



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Jackie Mulryne advises clients in the life sciences, medical devices, cosmetics and foods sectors, and has a broad practice providing regulatory compliance and public policy advice. She advises on UK and EU law, and has experience with a range of regulatory issues that arise throughout the product life cycle, including borderline classification, classification of new active substances, clinical research, authorisation, advertising and labelling, and pricing and reimbursement. She has assisted a number of life science and medical device companies with challenges to the decisions of regulatory authorities, and in developing and implementing cross-border regulatory action and compliance programmes,


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Testimonials from our past Biosimilars Congregations


Good Discussions, Thank you Very Much - COO, VelaLabs GmbH


Good use of two screen technology and warm welcome and induction at registration - International Advisory Board Member, Biosimilars Spokesperson, Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines

Well discussed topics with a distinguished and prolific panel of experts in their respective fields in Biosimilars - Senior Business Analyst, Jakob & Partners

The only way to stay up to speed in this fast evolving market is to touch base with your peers. The biosimilars congregation is the right place to do it - Global Brand Manager & Global Biosimilars Business Intelligence, Merck Serono

I think the event was great and really threw insight on positioning biosimilars vis a vis other drugs on the regulatory side in India and World and what are challenges faced by industry as well as government and also regulators It was a great learning - AVP & Head Lega, Wockhardt

Excellent workshop. It did meet our expectation in term of complete representation of the biosimilar development - Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs Sanofi

It was a splendid show yesterday, and esp with you and Sid managing the whole show so smoothly, was very well seen. Virtue Insight Staff were very helpful all throughout - Director, VIaTAL Pharma Consulting

All the topics picked up very good and were pretty informative. The panel discussions brought very nice views and insights on agenda points - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & PM, LUPIN BIOTECH

New topic to organize by virtue insight appreciate your choice of current hot topics participated as a deligate with inquisitiveness to learn more biosimilars mission accomplished - HEAD PV, BMS INDIA

Well done, most of the speakers selected for the conference were excellent and there was informative as well as participative discussion - MANAGER - BD & PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, LUPIN

A good interactive & learning session delivered by expert panels - BUSINESS ANALYST, JAKOB & PARTNERS INDIA PVT LTD

The conference is good to know about the regulatory scenario - Senior Research Scientist, Quantimmune Solutions

Good Discussion about commercial Challenges and lessons with 1st class biosimilar products and challenges/ development, regulatory and commercial with biosimilars MABs - Medical Assessor in Licensing of Biological Products, MHRA

Keeping in mind actuality of the biotech drug discovery and development, the Biosimilars Congregation 2012 defined  topics can be for congratulations only. Key items as pharma and generics industries approach relative to emerging and developing biosimilar market, clinical trials changes in clinical practice and evolution in understanding of the biology of the disease, challenges in clinical study design for biosimilar development arising from endpoint variability, identifying issues and solutions surrounding biosimilars etc., that have been discussed at the conference, gave the course for  predicting future trends inside the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Choice of the lecturers as well as panelists  with so divergent, but so complementary  professional background, gave the Meeting special seriousness.Owing to this heterogeneity, the success of the after - lecture discussion as well as the panel ones, was even more productive and promotional  for next similar meetings. Moderators were professional and  prepared for all  the Keynote Addresses. They successfully  managed to bridge the gaps arisen from divergent attitudes occurred during the discussions. It contributed to the air of specificity and  uniqueness of that very Meeting. Summaries done from this Meeting shall remembered and incorporated in my professional work. I do hope that I could be able to participate your next Meeting /2013./ - Violeta Stanimirovic, Expert of medicines and medical devices agency, Serbia - Alims & expert of Montenegrian National Drug Agency - CALIMS Excellent cross section of up to date & future directions of Biosimilars - Director, Voisin Consuting Lifesciences

The programme and the format were very good and the atmosphere provided great encouragement for the networking.  It was timely organised allowing the participants to exchange opinions on very recent regulatory changes in the US and the EU - Scientific & Regulatory Director, Regem Consulting Ltd

All in all, Biosimilars Congregation 2012 was a very worthwhile and informative conference - Global Marketing Manager-Biotechnology, SACHEM

The Biosimilars Congregation proved to be an insightful range of presentations which covered the most important aspects of the biosimilars field. I’d recommend it to all stakeholders, manufacturers and regulators alike, who wants to network and gain more up-to-date knowledge in this exciting business area of biologics - Director, Corporate Business Development, CMC Biologics A/S

The presentations were informative and the panel discussions engaging,  covering key and important topics of debate.  The food and wine reception were excellent and allowed for relaxed networking opportunities - Director, Voisin Consulting Life Sciences

Biosimilar Congregation was a really good conference, well organized and of good quality - Senior Director Biopharmaceuticals and Scientific Advisory, Nuvisan GmbH

Biosimilars Congregation 2012 organised by Virtue Insight was a professionally managed event that was able to pull together a broad and relevant agenda presented by a well informed and insightful faculty. It was also very timely with the recent release of the US Biosimilar guidance which added a lot of new information that has not been previously discussed. I would certainly be interested in attending future events organized by Virtue Insight - Biosimilars and Proprietary Marketing Director, EMEA, Hospira, UK

The Biosimilars Congregation  has been a very informative gathering especially with respect to the future landscape and opportunities in Biosimilars - Managing Director - UK, Wockhardt

DOWNLOAD 10th Biosimilars & Follow-On Biologics Congregation 2017_Final List of Attendees
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