Medical Affairs Masterclass


May 2, 2024    
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


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Irish Management Institute
Sandyford, Dublin

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The PMI’s medical affairs master class will take place on Thursday May 2nd at the IMI campus in Sandyford. 
This highly anticipated one-day masterclass will build on the inaugural masterclass held last year.  With a changing healthcare landscape placing new demands on medical affairs, our panel of expert speakers will discuss the future landscape of Medical affairs, how best to navigate this future landscape – as well as examining what this future will look like.  

The masterclasses are designed to be a highly immersive and interactive learning tool. Numbers are kept small to allow for engagement and discussions. There will be a mix of expert speakers and a panel discussion which will bring together the Medical Directors from a number of key pharma companies to share their insights, experience and knowledge with the room.  This masterclass will also provide an excellent opportunity to share best practices and discuss ideas with fellow Medical Managers and Medical Advisors/MSLs in other companies allowing you to build a strong professional network with peers.


Who should attend?
This one-day masterclass is designed for those working within the medical affairs area. It will be best suited to Medical Managers, Medical Advisors and MSLs.


Our speakers for the masterclass are: 

Prof John Crown, Consultant Medical Oncologist – St Vincent’s Private Hospital 

Prof. John Crown, is one of Ireland’s leading medical oncologists, balancing a career as a consultant oncologist, researcher, professor and advocate.  He received his medical training at University College Dublin and the State University of New York, and undertook his postdoctoral training on both sides of the Atlantic. He went on to complete his fellowship training in oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Centre and in haematology/oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre before joining St. Vincent’s University Hospital in 1993.  He founded the Clinical Trials Unit at St. Vincent’s University Hospital which has developed an international leadership role in oncology trials and was appointed as Chair of Translational Cancer Medicine in DCU in 2001.  
Prof Crown was awarded the Irish Association for Cancer Research Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Medicine & Research Award for his cancer research in February 2024. 


Agron Hasani,  Head of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer – Novartis 

Agron qualified as a physician in Rijeka, Croatia and shortly after that moved to Ireland. He has been with Novartis Ireland for 17 years and his experience ranges from Medical Information, PV, Clinical Trials and Risk Management.  For the past 12 years he has been involved in Medical Affairs firstly as a Medical Advisor covering Infectious Disease, Respiratory and Cardiology. He was appointed as Medical Director in December 2021 and his current role is Head of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer.


Aoife Callan, Head of Market Access & External Engagement – Takeda 

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Clare Cushen, Regional Portfolio Medical Head, European Medical Director – Chiesi Group 

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Caroline Kelly, Managing Director – Pharma Integrity 

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In addition, we’ll have a panel discussion with Medical Directors who will discuss how we can develop the optimal landscape for Medical Affairs in Ireland.  Our panel discussion will be made up of: 

Abdul al Khateeb, Medical Director – Roche
Abdul is Head of Medical Expertise at Roche Ireland. He joined the team in 2021 and leads the medical and license to operate groups covering a wide range of activities in Ireland, such as medical affairs, clinical operations, safety and quality. Abdul is passionate about working hard to improve outcomes for patients in Ireland, in partnership with a range of stakeholders at the
leading edge of clinical practice.
Abdul has spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Roche Ireland, Abdul worked in Medical Communications agencies in the UK, followed by the Global Medical Affairs Teams at Novartis and then Roche. Abdul graduated from The University of Manchester with an MPhil in Cell Biology.


Eavan Daly, Country Medical Director – GSK 

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Emer O’Shaughnessy, Country Medical Director – MSD Ireland
Emer graduated with honours from UCD Medical School in 2006. As a post-graduate, she became a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners in 2013 and also of the Faculty of pharmaceutical medicine in UK after achieving her Diploma in pharmaceutical medicine in Cardiff university in 2016. Since joining industry over 10 years ago, Emer has worked in roles in 4 different pharmaceutical companies in both UK and Ireland across varied therapy areas. She has enjoyed understanding different healthcare systems, different market dynamics as well as compliance codes and has applied this varied knowledge and perspective to her roles. She recently returned to MSD as Country Medical Director after previously working there as a medical advisor.  She feels this is a great example of how you can ‘boomerang’ back to organisations while pursuing career development.  As Country Medical Director ins MSD, Emer is passionate about medical affairs, the valued role it plays in organisations as well as focussing on its evolution to ensure medical affairs remain a key and valued stakeholder into the future.



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