The 2017 PM360 Elite 100

What does it mean to be elite? For us, being elite stands for something. And yes, we mean that literally as our ELITE Awards represent Exceptional Leaders, Innovators, Transformers, and Entrepreneurs, but also figuratively. These elite, our ELITE, stand for greater patient empathy, improved outcomes, better communication, easier medication delivery, breakthrough science, organizational-wide improvements, and so much more. These ELITE stand apart as the best their respective fields have to offer. These ELITE take into consideration each and every one of the various people in healthcare (patients, caregivers, doctors, payers, and more) and work to make their lives a little easier—and hopefully a whole lot better.

The PM360 ELITE 100 represents what it is that makes our industry so great: People who are doing extraordinary things to help improve the lives of other people. And that is perfectly personified in this year’s Uber ELITE, our annual winner who stands out among the very best. Dr. Nina Tandon, CEO of EpiBone, co-founded the world’s first bone reconstruction facility that uses patients’ own cells to grow new bones. It’s a great story, and you can hear Dr. Tandon tell it at this year’s ELITE Awards Party where she will deliver the keynote address.

This year’s celebration is at Manhattan’s posh 230 FIFTH on Tuesday, July 11. In addition to Dr. Tandon, you will also get the chance to meet our other incredible winners. But before you do, take the time and read what it is that makes them ELITE. Because these ELITE are worth looking up to.

The ELITE Awards honors people in the following 18 categories:

Leaders of the Future: Up-and-comers who display the characteristics of an emerging leader.

Entrepreneurs: Visionary risk-takers who develop new companies to answer unmet needs.

Transformational Leaders: People who change the way companies operate.

Talent Acquisition Leader: The industry’s top job recruiters and HR executives.

Patient Advocates: Those who make sure patients’ voices are heard and needs are met.

Disrupters: Fearless individuals who disrupt the status quo to revolutionize the industry.

Mentors: The role models others aspire to emulate.

PR Gurus: Communication experts who are masters at spreading news and good publicity.

Strategists: People with a sixth sense for what works—and the ability to predict what the industry needs to do to remain relevant.

Tech-know Geeks: Innovators who spearhead technological breakthroughs that reshape the industry.

Master Educators: People who revolutionize the way patients/doctors learn and absorb information.

Drug Research and Developers: The scientists, researchers, and clinical trial experts who are moving the industry forward.

Data Miners: Individuals who specialize in analytics and can turn hordes of numbers and research into actionable insight.

Launch Experts: Marketers with significant success in bringing a new drug to market or in revitalizing markets for an older drug.

Digital Crusaders: Those who advance digital channel applications or platforms to transform marketing and/or company operations.

Creative Directors: Marketers known for their daring creative and jealousy-inducing campaigns.

Sales MVPs: Company sales leaders who do an outstanding job of building revenue and nurturing company growth.

Marketing Teams: Teams that have achieved great marketing success together as a group.

The 2017 ELITE Winners

Uber Elite

Nina Tandon, PhD, EpiBone, Inc.

Leaders of the Future

Jim Bernhard, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Matthew DeLisle, Salix

Sarah Dobson, Novo Nordisk Inc.

Kunj Gohil, PharmD, RPh, MediMedia Managed Markets, an ICON plc company

Josh John, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Lynn Kirkpatrick, Snow Companies


Sundeep Bhan, Prognos

Evan T. Edwards and Eric S. Edwards, MD, PhD, Kaléo, Inc.

William King, Zephyr Health

Matthew Schecter, The Lockwood Group

David Schoonmaker and Reide Rosen, D+R LATHIAN

Rishi Shah, Outcome Health

Transformational Leaders

Steve Andrzejewski, Spiritus Pharmaeuticals

Roberto Ascione, Healthware International

Gertjan Bartlema, Celgene Corporation

Danielle Bedard, inVentiv Health

James R. Berger, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Ramon Chen, Reltio, Inc.

Susan Flinn Cobian, HYC Health

Susan Cuozzo, Virgo Health

Jeffrey Dierks, Teva Pharmaceuticals

Didi Discar, Carling Communications

Yan Fossat, Klick Health

Mary M. Gallagher, Seniorlink

Timmy Garde, LevLane

John Keilty, Decibel Therapeutics

Kristie Kuhl, Finn Partners

Greg Lewis, greyhealth group summit

Mike Marett, Confideo, LLC

Steven Michaelson and Judy Capano, Calcium

Jennifer Redmond, MCME

Matt Spiewakowski, EMD Serono

Denise Strauss, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Lisa Waters, CCA LA

Lorna Weir, Elevate Healthcare

Venus Yadav, Genentech

Talent Acquisition Leaders

Leslie Doane, DWA Healthcare Communications Group

Edward Frankel, Omnicom Health Group

Ryan Maglione, inVentiv Health

Deb Stevens, Deb Stevens Consulting, LLC

Matthew C. West, Advice Personnel, Inc.

Patient Advocates

Lisa Emrich, Musician and

Andra Stratton, Lipodystrophy United

Mike Veny, HealthCentral and Transforming Stigma


Maneesh Arora, Exact Sciences

Angelo Campano, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, part of WPP Health & Wellness

Stephen Cannata, MBA, Iroko Pharmaceuticals LLC

Erica Conroy, PhD, CoverMyMeds

Matt De Silva, Notable Labs

Orly Kolatkar, Genentech

Chris Humphreys, Intouch Solutions

Natalie Mancuso, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Ed Mingle, Celgene

Andy Woolf, Bionical LLC


Emil C. Andrusko, RPh, Benchworks

Jeff Berg, AbelsonTaylor

Megan Matakovic, Discovery USA

Victoria Sherriff-Scott, Klick Health

Darrell Wakefield, Bayer

PR Gurus

Gail Cohen, Acorda Therapeutics

Carly Kuper, CMI/Compas


Kendra Fanara, Johnson & Johnson

Rebecca Hussain, RHMM Inc.

Georgina Rizik, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH

Victoria Russo, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jerry Valentine, AstraZeneca

Tech-know Geeks

August Allen, Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Lisa Flaiz, formerly Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Transon Nguyen, Notable Labs

Elizabeth Quist and Jonathan Israel, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Master Educators

Barbara Blasso, IMsci (International Meetings & Science), a division of ghg

Kate Merz, PatientPoint

Drug Researcher and Developer

Rick Batycky, PhD, Acorda Therapeutics

Data Miners

Iyiola Obayomi, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, part of WPP Health & Wellness

Dan Stein, Crossix Solutions

Jane Urban, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Denis Wyrwoll, Healthcasts

Launch Experts

Mark Bubany, Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Bernadette Buntin, MS, MBA, Shire

Michael Gaines, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jason Joseph, UCB

Juniette Kang’a, Clovis Oncology

Eric Krapf, Regeneron

Walter Son and Renée Marotta, Aralez Pharmaceuticals US Inc.

Digital Crusaders

Richard Black, Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

Larry Brooks, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Rowena Kam-Bergman, inVentiv Health Public Relations Group

Michael Leis, Digitas Health

Creative Directors

Michael Austin, PALIO

Mike Hodgson, Cambridge BioMarketing

George Pearson, Virgo Health

Brent Scholz, Intouch Solutions

Sales MVPs

Ashik Desai, Outcome Health

George Jones, Pernix Therapeutics

Linda Ruschau, PatientPoint

Marketing Teams

Cambridge BioMarketing and Intercept Pharmaceuticals Marketing Team

Sunovion Respiratory Marketing Team, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Team Otezla, Celgene and PALIO

U.S. Marketing Team, Stallergenes Greer


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