Senior Managing Director
Accenture’s Global Applied Life Sciences Solutions Practice
Kevin Julian is a senior managing director leading Accenture’s global Applied Life Sciences Solutions practice. In this role, he is responsible for industry-specific solutions and platforms that leverage Accenture’s businesses in strategy, consulting, technology, digital and operations to help life sciences clients bring innovative products to patients faster.
Since joining Accenture in 1989, Kevin has worked predominantly in the life sciences industry, delivering innovative solutions and complex programs to help clients improve their business performance. Before leading Applied Life Sciences Solutions, Kevin was responsible for growing Accenture’s global life sciences sales portfolio. Under his leadership, the firm established an industry-leading position in technology and business process outsourcing in life sciences.
Senior Vice President
India Country Head & Managing Director & SBU Head – Clinical Trial Supplies & Logistics Parexel International.
Sanjay Vyas has recently moved from USA as the India Country Head & Board of Director, Sanjay is responsible to develop strategic direction & provide the leadership and vision necessary to grow the 5200 plus India organization. He also heads Parexel’s Global Clinical supplies & Logistics business which also includes the global distributions centers & infrastructure.
Lived & worked in 8 countries & 4 continents, Sanjay brings over +23 years of experience in Global P&L management, Logistics & Supply chain management, Sales & Marketing, M&A’s, Operations & People management.
Previously at DHL as the VP for Life Sciences and Healthcare APAC, based in Singapore he was responsible to manage the Global Logistics & Supply Chain business for the top Life Science & Healthcare Customers across all DHL BU’s within APAC. He was a member of the DHL Life Sciences and Healthcare Board.
Sanjay holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing Management & a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce & Economics. He also has a Professional Diploma in Software Technology and Systems Management.
Co-founder & Director
Cytespace Research Pvt Ltd.
Ramu is a co-founder and CEO of CyteCare Hospitals, a comprehensive cancer care hospital network. The first cancer 150-bed organ-site focussed cancer hospital that went live November 2016 on Airport Road, Yelahanka, Bangalore.
He is also a Co-founder of Cytespace Research, a clinical research solutions organization. Earlier, Ramu was with Quintiles for about 10 years in various global business roles. Prior to joining Quintiles in 2001, Ramu was a consultant for a PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was also an early team member for a startup telemedicine company in India.
Ramu has a bachelor’s engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.
Ramu is passionate about excellence in healthcare and research.
Chief Operating Officer
Alan Morgan is Chief Operating Officer of Quanticate – a data focused CRO with offices across Europe, North America, South Africa, and India. He is an accountant by training, having started his career with Astra Zeneca (then ICI Pharmaceuticals) and GSK (then Glaxo Holdings ) in senior commercial financial roles.
He has 20 years of experience in leadership roles in the CRO sector, having been VP and General Manager of Covance in Europe, Asia, and Latin America; Global General Manager of MDS; Chief Operating Officer of RPS (now PRA); and Group President of ICON’s Clinical and Laboratory businesses. He raised $100m in private equity funding to found Concept Life Sciences, a chemistry based early stage CRO, and has advised a number of pharma service businesses in raising external funding for key projects.
PhD Director, Regulatory Affairs RDS India,
Gaurav Mathur is a PhD in Biotechnology from NCL, Pune and currently advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on the regulatory strategy for various regulatory submissions in India (Marketing Applications, Clinical Trial Application, Product Registration, License Renewals, Label updates, Risk- Benefit Assessment etc), for the new and marketed, drugs/devices/FDCs and biologics, including biosimilars and gene therapy.
SCDM India Steering Committee Chairperson
Global Head – Data Sciences
Praveen Dass currently serves as the Global Head of Data Sciences for the Post Launch Scientific Services Practice at Novartis. In his role, Praveen is responsible for delivery of Data Management, Stats and Programming and Medical Writing services for Novartis country organizations worldwide and for Medical Affairs globally.
Praveen has extensive leadership experience having managed large teams at global CROs and KPOs. Praveen started his career in Clinical Research as a Manager in Accenture’s Clinical Data Management operations and has since been responsible for building and managing service delivery teams across varied functional domains such as DM, Pharmacovigilance and Programming at TCS, Icon Plc, and Quanticate.
Praveen also has the privilege of serving on the SCDM Steering Committee in India.
SCDM India Conference 2019 Co-Chairs
Vice President, Clinical & Regulatory Services
Accenture Applied Life Sciences Solutions
Shobhit Shrotriya is an experienced professional in Accenture’s Applied Life Sciences Solutions practice based out of Bangalore. He is an Engineer by training with a Masters in Industrial Management & Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional (PMP).
With 19+ years of work-experience, Shobhit has extensive experience in Operations Management, Program Management and Process Excellence. He is a SME who contributes to the solution development, process re-engineering, and implementation of clinical outsourcing service delivery. Shobhit joined Accenture in 2011 as Service Delivery Lead for Top 5 Global BioPharma and then moved on to take the role of Clinical Data Management Capability Lead.
With extensive experience in CDM and ClinOps, he has managed end to end global projects and large customer accounts with an excellent track record of delivering mega-scale projects on time, under budget and with high standards of quality. Shobhit has been instrumental in setting up large R&D services for multiple Global BioPharma organizations in CRO and Services environment.Shobhit has been associated with leading industry forums such as Project Management Institute, DIA and SCDM over the years where he has contributed both as a presenter and a session chair.
Vice President, Clinical Data Management
ICON Clinical Research
Sarvesh Singh is Vice President for Data Management group in ICON Clinical Research overseeing DM team in India, China, Japan. He is also on PhUSE Board of Directors representing APAC. He is on India Steering Committee of SCDM and have also chaired SCDM Single Day Events.
He has participated in multiple national and international conferences as speaker, Chair, panelist. He has also been on the scientific committee and judging panel of CONSPIC organized by IASCT (Indian Association of Statistics in Clinical Trials) for two years in 2015,2016.
Apart from working in India he has also lived and worked in USA and Netherlands for close to 5 years. He completed his MBA from Rotterdam School of Management (Netherlands) and M.Sc. in Statistics from University of Delhi. He has around 15 years of experience in the clinical industry across all phases of clinical trials managing Biometrics (Data Management, Clinical Programming and Biostatistics).
Senior Director, Clinical Data Management
Medical Biochemist with 20 years of experience across basic research, academics and clinical research industry. He has extensive experience in leading DM team serving large, medium, small pharma and biotech companies across different engagement models like FSP, Full Service and Standalone DM services.
He has been instrumental in setting up teams for niche services, driving innovations, developing and enhancing skillsets of data managers.
He is passionate about driving operational excellence through use of new and emerging technologies.
Leadership Forum Speakers
VP and Global Head of Data Monitoring and Management
Demetris is currently VP and Global Head of Data Monitoring and Management at Pfizer. Demetris started his career as a Laboratory Scientist in 1991 and transitioned into the Clinical Development space where he held roles of increasing responsibilities in Trial Management and Monitoring and led the implementation of the company’s first Clinical Trial Management system. In 2000, Demetris was a member and eventually the leader of the team which executed the industry’s first Tech-Transfer of a web based EDC system. He eventually led the Data Management and Standards organization and continued onto Merck & Co. following the merger in 2009. Subsequently Demetris was Vice President of Data Management at Novartis AG since 2014.
Demetris leads Pfizer’s Data Management and Risk Based Monitoring line functions in a new transformation; developing and transitioning into an internal operating model across multiple geographic sites in support of Pfizer’s portfolio. He also leads the Data and Automation work stream as part of Pfizer’s Development-wide digital transformation effort.
He currently serves on multiple Boards, including SCDM’s Advisory Board, has served on the Board of Trustees and was the Chair of SCDM in 2016.
Director & Co-Founder
Sanjay has over 22 years of experience in Clinical Research and Pharmaceutical Industry across areas like General Management including P&L responsibility, Operations and Customer & Business Management.
Sanjay is co-founder of SperaMed Consulting, which provides Quality Assurance and Consulting services to Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industry. Prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial journey, Sanjay served as Vice President & Global Head of Clinical Data Management at ICON. Previous to that, Sanjay had 16-year stint at Quintiles. As member of core Quintiles India start-up team since 1998, he played multiple management and leadership roles and contributed to the growth of Quintiles in India from a 20-employee start-up to a full service, mature business operations hub with over 3000 employees in India.
Sanjay holds a Masters degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with specialization in Quality Assurance and Bachelors degree in Pharmacy. He is L M College of Pharmacy Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and UCD Dublin, College of Business alumnus.
SVP Global Biometrics
Clinical Research Service, ICON
Lalit is the SVP responsible for biometrics globally within Icon. Prior to joining Icon, Lalit co-founded Nightingales Home Healthcare which is one of India’s largest home healthcare providers. Nightingales provides services to chronic patients across five cities in India and four cities in South Africa as Medwell South Africa.
He is a part of the founding team of Cytespace Research, which is working to build more efficient clinical trial sites in India and Cytecare Hospitals, a chain of oncology hospitals in India.
Before the entrepreneurial stint, Lalit was a part of the Quintiles (now IQVIA) management team taking on various roles over 9 years. This included global head of data management, head of cardiac safety, head of IRT and head of IT for India. Before joining Quintiles he worked in MphasiS Software, PrivewaterhouseCoopers and Tata Industries in IT/consulting roles. Lalit is an engineering graduate and has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.
Sowmya is an accomplished Life Sciences Executive with over 20 years of business experience and extensive leadership in driving new platforms and competencies, domain intensive engagements and product management for both large and start up organizations in the Life Sciences industry.
Sowmya in his current role is a Managing Director in the Life Sciences Practice in Accenture. In this role he is responsible for bringing the best of technology to bear on industry problems and trends.
He has been associated with industry forums like DIA, SCDM, Pistoia Alliance and tranSMART Foundation
Head Global Data Management Service Delivery for Global Clinical Operations
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)
Synopsis: Over 13 years of Clinical Data Management experience in different roles and capacity. Experienced across Phase I to Phase IV clinical trials. Oncology being the key TA area of expertise apart from Neuroscience, Innovative medicine, Vaccines etc. Participated in Multiple regulatory Audits across globe. Headed Technology enhancements for clinical operations in different organizations. Key initiatives under his leadership were: Data Lake, MDR, RPA for SAE reconciliation process, Platform consulting for Pharma organizations. Board of trustees for Society for Clinical Data Management US for 2019-20.
Head Global Data Management Service Delivery for Global Clinical Operations At Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)
Past organizations and designations:
- Syneos Health: Senior Director, Biometrics
- Valuelabs: Director, Head Lifesciences practice
- TCS: Global Project Manager/Service Delivery Head
- Cognizant: Team Lead CDM/Geo Lead for Study Set up
- Accenture: Clinical Study Lead/Certified Data Manager
Head of Data Services, Safety and Regulatory (DSSR)
Anita Tripathy is a strategic and innovative thinker with deep insight and vast experience in turning around, building and managing large global business units, long-term client relationships and highly motivated, large, multi-country teams for leading organizations including Fortune 1000’s . She has proven ability to oversee all aspects of the business unit, including corporate transformation, strategic planning, international business operations, and merger & acquisition integration strategy, sales and operations. She has cultivated consultative relationships with Fortune 500 client base, envisioning cutting-edge business process and technology solutions for clients across U.S., UK, Europe, Japan, India, and Singapore.
In her current role with IQVIA she heads the Data Sciences, Safety and Regulatory (DSSR) operations for the India entity providing oversight to the local and offshore businesses and plays a key role in shaping the future of the DSSR functions keeping the “future of work” models in mind and spearheading the optimization and innovation initiatives. In her last role with inVentiv Health Clinical as their Head and President of the India business she provided oversight to their local and offshore businesses.
Global Head, Clinical Data Management
Jagadeesh is currently serving as Global Head of Clinical Data Management in Novartis, has over 20 years of experience in the industry. He brings in a wealth of experience cutting across multiple business functions within clinical development and in his previous experience he has played senior leadership roles with increasing responsibilities primarily in Data Management but has significant experience in leading teams across Risk Based Monitoring, Centralized Monitoring, Data Analytics, Biostatistics, Statistical Programming and Medical/Regulatory writing over the last several years. He also comes with a strong Operational Excellence experience championing several OpEx projects delivering significant business value. He also has considerable experience in managing large global teams across multiple geographies. As part of his overseas experience in EU for couple of years, he has also managed customer relationship portfolio delivering value to the bio-pharma customers.
Managing Director, NA Life Sciences Practice
Jennifer Duff is the Global R&D Operations lead for the Accenture Life Sciences practice as well as a Sales and Account Lead in the Accenture Life Sciences North America Operations practice, currently overseeing operations for a major pharma client.
In her Global R&D Operations role she shapes the direction of the Accenture R&D services practice, supports sales and offering development, and co-innovates with client partners to enable bold new ways of working in R&D Operations. She has over 21 years of experience in the life sciences industry and over 16 years of experience delivering global R&D Services on behalf of clients in the Life Sciences industry. She has an undergraduate degree in biology and an MBA in biotech and healthcare management.
Group Head of Clinical Database Delivery
A.V.Prabhakar has working experience of more than 22 years in Pharmaceutical & CRO industry. Currently working as Group Head of Clinical Database Delivery at Novartis based out of Hyderabad. He is a Statistician by training with double Masters & PhD in Statistics from School of Sciences, Gujarat University.
He did also undergo middle management development program at IIMA & leadership workshop at IIMB.
Prabhakar has extensive experience in Operations Delivery, Project & Program Oversight, Customer Relationship Management & Line Management.
Till date he has published around 15 articles in various National & International Journals or Magazines of which 5 being published in Data Basics Magazine of SCDM. Prabhakar has been associated with SCDM over past 11 years where he did contribute as Program Chair, Session Chair & Presenter. In addition, he is also an active member of SCDM India Steering Committee.
Vice President, strategic feasibility, global clinical development
Gaurav Bhatnagar is vice president of strategic feasibility within global clinical development.
He leads the strategic vision and development of feasibility services, managing the implementation of data-driven analysis using internal and external data sources and driving innovation across site and patient access.
Gaurav joined PPD in 2017 after 16 years in the global CRO industry where he established a track record of enhancing end-to-end clinical trial delivery processes. Following roles of increasing responsibility, he most recently served as a global head of data analytics and process transformation within clinical operations. He is an experienced industry leader in global data and safety monitoring, clinical development productivity and quality, product development, and strategic planning for innovation.
Gaurav holds a Master of Science in pharmacology from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences in Pilani, India, and a Master of Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in North Carolina.
“Ullas Arabhavi comes with 14+ years of experience spanning across academic, pharmaceutical and clinical research sectors in Australia and India. By qualification, Ullas is a pharmacy graduate with post-graduation in Pharmacology and PG Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of South Australia. Majority of Ullas’s experience of ~10 years has come from a Phase I CRO in Australia in the field of CDM where he was involved in end-to-end CDM activities including DB build and programming. Outside of the core CDM aspects, Ullas is a certified medical coder with experience in basic Pharmacokinetics, CSR review/writing and has worked closely with the biostatisticians in the process of preparation of TLFs etc.
Currently, Ullas is heading CDM for George Clinical in India with an objective of supervising and expanding DM activities in India. With primary responsibilities of people, project and process management, Ullas is also involved in finance management and BD in George Clinical, India. Setting up of partnerships and collaborations are among other penchants of Ullas”
Sineflex Solutions LLP
Mahesh is a co-founder of Sineflex Solutions LLP, a consulting firm focused on enabling and accelerating innovation in the healthcare space. He is also the domain mentor of the BIRAC funded med-tech accelerator located at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIIT Hyderabad.
Mahesh Iyer has over 20 years of experience in research and development in healthcare. He has been responsible for guiding many products through the development life-cycle. Before co-founding Sineflex Solutions, Mahesh was at Novartis in various roles, including Site Head, Biostatistics at Hyderabad, and Global head of Analytics for Novartis Oncology. Prior to Novartis, Mahesh worked with Bristol Myers Squibb and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Mahesh is passionate about enhancing industry academia collaboration; teaches at a number of Indian universities and has chaired multiple conferences over the years. He is currently Secretary of the Indian Association for Statistics in Clinical Trials and President of the International Indian Statistical Association, India Chapter.
Mahesh has completed his Ph.D. in Statistics from Temple University, Philadelphia.
Quality Governance Organization (QGO)
Accenture Applied Life Sciences Solutions (ALSS)
Prabhat Kumar, has closely two decades of experience in quality functions of drug development life cycle at pharmaceutical and CROs industries. He has a broad base of experience in FDA, MHRA, EMA, PMDA, NMPA inspections hosting, range of various GxP auditing and risk management across Asia pacific, middle east and Europe.
Prabhat Kumar is currently lead a Quality function group at Accenture and overall responsible for QA and quality management functions. He actively participated and represented as a speaker / panelist / program committee in various industries and professional forum like DIA, SQA, CDSA, Oxford university global health network etc. Have done his post-graduation in life science from Goa university and executive management from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.
Vice President and Head, Parexel Informatics India
As Vice President, Shankar Arun heads Parexel India’s Informatics Business Unit in India which specializes in the areas of Technology, Operations and Clinical Programming. With 24 years of work experience largely devoted to the CRO/IT/KPO functional carve-outs within the Life Sciences segment, Shankar brings in rich expertise developing solutions around EDC, Biostats, and Safety Platforms. Before joining the Life Sciences Industry, he had worked as a consultant in the US for some of the prestigious names like Microsoft (Seattle) and Apple (Cupertino).
A Technology Evangelist, Shankar specializes in designing solutions within the Clinical Research space around the framework of “SMAC” (Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud) and is an active proponent of “Go Digital” models. He also leads Parexel Informatics’ Innovation Initiative which conducts research on the application of Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation in the field of Clinical Development.
Shankar is an active participant in external forums like Cypher Analytics Summit, India Analytics Summit, SCDM, DIA etc where he has presented keynote speeches on topics related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and IOT. A strong believer in people power, Shankar is focused on mentoring and coaching his teams to maximize their full potential.
Srinivasa Subramani (Mani)
Accenture Pharmaceutical Services
Mani is Vice President in Delivery at Accenture.
Overall 20 years of industry experience of which the last 16 years, Mani is involved in setting up large operations, transitioning complex processes, driving innovations, managing large client accounts in Accelerated R&D Services
Mani has experience in Data management, Study setup, Reporting, and SDTM. Mani has Master’s degree in Science from Bangalore University with specialization in Microbiology, Tissue culture and Embryology
Dr Anitha Kumari A.
Global Head of Operations- GDO
Dr Anitha Kumari A. brings more than 25 years of experience, working across various domains in IT, BPO and CRO industries
She is a Maxillofacial Surgeon by qualification. Earlier in her career she worked as Associate Director of Clinical Data Management for Quintiles. Later she assumed several roles such as General Manager for Cognizant and AVP for Tata Consultancy Services, heading large scale Clinical Data Management Operations. Currently, she is working as the Head of Operations for Medical Solutions vertical for Indegene.
Holding credentials like, PMP certification, Scrum Master, Six Sigma Blackbelt has provided her wings to manage operations in high quality and keep both her customer and the employees very happy.
Global Programming Shared Services Head
Raghuram has 20+ years of experience and specialized in setting up offshore Clinical Data Services Operations, he has worked across IT, BPO, Pharma, CRO industry and worked extensively with top Bio-Pharma Organizations. Presently he is the Global Programming Shared Services Head at IQVIA, prior to this, he has held leadership roles of increasing responsibilities at Novartis, TCS and Accenture.
He is passionate about process reengineering, operational excellence, innovation, developing people, leaders. Raghuram’s qualifications are B.Sc Statistics and MCA.
Dr. Naveen K.K.
Executive Director & Head Drug Safety & Centralized Monitoring Operations, India
Dr.Naveen K.K. is a Physician by background and done his MBA in Information systems & Global Business Management.
He has been account manager and operations Delivery Leader for multiple R&D functions ( Centralized Monitoring, Connected Devices & Cardiac Safety, Medical Data Review and Drug Safety Operations) with experience in setting up and running service Operations across India, China, Japan & US.
Currently he is working in Covance as Executive Director & Head, Drug Safety & Centralized Monitoring for GSDM India.
Key Note Speaker
Senior Vice President,
Data Science, Safety and Regulatory Research,IQVIA
As senior vice president of Data Sciences, Safety and Regulatory at IQVIA, Gregg Dearhammer leads the data management, lifecycle safety, connected devices, biostatistics, medical writing and regulatory affairs teams for the Research & Development Solutions organization.
A biopharmaceutical industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Gregg recently joined IQVIA in November of 2017. Prior to joining IQVIA, he served as Chief Operating Officer at inVentive Health Clinical where he was
responsible for all aspects of clinical operations. A strong operational leader, Gregg grew one of the largest DSSR FSP operations in the CRO industry and has leveraged his strong client relationships and customer service focus to
drive business success throughout his career. In addition to his operational accomplishments in senior positions at multiple CROs, he is a long-time board member of the Society for Clinical Data Management.
Global Head Data Operations,
With broad industry experience over the past 20 years, Dermot now leads Novartis’ global Data Operations group, overseeing the data management and programming teams who have end to end responsibility for Novartis clinical data from the point of design through to the point of analysis. He is based in Dublin, Ireland and has been with Novartis for the past two years. Prior to Novartis, he was a global leader with ICON Clinical Research and held various positions across the clinical development landscape, with a broad history of systems implementation and organizational transformation.
Dr Krishna Asvalayan
Sr. Director, Head of Functional Services,
Ancla Consultancy Servicess
Dr. Asvalayan brings his 14 years of Pharmacovigilance experience in the pharmaceutical sector including five years of Clinical experience to help in technological advances that helps in solving issues related to patient safety. Passionate to bring technological solutions into the real world to address the challenges in field of life science, healthcare and biotechnology.
SCDM India Steering Committee Chairperson
Mr. Mayank Anand
Head of Global Data Management Service Delivery
Mayank Anand is presently working for Bristol-Myers Squibbs as “Head of Global Data Management Service Delivery”.
He brings 12 plus years of experience in the clinical industry across all phases of clinical trials managing Biometrics (Data Management, Clinical Programming and Biostatistics). Mayank has played some very important roles in vendor organizations for three out of the top five pharma / biotech companies of the world. Managed Larger Biometrics accounts globally to provide effective and efficient clinical services. He have been part of reputed companies like TCS, Cognizant and Accenture in the past. He was also associated with Bangalore University as faculty for Human Genetics and Biotechnology discipline, apart from being visiting faculty for several clinical research colleges.
He has successfully managed Session Chair’s for SCDM India 2015, SCDM Global 2016 Conference and Session Chair SCDM India 2016 Conference. Invitee for European Leadership meets for SCDM 2015. Mayank Anand was Conference Chairperson for SCDM India 2016 conference. Steering committee Lead for SCDM India. He has presented in PhUSE single day event in Delhi, Bangalore. His paper abstract on big data was selected for Annual PhUSE conference 2017 in Scotland and received the best presenter award for the conference. He was invited as Speaker for Singapore first SDE for PhUSE. Mayank was Speaker in the DIA Bangalore conference in 2017 and Panelist for multiple forums in SCDM and DIA. He is also Steering council member of ISCR in India for Biometrics.
SCDM India Conference Co-Chairs
Head, Data Science,
Praveen Dass currently serves as the Head of Data Sciences for the Scientific Services Practice at Novartis. In his role, Praveen is responsible for delivery of Data Management, Stats and Programming and Medical Writing services.
Praveen has extensive leadership experience having managed large teams at global CROs and KPOs. In his previous role as Country Head and VP of Data Management, Praveen was responsible for managing operations for India across functions and was the Global Head of Data Management. Praveen started his career in Clinical Research as a Manager in Accenture’s Clinical Data Management operations and has since been responsible for building and managing service delivery teams across varied functional domains such as DM, Pharmacovigilance and Programming.
Praveen also has the privilege of serving on the SCDM Steering Committee in India.
Dr. A. V. Prabhakar
Group Head, Clinical Database Delivery Reporting & Analytics,
Dr.A.V.Prabhakar is a Statistician by qualification having more than 21 years of working experience across Pharma & CRO industry. He started his career as a Statistician with Torrent Pharmaceuticals post which he worked as Head Biostatistics & Data Management division at Lambda Therapeutic Research. His last assignment was with Quintiles as Director of Clinical Data Management before moving to Novartis where he is currently working as Group Head of Clinical Database Delivery.
Till date he has published 15 articles & has also been speaker, session chair at various National & International Conferences.
He underwent middle management development training at IIM Ahmedabad & leadership workshop at IIM Bangalore.
In addition he currently is an active member of SCDM (Society of Clinical Data Management) India Steering Committee & SCDM Education Committee.
Vice President (FSPx – Biostats, CDM & Clinical Analytics) and Member (Board),
With more than two decades of experience largely devoted to the CRO/IT/KPO functional carve-outs within the Life Sciences segment, Shankar brings in rich expertise developing solutions around the Clinical Ecosystem involving domains like EDC, CTMS, IVRS and Safety. Until recently, Shankar was heading the FSPx unit of Covance which specialized in providing Clinical Data Management and Biostats Programming services for large MNC Pharma clients. Before joining the Life Sciences Industry, he worked as a consultant in the US for some of the prestigious names like Microsoft (Seattle) and Apple (Cupertino).
A Technology Evangelist, Shankar specializes in designing solutions within the Clinical Research space around the frameworks of “SMAC” (Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud) and is an active proponent of “Go Digital” models. He was also leading Covance’s Innovation Initiative on the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation as they relate to the field of Clinical Development.
Shankar is an active participant in external forums like Cypher Analytics Summit, India Analytics Summit, SCDM, DIA etc where he has presented keynote speeches on topics related to Machine Learning, RPA and IOT. A strong believer in people power, Shankar is focused on mentoring and coaching his teams to maximize their full potential.
Leadership Forum Speakers
Dr. Arshad Mohammed
Clinical Data Management, IQVIA
Dr. Arshad Mohammed is a Physician with over 20 years’ experience in the health sciences industry. His career path has been in Acute Patient Care at a Tertiary Care Center, Medical Affairs, and Medico-marketing and in development of India’s First Web Based Clinical Trials System in year 2000, followed by Life Sciences Consulting, Software Product Management and finally Clinical Data Management.
Arshad joined IQVIA (earlier known as Quintiles) Clinical Data Management in January 2008 and has managed CDM teams for early development, late phase and observational studies.
Arshad has been a speaker or a session chair at SCDM conferences since 2013 and is currently on the Board of Trustees of SCDM.
Life Sciences, Accenture
Sowmya is an accomplished Life Sciences Executive with over 20 years of business experience and extensive leadership in driving new solutions and competencies, product management and business development for both large and start up organizations in the Life Sciences industry. In his current role at Accenture he is the Life Sciences Industry Lead.
In his last role at Cognizant, as a Leader of the R&D Centers of Excellence he held responsibility for solutions for non linear growth and thought leadership. He also drove transformation initiatives around digital solutions impacting R&D. He is associated with industry forums like Pistoia Alliance and tranSMART Foundation.
Prior to Cognizant, Sowmya was a part of the management team of a bioinformatics start up, Strand Life Sciences, a product development company.
Ms. Chandrika Arora
Founder & CEO,
QMATRA Services LLP
QMATRA Services is an Independent GXP Quality Assurance consulting firm.
She is an experienced Quality Assurance professional with over 25 years of Industry experience in Clinical Research and Pharmaceuticals. Well versed with international and national regulatory requirements for Global Clinical Trials as well as requirements for computer system compliance. Has extensive experience in the conduct of audits in GXP (GCP, GLP, GPhV, CSV, Data Management). Audit experience covers geographies including India, US, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine, China and South East Asia.
Director, Data Management,
GCE Solutions Inc.
Andrew is an experienced Biometrics and Clinical Operations leader in the pharmaceutical industry, with over 25 years of experience. He has specialized in building effective organisations, from small teams to large cross-functional departments. Andrew has extensive global experience, having worked in Europe, Australia, China and the USA for large pharmaceutical companies and a large, global CRO. Recently, he led a global pharma Risk-Based Monitoring initiative from inception through to successful implementation. Andrew joined GCE Solutions in July 2017 to further enhance their data management capabilities.
Vice President, Clinical Analytics,
Casey Higgins is currently Vice President of Clinical Analytics at Covance’s FSPx Business Unit, with over 20 years of industry experience. He provides management for Strategic Partnerships and Technology Alliances focused on functional outsourcing, along with providing global accountability for Data Management Operations and Reporting & Analytics. Mr. Higgins has been an active participant and speaker in several industry organizations, such as SCDM, CDISC, and PhUSE.
COO and Data Officer,
As Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Andrus leads Clinical Ink’s global data management and quality & compliance teams to help drug sponsors better leverage eSource data. With 20+ years of experience, Mr. Andrus brings extensive expertise developing eClinical services that integrate data and technology to help life science companies optimize study execution.
Mr. Andrus joined Clinical Ink from BioClinica where he led the eClinical Solutions Group to develop their current service offerings, including data management, quality management, implementation services and IWRS. While at BioClinica, Mr. Andrus built relationships and forged strategic partnerships with sponsors, CROs, regulatory bodies, technology developers and clinical research professionals. Prior to BioClinica, Mr. Andrus worked in pharmaceutical consulting and with CROs focused on quality, data management and validation.
An active thought leader, blogger and presenter, Jonathan served as chair of the Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) in 2008 and 2014 and currently serves as the society’s Treasurer. He is also an active member of DIA, ASQ, ACRO and CDISC. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts and Graduate School of Pharmacy and is a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) and Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM®).
Sr. Director, Quality Assurance (Asia Pacific)
Sachin Satija has over 20 years of experience, in the clinical research industry, five of which have been in the pharmaceutical industry and 15 years in the CRO industry including Phase I, Phase II to III and BA/BE centers. Most of her time has been spent in establishing and managing global quality assurance teams to ensure quality and excellence. She has been central to the planning and execution of global audit programs in the organizations.
She has extensive experience in hosting inspections of various Regulatory Agencies like FDA, EMEA, DCGI, ANVISA and PMDA (Japan Regulatory Authority). She has been involved in leading harmonization activities subsequent to integration of companies in her current and prior organization. She also has international training related experience and has been significant contributor to the process improvement initiatives within her organizations.
Global Head, Business Technology Services
Mr. Maniar areas of responsibilities includes technology optimization, digitization, enable adoption of new technologies & provide value added services for efficient clinical trial execution. He supports initiatives & solution to scale in Digitization space such as eSource, eCOA, Novel Settings. He is currently a Global Head, Business Technology Services at Novartis, USA. Previously, He was the Global Head of Clinical Database Delivery in the Clinical Data Management at Novartis responsible for databases, data transformations and standards implementation. He is a SCDM eSource Implementation Consortium Co-Chair and TransCelerate Biopharmaceuticals eSource Work stream Co-Lead. He has been in the industry for 23 years and holds MS in Biomedical Engineering from USA.
Life Sciences R&D Operations & Clinical Data Services Capability Lead, Accenture
Shobhit Shrotriya is an experienced professional in Accenture’s Life Sciences R&D practice based out of Bangalore.
He is an Engineer by training with a Masters in Industrial Management from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional (PMP).
With 17+ years of work-experience Shobhit has extensive experience in Operations Management, Project & Program Management, Process Excellence and Innovation. Shobhit is a Subject Matter Expert who contributes to the solution development, process re-engineering, and implementation of clinical outsourcing service delivery. With extensive experience in clinical data management and clinical operations, he has managed end to end global projects and large customer accounts with an excellent track record of delivering mega-scale projects on time, under budget and with high standards of quality.
Shobhit has been associated with leading industry forums such as Project Management Institute, DIA and SCDM over the years where he has contributed both as a presenter and a session chair.
In his current role as Accenture Life Sciences Clinical Data Services Capability lead, Shobhit is responsible for providing comprehensive data management expertise and driving standardization of processes and best practices across client teams.
Sarvesh Singh is Vice President for Data Management group in ICON Clinical Research. In his current role he has oversight of 600 member team spread across India, China, Japan. He is also on PhUSE Board of Directors representing APAC. As APAC Regional Director of PhUSE, his primary responsibility is to deliver high quality events to advance PhUSE’s learning and network opportunities for APAC Data Scientists. He organizes 8 PhUSE events in APAC every year (4 in India, 2 in China, 2 in Japan).
He was chair of PhUSE SDE held in India in July’2014. He has also been on the scientific committee and judging panel of CONSPIC organized by IASCT (Indian Association of Statistics in Clinical Trials) for two years in 2015,2016. He is renowned speaker and was invited by Dutch Parliament to express his views on the topic “How Netherlands can achieve its target of Energy Efficiency by 2020”. In 2013; he visited European Commission in Brussels and heard from Director General on how EU is organized and how to do business in Europe. He was also invited by The Hague Institute for Global Justice to attend a seminar on “Dutch Foreign Policy”.
He attended ISHA INSIGHT program in Nov’2014 and got privilege to meet renowned people like Ratan Tata, Kiran Bedi, Ramcharan etc and heard their views on how to scale up businesses. He is also very actively involved with many NGOs and is a regular contributor to many of their teaching initiatives. He was invited in May’2015 for a guest lecture to address the Faculty Development Workshop in Anna University. In Oct’2015; he was invited to House of Lords, UK Parliament to attend London Global Convention.
Apart from working in India he has also lived and worked in USA and Netherlands for close to 5 years. He completed his MBA from Rotterdam School of Management (Netherlands) and M.Sc. in Statistics from University of Delhi. He has decades of experience in the clinical industry across all phases of clinical trials managing Biometrics (Data Management, Clinical Programming and Biostatistics).
DGM, Cognizant Technologies
Suraj Ravindran is a clinical research professional with a CDM background and brings with him over 14 years of experience handling operations in various phases and therapeutic area. He has handled multiple key accounts of top pharmaceutical companies and served in the top tier vendor companies like Quintiles (IQVIA), TCS and Cognizant. Suraj has been instrumental in handling varying functions right from Transitions to business development to sales.
As an added challenge, he now handles pharmacovigilance operations with teams spanned across APAC and Europe. Suraj is a thorough promotor of SCDM initiatives and supported multiple conferences to bring forth key speakers to discuss industry best practices and future growth.
Clinical Data Management, Chiltern Clinical Research
I have over 16+ years of industry experience including 11+ years in CDM. Currently working as Associate Director, Clinical Data Management at Chiltern Clinical Research with deep expertise in a broad range of therapeutic areas and in all phases of trials. I am a SCDM member and have been speaker in the SCDM Asia conference 2013,2015, 2016 and 2017 DIA conference and most recently at SCDM Second Single Day Event at Bangalore – June 2018.
My current responsibility includes establishing new standards and driving operational efficiency through continuous process improvement initiatives along with the below tasks
- Provide overall technical, financial, administrative and functional oversight for the data management functions of the organization. oversee efficient, accurate, and timely execution of all assigned data management projects within the division
- Monitor and audit clinical data analyst operations for throughput, quality and customer satisfaction performance standards specifically on data review function
- Provide support in the development/revision of global clinical data management sops, working practice guidelines and training guidelines
Mr. Deven Kishor Babre
Associate Vice President,
Tata Consultancy Services
After securing a postgraduate degree in life sciences from Mumbai University, Deven started his career as research investigator at Tata Institute of social sciences (TISS). After TISS, Deven was managing medical information division at Wockhardt Pharmaceutical. Thereafter, he joined Data Management unit of Quintiles & PharmaNet. There after he worked as in Pharmacovigilance Operation at Sciformix.
Deven presently is working with TCS since November 2014. He has overall twenty two years of experience in Pharma, clinical data management and Pharmacovigilance. He was a Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM) from Society of Clinical Data Management (SCDM).
Deven has several publications on his name and is on the editorial board of PICR Journal Deven is associated with various charitable institutes and is actively involved in providing support to such organisations. His association for 9 years with the diabetic detection centre located in Tarapur in Maharashtra is worth mentioning.
PhD, Biostatistics Site Head,
Arghya Chattopadhyay is the Biostatistics Site Head, responsible for the growth and development of the Biostatistics team within Clinical Development and Analytics in India. He is also a part of the GDD India leadership team as well as the GDD Biostatistics and Pharmacometrics leadership team.
Arghya has over twenty years of experience in Clinical Development. Prior to Novartis, Arghya has worked in several pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi, Merck Research Laboratories, and Johnson & Johnson PRD as a statistician. Arghya was with Novartis from 2008 to 2013, where he led a team of Biostatisticians in Hyderabad, and contributed to multiple submissions in Neuroscience and Respiratory Therapeutic Areas.
Arghya has a Master’s degree in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Dr. Anitha Kumari
Associate Vice President (Operations),
Dr. Anitha K. is a Maxillo facial Surgeon by profession she has over 24 years of experience in in handling large operations in Clinical Data Management, Medical Writing, Biostats and Programming team, Medical Affairs, Labelling and Regulatory Solutions team.
She is an inspirational leader who drives a culture of excellence organization-wide through motivation, empowerment, and personal example.
Innovative, versatile and solutions-driven professional with great leadership skills, focused towards strategic planning having strong inclination towards Project Management, Process Excellence and Innovation.
As a Head of delivery & Centre of Excellence, experience of managing a large end to end Pharma Program customer account with an excellent track record of delivering mega-scale projects on time, within budget and high standards of quality, consistently. Extensive experience leading a variety of areas within clinical research organizations in a matrixed, geographically dispersed environment and global on-site teams from Europe, India, Asia and the United States. An Efficient Fiscal Manager with proven history of slashing the cost by effective allocation and utilization of Human and Material resources.
Overall experience in managing large ‘Operations’, sophisticated and savvy in Project & Program Management, Quality Management, Process Excellence through Six Sigma and Lean Sigma, Clinical Operations and Clinical Data Management. Have experience of working in diversified method like CROs and BPO way of Clinical data management.
Key skills: Program Management: Quality Management: Innovation: Process excellence and Six Sigma Analytics and Product development.
She is a certified Black Belt in Six sigma, PMP certified and MBA in International Business management.
Chief Operating Officer,
Cytespace Research Private Limited
Bhavesh Acharya is Chief Operating Officer at Cytespace Research Private Limited. Cytespace is a Research Organization providing services in the area of Biometrics and Site Solutions Organization. The Cytespace team of Data Management and Biostistics is based in Bangalore, whereas Site Solutions team is spread across in 20+ cities in India.
A total of 20+ years of Clinical Research experience across Clinical Operations, Clinical Data Management, Statistics and Clinical Trials Site Solutions in India and China.
Bachelor in Pharmacy, Bhavesh Acharya is trained in the various programs at IIM, Ahmedabad and Forum Corporation (USA) on building Strategies, Leadership and Coaching. Have participated in various clinical research conferences in India and abroad.