14 March 2019

Sofitel Legend Amsterdam The Grand

Keynote speakers 2019

Sam Fazeli, Director of EMEA Research, Senior Pharmaceutical Analyst of Bloomberg Intelligence

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Sam Fazeli is a senior analyst and the EMEA head of Bloomberg Intelligence, a dynamic platform for in-depth research available on the Bloomberg Professional service at BI <GO>. Mr. Fazeli specializes in European pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Mr. Fazeli brings with him over 15 years of experience conducting equity research as a pharmaceutical analyst, working at firms such as Nomura International and HSBC.

Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2010, Mr. Fazeli worked at Piper Jaffray, Ltd. as a pharmaceutical analyst and head of European research. Before transitioning to investment banking, Mr. Fazeli was a research scientist for seven years.

Mr. Fazeli has been ranked a top analyst by both the U.K. and Pan-European Extel surveys. He received a bachelor’s of science from Cardiff University, and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of London.

John Thero, CEO of Amarin Corporation

John F. Thero is President and CEO of Amarin Corporation plc. He joined Amarin in 2009 and has more than 25 years of senior financial and operational management experience.  He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Chiasma, Inc. In 2018, he was voted to be one of the top four bio/pharma CEO in a survey of healthcare investors by StatNews


Prof. Guido Rasi, Executive Director of EMA

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Professor Guido Rasi began his second term as Executive Director of EMA on 16 November 2015.

From November 2014 to mid-November 2015, Professor Guido Rasi served as EMA’s Principal Adviser in Charge of Strategy.

From November 2011 to November 2014 he was the Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency and a member of its Management Board in the three years prior to this.

He was Director-General of the Italian Medicines Agency from 2008 to 2011 and member of the Management Board from 2004 and 2008.

He was made full professor of microbiology at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ in 2008.

From 2005 to 2008 he was Director of Research at the Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine of the National Research Council (CNR) in Rome.

From 1990 to 2005 Professor Rasi worked at the Institute for Experimental Medicine of the National Research Council, Italy.

He had a teaching and research experience at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999.

Professor Rasi holds a degree in medicine and surgery, with specialisations in internal medicine, allergology and clinical immunology, from the University of Rome.

From 1978 to 1990, he worked as a physician in hospital, research and private practice. He is author of more than 100 scientific publications.


Michael Berntgen PhD MDRA, Head of the Product Development Scientific Support Department, EMA

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Michael Berntgen is Head of the Product Development Scientific Support Department at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), London.

This department aims to facilitate timely availability of safe and effective medicinal products by promoting development, research and innovation.

It supports medicine development by provision of scientific advice and protocol assistance on products and issues related to drug development – also in collaboration with other decision makers – thereby facilitating that development programmes generate relevant data for later medicine evaluation.

Specific measures are available to foster the development of new medicines for orphan diseases and paediatric populations.

Furthermore, development of innovative medicines is being stimulated through coordination and management of research projects in liaison with research funding bodies, gathering intelligence from the Business Pipeline as well as conduct of early dialogue with developers on innovation.

Michael is a pharmacist by training and holds a PhD as well as a Master of Regulatory Affairs. From 1999 to 2006, Michael worked in various positions in regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry in Germany and in the UK.

In 2006 he joined the German national competent authority BfArM as Scientific Administrator in the Scientific Advice unit.

Following this assignment he moved to the European Medicines Agency in 2007 where he initially took up a position as Scientific Administrator in the Therapeutic Group “Anti-infectives” of the Safety and Efficacy sector, followed in September 2009 by the assignment as Head of Rheumatology, Respiratory, Gastroenterology and Immunology in this sector.

From September 2013 he was heading the Scientific and Regulatory Management Department until he took over the position as Head of the Product Development Scientific Support Department in September 2016.


Constantinos Ziogas, Head of the SME Office, EMA

Constantinos Ziogas is Head of the SME Office at the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Since joining EMA, Constantinos Ziogas has held several positions, initially as project manager for centralised marketing authorisations applications for biologicals and new chemical entities.

Thereafter he served in Scientific Advice where he was responsible for the coordination of European scientific advice on drug development to pharmaceutical companies.

Constantinos Ziogas currently works in the SME Office at the European Medicines Agency.

He is a graduate in medicine from the Free University of


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