16 Apr

Future Pharma Leader Network 2019

Dave Shanahan sets up a Future Pharma Leader Network 2019 Dinner Series hosted at HealthBeacon Headquarters.

Who is Dave Shanahan, by Jim Joyce: When I think of Pharmaceutical Leadership in Ireland one name jumps to everyone’s short list, Dave Shanahan. Dave went from a Janssen medical  sales representative to becoming the Managing Director Manager of Pfizer Ireland during the days when category leading medication, Lipitor, was redefining the industry. He lead IDA’s global Life Sciences division, became a top executive for AbbVie out of Chicago, is the founding chair of the Irish government’s Health Innovation Hub and today sits on the board of Enterprise Ireland. HealthBeacon is lucky to have him heading Partnership Initiatives since our founding in 2013. Dave is a high energy, personable connector of ideas and people in healthcare and is certainly a leader.

What is the Future Pharma Leader Network 2019?  It’s a small network of people working in the Pharmaceutical industry who have been selected by their bosses as Future Pharma Leaders.

Dave, in your words tell us more? “One of the joys of looking back on a long pharma career is reflecting on some great people and presentations along the way which enabled new thinking and new friendships. Many Irish leaders are in the vanguard of the changes presently sweeping healthcare and pharma. Think of the convergence of pharma, medtech, digital tech and healthcare services, the rise of genomics and digital health, new economic realities impacting demographics and cost. Pharma’s business model is facing profound challenges and opportunities.

So, we’ve decided to host some evening events for an exclusive group of Pharma executives we’re calling the Future Pharma Leader Network. We’re bringing terrific speakers to address our network and engage with them on topics which are disrupting healthcare today”

Who is invited? We reached out to Ireland’s current Pharma Leaders in the commercial divisions of the major pharmaceutical companies and asked each of them to nominate people who they thought were Future Pharma Leaders. We received 34 nomination with contributions from almost every major pharmaceutical company that has a presence in Ireland. Unfortunately, we couldn’t accommodate everyone so our final list is 25 highly talented ambitious pharma executives.

Who is speaking at the inaugural event? One of Ireland’s great healthcare innovators the legendary Professor Brendan Buckley. His resume includes: Chief Medical Officer Tekro, Former Chief Medical Officer of ICON, Co-founder Firecrest, Consultant Endocrinologist, Chairperson Fighting Blindness, Clinical Professor University College of Cork, and a great speaker!

Can you tell us about future speakers? We have a great list in development, we want people with a unique perspective on the Pharma industry and a proven track record of success, who are willing to share their perspective with talented emerging pharma execs. Think exciting Biotech CEOs, Proven Health and Tech Innovators, Ministers, Pharma Execs with International Careers, Payors, Health System Leaders…

Why set this up? We believe these 25 nominees are capable of defining the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and abroad. We wanted to give them a space to interact with each other over a meal, hear a great thought provoking speaker and critically discuss the opportunities and changes that will affect the Pharmaceutical industry.

Will you run this event outside of Ireland? That’s the plan, but let’s run this one first.

Is this event open to anyone? No, you must be nominated to attend the event and we are keeping it small to allow people a chance to interact with each other.

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