PMSA 2020 Winter Symposium

“Staying Ahead of the Curve: New Methodologies & the Ongoing Evolution of Our Discipline”
January 16 - 17, 2020
Flamingo Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

As the volume and complexity of data and information continues to grow and evolve in the biopharma industry, both a “back to basics” mindset and a willingness to think differently are required for us to be successful. Additionally, the proliferation of different roles and the need for more nuanced skills and capabilities is changing the way we think about career pathing and development. Join us at the 2020 PMSA Winter Symposium to gain valuable insight and tools to navigate the evolution of our discipline and stay ahead of the curve.

The early-bird registration fee is $1399. This rate ends on December 20, 2019.


Thursday, January 16

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome
Arlene Little, PMSA Winter Symposium Chair

9:15 am - 11:15 am The Dark Side of Claims
JP Tsang, PhD, President, Bayser
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Rare Disease Detection by Sequence Modeling with Generative Adversarial Networks: A Novel Approach for Orphan Drug Physician Targeting
Kezi Yu, PhD, Senior Consultant, Advanced Analytics, IQVIA
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm Panel Session: Evolution of Our Discipline and What It Means for You
Moderater: Jennifer Soller, Genentech
Panelists: Hitesh Bhansari, Novartis
Scott Hull, Marcus Evans/PMSA Board Member
Laura Shapland, CEO, CareSet Systems

Friday, January 17

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Hands on Development Workshops
Workshops will focus on competencies and skills needed to succeed in our rapidly evolving discipline
  • Session 1: Your Next Step: Advice and Best Practices to Shape your Career and Own Your Development
    This session will provide additional insights and perspectives on themes discussed during the panel session on Day 1. We will also provide insight on best practices and lessons learned during recruiting and hiring. Finally, we will provide practical tools and some hands-on exercises to help empower you to shape your own development and begin to shape various career paths.

  • Session 2: Strategic Thought Partnership and Elevating Your Influence
    Being an expert in advanced analytics and data science might not be enough for you and your work to truly gain traction in your organization. In this session, we will provide tips and techniques to help you evolve from an Analyst to a Strategic Thought Partner, with real-life examples of how to increase your credibility and influencing skills.

  • Session 3: Storytelling Through Data
    Scott Hull, Consultant, Marcus Evans