Sophie Schmitz Managing Partner, Partners 4 Access
Sophie is a leading expert on rare diseases and orphan drugs. She is heavily involved in advising orphan drug clients on price and market access strategies, with the ultimate goal of optimizing their launch. In a 20-year career span, Sophie has worked in various pharmaceutical therapy areas and medical devices focusing on key product launches in both strategic planning & implementation.
Reina Improgo Senior Research Scientist, Idera Pharma
Reina is a biomedical scientist with more than 15 years of experience in laboratory research and scientific writing. Prior to her current role, Reina was a postdoctoral scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and was concurrently a visiting postdoctoral scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Ermir Kalaj Program Head, Cell and Gene Therapy, Bocconi Business School
As Global Development Leader, Ermir leads and directs the Global cross functional core Project Team (GPT) in gene therapy across all stages of project lifecycle. He also leads the overall global team to develop and commercialize gene therapy treatments in collaboration with partners from pharmaceutical industry. Prior to this, Ermir has several years experience in the pharmaceutical and particularly, in gene therapy.