2017 WWFH EMPLOYEE CHAMPIONS

Each year, employees who have gone outside their job description as advocates for the biopharmaceutical industry are recognized as Champions. Our 2017 honorees are 10 individuals who come from a variety of disciplines. They not only excel in their everyday roles, but also as advocates for our industry. Learn more about these remarkable Champions below:

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Astellas WWFH Champion Keya Pitts

Keya Pitts

Executive Director, Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Quality Assurance
Astellas Pharma US

Over the past several years, Keya has been a passionate volunteer in iBio Institute's Stellar Girls program. As part of these efforts, she has mentored and coached girls (grades 3-8) in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, helping to diversify the STEM talent pipeline. Keya also has inspired young women and minorities to pursue their professional leadership goals through her participation in such activities as the Astellas Executive Women's Day.

Brendan Bertsch

Executive Director, Contracts and Pricing
Boehringer Ingelheim

Brendan actively engages with external stakeholders to support our industry and demonstrate the value of our medicines to policymakers. He has educated state legislators on the drug supply chain and value-based insurance designs so that legislators have the knowledge to make informed decisions about legislation seeking to ensure patient access to affordable medicines.

BMS Veterans Community Network (VCN)


Bristol-Myers Squibb

VCN raises awareness and provides a sense of community across the company around military service members, veterans and their family members and nonmilitary employees who just want to help. VCN works with veteran organizations and actively provides mentoring opportunities for former service members to assist in their transition to a career outside the military. Bristol-Myers Squibb is proud to be an employer of choice for veterans where they may build a career and successful life outside the military.

Celgene WWFH Champion - Jennifer Jorgenson

Jennifer Jorgenson

Senior Hematology/Oncology Consultant
Celgene

Jennifer created and launched an "Ambassador Captain" program, identifying and partnering with a colleague in each of 40 sales districts throughout the country. These captains work directly with Jennifer, and in coordination with the Government Relations team, to facilitate grassroots outreach among their teams to elected officials on key policy issues at the state and federal level.

GSK WWFH Champion - Brian Johns

Brian Johns

Vice President, DPU Head HIV, R&D Infectious Disease
GlaxoSmithKline

Brian leads a team at GSK that is collaborating in research with UNC-Chapel Hill HIV Cure Center with the focus of finding a cure for HIV instead of just treating the disease. In addition to his WWFH Champion Award, Brian was also honored as “Tar Heel of the Week” in October 2016 by the Raleigh News & Observer.

J&J WWFH Champion - Caroline Pavis

Caroline Pavis

Director, Strategic Communications
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Caroline has created and launched an industry-leading, first- and only-of-its-kind program for increasingly influential online patient health advocates. HealtheVoices, now in its third year, brings together online patient advocates for a weekend of learning, growing and mutual support.

Regina Holzbauer - WWFH Champion - Merck

Regina Holzbauer

Executive Director of Operations
Merck

Regina has played an instrumental role in helping Merck organize site visits at its Animal Health facility in Millsboro for federal and state legislators, the USDA Deputy Secretary and local high school students with an interest in science and agriculture. She is an incredibly collaborative partner who brings a high level of focus and rigor to all aspects of her responsibilities to enhance the reputation of the company and the biopharmaceutical industry.

Bob Abraham Pfizer

Robert Abraham

Sr. Vice President & Group Head, Oncology R&D
Pfizer

Based at Pfizer's La Jolla (CA) site, Bob understands the importance of community and patient engagement. Under Bob's leadership, he has hosted patient advocacy groups at the site and speaks to organizations like the San Diego Komen for the Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference and other charitable related events.

Robert Betzig

Site Leader, Pfizer Global Supply, Kalamazoo Site
Pfizer

Bob is an effective and accessible voice in highlighting the value of the pharmaceutical industry for policymakers and thought leaders. He has engaged federal, state and local officials at the site to help them better understand the challenges and opportunities of our industry. Bob is also involved and supportive of Pfizer's Michigan Legislative Leaders program, which pairs Pfizer colleagues with their state legislators and trains the colleague on how to best represent and advocate for Pfizer policy positions.

Jason Brandt Sanofi

Jason Brandt

Head, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Sales, West Division
Sanofi US

Jason Brandt is highly committed to civic action both personally and professionally. Through his role on the Sanofi US PAC Board, Jason advocates tirelessly for issues related to the healthcare industry. His passion for civic action is also clearly apparent in his leadership role as a Vice President of Sales in our Diabetes and Cardiovascular, West division. He proactively communicates this commitment with his division and encourages his peers to do the same.

PAST WWFH CHAMPIONS

The “We” in We Work For Health comprises biopharmaceutical company employees, vendors, suppliers, and other business, academic and community leaders. Every day, we work to lead in the research and development of new cures, foster an environment for increased economic development, and invest in our communities to build a healthier America. Meet some of our past Champions.

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Joseph Latella
(Astellas) Joseph (Joe) is a passionate PAC Ambassador and an active student of health care policy. He is a member of the St. Elizabeth's Hospital Foundation Board and brings a trusted perspective on the implications of evolving policies on physicians, patients and the hospital.
Juan Nadal
Juan Nadal, MD
(Bayer Corporation) Dr. Nadal is an advocate for health professionals and patients. A champion for clinical pharmacists, Juan has been instrumental in Bayer's PharmD Fellowship program with Rutgers University, which enables new PharmD's to have a better inside view of the biopharmaceutical industry.
Aaron Graham
J. Aaron Graham
(Boehringer Ingelheim) Aaron has engaged with Congressional members and the FDA on outreach to Hispanic groups about the dangers of purchasing counterfeit medications from unauthorized retailers. He also advocates on drug take-back programs, anti-counterfeiting and protection of BI’s extensive supply chain.