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Carol Sanes-Miller

Consultant, Global Medical Affairs
Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals

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Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, MS
CMPP Certified: (2/2009)

Bio: Carol Sanes-Miller has been active in biomedical communications for more than 30 years, and has been involved in publication planning since 1992. In late 2014, Carol joined Baxter Healthcare in Deerfield, IL as Senior Manager, Global Medical Communications. Following a corporate split (Baxalta) and purchase by Shire, Carol was promoted to Associate Director and Publications Lead (Immunology) within Global Medical Affairs. Following relocation of her position at the end of 2017, Carol has been consulting and actively investigating new opportunities. Prior to Baxter, Carol spent 2 years as Director of Scientific Content at Vision2Voice, a small marketing communications agency based in Deerfield, IL. She also worked for 4 years as a Global Publications Manager, commuting weekly to AstraZeneca in Wilmington, Delaware, where she managed publications and symposia for diabetes and cardiovascular products. From 2000 to 2008, Carol worked for Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America in Deerfield, IL, where she held various positions from Senior Medical Writer to Manager of Strategic Publications, development compounds, gastroenterology and cardiovascular science, and managed publication plans in the therapy areas of sleep, oncology, sepsis, endometriosis, gastroenterology and lipid-lowering. Before joining Takeda, Carol spent 8 years as Managing Medical Editor with Discovery International, a medical communications company then located in Deerfield. While at DI, she developed publication strategies and plans, promotional and CME materials, publications and presentations for pharmaceutical company clients. Her professional experience also includes nearly ten years as in-house editor at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago, where she supported academic publication development in the departments of pathology, surgical nursing, internal medicine, and the Office of the Dean. For 3 years, Carol was Managing Medical Editor at Publications International, publishers of Consumer Guide, where she developed consumer-targeted books and magazines on topics including family health, fitness, exercise, diet and prescription drugs. Carol has been an active member of ISMPP since its inception, serving on the Best Practices Committee, co-chairing the subcommittee on publication strategy development, and as a member of the CMPP Board (2010-2014), including 2 years on the executive committee and as Board Chair from 2013-2014. Carol is a co-author of GPP2 and GPP3. She holds a BS in Biology from Northwestern University and an MS in Biology from Northeastern Illinois University. She lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, youngest son, and favorite canine, Izzy.

Donna Simcoe

Medical Publication Consultant
Simcoe Consultants, Inc.

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Professional Degrees: CMPP, MBA, MS
CMPP Certified: (2/2009)

Bio: Donna Simcoe is a Medical Publications consultant and principal at Simcoe Consultants, Inc., a biomedical consulting company focusing on medical publication strategy and medical writing. Donna has 25 years of experience managing publications at smaller and larger pharmaceutical companies. Donna holds 3 Master degrees in Biomedical Writing, Biotechnology and an MBA, and is a Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP). She is an active member in AMWA, ISMPP and TIPPA. Donna has served on a number of ISMPP Committees and was a former President of the AMWA Pacific Southwest Chapter.

Catherine Skobe

Senior Director, Publications Management Team
Pfizer, Inc.

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Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MPH
Other Degrees*: MT(ASCP)

Bio: Catherine Skobe is currently the Publications Innovative Solutions Lead at Pfizer. She is a Senior Director on the Publications Management Team and has been at Pfizer since 2007 working across Pfizer's portfolio in various therapeutic areas in every stage of the product development life cycle. She leads the Publication Technology Steering Committee to advance digital initiatives for medical publications. Prior to Pfizer, Catherine worked in publications at IntraMed, in clinical research at Becton Dickinson, and earlier in her career at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory. Catherine has been an active member of ISMPP since 2005 and serves as Chair, 2019-20. She served on the Ethics committee for 7 years and co-founded the Social Media and Web-based Metrics Working Group.

Teresa L Steininger

Associate Director, Medical Communications, Medical Affairs
Jazz Pharmaceuticals

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Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2017)

Bio: Teresa Steininger, PhD, CMPP is an Associate Director of Medical Communications at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, leading publication planning and execution for a sleep medicine product. She has prior experience in medical affairs, and as a medical writer, and is a member of ISMPP and AMWA. Prior to working in pharmaceuticals, she was an academic scientist in the field of neuroscience and sleep research. She holds a PhD in Neurobiology from The University of Chicago.

Alexandra Traut

Executive Director, Global Medical Communications, Medical
Allergan plc

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Professional Degrees: PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2013)

Bio: Alexandra Traut is an Executive Director in Global Medical Communications at Allergan and leads overall publication strategy and scientific platform development for the Neurology and Ophthalmology therapeutic areas. She has held various positions of increasing authority within publications at Allergan since 2010. Prior to her publications roles, Alexandra worked in Medical Information at Allergan and has also worked at a medical communications agency. Alexandra holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Southern California.

Ken Truman

VP, Insights & Connections
MedThink Inc

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Communications Agency

Bio: Ken's role at MedThink SciCom is focused on the development of novel solutions to client challenges. He oversees multiple disciplines, including teams responsible for insight generation, as well as the digital team responsible for developing MedThink SciCom's proprietary tools. In his career he has a developed a range of resources, from automated bid management platforms to digital signal processing algorithms. Ken has 10 years of experience in healthcare and medical communications.

Cindy Tse

Global Medical Information Manager, Medical Affairs
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical

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Professional Degrees: PharmD

Bio: Cindy is a Manager of Global Medical Information at Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical. She has worked in the field of drug information in the academic, vendor and pharmaceutical settings in the last 4 years. She currently works closely with the publications team at Ultragenyx for Medical Information materials development and strategy, and is excited to be a part of the ISMPP community.