ArisGlobal’s Breakthrough2021 is a virtual event designed to bring together members of the life sciences industry to discuss innovation and digital transformation trends within R&D. This year’s event will feature sessions and keynotes delivered by leading voices from the industry, with the goal of sharing best practices, experiences, and ideas.
21 – 22, 2021
A fully virtual event
Free to register and attend
2021 Speakers and Panelists
Dr. Roy Baynes
SVP & Head, Global Clinical Development, Merck CMO, Merck Research Laboratories
- Hear from leading voices in life sciences across two days of thought-provoking conversations
- Share ideas with peers and interact with experts
- Learn directly from ArisGlobal customers as they share R&D technology best practices and successes
- Access an on-demand library of content
- Complimentary attendance for all
Who Should Attend
Breakthrough2021 is designed for life sciences professionals across Clinical Operations, Clinical Data Management, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs, Drug Safety, IT, and Procurement.
Hans Van Leeuwen
Head of Regulatory Operations, EU, Astellas
Hans van Leeuwen has over 20 years of experience in regulatory operations. He has managed global regulatory operations groups with responsibilities including regulatory information management, submission management, labeling, regulatory planning, change control and regulatory intelligence. On the IT side his experience includes global responsibility for (pre-) clinical, regulatory and pharmacovigilance systems such as clinical trial management, document management and adverse event reporting systems.
Hans has a strong interest in the use of data standards in regulatory submissions and has served on multiple representative committees promoting the use of standards in regulatory.
His previous employers include Organon Biosciences, Schering-Plough and MSD and he is currently at Astellas as head of global Regulatory Operations. Prior to working in regulatory, Hans held management and research positions in multiple disciplines including analytical chemistry, statistics and data analysis. Hans holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry
VP, Safety Product Management
Beena Wood has been in the Information technology space building products for over 26 years, with experience across multiple domains. She has led Engineering as well as Product Management teams. She comes from Oracle where she was in the Pharmacovigilance space for over 15 years, leading their Argus Safety Product Management teams, and most recently from Anju Software leading their Medical Affairs space, and loves building solutions to keep patients safe.
She is excited to be part of ArisGlobal team and feels fortunate being part of something that matters to human lives. Beena lives in Portland in the beautiful Pacific NW, with her husband, a young daughter who loves to read, write, and dance, and a mini labradoodle. Beena’s passion, apart from being part of Life sciences solutions that keeps patients safe, is to help kids that doesn’t have the means to have better access to education, loves the ocean and hikes with her family, and to meditate.
Senior Director, Clinical
Sondra Pepe leads product management for ArisGlobal’s Clinical solution portfolio. In this role, she is responsible for defining clinical product strategy and roadmap, and overseeing the growth of the domain.
Prior to ArisGlobal, Sondra gained nearly 20 years of experience in eClinical SaaS technology across a variety of companies and products, including leading roles in product management at Veeva and Medidata, working on CTMS, EDC and RTSM product sets.
Chief Technology Officer
Prior to joining ArisGlobal, John has held CTO positions at other SaaS-based companies and has almost 30 years of experience in the software industry. Most recently, John was the CTO at Sovos, a privately held global tax, and compliance software company. During his 5 1/2 year tenure, John was responsible for Product Development, Cloud Operations, and Security.
John helped grow the Sovos business by nearly 200%. Prior to Sovos, John was the CTO at Intralinks, a provider of secure workspaces serving the M&A market as well as offering products in Life Sciences for Study Startup and Safety Document Distribution.
Chief Revenue Officer
Steve Nuckols serves as ArisGlobal’s Chief Revenue Officer, where he is responsible for leading all aspects of the commercial organization. Prior to ArisGlobal, he served as EVP & CCO of ERT, a leading data & technology company supporting Life Sciences & CRO’s in clinical drug development, also backed by Nordic Capital. Steve was part of the original ERT leadership team during its transformation and rapid growth phase that led to two successful exits.
Prior to ERT, Steve was VP & GM of GE Healthcare IT, a leading provider of EMR, PM, RCM, and Imaging solutions to Hospitals, Health Systems & Physician groups. Steve has also held senior executive roles at Sage Healthcare, IBM Corporation, Computer Associates, Cognos Corporation, & Oracle. Steve resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and 4 children. When not attending lacrosse tournaments for his children, you can find Steve on the golf course or on the water fishing.
Chief Product Officer
Pat Jenakanandhini serves as ArisGlobal’s Chief Product Officer, where he oversees all product strategy and management functions. Prior to ArisGlobal, Pat served as Senior Vice President of Products at Accruent and Chief Technology Officer at BlueCielo, acquiring several years of experience building and delivering SaaS products including serving. During his tenure at Accruent, the company completed 5 acquisitions, built a strong product strategy driving growth that eventually led to Accruent being acquired by Fortive, a large publicly listed company. At BlueCielo, Pat was responsible for driving the transformation of the product, the business, and the culture of product & engineering teams to focusing on SaaS.
Pat is passionate about building great software that delights users, solves real business problems, and provides a superior user experience. Pat lives just outside Boston, MA with his wife, 2 kids, and a dog. Pat loves building things, home automation, playing video games, and traveling the world. He has an MBA in Finance and dual degrees in Computer Science and Process & Piping Design.
Roy D. Baynes, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President and Head, Global Clinical Development, Chief Medical Officer, Merck Research Laboratories
Dr. Baynes is Senior Vice President of Global Clinical Development and Chief Medical Officer at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, New Jersey. He has had a long and distinguished career in the hematology-oncology and stem cell transplantation fields, including drug development, basic research, clinical practice, clinical research, teaching, and administration.
Prior to his current roles, he was Senior Vice President of Oncology, Inflammation and Respiratory Therapeutics at Gilead Sciences, and Vice President of Global Clinical Development and Therapeutic Area (TA) Head for Hematology and Oncology, at Amgen Inc. Before joining Amgen in 2002, he was the Charles Martin Professor of Cancer Research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institutes, and NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
He graduated as a Medical Doctor and obtained a Master of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dr. Baynes is a member of many international societies, including the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and has authored over 150 publications. He was recurrently named among America’s top physicians.
President and CEO
Sankesh Abbhi is the President and CEO of ArisGlobal. In this role, he is focused on expanding ArisGlobal’s business by building a strong and unique platform strategy and launching important new products for the benefit of customers, patients, employees and shareholders. Sankesh has overseen back-to-back years of record growth for ArisGlobal and spearheaded the company’s relationship with Nordic Capital, delivering a long-term growth partner and opening a new chapter in ArisGlobal’s 30 year history. Sankesh began his career as the founder of Synowledge, a knowledge process outsourcing company that grew to more than 1,000 global employees and was eventually acquired by BioClinica. In that role, he gained a unique perspective on ArisGlobal as a customer, including invaluable functional experience in drug safety, regulatory affairs, medical affairs and clinical development. Sankesh is a seasoned businessman, graduating with a BA in Economics from Columbia University.