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Awards… CSL Honored for Work in Rare Diseases CSL Behring is the recipient of a 2012 European Organization for Rare Diseases Award for its work in developing and manufacturing therapies used to treat rare and serious medical conditions. One of the primary criteria for the award is a demonstrated commitment to providing access to therapies for people with rare diseases. Pfizer CSO honored for Neurochemistry Research Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer for Neuroscience Research Unit, Dr. Michael Ehlers, was honored with the Thudichum Medal by the Biochemical Society. The award recognizes eminent scientists who have made outstanding contributions to neurochemistry and related subjects. Dr. Ehlers was recognized for his work on membrane trafficking and receptor dynamics at glutamate synapses, processes crucial for learning, memory, and cognition. INDUSTRY at Large Kimberly Park, Partner, Janssen Healthcare Innovation says the Janssen Connected Care Challenge aims to inspire entrepreneurs to develop effective, scalable solutions that can make a meaningful impact in patients’ lives. Janssen Aims to Spur Innovation in Patient Care Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a team within Janssen Research & Development, is sponsoring the Janssen Connected Care Challenge, which seeks technology solutions to improve the coordination of care for patients as they are being discharged from the hospital. Janssen Healthcare Innovation will award a total of $250,000 to support further development of the top three ideas that improve healthcare outcomes. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished visionaries and practitioners in the areas of innovation, technology, care transitions, and healthcare. Johnson & Johnson Names New CEO Alex Gorsky becomes CEO of Johnson & Johnson April 26, 2012. Mr. Gorsky, 51, currently vice chairman of the company’s executive committee, succeeds Bill Weldon, who has served as chairman and CEO of J&J since 2002. Mr. Gorsky began his J&J career in 1988 as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Kimberly Park, Partner, Janssen Healthcare Innovation says the Janssen Connected Care Challenge aims to inspire entrepreneurs to develop effective, scalable solutions that can make a meaningful impact in patients’ lives. “Any time a company engages with patients directly and understands their needs more concretely, it has the opportunity to deliver better value. ” Ben Heywood PatientsLikeMe Milestones… Quintiles Celebrates 30th Anniversary In 2012, Quintiles marks the 30-year anniversary of the company’s incorporation, transforming from a small statistical consulting firm housed in a university campus trailer to a biopharmaceutical services company with 25,000 employees and offices in 60-plus countries. Quintiles was incorporated on February 26, 1982, formalizing the work founders Dennis Gillings, Ph.D., and Gary Koch, Ph.D., had been performing since 1974 at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill. Podcasts Insights from the Field: Tele-Sales Solutions Build Relationships Between the Brand and HCPs Thought Leader: Lou Shapiro, PhoneScreen, an AMAC company Patient Access to Investigational Drugs: Removing Barriers Thought Leader: Simon Estcourt, Idis 2012 DIA Preview Thought Leader: Craig Lipset, Pfizer, and DIA Program Chair White papers Seize the Moment: Tele-Sales Solutions Deliver Impact and Flexibility Sponsored by: Phonescreen, an AMAC company Providing Pre-Approval Access Globally Sponsored by: Idis