Personalized Medicine Coalition: Agenda

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Panelist names to be announced via this website upon final confirmations.


Moderator & Panelists


Breakfast/networking session

All attendees

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction:

  • Objectives of the summit
  • Recap of advisory boards and specific industry proposed solution 
  • Discussion of today’s interactive summit model
  • Introduction of speaker

Introduction – James C. Greenwood, President and CEO, Biotechnology Industry Organization

  • Dr. Bruce Quinn, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Foley Hoag LLP

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Introductory Speaker:

  • Challenges facing reimbursement of molecular diagnostics
  • Dr. Reed Tuckson, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, United Health Group

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Panel 1:

  • Evidentiary standards and data requirements for payer coverage

Expert moderator – Kristin Ciriello Pothier, Partner, Health Advances

  • Jerry Conway, Vice President of Reimbursement & Payer Strategy, Foundation Medicine
  • Dr. Jeff Allen, PhD, Executive Director, Friends of Cancer Research
  • Tamara Syrek Jensen, J.D., Deputy Director, coverage and Analysis Group, CMS
  • Matthew Zubiller, Vice President for Decision Management Business, McKesson Corporation.

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Panel 2:

  • Becoming the standard of care:  Inclusion of new molecular diagnostics into clinical guidelines
  • Expert Moderator –    Gail L. Daubert, J.D., Partner, Reed Smith
  •  Joan McClure, Vice President of Clinical Information and Publications, National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • Dr. Tadd Lazarus, Chief Medical Officer/Medical Affairs, QIAGEN
  • Steve Shak, Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President of Research & Development, Genomic Health

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch served & short break

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon keynote session:   

  • Current Issues in Reimbursement of Molecular Diagnostics at CMS

Introduction – Edward Abrahams, Ph.D., President, Personalized Medicine Coalition

  • Interviewer - Dr. Bruce Quinn, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Louis B. Jacques, M.D., Director, Coverage and Analysis Group, CMS

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

  • 20 minutes speech
  • 10 minutes Q&A

Panel 3:

  • Issues impacting market access, such as companion diagnostics and physician/patient education

Expert moderator – Dr. Jared Schwartz, Chief Medical Officer, Aperio

  • Andrea Ferris, President of the LUNGevity Foundation
  • Kelly Burgeson, Executive Director, Access and Reimbursement, Oncology, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
  • Mike Kolodziej, M.D., National Medical Director for Oncology Strategies, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Aetna
  • Paul Landauer, Senior Director, Global Healthcare Policy and Market Access, Abbott Molecular

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Panel 4:

  • Incentivizing personalized medicine diagnostic development

Expert moderator –Vicki Seyfert-Margolis, Ph.D., Chief Scientific and Strategy Officer, Precision Health Holdings and Chief Executive Officer and Founder, MyOwnMed

  • Hawazin Faruki, DrPH, Managing Director, Clinical Diagnostic Strategies, LLC
  • Marc Boutin, Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, National Health Council
  • Mary Dwight, Vice President of Government Affairs, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Stephen L. Eck, M.D., Ph.D.,Vice President, Global Head of Oncology Medical Science, Astellas Pharma 

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Concluding session:

  • Overview of solutions discussed during today’s summit and next steps
  • Amy M. Miller, Ph.D., Vice President, Public Policy, Personalized Medicine Coalition
  • Paul Sheives, J.D., Director, Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine Policy, Biotechnology Industry Organization

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reception begins

5:00 p.m.