Event Schedule

Please note: You have to register for every individual session you want to attend because we will turn ALL registration questions into an exclusive report available to all participants and MSL Society members.

Day 1

Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Opening Session and 1st Live Session + The Interactions between KOLs and MSLs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Samuel Dyer will kick off the conference after which H1’s session follows.

Ariel Katz and Paul Ward will discuss the result of our new survey we are currently working on with MSL Society. They will also compare and contrast the previous survey with the new survey.

Ariel Katz, CEO and Co-Founder, H1

Paul Ward, National MSL Lead, AstraZeneca

Samuel Dyer, PhD, CEO and Chairman, MSL Society


Webinar ID: 738-292-179

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Break – In App Activities


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Demonstrating Value: the impact of strategic engagement planning

Scientific experts appreciate MSLs for their broad knowledge, differentiated insights, and comprehensive responses, but as the complexity of personalized medicine increases, these experts are seeking more valuable engagements.

Studies show that only a third are satisfied with their MSL experience which impacts perceptions of the associated company or product.

Strategic engagement planning empowers field teams and their managers understand the expectations of experts and align activities to address them while delivering on organizational strategies.

In this session we explore this best practice, to ensure that Medical Affairs is building relationships that accurately uncover and deliver on the individual’s scientific need.

Robert Groebel, VP Global Medical Strategy, Monocl


Webinar ID: 825-361-995

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Break – In App Activities


12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Rock Star Bingo

This is a classic game taken to the next level.

Each player receives a digital bingo card when you log into a special website prior to joining the game. We will provide the link and code to join the game. Your phone or computer will have a button on the card for you to ring in when you have a win!

We set up a video room for everyone to join. This allows everyone to see each other and interact. This is where the fun begins. We mix in some fun mini-challenges during the game as well.

Never know when you will have a Lip Sync Battle, Air Guitar competition, or even a Karaoke sing-along for extra points.

Our Emcee Marvelless Mark is your Rock and Roll caller. Trust us when we say he is the man to get you and your team involved in this fun and fast-paced game.

Marvelless Mark, Rock Star Emcee, AE&ES


1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Break – In App Activities


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

COVID-19 Challenges & Solutions for MSLs

Bruno Larvol, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Larvol

Vanessa Jacobsen, PharmD, Executive Director, Medical Science Liaisons, Nektar Therapeutics

Alison McReynolds, PhD, North America Regional Medical Director ‐ Neuroscience, Jazz Pharmaceuticals


Webinar ID: 174-850-571

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Break – In App Activities


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Engaging KOLs when there is no new data

Tiama Chaar, PhD, MSL-BC, Sr. Oncology MSL, Novartis

Anne Van Buskirk, Executive Medical Science Liaison, Takeda Oncology


Webinar ID: 949-678-899

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Break In-App Activities


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

VIP Fun Virtual Welcome Reception

Join us for an unforgettable “magic” moment with America’s Got Talent celebrated magician, Seth Grabel who performs mind-blowing sleight of hand magic, comedy magic, and stage illusions. 

Day 2

Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2020

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Hiring MSL Talent During the COVID 19 Pandemic…Has Anything Changed? Best Practices From over 70 Recent MSL Placements.

How have hiring practices changed during COVID? What new skills are now mandatory? Best practices and learnings from 70+ recent MSL hires. Current data and statistics on COVID hiring.

Tom Caravela, Managing Partner, The Carolan Group

Charlie Cook, National Field Medical Director, Alzheimers, Biogen



Webinar ID: 201-715-891

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Fun virtual Fitness Activity/Yoga Meditation

Join Sarah Brey, Certified Yoga Instructor, and your Medical Science Liaison Society colleagues online for this 30-minute non – strenuous Yoga Meditation Activity. 

No matt, equipment, or gear necessary. 

Working virtually has created new tensions in our world as we spend more time on our computers than ever before. 

Unwind, relax and move your body and mind into a healthy positive place, refreshing your soul and stretching your body.



10:30 am – 11:30 am

Emerging competencies for Interviewing, Training and Virtual Engagement for Next Gen Medical Affairs

Amanda Hohman, Associate Director, Talent Acquisition, Syneos Health

Kiely Flanigan, MBA, PhD, Director, Consulting, Syneos Health

Verena Ottley, VP, Clinical Field Excellence, Syneos Health

Larry Dollar PharmD, MS, MSL-BC, VP of Medical Affairs, Syneos Health

Dr. Khalil Ahmed, VP of Medical Affairs Europe, Syneos Health


Webinar ID: 617-082-227

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Break – In App Activities


12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Game Arcade

Connect, network, and play games with fellow attendees in this virtual Game Arcade Room. Test your game skills and have fun playing pool, air hockey, frogger, and more!

We will send you the link with instructions to interact right from your computer or smartphone.

Gary Bordman, Game Guy, AE&ES



12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Break – In App Activities


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

How to build KOL relationships digitally in the “New Normal”

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted face-to-face interactions with KOLs to virtual engagements only. MSLs have to learn to leverage digital tools in order to build existing as well as new relationships with KOLs. What are the best practices?

Lana Feng, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder, Huma.AI 

Jason Howard, PH.D., Scientific Engagement and Medical Digital Lead, Sanofi Genzyme


Webinar ID: 879-422-283

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Break – In App Activities


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Leveraging A.I. Tools to Empower Operational Excellence in Medical Affairs

Mike Abbadessa, PharmD
Executive Director of Medical Affairs
rMark Bio

Ruth du Moulin, PhD
VP of Medical Affairs
Forma Therapeutics


Webinar ID: 517-219-723

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Break – In App Activities



4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Effective MSL/KOL Engagements During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • How you define Emotional Intelligence and the context you will be discussing it today?
  • Where Emotional Intelligence fits into building relationships with KOLs in the virtual environment
  • Using Emotional Intelligence to build effective NEW KOL relationships
  • Leading with empathy and uncovering KOL needs or concerns (related to their patients, their practice etc.)

Douglas Yau, PhD, MBA, National Director, Oncology- Solid Tumor, US Field Medical, Sanofi Genzyme

Natalie King, PhD, Medical Science Liaison – Neurology, Novartis


Webinar ID: 591-972-299

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

MSL of the Year Awards 2020 Ceremony

The MSL Society is proud to recognize excellence within the MSL profession during our 8th Annual Conference.

During the Awards Night Celebration, we will be honoring the finalists and the winner of each category.


Day 3

Thursday, Oct 8th, 2020

9:00 am – 10:00 am

I Know What You Did This Summer…..I Think: Evaluating MSL Performance During the Pandemic

Discussion points:
· Discuss what can be used to assess performance when direct observation is not possible
· Considerations for performance evaluations when “core job” activities are suspended or modified
· The importance of competencies in performance management (not just what you do but how you do it)
· Ideas for evaluating performance and coaching discussions in a virtual environment

Leann Pezdirtz
Executive Director, Field Based Medicine
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cherie Hyder, PharmD
Medical Excellence & Operations Lead
Biohaven Pharmaceuticals


Webinar ID: 162-568-091

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Break – In App Activities



10:30 am – 11:30 am

Do KOLs care? How to incorporate HEOR into KOL Discussions

During this session the panelists will address the following topics:

How and why HEOR data is becoming more important
How to use HEOR data to make an impact
What KOLs really care about
How to strengthen KOL insights using HEOR data

Mahesh Tawney, PharmD, MBA
Director, Medical Outcomes Science Liaison
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Ed Paiewonsky, PharmD, MS
Oncology Medical Care Team Lead
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)


Webinar ID: 484-006-987

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Break – In App Activities


12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Trivia Game

Get ready to test your Trivia skills. We put the game in the palm of your hands. Just scan the QR code or use the link to join in. Grab a bite and have some fun

Marvelless Mark, Rock Star Emcee, AE&ES



12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Break – In App Activities


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Virtual Interviewing: How Hiring Managers and Candidates Can Succeed

Stacey Benefiel, SVP, Global Clinical & Medical Affairs/Managing Partner, TriNet Pharma

Bryce McWhorter, Director, Operations and Account Management, TriNet Pharma

Larry Kovalick, PharmD, BCGP, CMPP, Senior Director, National MSL Lead, Omeros Corporation

Michael Moore, Medical Science Liaison, Pharmacosmos Therapeutics

Yvette Payne, Senior Director, National Medical Science Liaisons, Taiho Oncology


Webinar ID: 690-462-571

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Break – In App Activities



2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Global Survey Reveals Best Practices and Insights into How MSL are Engaging KOLs and Gathering Insights from Virtual Congresses

Eddie Power, PhD, MBA, GFMD, Vice President, North America Medical Affairs, Hospital Business, Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group

Samuel Dyer, PhD, CEO and Chairman, MSL Society


Webinar ID: 338-864-355

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Break – In App Activities



4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A Practical Guide for MSLs and MSL Leaders to Utilizing Ergonomics to Increase Productivity and Reduce Fatigue + Closing Session with Dr. Samuel Dyer and the Advisory Board

Meg Honan, MS, RPT, CPE, Instructor and consultant for the UC Ergonomics Program, University of California, San Francisco

FMR. Principal Ergonomics Program Manager, Genentech


Webinar ID: 519-230-059