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A virtual event, October 28th and 29th, 2020


ArisGlobal’s BREAKTHROUGH 2020 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 live sessions and keynotes delivered by leading voices from the life sciences industry, with the goal of sharing best practices, experiences, and ideas.  


  • Hear from leading voices in life sciences across two days of thought-provoking conversation
  • 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 ArisGlobal customers and life sciences R&D professionals

Who Should Attend:

BREAKTHROUGH 2020 is designed for life sciences professionals across Clinical Operations, Clinical Data Management, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs, Drug Safety, IT and Procurement. 


Agenda – Day 1

Agenda – Day 2


Time EST Day 1, Oct. 28th, 2020
9:00 –  9:30 AM Opening Remarks
Breaking Through: How Innovation is Driving Life Sciences Forward
Sankesh Abbhi, President and CEO, ArisGlobal
9:30 – 10:00 AM Keynote
Daniel Kraft, Chair of Medicine at Singularity University and Founder & Chair, Exponential Medicine
10:00 – 10:30 AM

A Call to Action for Digital Transformation in R&D : How Technology Can Enable a Better Future for All Patients

Dr. Rob Scott, Former Chief Medical Officer and Head of Development, AbbVie Member, ArisGlobal Board of Directors and Chairman, Advisory Board

10:30 – 11:15 AM


Innovation in Product Development: The Evolving Landscape of Tech, Data & AI
Georgia Papathomas, PhD, Former SVP, Global Head of Data Sciences, Johnson & Johnson
Vita Cassese, Former CIO, Worldwide Pharmaceuticals Group, Pfizer


Time EST

Drug Safety Medical Affairs Regulatory Affairs Clinical
11:30 AM – 12:20 PM LifeSphere Safety LifeSphere Medical Affairs LifeSphere Regulatory LifeSphere Clinical
12:20 – 12:50 PM

Project STRATO: Boehringer Ingelheim’s Road to LifeSphere MultiVigilance

Claudia Lehmann, VP, PV Operations, Boehringer Ingelheim

The Journey to Cognitive Automation in Medical Affairs

Juergen Schmider, MD, PhD

Unifying Domains Through Data To be announced


October 29th Agenda

Programming begins at 9am EST.

Check back soon for more details.

Time EST Day 2, Oct. 29th, 2020
9:00 AM to 9:05 AM Welcome Back Remarks & Days 2 Intro
9:05 AM to 9:35 AM

Unifying drug development with a platform-centric approach 

Don Otterbein, Chief Commercial Officer, ArisGlobal
Andras Berta, Chief Strategy Officer, ArisGlobal

9:35 AM to 10:20 AM General Session: To Be Announced
10:20 AM to 10:30 AM Recognizing ArisGlobal’s All-Stars


Time EST Drug Safety Medical Affairs Regulatory Affairs Clinical
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM AI Validation

Medical Affairs: Entering a Brave New World

Paul Chew, Former CMO at Omada Health

Accelerating Digital Transformation within Regulatory

S. Gens, F. Stulp, C. Smithson, W. Cypers

CTMS Automation
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Signal Detection Chatbots: The World of Virtual Digital Assistants and their Opportunities in Medical Information To Be Announced The Path to the TMF of Tomorrow
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where do we go from here? The future of AI in Pharmacovigilance

Juergen Schmider, MD, PhD and E. Belabe, AVP, Safety, ArisGlobal

Medical Affairs and Safety Strategy for Improved Compliance

The Unified Future of Regulatory Platforms

Hans van Leeuwen, Astellas

Nailing Feasibility Processes: Seting your study up for success
12:00 PM to 12:30 PM To Be Announced Improved Stakeholder Engagement (Self-service portal, Mobility, and Conference Apps) Regulatory Transformation Drivers for Small and Medium Companies Unifying Safety and Clinical Operations


Event Format

BREAKTHROUGH 2020 will take place in a unique virtual conference format, delivered through an engaging and innovative digital events platform. The event will happen over two days, on October 28th and 29th, with sessions hosted on-demand for attendees following the event.

BREAKTHROUGH is a life sciences industry event assembling leading voices from across the R&D spectrum to discuss key trends in drug development technology and highlight innovation within ArisGlobal’s LifeSphere platform.


Daniel Kraft, M.D.

Innovation and Healthcare Speaker, Chair for Medicine at Singularity University & Founder & Chair, Exponential Medicine.

Speakers & Panelists

Sankesh Abbhi

Sankesh Abbhi

President and CEO, ArisGlobal

Vita Cassese

CEO Mardon Management Advisors
Former CIO, Worldwide Pharmaceuticals Group, Pfizer

Juergen Schmider, MD, PHD

President, Drug and Device Vigilance Consulting

Former VP, Safety Evaluation and Reporting, Pfizer

Rob Scott, MD

Dr. Rob Scott

Former Chief Medical Officer and Head of Development, AbbVie

Emmanuel Belabe

Emmanuel Belabe

AVP, Safety Product Management, ArisGlobal

Sondra Pepe

Sondra Pepe

Senior Director, Clinical Product Management, ArisGlobal

Andras Berta

Andras Berta

Chief Strategy Officer, ArisGlobal

Paul Chew, MD

President, 1Rx Digipharm Advisory

Former CMO, Omada Health

Former SVP, Global CMO and Head of US R&D, Sanofi

Sandeep Mahagaonkar

Sandeep Mahagaonkar

Director, Medical Affairs and Quality Product Management, ArisGlobal

Don Otterbein

Chief Commercial Officer, ArisGlobal

Wim Cypers

SVP, Strategy and Innovation, ArisGlobal

Georgia Papathomas, PhD

Former SVP, Global Head of Data Sciences, Johnson & Johnson

More to be announced soon!

BREAKTHROUGH by the numbers


Top Biopharmas Represented


Life Science Leaders Attending


Inspiring Speakers


Last Year’s Attendees

“This is a great opportunity to connect and build a bigger partnership with life science peers and regulators”

Johnson & Johnson

“A tremendous event to learn from industry thought leaders and move life sciences forward”

Boehringer Ingleheim 

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