Speaker Biographies

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John J. Castellani,
President, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

John J. Castellani is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an organization that represents America’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies. The biopharmaceutical sector directly employs over 650,000 Americans working to develop new medicines that help patients fight disease and live, longer healthier lives.

Working at the intersection of public policy, health and business, Mr. Castellani leads PhRMA’s efforts to preserve and strengthen a healthcare and economic environment that fosters medical innovation, new drug discovery and access to life-saving medicines. He is a passionate advocate for a strong, innovative and growing American biopharmaceutical research industry that plays a critical role in helping to improve the health of every American and patients the world-over.

In 2011, Mr. Castellani was recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of America’s top health care lobbyists. He also was honored with the Bryce Harlow Foundation’s prestigious 2011 Business-Government Relations Award, recognizing his leadership and exemplary life-long contribution to the public affairs and advocacy profession.

Mr. Castellani is a former President and CEO of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of nearly 12 million employees and $6 trillion in annual revenues.

Prior to Business Roundtable, Mr. Castellani was Executive Vice President of Tenneco, Inc.

Mr. Castellani, who began his career as an environmental scientist at General Electric, earned his bachelor’s degree at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

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Dean J. Paranicas,
President & CEO - Healthcare Institute Of New Jersey

Dean J. Paranicas became the third president and CEO of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) in March, 2011. Prior to joining HINJ, Mr. Paranicas was Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Public Policy for BD. Starting as BD’s Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary in 1981, he later served as Director, Corporate Development and Strategic Investments, as Director, Investor Relations, and Vice President, Investor Relations and Public Affairs.

Mr. Paranicas began his career as an associate attorney with McCarter & English, LLP in Newark, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. degree With Honors from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a J.D. degree from Rutgers- Newark School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.

Mr. Paranicas previously served as HINJ’s Board Secretary and Chair of its Steering Committee. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI). He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting. He is a former member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors and the Rutgers University Foundation Board of Overseers. He is also a former Chair of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees, where he is now a Trustee Emeritus.

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Richard Evans,
Founding Partner and Research Analyst, Sector & Sovereign Research

Richard Evans is the co-founder of Sector & Sovereign Research, LLC and is the head of SSR’s Healthcare practice, a boutique sell-side investment research firm. Richard recently completed a book on the American health system and prospects for its reform, entitled “Health and Capital” (www.healthandcapital.com). He served as a Senior Analyst covering the US pharmaceuticals industry at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC, from 1998 until 2006, and was twice ranked first amongst his peers for drug stock selection by Bloomberg, and in 2006 was ranked amongst the top 20 stock pickers globally, also by Bloomberg. Richard was named to the Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team for much of his tenure with Bernstein, ranking first for major pharmaceuticals in 2006.

Previously, he was a member of senior management at Roche, serving most recently as vice president, Business Policy and Account Management. In this capacity, he was responsible for Roche's commercial interactions with large organized buyers such as hospitals, hospital purchasing groups, managed-care organizations and governments. His responsibilities also included those areas of the company which define and support account interactions, namely account management, customer marketing, pricing, contract administration, pharma economics, and distribution. During his seven years at Roche, Richard also served as the head of Business Development and Strategic Planning, and as product director for the company's injectable anesthetics. He earned a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 1988 and a master's of Public and Private Management from Yale University in 1991.

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Susan A. Cole, Ph.D.
President, Montclair State University

Dr. Susan A. Cole assumed office in September of 1998 as the eighth president of Montclair State University, which is the second largest university in New Jersey, with 19,500 graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Cole served as President of Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota from 1993 to 1998 and, prior to that, as Vice President for University Administration and Personnel at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Associate University Dean for Academic Affairs at Antioch University, and a faculty member at The City University of New York.

Dr. Cole serves on the boards of the Liberty Science Center, the Montclair Art Museum, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Council of Trustees and Peapack-Gladstone Bank; as Chair of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council; and on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Penson Center for Professional Development. She was appointed by Governor Christie as New Jersey’s representative to the Education Commission of the States, and by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Advisory Commission. She served on Governor Christie’s Executive Transition Team and chaired its Education Subcommittee. She also served on the Property Tax Convention Task Force, appointed by Governor McGreevey, as co-chair of Governor McGreevey’s Higher Education Transition Team and on his Education Cabinet, as co-chair of Governor DiFrancesco’s World Class Economy Task Force, and as a member of Governor Whitman’s trade missions to South America and Asia.

Dr. Cole earned three degrees in English and American literature: a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. Dr. Cole writes and speaks extensively about current issues in American higher education.