Annual Stern Healthcare Association Conference

Advancing and AdaptinG

Join us for the 2017 Stern Healthcare Association Conference on October 27th, 2017. In a world where the healthcare landscape, both politically and scientifically, is constantly changing, business leaders must understand how to adapt to the current climate and advance the industry. The Healthcare Conference will address how technology, emerging R&D, new business models, and integrated access is meeting the needs of patients. The conference will highlight speakers from Boehringer Ingelheim, Synergy Pharma, and NYU, to name a few.

Last year's conference drew about 200 attendees, ranging from full-time and part-time students from several schools in the area to industry professionals. The conference showcased a wide variety of programming last year too, including an entrepreneurship panel and talks given by executives from Pfizer and IBM Watson.



Friday, October 27th, 2017

NYU Stern School of Business

Kaufman Management Center

44 West 4th Street

New York, NY 10012

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Event Schedule

KMC Lobby  
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Industry Overview*
KMC 11-185
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Opening Keynote Address
Jean-Michel Boers,  President BIPI of US Human Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim
KMC 11-75  
2:10 PM - 2:50 PM

Patient-focused Business Paradigms
Jim Curtis, Remedy Health Media
Chris Jobe, Johnson & Johnson
KMC 11-75

*Students only


Entrepreneurial Panel
Ron Vianu,  Spreemo Health
Laila Zemrani, Fitnescity  
Julie Holcomb, Synergy Pharma
KMC 11-75  
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

Fireside Chat, Policy and Politics in Healthcare
Adam Sabloff,  Virtual Health
KMC 11-75  
4:55 PM - 5:35 PM

Closing Keynote Address
Anthony Mancini, Head of Cardiovascular, Bristol-Myers Squibb
KMC 11-75
5:40 PM - 6:15 PM

Networking Reception
KMC 5-50
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM


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Jean-Michel Boers
President BIPI - US Human Pharmaceuticals

Jean-Michel started his career in management consulting in Munich, Germany. He joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 1998 in Belgium and has a track record of success in a number of diverse leadership roles in corporate and various countries including Corporate Vice President Marketing & Sales Effectiveness and Country Managing Director in France.

In 2014, he was assigned to lead the Prescription Medicines business within the newly created MIDI Regional Operating Unit that includes Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. In July 2016, he was appointed Senior Vice President Specialty Care for the US and in January 2017 Jean-Michel was appointed President, US Human Pharmaceuticals.

In complex markets, Jean-Michel has promoted access for, and launched, many of our company’s core products while successfully representing our company in front of external stakeholders. He has also driven the implementation of new promotional approaches in France and MIDI and has been a member of the corporate extended prescription medicines committee for more than 10 years.

A citizen of France and The Netherlands, Jean-Michel earned an MA in social and economic history from the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and an MBA from the University of Texas. He currently resides with his spouse Sabine and their children in Weston, Connecticut.

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Anthony Mancini
Senior Vice President of US Cardiovascular & Head, Puerto Rico & Caribbean, Bristol-Myers Squibb

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Christopher S. Jobes
Director- Retail Health & Wellness, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Chris Jobes has been with Johnson & Johnson for over 16 years.  His career with J&J started as a brand marketer for consumer products.  After spending 5 years in marketing, he made the move to Consumer Sales where he gained customer development expertise and transitioned into strategic development roles, having responsibility for shopper & category management, shelf design, and leading a team of analysts covering over $1B of volume. 

In 2013, Chris became the first Director of Retail Health & Wellness for Johnson & Johnson. In this role, he is responsible for developing  Health & Wellness strategies bringing J&J enterprise assets andinitiatives to deliver against triple aim objectives along the patient journey and path to purchase. 

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson Chris studied Cardiovascular Perfusion at Johns Hopkins  Hospital and became a Board Certified Clinical Perfusionist.  He spent 5 yearspracticing perfusion, finishing his clinical career asChief of Perfusion for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Chris  earned his MBA at Saint Joseph’s University.

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Jim Curtis
President, Remedy Health Media

As President, Jim is responsible for product strategy & development and audience expansion in addition to overseeing sales, business development and marketing strategy & execution across all of Remedy Health Media’s digital, mobile and point-of-care product lines. Since joining Remedy in 2010 as Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, he’s played an essential role building revenue, client performance and operations teams while developing new products and growing revenues and profits for the company.

With a strong background in interactive health information and tools, Jim’s focus is on driving digital growth for the company while creating advertising solutions that leverage Remedy’s strong multi-platform media solutions.

Jim was named one of PharmaVoice’s Top 100 Most Influential and Inspirational Leaders in Health three years in a row, and recently is being honored a fourth time with their Red Jacket award. He was the recipient of PM360’s Elite Disrupter Award and MM&M’s Rising Star Award. Curtis is a public speaker, author, storyteller, and business coach.

In his debut book, The Stimulati Experience: 9 Skills for Getting Past Pain, Setbacks, and Trauma to Ignite Health and Happiness Jim provides a comprehensive program steeped in personal experience and science to help people with or without chronic illnesses to find the knowledge needed to achieve better health and an abundance of happiness. 

In the past, Jim served as Vice President of Sales at Everyday Health where he was successful in developing an early stage sales team into a market-leading organization focused on customized, cross platform, patient education solutions. While at Everyday Health, Jim also held roles of General Manager,; Publisher of, the online complement to the New York Times best seller, What To Expect When You’re Expecting and VP, Sales and Strategy for mobile initiatives.

Jim began his career trading health technology options on the American Stock Exchange in New York and eventually went to work for a company he traded, At, he assisted in the advertising sales and business development activities that lead to its acquisition by WebMD Health. Having been retained by WebMD Health after the acquisition, Jim served as Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Jim is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire.


Julie Holcombe
Senior Director, Marketing, Synergy Pharmaceuticals

Julie is a 23 year veteran in the pharmaceutical marketing industry and as such has amassed an extensive background in a number of therapeutic areas and lifecycle stages.   In her current role at Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Julie is focused on marketing the companies first asset, Trulance to market access and patient customers, as well as leading the brands public relations programs. Julie joined Synergy in 2016 after an 11-year tenure at Pfizer, where she held roles of increasing responsibility as part of Pfizer’s neuroscience, women’s health, vaccines, and inflammation marketing teams.

Several of the marketing programs that Julie has developed in her career have been recognized with prestigious industry awards, and for her individual impact to pharmaceutical marketing, Julie was recently named a “Trailblazer Brand Champion” by PM360 magazine, and previously named a "Top 25 DTC Marketer," and “Top Point-of-Care Marketer,” by DTC Perspectives Magazine, as well as a "Rising Star" by the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association.  In addition, she has served as a guest lecturer on healthcare marketing at St. Joseph University and New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Julie received her B.A. in Communications from William Paterson University, and has completed post-graduate executive education programs at the Wharton School of Business.  She and her family split their time between Yardley, PA and Dorset, VT. When she isn’t running boys to various sports activities, Julie volunteers for the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the March of Dimes, as well as serves as a Board Advisor and former Board of Directors member for the Robert J. Leonard Foundation of Bucks County.  

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Laila Zemrani
Founder, Fitnescity

Laila Zemrani is the Co-founder and CEO of Fitnescity, a company that aims at advancing wellness through data-driven personalization. Fitnescity brings Personal Informatics to the everyday gym experience. 

Laila was named a Legatum fellow in Entrepreneurial Leadership and a MasterCard Foundation fellow at MIT. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of personalized wellness and Quantified Self. Prior to Fitnescity, Laila was a founding employee at Dataxis, a global data analysis firm. 

Laila has an MBA from MIT Sloan. As an undergraduate, she studied engineering and management at Télécom ParisTech. 

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Ron Vianu
Co-founder and CEO of Spreemo Health

Ron Vianu is the co-founder and CEO of Spreemo Health, which is focused on improving patient care by delivering innovative and objective metrics of quality that help patients access the right providers and help providers deliver the right care. In his current work to define, deliver, and standardize quality health care, Ron draws on more than 20 years of experience running healthcare and technology startups. Born and raised in NYC, Ron resides in the East Village.

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Where will the conference take place?

The conference will be held on NYU Stern campus in the Kaufman Management Center located at 44 West 4th Street - events will be held in KMC 11-75 and 5-50. 

Where should I check-in?

Check-in will take place in the Lobby of the Kaufman Management Center. Upon entering the building from Gould Plaza walk left toward the main security desk. Please bring a photo ID. Once through security, you will see the check-in table and signs for the event in the Lobby. Attendants at the check-in desk will direct you where to go depending on your time of arrival.

I'm a Prospective/undergraduate Student, can I attend?

Of course! We'd love for you to join us at conference to learn more about NYU and the Stern Healthcare Association. Please email Erin Guthrie at for additional details.


The Kaufman Management Center (44 West 4th Street) is easily accessible by public transportation (A,B,C,D, E, F or M at West 4th Street; N or R at 8th St-NYU or the 6 at Astor Place). If you are traveling by car, public parking is available on West 3rd Street and on Thompson Street.


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SHA aims to bring together Stern MBA students who have an interest in the healthcare industries. Our objectives include:

  • Promoting the advancement of health care, pharmaceutical science, and biotechnology and understand the issues and challenges facing these industries
  • Helping members explore the career opportunities within these sectors
  • Increasing the academic awareness and student interest in these dynamic industries
  • Serving as a recruitment connection for all healthcare related professions, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device firms as well as healthcare related professional service firms in consulting and finance.