President, Bantham Consulting
Since serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America over a decade, Russel has represented global pharmaceutical companies in the areas of organizational development and legal and regulatory issues, served the U.S.Chamber’s Life Science Initiative and the Global Exchange Network, and has been an advisor to start-up companies in the healthcare and technology areas. He has also held a number of positions at Bristol-Myers Company (1969-1994), including Vice President and Associate General Counsel.
Russel is a graduate of Hamilton College and earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law school. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association, the Council of Family Health, the Food and Drug Law Institute, and the National Association for Biomedical Research. From 1990-1994, Russel was a member of the Board of Trustees, Hamilton College.
Donald A. Deieso
Executive Chairman and CEO, WCG
Don has led WCG, which delivers transformational solutions that stimulate growth, foster compliance, and maximize efficiency for those who perform clinical trials, since 2012. Since 2011, he has also served as an operating partner and co-head of the Healthcare Group at Arsenal Capital Partners. He has served as CEO of a number of publicly-traded and privately-held companies in the healthcare, life science, technology and engineering industries. Additionally, he held senior positions in federal and state regulatory agencies. received a BS in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College, and an MS and PhD from Rutgers University, where he served on the faculty. Don lectures and writes frequently on compliance matters related to clinical research and compliance within the life science industry.
Managing Member, Tenfore Holdings
Tenfore Holdings is an investment management firm that provides operational value-added to growth-stage companies where technology plays a transformative role. Tenfore focuses on commerce and Big Data equity/debt investments where they can apply their operating experience and strategic relationships to enhance value. Dan has 6+ years experience working with Eddie Lampert overseeing, developing, and operating core and startup businesses, particularly within Sears Holdings, concentrating on eCommerce, mobile, social, machine learning, and local spaces. He has focused on multichannel experiences that leverage and link online, store, supply chain, pricing, inventory, merchandising, and analytics systems. Dan holds an AB from Harvard and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brian founded Inspire in 2005 with the goal of accelerating clinical trial recruitment through the use of safe, trusted online social networks, organized by medical condition, for patients and their caregivers. Previously, Brian was responsible for technology strategy for The Washington Post, where he developed innovative products and acted as a technology liaison between the newspaper and washingtonpost.com.
Brian has been an Internet entrepreneur since 1994 when he founded worldweb.net, a content management software company that created and launched over 100 websites for major publishers including U.S. News & World Report, Hachette Filipacchi, Time Warner, and The Washington Post Company. He is on the board of New Jersey Goals of Care, and also serves as co-chair of the Packard Center for ALS Research.
In 2017, he received PharmaVOICE magazine’s Red Jacket Award– its version of a Hall of Fame–for his accomplishments in the life science industry.
CEO, Schlesinger Group
Steve Schlesinger has been in the marketing research industry for over 30 years, starting his career as a project manager and then working his way up to lead Schlesinger Group for the past 20 years. As a leader of his company, Steve has created the strategy and vision for Schlesinger Group as the world’s leading data collection company.
He served for eight years on the board of the then Marketing Research Association, finishing his tenure as the Secretary of the Board. He is a founding member of the Insights Association CEO Summit and continues his involvement, co-chairing the events. Steve is also founding member of Marketing Research Education Foundation. Steve is an active member of Insights Association, AMA, ESOMAR & Intellus. He was presented the MRA (Insights Association) Honorary Lifetime Member award in 2015, in recognition of a commitment of outstanding individual service to the Association and the marketing research profession.
Steve serves on the board of directors of HR Acuity, the board of directors of Bibo Barmaid, the advisory board of The University of Vermont Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Michigan State University Master of Science in Marketing Research Program. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry.
Richard B. Toren
Executive Chairman, Cohort Intelligence Corporation
Rick has been a serial entrepreneur in healthcare for over 30 years, with a focus on medical products, software, and consulting services. As an executive at Survival Technology, Inc., he was instrumental in the development of the EpiPen. Among the many companies with which he was involved was as a founding executive of ActiveHealth, a health services management firm that used clinical rules to detect omissions of care and alert providers. He was chairman and president of CodeRyte, Inc., a Bethesda, MD-based medical coding company. He currently is serving as executive chairman, on a part time basis, to Cohort Intelligence Corporation, a company with an advanced machine learning solution to automate patient enrollment in clinical trials, disease management and risk-contracts. He is or has been on boards of many healthcare companies and organizations, including Kinergy Health, Christiana Health System, Memorial Health System of Broward County, and the American Heart Association.