Meet the employees we’ve recognized as We Work For Health Champions in 2018. Each of these champions have sacrificed their time and have gone above and beyond by advocating for public policies to support the life science industry, translating incredibly complex sciences, and even braving devastating conditions after Hurricane Maria.

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2018 WWFH Astellas Champion - Dan Hoeppner

Daniel Hoeppner

Associate Director of Neuroscience
Astellas Research Institute of America

Daniel’s peers recognize his knack for translating the complexity of today’s science to patients, colleagues and lawmakers. Over the past year, he has educated federal and state policymakers on the innovative ways that Astellas is advancing neuroscience. He’s participated in researcher “fly-ins” in DC and Sacramento and organized facility visits for legislative staff in San Diego.

2018 Biogen WWFH Champion - Jen Norton

Jen Norton

Vice President, Market Access & Reimbursement

Jen has volunteered her time to help educate federal legislators on Biogen's public policy goals. She has traveled to DC several times to meet with Biogen’s Government Affairs team and members of Congress. She has a unique talent for explaining the complexities of drug pricing and value-based contracting so that members of Congress and their staff understand them.

2018 BI WWFH Champion - Brendan Bertsch

Brendan Bertsch

Executive Director, Contracts and Pricing
Boehringer Ingelheim

Brendan actively engages with external stakeholders to support our industry and demonstrate the value of our medicines to policymakers. He has educated state legislators on the drug supply chain and value-based insurance designs so that legislators have the knowledge to make informed decisions about legislation seeking to ensure patient access to affordable medicines.

2018 BMS WWFH Champion - Kristie Fischer

Kristie Fischer

Executive Associate
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Outside of Kristie’s role at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), she is a Helping Hands Volunteer Program Administrator, coordinating employee engagement for service hours to charities. In 2017, more than 1,400 volunteers gave over 6,200 volunteer hours and participated in 65 events. Kristie also leads employee community outreach with the Salvation Army Backpack Drive, Bentley Community Services, Thanksgiving Food Drive and the United Way Adopt-A-Family program. And last year, she and the BMS Organization for Latino Achievement collaborated to create an innovative new Adopt-A-Family program to help families affected by the hurricanes in Puerto Rico.

2018 Celgene WWFH Champion - Gregg Lanez

Gregg Lanez

Senior Patient Support Specialist

In his day-to-day role, Gregg helps patients navigate their insurance benefits, understand their options for assistance, and ultimately ensure that they get the medicines they need. Gregg sees firsthand the impact that public policy can have on a patient’s ability to access life-changing and life-saving medicines. He is a regular attendee at Celgene's Annual Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., and he has represented the company at countless events in New Jersey with federal, state and local elected officials.

WWFH Eli Lilly & Company Champion - Tony Major

Tony Major

Senior Software Engineer
Eli Lilly and Company

Tony has been a key figure in educating public policymakers on the process of innovation, the cost of R&D and the lost opportunities when not making investments in these areas. To translate this arduous work, he has helped develop an augmented reality program and sample presentations for policymakers. The presentation includes 3-D goggles that show how we can manipulate molecules in the lab and demonstrates how augmented reality helps us better understand these modifications before we bring those changes to human testing. His presentations leave a strong impression on visiting policymakers.

2018 GSK WWFH Champion - Dr. Leonard Friedland

Dr. Leonard Friedland

Vice President, Director Scientific Affairs and Public Health, Vaccines North America

Dr. Friedland is a licensed pediatrician in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining GSK, he conducted his residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and his fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, also in Philadelphia. He helps develop vaccines for children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, and during pregnancy. These include vaccines for preventing the flu, meningitis and more. Outside of this work, he is GSK’s medical and public health representative and spokesperson for U.S. vaccine topics at the CDC, public health venues, Congress and media outlets.

2018 J&J WWFH Champion - Pedro Costa

Pedro Costa

Senior Director, Government Affairs/SC
Johnson and Johnson

Pedro works in Public Affairs for Johnson & Johnson and had quite the year in 2017. In his role, he has helped create a more favorable climate for companies to invest and create jobs in Puerto Rico. Following the devastating effects of hurricane Maria, Pedro worked to ensure that patients could access critical medications and medical supplies. Pedro also tirelessly worked to keep J&J and key supplier facilities up and running, while helping distribute necessary relief supplies to those who needed them most. He even filled his own car with relief supplies and personal belongings to reach communities in the middle of the island.

2018 Merck WWFH Champion - Frank Stone

Frank Stone

Director, U.S. Managed Markets Finance

Frank has played an instrumental role in helping Merck conduct extensive modeling of the economic and market impact of a wide variety of legislative and regulatory proposals. He has a passion for using data to explain the underlying business environment and has done that for Merck since 2006. This work helps Merck and the industry present effective policy and advocacy to leaders and policymakers.

2018 Pfizer WWFH Champion - Marie Claire Peakman

Marie-Claire Peakman

Head Primary Pharmacology, Medicine Design, Worldwide Research & Development
Pfizer, Inc

Dr. Peakman proactively educates policymakers on the importance of the industry’s work. She represented Pfizer at the 2018 Connecticut Pharmaceutical Researchers’ Day at the Capitol and worked with the Pfizer Legislative Team to advocate before the Rhode Island legislature. Dr. Peakman serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut and she is a member of the United Way SECT Impact Council, which identifies key areas for community impact efforts. In her spare time, she chairs the Parish Council for St. Bernard’s Parish in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. And from 2009 to 2012, she was on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.