Career Possibilities Panel & Speed Networking - Communications: Internal Relations, Public Relations, Internal Communications, Scientific Communications

In the world of business, careers are no longer linear or predictable. What was once a clearly sign-posted path as you progressed through milestones, a career road map is now circuitous presenting new challenges and opportunities at every bend. Life-long careers in one sector or one company are becoming a rarity as new technologies and shifting social norms disrupt traditional careers. Both employers and employees are seeking more diversity of experience, lifestyle flexibility and alternative paths.

This panel is designed to help you think about your career path and the different options that are open to you. The panel will have an informational interview type feel with panelists sharing their career paths, a look at what their job entails, transferrable skills for those looking to make a change, tips for uncovering opportunities, advice for others, and how to make brave leaps. The panel will be moderated by Clive Patience, Executive Vice President at Agios Pharmaceuticals and WEST Board Member


  • Colleen Beauregard, Head, R&D Communications, Learning, Partnerships and Policy (CLPP), Takeda
  • Shant Salakian, Executive Director and Head of Global Oncology Therapeutic Area Communications, Gilead Sciences
  • Maude Tessier, Chief Business Officer, Seismic Therapeutic 
  • Eilidh Williamson, Freelance Medical Writer, Caledonia Biotech Consulting, LLC 


Date and Time:  
February 16, 2023
6:00-7:30 PM EST

4 mins: Welcome
60 mins: Panel discussion
12 mins: Small group speed networking
2 mins: Learnings
12 mins: Small group speed networking



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Check out the other events in this series

4/26/2023: Career Possibilities & Speed Networking: Research & Development, Discovery
6/15/2023: Career Possibilities & Speed Networking: Clinical Development
8/22/2023: Career Possibilities & Speed Networking: Scientific & Medical Education

Panelist Bios
  • Dr. Maude Tessier is currently Chief Business Officer of Seismic Therapeutic. She brings over 16 years of company building experience with a multi-disciplinary background in business development, corporate strategy, corporate communications, IP management, and portfolio and program management in public and private biotechnology, pharmaceutical and academic organizations. Prior to joining Seismic, she served as Chief Business Officer of Ikena Oncology (Nasdaq: IKNA), a publicly-traded clinical-stage biotech company, where she built and managed the business development, legal and corporate strategy functions. Previously, Dr. Tessier was Executive Director, Business Development and Licensing at Merck & Co, leading oncology partnering in the Boston innovation hub. Read More Here
  • Eilidh Williamson is currently a consultant medical writer working in the biopharmaceutical industry. Eilidh has been in the industry for over 25 years, first as a postdoctoral fellow at Immunex Corporation (later Amgen Inc.) before making a career switch and working in various clinical and preclinical writing positions at Cell Therapeutics Inc. and Zymogenetics (later Bristol Myers Squibb).She started her consultancy company in 2008 and over the past 15 years have worked with more than 30 clients ranging from small, often virtual, start-ups to global companies with extensive product pipelines. Her role typically involves working with teams of doctors, statisticians, scientists, and clinical operations staff to develop documents to support clinical trials and drug approvals. Read More Here.