Career Possibilities Panel & Speed Networking - Medical Affairs, Medical Science Liaisons, Patient Advocacy

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 discussion will be moderated by Alissa Brown, Head of Market Access Academy, SANOFI.

Panelists Include:

  • Katie Brandt, Director of Caregiver Support Services and Public Relations in the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Eydith Comenencia Ortiz, Founder & CEO, CONECTA Partners
  • Danielle Day, Senior Medical Director, Immunology, Rare Disease, Sobi - North America
  • Parija S. Patel, Sr. Medical Director, Global Medical Affairs, Agios Pharmaceuticals


Date and Time:  
August 24, 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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About the Speakers:

Katie Brandt is a powerful public speaker, advocate and educator in the areas of caregiving, research engagement and the impact of serious health conditions on families. Katie earned her master’s degree in non-profit management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and began her career in the child welfare industry as a leader in program evaluation. Katie believed her professional trajectory was set, but changes in her personal life demanded navigation for a new course. Pairing her lived experience as a caregiver to loved ones with serious health conditions with her professional skill set has led to her current role as Director of Caregiver Support Services and Public Relations in the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Katie’s mission-driven work has given her experience as a clinician and advocate in the field of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, impacting national public policy, raising almost $2 million for local research and developing global partnerships to inspire hope that the cure of tomorrow is not so far from the care of today.   

Danielle Day - After completing her Ph.D., Danielle was a human physiology researcher for the Department of Defense before moving to a tenure-track faculty position in academia where she taught and conducted research in exercise physiology and nutrition, with an emphasis on sex differences and women’s health. She was in the process of pivoting to a new career and apply to medical school when she was presented with an opportunity to become a Medical Science Liaison supporting AstraZeneca’s diabetes portfolio. She fell in love with the MSL role and found that working in pharma fulfilled her desire to be closer to helping patients. Read More Here

Dr. Parija Patel brings over a decade of diverse experience within the biotech industry and Medical Affairs across various functions. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and her Master in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Corporate Innovation and Leadership from Stevens Institute of Technology. She is currently a Senior Medical Director-Global Medical Affairs at Agios where she drives medical affairs strategy for multiple therapeutic compounds across various rare genetic diseases indications. Her prior experiences include Global Medical Affairs Director-Complement Disorders at Sanofi Genzyme where she worked within the rare blood disorders franchise and lead the pre-launch/launch global medical strategy for a first in class therapy for ultra rare autoimmune hemolytic anemia. She was also a Global Medical Director at Pfizer supporting pre-launch activities for a pan-selectin inhibitor in Sickle Cell Disease. Additionally, she has held positions North America Medical Affairs, Worldwide Safety and Risk Management organizations, and Medical Information. In her various roles, she thrives in driving execution of global medical affairs plan, spearheading novel evidence generation analyses, advancing patient care, and ensuring medical product launch objectives are achieved in close collaboration with cross-functional stakeholders.