Career Possibilities Panel & Speed Networking - Commercial, Marketing, Market Access, & Strategic Pricing

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. This event will be moderated by Alissa Brown of Sanofi.

Panelists include:

  • Eric Giesing, Chief Commercial Officer at Fortis Life Sciences
  • Ozge Kurtoglu, Vice President, Sales Excellence at Honeywell
  • Humaira Merchant, Director, New Product Commercialization at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • Clark Paramore, Vice President, Value Demonstration and Access Strategy at bluebird bio
  • Swetha Somasundaram, Head of Global Pricing & Analytics, Gilead 


Date and Time:  
January 31, 2024
6:00-7:30 PM EST

Panel discussion
Small group speed networking (2 rotations)



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Speaker Bios:

Eric Giesing joined Fortis as the Chief Commercial Officer in 2023 with responsibility over Global Business Development, Marketing, Product Management, and Go-To-Market Strategy. Prior to Fortis, he served as an operating partner for various private equity firms supporting investments in life sciences tools. Before that, he spent 9 years at Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), most recently as GM of Labcyte. He also worked in the pharmaceutical industry with Forest Laboratories/Allergan, and in academia and wildlife biology at Fort Hays State University.

Humaira Merchant is passionate about delivering important medicines to patients, and over her 20+ year career has had roles spanning clinical operations, commercial operations and launch excellence, and currently is a Director of New Product Commercialization at Alnylam. During her time at Alnylam and previously at Biogen, she played a critical role in the launch of seven new medicines in geographies spanning the US, Japan, Brazil, and other LATAM countries. In her current role, she is responsible for providing strategic commercial input and insights into early-stage development programs.

Humaira received her MBA in Health Care Management from the Wharton School, and a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. Outside of work, Humaira enjoys volunteering with youth development programs and is currently a leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She is also on the leadership team for the Parenting Together at Alnylam (PTA) employee resource network focused on creating community and providing support for parents and caregivers at Alnylam.

Ozge Kurtoglu is a senior commercial executive with expertise in global transformation, commercial excellence, international expansion, growth, monetization and digital transformation from her 24 years’ experience in B2B industries (automotive, manufacturing, life sciences, pharma and MedTech, Software & AI, education, consulting) across four continents (Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia). See Full Bio.