Meade Named to Medical Science Liaison Society’s Global Advisory Committee

May 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

p860127854-2 (1)The Medical Science Liaison Society (MSL Society) — the world’s first and only non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the medical science liaison (MSL) role in the pharmaceutical and other healthcare industries — is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural global Advisory Committee.

The MSL Advisory Committee will provide critical support for MSL Society members, assessing needs and designating priorities for initiatives such as educational programs and networking events sponsored by the society in its unwavering advocacy for professional growth and development of MSLs around the world. The Advisory Committee will play a vital role in MSL Society outreach, and in upcoming society newsletters, committee members plan to offer insights and best practices for its constituents.

From six countries spanning the globe, the committee members hail from a range of backgrounds — from those currently serving as medical affairs executives and MSLs, to others from support industries and partner organizations such as healthcare consultancy and leader in KOL profiling, Thought Leader Select, and digital marketing agency, Global Prairie. Set to chair the society during its first year is Dr. Alexander Tolmachev, Senior Manager for Medical and Regulatory Projects at Russian-based Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

“We’re both excited and honored to have such an extraordinary group of individuals join forces to serve our ... read more »


Thought Leader Select’s Meade to Address ExL Pharma KOL Conference

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thought Leader Select continues with a busy summer schedule of conference sponsorships, with the company’s support of ExL Pharma’s Fifth KOL Relationship Summit in Philadelphia.  Paul Meade, founder and President of Thought Leader Select, will address attendees at one of the must-attend events for American life sciences companies, coming on the heels of the company’s successful sponsorship of the Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association’s Summer Meeting and the Medical Science Liaison Society’s Global Conference in Boston.

The conference, geared to medical affairs and marketing professionals tasked with outreach to and collaboration with key opinion leaders (KOLs) in the medical community, will take place June 24-25 at the Hyatt Bellevue in the Center City area of downtown Philadelphia.  The Summit will feature a variety of speakers from companies within the life sciences industry, as well as consultants from the world of KOL strategy, CRM software, medical communications, and digital engagement platforms for healthcare.

Thought Leader Select’s Meade will lead an afternoon session on day one of the event, speaking on the topic, “Can Industry Still Work Effectively with KOLs?” During his talk, Meade will illustrate many of the challenges facing both industry representatives and thought leaders in the medical community, including transparency, scrutiny, and ... read more »


Thought Leader Select Sponsors Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association Summer Meeting

June 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thought Leader Select sponsored last week’s summer meeting of a leading North American life sciences trade group, the Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association (CHLA).

The CHLA’s summer meeting took place June 4-6 at the Queen’s Landing Resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, bringing together dozens of leaders in marketing, reimbursement, and business development from leading global biopharmaceutical firms with Canadian offices.  Thought Leader Select’s global business development consultant Neil Mellor, a director of the organization, attended the meeting along with Paul Meade, founder and President of Thought Leader Select.

The CHLA is a special organization within the Canadian healthcare landscape, with a purpose of stimulating the building of relationships and the development of strategic alliances among companies and institutions engaged in the provision of healthcare products to the Canadian people.  The CHLA is led by an executive committee drawn from a diverse array of constituencies within the organization. The group meets at least three times each year, as guest speakers deliver presentations on topics of interest to the group, with an emphasis on providing opportunities that sharpen skills and facilitate networking on among business development professionals.

For the summer meeting, the CHLA explored the role of payers in the Canadian healthcare system, and their role in collaborating with industry to ... read more »


MSL Society Boston 2014 Brings Together Global Medical Affairs Community

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thought Leader Select recently supported the Medical Science Liaison Society’s Boston 2014, an event that brought together nearly 100 members of the global medical affairs community.  MSLs, regional managers and directors, and medical affairs executives from North America, South America, Europe, and Asia attended the MSL Society’s third global conference, hosted by Genzyme at the company’s global headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Thought Leader Select founder and President Paul Meade, global business consultant Allison Murphy, and Brian Castle, the company’s head of marketing attended the three-day event.  Boston 2014 included two major networking events, the opening reception at Genzyme headquarters, as well as a special dinner and tour at Boston’s Museum of Science.  Hosted by MSL Society Chairman Dr. Samuel Dyer and sponsored by Thought Leader Select, the dinner took place at the Museum’s spectacular venue overlooking the Charles River, providing a relaxed setting for socializing and networking for the group.  The dinner also featured the exclusive announcement of Thought Leader Select’s sustaining sponsorship of the MSL Society.

The educational portion of the conference took place on May 21-22 at Genzyme headquarters, featuring a distinguished panel of speakers representing almost every corner of the global medical affairs community. Bill Sybold, Senior Vice President of ... read more »


Thought Leader Select Supports MSL Society with Sustaining Sponsorship

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

May 29, 2014 (CHAPEL HILL, NC AND MIAMI, FL) Thought Leader Select, a research and consulting firm optimizing medical key opinion leader strategies for life sciences companies, has signed an annual sustaining sponsorship agreement with the Medical Science Liaison Society (MSL Society), a global organization aimed at supporting the MSL profession through education and networking opportunities.  

The two organizations began working together in 2012, just after the formal launch of the MSL Society.  Formed by a close-knit group of medical affairs executives from every corner of the globe, the MSL Society is the only 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated entirely to uplifting the MSL profession.  Since its late-2012 launch, the organization has brought together thousands of medical affairs professionals worldwide through social media, newsletters, and global conferences in Philadelphia, Paris, and Boston.

The MSL Society recently launched two initiatives aimed at giving MSLs greater career development opportunities:  1) a global career center that includes MSL-related career articles and the only jobs board exclusively for MSL jobs and 2) the first MSL training program focused on experienced MSLs that includes both live and online learning opportunities.

Thought Leader Select, headquartered in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, provides research and consulting services to companies in the life sciences industry, ... read more »


Canadian Business Association of NC Adds Meade, Sinn, Grzes, Byerley, Carska-Sheppard to Board

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Canadian Business Association of North Carolina (CBA-NC) is pleased to announce the addition of five Triangle-area business leaders, Paul Meade, Geoffrey Sinn, Henry Grzes, David Byerley, and Andrea Carska-Sheppard to its board of directors.

CBA-NC is an exchange where leaders meet to share knowledge, connect, network, and build awareness of the significance of the US-Canadian relationship. The association sponsors a distinguished speaker series, focused on cross-border issues and policies of current concern. The organization’s most recent event featured former Quintiles chief Sandy Costa, speaking at the Research Triangle Park manufacturing facility of Medicago, a Quebec-headquartered company manufacturing vaccines from tobacco plants.

The organization holds multiple events throughout the course of the year around the state of North Carolina, providing great opportunities for participants to create new personal and professional relationships while continuing to strengthen business ties with their shared home country of Canada. Many of the executives who participate in CBA-NC events represent firms who continue to do business on both sides of the border.

Another of the organization’s stated goals is to assist in facilitating the successful transition of new companies and individuals arriving from Canada to pursue business in North Carolina, as well as helping North Carolinians meet business objectives in Canada.

The Canadian Business Association of North Carolina’s ... read more »


Thought Leader Select Sponsors Sandy Costa CBANC Event

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thought Leader Select is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the upcoming Canadian Business Association event featuring former Quintiles chief Sandy Costa.

Founded in 2009 by a group of Canadian business leaders based in the state’s Research Triangle region, the Canadian Business Association of North Carolina (CBANC) is an exchange where business leaders meet to share knowledge, connect, network, and build awareness of the significance of the US-Canadian relationship. CBANC produces a number of events featuring prominent Canadians, including executives and politicians.

The latest event, slated for June 5 at 5:30 pm at the RTP campus of Medicago USA, features Santo J. “Sandy” Costa, a former executive at Glaxo, Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline) and Quintiles Transnational Corp in the Triangle.  An acclaimed author, speaker, and attorney, Mr. Costa’s business experience includes over 40 years in various executive roles in the pharmaceutical, health care, and life sciences industries, as well as time spent as a practicing attorney.

Mr. Costa currently serves as Of Counsel to the law firm Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan of Raleigh.  In addition to his ongoing professional work as an attorney, Mr. Costa serves on several boards of directors for publicly-traded and privately-held companies.

Mr. Costa continues to impact the Triangle area on a number of fronts, serving as an adjunct professor in the clinical research program at ... read more »


Thoughts on the MSL Society’s Inaugural Conference

April 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Industry Insights from Paul Meade, M.Sc, MPH

Allison Murphy and I had the pleasure of participating in the MSL Society’s inaugural global conference and gala in Philadelphia earlier this month.  At Thought Leader Select, we always enjoy the opportunity to meet some of our great colleagues in medical affairs in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device industries, but this event proved to be really special.

Since joining our company last year, Allison has continued to make a real impact in the medical affairs community.  After serving much of the last decade in Eli Lilly’s medical affairs division in support of the company’s endocrinology portfolio, Allison has brought a wealth of medical affairs expertise to Thought Leader Select. This expertise has continued to evolve, even as a consultant, through her membership and advisory board participation with the MSL Society, a dynamic group that we are proud to support as a company.

Dr. Samuel Dyer, the founder and head of the MSL Society, approached us a few months ago, asking for help with the burgeoning organization’s first global event.  As a veteran of the industry myself, I have participated in many events through the years, as a participant, speaker, and sponsor. I must admit that I was more than a little skeptical about another conference/event series emerging in a space with ... read more »


Langan Joins Thought Leader Select Research Group

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

For Immediate Release

February 21, 2013 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) Thought Leader Select, a North Carolina-based key opinion leader strategy company, announces the hiring of Heather Langan as research director.

In her new role at the company, Langan will lead profiling and engagement planning related to the skills and experience of both leading physicians and other health care professionals, as well as medical centers of excellence that advance the medical science.  Life sciences companies use this research and advice for better strategic decision-making for collaborations with medical experts, as industry works with these experts to bring new treatments to market for better patient care and better public health outcomes.

Langan arrives at Thought Leader Select after a decorated career in human services, working and leading teams in developmental disabilities, family therapy, and mental health.  In her most recent role at Duke University’s National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Langan led quality assurance and continuous improvement at the premier center of excellence in the area of child trauma, influencing the treatment decisions in evidence-based clinics around the country.

Heather Langan holds two bachelor’s degrees, in philosophy and psychology, from the University of Utah.  After graduation, Langan also earned a pair of master’s degrees in psychology and counseling, from Stephen F. Austin University and North ... read more »


Not Enough Doctors?

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Industry Insights from Paul Meade, M.Sc, MPH

Recently, I read a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece titled “Why the Doctor Can’t See You” by John Goodman, President of the National Center for Policy Analysis.  The central point of Goodman’s piece suggests that under the Affordable Care Act the “demand for healthcare will increase dramatically,” and there simply won’t be enough physicians in the United States to provide all this care.


While the United States does rank 53rd out of 145 countries in physicians per capita, with 2.4 medical doctors for every 1000 people, our country ranks higher than Japan at 2.1 MDs/1000, Canada at 2.0, China at 1.4, and India at 0.6 (according to a World Health Organization report). The global average is 1.4 doctors per 1000 people. The highest doctors-per-capita healthcare systems are those in Cuba (6.7/1000) and Greece (6.2/1000).

What does all of this mean? Does this mean that Cuba and Greece have a much healthier population than the U.S.? Canada has a universal healthcare system, offering healthcare to everyone, at a per-capita rate of 2.0 doctors. Can Canada provide its citizens with adequate healthcare delivery? It can, and it does. Can Japan handle healthcare demand for its people with only 2.1 MDs per 1,000, especially given its aging population? I dare say that it can, and it will.

So, if ... read more »


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