• Talking about the state of the biotech industry today: Which emerging trend will see the most growth?
  • People and technology: How are these forces working together to grow and mature our industry?
  • Discussing challenges in capacity planning, make-buy decisions, and supply chain management
  • What is the next big challenge and the next big opportunity facing our community? Are we ready for it?


Patrick Yang, Former EVP, Technical Operations, Genentech

Dr. Patrick Y. Yang has over 35 years leadership experience in technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and operational management functions in General Electric, Merck, Genentech and Roche. He was Executive Vice President and Global Head of Roche Pharmaceuticals Technical Operations based in Basel, Switzerland from January 2010 to March 2013. In this role, he was accountable for Roche’s pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing operations, and process development. He and as previously Executive Vice President of Product Operations of Genentech, based in South San Francisco. Dr. Yang worked for Genentech for 10 years, from 2003 until his retirement in October 2013. Prior to joining Genentech, Dr. Yang spent 11 years at Merck & Co. in various leadership positions including Vice President, Supply Chain Management, and Vice President, Asia/Pacific Operations. Before joining Merck in 1992, Dr. Yang spent 12 years at General Electric (1980-1992), serving in research, engineering, technology, and manufacturing leadership roles with increasing scope of responsibilities. Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He a member of Board of Directors of Tesoro Corporation, Codexis, Celladon, Amyris, and PharmaEssentia.


Joanne Beck, EVP Global Pharmaceutical Development & Operations, Celgene Corporation

Dr. Joanne Beck is EVP Global Pharmaceutical Development and Operations at Celgene where she oversees the company’s Pharmaceutical Development, Global Manufacturing Operations, Engineering and Quality. Prior to Celgene, she was SVP of Pharmaceutical Development at Shire. Prior to Shire she held roles of increasing responsibility in Process Development at Genentech and Amgen and in Operations at Abbott’s Pharmaceutical and Vascular Divisions. Beck holds a BA in Chemistry from Lewis and Clark College, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Oregon Medical School, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco.

Sally Dyer, Director of Manufacturing for the Boulder Manufacturing Center, MedImmune

Sally Dyer joined AstraZeneca/MedImmune in 2016 as the Director of Manufacturing for the Boulder Manufacturing Center. In her current role, Sally is accountable to build and prepare the manufacturing organization for the introduction and on-going production of biologics for the newly acquired site. Prior to joining AstraZeneca/MedImmune, Sally spent time at Amgen, Inc. in various site and global manufacturing roles including site start-ups in Colorado, Puerto Rico and most recently at Amgen’s Next Generation manufacturing plant in Singapore. Sally holds a B.S. Degree in Biological Science with an emphasis in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California at Davis.

Andrew Mica, Sr. Director, Global Supply Chain, NA Commercial Supply, Biogen

Andrew Mica is the Senior Director, North America Supply Chain at Biogen overseeing product lifecycle management, manufacturing planning and logistics, and commercial product distribution centers. He is directing new product launch and network strategy initiatives including a global assessment of Biogen’s distribution network and operating model aimed at modernizing current capabilities and preparing for the future portfolio. Prior to joining Biogen in 2014, Andrew worked with Amgen, in various commercial and clinical supply chain roles with leadership roles in Commercial Supply Chain organizational transformation and Supply Chain Segmentation initiatives. Andrew began his career with GSK in plant support, process improvement and new product introduction roles both domestically and abroad. Andrew served in the US Marine Corps, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from California State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Ken Green, Head of Manufacturing Science and Technology, Shire

Head of MS&T function at Shire with responsibility for commercial product technical support and CMC lifecycle activities. Over 18 years’ experience in the Biotech/Pharma industry with previous roles at Pfizer, Amgen, Lonza and GSK supporting manufacturing supply networks, biologics product commercialization and post-approval lifecycle management. Experience with process development, process characterization (QbD), validation, technology transfer and commercial manufacturing. I have a passion for continuous improvement with application of six and lean sigma methodologies and strategic deployment. In addition, I also enjoy leading high performing teams and a trained facilitator and innovation coach.