Careers & Connections

The 2017 SINAInnovations Careers and Connections was highly interactive and tailored specifically for graduate and medical students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows. This year's program started with a series of breakout sessions and concluded with a networking reception where trainees met professionals from a variety of industries and learned about available resources for entrepreneurs.


Program Schedule 2017

4:00pm - 5:00pm   The Future of Personalized Cancer Medicine: Advancements, Access, and Affordability

How is cancer therapy becoming increasingly tailored to the individual patient and why? What are the current innovations being made in the field? What challenges and solutions does personalized cancer medicine present to affordable access and equitable development of therapies? What role can a new generation of physicians and scientists play in tackling these challenges while continuing to innovate and improve cancer survival?

To tackle these questions, we have gathered an extremely cross-disciplinary panel consisting of an internationally recognized health economist, an 18 year veteran of technology transfer, a medical oncologist who co-directs the Dubin Breast Cancer Center, an academic scientist from the Drug Discovery Institute who brings the perspective of over 20 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, and an innovative researcher whose radical approach to personalized cancer therapy is based on creating personalized fruit flies of an individual’s cancer.

Ross L. Cagan, Senior Associate Dean for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences & Professor in Oncological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Robert J. DeVita, Director of the Medicinal Chemistry Core of the Drug Discovery Institute (DDI) & Professor in Pharmacological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Charles L. Shapiro, Co-Director of Dubin Breast Center, Director of Translational Breast Cancer & Director of Cancer Survivorship, Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Erik Lium, Senior Vice President, Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Marianne C. Fahs, Professor in Health Policy & Management, CUNY School of Public Health


4:00pm - 5:00pm   Career in Science Communication and Management

Executive panelists working in pharmaceutical, publication, and non-profit industry will discuss career avenues for scientists in Medical Science Liaison (MSL), scientific publication, and research management.

Cherise T. Bernard, Senior Manager, Strategy, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
Dan Felsenfeld, Director, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, CHDI Foundation
William Soliman, Executive Chair, Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs


4:00pm - 5:00pm   At the heart of innovation: compelling careers at the intersection of science, business and law

Career avenues in development of early stage research to successful clinical products will be discussed with panelists working in entrepreneurship, business development, strategic consulting, and alliance management.

Cynthia Cleto, Assistant Director, Marketing and Outreach, Mount Sinai Innovation Partners

Brandy Houser, Site Head, Celdara Medical New York
Ya-El Mandel-Portnoy, Founder & CEO, Cardea Sciences
Anthony P. Napolitano, Assistant Director, Business Development, Mount Sinai Innovation Partners
William van der Touw, Senior Scientist, Celgene
Lisa Wisniewski, Managing Director, RM Global


5:00pm - 6:30pm   Networking Reception


Program Organizers: Shuang Wang (Sammi), Post-doctoral fellow; Sandhya Chandrasekaran, MD/PhD candidate; Bisrat Woldmichael, Post-doctoral fellow; Nabila Founounou, Post-doctoral fellow; Grace Miner PhD candidate; Sashank Karri, PhD candidate; Shaheen Ensanyat, Master’s Student

Event Hosts: Postdoc Executive Committee, Sinai Biotech Association