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Tearing Down Silos to Usher Innovative Medicines to Patients Faster


Fran Pollaro talks with Cathi Ahearn, senior vice president, worldwide commercial portfolio strategy, Bristol Myers Squibb about impediments and solutions to break down silos in order to get medications in the hands of patients faster.

Cathi Ahearn is a seasoned biotechnology leaders with formative stints at Genentech, Roche, and now at Bristol Myers Squibb, as SVP of worldwide commercial portfolio strategy. Cathi is focused on one goal: shortening the path between creating medical innovation and getting that innovation to patients. Cathi chats with senior editor at Pharmaceutical Executive about her experiences in the past 20+ years and most importantly, the power of cross-functional collaboration, bringing different teams together and tearing down silos that limit the impact new innovations can have for patients.

About the speaker

Cathi joined Bristol Myers Squibb in December 2021 to lead Worldwide Commercial Portfolio Strategy, including responsibility for commercial development of pipeline assets, global marketing of in-line brands, and optimized management of the established brands franchise. She is a seasoned biotechnology leader who spent 22 years in roles of increasing responsibility and scope at Roche/Genentech, primarily in oncology. Her strategic, results-driven mindset led to demonstrated successes building and developing successful teams. Most recently, she led the GI & GU and Cancer Immunotherapy franchises within Roche’s worldwide commercial organization. Cathi led the cross-functional lifecycle & franchise teams for Tecentriq, Roche’s anti-PDL1 program, from the time of its entry into clinic through its global licensing and commercialization. Cathi held a broad range of US sales, marketing, and strategic roles on the Avastin program, and in the cardiovascular and asthma/allergy disease areas.

Cathi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

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