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September 27, 2022

Matters 22
A virtual one-day summit for the literature review community

Evidence Matters 2022

Evidence Matters is a virtual one-day summit that brings the literature review community together from different industries to learn, engage, and solve ever-pressing evidence-based research challenges. We celebrate the criticality of evidence-based research in generating trusted and actionable science that benefits all of humankind. We seek to connect with industry leaders, share best practices, and create new possibilities for professionals and our employees, with the goal of enabling and supporting greater levels of innovation across the entire literature review lifecycle.

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Devi Sridhar

Chair & Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh

Dr. Devi Sridhar is a professor at the University of Edinburgh where she holds a personal chair in global public health. She is the founding director of the Global Health Governance Programme and holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. Dr. Sridhar also serves as a member of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 advisory group, set up to provide advice on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland.

Recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship, Devi holds an MPhil and a DPhil from Oxford University as well as a B.S. from the University of Miami’s Honors Medical Program. Prior to her appointment at Edinburgh, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University, and an associate professor in Global Health Politics and Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University.

Devi is the author of four books, including Preventable: How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? (OUP, 2017) and The Battle Against Hunger: Choice, Circumstance and the World Bank (OUP, 2007). She has published her work in Nature, Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and The British Medical Journal.

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Dr. Jessica Shen

Vice President, Global Medical Sector, PCM Strategy & Operations at Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Jessica Shen is the vice-president of global MedTech sector preclinical, clinical medical strategy & operations at Johnson & Johnson. Previously, Dr. Shen served as senior vice-president and vice-president in regulatory affairs, medical & clinical affairs, health economics, and outcomes research (HEOR) at Royal Philips.

She also served as a board member at PolarityTE, a biotechnology company developing regenerative tissue products. In addition to Dr. Shen’s more than 20 years of clinical and regulatory experience in roles at Johnson & Johnson, Royal Philips, and Abbott Laboratories, she has participated in professional development programs at MIT Sloan Business School as well as Harvard Business School.

She has been credited with a multitude of publications, has helped secure US Department of Defense research grants, and has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Johnson Medal.


10:00 – 10:10 a.m. EDT

Opening Remarks

Peter O’Blenis, Chief Executive Officer, DistillerSR Inc.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. EDT

Keynote Address

Dr. Devi Sridhar, Chair & Professor of Public Health, University of Edinburgh

11:00 am – Noon EDT

Industry Best Practices Track Breakouts

Medical Devices
Digital Transformation of Regulatory Submissions: Literature Reviews and More

Dr. Sara Sheftic

Clinical Development Scientist at Roche Diagnostics

Dr. Sara Paquette

Director of Medical Communications at Integra LifeSciences

Moderator: Dr. Nikolaus Thierfelder

Senior Clinical Consultant at Akra Team GmbH


How to Apply AI and Machine Learning Technologies to Health Economics and Outcomes Research

This best practice session will provide an overview of the current landscape of technology and machine-learning applications, as well as HTA requirements on systematic reviews to support global HTA submissions.

Chris Waters-Banker

Director of Consulting Operations at Maple Health Group

Remon van den Broek

Value Communications Director at Excerpta Medica BV

Moderator: Dr. Patti Peeples

Founder at The Peeples Collaborative

Public Sector

Using Literature Reviews to Inform Health Policy Guidelines: Lessons from the Pandemic and Beyond

This best practice session will examine how different governments, NGOs, and academic institutions approached literature reviews at the height of the pandemic. Topics include lessons learned and what should and could be done differently.

Lisa Waddell

Senior Epidemiologist and Knowledge Synthesis Team Lead at Public Health Agency of Canada

Joanne Spahn

Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Service at United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Mitra Geier

Staff Toxicologist at California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR)

Moderator: Dr. Candyce Hamel 

Senior Epidemiologist at Canadian Association of Radiologists


Mistakes Are Not an Option: Literature Reviews and Pharmacovigilance

This best practice session will examine automated approaches to literature review management that can streamline and ensure the accuracy of literature triage for pharmacovigilance.

Andrew Purchase

Director, Pharmacovigilance & Patient Safety and UK QPPV at ICON

Patrick Delahanty

Associate Pharmacovigilance Operations Director at SpringWorks

Moderator: Marc Dufresne

Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth at DistillerSR

1:00 – 1:50pm EDT

Innovation Track Breakouts

Professional Services

Solution Engineering Showcase – Solving Complex Customer Data Migration Projects

Shayan Ali

Solution Engineer, DistillerSR

DistillerSR Reporting

Product Showcase – Supporting Living Reviews with the PRISMA 2020 Flow Diagram

Joanna Lansche

Product Owner, DistillerSR

DistillerSR Data Reuse

Product Showcase – Data Reuse Using CuratorCR

Mike Gilbert

Product Manager, DistillerSR

Systematic Literature Review Data Visualization

Vardhini Ganesh

Associate Bioinformatician, Immunology – Vaccine, Sanofi

2:00pm – 2:50pm EDT

Are You Ready? Digital Technologies Transforming Clinical Evidence and Communicating Change

Dr. Jessica Shen, Vice President, Global Medical Sector, PCM Strategy & Operations, Johnson & Johnson is interviewed by Peter O’Blenis, Chief Executive Officer, DistillerSR Inc.

3:00pm – 3:10pm EDT

Closing Remarks

Peter O’Blenis, Chief Executive Officer, DistillerSR Inc.

* Agenda is subject to change.

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