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Speaker session

(UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
  • Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies
  • Welcome message by Commission President von der Leyen
  • Opening remarks by Commissioner Kyriakides
  • Sara Cerdas, Member of the European Parliament
  • Manuel Pizarro, Minister of Health of Portugal
  • Isabel Proaño Gómez, Board Member of the European Patients Forum (EPF) and Director of Policy and Communication of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations (EFA)
  • Emer Cooke, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Laurent Muschel, Acting Head of HERA

Moderated by the Master of Ceremonies

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

Introductory remarks by Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

  • Anna Chioti, Head of Division Pharmacy and Medicines, Health Directorate Luxembourg
  • Ewan Birney, Deputy Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • Magda Chlebus, Executive Director of Science Policy & Regulatory Affairs of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)
  • Saul Walker, Director of Public Partnerships of the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
  • Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Director of ANRS Emerging Infectious Diseases Agency and Aviesan/Inserm Institute

Moderated by Irene Norstedt, Director “People”, DG RTD

12:45 - 12:50

Bill Gates on innovation and partnerships for equitable access

12:50 - 14:00


  • Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • Chikwe Ihekweazu, Assistant Director-General for Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Christian Drosten, Director of the Institute of Virology at Charité Berlin
  • Marion Koopmans, Professor of Public Health Virology, Director of the WHO collaborating centre for emerging infectious diseases at Erasmus Medical Centre

Moderated by Wolfgang Philipp, Head of Unit Intelligence Gathering, Analysis and Innovation, HERA

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

  • Dawn O’Connell, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)(ASPR)
  • Genon Jensen, Executive Director of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
  • Leena Ylä-Mononen, Executive Director of European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • Zakia Khattabi, Minister of Climate, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal of Belgium

Moderation by Sandra Gallina, Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety

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