Spotlighting the 8th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards Finalists

By August 19, 2022LTEN Focus On Training

Meet the Finalists – by Tim Sosbe

In close competitions like the LTEN Excellence Awards, the difference between finalist and winner can be a matter of degrees.

Each year, the judges are tasked with sorting through incredible work and amazing results. Each year, their task is difficult. Each of the finalists introduced here – on both the primary market practitioner side and the supplier side – deserves congratulations for their work, their energy and their contributions to our industry. In the pages ahead, many of them have shared their noteworthy work.

All-Star Teams

  • Astellas Pharma U.S.: Built a flexible catalog of learning workshops.
  • Edwards Lifesciences: Exceeded expectations with a global cardiac surgery course.
  • Genentech: Fostered a culture of diversity and belonging.
  • Horizon Therapeutics: Centralized to deliver exceptional training programs.
  • Smith & Nephew: Innovated a digital approach to training.

Emerging Leaders

  • Deshá Hagens, Amgen: Delivers an impact that extends beyond training.
  • Jamie Lynn Zona, Teva Pharmaceuticals: Approaches tasks with an inquisitive eye.

Training for Change

  • AbbVie: United two learning and development teams to elevate performance.
  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical: Empowered everyone to build global, strategic plans.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb: Created training to support today’s hybrid sales model.
  • Merz Therapeutics: Built collaboration and diversity with key account training.
  • Philips: Standardized sales messaging and strategy across teams.
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals: Improved new-hire training with minimal time out of field.

Non-Commercial Efficiency

  • Genentech: Transformed training to connect all different teams.
  • Merck: Created a playbook to improve time to productivity.

Innovation (Practitioner)

  • Amgen: Improved learning, efficiency, agility and alignment.
  • Bayer: Created a model for effective microlearning.
  • Merck: Leveraged a customized blueprint for career growth.
  • Regeneron: Redesigned sales training to an agile methodology.
  • Roche: Created solutions to personalize learning.

Innovation (Provider)

  • Actando: Enriched learners to handle competitive challenges.
  • Proficient Learning: Optimized the link between coaching and performance.
  • Educational Resource Systems: Created an engaging, immersive environment for learning.
  • Illuminate: Centralized solutions to address field performance gaps.
  • TiER1 Performance: Reinvented patient training, involving the entire care team.

Learning Content

  • Ashfield Excellence Academy: Put together a coaching approach rolled out globally.
  • Attensi: Created gamified training for hybrid customer interactions.
  • Axiom: Built regional training meetings to enhance selling skills.
  • Encompass Communications and Learning: Helped marketers gain expertise through learning journeys.
  • Open Health Learning & Development: Created e-learning modules for a drug pending FDA approval.

Industry Partnership

  • IC Axon: Developed a campaign to support global oncology.
  • ETU: Partnered on agile projects to drive behavior change.
  • Red Nucleus: Collaborated seamlessly on a new-hire training program.


About LTEN

The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network ( is the only global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in meeting the needs of life sciences learning professionals. LTEN shares the knowledge of industry leaders, provides insight into new technologies, offers innovative solutions and communities of practice that grow careers and organizational capabilities. Founded in 1971, LTEN has grown to more than 3,200 individual members who work in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies, and industry partners who support the life sciences training departments.

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