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Finalists Set for 5th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards

Tuesday, April 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nannette Nolan
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Roanoke, VA, May 1, 2019 – Finalists have been announced for the 5th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards, a national competition that recognizes innovative and inspiring work done by life sciences training professionals at primary market companies (“practitioners”) and by training supplier companies (“providers”). The LTEN Excellence Award winners will be announced during a June 5 ceremony at the 48th LTEN Annual Conference, June 3-6, 2019, in Grapevine, TX.

The awards are presented and sponsored by the Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN), the world’s largest professional association of life sciences trainers and educators. The LTEN Excellence Awards honors life sciences training professionals in several categories, as well as designating LTEN Members of the Year.

Finalists in the seven competitive categories in the annual awards program will be honored at the ceremony, along with the LTEN Members of the Year, which are determined by the LTEN Board of Directors. A panel of life sciences training leaders served as judges for the seven competitive categories.

“Our expert judges had their work cut out for them this year,” said Dawn Brehm, executive director of LTEN. “This year’s awards competition saw nearly twice as many entries as previous years, and the quality of the nominees was phenomenal, making judging a very difficult task. Still, our judges came up with an impressive list of finalists, and it’s an honor to recognize their game-changing work.”

The finalists for the 5th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards are:

Practitioners All-Star Teams:

  • Patient Journey Workshop Team, Astellas Pharma U.S.
  • CVRM (CV, Renal, Metabolic) Training Team, AstraZeneca
  • Business & Leadership Development Team, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Center for Excellence, Genentech
  • Commercial Learning & Development, Gilead Sciences
  • Commercial Training Team, Sage Therapeutics
  • Trintellix Commercial Learning & Development Team, Takeda Pharmaceutical

Practitioners Emerging Leaders:

  •  Aryal Afifi, Genentech
  • James Ashby, Philips Healthcare
  • Chloe Bangs, Teva Commercial Training & Development
  • Karen Eno, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Kathryn Tawakol, Gilead Sciences
  • Patrick Tresner, Genentech

Providers Industry Partnership:

  • BI Worldwide
  • CMR Institute
  • IC Axon, a Division of GP Strategies
  • Proficient Learning
  • Remap Consulting
  • Scrimmage 

Practitioners Innovation:

  • Gerald Golden, LEO Pharma
  • Matt Hayden, Allergan Training
  • Leslie Mason, Sage Therapeutics
  • Mike Paradiso, Novartis
  • Christine Sadowski, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Shawn Thomas, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Kristi Vredenburg, United Therapeutics   
Providers Innovation:
  • ACTO Technologies
  • AdMed
  • IC Axon, a Division of GP Strategies
  • Scrimmage
  • Syneos Health
  • The Inception Company

Providers Learning Content:

  • AdMed
  • Axiom
  • Custom Learning Designs (CLD)
  • Red Nucleus
  • Strategic Thinking Institute

Practitioners Training for Change:

  • Amgen Global Learning & Performance Team
  • Tara Leahy, Daiichi Sankyo
  • Andrew Nemiccolo, Gilead Sciences
  • GlaxoSmithKline SMx Team
  • Merz Neurosciences Learning & Development
  • Melissa Lowe, Philips

For more information on the LTEN Learning Excellence Awards and to view past winners, visit


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 2,100 individual members who work in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies, and industry partners who support the life sciences training departments.



For more information contact Nannette Nolan, LTEN director of marketing communications, at

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