a coNversation on Medical Drugs Pricing Reform

Registraton for this event is closed.  Walkins cannot be accomodated for this event.

The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Club of NYC and the University of Chicago Alumni Club of NYC have organized a panel discussion on medical drugs pricing reform.

Lowering the cost of medical care is currently a top down discussion where politicians do not provide a clear explanation of how any of their proposals will work in practice.

The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Club of NYC and the University of Chicago Alumni Club of NYC have organized a panel discussion of real world participants to discuss that gap with regards to medical drugs pricing reform.

The panel is composed of market participants, medical practitioners, investors and academics who are directly engaged with the intricacies of the for-profit drug industry; accordingly, their discussion will focus on:

  • key industry components of generic drugs and pharmacy benefit managers;
  • market incentives that drive the decision-makers and interested parties;
  • what negative and positive market trends can be expected from the.private sector.


As this event is jointly organized by JHU and UChicago, there will be a limited number of seats allocated for UChicago attendees and all attendees must complete their online registration by Jan 27 9PM (no walk-ins will be permitted due to building security considerations).

No refund requests can be accommodated on and after Jan 27; all such requests are handled on a case by case basis and processing charges may apply.


Panelist Bios: This event is intended for an audience composed of alumni of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago as well as their invited guests; the statements of the panelists are not meant to be for public consumption.

Ge Bai (Ph D., CPA) is an associate professor of Accounting at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and associate professor of Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an expert on health care pricing, policy, and management. Dr. Bai has written for the Wall Street Journal and published her studies in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs, Her work has been widely featured in national media and used in government regulations and congressional testimony. Dr. Bai received her doctoral degree in accounting from Michigan State University.

Brian Bizoza, MD, as a Partner on the Pharmaceutical team at Deerfield, provides extensive research and analysis on individual companies operating in the healthcare industry. Brian holds a B.A. in Natural Sciences/Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and he earned his M.D. from the State University of New York at Syracuse, where he graduated as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Andrew Hack joined Bain Capital in 2019 as Managing Director of Bain Capital Life Sciences. From 2015 to 2019, he was Chief Financial Officer of Editas Medicine (Nasdaq: EDIT).  Dr. Hack received an MD and Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago, where he was named an inaugural Frank Family Scholar and received awards from the American Heart Association and the American Society for Cell Biology. He graduated with Special Honors from the University of Chicago with an AB in Biology.

Jacqueline Moline, MD, MSc, works with Northwell Health leadership to develop initiatives aimed at promoting and engaging health and wellness for Northwell Health’s workforce as well as the community at large. She served as the director of Mount Sinai’s Clinical Center of Excellence within the World Trade Center (WTC) Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program and is also chair of the Health and Wellness Committee for the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York.  Dr. Moline received her medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine and a Master of Science degree in community medicine from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Manish Potti is Co-Founder and President of Innogenix Pharma, a generic pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing company focused on solid oral dosage formulations, based in Long Island, New York. He was previously Director of Business Development at Epic Pharma, a generic pharmaceutical company and CMO. Manish holds a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from New York University.

Dr. Janet Hill Prystowsky is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a board-certified dermatologist with over 30 years of experience in dermatology and dermatologic surgery. In 2008 she started her own skin care line and is president of LIVAD Skin Care, LLC.  Dr. Prystowsky received her medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine.

Ipsita Smolinski as the Managing Director of Capitol Street and Senior Strategic Advisor to McAllister & Quinn provides analysis of key healthcare trends and major developments. Her primary focus is forecasting the business implications of health policy through data-driven analysis. Smolinski is an expert on prescription drug, supply chain, generic & biosimilar and medical device reimbursement, bundled payments, Medicare Advantage policies, Medicaid expansion and managed care policies, as well as acute care hospital & post acute payments. Ms. Smolinski holds an MBA and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and received her BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Volunteer Alumni Organizing Committee:

Dereje Ambatchew (AB '88) is currently the Co-Chair of the Communications Committee for the University of Chicago Alumni Club of NYC.

Chijioke Okeke (Nursing '12) - Johns Hopkins University Alumni Club of New York City, Johns Hopkins Healthcare Affinity

Stephanie Wisner is Vice President of Operations for Io Therapeutics, Inc. and Vice President of Business Development and Operations for Laurel Therapeutics Inc. She is also an Analyst at ARCH Venture Partners, where she partners directly with Managing Directors, Partners, and Associates to perform deep diligence on early-stage scientific technologies, assessing them for potential investments and developing market landscape investment theses. She is a current MBA student at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.  Her upcoming book on biotech, "The Business of Science," will be published by New Degree Press in July 2020.

King Yan Yip (Business '12) - Johns Hopkins University Alumni Club of New York City, Johns Hopkins Healthcare Affinity.

Please join us in a conversation that will frame the issues of drug pricing reform in our market-based system and what is missing from the current public debate on this core subject.


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Event Information


6:15PM - 8:30PM Thu 30 Jan 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )


NYU Langone Orthopedics Hospital - Loeb Auditorium
301 East 17th Street @2nd Ave & 18th St
New York, NY 10003 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Andrew Hack
Jacqueline Moline
Janet Prystowsky
Victor Sloan
Micheal Prystowsky
Martin Heinsdorf
Sarah Rosenshine
Jason Eiben
Peter Brennan
Nathan Yurko
Cara Rosenbaum
Kenneth Armstrong
George Varghese
Thomas Maeglin
  Abrams, Gorelick, Friedman & Jacobson, LLP
Fabrizio Tondolo
Li-Ting Wang
Al Boston
Laura Christianson
Maja Castillo
Sadie Solomon
Steven Brandfield
  Capital Group
Aixin Chen
  Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Kinshuk Rajan
Jane Zhang
  Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
Alan Sugarman
John Glover
Beril Pekin
Ashish Kishore
  Manikay Partners
Sarah Wynn
Bogdan Tereshchenko
Cynthia Leder
Sindhu Gnanasambandan
  The New York Times
Linda DeCherrie
Ian Gross
Gary Ng
Vinton Rollins
Amit Bhatt
  Guggenheim Partners
Maura Mander
David Lochmann
Deborah Davis
Sunil Nair
  NYU Langone Health
Nicole McKnight
Alison DeFazio
Sheldon Moline
Gloria Moline
Russell Barnwell
  Ropes & Gray
Alexis Demopoulos
Guest of Alexis Demopoulos
Paul Zarowin
Diana Zarowin
  Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Robert Kaiser
Steve Bibas
Murali Parthasarathy
  Learning Organized
Gloria Karsten Robinson
Ian Priest
Guest of Ian Priest
Robyn Konrad
William Robinson
Lynn Replogle
Catherine Skobe
Gavriel Loria
  Droit Financial Technologies, LLC
Samuel Fuchs
Keeley Mui
Chloe Saddler
Hilary Silver
Matthew Zuckerbraun
Myra Zuckerbraun
Sheila Nemeth
Michael Cote
Daniel Kiernan
  Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI)
Brian David
Mehvish Mirza
Clarisa Cerro
Helen Serebin
Marcia Hochman
Joel Mitnick
Jennifer Hoeffler
  Royal Biologics
James Racanelli
Anthony Thai
Mary Kukowski
Christian Cunningham
Neeraj Singh
Alexander Kuznetsov
Farhan Ashraf
  ICON Clinical Research
Luke Versten
Jan Glassner
Dereje Ambatchew
Natalia Ginez
  UChicago Alumni Association
Raymundo Ginez
Emily Nieder
  Athena Art Conservation
Eugene Goldberg
Joan Goldberg
Polly Faust
Diane Mirabito
... a total of 106 guests.
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Event Contact
Reggie Ambatchew Ab '88