Aug
27

MSL Society Paris 2013: Featured Speaker Elizabeth Kupferer

The MSL Society is proud once again to have an expert-packed speaker lineup for its Paris 2013 event in October.  Among the panel of speakers from the world of medical affairs is the dynamic director of medical affairs at SequenomDr. Elizabeth Kupferer.

Elizabeth holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Texas at Austin in Women’s Health, with an additional interdisciplinary portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  In addition to her role at Sequenom, a life sciences leader in genetic analysis solutions, Elizabeth serves as Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin.

During her 35-year career, Elizabeth has gained a vast amount of clinical experience in many areas of women’s health, beginning as a registered nurse in labor & delivery, with progressive management roles up to the director level. She practiced for eight years as a women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP), and has taught at the graduate level.

Most recently, she has worked in the life sciences industry for 11 years in medical affairs. Elizabeth has been an author and co-author of peer-reviewed journal publications in the Women’s Health field and has presented clinical, medical, and scientific information to small and large groups at local, national, and international venues. .

The MSL Society Blog sat down with Dr. Kupferer to discuss her upcoming presentation at Paris 2013.

The MSL Society Blog: What topic will you be speaking about at Paris 2013?

Elizabeth Kupferer: I will be sharing about my professional experience with establishing a Medical Affairs department and MSL team in a Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory setting.

The MSL Society Blog: Why do you think this is important in the world of MSLs?

Elizabeth Kupferer: This topic is important is because it illustrates the value of the addition of a Medical Affairs Department and MSL team in an industry that is not highly-regulated. My department and MSL team was the first of its kind in the pre-natal diagnostics space and has now been replicated by our competitors. HCP education is integral in molecular diagnostics and genetic testing because of the rapid and continued advancement in diagnostic technologies that are literally driving changes to clinical practice. It is important for health care providers to understand how the technologies work and how they can be integrated into practice appropriately and ethically.

The MSL Society Blog:  What’s the single-most important trend you see on the horizon with regard to the role of MSLs?

Elizabeth Kupferer:  I believe the biggest impact on the MSL role is the increasing complexity of pharmaceuticals, devices and the advancement of personalized medicine and genomics.  This opens up more opportunities for highly-educated experts in each of these therapeutic areas.

The MSL Society Blog:  What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a new MSL today?

Elizabeth Kupferer:  Stay curious and embrace change. Flexibility and adapting to change are integral to the MSL role.

Register now for MSL Society Paris 2013 at the event website, www.themsls.org/Paris-2013, for a great opportunity to learn from leading experts like Elizabeth Kupferer, along with plenty of opportunities to network with peers and executives across the global medical affairs community.

Written by MSL Society. Posted in MSL Interviews