2014 Innovation Summit

Thursday, April 24, 2014

This breakfast seminar is designed to help business leaders learn about innovative strategies being used to fight the counterfeiting of products. In addition, business leaders will understand how to more effectively develop and implement tactics to protect their company, customers and the community.


Described as the “Crime of the 21st Century,” the growing problem of counterfeiting and Intellectual Property piracy threatens businesses and consumers in nearly every industry sector and within every country. Fake products deprive legitimate businesses of revenue and undermine consumer confidence in their brand names. In short, counterfeiting is a big problem for society, as well as for legitimate companies that collectively forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars in sales annually. Reliable statistics on this illicit business don’t exist, but the Intl Chamber of Commerce’s Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau estimates that fakes account for 5-7 percent of international trade, or about $650 billion annually. The WHO issued a gross estimate as to the annual market value of fake prescription medicines in the range of $70-$100 billion or 8-10% of all prescribed drug sales.

7:15       Breakfast and Registration
8:00       Welcome & Introductions, James Almeida, Dean, SCB
8:10       Counterfeiting - An Overview, Ron Guido, Life Care Services
8.20       Pursuing Supply Chain Security in the Pharma Industry, Brian Johnson, Pfizer
8:30       The Role of Law Enforcement, Anthony Orosz, U.S. Customs & Border Protection
8:40       Cyber Security Perspectives, Kiron Sharma, FDU
8:50       Panel discussion, Q & A
9:15       Conclusion

Speakers Profiles

Ron Guido is an independent consultant in the health care industry specializing in brand protection, business development, marketing and supply chain management. Rothman Ron Guido Updated LOGORon has 36 years experience with Johnson & Johnson. He has held executive level positions in the areas of operations, sales, product, global marketing, new business development, information technology and general management. His most recent role was Vice President, Global Brand Protection and Supply Chain Integrity for Johnson & Johnson where his group was responsible for anti-counterfeiting programs and policies. He continues to consult within the healthcare industry on the topic of supply security and is broadly recognized by industry peers and government agencies as a leading authority on anti-counterfeiting practices and technologies. He is a Board member for a charitable medical organization known as Operation Smile and an advisor to the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Farleigh Dickinson University. Ron holds three patents for medical devices. Ron has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters in Management Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Brian Johnson is the Sr. Director of Supply Chain Security at Pfizer and Chair of Rx360, a cross-industry pharmaceuticals arothman brian johnson LOGOlliance. He is responsible for Pfizer’s corporate supply chain security program. This program was developed to combat growing supply chain threats related to product theft, product diversion, economic adulteration, and counterfeit goods. Brian has been with Pfizer for 30 years and has held a number of leadership positions in manufacturing and quality assurance. He started in the Kalamazoo manufacturing plant and held various QA leadership positions supporting sterile manufacturing. In 2000 Brian was appointed Sr. Director Quality Assurance Global External Supply responsible for global contract manufacturing. Brian also relocated to Brussels Belgium in 2000 where he added QA responsibility for several manufacturing plants in Europe. Brian returned to New Jersey in 2003 to lead the America’s Contract Manufacturing QA organization until moving into his current role in 2010. Brian has been actively involved in a number of external professional/trade organizations working on quality assurance and supply chain security initiatives including PhRMA, ISPE, PDA, and Rx360. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University.     

Kiron Sharma is a Professor of Computer Science, and Director of Special Projects at the Becton College of Arts rothman k sharma 2014 LOGOand Sciences at
Fairleigh Dickinson University. She served as Department Chair for math computer science and physics for nine years. Kiron holds master’s degrees in mathematics and a doctorate in computer science. She is a member of the Center for Cybersecurity and Information Assurance* at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has given numerous presentations at international conferences and scientific meetings and has published papers in scientific journals. Having been actively involved in teacher preparation and staff development in STEM education, she has developed a number of workshops and demonstrations for teachers in middle schools and high schools, emphasizing creative, hand-on, collaborative and technology driven problem solving techniques and exercises. Kiron teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from discrete mathematics to artificial intelligence and operating systems.

* The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Fairleigh Dickinson University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) for the academic years 2012 through 2015.


Anthony Orosz is theAssistant Director, Pharmaceutical Center of Excellence and Expertise, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. rothman anthony inn conf HALF 
Mr. Orosz began working for CBP in 1995 as a Customs Inspector at JFK Airport in New York. During his time at JFK he was a member of the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team and was a National Instructor for Customs and Border Protection. Mr. Orosz has been with the C-TPAT program since its inception in 2003 and served as a supervisor in the C-TPAT Newark Field Office. He is now currently assigned as an Assistant Director in the newly established Pharmaceutical, Health and Chemical Center of Excellence and Expertise in New York City.

Location: Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall (Mansion)

Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham
285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

Cost: $75.00

Register: Eventbrite

Questions? Please call 973-443-8842 or e-mail rothman@fdu.edu.

RSVP by April 20th!


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