Exploring the Evolving & Demanding Role of Human Resources in the Biopharmaceutical Industry Part I: It’s All About You

Wednesday, July 9 2014
8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: MassBio, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA.

The role of human resources within the biopharmaceutical industry has never been more important nor in more demand. With a vast array of HR related positions and entry points to consider, it’s crucial for every biopharma HR professional to plan his or her career carefully. 

Join us July 9th for Part 1 of a two-part series focused on the career growth of the biopharmaceutical human resources professional.  Our panelists include three outstanding human resources leaders who will share their knowledge of:

  • Career options in biopharma human resources (including position descriptions, characteristics, requirements, compensation ranges, and more)
  • Trends in biopharmaceutical human resources careers
  • Individual career progression
  • Conducting your own HR job search
  • Temporary human resources vs full time/in-house human resources


  • Madeline D. Coffin, VP Human Resources, Alkermes
  • Ginger Gregory, PhD, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, Shire PLC
  • Janet Mullert, Principal, M2 Partners


  • Sarah Larson, Vice President Human Resources, Foundation Medicine
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Who should attend?  All levels of human resources staff, from start-ups to big pharma – anyone committed to a successful career in the human resources function in our industry.

This Forum is presented by the Human Resources Forum Working Group.


Speaker Bios

Madeline D. Coffin, VP Human Resources, Alkermes

Madeline Coffin leads Alkermes’ human resources team, with responsibility for global compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, employee engagement and growth and organization development. Ms. Coffin has held a number of senior human resource positions at companies including Analog Devices, Sun Microsystems, Wang Software and Bay Networks. Prior to joining Alkermes, she founded her own company, which focused on the strategic human resource needs of growing companies for clients in a broad range of industries. Ms. Coffin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Ginger Gregory, PhD, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, Shire PLC

Ginger Gregory, Ph.D., has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for Shire PLC since 2014. Prior to joining Shire, Dr. Gregory held executive-level human resources positions for several multinational companies across a variety of industries. At Shire, Dr. Gregory is responsible for leading the company’s global employee recruitment, training, compensation, benefits and organizational development to support the aggressive growth strategy.

Dr. Gregory joined Shire from Dunkin’ Brands a global retailer of the Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins concepts where she served as CHRO.  Prior to Dunkin’ she was at Novartis, AG, a worldwide healthcare solutions company, where she served as division head of Human Resources for three global divisions: Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics; Novartis Consumer Health; and Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research from 2005-2012.  In these divisional roles Dr. Gregory led global HR teams in multiple countries with a focus on the US, Europe, and China.  Her focus varied for each business but there was routinely a strong focus on employee engagement, talent acquisition and development, innovation and mergers and acquisitions all to support business growth.  During her tenure at Novartis, Dr. Gregory was an active member of the Global HR Board, the Novartis Top Leadership (NTL) group as well as other corporate governance committees. 

Prior to Novartis, Dr. Gregory held leadership positions at Novo Nordisk where she served as Senior Vice President, Corporate People & Organization at the company’s global headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of human resources generalist and specialist positions at Bristol Myers Squibb and served as consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton in the area of organization change and effectiveness. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and The George Washington University with a B.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Psychology.

Sarah Larson, Vice President Human Resources, Foundation Medicine

Sarah Larson joined Foundation Medicine in April 2010. Specializing in talent acquisition and management as well as the building of strong corporate cultures, Sarah brings over 14 years of progressive Human Resources management to Foundation, including expertise in strategic organizational development, coaching, compensation analysis, employee relations, and alignment of Human Resources to support rapidly growing companies. Prior to joining Foundation Medicine, Sarah led the global Human Resources function at CombinatoRx, now Zalicus, and worked for several years as a recruiter and account manager at Cambridge Search, a search firm specializing in recruitment within the life sciences industry. Sarah holds a BA in Communications from Rivier College.

Janet Mullert, Principal, M2 Partners

Janet Mullert is a highly respected Human Resources search professional with more than 20 years’ experience in Boston and New England. She has managed HR searches for mid and senior level executives for emerging start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies.   An intuitive and astute analyst of corporate strengths and challenges as well as a sensitive and insightful career advisor to candidates, Janet brings her unique talents for “match-making” to all her searches. Prior to launching M2 Partners with Wende Malster, her long-time colleague, she was a Vice President at Gatti & Associates where she secured exceptional Human Resources talent for such companies as Aegerion, Moderna, Rapid7, HeartWare, Old Mutual, and Parexel.

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