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John Lisack Jr.John Lisack, Jr., CAE, is the AAPS Executive Director.

Hey, y’all!  We here at AAPS welcome you to The River City, home to The Alamo. And welcome to the 2013 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition; we’re thrilled to be back in San Antonio!

From November 10 to November 14, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will host 8,000 scientists from industry, government, and academia. This meeting is the world’s largest gathering of pharmaceutical scientists, as they join together to discuss novel research, connect with current and future colleagues, take advantage of the nearly 105 programming sessions, and meet with over 500 exhibiting companies.

Rye BarcottWe are delighted to have as this year’s keynote speaker, Rye Barcott, author of It Happened on the Way to War, discuss innovative teamwork in his talk Spark Change from Within. The book is about his experience cofounding Carolina for Kibera as a nongovernmental organization that uses a model of participatory development in Nairobi, Kenya, while serving simultaneously as a U. S. Marine in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa.

Through his narrative accompanied by striking images, Barcott shows how small groups of committed people from very different ethnic, religious, and educational backgrounds can make a profound impact. Eschewing old notions of top-down, command-and-control management, he presents lessons about how to form diverse, nimble teams to tackle our greatest challenges. He speaks to managing stress and accomplishing missions in combat, community development, and corporations.

The presentation will weave together stories of empowerment, personal discovery, and risk taking. The driving theme, however, is universal: leaders emerge in the service of others. Barcott brings to life examples of participatory leadership from the frontlines. His presentation will inspire and inform anyone interested in making a difference in the world.

This year’s program also features presentations by a wide range of skilled plenary speakers with a “Technology, Strategy, and Patient” theme. This session, moderated by Elizabeth (Liesbeth) de Lange, will explore the use of innovative technology and scientific research and its impact on future patient care.

Katherine HollandKatherine Holland’s presentation Technology Has No Ego! will expand on how scientists can push the next area of new discoveries using deep analytics like the Watson computer or other technologies. Ms. Holland brings more than thirty-five years of global leadership, strategy, business development, and business process transformation experience from numerous industries.

Steven ZeitelsSteven M. Zeitels, M.D., will tackle innovative approaches in his talk Innovations in Management of the Human Larynx and Voice. Zeitels is widely regarded as a prolific surgical innovator having designed numerous new voice restoration procedures (phonosurgery) and instruments and holds a number of patents for those innovations.

Zeitels conceived and directs the Voice Restoration Research Program, which is a collaborative effort of investigators at Harvard, Massachusetts General  Hospital, and Robert Langer’s lab at MIT.

Roger EganJoining Zeitels is Roger Egan, M.B.A., a patient Zeitels treated for vocal cord cancer and restored his voice. Egan will discuss his experience undergoing a novel endoscopic fiber-based angiolytic laser treatment developed by Zeitels.

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