PhRMA's John Castellani to Keynote this year's Convocation
Celebration kicks off the start of academic year, welcomes founding SoP class as part of the KGI community
John J. Castellani, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) will be the featured speaker at KGI's annual Convocation on Friday, September 5. PhRMA represents America's leading biopharmaceutical research companies. Working at the intersection of public policy, health and business, Mr. Castellani leads PhRMA's efforts to preserve and strengthen a healthcare and economic environment that fosters medical innovation, new drug discovery and access to life-saving medicines. He is a passionate advocate for a strong, innovative and growing American biopharmaceutical research industry that plays a critical role in helping to improve the health of patients in the U.S. and around the world.
Mr. Castellani has been recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of America's top health care lobbyists. He also was honored with the Bryce Harlow Foundation's prestigious Business-Government Relations Award, recognizing his leadership and exemplary life-long contribution to the public affairs and advocacy profession.
Mr. Castellani is a former president and CEO of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of nearly 12 million employees and $6 trillion in annual revenues. Prior to Business Roundtable, he was executive vice president of Tenneco, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
"We are very much looking forward to welcoming Mr. Castellani to campus," KGI President Sheldon Schuster said. "There are very few people in the country, or in the world for that matter, who have such insight and perspective into the biopharmaceutical industry and into the challenges and opportunities that may lie ahead. It's a fantastic way to kick off the academic year."
This year's celebration will also welcome the founding class of the KGI School of Pharmacy (SoP) to the KGI community.
"It will be very exciting to have both schools and nearly 300 students on campus this fall," President Schuster said. "The synergy between the two school's students and faculty will increase the networking, experiential learning and research opportunities for everyone on campus. That's not to say that there won't be challenges along the way. But even the challenges involved will bring new opportunities for improvement and increased collaboration."
The half-day event kicks off at 1 p.m. at the "Little Bridges" Hall of Music on the Pomona College Campus at 150 E 4th Street in Claremont. Group photos will be taken outside of "Little Bridges" beginning at 1:15 p.m. President Schuster will give welcoming remarks at 2 p.m. In addition to Mr. Castellani, other speakers include Dr. Steve Casper, dean of the School of Applied Life Sciences; Dr. Kathy Webster, dean of the School of Pharmacy; and President of the Class of 2015 Disha Goswami. An open house reception back at the KGI campus will follow immediately after the ceremony at "Little Bridges" concludes (approximately 3:30 p.m.).