Roberto La Ferla

Roberto La Ferla

Head, Medical Information (Italy) at Merck Sharp & Dohme

Currently employed at Merck Sharp & Dohme

Previous: Schering-Plough S.p.A., Bracco Imaging, Politecnico di Milano, Bracco S.p.A.


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    ■ 2011: Organized and implemented a local Designated Point of Contact for all human health products.■ 2010: Reorganization of the service, concurrent with integration between Merck/MSD and Schering-Plough portfolios, brought about further optimization of lead times while workload increased by over 50%.■ 2006: Established and organized a Medical Information service, later extended to cover activity for 3 legal entities and several therapeutic areas. Average lead times cut by over 50% within first year.■ Clinical study manager (Europe) with experience in several clinical areas.■ Medical writer at a corporate level, acquired broad experience on the regulatory development of pharmaceutical products (US and EU). Global medical writing responsibility for a product which reached FDA approval. ■ Hands-on experience of magnetic resonance imaging, and development of injectable agents for diagnostic medical imaging.■ As a drug discovery researcher, gained extensive experience on metal chelates, paramagnetic molecules, modified proteins, dendrimers (hyper-branched molecular structures).■ Licensed chemist and physical chemist by training, with experience in macromolecular chemistry and physics, several analytical techniques, mathematical modeling (solution hydrodynamics, molecular dynamics, thermodynamics) and numerical calculus techniques.



Head, Medical Information (Italy)

At Merck Sharp & Dohme

From 2011 to Present
Designated Point of Contact for professional information requests, quality complaints and customer feedback.

Head, Medical Information (Italy)

At Schering-Plough S.p.A.

From 2006 to 2011

Senior Manager, Corporate Clinical Research

At Bracco Imaging

From 2003 to 2006

Senior Manager, Corporate Medical Writing

At Bracco Imaging

From 2000 to 2003
Regulatory medical writing (mainly FDA submissions) and clinical publications.

Academic Research

At Politecnico di Milano

From 1993 to 2001
Part-time collaboration. Theoretical studies on the dependence of macromolecular conformations and dynamics upon thermodynamic solution properties (collapse transition of polymers, description of dynamical properties of dendrimers and hyperbranched macromolecules).

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scientist, R&D Division

At Bracco S.p.A.

From 1998 to 1999

Group Leader, Biochemistry Dept.

At Bracco S.p.A.

From 1989 to 1998