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Melanie Ivarsson, PhD is currently Vice President, Head of Clinical Programs at Shire where she has accountability for the delivery of clinical research programs in phase I-IV. Prior to joining Shire, Melanie was at Pfizer for 9 years, most recently as Head of Clinical Operations for the Clinical Research organization. Melanie has a background in early clinical development, with previous roles as Head of Clinical Operations for early development at Pfizer UK, and 8 years at Eil Lilly in the Clinical Pharmacology group. She has a PhD in Neuroscience and a BSc in Physiology from the University of Bristol, UK and completed post-doctoral research at the University of New York, USA and the University of Lund, Sweden. Melanie is currently studying for her Executive MBA at MIT.