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CEOs Leading Scientific Breakthroughs at Otsuka and Spark Therapeutics to Keynote Veeva Commercial & Medical Summit

Visionaries at the forefront of digital medicine and gene therapy to discuss
the commercial and patient impact of advanced innovation in life sciences

PLEASANTON, CA — Feb. 28, 2018 — Veeva Systems (NYSE:VEEV) today announced that Dr. William H. Carson, president and CEO of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (Otsuka), and Jeffrey D. Marrazzo, CEO of Spark Therapeutics, will be featured keynote speakers at the 2018 Veeva Commercial & Medical Summit. Otsuka and Spark Therapeutics are at the forefront of innovation in life sciences, delivering first-of-their-kind breakthroughs in digital medicine and gene therapy.

Otsuka’s digital medicine system is the first ever to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Individuals with mental illness and designated members of their care teams can now use a prescription pill with an embedded sensor to track whether the medication is taken as prescribed. Spark Therapeutics’ product is the first gene therapy approved by the FDA to target a genetic disease and provide a one-time treatment for people with a rare, inherited retinal disease.

The CEOs from Otsuka and Spark Therapeutics will participate in a fireside chat to share insights on the major advancements their companies are making to improve patients’ lives. The industry leaders will also discuss the impact of breakthrough innovations on commercial models in life sciences, including the opportunity to better engage with payers, providers, and patients.

“Otsuka and Spark Therapeutics represent a new frontier in healthcare and medical discovery that will forever change the nature of disease and patient treatment,” said Matt Wallach, co-founder and president of Veeva Systems and host of the fireside chat. “Dr. Carson and Mr. Marrazzo will offer valuable perspectives into how the commercial model needs to be reimagined in the new era of digital medicine and gene therapy.”

The 2018 Veeva Commercial & Medical Summit is expected to draw more than 1,600 life sciences professionals and experts, making it the largest commercial and medical affairs event in the industry. The 10th annual event takes place May 14-16, 2018 in Philadelphia and will feature speakers from the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and emerging biotechs, including Bayer, Pfizer Inc., Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Zimmer Biomet.

Registration for the event is complimentary for Veeva customers and invited guests. Learn more, register, and view the full agenda at

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Roger Villareal
Veeva Systems

Lisa Barbadora
Veeva Systems