Life Science Compliance Update

April 14, 2010

Bob Franks - Legislator and Advocate for Innovation (1951 - 2010)

This past weekend, Robert Franks, former US Congressman and New Jersey State Assemblyman passed away from a battle with cancer.  Bob was a young man 58 and will be remembered for his leadership with the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey.

I first met Bob in the summer of 1987, at the time he was in the New Jersey State Legislature and was placed in charge by State Senator Chuck Hardwick of the Republican efforts to take over the Assembly and State Senate. 

At the time no one gave them a chance and against all odds they won.   He worked tirelessly in the policital operation that at the time was based in the basement of his town house and the hot atic of a former school house (not the conditions often portrayed in the media).

He went on to serve four terms in Congress and ran for US Senate against John Corzine only loosing narrowly. 

He was very active in the resurgance of the New Jersey Republican party with the election of Chris Christie. 

He served as President of the Health Care Council from 2001 until his death protecting the life science industry of New Jersey and promotion innovation.

He always had amazing energy , and full of life.  He made a difference.

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December 06, 2009

Memorial: Brian P. Russell, RPh, MBA (1958 – 2009) CME Czar

Brian Russell

Long time leader in CME Brian P. Russell, RPh, MBA died on December 5th at his home after a long fight with Pancreatic Cancer.  


During his work career he worked in industry, academia and commercial medical education.  Brian served twenty eight years in the medical education industry, most recently as director of medical education at Roche Laboratories, Inc.


From 1991 to 2006, Brian served in multiple jobs at Vox Medica Inc. and its subsidiaries including Executive VP and Principal Vox Medica Inc., President and Chief Compliance Officer of Institute for Continuing Health-care Education Inc., and President CoMed Communications, Inc.   Brian built Co-Med into a 110 person firm and secured seven separate accreditations.  At CoMed he also sat on the board of North American Association of Medical Communications and Education Companies (NAAMECC).


Prior to Vox for seven years at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science as Executive Director  of institutional extension services where he ran the Continuing Education Office and built it up from a one man office to a six person center for the university and coordinated a MBA program with Drexel. 


For seven years he was a writer for American Druggist Magazine, and previously served as an associate dean at the University Of Rhode Island College Of Pharmacy.


He leaves quite a legacy, with many of the leaders of CME having learned from his leadership at Vox, Co-Med and ICHE.    He set up the CME department at Roche ensuring that they met compliance standards and focused their funding on CME programs that made a difference.


He was a regular attendee at CME meetings and was regularly seen in the back of the room (can’t sit down  he had too much energy).  He always contributed thoughtful questions and was a strong advocate for collaboration between industry and CME providers.  


I first met Brian when he running CoMed, he was enthusiastic but also a realist, very much ensuring that the educational programs his group conducted were done with the utmost quality.   At one Alliance meeting in 2001, his group was giving 8 presentations and he was running from meeting to meeting, he was excited and I don’t think he would have it any other way.


As a competitor I was always impressed with the scientific rigor and logistical precision of his programs.  As the leader of a CME group within a pharmaceutical company, he was very focused on the latest educational design methods and outcome based education as opposed to didactic lectures.

We discussed at length the Roche-Genentech merger and he was truly looking forward to moving out to South San Francisco the new Roche-Genentech headquarters. He loved the climate and was looking forward to a change of lifestyle.  It is sad he didn't see that happen.


We had a lot of laughs together and I think many of us in CME will miss him.


A celebration service is set for him on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 from 6 to 8 P.M. at DALEY LIFE CELEBRATION STUDIO, 1518 Kings Hwy., Swedesboro NJ. For donation and burial information in Rhode Island:


Brian Russell References


Authored Articles

Alliance for CME Almanac

July 2005: Establishing an Internal Compliance Program to Manage Risk in Grant-Funded Continuing Medical Education



Medical Meetings

December 1, 2005 NAAMECC Gets New Board


Medical Marketing and Media

February 1, 2007 Roche Hires Med Ed Czar


Speaking Engagements 

19th Annual Conference of the National Task Force on CME ...

October 23rd 2008 Power Point


Speaker Award

While at the institute of Continuing Medical Education he received the Elite Speaker Award from the Center for Business Intelligence



LinkedIn Profile and Resume:  Brian P. Russell



 Philadelphia Inquire

Celebration Studio


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November 26, 2009

Memorial: Richard (Buzz) Goodstein, MD -- Founder of the Good Guys

Buzz Goodstien Cropped

On this thanksgiving we have a lot to be thankful about and one thing that I am personally thankful for is that I was able to know Richard (Buzz) Goodstein, MD.

Buzz passed away this weekend from a long battle with advanced prostate cancer.

Buzz was an innovator and educator who career covered academia, media and industry.

He was one of those people you meet and say to yourself he has lived a full life.  He served as a mentor and friend to numerous people, and was the founder of the “Good Guys” a virtual organization that has worked to disseminate information on early detection of prostate cancer.  The goal of the “Good Guys” was to change the test for prostate cancer from a straight PSA number to changes in PSA velocity which is has greater specificity than straight PSA.

I first met Buzz at a Global Alliance for CME meeting in 1999, at that time he was playing his Clarinet and speaking on the music of medicine.   Later we became friends when he would regularly drop by my office when he was visiting Washington DC.  He always had kind things to say and was always interested in how you were doing as a friend.

Through the good guys, Buzz has served as an inspiration to many cancer patients and those of us involved in medical education.  He fought an admirable fight against prostate cancer which he eventually lost.

He was an honorable man, and a first class gentleman.  Since his deaths I have received dozens of emails all extolling how important he was in so many people’s lives.   We all want to leave a legacy, and it is clear that Buzz is leaving more than just a legacy but a long list of “good guys”.

A little about his life:

Dr. Goodstein graduated summa cum laude and magnum cum laude respectively from Valley Forge Military Academy, Wayne, PA and from the Honors College of Michigan State University where he had joint majors in biological sciences and telecommunications while attending both schools on full music scholarship.

Buzz received his medical training at George Washington University in Washington DC, he then joined the Navy and worked on space flight medicine doing clinical research for NASA while assigned from the US Naval Aerospace Medicine School, on the effects of weightlessness and magnetic fields upon the Mercury/Gemini Program astronauts and new astronaut selection. After graduation from GWU, he completed his medical internship at E. Sparrow Hospital, Michigan State University (where he did his undergraduate), and then earned his wings as a graduate of the US Naval Flight Surgeon School in Pensacola, FL.  He served on active duty in the “Regular” US Navy as Lieutenant Commander for four years in the positions of senior flight surgeon and senior medical officer for various aviation combat squadrons.

After leaving the Navy he completed three years post-doctoral psychiatry residency training at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH.  He was then invited to join the Dartmouth College Medical School faculty where he remained for seven more years.

He was then recruited to the Carrier Clinic Foundation, the neuropsychiatry teaching hospital of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he was Deputy Medical Director and Senior Vice President for Education.  For ten years he was in charge of all training/education for employees, and graduate students from 25 affiliated colleges.

While at UMDNJ, Dr. Goodstein was the originator, executive producer, and on-camera moderator of the popular live, weekly CME satellite TV series titled, MIND and BODY, which was broadcast on HIN/HSN and later PBS from 1984-1990 to over 1,000 hospitals and 100 universities in the US and Canada.  As a by-product he also introduced computerized medical education and clinical data tracking to the Carrier Clinic.

He was then recruited by Merck and Company to develop the Professional Information, Communications, and Education areas headquartered within the Medical and Scientific Affairs Division. 

At Merck one of the things he was most proud of was helped develop and lead The Urban Health Alliance Initiative (a minority health 501(c) 3 Foundation), the Men’s Health Initiative, and The Healthy Aging Initiative.  Dr. Goodstein became a member of the AMA-Industry National Task Force on CME in 1990.

Dr. Goodstien was an innovator and saw the value of the internet very early on.  After the sale of Medco, in 1995 Dr. Goodstien became one of the founding Senior Vice Presidents for Physicians’ Online in Tarrytown, NY.  In that role he created new medical internet products and personal computer initiatives for all clinical disciplines as well as built alliances with professional organizations and customers as platforms for the use of Physicians’ Online products.  Physicians’ Online was later purchased by WebMD.

In 1997 Dr. Goodstein was recruited as Vice President of Scientific Relations at Bayer Corporation, Pharmaceutical Division, USA.  He was asked to conceive, develop, and lead a clinical science division which eventually totaled ten departments (including the Bayer Institute for Healthcare Communications – a 501(c)3 foundation with CE/CME accreditation) encompassing 230 professional staff representing the information scientists, clinical medicine educators, health economists, innovation teams, and all 130 medical science liaisons at Bayer.

He retired in 2006 and shortly after that was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.    Buzz continued to work for two more years, finishing in January 2007.  During that time he created a small internet working group called the good guys which was dedicated to advancing information around prostate cancer. 

Buzz set up small group luncheons around the country with no strings attached, to teach executives and others about prostate cancer.  In the coming days we will include links to copies of the emails and articles he passed around.  If you are a man over 45 and have not had your PSA checked, please do every year, and at the same time track what that number is, if you see it moving up by more than 1 point, you may have a problem, and should get checked out.

Buzz had a statement he would make that in many ways defines his life.

"Think, understand, feel, respond, pay forward" - Buzz Goodstein


Buzz Goodstien Child
Buzz as a child playing his clarinet


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