Aspen Institute Romania (AIR) is organising the seventh edition of the Aspen Healthcare Forum in Bucharest.  The event will take place on 23 October, at Hotel Ramada Park (Poligrafiei Bvd. 3 – 5A, Bucharest).

Aspen Healthcare Forum is a major public event of AIR’s Healthcare & Quality of Life program, bringing together decision-makers, renowned specialists from the medical sector, European and national experts in the fields of healthcare, health technology and pharmaceutical sector, representatives of academia and researchers, as well as industry leaders engaged in developing health policies. Last years’ participation of a number of experts from abroad contributed to setting up a program community and an agenda of thematic priorities in convergence with national priorities and advanced technological solutions as well as the EU regulatory framework and WHO goals.

  • Institutional Partners: Romanian Ministry of Health, Committee for Public Health of the Romanian Senate, Committee for Health and Family of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, National Health Insurance House, National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Prof. Dr. Matei Balș”, National School of Public Health, Management and Professional Development, National Institute of Public Health
  • Knowledge Partners: IQVIA,  Romanian Society for Microbiology
  • Program Partners: Roche, Farmexpert, Janssen, Pfizer, Sanofi, GSK
  • Conference Partners: Polisano, Kedrion Biopharma, Serban & Musneci Associates

Conference Report


Panel 1 – Dr Hans Kluge, Aspen Healthcare Forum

Panel 1 – Professor Pecorelli, Aspen Healthcare Forum

Panel 1 – Roberto Musneci, Aspen Healthcare Forum

Panel 2 – Prof. Farrugia, Aspen Healthcare Forum

Panel 3 – IQVIA, Aspen Healthcare Forum

Panel 3 – Sanofi, Aspen Healthcare Forum



October 23, 2018

Location: Hotel Ramada Park, Terra Grand Ballroom (Poligrafiei Bvd. 3 – 5A, sector 1, Bucharest)

08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome address
Mircea Geoană – President, Aspen Institute Romania
Prof. Dr. Alexandru Rafila – Member of the Executive Board of WHO / Director, Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program

09:10 – 09:45 Introductory Speeches – Building better and sustainable health systems in Europe
Viorel Ştefan – Vice Prime Minister, Romanian Government
• Message from Sorina Pintea, Minister of Health, delivered by Dr. Cristian Grasu, Secretary of State, Ministry of Health
• Prof. Dr. Diana Loreta Păun – State Counselor, Public Health Department, Presidential Administration
• Dr. Hans Kluge – Director, WHO Europe

09:45 – 10:00 How data are shaping the future of healthcare
Christoph Franz – Chairman of the Board of Directors, Roche Group

10:00 – 11:30 Promises of Future Healthcare
The panel will discuss how to set ambitions for the future in terms of patients’ access to quality healthcare services. The dawn of e-health means that communication and information technologies are becoming essential in the interaction between the patients and the medical staff and act as the transmission mechanism of medical data and health informatics data. There is a need to understand planning, sustainability, decision-making on a long-term basis – how will policy-makers succeed to transform specific innovations into better access to heathcare services?

• Dr. Cristian Grasu – Secretary of State, Ministry of Health
• Dr. Laszlo Attila – President, Committee for Public Health, Romanian Senate
• Dr. Hans Kluge – Director, WHO Europe
• Prof. Dr. Sergio Pecorelli – Academic, Former President, Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA)
Anouk De Vroey – Senior Director Policy and Governmental Affairs EMEA, Johnson & Johnson
Roberto Musneci – Vice-President, Aspen Institute Romania & Senior Partner, Şerban & Musneci Associates
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Alexandru Rafila – Member of the Executive Board of WHO / Director, Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 13:15 Improving health coverage, better access to medical services and medicines
The panel will discuss multiple possible policy approaches fostering better access to medical services and medicines for the EU population. Ensuring sustainable access to innovative medicines at an affordable cost: The EU and Central Eastern European regional perspective.

Răzvan Teohari Vulcănescu – Acting President, National Health Insurance House
Iulian Trandafir – CEO, Farmexpert / AIR Member
Dana Constantinescu – General Manager, GSK Romania
• Prof. Albert Farrugia – Professor, University of Western Australia and Senior Scientific Advisor Kedrion Biopharma
• Dr. Alexandru Velicu – President, National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices
Radu Gănescu – Vicepresident, European Patients Forum / President, COPAC
Moderator: Dr. Patriciu Achimaș-Cadariu – Former Minister of Health of Romania

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:45 Health and finance, an indispensable partnership: healthcare as an investment, sustainability of health funding. Getting serious about prevention.
Increasing and diversifying financial resources for the health systems is a key condition for ensuring the system’s sustainability. This panel debates measures such as increasing the percentage of GDP allocated to healthcare, developing public – private partnerships, integrating prevention-based policies to decrease the need for treatment and stimulating private health insurance.

Cristian Nacu – Senior Country Officer for Romania and Moldova, International Finance Corporation
Pascal Robin – Country Chair Romania & Moldova, Sanofi / AIR Member
• Dr. Gabriel Dina – Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Romania
Tomasz Kluszczynski – Senior Principal, IQVIA
Alexandru Ciuncan – General Manager, UNSAR
Călin Gălăşeanu – President, ARPIM
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Cristian Vlădescu – Director, National School of Public Health

15:45 – 16:00 Conclusions, Closing remarks
• Prof. Dr. Alexandru Rafila – Member of the Executive Board of WHO / Director, Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program