Metz to speak at entrepreneur expo

MARIETTA — A pharmaceuticals executive will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo on Sept. 27 at Marietta College.

Speaking is Robert Metz, Marietta College class of 1990, senior vice president for global business operations and external affairs at Horizon Pharma.

The presentation will be held 12:30 p.m. in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

Metz, who has a bachelor’s of arts in management and economics from Marietta College, joined Horizon Pharma in 2009 as vice president of global business operations and general manager in Europe.

He is responsible for the administration of global business operations and corporate external affairs.

He has more than 28 years of experience in commercial, external affairs, finance, project management, human resources and IT administration, business development and operations in both small and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations.

Prior to joining Horizon Pharma, Metz was vice president, commercial operations for IDM Pharma, which manufactured MEPACT for pediatric osteosarcoma, an ultra-orphan pediatric cancer. He played a key role in the turnaround and eventual sale of IDM Pharma to Takeda Pharmaceuticals in June 2009.

Metz led commercial efforts, including the development of key opinion leader and institution center outreach, patient advocacy relations and pricing and reimbursement programming throughout pan-European markets.

The expo will begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by the opening of the conference at 8:40.

Multiple workshops will be held 9-11:50 a.m., a resource fair and networking session 1:30-3 p.m., announcement of the recipient of the Clutch MOV Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a special session of the PioPitch program featuring Geoff Schenkel and Jackson Patterson from Main Street West and Drew Tanner from Peoples Bank Theatre from 3-4:30 p.m.

Admission is $25. For more information or to register, go to or email Jacqueline Khorassani at (740) 376-4621.