Westchester Biotech Blueprint 2030


Westchester Biotech Blueprint 2030 is our ongoing process for listening to your challenges and opportunities, with the goal of leveraging existing resources and looking for green space where we can collaborate to develop the partnerships and support for generational growth across the life science cluster. At each Charrette, we will address both the facilities and the intellectual infrastructure that can accelerate scientific progress.

Charrette \ shəˈret \

A public meeting or workshop devoted to a concerted effort to solve a problem, or plan the design of something.

We invite researchers, engineers, and data scientists to meet with developers, real estate professionals, designers, and funders to collaborate and realize the region’s potential. We include thought leaders from companies, academia, government, industry, and development communities.

We have already learned about challenges for growing companies, and the advancing need for both wetlab and data hub development. What else should we be considering? Westchester is a unique environment, with national and international cohorts across the many silos of biomedical progress. We welcome perspectives that can inform our future, and value your lessons learned.

Join us to help shape the future!

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Ardsley Park by Biomed Realty

Ardsley Park by Biomed Realty

Recent Session: June 25, 2019

Charrette: Westchester Biotech Blueprint 2030

Thank you to everyone who joined us! We will see you all again soon as we continue developing a broad vision supporting the future of our life science ecosystem — together.

Colleen O’Connor, Senior Director, East Coast and
U.K. Markets, BioMed Realty
Yasmeen Ahmed Pattie, Principal and Founder
East Egg Project Management
David Stockel, Senior Vice President, CBRE

About our Speakers:

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Colleen O’Connor, Senior Director, East Coast and U.K. Markets, BioMed Realty

Colleen O’Connor is BioMed Realty’s Director of Leasing for the MA and NY markets. Colleen leads the company’s leasing efforts for the Cambridge MA market and has completed over 2.4M SF of commercial leasing transactions for lab and office space.  She has been instrumental in completing lease transactions from the initial underwriting all the way through to the execution of the lease, bringing a unique blend of life science real estate experience with a strong financial background.  Prior to her role at BioMed, she worked for both Fidelity Investments and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in investment and advisory services.  Colleen holds her Master of Business Administration Degree from Babson College and is also a Registered Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts.

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Yasmeen Ahmed Pattie, Principal and Founder, East Egg Project Management

Yasmeen Pattie has 20+ years of relationship building and project management experience in real estate for life sciences and non-profits. Yasmeen works with small companies to find, lease, and furnish new office and lab spaces and to access public funding and incentives. She also advises larger organizations on development and planning initiatives; most recently she led an in-depth study exploring the feasibility of life sciences in Long Island City. Yasmeen received her degrees from Amherst College and the University of California at Berkeley.


David Stockel, Senior Vice President, CBRE

David Stockel is responsible for advising and representing tenants and owners in the office and life science sectors. He joined CBRE after working at Transwestern, where he was recognized as a top producing broker and invited to the National Recognition Conference each year he was there.

Prior to his time at Transwestern, David worked at Cushman & Wakefield, where he advised a variety of national and international tenants and owners. He received a variety of awards including the Vincent J. Peters Award for Excellence. Earlier in his career, he was awarded S.L. Green’s “Rookie of the Year” award.

Roundtable: Building the Westchester Biotech Cluster

Rajiv Ratan, MD, Ph.D
Executive Director, Burke Neurological Institute
Sarah Epifano 
Business Development Director, Skanska USA

With the spring (2019) we are celebrating our second year completed, with a series of Charrettes, Roundtables, and a Cross-Atlantic Confab. Register for Updates!

Emerging opportunities for collaboration across the many silos of biomedical research, device development, and commercialization make this the perfect moment to create a unified, colorful vision that confidently addresses perceived gaps.

Through established and fresh partnerships, we are leading a process to build cross-silo relationships while drafting an aligned and friendly platform. Where great work is being done, we celebrate and offer to help. Where there is green space for problem-solving we nurture potential partnerships, exploring ways to leverage existing resources, finding or creating solutions, and striving to raise all boats.

We’re not starting from scratch in Westchester. Our vibrant life science/biomedical research community is growing, and opportunities continually emerge.

With profound life science resources already growing here, we’re ready to create generational growth for our wonderful, diverse international community.
— Joanne Gere, Executive Director, Westchester Biotech Project

Now is the time to reach out with your thoughts on building generational growth across the life science cluster.

Questions? Send a note: info@westchesterbiotechproject.org

About our Chairs:

Rajiv Ratan, MD, Ph.D, Executive Director
Burke Neurological Institute

Rajiv (“Raj”) Ratan received his B.A. in Neuroscience (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College in 1981 and received the John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship in Medicine. He completed an M.D. and Ph.D. at the New York University School of Medicine where he graduated as a member of AOA in 1988. He completed his Ph.D. with Dr. Michael Shelanski (Chair of Pathology at Columbia University) and Dr. Frederick Maxfield (Chair of Biochemistry at Cornell) where he focused on novel methods to monitor calcium gradients in living cells. He completed an Internship in Medicine at the University of Chicago and was a Neurology resident and then Chief Resident in Neurology at Johns Hopkins (1991-1992). He was awarded the Jay Slotkin Award for excellence in research while a resident; and subsequently received the Passano Foundation Clinician Scientist Award while completing a fellowship in Neurorehabilitation and a post-doc in the Department of Neuroscience at Hopkins. In 1994, he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Neurology and Rehab Medicine at Hopkins and he started his own lab with the help of his post-doc mentor, Jay Baraban. In 1996, he was recruited to set up the Neuroprotection Laboratory in the Department of Neurology and Program in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School (Harvard Institutes of Medicine and Beth Israel Hospital). He became an Associate Professor at Harvard in 1999. In 2002, Dr. Ratan moved to Burke to Direct the Research Institute. He was formally appointed the Winifred Masterson Burke Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Medical College in 2004 and named an Associate Dean for the medical college in 2011.

Sarah Epifano, Business Development Director, Skanska USA

Sarah Reynard Epifano returned to the construction industry six years ago as Director of Business Development at Skanska USA Building Inc. after a 13-year hiatus as a stay at home mom to her son Nicholas. With a passion for building relationships internally and externally for project pursuits, Reynard Epifano has built a career on understanding a client's needs and then rallying the resources to meet them.

Prior to leaving full-time employment, Reynard Epifano was the lead business developer responsible for organically growing Skanska's Connecticut office. Before that her major accomplishments included starting Turner Construction Co.'s Special Projects Division in Connecticut and overseeing major construction projects for Collins Development. Sarah currently serves on the Board of Professional Women in Construction and the Women Builders Council, she is an active member in NYC Builds Bio+ and volunteers as a speaker at Silver Hill Hospital. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University.


Four Keys to a Healthy Innovation Cluster in Westchester

November 14, 2018RecordingPDF

More Information

Steve Wray, VP and Director, Regional Economics and Labor
EConsult Solutions

Philippe Salphati, Pharm.D.,
President & CEO, AYA Consulting; Member, Tefen Group

Steve Wray  , VP and Director Regional Economics and Labor, EConsult Solutions

Steve Wray, VP and Director
Regional Economics and Labor, EConsult Solutions

Cluster building is a multi-tiered, multi-year initiative, requiring the combined resources and collaborative efforts of numerous individuals and organizations. However, the resulting supportive life science infrastructure lays an enduring foundation for the future. In alignment with our mission, we look to other clusters for lessons learned during times of directed growth.

Steve Wray is a leader in innovation cluster development, whose insights on the meaningful growth of a life science ecosystem have developed through work in Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, drawing on experiences from Boston, Baltimore, and Silicon Valley. His firm has also advised Universities in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Atlanta, and California, helping them understand their regional economic role and impact.

Lessons Learned on the Road to Cluster Development

March 6, 2018 More Information
Roundtable Co-Chairs:
Sarah Epifano, 
Business Development Director, Skanska USA
Patricia Ardigo (2017-2019, thank you!), First Vice President, CBRE Life Sciences Group

Don Crotty, 
Sr. Vice President, National Director - Life Sciences COE, Skanska USA
Tieg Murray, Marketing Manager, Life Sciences Center of Excellence, Skanska USA
Jeff Schantz, Sector Leader of Science/Technology, EYP Inc.
Steven Jacobs, Strategic Advisor, BJH Advisors
Bill Fair, Director, Life Sciences Business Development, Tavistock Group

Past Sessions

Four Keys to a Healthy Innovation Cluster in Westchester
November 14, 2018 • RecordingPDF

Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster -Lessons Learned
March 6, 2018 • More Information

Roundtable: Westchester Biotech Cluster Development 2
December 13, 2017 • More Information

Roundtable: Building the Westchester Biotech Cluster 
August 17, 2017 • More Information

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