Virtual Roundtable: Building the Westchester Biotech Cluster
Innovation Cluster Development in a Dynamic Environment

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November 14, 2018 • RecordingPDF

Four Keys to a Healthy Innovation Cluster in Westchester

Steve Wray, VP and Director, Regional Economics and Labor
EConsult Solutions
Discussant:
Philippe Salphati, Pharm.D.,
President & CEO, AYA Consulting; Member, Tefen Group

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.

We’re not starting from scratch in Westchester. With profound life science resources already growing here, now is the time to look to diverse clusters for lessons learned.
— Joanne Gere, Executive Director, Westchester Biotech Project

Steve Wray, a leader in innovation cluster development, will share four keys to developing a healthy innovation cluster. His 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.

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About our Speaker:
Mr. Wray
leads collaborative teams focused on regional economic competitiveness and innovation policy. He assists public, private, and non-profit sectors with talent development, infrastructure, and governance issues.

An internationally recognized expert and speaker, he translates complicated issues and concepts to diverse audiences.


Building the Biotech Cluster

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Since August 2017, we have invited participation to address the vibrant opportunities and significant challenges for life science research, engineering, and data science. Overall, our activities are designed to stimulate knowledge sharing and collaboration across the many silos of biomedical research, device development, and commercialization.

Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster
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


Past Sessions

Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster
March 6, 2018

For Researchers, Developers, and Entrepreneurs
Meridian Risk Management
1 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803
Please Register for Updates to receive future Invitations.

Co-Chairs:
Sarah Epifano 

       Business Development Director, Skanska USA
Patricia Ardigo
       
First Vice President, CBRE Life Sciences Group

Discussants:
       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

Lessons Learned on the Road to Cluster Development

Diverse players are necessary to drive opportunity density in the region-- developers, builders, real estate experts, tax and legal professionals, consultants, investors and more. This group is open to researchers who provide the excitement to inspire growth.

To a company we have heard that hiring scientists is a challenge, and by listening to their concerns it is clear that issues range from housing to lab space to transportation, government incentives, etc. 

We invite your participation as we address the vibrant opportunities and significant challenges for life science research, engineering, and data science. Overall, our activities are designed to stimulate knowledge sharing and collaboration across the many silos of biomedical research, device development, and commercialization.

Contact us to learn about ways that your institution, company, or organization can get involved!


Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster
December 13, 2017

For Researchers, Developers, and Entrepreneurs

Westchester County Industrial Development Agency
Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
Click for our Blog Post

The Westchester Biotech Project is an initiative to bring together researchers, engineers, and data scientists with connections to the region of Westchester County, NY. Activities include breakfast meetings, roundtables, webinars, and the Innovation in Research Symposium. 

We invite your participation as we address the vibrant opportunities and significant challenges for life science research, engineering, and data science. Overall, our activities are designed to stimulate knowledge sharing and collaboration across the many silos of biomedical research, device development, and commercialization.

Agenda:
_ Welcome: Loren Zeitler and George Oros of the Westchester Industrial Development Agency
_ Overview of the Westchester Biotech Project and progress thus far
_ Guest Speaker
_ Introductions all Around
_ Stakeholder Discussion: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities- What We've Learned in 2017
_ Developments for 2018

Thank you to our Community Partner, the Westchester Industrial Development Agencyour host for this session.
Contact us to learn about ways that your institution, company, or organization can get involved!


Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster
August 17, 2017

Westchester County Industrial Development Agency
Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
Click for our Blog Post

The Westchester Biotech Project is an initiative to bring together researchers, engineers, and data scientists with connections to the region of Westchester County, NY. Activities include breakfast meetings, roundtables, webinars, and the Innovation in Research Symposium. 

We invite your participation as we address the vibrant opportunities and significant challenges for life science research, engineering, and data science. Overall, our activities are designed to stimulate knowledge sharing and collaboration across the many silos of biomedical research, device development, and commercialization.

At the Roundtable on Westchester Biotech Cluster Development, we will share our vision and ask for your viewpoint. Already we have interviewed a number of stakeholders across the region. At this by-invitation meeting we will share insights collected and ask for your perspectives.

Agenda:
_ Welcome: Loren Zeitler and George Oros of the Westchester Industrial Development Agency
_ Overview of the Westchester Biotech Project and progress thus far
_ Guest Speaker on the Elements of a Healthy Life Science Cluster
_ Introductions all Around
_ Discussion of emerging challenges and opportunities
_ Development of concepts for October 26 Innovation in Research Symposium

Thank you to our Community Partner, the Westchester Industrial Development Agency, our host for this session.
Contact us to learn about ways that your institution, company, or organization can get involved!