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AUTM 2019 Annual Meeting
February 10-13
, 2019 - Austin, TX
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AUTM’s Annual Meeting is the year's signature tech transfer event where professionals from around the world meet to network, make deals and gain valuable insights from world-class speakers and  panels.

AUTM is the non-profit leader in efforts to educate, promote and inspire professionals to support the development of academic research that changes the world and drives innovation forward. Our community is comprised of more than 3,000 members who work in more than 800 universities, research centers, hospitals, businesses and government organizations around the globe.

Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill Lobby Day Breakfast
February 26
, 2019, Washington, DC
Lobby Day Registration Deadline: February 11th
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The Lobby Day breakfast will be on Tuesday, February 26th, from 7:00-8:30am at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill at 525 New Jersey Avenue NW in Washington, DC. Please arrive promptly to be seated for remarks from leaders on Capitol Hill. Keynote speakers will present during the breakfast and advocates will be notified of any last minute changes to their Hill meeting schedules.

ACRP (Association of Clinical Research Professionals) 2019
April 12-15, 2019 - Nashville, TN
Proposal Deadline: August 10, 2018
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Help advance the clinical research community by sharing best practices, case studies, practical tips and expertise at ACRP 2019. Submit your proposal to speak and be recognized as a leader, raise your professional profile, and expand your network.Session proposals are sought for one-hour breakout sessions, two-hour ‘masters series’ sessions, four-hour pre-conference workshops, and eight-hour workshops.

ACRP 2019 brings the clinical research community together to learn, connect and explore opportunities to improve operations. Here are a few other highlights of what's in store for 2019:

  • 60 Educational Sessions Designed to Improve Operations and Build Professional Competence

  • 125+ Thought Leaders and Session Presenters

  • 1,200+ Members of the Clinical Research Community

  • 100+ Leading-Edge Suppliers and Solutions Providers

9th Annual ACE Mentor Program
Sporting Clays Fundraising Event
April 26, Pawling, NY
For More, Call Sportsmen for Charity: (914) 723-3474

ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization that helps prepare high school students for careers in design and construction through mentoring by industry professionals. It’s a great way to spend time with clients, business associates, or colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere while supporting a very worthy cause.

3rd Annual Cell Congress 
June 24-25
, New York, NY
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Programs, Proposals, and Requests

Cures Within Reach, CureAccelerator - Currently Available Funding Opportunities / Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
Proposal Deadlines: January 31, 2019
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CureAccelerator Live! is our philanthropic pitch event where up to 5 PIs are the finalists presenting their clinical repurposing trials and attendees select the winning project and up to $50,000 in funding.

• CureAccelerator Live! for Rare Diseases: Focusing on repurposed treatments impacting patients with any rare disease. Eligible submissions can come from North America and Europe. The event will be held in Spring/Summer 2019 in a US city.

• CureAccelerator Live! for the Developing World: Focusing on repurposed treatments for a disease that primarily impacts patients in low and lower-middle income countries. Eligible submissions can come from anywhere in the world. The event will be held in the Boston area in Spring 2019.

Requesting Information for the NIST Privacy Framework
Deadline: January 31, 2019
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NIST requests input on the NIST Privacy Framework: An Enterprise Risk Management Tool via a Request for Information (RFI).

NIST envisions that the Privacy Framework will be a voluntary tool for organizations to better identify, assess, manage, and communicate about privacy risks so that individuals can enjoy the benefits of innovative technologies with greater confidence and trust. The RFI solicits information regarding organizational considerations for privacy risk management, the structure of the Privacy Framework, and specific privacy practices to be included. The RFI responses will inform the development of an outline of the framework that is anticipated to be issued in early 2019.


Research Technician, Pharmacology
Sapience Therapeutics - 
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Join a dynamic, growing biotechnology company in Westchester County, NY dedicated to the discovery and development of peptide therapeutics for the treatment of high unmet need cancers.

News and Articles

Advisory Board Member Amy Allen to be Honored at the 2018 Women in Business Awards
Hosted by 914INC.
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In her job, Amy Allen talks to a lot of people. Language, in fact, is an important part of her background. “I was a foreign-language major, and I was in international business earlier in my career. I think language is so tied in with culture,” she says.

Communication is critical in her highly visible role, which focuses on building the economic viability of the region. Before being promoted to vice president in 2015, Allen served as the WCA’s managing director for advocacy and international business, during which time she... more

Marist College, Health Quest to create medical school in Poughkeepsie
September 12
, 2018
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Marist College and Health Quest are teaming up to create a medical school, a move the organizations say will change the health care, economic and educational landscape of the mid-Hudson Valley.

The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine would be the first MD-granting college between Albany and Westchester.

Officials say it will help meet a significant demand for physician education, bring high paying jobs to the area, attract top doctors and provide residents with greater access to high-quality healthcare close to home… more

Plan Calls for Conversion of IBM Somers Campus to STEM School
, 2018
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A plan was presented to the Somers Town Board on Thursday evening that if approved would involve the adaptive reuse of the 1.2-million-square-foot former and now vacant IBM campus here into a STEM high school geared at attracting top students from across the country.

Evergreen Ridge, LLC of Stamford, CT, headed by principal Tim DiScipio, presented its initial plans to the Somers officials that call for significant interior renovations to the five-building complex to convert it into a school for grades 9-12 that would focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), as well as the arts. Evergreen officials say the firm hopes to open the school for its first class in the fall of 2020.

Antonio Biancardi's company, DataForm Software, migrates to Microsoft Azure
Antonio is on our Board of Directors
August 29, 2018
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Recently recognized by CIO Magazine as a leader in corporate finance technology, DataForm Software ( announces the migration of its flagship cloud-based product Planet Life Cycle – a robust work management application – to Microsoft Azure. Planet is a team-centric, enterprise work management system that merges strategic and financial planning with execution.

FDA Public Workshop: “Development of Non-Traditional Therapies for Bacterial Infections."
August 26
, 2018
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The Food and Drug Administration held a public workshop entitled “Development of Non-Traditional Therapies for Bacterial Infections." Two companies were invited by FDA to provide industry perspectives, Contrafect and Merck, the two leaders in the industry  developing Non-Traditional Therapies for Bacterial Infections. 

Target Health’s Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, Mary Shatzoff, had the privilege of joining Contrafect’s Chief Medical Officer, Cara Cassino, and Executive Director of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, Alena Jandourek. Dr. Cassino delivered an exciting summary of the progress Contrafect has made with their development program for CF-301 (exebacase). The workshop was a tremendous success and the FDA has agreed to continue these initiatives to advance this important work.

NJII Health IT Connections enters 9th round
August 24
, 2018
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New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT corporation, has helped more than 90 companies through its Health IT Connections program and now, NJII is putting out the call for new applicants.

Entering its fifth year, Health IT Connections works to grow the industry through the support of growth-stage health IT entrepreneurs via training, mentoring and building connections to new customers, strategic partners and suppliers.