We hold in-person and online Roundtables throughout the year. These are sessions for sharing your perspectives and challenges. Each evolving group has unearthed intriguing questions and created opportunities to meet across silos and chart a path together.

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Roundtable for Researchers

By developing valuable discussions across the many silos of biomedical research, this group is informing future programs that can enhance awareness of the region’s significance.

Co-Chairs: 
Glen Prusky, Ph.D., Lab Director - Burke Medical Research Institute
Amanda Dupuy, Ph.D., Clinical Scientific Curator - The Jackson Laboratory

Virtual Roundtable for Researchers: NIH Grant-Writing Best Practices • May 16, 2019 • More Information
Roundtable for Researchers • April 25, 2018 • More Information
Roundtable for Researchers • July 19, 2017 • More Information

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Roundtable: Translating Data Science

The dynamic environment that brings together data collection, harmonization, sharing, and analysis is opening new doors and unearthing new challenges. This thought leader roundtable meets throughout the year to share experiences and knowledge, looking for gaps that can be addressed through collaboration. 

Co-Chairs:
Paul Savage, Healthcare MBA Program Director, Hagan School of Business - Iona College
Antonio Biancardi, Chief Operating Officer - DataForm Software

Virtual Roundtable: Translating Data Science, Data Ownership and Security • April 23, 2019 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Translating Data Science, Bias in Data Sets and Analytics • February 20, 2019 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Translating Data Science, Addressing Interoperability • December 5, 2018 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Translating Data Science • October 4, 2018 • More Information

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Roundtable: Educators and Employers

Collaborating to offer the Westchester Certificate

We bring together curriculum influencers with regional employers to explore key skills and capabilities desired in the next generation of life science drug development, and diagnostics/device inventors. In light of major development across the biocluster, it's an important time to build upon the region's collaborative environment. The Roundtable informs initiatives to raise opportunity density for early career researchers, engineers, and data scientists.

Co-Chairs:
Carla Romney, D.Sc., Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences and Education - Boston University
Amy Allen, Vice President - Westchester County Association

Westchester Certificate Launch: Innovation in Research Symposium 2019, March 27 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Educators and Employers, Westchester Certificate Work Session • January 16, 2019 • More Information
Roundtable: Educators and Employers • November 1, 2018 • More Information
Roundtable: Educators and Employers • August 7, 2018 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Educators and Employers • May 16, 2018 • More Information
Roundtable: Educators and Employers • March 1, 2018 • More Information

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Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster

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.

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

Charrette: Westchester Biotech Blueprint 2030 • June 25, 2019 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster, Innovation Cluster Development November 14, 2018 • More Information
Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster, Lessons Learned • March 6, 2018 • More Information
Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster • December 13, 2017 • More Information
Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster • August 17, 2017 • More Information

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Roundtable: Government Relations

Since the establishment of the New York State Life Sciences Initiative, in 2016, science and technology has found new life in New York. Over 47 companies have launched in New York State over the last three decades, placing NY in the #2 spot in the nation for funding biotech and life science research and development. Even with the positive influx of investment and the establishment of science and technology as a public authority in New York, the industry is still confronted by governmental barriers and bureaucratic policy.

Co-Chairs:
Lisa Wickens-Alteri, President - Capital Health Consulting
Andrew Zebrak, Executive Director, Public Policy, Therapeutic Areas, and Advocacy - Boehringer Ingelheim

Virtual Roundtable: Implementing Volume to Value Initiatives, Advocacy for Community Health • March 21, 2019 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Government Relations Midterm Update, Outlook for 2019 • December 12, 2018 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Making a Difference Through Smart Government Relations • July 25, 2018 • More Information

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Roundtable: Intellectual Property

As a researcher, engineer, or data scientist entering the entrepreneurial world, it pays to understand the steps needed to protect your discovery or innovation. If gone about the wrong way, researchers will be unable to realize the value of the inventions into which they poured their energy, and unable to attract the funding that they need to bring their discovery to market. 

Co-Chairs:
Scott D. Locke, Esq., Partner & Chair, Intellectual Property Department - Dorf & Nelson
Christopher C. Palermo, Esq., Senior Counsel - Harris Beach

Virtual Roundtable: To Share, or Not to Share? That is the Question • May 1, 2019 More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Intellectual Property, Issues for Bioinformatics Digital Innovation • January 24, 2019 More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Intellectual Property, Timing is Everything • July 10, 2018 • More Information
Roundtable: Intellectual Property for the Life Sciences • April 24, 2018 • More Information

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Roundtable: Lab to Market

A convergence of our Roundtable for Researchers, Roundtable: Intellectual Property, and Roundtable: Virtual Executive in Residence.

Co-Chairs:
Glen Prusky, Ph.D., Lab Director - Burke Medical Research Institute
Amanda Dupuy, Ph.D., Clinical Scientific Curator, The Jackson Laboratory
Scott D. Locke, Esq., Partner & Chair - Intellectual Property Department, Dorf & Nelson
Christopher C. Palermo, Esq., Senior Counsel - Harris Beach
Keith Safian, CEO - Safian & Company
Daniel Potocki, Founder and CEO - Finis Ventures

Virtual Working Session: Preparing for BIO • May 2, 2019 More Information

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Consortium: Translational Research in the Microbiome

The Consortium on Translational Research in the Microbiome (CTRM) is a community of practice focused on facilitating the implementation of microbiome research to enhance drug discovery and development.

By focusing upon harmonization of emerging enabling technologies, we provide a collaborative platform for knowledge sharing and consensus building.

Co-Chairs:
Keith Bostian, Ph.D.
, CEO - Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship
Eric Vieira, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Collaborations - Columbia Engineering
Joanne Gere, Executive Director - Westchester Biotech Project

Virtual Roundtable: Building Data Infrastructure for Microbiome Research • May 30, 2019 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Reproducibility, Consortium on Translational Research in the Microbiome • January 25, 2019 • More Information
Virtual Roundtable: Standardization, Consortium on Translational Research in the Microbiome • October 16, 2018 • More Information 

Roundtable: Young Investigators

Part of our Mission is to enhance and support the careers of working scientists, engineers, and data scientists. We don't do anything like placements. However, we offer programs to address "what they don't teach you in school".

In turn, we hope that you will help us identify emerging breakthroughs, provide insight, and generate fresh ideas for our programs and enhancement projects. We work with each individual to bring you into the activities that are most intriguing for you. 

Interested? Please send a note to info@westchesterbiotechproject.org and we’ll get started.

Co-Chairs:
Doreen Badheka, Ph.D., Program Director, School of Graduate Studies - Rutgers University
Neha Nigam, Ph.D., Consultant - Grey Health Group

Virtual Roundtable: Young Investigators, Establishing Your First Lab • January 30, 2019 More Information

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Roundtable: Investors Forum

The specific interests and concerns of investors in the life sciences, including diagnostics and devices, reflect the complexity and impact of biomedical research itself. This by-invitation Forum is a platform for sharing perspectives, addressing challenges that may be in common but express themselves in unique ways, and helping inform our initiatives.

Chair:
Michael Welling, Co-founder,  Westchester Biotech Project