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April 10, 2019, 6-9 pm EDT at Manhattanville College -
Should I Get Off the Sidelines?:
Deciding When to Start a New Company

April 23, 12-1:30 pm EDT Online -
Virtual Roundtable: Translating Data Science,
Data Ownership and Security

May 1, 11:30 - 1 pm EDT Online - Virtual Roundtable:
To Share, or Not to Share?
That is the Question

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These sessions are designed to facilitate cross talk and collaborative discussion between individuals with diverse expertise who may not have otherwise had an opportunity to connect. 

Want to get involved? Send a note to Joanne Gere, Executive Director:

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Roundtable for Researchers

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

By gathering representatives from the academic, industry, government, hospital, and nonprofit sectors, the Roundtable for Researchers is unearthing existing studies in discovery and clinical trials. From our explorations it is clear that regional researchers are commonly partnering with national and international collaborators who may participate virtually.

Roundtable for Researchers • April 25, 2018 • More Information
Roundtable for Researchers • July 19, 2017 • More Information

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Roundtable: Translating Data Science

Next Sessions are:
April 23, 12-1:30 pm EDT Online - Virtual Roundtable:
Translating Data Science, Data Ownership and Security

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

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. 

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


Roundtable: Educators and Employers

Collaborating to offer the Westchester Certificate

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

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.

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


Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster

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

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.

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


Roundtable: Government Relations

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

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.

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


Roundtable: Intellectual Property

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

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. 

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

Roundtable: Young Investigators

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

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 and we’ll get started.

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


Roundtable: Investors Forum

Michael Welling, Co-founder,  Westchester Biotech Project 

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.