The Westchester Biotech Project hosts a variety of Roundtables. These sessions are designed to facilitate community updates, information sharing, and guided discussion between individuals with diverse expertise who may not have otherwise had an opportunity to connect. 

Want to get involved?  To get started, or for an invitation to a specific program, send a note to Joanne Gere, Executive Director:

Upcoming Sessions:
March 1, 2018, 
8:30-10 am - Roundtable for Educators and Employers
March 6, 2018, 8:30-10 am - Building the Biotech Cluster
March 13, 2018, 8:30-10 am - Investors Forum
April 10, 2018, 8:30-10 am - Roundtable for Researchers

Scroll down for details and registration.

Roundtable for Educators and Employers: Next session is March 1, 2018, 8:30-10 am at Fordham Westchester
Co-Chairs: Dr. Carla Romney, Fordham University, and Amy Allen, Westchester County Association
Space is limited. For an invitation, please send a note to

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.

Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster: Next Session is March 6, 2018, 8:30-10 am at Meridian Risk Management, Pelham, NY
Co-Chairs: Sarah Epifano, Business Development Director at Skanska USA, and Patricia Ardigo, First Vice President at 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.

Investors Forum: Next Session is March 13, 2018, Online and at Meridian Risk Management, Pelham, NY
Co-Chairs: Michael Welling, Cofounder of the Westchester Biotech Project, and Daniel Potocki of Finis Ventures

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. 

Roundtable for Researchers: Next Session is April 10, 2018, 8:30-10 am, location TBD

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.

Upcoming Roundtables

Roundtable for Educators and Employers
March 1, 2018 8:30-10:00 EST

Companies in the biotechnology and life science sectors report to us their difficulties finding ideal candidates. Educators have shared their interests in a deeper understanding of industry’s needs for today and tomorrow. In an effort to help align these perspectives, we are collaborating with the Westchester County Association on this series.

Recent Roundtables

 Michael welling

Michael welling

Roundtable: Building the Biotech Cluster 2
For Researchers, Developers, and Entrepeneurs
December 13, 2017

We 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
For Researchers, Developers, and Entrepeneurs
August 17, 2017

Discussion of Elements of a Healthy Biotech Cluster, with Gary Keller of Hosted by our Community Partners at the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency.

Roundtable for Researchers
July 19, 2017

Our Roundtable for Researchers introduced scientist representatives from New York Medical College, Fordham University, Purchase College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, who shared their interests in stimulating communication across their institutions.