Serving on one of Georgia Bio’s committee or networks is an excellent way for members to tap into new knowledge as well as shape the strategic issues that affect the industry. GaBio offers a variety of opportunities to participate in committees, network task force and forums that engage in activities designed to promote the success and growth of members’ businesses and the state’s life sciences industry.
You must be a member in good standing to participate in a committee or network.
Contact Georgia Bio to learn how to get involved with committee service.
What is a Committee?
A committee meets on a regular basis and requires volunteer time. You will be involved in organizing and developing programs throughout the year. Committees are open to the general membership.
Government Affairs Committee
Chair: Chris Lepore, Johnson & Johnson
The Government Affairs Committee mission is to identify public policy issues of significance to Georgia Bio (GaBio) members and develop position statements and advocacy strategies. The committee also develops forums and programs aimed at educating GaBio members, government officials and the general public about bioscience issues.
In addition, the committee develops the Georgia Bio legislative agenda, strategies for working with other life sciences stakeholders on public policy issues, such as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Biosciences Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, in advocating public policy positions.
Industry Marketing Committee
Chair: William Kitchens, Arnall Golden Gregory
The committee's mission is to create a forum for Georgia’s economic development professionals and life-sciences company executives to work closely in developing strategies for growing the state’s life-sciences industry and in creating, retaining and recruiting companies.
- Assist in the implementation of state economic-development marketing initiatives targeting Georgia’s life-sciences industry.
- Conduct ongoing outreach to existing life-science companies in Georgia to assess companies’ needs and to ensure the growth and retention of Georgia’s established life-science companies.
- Identify companies that may want to relocate to Georgia and provide outreach to companies targeted by Georgia.
- Provide appropriate and timely information for state and local economic-development professionals for use in recruiting life-science companies to Georgia.
- Assist in advocating legislative measures that boost new company formation, support emerging companies and enable established companies to expand.
Chair: Tina McKeon, Ph.D., Kilpatrick Townsend
The Program Committee oversees monthly meetings and the annual Awards Dinner, scheduling speakers that discuss topics and issues of interest to the organization’s membership. For program information, please visit the Events page.
Chair: Robert T. McNally. Ph.D., GeoVax
Each year Georgia Bio recognizes outstanding achievements by people, companies and organizations in Georgias bioscience industry. The top award is the Industry Growth Award recognizing individuals in the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to the growth of Georgia’s life sciences industry. Georgia Bio also recognizes outstanding accomplishments with Community Awards, Legislator of the Year awards, Deals of the Year, and the Emerging Leader of the Year.
The awards committee consists of a small group of industry representatives who are responsible for coordinating a public call for award nominations in all categories as well as reviewing financial deals from the previous year to determine winners in each category.
Industry Leaders Committee
Chair: Edward J. Schutter, RPh, MBA, Arbor Pharmaceuticals
The mission of the Industry Leaders Forum is to provide a forum for industry executives to network, share best practices and identify and discuss issues critical to the success of their companies. The Forum also provides leadership support, perspective and guidance in the initiation, development and execution of Georgia Bio programs, policies and activities.
University Leaders Committee
Chair: David S. Stephens, MD, Emory University
The University Leaders Forum works to find ways to improve communications and collaboration between universities and the life science industry. It does this by developing new programs to educate faculty and students. The Forum also strives to create new strategies to better serve faculty members and students who are developing new technologies, new academic industry partnerships and innovation strategies.