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.
Scientific Researchers Network
Co-Chair: James A. Weyhenmeyer, Ph.D., VP of Research & Economic Development, Georgia State University
Co-Chair: Neil McFarlane, VP & GM Immunology USA, UCB Inc.
The Scientific Researchers Network enables industry researchers and university faculty to network around common issues and challenges. The group also oversees the scientific portion of the annual Georgia Life Sciences Summit program.
All scientists from Georgia Bio member companies and universities are eligible to be members of the network.
Chair: Nina Urban MS, MBA, Georgia Research Alliance
The Start-Up Network encourages the interaction of start-up and early-stage companies, with a focus on issues related to their growth and development. The committee has embarked on focused programs, addressing unique needs of start-up and early stage bioscience companies.
Medical Devices Network
Chair: David Stern, Sr. Vice-President, CardioMEMS, Inc.
The Medical Device Network mission is to foster a competitive business environment in Georgia that supports the development of medical device companies from initial concept to successful commercialization. The network has identified 3 primary goals:
- Understand and document regional medical device development capabilities, including sources of ideas and intellectual property, access to capital, prototyping, development, manufacturing, testing, and pre-clinical/clinical study capability.
- Ensure regional academic institutions and government entities understand and support the commercialization of new medical device concepts.
- Identify regional resource needs and growth opportunities, and take steps to realize Georgia’s full potential to attract and develop medical device companies, along with essential, experienced personnel.
Emerging Leaders Network
Chair: Dana Fallaize, Emory University
The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a division of Georgia Bio, is devoted to promoting networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia Life Sciences Community. ELN’s programs are designed to facilitate the growth and development of Georgia based biotechnology academic institutions, industries and service providers. A goal of ELN is to retain and cultivate locally educated talent, as well as to welcome and integrate new members to the Georgia Biotechnology Community. In pursuit of these goals, ELN provides opportunities for developing industry contacts, mentoring, and career enhancement through a variety of programs.
The mission of the ELN is to meet the needs of young professionals and graduate students in all areas of the life sciences. In addition to fostering the growth of tomorrow’s leaders, ELN provides opportunities for developing industry contacts, mentoring and career enhancement through networking and educational programs. Learn more at http://gabio.org/eln
Legal & Regulatory Affairs Network
Co-Chair: Alan G. Minsk, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Co-Chair: Grace Powers, Regulatory Affairs Specialist II, Bard Medical
The mission of the Legal & Regulatory Affairs Network is for attorneys and regulatory professionals to use their resources to serve, grow and educate the life sciences community in Georgia. The network members have identified three areas of activities:
- Community Service - Donating time and resources for enhancing Georgia Bio (GaBio) and the life sciences community in Georgia through pro bono service and legal assistance with other GaBio activities.
- Professional Growth - Stimulating discussion and growth among members for the benefit of their law firms and Georgia life science organizations.
- Education – Helping to drive success of the life science industry in Georgia by educating the members of the GaBio on legal and regulatory issues that create value for the industry.
Healthcare IT Network
Chair: Jack Capers, King & Spalding
Details coming soon