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2022 | Q1 Newsletter

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Life Sciences PA left 2021 with optimism and motivation moving into 2022. If the “pandemic years” taught us anything, it’s that your trade association is always ready and willing to adapt, shift, and continue to move forward on the priorities set forth by you, our Members.  Indeed, 2021 was a year of creative adaptability at LSPA.

 

In the following recap of Q1 2022, it’s important to remember Life Sciences PA is a public policy advocacy organization at its core and we pride ourselves in building essential relationships with both state and federal policy makers to advocate for our Member companies. We were proud to bring many of our Members along with us March 29 for our annual Advocacy Day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. Here, we briefed our Members on the issues we advocate daily, and gave them the opportunity to share their organization’s story with legislators in the State House and Senate. The Life Sciences PA team feels privileged to represent all of you and we are continually humbled by your work. Moreover, we are honored to forge connections between your organizations and the legislators who shape the policy and business environment in which we all operate.

 

As we navigate 2022, Life Sciences PA continually seeks Member input into planning events and programs that meet and exceed your needs. For example, since 2020, Life Sciences PA has offered programs for students, Members, and organizations to discuss Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. In Q1 of 2022, we announced a new signature program, Tell Me About Your DE&I Initiatives. Evolving from our student-focused Tell Me About Your Job program, this virtual panel series gives actionable advice and tips to attendees from leading experts in DE&I from all industries.  

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As we look ahead to our other signature events in Q2 – including our now-annual Annual Awards Tailgate – we remain grounded in our mission and are continually educated by the lessons of the past. As the first quarter of 2022 falls behind us, and we look to the rest of the year, Life Sciences PA enters a new era, bringing experiences and lessons from the pandemic, while still sparking new ideas to provide Members the benefits and value to continue to run your businesses efficiently and effectively.  We hope this newsletter provides a clear picture of Q1 successes…and is emblematic of our path forward.

 

All the best,

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Christopher P. Molineaux

President & CEO

 
 
ADVOCACY
PA RARE DISEASE DAY
February 28, 2022
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In honor of national Rare Disease Day on February 28, Life Sciences PA was pleased to host the first annual Pennsylvania Rare Disease Day, in partnership with theNational Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and the Pennsylvania Rare Disease Advisory Council (PARDAC).  Our goal through this event was to empower rare disease patients to effectively share their stories and gain the knowledge around the legislative process to influence change.  We had the additional goal of educating and informing our legislators on issues affecting rare disease patients, and how they too can most effectively work with them to provide better outcomes throughout the Commonwealth.  Through this half-day virtual event we focused on issues including the Orphan Drug Tax Credit, the Bespoke Gene Therapy Consortium and the outcomes of the Newborn Screening Bill that was signed into law in 2021.  More than 200 people registered for this inaugural event and we look forward to making it a regular part of our annual programming!

ADVOCACY DAY
March 29, 2022

Life Sciences PA was pleased to host our annual Advocacy Day in person for the first time in three years on March 29, 2022.   Through this event, LSPA members were able to meet with legislators and/or their staff members to discuss issues that member companies and patient groups are facing and learn more about legislative priorities throughout the Commonwealth.  The event created a convenient and productive venue for discussion between LSPA members and Pennsylvania legislators, offering both the opportunity to become better informed of issues and how they directly impact our member stakeholders.

 

As the statewide trade association for the Commonwealth’s life sciences ecosystem, our energy and advocacy priorities come directly from our members. We are privileged to represent you in the halls of Harrisburg and Congress, but Advocacy Day offered our elected officials the opportunity to hear directly from you – their constituents. 

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We thank those of you that were able to attend for helping to showcase the strength, and importance of Pennsylvania’s life sciences community through these meetings.  However, our work doesn’t stop with Advocacy Day.  We continue to have a number of key legislative priorities that we are focused on through 2022 and your support is critical in moving these forward with legislators and policymakers.  Should you want to remain closely engaged in these issues, we encourage you to join our State Policy Committee.  You can reach out to Nicole Oshurak, Vice President, State Policy & Public Affairs (noshurak@lifesciencspa.org) for more information. 

TIMELINE OF ACTIVITIES
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EVENTS
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP
January 21, 2022

All Life Sciences PA Members who are looking for ways to build and improve their life sciences network are encouraged to attend Making the Most of Your Membership. This program is designed as the blueprint for new and existing members to utilize their membership and educate themselves on program and event offerings while fostering connections with other LSPA member organizations. Long time members join the discussion to emphasize the many benefits of membership, and give advice on how to maximize the opportunities LSPA offers. This program is integral in immersing new member companies into the organization, as well as reintegrating any current member looking to expand their network. 

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FINANCE OPERATIONS SERIES - EDITION 1
February 3, 2022

The Finance Operations Series returns in 2022 as a signature LSPA event. This complimentary, quarterly series gives members timely financial tips to grow their organization effectively. Experts from KPMG provide presentations on varying topics such as R&D Tax Credits, key valuation and more. The team acts as a guide for members as they ask questions and gain insight on ways their organization can learn from these financial experts. One of our most attended events of the year, the Finance Operations Series is a valuable asset to our members. 

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DE&I INITIATIVES
March 4, 2022

Life Sciences PA is proud to announce an evolved series in our ongoing efforts to highlight DE&I with Tell Me About Your DE&I Initiatives. This panel features experts in diversity both in the life sciences, and among other industries. In March, LSPA hosted a panel with Natasha Berry, Vice President of Global Inclusive Culture, Diversity, & Equity at Smith+Nephew, Jasmin Senior Bostic, Associate Director of Global Early Careers Program (US & EMEA) at CSL Behring and Nithya Srinivasan, Director of Marketing in Rheumatology at Janssen. 

 

These speakers gave actionable takeaways to the audience, urging them to “dial up their empathetic leadership” within their organizations. Notable tips included integrating conversations about mental health and balance while creating a culture of belonging amid what is being known as the “great resignation.” The panelists urged organizations to provide forums and spaces for underrepresented groups and minorities to share their experiences. 

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“It’s not just a project, it [DE&I] must be integrated into your mission”
- Jasmin Senior Bostic,CSL Behring
UPCOMING EVENTS
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MEMBERSHIP
Welcome 2022 New Members!
 
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Welcome 2022 New Members!
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Welcome 2022 New Members!
Axiom Healthcare Strategies
BioHybrid Solutions
Biogen
Clear Thoughts Foundation
Cushman & Wakefield
Little Hercules Foundation
National CMV Foundation
Nexstone Immunology, Inc.
Novocure
Paragon Biosciences, LLC
Privacy Aviator LLC
Radiant Biotherapeutics, Inc
Rx-360
Skansa
Vetigenics
Vittoria Biotherapeutics, Inc.
eTheRNA Immunotherapies
iECURE, Inc.
Diamond Members
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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
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LOIS STEPHENS
Director, Membership

QUESTION:

Tell me about your current role as the Membership Director - what is your responsibility in helping grow the membership? 

ANSWER:

I oversee the recruitment of new member companies and focus much of my time on facilitating strategic connections for both new and existing member companies.  I’m also the contact for the LSPA group purchasing program, S.A.V.E. – a member benefit that offers discounts on products and services, like Fisher Scientific for lab supplies and equipment and W.B. Mason for office and breakroom supplies.

QUESTION:

What brought you to LSPA and this position?

ANSWER:

I was in the legal profession for many years, but decided to make a career change. I joined Life Sciences PA in 2017 as a part-time Membership Coordinator. This was when the Life Sciences Center was expanding, and the membership growing at a rapid speed, so I soon came on full time. As the membership grew, I was then promoted to Membership Manager, and now Membership Director, where I was able to bring on a Membership Coordinator to work alongside me. 

QUESTION:

What is something you’d like the membership to know?

ANSWER:

Our goal is to always provide the best opportunities for our membership. At the yearly membership renewal, we want to be sure they see value and come back again. If they need us to touch base with them at the 6-month mark, we are happy to. We can look at what’s ahead for LSPA and their objectives, and help them make a plan to make the most of their membership. I don’t think many members realize we are there to help in any capacity. 

QUESTION:

What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most challenging?

ANSWER:

The most rewarding part of my job is when I am talking with someone about the benefits of belonging to the Life Sciences PA community and I see the moment the person lights up and says, “This makes total sense – I want to join”.  

 

The most challenging part of my job is getting the message across that LSPA membership is like a gym membership – if you don’t get out and work it, you will not see results.  But the good thing is this – the membership team is always available to help our members make a plan to make the most of their membership.  We work hard at maximizing the member experience. 
 

QUESTION:

How would you describe the LSPA Membership, and since starting at LSPA, how has the membership changed? 
 

ANSWER:

I would describe the LSPA membership as a loyal membership base with a shared vision to see life sciences grow and succeed in Pennsylvania. Our membership is always willing to help one another succeed. 

We have always had a large start-up community in our membership since I’ve been here. I believe we came through the pandemic with a strong sense of community.  I’m proud that our number one lead source for new members last year was “Member Referral”.  I know I’m doing my job well, when our members tell those they know, “Hey, you need to belong to Life Sciences PA.  Let me introduce you.”  
 

ABOUT LOIS:

QUESTION:

What was your dream job growing up?

ANSWER:

Music therapy – I’ve always had a need to find meaning in what I do and to know that I am helping and connecting with people.  I find music to be very therapeutic and at one point, thought music therapy would be a perfect combination of my musical skill and helping people in a meaningful way.

QUESTION:

What do you fill your time with outside of work?

ANSWER:

I love spending quiet, reflective time in nature and writing about it.  Whether it’s a walk in the woods on our property, hiking a mountain trail in Maine or canoeing on a glacier lake in Alaska, those are the times I am at my happiest.  That and spending time with my family and close friends.