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PDA New England Chapter

Chapter's Region:

Connecticut / Maine / Massachusetts / New Hampshire / Rhode Island / Vermont

The PDA New England Chapter is an association of biopharma professionals, both experienced and recently entering the field, and associated solution providers. The association provides opportunities for networking, sharing industry best practices (live and virtual), and educational opportunities through dinner meetings and webinars. Annually the Chapter offers undergraduate scholarships to the next generation of biopharma professionals in New England.

The NEPDA was formed in 1988 and represented a subset of the Global PDA members located in the six New England states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut.

Our past presidents are:

  • 1988-1989: co-presidents Tim Leahy and Robert Pazzano
  • 1990-2002: Robert Pazzano
  • 2003-2004: Mark Staples
  • 2005-2006: Myron Dittmer
  • 2007-2008: Louis Zaczkiewicz
  • 2009-2010: Jerry Boudreault
  • 2011-2012: Rusty Morrison
  • 2013-2014: Roland Bizanek
  • 2015-2016: Jonathan Morse
  • 2017-2018: Amnon Eylath
  • 2019-2020: Laurie Masiello
  • 2021-2022: Steve Jones

PDA Members and non-members are invited to all NEPDA events.

Member at Large

  • Mike Cammarata, STERIS Life Sciences
  • Ralph Willette, Particle Measuring Systems
  • Kelly O'Hare, enGene
  • Thomas Perrone, GSK
  • Patricia Richard, M.Ed., Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College Student Chapter

  • Lisa Tohline, President
  • Samantha (Sam) Rim, Vice President
  • Sambathvatanak Chuop, Treasurer
  • Nicolas (Nick) Saphay, Social Media Officer

Sponsors

We offer vendors, consultants, operating companies, and other organizations promotional opportunities to present to our members while supporting the NEPDA Chapter as an event sponsor.

  • Our e-mail distribution reaches over 1,200 contacts throughout New England and beyond.
  • Our membership includes manufacturing, research, QA, QC, Engineering, Contract Manufacturers, Consultants, Regulatory, etc.
  • Dinner meetings, often with company tours, regularly attract 100 or more attendees.

Refer to our sponsorship plan for more information on the metallic sponsorship opportunities.

If you are interested in sponsoring an event or a webinar, please send an email request to our Chapter Secretary.

2024 NE PDA Sponsor Plan

Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Get Involved

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Attend our Dinner Meetings!

The NEPDA chapter hosts dinner meetings at diverse New England locations on exciting industry topics with engaging speakers and lively audience participation.

Each dinner meeting is sponsored to help defray the cost of the meetings. In return for sponsoring an event, companies gain exposure to our membership by prominent recognition in meeting announcements and exhibit tables during the meeting's registration/networking period.

We also offer reduced prices for retired / unemployed and full-time college students who are NEPDA Student Members.

If you are interested in sponsoring an event, please send an email request to our Chapter Secretary.

Attend our Webinars!

Webinars focus on the fast-paced changes that affect our ever-changing work environments with exciting industry topics, engaging speakers and question and answer periods for the attendees to clarify questions they may have. If you are interested in sponsoring a webinar, please send an email request to our Chapter Secretary

Participate in our Board Meetings!

All the Board Meetings are held virtually. 2023 Board Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month from 6 pm to 7 pm. If you would like to attend these meetings, please send an email request to the Chapter Secretary. If you would like to attend these meetings, please send a request to the Chapter Secretary

Agendas for board meetings include a wrap up of past events and planning for future events along with reporting on status of the treasury, the membership rolls, and exchange ideas and camaraderie.

At NEPDA Board Meetings, we ensure that all the committees are on schedule and working toward the same common NEPDA goals. Some committees are Communications, Events, Webinar, Sponsorship, Membership, Volunteer, and Nominating. If you would like to volunteer your talents to assist in the NEPDA chapter's functioning, please send an email request to the Chapter Secretary.

Volunteer for a Committee!

Event Planning/Social Media Communications

  • Events Committee 
    Researches and selects function spaces and menus, generates the event information for posting, develops the event follow-up information, provides images from the events, and chooses Meeting Managers to host the night's event.
  • Communications Committee
    Develops communication strategies through PDA's marketing channels by preparing event announcements, post-event newsletters, and email correspondence to chapter members
  • Social Media Committee
    Develops and implements the NEPDA social media strategy to connect with current and new chapter members.
  • Sponsorship Committee
    Responsible for the overall coordination of soliciting sponsorship opportunities and interfaces with sponsor contacts at events.

Chapter Member Recruitment and Recognition Initiatives

  • Membership Committee
    Reaches out to expired members, develops new ways to gain new members, and tracks the health of the NEPDA membership./li>
  • Volunteer Committee
    Coordinates volunteer recruitment for the NEPDA chapter and volunteer recognition efforts.
  • Nominating Committee
    Research candidates to assume board positions every two years and present their candidates to the board.
  • Scholarship Committee
    Coordinates the application, delivery, and selection process for the NEPDA scholarships.

Contact us for more information about chapter volunteer opportunities.


Student Chapter

The NEPDA Middlesex Community College (MCC) Student Chapter shares PDA's mission, "to provide a local forum for discussion, meetings and information exchange." The NEPDA MCC Student Chapter involves members with the most updated topics in the Biotech/Pharmaceutical Industry, promotes science discussions, and builds relationships between PDA professionals and students.

The New England PDA Student Chapter was founded in 2008 at the Middlesex Community College under past PDA President-Elect Jerry Boudreault. The first student officers were Matt Piasecki (President), Maurice Perez (President-Elect), Wayne Landis (Secretary), and Lackhena Pak (Treasurer). The initial faculty sponsors were JesseKlein and Paul Patev.

In 2022, Paul Patev, Patricia Richard, and Dr. Maryluci Bladon are the faculty advisors.

The current NEPDA - MCC  Student Chapter Executive Committee members are:

President
Megan Guros
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Secretary
Doug DeFeo
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President-Elect
Jenny Ly
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Treasurer
Danisha Rameriz
[email protected]

Students are encouraged to get involved in the planning of activities. Please reach out to the Student Chapter President for more information.

Who can participate?

Students from the Middlesex Community College (MCC) with a PDA membership can participate in the NEPDA Student Chapter.

How our meetings are organized?

We meet on ZOOM on the second Friday of each month during the academic year, from September to May.  During our meetings, we may have guest speakers.  We organize tours to biotech/pharmaceutical companies.
Students are encouraged to get involved in the planning of activities.  Come to any of the PDA Student Chapter meetings or email your ideas to the Student Chapter President.

What are the benefits of being a member of the Student Chapter?

Students with a PDA membership can:

  • Attend NEPDA Dinner Meetings
  • Attend NEPDA Webinars
  • Compete in Poster contests
  • Apply for the Second Year Scholarships to MCC and Transfer Scholarship to a four-year college.
  • Network and meet industry professionals
  • Observe behavior in a professional environment.

Chapter Officers

  • Henry Brush

    President

    Selecta Biosciences

  • Enith Morillo

    President-Elect

    Cadoret Global Inc

  • Lindsay McGrail

    Secretary

    Lyndra Therapeutics

  • Robert Lucas

    Treasurer

    CAI

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