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.
Our current system is that a PDA member is elected to a 2-year President-Elect term followed immediately by a term as President. This system allows for a continuity of leadership and a systematic rotation. Historically the outgoing President has assumed one of the Member-At-Large positions after their term is over. We have a Treasurer that keeps track of finances and coordinates meeting registrations. We also have a secretary that records the meeting minutes and coordinates the NEPDA Newsletter.
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NEPDA Chapter members have access to an extensive library of technical reports that provide industry best practices information. NEPDA Chapter members can network with other industry professionals through local chapter events as well as national events. Our membership comprises seasoned professionals, professionals looking to improve their breadth of knowledge, young professionals and students who are learning; Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) - Operations, Manufacturing, QC QA, and Regulatory Requirements.
Our chapter 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
PDA Members and non-members are invited to all NEPDA events.
If you would like to join our email list, sign-up by texting “NEPDA” to 22828 from your mobile device.
Attend our Dinner Meetings!
Due to COVID19 restrictions, our in-person meetings have been suspended until further notice. When it is safe to meet in person, we will present dinner meetings at diverse New England locations on exciting industry topics with engaging speakers and lively audience participation.
When it is safe to hold in-person Technical Dinner Meetings, we will have our meetings in diverse New England locations to serve our membership base better. Technical Dinner Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of the specified months. 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. See our sponsorship policy for full details or send us an email at [email protected]
Our Technical Dinner Meetings have the following general schedule:
- 5:30-6:30 pm: Registration/networking and social hour with discussions at sponsor exhibits
- 6:30-6:45 pm: Dinner service
- 6:45-7:00 pm: Opening remarks
- 7:00-8:45 pm: Technical presentations
- 8:45-9:00 pm: Questions, final visit to the sponsor booths
When possible, we will also include a tour of a local facility. This usually takes place before the central meeting, generally around 3:30-5:30 pm. We also offer reduced prices for retired / unemployed and full-time college students who are NEPDA Student Members. See pricing details at the upcoming events link.
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. Most of the NEPDA hosted webinars are 60-90 minutes long and usually held on Wednesdays. If you have questions about our webinars, click here for our FAQ page.
The NEPDA Chapter holds educational webinars every 3 to 4 weeks on biopharma topics that are timely and relevant. To keep informed of the webinar schedule, sign-up for our eMail list by texting "NEPDA" to 22828 and start receiving email invitations from our chapter. Remember to set your personnel preferences to receive the eMails relevant to what you want to hear about and the frequency you would like to receive the eMails. There is a link to update your personnel preferences at the bottom of any eMail that we send you.
Participate in our Board Meetings!
Due to the COVID19 restrictions, all the Board Meetings are held virtually. 2021 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 a request to the Chapter Secretary by Click here, requesting to be added to the invitation list. Agendas for board meetings include a wrap up of the past event and planning for future events. Committee Chairpersons prepare reports noting the status of their committee's activities, the 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, Program, Nominating, and other committees. If you would like to volunteer your talents to assist in the NEPDA chapter's functioning, please contact us by sending an eMail to Volunteer Committee.
Volunteer for a Committee!
Event Planning/Social Media Communications
- Events Committee (Click here to request more information.)
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 (Click here to request more information.)
Develops communication strategies through PDA's marketing channels by preparing event announcements, post-event newsletters, and email correspondence to chapter members on our mailing list.
- Social Media Committee (Click here to request more information.)
Develops and implements the NEPDA social media strategy to connect with current and new chapter members.
- Sponsorship Committee (Click here to request more information.)
Responsible for the overall coordination of soliciting sponsorship opportunities and interfaces with sponsor contacts at events.
Chapter Member Recruitment and Recognition Initiatives
- Membership Committee (Click here to request more information.)
Reaches out to expired members, develops new ways to gain new members, and tracks the health of the NEPDA membership.
- Volunteer Committee (Click here to request more information.)
Coordinates volunteer recruitment for the NEPDA chapter and volunteer recognition efforts.
- Nominating Committee (Click here to request more information.)
Researches candidates to assume board positions every two years and present their candidates to the board.
- Scholarship Committee (Click here to request more information.)
Coordinates the application, delivery, and selection process for the NEPDA scholarships.
Contact our Volunteer Committee for more information about chapter volunteer opportunities.