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PDA New England Chapter

Amnon Eylath

President: Laurie Masiello

Masy Bioservices

Overview

Welcome to the PDA New England Chapter (NEPDA).

 
 

Upcoming Chapter Events

PDA Members are invited to attend Chapter Business Meetings throughout the year, on the following dates: February 13, April 10, June 12, August 14, and October 16.
 
 

PDA Signature Events

 

Officers

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.

President

Laurie Masiello

Laurie Masiello
Masy BioServices

President-Elect

Steven Jones

Steven Jones
Validation Support LLC

Secretary

Kathleen Souza

Kathleen Souza
MilliporeSigma

Treasurer

Sunil Anklekar
Lantheus Medical Imaging

Member-at-Large

Henry Brush

Henry Brush
Zafgen, Inc.

Member-at-Large

Brian Clark

Brian Clark
GMP Operations Consulting LLC

Member-at-Large

Mary Griffin

Mary Griffin
M.G. Quality Microbiology Consulting LLC

 

About Us

Our chapter was formed in 1988, and represents PDA members from the 6 New England states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut. We generally hold our meetings in the greater Boston-Cambridge area. Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of the month, alternating between Technical Dinner Meetings (odd months) and Chapter Board/ Planning Committee meetings (even months), except that we do not meet in July. All Members are invited to both Technical Dinner meetings and Planning Committee meetings. Each dinner meeting has sponsors that 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 at exhibit tables during the registration / networking period of the meeting. See our sponsorship policy for full details.

Our 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 takes place before the main meeting, generally around 3:30-5:30 pm. We also offer reduced prices for retired / unemployed members and full-time college students. See pricing details at the upcoming events link.

Policies

The PDA New England Chapter has a series of policies published at our resources link. These cover sponsorship, privacy, speaker and event fees. These have been established so that we can best serve our members and sponsors.

Leadership

According to our chapter By-Laws our chapter board consists of the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and at least two Members-At-Large. The membership of the chapter will elect the President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Members-At-Large for a period of 2 years.

The President-Elect will assume the position of President at the end of the two years term of the outgoing President. Historically, the outgoing President has been elected to the position of Member-At-Large. This system allows for a continuity of leadership and systematic rotation.

 

Get Involved

Attend our Dinner Meetings!

Dinner meetings revolve around exciting industry topics, engaging speakers, with lively audience participation.  Some events involve a tour of area companies.

Participate in our Board Meetings!

Agendas for board meetings include a wrap up of the past event and planning for the 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.

Volunteer for a Committee!

Event Planning/Social Media Communications
  • Program Committee
    Identifies topics of interest in the industry and selects speakers.
  • Events Committee
    Researches and selects function spaces and menus, generates the event information for posting, generates 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 on our mailing list.
  • 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, develop new ways in which to gain new members and to track the health of the NEPDA membership.
  • Volunteer Committee
    Coordinates volunteer recruitment for the NEPDA chapter and volunteer recognition efforts.
  • Nominating Committee
    Researches candidates to assume board positions every two years and presents their candidates to the board.
  • Scholarship Committee
    Coordinates the application, delivery and selection process for the NEPDA scholarship.

Please contact our Volunteer Committee for more information about chapter volunteer opportunities.

 

Photos

NEPDA Meeting: TR45 - Depth Filtration

NEPDA Meeting: TR45 - Depth Filtration

NEPDA: Visual Inspection Meeting

NEPDA’s Visual Inspections Meeting 1/14/09

Presentations

 

Sponsorship

We have 2 opportunities for sponsorship with our chapter. The first is to sponsor a dinner meeting. Each dinner-meeting will have sponsors that help defray the cost of the meetings. In return for sponsoring an event, the vendor will reach our membership by prominent placement in the meeting flyer and at an exhibit table during the social period and meeting. See our Vendor Sponsorship Policy for full details.Our newest opportunity is to sponsor our quarterly newsletter. We offer vendors, consultants, operating companies and other organizations the opportunity to promote themselves and also support the NEPDA Chapter by purchasing advertising in our newsletters.

  • Our direct e-mail distribution reaches over 1,200 contacts throughout New England.
  • Our membership includes people from manufacturing, research, QA, QC,engineering, contract manufacturers, consultants, regulatory, etc.
  • The newsletter is promoted at New England PDA’s bi-monthly dinner meetings, often with company tours, which regularly attract 50-100 attendees.
  • The newsletter is posted to our chapter’s website at Global PDA (www.pda.org), an organization that has over 10,000 members.
 

Student Chapter

The NEPDA Student Chapter share PDA’s mission, “to provide a local forum for discussion, meetings and information exchange The NE PDA Student Chapter helps members to get involved 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 (MCC) under the direction of the then 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 facultative sponsors were JesseKlein and Paul Patev. Paul Patev continues as the main facultative sponsor.

Who can participate?

  • Students from the Middlesex Community College (MCC) with a PDA membership can participate in the NEPDA Student Chapter.
  • Also MCC graduates who have matriculated to a four year institution.

What are the benefits of being a member of the Student Chapter? Students with a PDA membership can:

  • Attend PDA Dinner Meetings
  • Compete in Poster contests
  • Join a Mentoring Program
  • Apply to the Second Year Scholarships for the MCC and Transfer Scholarship to a four year college.
  • Learn to network and meet other professionals in the field.
  • Observe behavior in a professional environment.

How our meetings are organized?

  • We meet at Middlesex Community College. Meetings are held on the first or second Friday of each month during the academic year, from September to May. During our meetings we may have guest speakers, journal discussions and/or organize tours to some biotech/pharmaceutical companies.

New England Student Chapter

 

New England Chapter Resources