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Parenteral Drug Association Connecting People, Science and Regulation ®

Networking the San Francisco Bay Biotech Community

Our chapter has been active for many years, and we welcome participation from all local folks involved in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, academic, and government organizations with a desire to learn more about issues facing the industry. The national PDA also offers training courses, a journal, a newsletter, and many other documents of interest.  Our meetings are open to members and non-members alike.

Letter From The President:

Dear WCC PDA participants,

Thank you all for your continued support at events and for your membership in the West Coast Chapter of the Parenteral Drug Association (WCC PDA). 2014 was a very productive for us made possible by your participation in meetings as attendees, presenters and sponsors.   I would like to thank and acknowledge Elaine Eborall and each officer on the WCC PDA board for their personal time, shared expertise and support during this past year.
We have recently completed elections for new officers and members-at-large for the 2015-2016 term.  Please welcome the following new and returning officers:

President: Melissa Morandi
President-elect: Steve Dawson
Treasurer: Fabio De Martino
Secretary: Ellen Huynh
Members-at-Large: Peter Rauenbuehler, Kris Nordhoff, Beth Keij, Robert Newell, Elaine Eborall, Lizzie Leininger, and Patty Kiang

We are excited to present our plans for 2015 to provide opportunities to share technical resources, provide new networking opportunities and increase interactions with regulatory agencies.    The West Coast Chapter supports the PDA’s global mission of connecting people, science and regulations.   We have identified the following goals specific for our chapter to focus on over the next term:
Goals: 

  • Broaden the scope of our seminar topics to include Quality , Regulatory, Process Science and Manufacturing
  • Host at least one Plant or Laboratory Tour annually
  • Involve FDA in at least one event per year
  • Increase Bay Area Membership
  • Partner with a sponsor(s) at each event
  • Provide opportunities for college and recent graduate student involvement
  • Get involved in the community with volunteer/charity activity

To tackle these goals we need you help as volunteers.   Volunteering can be as simple as sharing your resources through suggesting a speaker, sponsor or plant tour.   We also welcome our members’ involvement on committees. We have identified the following committees for 2015-2016 where we would love to have more involvement from the WCC PDA community:

  • Outreach
  • Sponsors/Partnership with Vendors
  • Email/Newsletter
  • Conference/Event Planning
  • Regulatory Involvement (FDA)
  • Member Appreciation

WCC PDA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization run by a volunteer staff of elected officers and members-at-large.

WCC PDA is always looking for sponsors for our dinner meetings. Sponsorships support the Reception/Networking Hour for WCC PDA events, help hold down costs for attendees, and are a great opportunity for vendor/service companies to get exposure to PDA and its members. As a sponsor, you get to strengthen your brand image, increase your visibility, and gain access to leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing industry. If you are interested in sponsoring any events this year please let me or one of the board members know.

We are looking forward to an exciting new year. Please feel free to contact me directly at melissa.morandi@aegerion.com with your suggestions and feedback.

Sincerely,
Melissa Morandi

WCC PDA President