Innovation in Research – October 26, 2017
Host: Fordham Westchester Campus
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Building Opportunity Density
for the Westchester Biotech Cluster

Amy Allen, Vice President,
Westchester County Association
Robert P. Astorino
Westchester County Executive
William V. Cuddy Jr.
Executive Vice President, CBRE Stamford
Carla Romney Dsc, Associate Dean for STEM
and Pre-Health Education Fordham College
at Rose Hill, Fordham University
Antonio Molina-Pachon, 
Co-Chair, Westchester Biotech EU
CEO, Advanced Medical Projects Madrid

Symposium Begins: Westchester Biotech Project Co-Chairs
Michael Welling
, Partner, Meridian Risk Management
Joanne Gere, Executive Director, Westchester Biotech Project

Advances in Genomic Technologies in Research as the Foundation
for Precision Medicine

Nezih Cereb MD, CEO, Histogenetics

Interventions to Prevent a
Polyomavirus-Induced Brain Disease

Eileen Geoghegan Ph.D., Research Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Translating Science to Medicine
Barry Kappel Ph.D., CEO, Sapience Therapeutics

Translating Visual Neuroscience
into Clinical Practice

Glen Prusky Ph.D., Lab Director, Laboratory for Visual Disease and Therapy, Burke Medical Research Institute

Regional Resources for Clinical Research
Moderator: Zachary B. Cohen,
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt
Christina Brennan MD, Vice President
Clinical Research, Northwell Health
Gary E. Gibson Ph.D.Professor of Neuroscience, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medicine
and Lab Director, 
Laboratory for Mitochondrial Biology and Metabolic Dysfunction in Neurodegeneration
Burke Medical Research Institute
Amy Weinberg DNP, Associate Director, Medical Sciences, Gilead Science

Design Thinking to Leverage Sustainability into the Laboratory
Allison Paradise, Executive Director
My Green Lab
Russell R. Watters P.E., Sr. Project Engineer

Breakthroughs in Addressing
Multi-Drug Resistant Infections

Nancy Dong, Vice President
Finance & Administration, Contrafect
Josh Muntner, Sr. Vice President
Business Development, Contrafect

Collaboration to Accelerate Implementation of Personalized Medicine
Noura Abul-Husn MD, Ph.D.
Director, Translational Genetics
Regeneron Genetics Center

Opportunities and Challenges for International Collaboration
Antonio Molina-Pachon, Co-Chair
Westchester Biotech EU and
CEO, Advanced Medical Projects Madrid
Boris Shor, Ph.D., CEO, Manhattan BioSolutions

Resources for Funding Research
Moderator: Keith Safian
Safian & Company
Ngozi Bell,
Founder and Investor, Miranet
Partner, Trans-Sahara-Investment- Corporation
Adjunct Professor, Lehigh Carbon CC
Jordan Brown, Analyst, Northwell Ventures
Meghan Taylor, Regional Director, Mid-Hudson at Empire State Development

Adjourn to an off campus venue to debrief.

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