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Black BioPharma Executives, Entrepreneurs, & Scientists: Building the Future Together

National Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Association

Monday, June 15, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Black BioPharma Executives, Entrepreneurs, & Scientists: Building the Future Together

June 15, 2015

Philadelphia, PA


The National Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Association (NBPA) invites you to attend as our guest the second annual symposium focused on the importance and impact of African-American leaders in the healthcare and life science sectors.  The event will be held from 1pm-5pm on Monday, June 15 in Philadelphia, PA.  This NBPA symposium connects leading biopharmaceutical and healthcare executives, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers, scientists, technologists, academics, and service providers. Our event focuses specifically on mutually beneficial collaborations among Black and African-American leaders and others in the biomedical, biotech, medical device, and pharma sectors in the US and globally.  Our event is diverse and inclusive, so all are welcome to attend.  In order to create synergies for attendees, our event will be taking place during the annual BIO event.  Attendance is complimentary, but RSVP is required, and space is limited.  For more information and to register, please visit: http://blackbiopharma.eventbrite.com


We are pleased to have three extraordinarily distinguished organizations partnering with NBPA on this event:  (i) the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), (ii) the National Medical Association (NMA)/Project IMPACT, and (iii) the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).  UNCF, NMA, and NAHSE are best-in-class organizations and highly respected in their respective domains, so NBPA is honored to have them as collaborators.


UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization.  Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships. UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the quality education they need and that the nation needs them to have.  


NMAis the largest and oldest national organization representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and their patients in the U.S.  Founded in 1895, NMA is a 501(c)(3) national professional and scientific organization.  Project IMPACT is an innovative program of the National Medical Association to encourage greater participation of African Americans in all aspects of biomedical research and clinical trials.


NAHSE is recognized globally as the premier professional membership society for Blacks in health care management.  Founded in 1986, NAHSE promotes advancement and development of Black health care leaders and elevates the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities, while providing a vehicle for Blacks to effectively participate in the design, direction and delivery of health care to all people.  



1:00pm-1:30pm Networking
1:30pm-1:45pm Introductory Comments
1:45pm-2:45pm Panel on "Best Practices for Creating a Diverse Workforce"
3:00pm-4:00pm Panel on "Understanding & Growing Your Professional Value"
4:15pm-4:45pm Distinguished Keynote Address
4:50pm-5:00pm Closing Comments
5:00pm-7:00pm Reception


Distinguished Keynote Address Bob Oliver President & Chief Operating Officer Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
 Welcoming Address  Peter Pellerito  Senior Advisor Federal and State Economic development and University Engagement  BIO



Panel on "Best Practices for Creating a Diverse Workforce"  
Moderator Jennifer Swann Professor Department of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University
Panelist Bert Bruce VP, Commercial Development, Rare Disease Pfizer
Panelist Charlene Mills Vice President, Human Resources Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson
Panelist Jhan Doughty Berry Executive Director ETS
Panelist Joseph Hill SVP & Chief Diversity Officer Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System
Panelist Kelley Cornish Director, Diversity & Inclusion AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
Panelist Tarbinlam Lafon Director, Global Travel, Card and Meetings Procurement Merck
Panel on "Understanding & Growing Your Professional Value"  
Moderator Nayahmka McGriff-Lee Director, Strategic Capabilities GSK
Panelist Caleph Wilson Research Associate Staff Scientist, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennslyvania
Panelist Carole Williams President and CEO Vinmar Enterprises
Panelist Jamal Berry Manager Fragrance Analytical, Quality & Technical Transfer Colgate Palmolive
Panelist Jerry Lawson Agency Director Right At Home
Panelist Lamar Blackwell Scientist Janssen
Panelist Maurice Baynard Administrator, Robert Noyce Scholarship Program Drexel University

Event Co-Chairs

  • Dr. Chad Womack       National Director, STEM Initiatives & UNCF-Merck Fellowship Program, UNCF
  • Dr. James Gillespie      President, National Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Association
  • Mr. Dominic Adams    President, Delaware Valley Chapter-NAHSE
  • Dr. James Powell         President, Strategic Medical Associates & Principal Investigator, Project IMPACT, NMA


Planning Committee

  • Hugo Caicedo          NBPA Director of Research and Outreach
  • Kristin Ivy               NBPA Director of Marketing
  • Melvin McElrath    NBPA Co-Executive Director
  • Tiffany Mikell         NBPA Senior VP & Director of Technology
  • Josh Netter             NBPA Co-Executive Director and Director of Finance
  • Casey Pierce           NBPA Entrepreneur-in-Residence
  • Colles Price             NPBA Director of Partnerships
  • Khara Quiney          NBPA Director of Strategy
  • Jaimie Stewart       NBPA Director of Innovation
Have questions about Black BioPharma Executives, Entrepreneurs, & Scientists: Building the Future Together? Contact National Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Association

When & Where

The Hub at the Cira Centre, 30th & Market St.

Philadelphia, PA

Monday, June 15, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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National Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Association

The National Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Association (NBPA) is a national, independent, non-profit professional membership organization for African-Americans and Blacks in the biopharmaceutical and device/diagnostic industries. Our Vision is to become recognized as the world’s leading advocate, voice, and core connector for African-Americans and Blacks in life sciences industries, including the biomedical, biotechnology, medical device, nanotechnology, and pharmaceutical sectors. Our Mission is to promote deeper and broader professional contact, communication, and resource exchange among African-Americans and Blacks in the life sciences ecosystem, including executives, entrepreneurs, investors, payers, academics, physicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers, and service professionals.

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