WESTCHESTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION TO HOST VIRTUAL WEBINAR SPOTLIGHTING THE REGION’S GROWING BIOSCIENCE ECOSYSTEM

Event to be Co-Hosted by Westchester County's Office of Economic Development and Sponsored by Local Healthcare Pioneers
FEBRUARY 4, 2021

White Plains, N.Y. (February 3, 2021) – The Westchester County Association (WCA), in partnership with Westchester County’s Office of Economic Development, is hosting a free virtual webinar, All Access Healthcare: Spotlight on Westchester’s Bioscience Ecosystem, on February 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EST. This event will showcase the growing bioscience ecosystem in the county and highlight why more life science companies are moving to Westchester County. Opening remarks will be made by Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

According to Westchester County Executive George Latimer, “Westchester County is already home to companies like Regeneron, Progenics and TechnoVax. Innovative biotechnology presents growth opportunities to fuel the economic engine for the entire tri-state area. There is a keen interest in promoting the county to partner with the biopharma industry, academia and the investment community to accelerate economic development related to the biosciences.”

The webinar’s guest speakers will include:
Deborah Novick, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Westchester County
Larry Gottlieb, Managing Director, Life Sciences and Health Technologies for RMC Bio1, Robert Martin Company
Eric Feinstein and Matthew Claster lead Clarapath. Clarapath creates robotic tools that act as the eye, hand and brain of a traditional lab technician to provide better quality biopsy slides, faster turnaround times and lower costs for laboratories.
Robert Foerster and Jack Pasini lead Oligomerix. Oligomerix, Inc. is an emerging biotechnology company focused on developing disease-modifying therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by targeting tau self-association.

“Our team at the Westchester County Association is thrilled to be putting on this important and extremely timely event for members of the community who are interested in learning more about the region’s exceptional growth in the realm of healthcare and bioscience industries. These key industries are more important now than ever before in this world of COVID-19,” said Michael Romita, President and CEO of Westchester County Association.

Over the past several years, Westchester’s regional ecosystem has continued to attract major healthcare and life science organizations. The WCA has long served to connect these important economic sectors with the rest of the professional and political community. These enduring relationships position the WCA as a critical stakeholder hub to advocate, promote policies, communicate information, and provide education and training services.

This past year, WCA has launched a series of advocacy and action initiatives designed to drive economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to foster long-term growth. The initiatives are outlined in “Toward A Stronger Future,” a recently released report from the WCA’s Post Pandemic Working Group (PPWG), which is a select committee of business, nonprofit, and education and government leaders who are working collaboratively to support the recovery and long-term prosperity of the region. The report explores four foundational pillars that are predicted to lead Westchester County to economic recovery, the first of which is the healthcare and bioscience industry.

“There is already a large and vibrant bioscience industry here in Westchester, and events like this one highlight the innovative devices and therapeutics being developed,” said Deborah Novick, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Westchester County. “By convening the participants in the industry, we hope to spur the types of ‘creative collisions’ that lead to collaborations and new discoveries. We want the County to become an industry leader synonymous with biosciences innovation.”

Sponsors of the webinar include: Grassi Advisors & Accountants, Hospital for Special Surgery, Montefiore, New York Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Northwell Health, Simone Healthcare Development, Westmed Medical Group, White Plains Hospital, Westchester Medical Center Health Network, and The Catalyst.

The All Access Healthcare: Spotlight on Westchester’s Bioscience Ecosystem webinar will be taking place via Zoom and those interested can register through the link here.

About Westchester County Association
The Westchester County Association is the preeminent professional leadership organization serving Westchester County and the region. The Association is committed to Smart Growth, economic vitality, and to providing a strong and clear voice for the collaborative interests of business and nonprofits. Its key objectives are to promote positive economic development in the region, foster business development, and provide its members with access to key public and private sector individuals, agencies, and organizations. For more information about the Westchester County Association, visit www.westchester.org.

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