President's Corner

BayBio Reorganizes to Better Serve Members

Since being appointed CEO a little more than a year ago, I have been impressed with the wide range of activities our small staff handles.  However, as with most small organizations, clear focus is critical to our success.  Based on our recent strategy review and member feedback, we are reorganizing our staff to provide sharper focus on our key priorities.

Programs:  Misha Tsirulnikov has been promoted to Vice President of Development and Program Strategy, managing partner relationships and developing high quality program content. Misha will place particular emphasis on executive programs, our new Pharma Partnering Days, and coordinating events with our sister organizations.  Adam Stephens, newly promoted to Program Manager, will handle program logistics and execution.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Darryl Flick, who after three years as our Director of Development, has returned “home” to Virginia.  Under Darryl’s stewardship, we increased our Partners by 30%.  But we aren’t saying goodbye just yet; Darryl will be working remotely with Misha for a while to ensure a smooth transition.

Membership:  We are here to serve you, our members.  The entire staff is increasing outreach efforts to ensure our members are aware of purchasing benefits through BayBio Business Solutions and to inquire what else we can do to help.  Vita Blake has been promoted to Associate Director of Membership, and is responsible for renewals and new member recruitment.   We welcome Mallori Merandino, who has recently joined us as Membership and Events Assistant; she will help with membership outreach and renewal. We are also recruiting a Director of Membership to strengthen our sales and marketing efforts and devote additional effort to membership recruitment and support.

Operations:  In mid-May we will say goodbye to Kristin Hora, who is moving to Austin, Texas, where her husband has landed a terrific new job.  Kristin has done an outstanding job streamlining and organizing our operations and she leaves us in a much stronger position than when she joined.  We thank her for her tremendous dedication and wish her all the best in Texas.   We are very pleased to welcome Ann Mead as our new Director of Operations.  Ann has been a loyal BayBio volunteer for several years and was instrumental in the creation and recent launch of the BioEntrepreneur HelpDesk.

Along with these organizational changes, we will be eliminating the position of Chief Operating Officer by mid-year.  We appreciate Jeremy Leffler‘s service, including bringing in new members and successfully advocating for our companies in Sacramento and Washington DC during a critical time. We thank Jeremy for his contributions in that role and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Policy: With the California budget crisis, FDA challenges, healthcare reform and continuing need for innovation funding, it is a critical time for us to remain vigilant with our advocacy efforts. BayBio is currently recruiting for a Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs. This senior level hire will be responsible for all policy and government affairs matters for the organization at the state, local and federal levels. The VP will work closely with colleagues at BioCom, CHI, BIO, Advamed and MDMA and our members’ government affairs representatives to support innovation, streamline regulations, increase capital access and maintain a positive business climate for life sciences.

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