MassBio announces staff realignment to best support evolving member needs

September 15, 2011

MassBio, the premier life sciences trade association representing more than 600 biotech companies, research institutions and other industry stakeholders, has announced an organizational realignment aimed at improving member programs and services.

“Just like the very best of our member companies, MassBio works very hard to meet the needs of the life sciences supercluster in Massachusetts,” said Robert K. Coughlin, MassBio President & CEO. “This realignment allows us to focus our energy and resources on the programs and services companies need to continue to grow today and into the future.”

Under the realignment, business development, strategic alliances, communications and the MassBio Purchasing Consortium will be grouped in the new Department of Development & Communications, led by new Vice President of Development & Communications Sarah MacDonald. Kendalle Burlin O'Connell has been named Director of Strategic Alliances & In-House Counsel and in addition to the Purchasing Consortium will oversee member development for the organization. Jessica Roche will assume the role of Manager of Communications, handling the MassBio newsletter, Website, marketing and other projects.

The Events & Member Service Department has also been restructured to better support existing member programs and the growing interest in MassBio Innovation Services including the MassBio Innovation Exchange and MassCONNECT mentoring program. Lauren Laidlaw has been named Director of Innovation Services & Events, reporting to Chief Business Officer Imran Nasrullah. Kathryn Kilroy assumes the role of Director of Member Services and Lauren Perna will be the new Manager of Events & Member Services.

Finally, Joseph Fazio has been named Vice President of Finance & Administration, in charge of the organization’s accounting, finance and strategic planning functions.

The changes go into effect immediately. 



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