Boston Young Healthcare Professionals (BYHP) to Host Breakfast and Conversation with Robert K. Coughlin, President and CEO of MassBio

April 6, 2012

Featured discussion topics to include the field of biotechnology as an economic driver in Massachusetts, Mr. Coughlin’s professional experiences, as well as live Q&A from attendees.

Boston, Massachusetts, US – Apr 9, 2012 – Boston Young Healthcare Professionals (BYHP), a local nonprofit organization that exists to connect emerging and passionate healthcare leaders in the Greater Boston area, today announced it will host Breakfast and Conversations with Robert K. Coughlin, President and CEO of MassBio on Wednesday, April 11. This event will include a discussion on the organization he oversees and Massachusetts’ leadership in the health and biotechnology industries that are driving innovation, job creation and economic growth. He will also discuss his own career path to MassBio. Attendees will also be provided the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with Mr. Coughlin.

“I am proud every day to work in an industry that is not only an economic engine in Boston and in Massachusetts, but is also dedicated to improving the lives of patients around the world,” Coughlin said. “BYHP’s network of healthcare professionals shares this goal and I am honored to be asked to share my experience across the field.”

On Wednesday, April 11, BYHP invites other young healthcare professionals to join Robert Coughlin for what is sure to be an engaging and informative session.

“BYHP is pleased to feature Robert Coughlin in the latest event in the Breakfast and Conversation with Healthcare Leaders series. Mr. Coughlin is an industry leader and innovator who is sure to inform, encourage, and inspire attendees,” said Krina Patel, founding executive board member of BYHP. “Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in an intimate, in-depth discussion on biotechnology and the life sciences sector—such an important driver of the economy here in Massachusetts. Attendees will be able to ask questions and gain insight from Mr. Coughlin, as well as network with other healthcare professionals.”

The Breakfast and Conversation session will take place on Wednesday, April 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at MassBio’s brand new office space, located in the Kendall Square area of Boston. Breakfast and beverages will be provided.

The cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. The event is currently open to both members and non-members. In order to receive the special members-only rate, learn more about applying for membership by visiting http://www.byhp.org/membership. As is the case with this event, membership often allows for advanced registration for events like this, discounts on event fees, leadership opportunities, and more.

To register for the event, click here: http://byhpapril2012breakfast.eventbrite.com/

About Robert K. Coughlin, President and CEO, MassBio

As President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Bob's mission is to foster a positive environment that enables each biotechnology company to achieve its full potential in Massachusetts, making the state a world center for biotechnology.  He is very familiar with all areas of the Massachusetts life sciences super cluster and is a passionate advocate for research and the biotechnology community.

Bob has spent his career in both the public and private sectors, most recently serving as Undersecretary of Economic Development within Governor Deval Patrick's administration in 2007.  Prior to that, he was elected as State Representative to the 11th Norfolk district for three terms.  In the legislature both healthcare and economic development were his priorities.

In the world of business he specialized in the environmental services industry and moved on to capital management and venture capital.  He has held senior executive positions in both fields.

He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he majored in Marine Engineering, and is a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve.

Coughlin has also been active in the community, having served on the boards of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.  He has served as the honorary chairman of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk since 1996.  In 2009 he co-chaired the Children's Hospital Boston signature event, Champions for Children's.

About MassBio

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio), a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, is the nation’s oldest biotechnology trade association. Founded in 1985, MassBio is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide.

About Boston Young Healthcare Professionals (BYHP)

Boston Young Healthcare Professionals (BYHP) is a nonprofit organization that exists to connect emerging and passionate healthcare leaders in the Greater Boston area to foster strong relationships and build knowledge across all healthcare disciplines. By providing members and the larger healthcare community with educational, professional development, networking, and civic engagement opportunities and events, BYHP will serve as a forum for young professionals across all healthcare disciplines to connect, collaborate, and share knowledge and experiences.

For further information please contact: Calli Mudge (calli@byhp.org) +1 518 429 3211

BYHP’s Mission:

To connect emerging and passionate healthcare professionals in the greater Boston area to develop strong cross-sector relationships and build knowledge across all healthcare fields.

BYHP’s Vision:

Healthcare needs professionals with diverse cross-sector knowledge, perspectives and relationships to continue to drive improvements.

In order to address this need and continue Massachusetts’ legacy of healthcare innovation, Boston Young Healthcare Professionals (BYHP) will serve as a forum for young professionals across all healthcare fields to connect, collaborate, and share knowledge and experiences. BYHP will accomplish this by providing members and the broader healthcare community with educational forums, professional development and networking events, and targeted civic engagement opportunities.

It is our vision for BYHP to serve as a catalyst and resource for the development of young and emerging healthcare professionals who will work together to ensure informed healthcare improvements and to navigate the immense challenges and opportunities in healthcare.

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