April 24, 2020
Events Calendar
Apr 29
Operations and HR Collaboratives, Online Meetings

May 4
Senior Executive Webinar with Scott Gottlieb and McKinsey & Company

May 6
Operations and HR Collaboratives, Online Meetings

May 13
Operations and HR Collaboratives, Online Meetings

May 20
Operations and HR Collaboratives, Online Meetings

Oct 4-6
2020 Senior Management Conference
Laguna Beach, CA

Oct 21
Executives Breakfast at Analytica 2020--DATE CHANGE
Munich, Germany

Nov 19
Breakfast at AMP 2020
Vancouver, BC

Dec 1
Annual Regional Dinner--Tentative
Boston, MA

Apr 11
Breakfast at ECCMID 2021
VIenna, Austria

May 2-4
2021 Spring Senior Executives Meeting
Boston, MA


We welcome your questions for Dr. Gottlieb and the McKinsey speaker, and will present as many as there is time. Thee will be an opportunity to include questions when you register for the webinar. Also, you may email your questions to Mike Copps at
Dr. Stephen Quake Dinner to be Rescheduled 

ALDA Members will recall that our Annual Regional Dinner in Menlo Park scheduled for March 18 was canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

We are closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and working with the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel to identify another date for the Dinner after the current crisis has ended.
Dr. Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at Stanford and Co-President of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, originally scheduled to speak at the March 18 Dinner, has agreed to speak at the rescheduled event.
In addition to his work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Professor Quake has invented measurement tools for biology, including new DNA sequencing technologies and microfluidic automation that allows scientists to efficiently isolate individual cells and decipher their genetic code.
Dr. Quake is also well known for his work inventing new diagnostic tools, including the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome and other aneuploidies.
Look for information in your e-mail in-box in the coming months, or contact Carol Starke at
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Attend Our May 4 Webinar With Scott Gottlieb and McKinsey

In place of our Spring Meeting, we invite the presidents and senior executives of ALDA members to attend a webinar on May 4 featuring former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and a McKinsey & Company Partner.

The May 4 webinar will be held at 10:30 AM EDT to accommodate our members from Europe to California.

To register, please click on

Dr.Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner (2017-2019) will share his latest insights on how the COVID-19 crisis will evolve and the roadmap to recovery and re-opening  of businesses.  Dr. Gottlieb also will answer questions from webinar attendees - please email your questions to

There is no registration fee or cost to attend this webinar. To preserve the exclusive nature of this offering, ALDA is asking that each member company register no more than five total executive attendees to participate. 

As part of the registration process, please feel free to enter any questions you may have for our speakers. Additionally, we will be reaching out the week prior to the event to collect questions from all registered attendees. 

We welcome your attending our webinar for senior executives.  Please contact Carol Starke with any questions at
Collaboratives Discuss Temperature Screening, PPE/Masks and Back to Work Guidance

ALDA's collaborative meetings for Operations and Human Resources are now entering their sixth week. These interactive groups meet each Wednesday for an hour to discuss relevant COVID-19 topics in this constantly shifting landscape. This week, collaboratives discussed temperature screening, PPE/masks and back to work guidance as well as new protocols being enacted by ALDA members. 
Panelists also discussed new CISA exemption guidelines, CARES Act updates, and current thinking around getting back to work. The meetings include real-time polling of attendees to gauge week-over-week changes in policies, protocols, and thinking around the shifting dynamics of members' HR and operations functions. Collaborative members also have an online platform to interact and share materials in between meetings.
If your company is not participating, it's not too late. Information below on our upcoming meetings and how to register:
ALDA Operations Collaborative Meeting
April 29, 11 am Eastern
Register here:
Topics & Panelists: 
Field Service Engineers 
          Stephen Cohan, VP, Worldwide Customer Service Organization with Agilent 
Travel policies moving forward 
           Lena Wu, CEO and Co-founder of Intabio
Back-to-work policy updates
            Erin Smith, Government Affairs & Policy with Twist Bioscience
ALDA Human Resources Collaborative Meeting
April 29, 1 pm Eastern
Register here:
Topics & Panelists:
“Return to Work” Guidance
            Georgeann Couchara, Vice President, HR with Danaher Life Sciences
Internal Communications of new protocols  
            Darbie Miller, Director of Human Resources with Promega
Getting Back to Work
             Struan Robertson, Vice President, Human Resources with Bio-Techne
AEI’s 4-Part Plan to Reopen America

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA Commissioner and featured speaker at ALDA’s May 4 webinar, and a team of researchers at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based think tank, recently released a four-part plan to reopen America on a state-by-state basis when the COVID-19 crisis starts to abate.

Once cases in a specific state have declined for a 14-day period, many normal activities can resume as long as social distancing protocols are observed.

Also advocated are more immunity testing as well as developing therapeutics to help patients and protect frontline healthcare workers.

The plan includes:
1.  A step-by-step approach to slowing the spread of the disease, basically consisting of population-based mitigation tactics to keep people apart.

2.  Gradually lifting social distancing measures and reopening stores, schools, public areas and most businesses on a state-by-state basis while continuing to control the spread of the virus and avoid the need to revert back to phase 1. Once a sustained reduction in new cases and a clear downward trend is seen for 14 days (the normal incubation period) the population-based migration can start to be lifted and much of normal life can begin to resume in a phased way.

3.  However, it is important to have in place a robust screening and surge capacity to identify and potentially cure new outbreaks.

4.  The final step is creating and investing in a system to ensure the US’ public infrastructure is prepared for the next pandemic or public health crisis.

We welcome you to join our ALDA Senior Executives Webinar on May 4 featuring Dr. Scott Gottlieb and a speaker from McKinsey & Company. 
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