June 12, 2020
ALDA’s 2020 Senior Management Conference is going virtual!

More information can be found in this newsletter and on the ALDA website. New schedule in the calendar below. Much more to come regarding this and other events as ALDA continues to bring value to our members.
Events Calendar
Jun 17
Senior Executive Speaker Series: Looking Ahead-Global Economic Outlook and Strategically Navigating Customers' Expectations

Jun 24
Back to Work Collaboratives

Jul 8
Back to Work Collaboratives

Jul 22
Back to Work Collaboratives

Jul 29
Senior Executive Speaker Series

Aug 5
Back to Work Collaboratives

Aug 19
Back to Work Collaboratives

Sep 2
Back to Work Collaboratives

Sep 17
2020 Virtual Senior Management Conference

Sep 24
2020 Virtual Senior Management Conference

Oct 1
2020 Virtual Senior Management Conference

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

Nov 19
Breakfast at AMP 2020
Vancouver, BC

Dec 1
Annual Regional Dinner--TENTATIVE
Boston, MA

Apr 11
Breakfast at ECCMID 2021
VIenna, AT

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

Oct 3-5
2021 Senior Management Conference
Laguna Beach, CA

Membership Dues Renewals Sent Out
ALDA sent out membership dues renewal notice last week. Membership dues cover ALDA member benefits from July 1, 2020—June 30, 2021. As detailed in the letter sent with the invoices, ALDA fully intends to return to in-person events in early 2021--including our Spring Senior Executive Conference in Boston, May 2-4-- and will continue to drive relevant, timely virtual content and value for the duration of 2020 and beyond.
Of course, ALDA prides itself on its best-in-class networking opportunities. Even with a pause on in-person events, this year will be no different. We are rolling out unique, intimate networking opportunities for our members that will take place for the rest of 2020. ALDA board members will be hosting customized small-group events, in-person and virtually, starting in September. Much more information to come in the next newsletter regarding how to participate and register. These events will be members-only.
If you did not receive your membership dues notice, please email Carol Starke, ALDA’s Manager of Meetings and Administration, at
ALDA Collaboratives Continue with “Back to Work” Theme

Since March 25, we have hosted weekly collaborative calls with leaders from our members’ Operations and Human Resources teams. These meetings—with over 95 and 75 registrants, respectively— have provided a forum for the sharing of experiences and how-to insights on managing common issues through the COVID-19 crisis.
Topics have included:

*  PPE and social distancing practices as companies return to work,
*  Protecting field service personnel on customer sites,
*  Instituting new policies around travel,
*  What and how you communicate to employees, and much more. 
Panelists have featured functional leaders from many of ALDA’s member companies.
These groups have decided to combine to a “Back to Work” themed collaborative, meeting every other week for the foreseeable future. The first “Back to Work” Collaborative will take place on Wednesday, June 24 at 11 am Eastern. All participants from the Operations and HR Collaboratives are welcome to join, as well as any other members who may be focused on planning ahead for their companies, short and long term.

You can register by clicking on this link
We will share agendas and speakers in advance of each meeting, so watch for more information coming soon.
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Mike Copps Officially Assumes President & CEO Role

New ALDA President & CEO Mike Copps formally stepped into the role on May 5 following the ALDA Spring Board of Directors meeting. Succeeding former President & CEO Mike Duff—currently serving as President Emeritus and still on board through June 30—Copps has worked closely with ALDA leadership and staff to pivot the association’s value proposition and plans for the immediate future. More about those plans and programs is contained in this newsletter and will be shared in the weeks and months ahead.
“I’m honored to be stepping into this role and working to continue the legacy and incredible foundation built by Mike Duff and team over the last 30 years,” Copps said. “ALDA has already proven to be a unique, resilient group with forward-thinking, collaborative members and I couldn’t be more confident and excited about the future of this great association.”
The ALDA Board of Directors approved Mr. Copps’ selection following a nine-month search overseen by a Search Committee that was led by ALDA Chair Brad Gray with the assistance of Heidrick & Struggles, a national executive search firm.
To read a letter from Copps, ALDA Chairman Brad Gray, and ALDA Chair-Elect Patrick Kaltenbach regarding what ALDA has been focused on and where the association is headed in the near future, CLICK HERE.

Senior Executive Speaker Series Continues
Our next Senior Executive Speaker webinar, entitled “Looking Ahead: Global economic outlook and strategically navigating customers’ expectations” is scheduled for June 17 at 11:00 AM Eastern.  Close to 100 member company executives are already registered.  There is still time to register!
There is no registration fee or cost for ALDA members to attend this two-hour session. Click here for more information and to register. **Please note: This session will NOT be recorded, so please register and attend live or pass onto other executives in your company that may have an interest in the event.
Building on the success of our May 4 webinar with former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and McKinsey & Company, ALDA will host a series of webinars focused on our Senior Executive members in the coming months.
The June 17 event will be an executive-level session presented by financial experts and market researchers as we look at the economic impact of the current crisis on a global level, then take a deeper dive into the sentiments and operating projections of our customers.
Jared Woodard, head of the Research Investment Committee and a director of Global Investment Strategy with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will present trends and projections and field questions from attendees for the first hour, followed by The Linus Group sharing results from their most recent longitudinal survey of over 2,500 life science professionals to explore how the community is reacting to this disruption, the estimated immediate and longer-term effects on scientific research, the perceived length and depth of the disruption, and the overall strategic implications for ALDA members.
Mark Your Calendar: The next Senior Executive webinar will take place July 29; more information to come.


Jared Woodard             Hamid Ghandan          Kristin Apple

Fall Senior Management Conference Begins September 17
The Fall Senior Management Conference is going virtual; over the course of several weeks, ALDA members will receive the same great content they have come to expect from ALDA events. The topical focus for the conference will be “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Its Implications and Opportunities for ALDA Members.”

AI in its many forms is becoming a transformative tool for many businesses and organizations. From better chatbots for customer service to data analytics to making predictive recommendations, AI is perceived as an essential means to increase operations performance and productivity, and improve informed strategic decision making.

MIT’s Andrew McAfee‘s will lead-off the conference which will offer valuable insights on AI and its uses, especially in business and the life sciences, future prospects, and why AI has important implications and opportunities for members of ALDA and for their customers and users.

Other speakers will include Jacomo Corbo of QuantumBlack (a McKinsey company), Anne Carpenter, Senior Director, Imaging Platform, Institute Scientist at the Broad Institute, and the Chief Science Officer of Tempus, Kevin White.
Click HERE for the schedule and presentation summaries, and look for more information and the registration details in the coming weeks.

Industry Assessment: ALDA’s Market Drops 1.8% in Q1
Life Science Sector up 11%, Asia-Pacific drops 14.9%
ALDA’s latest Industry Market Assessment report, focused on the extremely atypical Q1 2020, reflects that projected total demand in the industry declined 1.8% to dip back under $12B in revenue.

The main narrative at a macro level is tied to the major impact that COVID-19 had on these segments and regions. Regionally, Asia-Pacific demand was most affected in the quarter, declining almost 15% as many laboratories were shuttered in China and India, even while growth in COVID-19 testing and research grew meteorically in China in particular. Japan saw only a minor decline, while North America and Europe achieved positive growth in the quarter. However, it is already evident that the pandemic struck these regions at the end of the first quarter and will have a powerful negative effect in Q2, while China has made remarkable efforts to counteract the spread of the disease and should improve on a sequential basis.

Categorically, growth was negative almost across the board except for the Life Science sectors focused on reagents and sample prep.

Life science reagents grew 25.6% in the quarter while life science sample prep grew 28%. Conversely, life science instrumentation demand declined 17.6%. Gas and liquid chromatography dropped 13.4 and 10.6%, respectively.

The Industry Market Assessment report, prepared quarterly by Strategic Directions International (“SDi”) for members of ALDA, is based on public reports and SDi’s proprietary research. The ALDA market, composed of the 15 technology markets most important to ALDA’s membership, is estimated to be 75-80% of total global industry revenues.

To access the report, log in to the members’ only section of the website or email Carol Starke at

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