February 26, 2020
2020 Calendar of Events
March 10
Marketing & Sales Executives Meeting
Boston, MA
March 18
Bay Area Senior Executives Dinner
Menlo Park, CA
April 1
Breakfast at Analytica 2020
Munich, Germany
April 19
Breakfast at ECCMID 2020
Paris, France
May 3-5
Spring Senior Executives Meeting
Boston, MA

July 26
Breakfast at AACC 2020
Chicago, IL
October 4-6
Sr. Management Conference

Laguna Beach, CA
ALDA Welcomes New Members Presco Engineering, RedShiftBio and Streck
Presco Engineering, RedShiftBio and Streck are the latest companies to join ALDA.

Presco Engineering
, founded in 1978 and located in Woodbridge, Connecticut, is a product development, engineering, design and production company, that works with companies, including several members of ALDA, to introduce new products and enhance their market position.
Terry Sauer, President, will be the official representative to ALDA, and Jeff Gates, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, will be the alternate representative.
For more information about the company, their products and services, please visit their website at


, located in Burlington, Massachusetts, provides an innovative analytical platform and solutions for protein characterization used in biotherapeutic drug development. 
Julian Bradley, CEO and a former executive at Quanterix and Thermo Fisher Scientific, will be the official representative to ALDA, and Chip Marshall, Chief Operating Officer, will be the alternate representative.
For more information about the company, their products and services, please visit their website at

Streck, Inc
., located in La Vista, Nebraska, supplies Quality Control and diagnostic products used in a range of applications including hematology, immunology, molecular diagnostics, infectious diseases, and urinalysis in clinical and research laboratories. 
Constance Ryan, Chairperson & CEO, will be the official representative to ALDA, and Lisa Kudlacz, President, will be the alternate representative.
For more information about the company, their products and services, please visit their website at
The Quake Lab’s Mission – in His own Words
Stephen Quake will speak at March 18 Dinner
Highly regarded Stanford Professor Stephen Quake will be the guest speaker at ALDA’s March 18 Regional Dinner in Meno Park, CA.  The mission of the Quake Lab–in his own words.
Physics has a great tradition of precision measurement, whose origin is widely credited to Galileo. The lesson that has been learned time and time again is that by measuring fundamental physical phenomena with increasing precision, one can make amazing discoveries and even sometimes stumble across new laws of nature.
My research seeks to bring this tradition to biology. We have improved biological measurement techniques by creating devices that allow us to take advantage of the unusual physics of fluids in small volumes, which sometimes lend themselves to experiments which have no benchtop analogue.
Through refinement of such precision measurement we have developed ultra-high throughput DNA sequencing technology. My work in single molecule biophysics led to the first demonstration of single molecule sequencing, and my research in this field has led me to become deeply involved in human genetics, immunology, and the development of new clinical diagnostics.
My laboratory is located in Clark Center which is an interdisciplinary hub bringing together scientists from the diverse fields of biology, biochemistry, structural biology, statistics and engineering to foster a collaborative atmosphere.
For more information on the March 18 Dinner, please check your email in-box or contact Carol Starke at
Meet our Spring Meeting Speakers - MIT’s Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee, Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, will lead off our program on Artificial Intelligence with an introduction to AI, where it is today, and an overview how AI is being applied in businesses today.
Dr. McAfee’s research investigates how information technologies are changing the world and changing the way companies organize, perform and compete. At a higher level, his work focuses on how computerization affects competition, society, the economy, and the workforce. 
Dr. McAfee’s 2014 book, “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies”, co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson, won several awards and was a best seller.  His 2017 book, again co-authored with Brynjolfsson, “Machine | Platform | Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future”, offers an executive’s guide to succeeding in this turbulent era.
McAfee writes a widely read blog. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, case studies and other materials for students and teachers of technology. His writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
Prior to joining MIT Sloan, McAfee was a professor at Harvard Business School. He has also served as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
Dr. McAfee received his doctorate from Harvard Business School and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT. Andrew lives in Cambridge, watches too much Boston Red Sox baseball, and starts his weekend with The New York Times’ Saturday crossword.
Mike Copps to be Next ALDA President & CEO

Mike Copps, a successful trade association chief executive with a record of accomplishments and healthcare experience, will become the next President & CEO of ALDA, succeeding Mike Duff who will retire on June 30.
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.
Mike has 15+ years of association leadership experience, including the last eight as Executive Director (CEO).  Mike has worked for business and healthcare associations, most recently the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA), and he has significant experience in developing and managing programs for executive meetings and events. 
Mike currently manages a $4 million budget. He has steadily grown VRMA’s membership and increased revenues by 100%. Mike is familiar with medical device and diagnostics companies from his tenure at the Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute.
Equally important, Mike is a hands-on, friendly and very personable leader with great energy and exhibits excellent communications and people skills, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships.
We look forward to introducing Mike over the next several weeks and at the Spring Meeting, where he will formally take over as President & CEO.
Over 40 Already Registered for Spring Meeting
Michael Porter and Andrew McAfee highlight May 3-5 Program
More than 40 ALDA member executives have already registered for the Spring Meeting, set for May 3-5 in Boston. “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Its Implications and Opportunities for ALDA Members” will be the focus of this year's program.

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.
Starting with MIT’s Andrew McAfee‘s lead-off presentation, our topical program 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 QuantumBlack (a McKinsey company), a Broad Institute scientist and researcher, and the Chief Science Officer of Tempus, Kevin White.

Two keynote presentations will complete the Spring Meeting program. 
  • Chris Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator, will present the key takeaways from his book, “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It.” Chris’ stories are fascinating and the negotiation techniques are applicable to everyday situations.
  • Michael Porter, the legendary Harvard Business School Professor will speak on Tuesday morning. Throughout his career, Professor Porter has brought economic theory and strategy concepts to bear on many of the most challenging problems facing corporations, economies and societies, including market competition and company strategy, economic development, the environment, and health care. His prestation is not to be missed.
Look for program details and registration information in your email in-box, click on, or contact Carol Starke at
Still Time to Register for Marketing & Sales Execs Meeting
March 10 Meeting to be held in Cambridge, MA
There is still time to register for ALDA’s 2020 meeting for Marketing & Sales executives.
Directed to senior executives with responsibility for marketing and sales, including VPs and directors, the one-day meeting will examine:
  • Preparing for potential business challenges and opportunities, including recession proofing your commercial organization, aligning resources against top growth opportunities, and instituting customer success principles.
  • Best practices for recruiting, training and retaining top marketing and sales leadership talent amid the significant changes in B2B buying and Digital’s transformational influence on marketing and sales fusion and roles.
  • Insights on how Gen Zers will impact marketing and sales, and advice on changes companies will need to make to better serve Gen Z as customers and employees.
  • The use of AI in marketing and the importance of maintaining customer trust. Our speaker will discuss potential uses of AI, the role of transparency and how it applies to AI, and how AI can improve interaction with customers and enhance customer relationships. 
Speakers will include: Matt Greenstein, Life Sciences Practice Leader of The Alexander Group; Paul Rhoda, Vice President of Revenue Partner; Kristin Apple, President of The Linus Group; and Samantha Stone, Chief Marketing Officer of The Marketing Advisory Network. 
Contact Carol Starke at for more information.
Register Now for ALDA’s Breakfast at Analytica on 1 April
If your company is attending this year’s Analytica Show in Munich (31 March-2 April), plan to attend ALDA’s breakfast for senior executives on Wednesday morning, 1 April. If there are others on your team who will be at Analytica, please pass this invitation on to them.
The breakfast presents an easy and convenient opportunity to meet and talk with other senior executives from ALDA members attending Analytica and several key European-based executives. More than 50 executives attended our Analytica Breakfast in 2018.

We are pleased that Professor Dr. John WA Rossen will be our featured guest speaker. Professor Dr. Rossen is a member of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.

Professor Rossen is expected to speak on his work on personalized microbiology in a presentation entitled “Next Generation Sequencing: First Diagnostic One-Stop Shop in Personalized Microbiology.”
The details of the breakfast are:
DATE:           Wednesday, 1 April 2020
TIME:            7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
LOCATION:  Restaurant Seeblick in the
                     Convention Center

We will offer coffee at 7:15, begin the buffet breakfast at 7:30 AM and introduce Prof. Dr. Rossen at about 8:10. We will take some questions following his presentation and adjourn by 9:00 AM.
There is no fee or cost to attend. You can register by clicking here. Contact Carol Starke at for more information.
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