NMBio: IN THE KNOW – JANUARY
As we raise the curtain on the new year, we do so with a renewed dedication and celebration of our association’s expanding list of members, to the accelerating growth of New Mexico’s bioscience industry and the increasing pace of innovative research taking place at our universities, the national labs and scores of emerging startups from Las Cruces to Los Alamos.
January is traditionally the month that we reach out to our members, sponsors and prospects for financial support. On behalf of NMBio’s board of directors, I hope you’ll consider renewing your membership or consider joining the association. Almost everything we do is driven by member needs and requests; we excel at making strategic connections. This link describes some of the many benefits and resources available to you as a member.
Members can take advantage of discounted pricing on events as well as from more than a dozen service providers including: UPS, Airgas, VWR, ALT, Aon, Business Wire, Chubb, Clean Harbors, Humboldt, Medtrack, Nikon Instruments, Office Depot, Scientist.com, ShareVault, UniClean, UniFirst, Likarda, Econsult Solutions, MEDFAS, FreeMind, and Hatchform.
We’ll soon be sending member firms invoices. Members and prospects also have the option of paying online — https://www.nmbio.org/members/nmbio-membership/ Membership dues for NM firms are based on employee count. If you are a sole proprietor/consultant your annual dues are $200. Learn more about membership benefits by viewing the attachment. By combining a sponsorship with your annual membership, we will reduce your annual dues (call me for details).
NMBio is planning many events for 2019, including workshops, monthly luncheons, social networking, its third annual Knowledge Fair & Expo, a legislative preview of 2020 and more. Sponsoring our events is an extremely effective way to gain visibility, goodwill and marketing exposure. Call me if you would like to discuss creating a marketing package that works for your goals and budget.
In addition to forwarding invoices, we’ll be sending you a short survey this month. We urge your participation; please forward your responses by February 8. Your responses will be tallied and shared with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). The survey helps us track the growth of the state’s bioscience sector as well as the makeup of the firms in the sector (e.g., medical devices, CROs, pharmaceuticals).
Our kickoff Meet & Learn luncheon meeting on Thursday, January 24 is fast approaching. It features two firms on the verge of breakout success, VisionQuest and Agilvax as well as an overview on groundbreaking bioscience research that’s taking place at New Mexico Tech. For additional information on the program and to register, click this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nmbio-luncheon-meeting-tickets-54643525255
The title for our February 14 event is “Maximizing NIH and DOD Funding.” Our guest speaker is Ayal Ronen, M.Sc., MBA — http://www.freemindconsultants.com/team-member/ayal-ronen-m-sc-mba/. Ronen is Vice President of the Boston-based FreeMind Group, the premier international consulting firm specializing in assisting life science organizations secure non-dilutive funding from US federal agencies and private foundations. FreeMind’s proven long-term strategic approach has garnered its clients over $1.5 billion to date. Awards have ranged from $150,000 to $150,000,000 per project. Its team of experts will assist in making non-dilutive funding a key tool in a long-term sound financial strategy. Ayal will be available to meet privately with individuals prior to and after the luncheon meeting. If you would like to schedule a 1-on-1 meeting, send me your request by February 6.
FreeMind is also known for providing informative and highly-regarded monthly webinars. It’s January 31 webinar – Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) – focuses on CDMRP’s FY2018 budget of more than $975 million. Some research areas covered include breast cancer, Parkinson’s, MS as well as additional peer reviewed topics covering Alzheimer’s and Cancer. FreeMind will discuss the various programs, process for applying, guidelines, key success components and insight into increasing chances for award.
Its February 26 webinar will focus on Biodefense and Infectious Disease Funding Opportunities. It will introduce viewers to sources of funding from NIAID (awards close to $6 Billion annually), DTRA, DARPA, US Army and BARDA and give examples of current open solicitations. Click on this link to register for these and future webinars:http://www.freemindconsultants.com/webinars/
Finally, we will be electing a slate of board members at our January 24 meeting. I’ll forward you the list of candidates on Monday. Please fill out your ballot and bring it to the board meeting (we’ll also have ballots available at the board meeting). In order to fulfill the requirements of our bylaws, 25 percent of members must cast ballots at this meeting. We will also be expanding the board from 16 to 20 members for 2019. The newly elected board members will have the opportunity to appoint these four individuals for one or two year terms following a process of interviews based on member recommendations.