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Message from Stephanie Flores: Reflections on 2019

Sunday, February 16, 2020   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Flores
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Dear colleagues:  

As most of you know, among professional associations CASSS is unique. We do not charge dues to be a member of our community. Instead we welcome those who participate in our family of meetings and conferences as members of our community.  Currently there are just over 6,000 members, which includes all that have participated over the last three years and is an increase of 14% over 2018.

We continue to expand our outreach to new members, both in the United States and beyond.


We know that just as those that need access to safe and effective medicines are located around the world, so are those that develop and approve them for use.  It is our goal to bring people together to discuss the latest technical challenges and development strategies for products ranging from proteins, vaccines, blood products, biosimilars, and cell and gene therapies and to share information widely among industry and the regulatory agencies to ensure we are merging good scientific and regulatory practices.  In this way we are delivering on the board’s objectives of global access and knowledge sharing.

This commitment to knowledge sharing has seen a continued expansion and development of our portfolio of meetings.

The Bioassays and Cell & Gene Therapy Products conferences both saw record attendance in 2019.  In addition, we are continuing to expand access to the CASSS community in the form of local volunteer-driven discussion groups.  May 2019 saw highly successful launch of the North Carolina (RTP) Discussion Group. Committed to bringing job-relevant educational discussions to a local audience, they provide opportunities for early-career professionals and others who can't or don't want to travel to access continuing professional development.  We now have Discussion Groups in the Washington DC area, the Netherlands and North Carolina.  Please contact me if you are interested in bringing this sort of programming to your local area.

In 2020 we look forward to continuing the strong programming and well received conferences for our community.  It is through the hard work of more than three hundred volunteers that our meetings remain relevant and valued.  In addition to new regions and new members, we are also seeking new formats and media to share and exchange information.  For the second year, WCBP 2020 was live streamed – and we now have much of the content available on demand.  We are developing a strategy and the capacity to bring more information to you virtually.  
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about ways we are growing in 2020, would like to volunteer or want more information about any of our programs.


Stephanie Flores, CAE
Executive Director
CASSS – Sharing Science Solutions


William C. Paulson, IPQ Publications says...
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2020
Congrats on a really strong year for CASSS and the role you have played in that success, Stephanie. We at IPQ look forward to continuing to do all we can to help -- and on the global regulator outreach part of the effort in particular this year.....Bill

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