October 21, 2021
State of the Life Sciences in NYC: A Call for Diversity in Science, Medicine and Academia

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With its deep and diverse talent pool, network of premier academic medical institutions, and access to National Institute of Health’s and venture funding, New York City has emerged as a major center of life sciences innovation.  The COVID-19 pandemic made visible the benefits of life sciences for NYC and the world and heightened awareness of the need for continued investment in the field.  Subsequently, building on the impact of the City’s $500 million investment in 2016, NYC pledged to invest an additional $500 million to accelerate the growth of life sciences, bringing total projected investment to $1 billion.

At the same time, the pandemic called attention to the pandemic’s disproportionate adverse economic impact on underserved communities in New York and laid bare the need to build a diverse pipeline of life sciences talent in NYC in order to ensure that the economic benefits of the high paying jobs created would be shared by all.

Today, NYC and its premier institutions are focusing on training a steady stream of qualified talent for the thousands of high-paying jobs that will be created in the life science sector, with a special focus on under-represented students from disadvantaged communities.

This webinar will focus on the potential benefits of life science expansion in NYC through economic and inclusive STEM workforce development programs as well as programs being developed and offered by some of the new life science projects in NYC.

The discussion will feature:

  • An overview of the economic impact and industry job growth in the life sciences sector forecast for NYC
    The Center East Impact Program being undertaken by the New York Blood Center and Longfellow which includes a landmark workforce development program targeted at supporting youth and collegiate STEM talent via education, internship and mentoring programs, strategic partnerships with outside educational organizations and on-site training and certification programs
  • The Cure @ 345 Park Avenue South, recently opened by Deerfield Management, that features an immersive summer internship program for students from diverse backgrounds called Deerfield Fellows, as well the Women in Science and Break Into the Boardroom programs
  • The Knowledge House, that will speak to how the expansion of the life science sector and the Innovation Economy in NYC can unlock career advancement for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are New Yorkers
  • Urban Upbound, an organization dedicated to breaking cycles of poverty in New York City public housing and other low-income neighborhoods through employment services, college access & youth development programs, worker cooperative development and business innovation programs and many others.

  • Agenda

    12:00 PM – 12:10 PM Welcome and Overview of the Meeting

    • Nancy J Kelley, President & CEO, Nancy J Kelley + Associates, Founding Member and Steering Committee, NYC Builds Bio+

    12:10 PM – 12:50 PM Panel Presentation

    • Moderator: Nancy J Kelley, President & CEO, Nancy J Kelley + Associates, Founding Member and Steering Committee, NYC Builds Bio+


    • Jay Mohr, Chief Financial Officer, New York Blood Center
    • Mark Veich, Executive Director of Deerfield Foundation
    • Constance Barnes, Director of Programs and Partnerships, The Knowledge House
    • Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor, CEO & Co-Founder, Urban Upbound
    • Additional speakers to be announced

    12:50 PM – 1:00 PM Audience Q&A

    1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Online Networking