Membership Eligibility

Membership is available only to corporations and diverse-owned suppliers in the life science industries who directly support drug discovery and drug research, as well as promote innovation in the life science industries as detailed below in the “Membership Categories.” The Board, at its sole discretion, may reject an application for membership or elect not to renew a membership, if in its view the applicant does not meet the criteria outlined herein.

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

Qualified Categories of Service
➢ Animal Suppliers
➢ Biology Services
➢ Biomarkers Analysis Chemical Synthesis
➢ Biotech Support Services
➢ Clean Room Operations and Maintenance
➢ Clinical Data Management
➢ Clinical Staffing
➢ Comparator Drug
➢ CRO
➢ DNA/RNA Extraction
➢ Drug Discovery
➢ IRB
➢ Lab

➢ Legal Services Related to Life Sciences
➢ Marketing/Branding/Market Research
➢ Marketing Related to Development
➢ Medical Writing
➢ Medicinal Chemistry
➢ Packaging, Printing, Labeling, Bar Code
➢ Patient Recruitment
➢ Pharmacokinetic Services
➢ Regulatory Services
➢ Stability Testing
➢ Training related to drug development
➢ Translation Services
➢ Other

Members in Good Standing. To be a member in good standing, a member must pay annual membership dues.

Removal of Members. Members wil be removed if annual dues are not paid 30 days after due date. They will need to re-apply for membership.

Membership: Corporation or Supplier?

Who is considered a CORPORATION?

A corporation within Diversity Alliance for Science is defined as business that procures, sources and supports diverse suppliers who provide LIFE SCIENCE OR HEALTHCARE RELATED PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. 

Corporations represent America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, and their purchasing activity is national and international in scope. These companies represent pharmaceutical, bio-tech, hospitals, universities, government institutes and other life-sciences or healthcare buying entities.

Typically, a corporation has senior-level commitment to supplier diversity, buyers are engaged and measured by their performance, people are developed both internally and externally, and they strive to provide sponsorship and training for diverse suppliers. Corporations with a world-class supplier diversity program understand that supplier diversity provides them with a return on investment.

Who is considered a SUPPLIER?

A supplier within Diversity Alliance for Science is a business providing LIFE SCIENCE OR HEALTHCARE RELATED PRODUCTS OR SERVICES that qualifies as a disadvantaged-owned small business, minority-owned business, women-owned business, HUBZone business, service-disabled veteran-owned business, certified gay-, lesbian-, bisexual- or transgendered-owned business.

Diversity Alliance for Science, Inc. defines diverse suppliers per the guidelines of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

National Minority Supplier Development Council:  A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is 51% owned, operated and controlled by minority group members, defined from the following:

  • Asian-Indian  – A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh.
  • Asian-Pacific – A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
  • African American – A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
  • Hispanic – A U.S. citizen of Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America or the Caribbean Basin only.
  • Native American – A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part.

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council:   A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise is an independent business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or Legal Resident Aliens; whose business formation and principal place of business are in the US or its territories; and whose management and daily operation is controlled by one or more of the women owners.

U.S. Small Business Administration:  As defined by the Small Business Act, a small business concern is “one that is independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation.”

  • Small Business — Depending on the industry, ‘small’ is defined by either the number of employees or average annual receipts of a business concern.  Website reference for size standards by NAICS code is www.sba.gov/services/contractingopportunities/sizestandardstopics/index.html.
  • Small Disadvantaged Business – A small business that is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged.
  • Woman-Owned Business – A small business that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
  • Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Business A small business that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women who are economically disadvantaged. Presumed economically disadvantaged includes stipulations on net worth, yearly income, and assets. For specifics, go to www.sba.gov/about-sba-info/3690.
  • Veteran-Owned Business – A small business that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one or more veterans.
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned BusinessA small business that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one or more veterans with a service-connected disability.

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