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9:30AM – 5:30PM
EVENT LOCATION: TAKEDA

1200 LAKESIDE DRIVE | BANNOCKBURN, IL

30 MINS FROM O’HARE AIRPORT · NEARBY HOTELS: LINCOLNSHIRE MARRIOTT · LA QUINTA INN · COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

EVENT SOLD OUT – TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE

MEMBERS: $249 · NON-MEMBERS: $299
CORPORATE SPONSOR COST: (INCLUDES 3 TICKETS) $1,000

REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 27TH

JOIN US FOR A PRE-CLUSTER EVENING NETWORKING EVENT
October 8 · 5:30PM – 8PM


JOIN US FOR A FULL IMMERSIVE DAY ON A VERY HOT TOPIC “ALL THINGS SECURITY!”

WHAT IS THE DA4S GEO CLUSTER?

GEO meaning geography; Cluster meaning a group of similar people positioned closely together.

GEO Clusters will expand the Diversity Alliance for Science Footprint and build on our successful specialized conference format. Clusters will bring together suppliers and buyers in the Life Sciences and Healthcare industries for a day of immersion around a singular topic/theme.

DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN THE MIDWEST TO ATTEND?

The Clusters are targeted to a specific geography but are extended to DA4S corporate and life science partners from around the country, all are welcome to attend.

WILL THE GEO CLUSTER ALWAYS TAKE PLACE IN CHICAGO?

No, the event will target BioPharma, BioTech and Life Science hot spots around the Country where there are a strong contingent of suppliers and buying organizations in these specialized areas.

WHY ARE GEO CLUSTERS FOCUSED ON A SINGULAR THEME?

GEO Clusters are intended to be immersive experiences that go deep into subjects that are timely and relevant for both suppliers and buying organizations. Clusters are also shorter in duration, thus limiting the subject matter to be consumed by participants in a one day activity.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Michael McNeil

Global Product Security & Services Officer

Michael C. McNeil is the Global Product Security & Services Officer for Royal Philips. McNeil leads global product security, ensuring consistent processes are deployed in the Healthcare market. McNeil was the former Global Chief Privacy & Security Officer at Medtronic; Chief IT Security Officer at Liberty Mutual Group; Global Chief Privacy Officer at Pitney Bowes, and Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer of Data Services for Reynolds & Reynolds.

McNeil, a security and privacy expert, recently provided expert testimony before Congress on Cybersecurity; and conducts training presentations worldwide.

McNeil is a member of the Department of Health & Human Services Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force; Chair of the MITA Cybersecurity Committee; Board member of National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, member of AAMI and MDISS.


For Full Event Program click here | For Event FAQs click here


9:30 –10:30am Registration Opens

10:00am Cluster Conversations
Coffee and Conversation to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new friends.  Join us as we meet and greet attendees representing the Healthcare sector of the Midwest over coffee and tea.   

10:30am Cluster Launch
Kathy April Rush, President, Diversity Alliance for Science
DA4S President welcomes participants and outlines how GEO Clusters will serve to expand the DA4S footprint within the Life Science ecosystem.

10:40am Cluster Host   •   Name TBD 
Corporate Host Takeda 

11:00am Cluster Keynote
Michael McNeil, Global Product Healthcare 
Security & Services Officer at Philips  

“All Things Security”.  In our opening session, McNeil will describe why Corporations are not willing to negotiate risk! 

Noon Cluster Nourishment 
Lunch is served Lunch and networking with colleagues 

1:00pm Cluster Immersion
Group A
SUPPLIER ASSESSMENTS AND PREPARATION 

What to expect when you’re presented with a list of questions or supplier evaluation tool?  How do you respond to questions that have impact on your ability to successfully win business?  See real questions and hear from Buying Organizations on how your responses are evaluated and weighted to determine whether or not you are a risk worth taking.

Cluster Immersion
Group B
ARE YOU THE NEXT VICTIM OF A HACK?

Think your data, systems and customer information is secure?  Think again.  According to a recent online survey, 3rd party breaches are on the rise.  44% of organizations indicate experiencing a breach in the past 12 months involving a third-party supplier or vendor, with long term consequences to the customer.  Did you know you can be contractually obligated to security and privacy practices including security certifications?  Ethical Hackers will show you how it’s done.  Watch and weep.

Cluster Immersion
Group C
DEMYSTIFYING CYBERSECURITY

Experience the most common cyber related security scenarios including 1) Email Ransomware attacks, 2) Password Decoding and 3) Malware.  Secondary topics to be presented are Website and IoT hacks.  You’ll be out of your seat in this workshop with role playing and interactive hands on demos with prizes to those that don’t get held for ransom. How to prepare yourself, your company and how to finance it.  

2:45pm Break

3:00pm Beyond the Match
Ample time for networking enables a different formalized approach to interaction between suppliers and buying organizations during the Cluster.  Get a close-up and more specialized view of what it takes to become a Supplier of your most coveted customer with small group closed door meetings.  Hear from personnel representing Indirect, Direct, and R&D procurement areas sharing steps, processes, and timelines leading to SOWs and contracts. Perfect your questions rather than your Pitch and get the inside scoop that will give you a competitive advantage. 

Session One    3:00 – 3:25pm Your Choice of Company 1

Session Two    3:30 – 3:55pm Your Choice of Company 2

Session Three 4:00 – 4:25pm Your Choice of Company 3

Session Four   4:30 – 4:55pm Your Choice of Company 4

4:30pm Cluster Networking
Join us for hors d’oeuvres and beverages during our Reception to meet more Buying Organizations and representatives from the Midwest Healthcare sector.  

5:45pm Program Close