A Conversation with MASS Life Sciences Center CEO Susan Windham-Bannister

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” takes a close look at the increasing importance and impact of the burgeoning life sciences industry in “A Conversation with MASS Life Sciences CEO Susan Windham-Bannister.” The forum, the sixth of the 20th season, will be held on  Thursday February 19th, 7:00PM-8:00PM, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister became the first President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), a quasi-public organization charged with administering the 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature in June 2008. The MLSC is the hub for all sectors of the Commonwealth’s life sciences community – biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical diagnostics and bioinformatics. Prior to the MLSC, she co-founded Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions (ABS), a consulting firm serving life sciences companies. Dr. Windham-Bannister received a B.A. from Wellesley College, a doctorate in health policy and management from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University, and a Doctor of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2012. She completed her doctoral work under a fellowship from the Ford Foundation and was also a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School. Dr. Windham-Bannister has co-authored two books:  Competitive Strategy for Health Care Organizations, and Medicaid and Other Experiments in State Health Policy. She also has written numerous articles on competition in today’s health care marketplace.

Why was the MLSC created? How important is the life sciences industry in the overall economy of the Commonwealth? Is state investment in targeted economic sectors a wise use of public money? How effective has the MLSC been in stimulating economic development in Massachusetts? How do we compare to other states in the growth of the life sciences industry? Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum February 19th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at www.jaykaufman.com, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman 

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.