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Let us know how we can serve you. We look forward to hearing from you!
Contact Us Privately: Philly@lrig.org
Use Ask-Philly our Public Question & Answer Forum

About Our Philly Chapter

The LRIG Philadelphia Chapter serves the Delaware Valley, with a membership consisting of individuals from the area’s pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries and also from the many academic institutions in the region. Each year we typically hold a Technology Exhibition to showcase the latest in laboratory instrumentation, automation, software, reagents and consumables.  We also host an annual Scientific Meeting in which we strive to present topics ranging from cutting-edge biotechnologies to thought-provoking challenges in today’s life sciences. Both meetings provide a wonderful networking opportunity for area scientists and engineers to connect and share ideas. We are continually looking to broaden our scope, and we encourage  suggestions for future meeting themes. 

2015 Exhibition Photos



Chapter Officers

Chair: Rodney Bednar

Dr. Rodney A. Bednar is a Drug Discovery Scientist and Industry Leader in the Biochemistry and Automation of Lead Optimization Assays, Workflows, and associated Knowledge Management.  Dr. Bednar has recognized expertise in all aspects of early drug discovery and has provided leadership and critical scientific contributions—from early lead identification, through profiling, lead optimization, and mechanism of action studies—that supported the successful advancement of over a dozen drugs (including Aggrastat®) into clinical trials.   Additionally, Dr. Bednar employs a unique combination of scientific, process engineering, and technology skills to maximize efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and quality.  Dr. Bednar is known for conceiving and implementing global best practices for drug discovery.  

Dr. Bednar is Professor of Biochemistry at the Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute.  Dr. Bednar held various positions of increasing responsibility at Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), the research center of Merck & Co., Inc., including Senior Investigator and Director.  He worked within Merck’s Basic Research Departments of In Vitro Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Pain Research, Molecular Pharmacology, Pharmacology, In Vitro Pharmacology, and Biological Chemistry.  Dr. Bednar maintained an adjunct faculty position at SUNY Stony Book, where he held joints appoints as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacological Sciences in the Medical School and an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Treasuer: Jean Husten

Jean Husten received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma, and then did a post-doc in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After that, Jean took a position in the amyloid group at Cephalon, focusing on discovering inhibitors of the amyloid precursor protein processing enzymes. After a few years, she moved to the Lead Discovery and Profiling Department where she was responsible for maintaining the compound libraries plated for HTS. Within the group Jean also developed and implemented assays for HTS for a variety of targets. Following Teva’s acquisition of Cephalon, Jean joined the Global Bioassays and Technology group and is now leading the Protein Science group. Her group develops and runs binding assays on the Biacore and also develops and runs ADA assays for immunogenicity assessment.

Jean has been involved with LRIG Philadelphia since its incorporation, serving on the board in various roles.

Board Member: Scott Rehlander

Scott has been writing and architecting software in the biotech automation industry since 2006. He has experience developing robotic scheduling algorithms, writing interfaces for in-house devices, developing operating system agnostic APIs and integrating complex sample management systems. His experience lies primarily in .NET including C#, XAML and WCF. He also has experience with technologies such as ASP MVC, jQuery, PHP, Windows Phone, iOS, Android and various enterprise database management systems. Scott graduated from Framingham State University with a B.S. in Computer Science.

Steering Committee

  • Michael Beyer
  • Darryl Davis
  • Susan Fichera
  • Neal Gliksman
  • Jackson Hyde
  • Zina Itkin
  • Dennis Murphy
  • Johanna Mylet
  • Alex Tobias
  • Terri Ruch

Philly Events

  • See Global LRIG Events Tab for All Current & Future LRIG Events
  • Philly's Annual Vendor Show September 2017 Tuesday September 25, 2017  (4:00 PM to 8:00 PM)Philly LRIG Annual Vendor ExhibitionDoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge301 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2017, 11:37 AM by Rodney Bednar
  • LRIG Philly Scientific Meeting April 2017 Tuesday April 25, 2017  (4:30 PM to 9:00 PM)  Philly LRIG Spring Scientific Meeting DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge 301 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2017, 2:46 PM by Rodney Bednar
  • Organizational Meeting March 2017  Tuesday March 7th, 2017 @ 6 PM Philly LRIG  Organizational Meeting Board Room at Michael's Restaurant & Delicatessen130 Town Center Rd. Valley Forge Center, Route 202 King of Prussia, PA ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2017, 7:27 AM by Rodney Bednar
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Exhibitor Information

  • Vendor Info for Philly Chapter Events
  • Spring Exhibition 2016: Exhibitor Information Click Here for Information on Reserving Your Spot for the April 28th 2016 Exhibition.Exhibitor Information will be Posted here in Due Course:Please send questions to PhillyLRIG@gmail.com
    Posted Feb 22, 2016, 7:19 AM by Rodney Bednar
  • Reserve Your Spot for April 28th 2016 To secure a table, please fill out and submit the registration form to Jean Husten at phillyLRIG@gmail.com Click Here to View or to Download the Registration Form.Email ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2016, 5:24 AM by Rodney Bednar
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Files & Links for Philadelphia Chapter

  • VendorRegistrationForm_Philly_LRIG_2016_April_28.docx   14k - Feb 22, 2016, 7:47 AM by Rodney Bednar (v2)
  • VendorRegistrationForm_Philly_LRIG_2015_April_22.docx   13k - Feb 13, 2015, 7:32 AM by Rodney Bednar (v1)
    ‎Exhibitor Registration Form Apri 22, 2015‎
  • LRIG-Phila mission statement_ocr.pdf   527k - Nov 26, 2014, 11:37 PM by Rodney Bednar (v1)
    ‎Mission Statement for LRIG Philadelphia‎
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Philly Chapter Announcements

  • 03: Call for Nomination of Speakers

    Dear LRIG Philadelphia Members:

    Let us hear from YOU onNomination of future Speakers for Talks or Panel Discussions!

    • Help us identify potential speakers for future meetings.
    • 5 min, 10 min, 20 min, 30 min, 50 min talks are all possible!
    • Panel Discussions are Possible-Good way to get local experts together and pick their brains!

       

    • Step Up and Volunteer Yourself as well as Suggesting Others!
    • Consider sharing your expertise in a particular Technology/Process/Methodology with your fellow scientist in the Greater Delaware Valley Area.  
    • Have you or someone you know published a paper or prepared a talk for an external meeting that might be of interest to some of our local members.

       

    • Tell us who could help you learn more about a particular Technology.  
    • Tell us who has evaluated an Instrument/Technology or reduced it use to practice.
    • Who from a local organization would you like to compare notes with or explore solutions to a common problem?

    Our goal at LRIG Philadelphia is to facilitate the ability of our members to interact and share their questions and knowledge on areas of common interest

    To effectively evolve our organization we need to hear from you, our members, on Speakers for future events, talks or panel discussions!   

    Email us at:  "Philly@lrig.org".

    Best Regards,

    Rodney

    Rodney A. Bednar PhD
    Chair, LRIG Philadelphia Inc
    Posted Dec 6, 2014, 10:01 AM by Rodney Bednar
  • 02: Call for Topics

    Dear LRIG Philadelphia Members:

    Let us hear from YOU on Topics for future Events, Talks, or Panel Discussions!

    • Would you like to learn more about a particular Technology?  
    • Is there an Instrument/Technology that you would like to evaluate
    • Do you have an expertise in a particular Technology/Process/Methodology that you would be willing to share with fellow scientist in the Greater Delaware Valley Area?  
    • Would you like to compare notes or explore solutions to a problem with your counterparts in other local organizations?
    • Have you or someone you know published a paper or prepared a talk for an external meeting that might be of interest to some of our local members.

    Our goal at LRIG Philadelphia is to facilitate the ability of our members to interact and share their questions and knowledge on areas of common interest

    To effectively evolve our organization we need to hear from you, our members, on Topics for future events, talks or panel discussions!      

    Email us at:  "Philly@lrig.org".

    Best Regards,

    Rodney

    Rodney A. Bednar PhD
    Chair, LRIG Philadelphia Inc


    Posted Dec 6, 2014, 10:01 AM by Rodney Bednar
  • 01: How Can We Serve You? Tell Us!

    Dear LRIG Philadelphia Members:

    The future of our organization is evolving and new leadership has been established.  Now, we need to hear directly from you-on how we can best serve you!

    Our scope  is wide-ranging and extends well beyond our original mission statement and our history.  We are interested in all innovative & novel technologies as well as the effective reduction to practice of more established technologies that lead to increase effectiveness and efficiencies for the Laboratory Scientist.   

    Our members from the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, CRO, Consultant and Academic Communities in the Greater Delaware Valley Area share their knowledge and expertise with each other.   We are an all-volunteer organization and our events are FREE to attend. 

    As your leaders-our primary goal is to foster communication and to facilitate the ability of our members to interact and share their questions and knowledge on areas of common interest.  Historically, we have hosted Scientific Meetings in addition to a local Technology Exhibition that showcases the latest in laboratory instrumentation, automation, software, reagents and consumables.

    To effectively evolve our organization we need to hear from you, our members, on how we can best serve you!   

    Email us at:  "Philly@lrig.org".

    Best Regards,

    Rodney

    Rodney A. Bednar PhD
    Chair, LRIG Philadelphia Inc
    Posted Dec 6, 2014, 10:02 AM by Rodney Bednar
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