For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Devendra Mishra
Executive Director
Phone: 818-224-1552
Calabasas, June 23, 2020. The Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) announced today that Diana Bartlett , Corporate Engagement Lead for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences , has been appointed as the Executive Vice President for Academia-Industry Collaboration .

Devendra Mishra , Executive Director of BSMA , stated, “Diana Bartlett, in her capacity as a member of the Advisory Board of BSMA, has pioneered the students and faculty of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) to contribute to developing solutions for the Life Sciences industry as well as fostering their careers. We are thrilled to have her consent to fulfill the growing need to foster a strategic interface between academia and industry. Genentech is a reminder of the first biotech company being launched by the collaborative effort of a scientist and a venture capitalist. Diana is eminently qualified and has the passion to build a collaborative platform for innovation in life Sciences.”

Diana Bartlett remarked, “The current tumultuous times of the crisis in healthcare and the economy have us rising to the occasion to synergize the capabilities and aspirations of academia and industry to drive innovation at an exponential rate of growth. A proactive engagement of students and faculty in the industrial environment of Life Sciences to jointly solve the problems of healthcare will yield unique dividends in terms of innovations and career enrichment. We already have a large core group of universities committed to the mission.” 

Currently, Diana is responsible for building a comprehensive industry program to benefit a diverse population of pharmacy, health science, and public health students and faculty. In her 15 years' experience in life science academic-industrial collaborations, prior to this responsibility, Bartlett was Associate Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) . There, she recruited over 300 corporate-sponsored projects, launched professional development programs, and chaired KGI's intellectual property and tech transfer committee. Before entering the field of higher education in 2004, Bartlett spent many years working for companies such as Johnson & Johnson and GE . Diana has an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago, and a BA in journalism from the University of Iowa.

Diana has enunciated her Goals of the BSMA academia-industry initiative to be:
  • To promote collaboration that fosters innovation in the life sciences, and
  • To generate innovative programs that benefit participating companies, institutions of higher education, and the industry in general

BSMA envisions that participating companies can benefit from
  1. Cultivate source of talent for internships, co-ops, jobs;
  2. Take advantage of lower cost research and project management by utilizing students and faculty for consulting work; and,
  3. Participate in shaping applied education for supply chain professionals.

On the other hand, institutions of higher education can benefit from
  1. Gain support for industrial research;
  2. Gather industrial insights for curriculum;
  3. Increase ability to support student internships, co-ops, jobs, and other;
  4. Sustain and enhance alumni activities;
  5. Take advantage of presentation opportunities at conferences and other events; and
  6. Access industry experts.
About BSMA
BSMA - Driving Innovation in the Life Sciences Supply Chain

Since its inception in 2007, BSMA is a global organization that fosters Innovation and Adoption of disruptive technologies within the end-to-end supply chain of the Life Sciences industry. With offices in California (USA), Brussels (Belgium) and Mumbai (India), BSMA promotes collaboration and networking between professionals of the biotech, pharmaceutical, academic and medical diagnostics enterprises. The Alliance partners with industry, academia, foundations, suppliers, technology enablers, research institutions, trade organizations and the government to improve productivity, quality, product and service integrity, risk mitigation, managerial talent development and patient care globally. It is also the home of start-up companies engaged in business development and scale up.     
CONTACT:   Devendra Mishra