Derek Brand is the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development at ORID, working across disciplines, schools, and campuses to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations. Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer of NewYorkBIO – the industry association for biotech across New York State - which represents nearly 300 members and includes leading bioscience companies, universities, research institutions and others dedicated to advancing life science research and commercialization. He is also the founder and leader behind ECHO NYC, an organization fostering connectivity between key stakeholders in the NYC biomedical ecosystem, including entrepreneurs, capital providers, clinicians, and healthcare operators, which ran monthly “Bio-entrepreneurship in NYC” events since 2009. Derek has deep experience in startup biomedical companies and has been a founder, executive, and board member across multiple ventures. His previous experience also includes a commercial role at GE, and as Director of Business Development at the NY Academy of Sciences. Derek holds a bachelors in Biology from Hamilton College and an MBA from Babson College.