SAMPS was previously Association of Commercial Professionals for Life Sciences (ACP-LS)

Meet Our New Editorial Board

February 16, 2018

SAMPS Adds New Members to the Editorial Board: Brian Shapiro, Technical Writer, ATCC; Collette King, Business Development Manager, Acenna Data; Ethan Kopit, Vice President of Marketing, Acenna Data; and Keith Osiewicz, Vice President of Marketing, Ingenuix.

Washington, NJ, USA – February 14, 2018 – The Association of Commercial Professionals – Life Sciences (SAMPS) announces a new team to staff the Editorial Board. Brian Shapiro, Technical Writer, ATCC will serve as the Editor in Chief, while Collette King, Business Development Manager, ACENNA, Ethan Kopit, Vice President of Marketing, ACENNA and Keith Osiewicz, Vice President of Marketing, Ingenuix, will serve as Associate Members of the Board.

“SAMPS is very enthusiastic about the new Editorial team,” commented Chuck Drucker, President, SAMPS,” we anticipate that they will bring new energy to our blog and newsletter. As active members of the life science sale and marketing community, this group is well poised to find and deliver vital information that will help with the growth of the individual professional or the success of a commercial organization.”

“Our mission is to share with Life Science Professionals the information that they need to flourish in the changing sales and marketing environment,” says SAMPS Editor in Chief Brian Shapiro.” The field has been characterized by so much change in the past couple of years. Our new Editorial Staff hopes to bring a wide array of knowledge, from new trends in the field to digital know-how.”

The SAMPS Editorial Board creates, edits, and deploys the organization’s Blog and Newsletter, Commercial Matters. Topics in these publications range from tips and tricks on improving your sales and marketing strategy to critical issues that concern the industry.

The SAMPS Editorial staff was previously guided by Alan Gerstein, Digital Writer and Content Strategist, Arcteric. He was strongly supported by his staff, which included: Garrett Bennett, U.S. Sales Manager for Next Generation Sequencing, Bioo Scientific; Joan Boyce, VP and GM, Biocompare; Sheila Burns, Managing Director, Building 12 Communications; Chris Conner, Principal, Words 2 Wow; Anne-Marie Hess, Senior Marketing and Communications Consultant; Hillary Hewitson, Business Development Manager, Waters Corporation; Greg Krueger, Field Marketing Manager, Sartorius-Stedim Biotech; and Lea Studer, VP Marketing Communications, Scorr Marketing.


The Association of Commercial Professionals – Life Sciences (SAMPS) is the first organization for life science commercial professionals (sales, marketing, business development, client services, commercial operations and technical support) dedicated to selling and marketing to organizations (academic, government and commercial) that perform research, discovery, development, and manufacturing of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic products and therapies.

The purpose of SAMPS is to serve its members, who are among the ~60,000 people globally who work in commercial roles for life science products and services companies. Those companies include contract research and contract manufacturing organizations (CROs & CMOs), scientific equipment manufacturers, reagents manufacturers, and consultancies. The association provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of knowledge through ongoing education, information resources, and opportunities for networking and professional development for life science commercial professionals. For more information and to join visit

SAMPS, Sales And Marketing Professionals in Scientific research, is the first and only organization dedicated to sales and marketing professionals within the life sciences.

The association’s goal is to serve its members who work in commercial roles for life science products and services companies and associated businesses, globally.
SAMPS was previously named ACP-LS. We feel that SAMPS more clearly describes the membership, and will form a better foundation from which to expand this membership globally. 
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