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

Program Team for 2017 Annual Meeting Announced

December 16, 2016

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ, USA – December 16, 2016 -- The Association of Commercial Professionals – Life Sciences (SAMPS) announced the members of the program team for its 2017 Annual Meeting, to be held near Boston, MA, USA on October 25-27.

The Annual Meeting Program Team collectively have experience in all aspects of commercializing life science products and services. The team is accountable for assuring the program content meets the needs of all members and attendees. This year's meeting will include multiple workshop tracks so attendees can take advantage of more sessions.

Chairperson, Product Suppliers

Mike DeMayo, Former VP of Commercial Operations, Americas at Affymetrix will serve as the chair of the program committee representing product suppliers.


Program Team Lead

Joanne Dimitrakopoulos

Joanne Dimitrakopoulos has an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive start-up expertise, having founded two companies prior to transitioning into the scientific industry. While at university she founded the Shadow-a-Student Program to provide insight for high school students wishing to pursue a career in the Life Sciences. Joanne began her marketing career at Millipore before moving on to several start up companies where she enjoyed the fast-paced environment and ability to try her hand at sales.  During her time at eBioscience she was able to turnaround multiple stagnant product portfolios resulting in tremendous revenue growth. She is renowned for developing progressive marketing strategies and implementing novel  tactical campaigns that exceed expectations.

Team Members

Name Job Title Company
Mike DeMayo Former VP of Commercial Operations, Americas Affymetrix
Keith Osiewicz VP and Head of Marketing The Science Exchange
Caroline LaManna Associate Director of Scientific Outreach Addgene
Olga Torres Marketing Director Averica Discovery
Kathy Lee-Koenig Business Development Manager  Thermo Fisher Scientific
Ethan Kopit Co-Founder Mimir Insights
Yianni Dimitrakopoulos New Graduate University of Oregon, Crime, Law and Business

"A lot of effort and coordination goes into putting together a high caliber event,” said Chuck Drucker, President of the SAMPS. "We very much appreciate the time and skill the volunteers on the program team put forth to develop the program for the 5th SAMPS Annual Meeting."

The SAMPS Annual Meeting enables attendees to meet with colleagues and peers regarding key issues concerning commercial professionals working for life science suppliers. Sessions are designed specifically for those who work for CROs, CMOs, scientific equipment and reagents manufacturers, and consultancies.

Details are available at

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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