Diversity Alliance for Science Releases Podcast on Merck & Co., Inc’s Involvement with Inaugural Conference

Morristown, NJ, May 17, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Diversity Alliance for Science (www.diversityallianceforscience.com) has announced the release of a podcast discussing Merck & Co., Inc.’s involvement in the 2008 inaugural conference and expo scheduled for May 19-20 at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, N.J. In the podcast, Dan Nardi, executive director, research procurement with Merck Global Procurement, explains Merck’s role as a keynote sponsor as well as how the goals of Diversity Alliance for Science further Merck’s commitment to increasing diversity within the life sciences space. Nardi will speak about “Developing Outsourcing Agreements with Diverse Vendors: The right way to do it the first time” at the conference. The podcast is available for download at

The two-day event will focus on highlighting minority, women and service-veteran disabled owned businesses that provide products and services to the clinical and scientific industries. The event’s educational component will focus on developing strategies and solutions to mentor diverse life sciences firms to service large and complex scientific research organizations and government projects. The national event is expected to draw top-level pharmaceutical executives, high-ranking government officials and CEOs of diverse scientific and clinical enterprises. Merck & Co., Inc. is the keynote sponsor for the event.

“We are pleased to be a part of the inaugural Diversity Alliance for Science conference,” said Nardi. “Increasing diversity in the life sciences space is vital to continue growth and innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, and this event is a great way to support the women, minority and service-veteran disabled owned businesses in the scientific industry.”

About Diversity Alliance for Science, Inc. (DA4S):
Diversity Alliance for Science, Inc. (DA4S) is a nonprofit organization aimed to provide pharmaceutical/bio-tech companies, academic medical centers and governmental agencies the ability to identify, develop, mentor and partner with woman, minority, veteran and disabled-owned enterprises (both large and small) in the life sciences industry. For more information, please visit www.diversityallianceforscience.com.

Patty Briguglio
MMI Associates, Inc.
(919) 233-6600
PR Firms Raleigh, NC

Diversity Alliance For Science, Inc.
Patty Briguglio