From the President

People, Products, and Science 

It is an exciting time to take on the role of CRS President. I am pleased to have such a strong foundation to build on and sincerely thank Art Tipton for his vision and service. CRS is a vital organization, connecting science and delivery technology leaders from across the globe to foster new ideas, collaborations, and scientific breakthroughs. It is an honor to be a part of this organization, and I look forward to working with members in the coming year.

The Annual Meeting this year promised more value, which it certainly delivered, as you’ll read in the following pages. The CRS new strategic plan picks up on this sentiment, envisioning avenues to give members more value and more reasons to connect (and stay connected) to CRS. Over the next few months, the CRS Board will be working diligently to create a strategic plan that sets the course for the society over the next 2–4 years. I am energized by what has been developed thus far, as it is results-oriented with clearly defined, measurable outcomes. The ultimate impact of the plan is to increase value for members, better achieve the overarching goals of CRS, and create a more sustainable future. The strategies are framed by three key elements: people, products, and science. This year, the board seeks to achieve short-term objectives under this framework, such as:

  • People: Elevate leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities for members.
  • Products: Further the science, create a culture for product innovation through relationship building, and increase members.
  • Science: Amplify board and committee opportunities to be thought leaders on future science, identify translational intersections, and be more intentional with communication to the greater industry.

The board and I will be proactive in our approach, partnering with other committees, members, staff, and related organizations to accomplish our goals. As an organization, we have achieved much in our history, and we are thankful for the many members who have volunteered their time to achieve this success. If what you are reading resonates with you and you would like to be part of this exciting implementation phase, please contact Biana Godin Vilentchouk,, chair of the Volunteer Recruitment Committee. To keep members apprised of our successes and challenges, the board will report on these activities during the course of the year.

In addition to becoming active with our strategic plan work, please consider submitting an abstract for the 2016 CRS Annual Meeting & Exposition taking place next July in Seattle, Washington. Plans for the innovative scientific program are underway, and we look forward to more opportunities to connect, engage, and explore new science. Abstract submissions open mid-November, and details can be found on the CRS website:

I truly look forward to working with such a distinguished group of colleagues and am motivated by the strong partnership, science, and growth opportunities to come.

 Debra Bingham


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