The Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration was formed in 2012 to collaborate with key stakeholders to address global health issues and to continue international programs in the life sciences that were begun in 2001. Over the past several years, ILSC has successfully initiated and organized several conferences and other activities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia focusing on collaborative and cross-disciplinary approaches to meeting challenges facing, and opportunities for, innovation in therapy and prevention. ILSC has coordinated these programs with international and national authorities, academic and research organizations, and leading NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). A list of these programs can be found in the Events section of this website.
ILSC is also actively involved in long term projects advancing the United Nations Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals such as the Sickle Cell Disease Initiative in Ghana. ILSC was in the forefront of highlighting the consequences of anti-microbial resistance in the increasing failure of current antibiotics in dealing with infectious diseases.
The principals of ILSC have assumed leading roles and active participation in major NGO and MICE (Meetings Incentives Conferences Exhibitions) industry networks and programs, including the UN NGO/DPI Executive Committee, CoNGO (Congress of Non-Governmental Organizations), NGO Major Group at the HLPF (UN High Level Political Forum), Council of Organizations of UNA-USA (United Nations Association of the United States), and ICCA (the International Congress and Convention Association).
Sheldon Zaslansky, Chairman
Sheldon Zaslansky is an accomplished business leader and marketer with experience in direct marketing and business development. He is currently President of YellowBrickRoad, a consulting firm specializing in external and internal business development. Founded in 1999, YellowBrickRoad has a variety of clients ranging from cataloguers, retail marketers, online marketers, and private service providers.From 1981 to 1999 Mr. Zaslansky was President and owner of the leading Direct Marketing Services firm, The Walter Karl Companies. As the President of Walter Karl companies, he earned a reputation as a pioneer in his field. He has a proven track record in new business development, senior level client relations, business turnarounds, product development of advance database, and direct marketing techniques and general business. He sold The Walter Karl Companies, Inc and it’s subsidiaries to InfoUSA in 1999.
Mr. Zaslansky built Consumers Bargain, a direct mail marketing company. As CEO he developed the company into a multi-million dollar organization. Target Magazine recognized him as one of the Top 100 Marketers in the country. He has been a featured speaker at many industry conferences. In addition, he has written featured articles for several industry publications and is regularly invited to participate in the DMA Leadership forum with the top marketers in the country. Mr. Zaslansky is actively involved and a founder of a number of businesses. He is the CEO of IPTV/TVPROGEAR (TV integration production company). A founder of University Equity Capital (UEC) an organization that funds university IP to pre-clinical drug discovery stage. He is on The Board of Directors for the New Designs Charter School (Two locations, Watts and South Central Los Angeles) and has been finance chair for the past 6 years. Mr. Zaslansky graduated from LIU with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Rick Flath, President
Rick Flath is a businessman, entrepreneur, writer, and member of various Boards for over 30 years. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Organizational Development. Rick has served as a member on a diverse section of non-profit Boards. His Board activities have included: Board of Governors of the University of New Haven as Development Chair, President of the Garde Arts Center, and Boards of several social service non-profits and community Boards. He currently is member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Organizations of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. (UNA-USA). In the arena of business, Rick is actively involved in multiple companies including organizational development human resource consulting, Chair of an investment company specializing in life sciences projects and part-owner in two software development companies. Rick has authored numerous articles on organizations’ human culture and leadership processes. His work was recognized in 1996 when he received the Small Business Administration’s Connecticut Business Person of the Year award in a White House ceremony with President Clinton. As the founder of the Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration, Rick's goal is to use experiences gained over 35 years and the expertise of other talented and committed individuals and organizations to help encourage the development of innovative initiatives in the life sciences arena.
Aaron Etra, Secretary & Treasurer
Aaron Etra is an attorney and businessman who has practiced, taught and engaged in Law, Business, Trade, Development and International Affairs in the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, the Netherlands and Africa. He holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University, a LL.M. from New York University and a B.A. from Yale University. His public service activities include having been Membre du Cabinet of the Director-General of the International Labor Organization, founding Chair of the African Affairs Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Vice-Chair of the United Nations NGO/DPI Executive Committee, Vice-Chair of the Council on UN Affairs of B’nai B’rith International, an officer of the UN CONGO Committees on Human Rights and on Sustainable Development, serving on the President’s Council of the Sea Research Foundation and the International Boards of Governors of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (which awarded him an Honorary Fellowship) and the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem.
He is Chair of the Executive Committee of the Council of Organizations of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. (UNA-USA), a Director of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) and a Representative at the UN of the Mexican Academy of International Law (Academia Mexicana de Derecho Internacional). In real estate, Aaron is President & CEO of INDEVA Corporation, Chairman of the Palm Beach, Florida International Cooperation Council, Vice-Chairman of the Investment Committee of the General Partner of Berkley Asset Fund I, L.P. and a Member of the Zoning and Design Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York.Aaron has been active in Biotechnology for many years, being a co-founder of the Molecutec Group- which includes PhV Corporation (of which he is Chairman) and Molecutec LLC (of which he is Managing Director)- the Director of the International Council of ICMAN (the International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals) and Secretary-Teasurer and a Director of the Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration (ILSC). He is a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the New York State Biotechnology Association, the Real Estate Board of New York, the American Society of International Law and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.