Anthony Marciano of Seelos Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SEEL) gave an overview of how the FDA approval process works for prescription drugs. He discussed his company and their plans to develop treatments in indications such as Depression, Parkinson’s Disease and rare “Orphan Diseases.” We had an in-depth discussion of the Global Suicide Epidemic, Seelos’ program (SLS-002) using Intranasal Ketamine, and plans to run clinical trials to study its effect in “Suicidality” initially in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder “PTSD.”


tv production

Izhar Harpaz is an award winning producer, director and writer for NBC Universal, Dateline NBC, NBC News and Peacock Productions.  He discussed his background and experience with TV journalism and share some amazing stories from behind the scenes.


Two U.S. Marshals gave a presentation on the U.S. Marshal Service, the nation’s oldest Law enforcement Agency.  They covered the history of the USMS and described the Fugitive Task Forces that exist throughout the country. The marshals shared stories from their work including dangerous situations. We discussed the contrast between the public perception of law enforcement and the experience in the moment of confrontation.


Kevin Kelly is a cyber security expert. He was a detective for the NYPD, leading cyber crime investigations and managing the computer forensics laboratory. He taught cyber security courses at Fordham University, and currently conducts cyber investigations in the corporate sector. Kevin discussed his work and provided some practical tips for securing our digital lives.

Businessman and business sketch

Donato Vaccaro, Ph.d is a Consumer Experience Researcher, Data Scientist, and Psychologist. He interviewed a panel of 3 local entrepreneurs – Steve Rubinstein, Lou Pfaff, and Matt Gorney.  The panelists shared their experiences and challenges starting and running their small businesses.


Ryan Ragano, CPA, is a tax consultant and auditor. He demystified Trump’s Tax Plan and explained how it affects us positively and negatively. Ryan provided valuable information for individuals and business owners.

bbq.jpgAngelo Spilios cooked an amazing BBQ meal for us as he’s done many times in the past. Thanks to Donato Vaccaro, Tom Cascione, and others who volunteered their time and effort to make this evening possible.