TRENTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With a focus on the needs of Patients, BioNJ, the trade association for New Jersey’s biotechnology community, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, are pleased to announce that the week of June 9 through the 13 has been designated New Jersey Life Sciences Week.
Highlighted by a Moment of Hope dedicated to Patients, their families and caregivers on Wednesday, June 11, the goal of this week's event is to inspire and inform the many members of New Jersey’s Life Sciences community – from Patients to researchers to educators and students alike.
Each day of the week will feature activities intended to showcase the contributions that New Jersey life science companies are making to advance medical research, support patients and contribute to the State's economy.
"Patients need solutions now and that has inspired BioNJ to adopt Because Patients Can't Wait as our rallying cry. Bringing therapies and cures to patients is what drives the dedicated men and women in New Jersey's life sciences companies," said Debbie Hart, President and CEO of BioNJ. "Life Sciences Week is dedicated to patients, their families and caregivers and the commitment to improve the health and lives of patients everywhere.
"We hope that the members of our community will find ways to commemorate this important week by participating in any of the events we have planned, collectively as a company or in your own personal way," Hart added.
“New Jersey is still called the world’s Medicine Chest because it is home to more than 360 biotechnology companies and 17 of the top 20 pharmaceutical and medical technology firms that are developing many of the drugs and vaccines that make our world healthier. This is a crucial industry to the Garden State economy, providing more than 116,000 jobs and paying more than $14.8 billion in wages annually,” said Commissioner Harold J. Wirths of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The week’s activities include:
Monday, June 9
Tour and Discussion by RUCDR
To kickoff this special week, RUCDR Infinite Biologics, the world’s largest university – based biorepository, will host a tour and discussion of their facility, located at 604 Allison Road, Piscataway, NJ from 9:00 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. RUCDR Infinite Biologics will provide a continental breakfast during check-in.
Part of Rutgers University, RUCDR Infinite Biologics specializes in custom genomic solutions. RUCDR proves comprehensive service in bio-processing, genomics, sample analytics and biostorage to government agencies, academic institutions, foundations, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies within the global scientific community. To see the agenda and registration information, go to http://bit.ly/1o6cuUN.
From Big Pharma to Startup Biotech - Experiences From the Field
Also on Monday, Launch NJ: Life Sciences Hub will host a panel discussion focused on "Experiences From the Field" at the Kean University STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Building located in Union, NJ. This meeting will address a key issue: change in the mindset from big company to startup. The panel will include individuals who have made this switch and will share their experiences. More information and registration for this event can be found by going to http://bit.ly/1tu7Fm2.
Tuesday, June 10
Students 2 Science Field Day Event
Participating in the week for a second year, Students 2 Science (S2S) will host students from the Newark Discovery Charter School at their facility located at 55 Deforest Avenue, in East Hanover, NJ from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
S2S, Inc., is a public charity operating a modern, sophisticated analytical chemistry laboratory for the sole purpose of providing young students with authentic STEM-related work experience. Students visit the facility’s commercial laboratory in East Hanover, where the staff and volunteers conduct age-appropriate experiments using state-of-the-art instrumentation while working side-by-side with local technical professionals. S2S programs generate excitement and instill confidence in the students for subjects which are traditionally viewed as difficult.
Students 2 Science is also looking for volunteers to assist. Volunteering at S2S will expand your network, keep your resume relevant and speed up your job search. And most importantly, you will be helping young students get started on a rewarding career path. Industry professionals who wish to volunteer at S2S should register by going to http://bit.ly/1j5ijtQ.
New Jersey Founders & Funders
Also on June 10, New Jersey will hold its first Founders & Funders event. Continuing Governor Chris Christie's efforts to catalyze technology-led growth, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) is hosting the New Jersey Founders & Funders event to connect entrepreneurs with investors. The event will begin at noon at the Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies located at 675 US Highway One in North Brunswick, NJ.
The initiative is aimed at spurring the growth of early-stage technology and life sciences companies. To date, participating investors include ff Venture Capital, Edison Ventures, Genacast Ventures, KEC Ventures, Milestone GHO Ventures, Jumpstart NJ Angel Network, Klifer Capital and SoundBoard Angel Fund. The EDA is continuing to secure additional participants.
For more information about Founders & Funders, please go to http://bit.ly/1gpt67k.
Companies interested in attending should register at https://application.njeda.com/tls.
Wednesday, June 11
A Moment of Hope
On Wednesday, June 11, at 3:00 p.m., the New Jersey life sciences community is invited to observe a Moment of Hope. Recognizing that Patients Can't Wait, we will celebrate the innovation and collaboration within New Jersey's Life Sciences Industry, the lifeblood of New Jersey's industry, providing hope for patients around the world.
During this time, it is hoped that offices around the State will reserve some time and come together for a moment to reflect upon the needs of patients and their families. The remembrance could be a toast given among colleagues, an e-mail message sent throughout the organization or a simple moment of reflection at everyone’s desk.
BioNJ is asking companies and individuals to email BioNJ@BioNJ.org with their plans to commemorate their special Moment of Hope, which will be shared with the community.
LES on Capitol Hill - Sound and Effective Patent Policies that Encourage Innovation
On the evening of June 11, the New Jersey Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) will look at issues that are challenging the well-being of intellectual property and the patent system, which are the keys to fostering innovation in the life sciences industry.
Brian P. O'Shaughnessy, Managing Shareholder of RatnerPrestia's Washington, DC office, and LES Regional Vice President in a talk entitled “LES on Capitol Hill - Working with Legislators toward Sound & Effective Patent Policies that Encourage Innovation,” will outline LES efforts to work with Congress on issues that could damage one of the country’s most powerful economic engines. The topics will include patent trolling and fee-shifting.
The New Jersey LES Chapter meeting will be held 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Basking Ridge Country Club, 185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
For more information on LES and to register for the New Jersey Chapter meeting, please go to http://www.lesusacanada.org/chapters/usa/new-jersey-chapter/june-11-2014-new-jersey-chapter.
Thursday, June 12
Career/Connection Industry Career Fair
Come meet and network with life sciences companies looking to hire New Jersey's Top Talent. The Life Sciences Talent Network at BioNJ will host its 4th annual career fair – Career/Connection – on June 12th, from 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Center of Excellence, located at 1041 US Highway 202/206, in Bridgewater, NJ.
The Career Fair is designed to connect job-seekers within the field of life sciences with employers, industry recruiters, headhunters, education providers and career counselors, as well as other professional organizations.
Registration for this year's Career/Connection Industry Career Fair is open and employers are already signing up. Participating exhibitors to date include: Actavis, Johnson & Johnson, LifeCell, DPT Labs, Excelsior Medical Corporation, Novartis, Cancer Genetics, Kashiv Pharma, Covance, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Joule Clinical & Scientific, HAYS Life Sciences, Lab Support, Aerotek, QualComp Consulting Services, YourEncore, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Mancino Burfield Edgerton, Professional Resource Partners, Scientific Search, Makro Scientific, TAKE Solutions and Henderson Harbor Group.
Admission to the event is free, but attendees are required to register beforehand.
To register as a job seeker, visit www.BioNJTalentNetwork.org and login or create a user account and sign up for Career/Connection. To register as an exhibitor, please email Matt Alcalde at MAlcalde@BioNJ.org.
Friday, June 13
BioNJ Member Engagement Meeting
To end the week, BioNJ will host a Member Engagement Meeting (MEM) aimed at deepening the involvement of Members in the mission of BioNJ to develop a vibrant biotechnology industry in New Jersey. By attending, Members will be able to engage with the Members of the BioNJ Board of Trustees and participate in focus groups on new and current BioNJ initiatives, learn from biotech visionary G. Steven Burrill and receive a free copy of his latest book and much more.
The Member Engagement Meeting will be held at the Cedar Brook Corporate Center, 5 Cedar Brook Drive, Route 130 & Dey Road in Cranbury, NJ from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This meeting is exclusively for BioNJ Members. More information and registration information can be found at http://www.bionj.org/events/bionj-member-engagement-meeting.
With more than 325 member companies, BioNJ is focused on the growth and prosperity of New Jersey’s life sciences cluster. Founded in 1994 by New Jersey industry CEOs, BioNJ serves as the voice of companies located in New Jersey, seeks to advance their economic growth and development and works to encourage new and established companies from around the world to locate in New Jersey. BioNJ represents companies engaged in biopharmaceutical, biomedical, bioagricultural and bioremedial endeavors.
The Talent Network is supported by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development that, among many other initiatives, enables BioNJ to provide an array of valuable services to companies looking for talent and talent looking for their next position. Through the program, BioNJ connects New Jersey's professionals with careers in the biotech, pharma, medical device, medical diagnostics and clinical industries and supports employers with talent acquisition and recruitment, talent pipeline development and employee transition services and educational resources.
About RUCDR Infinite Biologics
As the world’s largest university-based biorepository, RUCDR has been perfecting the science of biobanking, bioprocessing and analytics since 1999. By utilizing a technologically advanced infrastructure and the highest quality biomaterials, RUCDR scientists work to convert precious biosamples into renewable resources thereby extending research capabilities. RUCDR understands that research goals and objectives vary from project to project so we give each client individual and customized attention to ensure “best fit” service.
About Students 2 Science
Students 2 Science, Inc., is a public charity operating a modern, sophisticated analytical chemistry laboratory for the sole purpose of providing young students with an authentic STEM related work experience. Students visit our commercial laboratory in East Hanover, New Jersey where they conduct age-appropriate experiments using state-of-the art instrumentation while working side-by-side with local technical professionals. S2S programs generate excitement and instill confidence in the students for subjects which are traditionally viewed as difficult. For more, visit www.students2science.org.