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Monthly Archives: October 2017

National Academy of Engineering Honors NJIT’s Dr. Louis Lanzerotti for His ‘Extraordinary Impact’ on Science and Policy

Dr. Louis Lanzerotti

Newark, NJ, October 31, 2017 — Tracy Regan reports that Louis Lanzerotti, Ph.D., a distinguished research professor of physics best known for shedding light on the space environment around Earth and its impact on hardware in space and critical infrastructure on the ground, received the 2017 Arthur M. Bueche Award from the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his “extraordinary impact on the engineering profession.”

Named in memory of Bueche — the top technical officer for General Electric Co., an advocate for science and technology adept at applying research to benefit society, and an adviser to universities, presidents and international organizations — the annual award recognizes pivotal contributions not only in the arena of science and technology, but in public policy as well. Continue reading

Rider University’s Science and Technology Center Renovations Benefit Young Scientists

Lawrenceville, NJ, October 30, 2017 — Robert Leitner reports that a multi-purpose classroom and laboratory in Rider University’s Science and Technology Center has been outfitted with a new lecture area and workstations, as well as new equipment and facilities for experiments.

The renovations and improvements are part of Rider University’s ambitious plan to renovate the first floor of the original 30,000-square foot science building.

The project comes as the University is experiencing tremendous growth in the sciences with an increase of students gravitating toward disciplines in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Continue reading

GEN Publishes 2017 Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters List; New Jersey/New York Ranked No. 3

New Rochelle, NY, October 29, 2017Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) on June 5 published its 2017 Top 10 US Biopharma Clusters list.  New Jersey/New York is number three on the list, the same position it was on GEN’s 2016 Top 10 list.

GEN’s Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters are:

  1. Boston-Cambridge
  2. San Francisco Bay Area
  3. New Jersey/New York
  4. San Diego
  5. Maryland, Virginia and DC Metro
  6. San Diego
  7. Greater Philadelphia
  8. Seattle
  9. Raleigh/Durham (includes Research Triangle Park)
  10. Los Angeles/Orange County
  11. Chicagoland

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NJ Launches ‘65 by ’25: Many Paths One Future’ Campaign; Higher Ed, Labor, Educators Partner with Business for Competitive, Innovative and Prosperous State

Princeton, NJ, October 28, 2017 — More than 100 education, business and industry leaders took part in the official launch September 19 of New Jersey’s 65 by ’25: Many Paths, One Future campaign at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Headquarters in Princeton.

With the pace of innovation rapidly accelerating, New Jersey must provide real economic opportunities for residents by supporting and creating pathways for everyone to acquire the skills and education that will help them secure rewarding careers.

According to the latest data available, 50.2 percent of New Jersey’s workers have some level of education or training beyond high school — well short of the 65 percent economists say will be needed by 2025 to meet the demand for a skilled labor workforce equipped with high-quality, industry-valued post-secondary credentials. Continue reading

Mayors Committee on Life Sciences Presents Patient Courage Award to David Dubin in Haworth

(L. to r.) Mayor John Smart, David Dubin and Dean Paranicas

Haworth, NJ, October 27, 2017 — During the Haworth Borough Council meeting on Tuesday night, the Mayors Committee on Life Sciences presented its Patient Courage Award to Haworth resident David Dubin, in recognition of his strength in the face of adversity and commitment to helping others.

The honor was presented by HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) President and Chief Executive Officer Dean J. Paranicas, who serves as a Co-Chair of We Work for Health New Jersey.

Mr. Dubin has Lynch syndrome and is a three-time cancer survivor.  Lynch syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that increases the risk for certain types of cancers.  He was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997 but did not undergo genetic testing until the cancer returned in 2007. Continue reading

Seton Hall-Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine’s Dean Bonita Stanton to Be Honored by Tri-County Scholarship Fund on November 6

Dean Bonita Stanton

Whippany, NJ, October 27, 2017 — Michael Ricciardelli reports that Dr. Bonita Stanton, founding dean of the Seton Hall-Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine, has been honored by the Tri-County Scholarship Fund.

Dean Stanton’s award will be presented at the Fund’s 36th annual Gala Awards Dinner at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, celebrating more than three decades of helping financially needy students in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties on November 6, 2017.

The mission of Tri-County Scholarship Fund is to provide financial support for deserving students to obtain a quality, values-based education in accredited private elementary and secondary schools. Continue reading

Dr. Jeetu Eswaraka Named Assistant Vice President for Comparative Medicine Resources at Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development

Dr. Jeetendra (Jeetu) Eswaraka

New Brunswick, NJ, October 26, 2017 — Jeetendra (Jeetu) Eswaraka, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM, who joined Rutgers University’s Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) earlier this month as Assistant Vice President for Comparative Medicine Resources, brings a decade and a half of experience leading lab animal research programs in the biopharmaceutical industry.

“I am excited to welcome Jeetu to ORED and Rutgers, and look forward to strengthening and streamlining our operations to be of greater service to the Rutgers research community,” said Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D., R.Ph., Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Rutgers University. Continue reading

VENDORS EVENT: HINJ and Somerset County Business Partnership to Host 2017 Life Sciences Vendors Procurement Conference on November 2

New Brunswick, NJ, October 25, 2017 — The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey’s (HINJ) annual Life Sciences Vendors Procurement Conference is scheduled for Thursday, November 2 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Raritan Valley Community College, Route 28 and Lamington Road, North Branch, NJ.

The event — entitled “How to Do Business with Pharma and Medical Technology Companies” — will be co-sponsored by the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) with support from Eli Lilly and Company and Allergan.

Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset) will be the special guest speaker at the event that aims to educate businesses, large and small, on trends in procurement and issues of importance to the industry. Continue reading

Princeton University Scientists Demonstrate Path to Linking the Genome to Healthy Tissues and Disease

Dr. Barbara Engelhardt

Princeton, NJ, October 25, 2017 — Rachel Nuwer reports that our genomes help to determine who we are — the countless variations between individuals that encode the complexity of tissues and functions throughout the body.

Since scientists first decoded a draft of the human genome more than 15 years ago, many questions have lingered, two of which have been addressed in a major new study co-led by a Princeton University computer scientist:

  • Is it possible, despite the complexity of billions of bits of genetic information and their variations between people, to develop a mechanistic model for how healthy bodies function?
  • Furthermore, can this model be used to understand how certain diseases emerge?

On Oct. 11, scientists came the closest yet to delivering an answer of “yes.” Continue reading

Event: Morris County Economic Development Corp. to Host Innovation Forum on November 3; Barclays Chief Innovation Officer to Keynote

Florham Park, NJ, October 25, 2017 — The Morris County Economic Development Corporation will hold its first Annual Innovation Forum on Wednesday, Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Sheraton Parsippany located at 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany, NJ.

The keynote speaker will be John Stecher, Chief Innovation Officer at Barclays.  He will speak about how he manages the process of innovation and change management within his organization.

Attendees will learn how companies in Morris County are innovating to drive business growth and providing value to customers.  They also will learn how to apply these strategies to their business and share innovative approaches your company is taking. Continue reading