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HINJ 2016 Life Sciences Celebration Honors Public Service, Research, Patient Advocacy and Education Contributions

(L. to r.) HINJ Board Chair Jeff Sherman (BD); HINJ Steering Committee Chair Wendy Lazarus (Pfizer); Warren Moore; Amy Mansue; Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D.; Michael Christman, Ph.D.; Barry Komisaruk, Ph.D.; and Dean J. Paranicas

(L. to r.) HINJ Board Chair Jeff Sherman (BD); HINJ Steering Committee Chair Wendy Lazarus (Pfizer); Warren Moore; Amy Mansue; Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D.; Michael Christman, Ph.D.; Barry Komisaruk, Ph.D.; and HINJ President and CEO Dean J. Paranicas

New Brunswick, NJ, October 17, 2016 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) on October 6 honored five individuals and one organization for their contributions in public service, medical sciences research, patient access/advocacy and education.

The recipients of HINJ’s 2016 honors, which were presented at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, were:

The Honorable Bob Franks Public Service Award

The Honorable Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D.
Member, New Jersey General Assembly, Chair, Health and Senior Services Committee

Assemblyman Conaway is serving his tenth term representing the Seventh Legislative District in New Jersey’s General Assembly, where he holds the distinction of being the only member with both a medical and a law degree.  The Assemblyman serves as the Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, Vice Chairman of the State and Local Government Committee and a member of the Appropriations Committee.  He practices internal medicine in Trenton.

Research

Michael F. Christman, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Coriell Institute for Medical Research

Dr. Christman joined Coriell in 2007 and initiated the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC), which now involves more than 8,500 participants in 48 states, multiple hospital partners and numerous research collaborators.  Under his leadership, Coriell launched Coriell Life Sciences to provide a medication management tool for clinical use and established a federally-funded Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell lab.  Prior to Coriell, Dr. Christman served as professor and founding chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomics for Boston University School of Medicine. coriell.org

Patient Access/Advocacy

Children’s Specialized Hospital

Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges.  At 13 different New Jersey locations, CSH’s pediatric specialists partner with families to make its many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective so children can achieve more of their goals.

Amy B. Mansue
President, Southern Region, RWJBarnabas Health

Ms. Mansue is President, Southern Region for RWJBarnabas Health, which includes Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, RWJ Somerset, RWJ Hamilton, Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center South, and Children’s Specialized Hospital.  For the 13 years prior to that, Mansue served as President and CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital.  She has served two Governors and a Congressman, influencing many areas of health policy, with a special focus on improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Warren E. Moore, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital

Mr. Moore has been with the Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) for 18 years, previously serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  Under his leadership, CSH has expanded the breadth and depth of services offered to encompass 13 sites and to serve nearly 30,000 children.  Moore has 25 years of experience in healthcare, including in leadership roles at HealthSouth and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Special Recognition

Barry R. Komisaruk, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor
Director, NIH – Minority Biomedical Research Support Program, Rutgers-Newark

Dr. Komisaruk’s commitment to science education for students at all levels, combined with his distinguished research and publication record, has won the professor numerous awards. He joined the faculty at Rutgers-Newark in 1966.  He serves as the Director of the NIH – Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program, which aims to help fill the nation’s shortage of minority men and women in biomedical research careers.

Commenting on this morning’s event, Jeffrey S. Sherman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, BD, and Chair of HINJ’s Board of Trustees, said, “There is much to celebrate in New Jersey’s life sciences community.  HINJ is delighted to recognize the achievements of this distinguished group, who, like our HINJ member companies, have demonstrated a sustained commitment across a broad spectrum of activities to medical innovation and improving the human condition.”

HINJ President and Chief Executive Officer Dean J. Paranicas shared Mr. Sherman’s enthusiasm.  “It is entirely fitting that we honor the efforts of those who share our industry’s ideals,” Paranicas said.  “The life sciences community in New Jersey has a long and distinguished history — and I am confident that we will long continue to be a global leader.”

To learn more about the annual HINJ Life Science Celebration — including about past HINJ honorees — please visit HINJ Life Sciences Celebration page.

Photographs from the HINJ Life Sciences Celebration 2016 are available here on Facebook.

About the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ)

Founded in 1997, the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) serves as the voice for the state’s life sciences industry.  HINJ seeks to expand patient access to the most innovative biopharmaceuticals and medical devices and promote awareness of the industry’s impact on New Jersey’s quality of life and economic well-being.

To learn more, please visit HINJ at www.hinj.org or follow us via Twitter @ HINJ_ORG, Facebook @ HealthCareInstituteofNewJersey, LinkedIn @HealthCareInstituteOfNewJersey or YouTube @HINJNJ.

To learn more about the life sciences’ impact on New Jersey’s economy, please visit New Jersey’s Life Sciences: By the Numbers.