FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) will present New Jersey: The Life Sciences Commercialization Hub on December 10 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, New Jersey. The event will focus on the dynamic environment for the expansion of the life sciences industry within New Jersey. 

Highlights of the day include a panel discussion moderated by Dean J. Paranicas, president and chief executive officer of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ). HINJ serves as the voice for the research-based biopharmaceutical and medical technology industry in New Jersey. The organization seeks to expand patient access to the most innovative biopharmaceutical and medical technologies while promoting awareness of the industry’s impact on New Jersey’s quality of life and economic well-being.

Kathleen Coviello, vice president of Technology and Life Science of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, will contribute to the panel by offering insights regarding the state incentive program for the life sciences industry. Other panelists include Christine Mikail, president/co-founder of Neumentum; Deborah Penza Collins, senior vice president and chief compliance officer of Melinta Therapeutics; Scott Miller, executive director global compliance, Syneos Health; New Jersey State Senator Steve Oroho (R-24); and New Jersey State Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-40).

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The event will culminate with a luncheon keynote address by John Crowley, chairman & CEO of Cranbury-based Amicus Therapeutics, a global, patient-centric biotechnology company focused on developing and delivering high-quality medicines for people living with rare metabolic diseases. Amicus maintains global operations in 27 countries including the United States and Japan, as well as throughout Europe. Mr. Crowley’s own life story of working to develop a cure for a fatal neuromuscular disease, Pompe disease, that had threatened his children’s health, was the basis of the 2010 film Extraordinary Measures.

“We created our Life Science forum to acknowledge the pivotal role the industry has in our state’s overall economic sustainability, and in particular within the greater Morris County area,” said Meghan Hunscher, executive director of MCEDC. “Morris County has long been a global capital for biotech and medical research and development. Through the years, we have increasingly seen innovations across the life sciences spectrum borne of New Jersey corporations, many of which choose Morris County as their global headquarters.” 

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $65 for members of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce or MCEDC; non-member tickets cost $85. Exhibit tables and sponsorships, including tables of ten are available. Registration is available through events.morrischamber.org. or by telephone at (973) 539-3882

About Morris County Economic Development Corporation

The Morris County Economic Development Corporation, a division of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, is a partnership of business and government dedicated to growing the economy of Morris County, New Jersey through programs and services that result in business attraction, creation, retention and expansion.


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