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BioNJ puts focus on research, economic impact of life sciences companies

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BioNJ, a trade association for the New Jersey biotech industry, is organizing a series of events over the next few days during National Small Business Week to highlight the work of the state’s leading life science companies in advancing medical research and supporting the state’s economy.

Activities began today at noon with the ribbon-cutting ceremony at The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, in Princeton, which kicked off a partnering conference that invites collaboration among pharmaceutical and biotech companies, early-stage and startup companies, and venture capitalists and other investors.

A networking meeting titled Executive Alliance for Life Science will be held 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies, at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority office, in North Brunswick. Experts will provide free consulting and advice to startup and incubator companies.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, BioNJ will hold a Moment of Hope remembrance in which offices around the state will reflect upon the needs of patients and their families, especially for those suffering from conditions in need of cures. The remembrance could be a toast given among colleagues, an e-mail message sent throughout the organization, or a moment of reflection at each employee’s desk. BioNJ is asking companies to e-mail the association at bionj@bionj.org with their plans, which will be shared with other participants.

On Thursday, eighth-grade students from Newark’s Maria L. Varisco Rogers Charter School will participate in a “Students 2 Science” field trip to the S2S Technical Center Laboratory, in East Hanover. The event intends to provide students with science, technology, engineering and math-related work experience.

Separately, the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, in Camden, will hold a public introduction and facility tour from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday.

To close the week, the Life Science Talent Network at BioNJ will host its third annual career fair. Titled CareerConnection, the event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rutgers University’s Douglass Campus Center, at 100 George St., New Brunswick. The fair is designed to connect life science job seekers with employers, recruiters and headhunters.

For more information, visit bionj.org.

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