The present and future of New
Jersey’s pharmaceutical industry will be the focus of PharmFest 2014: The Decade Ahead,
a daylong conference to be held April 3, 2014 at Montclair State University. John
J. Castellani, president and chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical
Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Richard T. Evans, founding
partner and research analyst at Sector & Sovereign Research are the
featured speakers for the event.
“The rapid changes taking place in
the pharmaceutical industry obliges that interested students, faculty,
professionals and other community members have a forum to learn not just what
is new but what the future might hold,” says Robert Prezant, dean of Montclair
State University’s College of Science and Mathematics. “PharmFest regularly
offers a program and a networking opportunity to satisfy the need for such a
forum. PharmFest, in fact, has evolved into the ‘go to’ event to bring members
of the pharmaceutical industry together with all individuals interested in this
pivotal economic driver of New Jersey.”
multipurpose, daylong event designed to explore the pharmaceutical, health and
medical technology industry and to broaden awareness of the current and future
state of the industry, PharmFest is hosted biennially by Montclair State in
cooperation with the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey and the New Jersey
pharmaceutical, health and medical technology industry.
In addition to the featured
speakers, panel sessions comprised of leaders from diverse pharmaceutical
companies and academia will discuss such emerging issues as new paradigms in
drug discovery, the evolution of the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, future
challenges in research, and quality and efficiency
of the U.S. healthcare system. The day will wrap up with a panel for students
on careers in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a networking event.
open to any individual who is interested in the diverse disciplines that
encompass the pharmaceutical, health and medical technology industry. Topics
span the interests of high school and college students, science teachers,
university professors, researchers and current members of the pharmaceutical
The program is free and open to the public and includes lunch, but tickets are required. For information and to order tickets, go to PharmFest. For the complete schedule of events and sessions, go to Program Schedule.