PharmFest 2010 to be Held at Montclair State University April 12

Program devoted to New Jersey pharmaceutical industry, related fields and careers

New Jersey's pharmaceutical industry will be the focus of PharmFest, a daylong conference to be held April 12, 2010 at Montclair State University. Debbie Hart, president of BioNJ, an organization that enhances awareness and appreciation of New Jersey's biotechnology industry, will deliver the keynote address, "Advancing the State of Biotechnology."

"PharmFest 2010 offers students, faculty, professional and other interested community members a chance to explore and learn about emerging issues and trends in the pharmaceutical industry," said Robert Prezant, dean of Montclair State University's College of Science and Mathematics. "It gives our students, in particular, a chance to meet leading executives in pharmaceutical research and business to discuss the ongoing evolution and the future of the pharmaceutical and life science industries."

PharmFest 2010 is a free daylong conference, co-sponsored by Montclair State and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, and is open to the public. The program is designed to broaden awareness of the current and future state of the pharmaceutical life sciences through presentations, panel discussions, and workshops; networking opportunities for industry attendees; and career insights for students interested in working in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and health-related fields.

Keynote speaker, BioNJ President Debbie Hart, is a member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority's (NJEDA) Technology Advisory Board and is the chair of the NJEDA Technology Centre Advisory Committee. She is an advisory board member of the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Biomedical Engineering program, the Monmouth County Biotechnology High School Initiative, and Monmouth University's School of Science, Technology, and Engineering Advisory Council.

Hart has served as a member of former Governor Jon Corzine's Economic Growth Transition Team and was appointed by former Governor James E. McGreevey to the Jobs Growth and Economic Development Commission. She has also served as a member of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education Task Force on Higher Education Quality and Reputation and Competitiveness of the State.

In addition to Hart's keynote address, PharmFest 2010 will feature a panel of prominent industry representatives discussing "Emerging Issues in Pharma," and an "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" workshop, among other events. The full program as well as the opportunity to register for the conference is available at www.montclair.edu/pharmfest.

Released: March 16, 2010