Montclair State to Host PharmFest 2014 on April 3

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

Photo: Mike Peters

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.”

A 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.

PharmFest is 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 industry.

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.