Morris County Economic Development Corporation Presents New Jersey: The Life Sciences Commercialization Hub at The Park Avenue Club in Florham Park on December 10th

Program features a panel discussion on New Jersey’s Climate for Life Sciences Commercialization and a keynote speech by John Crowley, Chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics


Florham Park, N.J. December 10, 2018 – The Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) presented New Jersey: The Life Sciences Commercialization Hub on December 10th at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, New Jersey. The event focused on the dynamic environment for the expansion of the life sciences industry within New Jersey.

Highlights of the day included 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, contributed to the panel by offering insights regarding the state incentive program for the life sciences industry. Other panelists included 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).  Porzio Life Sciences is a principle sponsor.

Crowley with Assemblymen Chris DePhillips (right)

The event was capped off with a luncheon keynote address by John Crowley, chairman & CEO of Cranbury-based Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FOLD), 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’s 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 the Morris County Economic Development Corporation. “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 was held from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., with lunch included, on December 10th at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park. Tickets cost $85 and include a hot buffet lunch in the newly refurbished ballroom. Exhibit tables and sponsorships, including tables of ten are available. Registration is available through or by telephone at (973) 539-3882.

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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.