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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Hosts Biomedical Engineering Showcase and Career Fair

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is hosting the second annual New Jersey Biomedical Engineering Showcase and Career Fair – an annual event that unites industry professionals and academics interested in the applied-life sciences.

The theme of the showcase, scheduled for March 11 in the NJIT Campus Center, is “Creating Connections – Enhancing the Synergies between Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology.” The showcase will feature prominent keynote speakers from academia and industry, a panel discussion as well as a display of research projects by students.

The showcase will provide a forum to discuss scientific and business issues of central importance to the biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

“Bringing people from all these communities together in one setting is essential,” said William Hunter, PhD, chair of the biomedical engineering department at NJIT. “Building synergies among them is key to biomedical engineering and biotechnology, since both rely strongly on interdisciplinary collaborations.”

More than 300 people and 25 companies are expected to attend the showcase. Students who are studying biomedical engineering, biotechnology and other health-science related careers will have a chance, during the afternoon career fair, to meet with prospective employers in those fields. The companies will discuss full-time, co-op, internship and summer employment opportunities.

In addition to NJIT, the co-hosts of the showcase include the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey, the Health Care Institute of New Jersey, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, Rutgers University, Princeton University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Stevens Institute of Technology, the Public Health Research Institute and the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials.

Sponsorship support has been provided by Cushman and Wakefield, Lowenstein Sandler, Schering-Plough, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the Whitaker Foundation.

The keynote speakers for the showcase are Ronald Weiss, PhD, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University; Kathryn Uhrich, PhD, associate professor of chemistry at Rutgers University; and Don Drakeman, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Medarex. There is also a lunchtime panel discussion titled, “New Models for Technology Commercialization – Perspectives from Industry and Academia.” Ray Thek, an attorney at Lowenstein Sandler, will moderate the panel that includes academics, business professionals and health-care representatives.

For a full program of the showcase visit the website http://bmeshowcase.njit.edu but some highlights of the day are these: Ron Weiss and Kathryn Uhrich will speak from 8:45-9:45 a.m. The student poster session will run from 9:45–1 a.m. and Don Drakeman will speak from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

The panel discussion, from 11:30-1:00 p.m., includes the following panelists: Peter Tolias, PhD, of Johnson and Johnson; John Ritter, of Princeton University; Roger Cubicciotti, PhD, Creative Technology Partners; Helena Wisniewski, PhD, Stevens Institute of Technology; and Andrew Pecora, PhD, of Hackensack University Medical Center.

The career fair runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m., when student posters will also be on display.

For participant registration please go to http://bmeshowcase.njit.edu/register.html or call Judith Sheft, assistant vice president of technology development at NJIT: (973) 596-5825.

Companies interested in registering for the career fair, visit the website http://cds.njit.edu/BioMedFair.htm or call Louis Cain at (973) 596-3219.  

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.