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NJIT To Host Major Biomedical Engineering Showcase and Career Fair

More than 300 people and 30 companies are expected to attend the fourth annual biomedical engineering showcase and career fair on March 9, 2007 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The annual event, to be held from 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in NJIT’s Campus Center, unites industry professionals and academics interested in the applied-life sciences.   

Biomedical engineering innovation from concept to clinic to commerce is the showcase theme.   A panel discussion featuring academic and industrial leaders plus a display of student research projects highlights the event.  The showcase provides a forum to discuss key scientific and business issues of interest to the biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

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

Keynote panels will address case studies in technology commercialization, international perspectives on biomedical engineering and New Jersey State support for the life science cluster.  There will be several breakout sessions specifically focused on student career issues discussing topics related to the international student hiring process and preparing for a career in biomedical engineering. 

A student career fair highlights the afternoon sessions, starting at 1:45 p.m.  Students 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.            

Event sponsors with NJIT are Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey; Princeton University; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Stevens Institute of Technology; Kean University and the Public Health Research Institute Center.  Event partners with NJIT are the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey; New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology; New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, HealthCare Institute of New Jersey and a new partner organization - the Biomedical Engineering Alliance for Industrial Internships.                

Sponsorship support has been provided by Johnson & Johnson; the Foundation Venture Capital Group LLC; the White Rose Health Innovation Partnership; the Canadian Consulate General; Cushman and Wakefield; Lowenstein Sandler, Hoffmann and Baron; Seiden Wayne; the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; Integrium, Scimedx and the BME Career Alliance.

To learn more about the program, visit http://bmeshowcase.njit.edu.  To register as a participant visit http://bmeshowcase.njit.edu/register.html or call Judith Sheft, assistant vice president of technology development at NJIT: (973) 596-5825.   Career fair registration for companies is available at http://cds.njit.edu/BioMedFair.htm or call Louis Cain at (973) 596-3219.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.