2014 News

The Value of Medical Innovation: Saving Lives, Saving Money

New Brunswick, NJ, December 18, 2014 HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) President and Chief Executive Officer Dean J. Paranicas has authored the following op-ed on the life sciences and the value of medical innovation.

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Medical innovations produced by American life sciences companies have vastly improved the human condition.  Our pharmaceutical, biotech, medical technology, device and diagnostics companies have helped people live longer, with less pain and greater quality of life.

Over the past century, the life sciences has eradicated some of the world’s most dreaded diseases such as polio and smallpox.  More recently, the industry has made other diseases such as breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease and lung cancer no longer the death sentences that they once were. Read more


HINJ Launches Online Compendium of Member Companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability Activities

New Brunswick, NJ, December 2, 2014 ―The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) has created an online portal to HINJ member companies’ myriad corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, including their corporate philanthropy, patient outreach initiatives and sustainability/green practices.

The portal — “HINJ Members’ CSR Activities” — is accessible by clicking on the second tab on the HINJ homepage’s Corporate Social Responsibility menu. Read more


HINJ Op-Ed: Life Sciences Community Thriving in New Jersey’s ‘2.0 Business Environment’

New Brunswick, NJ, November 13, 2014 The Asbury Park Press has published an op-ed by HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) President and Chief Executive Officer Dean Paranicas regarding New Jersey’s “2.0 business environment” and its impact on the state’s life sciences community.

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There have been reports that claim that New Jersey is no longer the pharmaceutical powerhouse it used to be, including a recent Asbury Park Press story by Michael L. Diamond (“What NJ Needs to Learn from Other States,” October 18, 2014).

We disagree.  To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of New Jersey’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

For decades, New Jersey has rightly earned its reputation as the “Medicine Chest of the World” — and our state leaders are working with the life sciences industry to keep it that way.

Mindful of the life sciences’ significant contributions to the state’s economy and global human health, Governor Christie and his economic development team, together with the State Legislature and its leadership, both Democrats and Republicans, have worked diligently over the past few years to enhance the state’s business climate to retain and grow the many life sciences companies that call New Jersey home — and attract new industry investment. Read more


HINJ to Host Policy Forum ‘Life Sciences: Saving Lives, Saving Money’ November 21

New Brunswick, NJ, November 4, 2014 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) invites you to join leaders of New Jersey’s health care community for a health policy forum entitled Life Sciences: Saving Lives, Saving Money” that will be held Friday, November 21 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township.

The forum will present a discussion about how the life sciences not only saves lives, but also lowers health care costs.  Topics and speakers will include:

  • Chronic Disease Management: Helping Patients and Saving Money — Larry Hausner, Former Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association
  • Patient Adherence: Staying Healthy and Avoiding Expenses — Murray Aitken, Executive Director, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics
  • Medical Innovation: Prevention, Cures and Cost Avoidance — Ken Zaentz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter
  • Wellness and Prevention: Living Healthier and Spending Less — Linda J. Schwimmer, J.D., Vice President, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

Admission is free, but seating is limited.  To RSVP, please click here.


HINJ and NJLSVA Host 2014 Vendors Procurement Conference at Rowan University

New Brunswick, NJ, November 3, 2014 ― Through our affiliate organization the New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA), HINJ hosted its Annual Vendors Procurement Conference on October 28 at Rowan University.  Forty-five vendors attended with 11 companies exhibiting.

Guest speakers included:

  • New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney
  • The Honorable Rob Andrews, former Member of Congress and Of Counsel, Dilworth Paxson
  • Ken Blank, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, Rowan University.

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At Life Sciences Celebration 2014, HINJ Honors Rep. Rush Holt, Dr. Joachim Kohn, Students 2 Science and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s NJ Chapter

New Brunswick, NJ, October 9, 2014 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) last evening honored two New Jersey leaders and two organizations for their contributions in public service, life sciences research, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and patient advocacy. 

The awards were presented at HINJ’s Life Sciences Celebration 2014, which was held at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin.

Those recognized were Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ-12); Joachim Kohn, Ph.D., FBSE, Director, New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, and Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Students 2 Science, Inc.; and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s New Jersey Chapter.

Presiding over the event, Craig Bleifer, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Chair of HINJ’s Board of Trustees, said, “There is much to celebrate in New Jersey’s life sciences community.  HINJ is delighted to recognize the achievements of this distinguished group, who, like our HINJ member companies, have demonstrated a sustained commitment across a broad spectrum of activities to improving the human condition.” Read more


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