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HINJ Co-Sponsors New Jersey Health Care Stakeholders Summit

More than 100 professionals attended the New Jersey Health Care Stakeholders Summit held on April 27 at the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) headquarters in Princeton.

The day-long event was co-sponsored by HINJ, the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), the New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) and NJHA. Participants included representatives of HINJ member companies and the sponsor organizations, along with policymakers, health care stakeholders, patient representatives, business leaders and journalists.

Dr. Harold Paz, Chief Medical Officer of Aetna, deliver the keynote presentation. The morning panel discussion provided “An Environmental Assessment of Healthcare: Where We’re Going Nationally.” The panelists were from America’s Health Insurance Plans, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and PhRMA.

The New Jersey Health Care Stakeholders Summit, held on April 27 on Princeton, drew more than 100 participants.

The afternoon topic, “New Jersey’s Health Care Ecosystem: Impacts to Our Home State,” was discussed by a panel of association presidents composed of Cathleen Bennett of NJHA, Larry Downs of MSNJ, Dean Paranicas and Wardell Sanders of NJAHP.

You can read stories about the event in New Jersey Business and also NJSpotlight.



CIANJ & HINJ Thank Rep. Gottheimer for His Support of the Medical Device Tax Suspension

January 25, 2018, Paramus – HINJ President and CEO Dean J. Paranicas (right) expressed appreciation to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (at podium) during today’s event for his vote to suspend the innovation-stifling, job-threatening medical device tax. CIANJ President Anthony Russo (left), who hosted the event, also spoke.


HINJ President and CEO Participates in Panel on ACA

Dean Paranicas participated in a February 23 panel discussion sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) on “The Future of Health Care and the ACA,” which was part of the Chamber’s “Make New Jersey Competitive” series. The event, which was held at the Hotel ML in Mt. Laurel, drew nearly 150 attendees. 


HINJ President Testifies at Inaugural Hearing of Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee

Dean J. Paranicas, President and Chief Executive Officer of HINJ, answers questions during the assembly committee hearing.  (Photo by Nick Romanenko, courtesy of Rutgers University)

Trenton, February 1, 2018 ― Dean J. Paranicas, President and Chief Executive Officer of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), testified today (Feb. 1) at the inaugural hearing of the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee.

Paranicas said the panel will play a valuable role by focusing on the needs of New Jersey’s innovation economy, “which has a long legacy as a global leader spanning more than a century in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and food processing, all of which have their roots here.”

The state has made tremendous progress to foster innovation and research in recent years, he said, but more needs to be done. Along with offering specific recommendations, the HINJ President said: “A state’s attitude goes a long way in setting the tone.  In our case, New Jersey needs to embrace the life sciences as Texas embraces oil and gas and Michigan embraces the automobile industry.”

Paranicas commended Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for establishing the committee and expressed appreciation to Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker for agreeing to serve as Chairman and to the Committee members for their participation.

The full text of Paranicas’ testimony is posted on the HINJ website here.


‘Women in STEM: Med-Tech Innovators’ on February 27, panel discussion sponsored by HINJ and Rutgers’ Medical Device Development Center

Please join the Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Medical Device Development Center and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) on Thursday, February 27 for “Women in STEM: Med-Tech Innovators,” the fourth in the Rutgers-HINJ 2017-2018 series of educational panels and seminars that focus on the medical device industry.

The event, which will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Rutgers University’s Fiber Optics Auditorium on Busch Campus in Piscataway, will include a panel discussion on industry careers for women in STEM. 

Among the speakers will be…

  • Theresa Scheuble, Director of R&D, Janssen;
  • Marion van Werven-Franssen, Senior Director, Continuous Improvement and Innovation, Janssen; and
  • Janet Burpee, CEO, Burpee Medsystems.

There is no cost to attend but online registration is required.


HINJ Names Edward F. Tate III New Director of Communications

New Brunswick, January 16, 2018 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) has appointed Edward F. Tate III as its Director of Communications.  Tate will be responsible for the full array of communications activities, including member communications, media relations, social media and the HINJ website.

Tate is well-known to HINJ, having worked with the organization while he was Director of Communications in Rutgers University’s Office of Research and Economic Development from 2011-17, where he established and managed the communications function.

“We collaborated frequently with Ed during his tenure at Rutgers, a valued HINJ partner, so we knew he would be an excellent addition to our team,” said Dean J. Paranicas, HINJ’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Ed’s extensive experience as a journalist and more than two decades as a communicator in the commercial sector and higher education make him well-suited to serve our members and promote New Jersey’s life sciences in a challenging communications environment.”


For the past year, Tate was Director of Communications and Strategic Planning for the Central Bucks School District in Bucks County, Pa.  He is a member of the Board of School Directors of the Council Rock School District, which also is in Bucks County, and served as President of the Board in 2017.

Prior to his Rutgers role, Tate was a broadcast and print reporter in Central Pennsylvania for more than a decade before joining the University of Illinois at Chicago public affairs staff for another 10 years.  He thereafter served as Director of Media Relations and later Executive Director of Communications for Educational Testing Service in Princeton.  Subsequently, he became Executive Vice President of a Philadelphia-area public relations firm focused on the chemical and health care industries.  Tate also was an independent consultant in corporate communications.

Tate has a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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