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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.


Event: HINJ and Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Medical Device Development Center to Host ‘Patient Perspectives’ in Research on November 16; Third in Forum Series

New Brunswick, NJ, November 8, 2017 — Please join the Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Medical Device Development Center and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) on Thursday, November 16 for “The Patient’s Perspective: Emotional and Physical Benefits of Medical Devices,” the third in the Rutgers-HINJ Fall 2017 series of educational panels and seminars that focus on the medical device industry.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. (networking at 4:30 p.m.; program at 5:30 p.m.) at Rutgers University BME Auditorium (Busch Campus), 599 Taylor Road, Piscataway. 

Scientists and engineers do amazing work creating innovative therapies and devices that enhance and save lives.  However, while working in a lab, there are few opportunities to see patients who benefit from the health care made possible by medical innovation.  Read more


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