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HINJ President & CEO named to NJBIZ Health Care Power 50

Multinational pharmaceutical companies, fast-growing life science startups, diversified provider systems and other entities involved in the manufacture, delivery and practice of medicine employ hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans and generate billions of dollars in revenue every year. Obviously, the health care industry plays an indispensable role in the state’s economy. Read more here.


HINJ President & CEO Named to NJBIZ Power 100

From NJBIZ:  Reading a really good list is fun. Compiling a really good list … not so much. It’s a lot of work. Indeed, a lot of work went into compiling the NJBIZ Power 100 list. The entire editorial staff was involved, sharing insights gleaned from daily reporting and offering analysis of who the important players are in New Jersey right now. Read more here.



New Jersey Has All the Ingredients to Grow an Innovation Economy

“An innovation economy is driven by a vibrant innovation ecosystem sustained by a state’s public, private and academic sectors,” says Dean Paranicas, president and CEO of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey. “As we’ve seen elsewhere in California, Massachusetts and North Carolina, public and private research universities – bolstered by their state governments – are the hubs that support the research and development needs of innovator industries, with their companies setting up shop nearby on the spokes.” Read more here.


NJBIZ: Why the Garden State continues to attract life science companies

The state’s century-plus legacy as “the medicine chest of the world” and its continuing commitment to innovation mean New Jersey is likely to remain a life sciences powerhouse, said Dean J. Paranicas, CEO of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, HINJ, a trade association for the state’s research-based biopharmaceutical and medical technology industry.

“New Jersey continues to replenish and nourish an innovative ecosystem consisting of the academic, private and public sectors, and we offer an incredible, educated workforce,” he said. “The New Jersey-New York region ranks No. 3 on Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News’ 2018 top 10 U.S. biopharma clusters list, while Philadelphia is ranked No. 6.”

He said the state’s value isn’t limited to just the number of companies, though. “The fact is, there are all kinds of collaborations going on,” according to Paranicas. “Established companies and new ones work together, the academic community gets involved, and value is also added by the state’s comprehensive vendor network, and a strong manufacturing base. The topping is the state’s position as a transportation hub, easy access to capital markets, and a diverse population. I’m excited about the future.”

Read more here.


It’s Never Too Early to Introduce Students to STEM Says BMS Scientist, Rutgers Grad

The following Q&A and background was provided to HINJ by our friends at S2S.

Elizabeth Galella, a senior research scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb, volunteers her time to teach and inspire New Jersey children through Students 2 Science Inc. (S2S), a non-profit model program which operates laboratories in Newark and East Hanover and provides hands-on, authentic STEM experiences to elementary through high school students across New Jersey. 

What is your background? Current position? I received my BS and MS degrees in chemistry from Rutgers University and have been employed at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) for the past 22 years. BMS is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. I am a Senior Research Scientist and my primary role involves managing the analytical development and support of small molecule drug product formulations. In recent years, I have become a subject matter expert in the area of pediatric product development, which has become a passion of mine.

What initially brought you to S2S? What sparked your passion for S2S? Back in 2014, I was invited by a BMS manager to be a part of a volunteer group which was making a day trip up to the S2S East Hanover facility. It was a really enjoyable day, and I left there knowing that I wanted to continue to volunteer for S2S in the future. The students were very excited to be there and that is what definitely sparked my passion for the program!

What do you like most about volunteering at S2S? Following my initial trip to the East Hanover facility, I have often volunteered for Virtual Laboratory sessions at local schools. I enjoy volunteering for this aspect of the program because I feel that the students truly appreciate having real scientists in their classrooms assisting them with their experiments. They also get to chat with me and ask questions about what it is like to work in a scientific field or a pharmaceutical industry.

Why do you think volunteering is important? Volunteering is important because it not only provides adults who are in STEM fields to step out of their day-to-day job and excite students about learning, but it demonstrates to the students that people are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to teach them and show them how important it is to have role models. 

Elizabeth Galella volunteering at a V-Lab at Auten School in Hillsborough.

Why do you support the mission of S2S? I thoroughly support the mission and objectives of S2S. This program offers very unique opportunities for students of various ages, as it is never too early to introduce children to the importance of STEM-related studies and activities. Through S2S, students are able to gain valuable hands-on experience and make connections with people who work in the field. It is a wonderful way to inspire!

If you would like to volunteer at S2S, please email us at or call (973) 947-4880 ext. 516. Sign up today!

Volunteering at Students 2 Science

Students 2 Science, Inc. (S2S) is a national model in authentic science education and urban community development, serving to bridge the needs of the public and private sectors. Our mission is to inspire, motivate, and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects). We do so by providing rigorous and hands-on STEM experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories, complete with modern instrumentation and professional scientists. Additionally, we offer web-based, virtual STEM programs that broaden our reach to serve a wider audience.

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the S2S model. Professionals (STEM and non-STEM) from the local community and corporations work side-by-side with our young students, providing them with support, inspiration, motivation and career advice.

S2S is currently recruiting volunteers for both our in-lab (ISAAC) and virtual (V-Lab) programs. For more information click here.

We make it easy for you to volunteer at S2S:

  • Flexible schedules to fit your needs –available slots from 5 minutes to 6.5 hours, once a year or as often as you can.
  • A variety of volunteering opportunities to choose from:
    • In our ISAAC program as mentors, lab assistants or instructors working with middle and high school students in our laboratories in East Hanover or Newark.
    • In our Virtual Laboratory program – as in-class or virtual mentor in a classroom at a participating school.

March 27, 2019


Sanofi Provides STEM Education Programs to Somerset County Students

Sanofi employees who volunteer with Students2Science











Building upon the Sanofi commitment to supporting communities where it operates, and specifically enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education opportunities for young people, Sanofi is providing more than $80,000 in hands-on science programs to public school students in Somerset County.

Michelle Roberts of Sanofi










Sanofi has partnered with New Jersey-based Students 2 Science (S2S), a nonprofit organization that was created to inspire, motivate, and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in STEM, to conduct the programs. Read more here.

Sanofi volunteer Peter Lalli








March 20, 2019




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