2013 BioNJ Human Resource Conference


May 20, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hilton East Brunswick
3 Tower Center Boulevard
East Brunswick, New Jersey


Please join us for the 2013 BioNJ Human Resource Conference
Transition & Transformation: Proactive Strategies for Life Sciences 

This year’s dynamic Conference features top industry leaders who will offer their insights on current issues and trends related to Transition and Transformation in our industry.

This Conference promises to deliver excellent networking opportunities with industry professionals and leaders from across the State of NJ.


Please CLICK HERE for the Speaker Bios.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome

  • Debbie Hart, President and CEO, BioNJ

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
General Session 1 – Leadership During Times of Transition and TransformationModerator:

  • Chris Martin, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Randstad Professionals


  • Karen DiSanto, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  • Bill Mann, CEO, Helsinn Therapeutics Inc.
  • Francois Nader, M.D., President & Chief Executive Officer, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Joan Winterbottom, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – Noon Concurrent Breakout Sessions:Take the Leap – Exploring Creative Medical Plan Cost Control Strategies

  • Martin Hill, Employee Benefits Consultant, (EHD) Engle-Hambright & Davies, Inc.
  • Scott K. Radcliffe, Vice President, Employee Benefit Services, Engle-Hambright & Davies, Inc.
  • Stacey Verdino, Manager, Human Resources, Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

Culture as a Strategic Advantage: The Regeneron Story

  • Alex Desamour, Senior Director, Staffing and Operations, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Daria Palestina, Human Resource Director, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Ross Grossman, Vice President, Human Resources, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Driving Culture by Design During Intense Periods of Change

  • Jeff Brodsky, Executive Director, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Glenn Melrose, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Credo and Workplace Engagement, Johnson & Johnson
Noon – 2:00 p.m. Networking Lunch and General Session 2 – New Jersey Hiring Incentives and Special Programs for Employers

  • Catherine Starghill, Director, Workforce Field Services, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions:Restructuring During Corporate Transformation: The Before, During and After Considerations

  • Lynne Anderson, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Nicole Schaeffer, Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Services, Insmed
  • Kurt Andrews, Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, PTC Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Amanda Brouillard, US Career Services, Johnson & Johnson

The Current Landscape of Healthcare Reform – What does it mean to your organization and how should you prepare?

  • Joseph DiBella, Managing Director, Executive Vice President, Conner Strong & Buckelew
  • Jack Wellman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Joule Inc.
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Thank You to our Conference Sponsors

Conner Strong



Other sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please contact Kathleen Otto at KOtto@BioNJ.org or at 609-890-3185 for more information.