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BioNJ’s HR Conference 2022

September 23 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

    This program has been approved for 3.5 HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) credits.

The Great Experiment:
Creating a Path to New Opportunities

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Friday, September 23, 2022 | 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Kean University • 1075 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ*

Join us for BioNJ’s 9th Annual HR Conference taking place in person at Kean University on September 23. Come ready to connect with other life sciences HR professionals, learn from industry experts on issues affecting your organization and leave with best practices that will enable you to position your company and your employees for success.Register today and be part of this important conversation — knowledge is power and collaboration is crucial in creating new opportunities and growing the ecosystem.


8:30 a.m. –
9:00 a.m.
Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m. –
9:10 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ
  • Keith Bostian, Ph.D., Dean, NJ Center for Science, Technology &
    Mathematics & Technology Transfer, Kean University
  • Martin Rexroad, Chief Culture & Community Officer, PTC Therapeutics
9:10 a.m. –
10:00 a.m.
Current State of the Life Sciences Industry in New Jersey
Topics for discussion include the investment environment, industry trends, new incentives and financial support for the State as well as perspectives from a biopharma CEO.

  • Kathleen Coviello, Chief Economic Transformation Officer, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • James Machin, Managing Director, Healthcare Investment, Bank of America
  • Christine Miller, President & CEO, Melinta Therapeutics


  • Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ
10:00 a.m. –10:45 a.m. The Legal Landscape – Lynne Anderson, Partner, Faegre Drinker
Back by popular demand, a legal update by Lynne Anderson, Partner, Faegre Drinker. Topics will include avoiding bias and discrimination claims in a hybrid/remote work environment, pay equity compliance, AI in the workplace and employer responses to limitations on reproductive benefits/rights in light of Dobbs and emerging state laws.

  • Lynne Anderson, Partner, Faegre Drinker
10:45 a.m. –
11:15 a.m.
Networking Break
11:15 a.m. –
12:00 p.m.
Total Rewards Trends
From pay trends rising from the effects of COVID and the Great Resignation to the effects of inflation, industry experts will discuss what rewards look like in the “new normal”.

  • Ram Kumar, Partner, Human Capital Solutions, Aon
  • Ed Speidel, Partner, Human Capital Solutions, Aon
12:00 p.m. –
1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. –
1:45 p.m.
Future Work Trends in Culture and Well-Being
An interactive discussion on the trends and challenges in creating a culture that supports the well-being of all employees — from DEI in the remote world to employee collaborations and recognition.

  • Juliet Agranoff, Senior Vice President, People, Taiho Oncology
  • Abigail Blunda, Director, Talent & HR Operations, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
  • Chris Cozic, Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Genmab


  • Matthew Andrews, Principal, Health & Benefits, Mercer
1:45 p.m. –
2:30 p.m.
Grow Your Own — Investing in your Talent and Ensuring Diversity
A panel of HR leaders will share leadership development trends, including best practices around investing in emerging talent as well as developing career ladders.

  • Diana McCormick, Senior Director, Human Resource Business Partner – Commercial and Operations, Insmed
  • Pamela Zapata, Director, Global Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, PTC Therapeutics


  • Alex McGarel, Executive Recruiter – C-Suite & Board roles in Biotech, LifeSci Search
2:30 p.m. –
3:00 p.m.
Fireside Chat with Dr. Emer Leahy, President & CEO, PsychoGenics
An intimate discussion with Dr. Leahy on lessons learned from the pandemic, what’s on the horizon and what the HR community should be prepared for in 2023 and beyond — through the lens of a biopharma CEO.

Interviewed by:
  • Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ
3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ
  • Martin Rexroad, Chief Culture & Community Officer, PTC Therapeutics

Contact Cheri Hennessy at CHennessy@BioNJ.org to learn about Sponsorship opportunities. Call (609) 890-3185 with any questions.

*All registrants must be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations as defined by the CDC in order to attend BioNJ’s HR Conference. If the community level of COVID-19 remains low or medium, masks will not be required to be worn, but anyone is welcome to wear a mask based on personal preference. However, if transmission is at a high level, everyone will be required to wear a mask except when eating or drinking. BioNJ will update these protocols, as appropriate, subject to any new CDC guidance or requirements by the venue, in compliance with local/state/federal guidance and we will announce any policy changes in advance of event. 


September 23
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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