BioNJ’s 23rd Annual Dinner Meeting & Innovation Celebration Will Honor New Jersey’s Innovators and the Patients Who Inspire Them

BioNJ’s 23rd Annual Dinner Meeting & Innovation Celebration

Will Honor New Jersey’s Innovators and the Patients Who Inspire Them

Featuring a Keynote by The Honorable Patrick Kennedy, the Presentation of
the Dr. Sol J. Barer Award to The Medicines Company CEO Clive Meanwell, M.D., Ph.D. and the 2016 Innovator Awards for New Drug and Device Approvals
The Honorable Patrick Kennedy
Co-Founder, One Mind, and
Founder, Kennedy Forum
Clive Meanwell, M.D., Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
The Medicines Company

TRENTON, NJ (December 16, 2015) – Considered the kickoff event of the year for the life sciences industry, BioNJ’s 23rd Annual Gateway Gala, Dinner Meeting & Innovation Celebration is scheduled for February 4, 2016 at the Hilton East Brunswick. Saluting New Jersey’s medical innovation, the inspirational evening will include a Keynote by the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, the presentation of the ninth annual Dr. Sol J. Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership to Clive Meanwell, M.D., Ph.D., Founder and CEO of The Medicines Company and the much anticipated Innovator Awards honoring companies with a footprint in New Jersey that have received a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in 2015.

Growing in prominence with each year, BioNJ’s Annual Dinner Meeting attracts upwards of 800 attendees from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, professional service providers, government officials, academic leaders and others for an evening of networking, business discussions and award presentations.”Because Patients Can’t WaitSM, the goal of The Gateway Gala is to reaffirm the life sciences community’s commitment to and success in discovering and developing cures to address unmet medical needs,” said Debbie Hart, CEO and President of BioNJ. “With nearly 60% of all 2015 FDA drug and medical device approvals to date coming from New Jersey companies, we couldn’t be more proud.

Max Schill “Magic Max”, a precious 7-year old Rasopathies Patient who lobbied Congress for the 21st Century Cures and recently received the Abbey Award for Federal Level Advocacy at the 2015 RareVoice Awards Gala, will present the Innovator Awards. Max represents what it’s all about – the Patient.”

During his Keynote presentation, the Honorable Patrick Kennedy will speak about his recently released book, A Common Struggle, the story of mental health and addiction through the lens of his personal narrative.

Named for Sol J. Barer, Ph.D., Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Celgene Corporation,Dr. Sol J. Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership recognizes outstanding research and business leaders who have made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the biosciences industry in New Jersey and throughout the world.

“We are thrilled to name Dr. Clive Meanwell, CEO of The Medicines Company as this year’s recipient,” said Hart. “This year alone, The Medicines Company has had four EU approvals (Kengrexal, Orbactiv, Raplixa and lonsys) and three U.S. approvals (lonsys, Kengrexal and Raplixa).” Dr. Stuart Peltz, BioNJ Chairman of the Board, CEO of PTC Therapeutics and the 2014 Dr. Sol J. Barer Award Recipient, will present the award to Dr. Meanwell.

Join us as we celebrate New Jersey’s vibrant life sciences ecosystem on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at the East Brunswick Hilton in East Brunswick, NJ, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Register by January 15, 2016 and pay the Early Bird price of $370 for BioNJ Members and affiliated organizations and $500 for Future Members.

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