HR Conference

May 14, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hilton East Brunswick
3 Tower Center Boulevard
East Brunswick, New Jersey


Please join us for our first-ever Life Sciences HR Conference.  Two power-packed general sessions will feature dynamic industry leaders who will offer insight and vision on Creating a Culture of Compliance and New Jersey State Incentive Programs for Employers.

Choose from a list of exciting topics on current industry trends and issues, which will provide an opportunity for you and your HR team to learn from industry experts at multiple breakout sessions.

This conferences promises to bear excellent networking opportunity with industry professionals and leaders from across the State of NJ.

Don’t miss this unique and valuable program!


Please CLICK HERE for Speaker Bios.

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast & Networking

Welcome – Debbie Hart, President, BioNJ

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
General Session 1 – What Does it Take to Create a Culture of Compliance and Innovation? (Roundtable Discussion)Moderator:
Melanie Staff-Parsons, Principal, Hay Group
Peter K. Kim, Senior Corporate Counsel,Employment Law Group, Pfizer
Mahmoud Mahmoudian, PhD, FRSC, Managing Director, Pharma Partnering, Alborz BioVentures USA
Elizabeth Posillico, Ph.D., President & CEO, Elusys Therapeutics
Lisa Uthgenannt, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources, Covance
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – noon Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

  • Risk and Rewards: Social Media at Work
    Lynne Anderson, Esq., Partner,  Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP
    Linda Pissott Reig, Esq., Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
  • In Good Times and Bad: Employee Engagement in Times of Change
    Jane Palaia, HR Leader, Kenilworth & US Plant Operations, Merck Manufacturing Division
    Patricia Prasa, Senior Director, HR, Sanofi
    S. Nicole Schaeffer, Senior Vice President, Administration & Human Resources, Amicus Therapeutics
  • Hiring for a Culture Fit
    Jim Topor, Executive Director, Global Talent Sourcing & Recruiting, Celgene
    Chris Martin, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Randstad US, Professionals
Noon – 2:00 p.m. Networking LunchGeneral Session 2 –Some of the Best Kept Secrets in New Jersey – Employer Incentives!Speaker:
Mary Ellen Clark, Assistant Commissioner, Workforce Development, NJDLWD
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions:

  • Industry Compensation Trends
    Kurt Andrews, Vice President, Human Resources, PTC Therapeutics
    Kristin Allgor, Vice President, Human Resources, Valeant Pharmaceuticals
  • Tools to Maximize Your Recruiting Dollars
    Rod Colon, Rod Colon Consulting & ETP Network
    Matt Alcalde, Business Development Manager, BioNJ Talent Network
    Megan Lunde, Communications Specialist, BioNJ Talent Network
  • An Innovative Approach to Wellness Programs
    Stacey Verdino, Manager, Human Resources, Amicus Therapeutics
    Dan Atkinson, Sales/Marketing, Wellworks for You
3:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. Closing Remarks
Networking Reception

Who Should Attend?

Human Resource Leaders and their staff from companies involved in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Diagnostics and Contract Research Organizations from across the region.  Also, CEOs, CFOs, Business Development, and all levels of management will benefit from this conference.  Come learn new, contemporary ideas from powerful industry speakers on hot topics that impact our industry directly.  Bring home actionable ideas to really make a difference in your organization.

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Thank You to our Afternoon Break Sponsor



Thank You to our Notebook Provider


Other sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please contact Kristin Hassan at or at 609-890-3185 for more information.