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For those that missed it last week, NJBIA hosted the Second Annual Innovation Summit at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on Nov. 2nd. The event was well received by the attendees, speakers, sponsors and press.

The event was kicked off by keynote speaker Bob Hugin, executive chairman of Celgene Corporation, who discussed the importance of advocating for innovation in New Jersey:

“We need to be stronger, more forceful advocates. If we don’t really come together and advocate for the kind of policies that are needed, the future could be very challenging in New Jersey. In my experience, individuals matter,” Hugin said. “State legislators, federal legislators are impacted by individual people who tell them their story.”

This was then followed by two robust panel discussions and a tour of the Plasma Physics Laboratory. Katherine O’Neill, executive director of JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network, led the first discussion on funding, highlighting the many resources and avenues for funding. Dennis M. Bone, director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University, moderated the second panel on entrepreneurship, discussing who can play a role in cultivating this skill set.

I personally would like to thank everyone who made this event possible including our Committee Chairs Haskell Berman and Vice Chair Charlene Brown.

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