The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the
Friday, April 1, 2016
Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University
100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Join Rutgers University as it celebrates the 25th gala anniversary of its first class of biotech graduates!
This daylong symposium will feature seven exceptional biotech alumni whose careers diverged down very different paths in government, industry, and academia. Dr. Dennis Fenton, a Rutgers Microbiology Ph.D. and former Executive Vice President of Amgen, will be the keynote speaker. The event will include a roundtable panel discussion led by leaders within the biotech industry, focusing on emerging areas and opportunities for our aspiring young scientists. We will end the day with an alumni dinner reception open to alumni, faculty/deans, and invited speakers.
NOTE: Registration for this event is now closed. Walk-ins will be accepted for the symposium only on a space available basis. We're sorry, but we cannot accept walk-ins for the dinner reception.
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The day concludes with an optional dinner reception for alumni and faculty.
Dennis Fenton was granted a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Rutgers University in 1977. He joined Pfizer Central research, working in New Product Development from 1977 – 1981. He joined Amgen at its inception in 1982 as a Research Scientist. During his 26-year Amgen career, he held positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Research, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Senior Vice President of Operations. He was Amgen’s first Executive Vice President. He holds 5 US patents in microbiology and published over 50 papers and abstracts. He retired from Amgen in 2008 and is currently an independent consultant and a member of the board of directors of Xenoport, Portola and Pfenex and previously served on the boards of Kythera, Hospira, Dendreon and Genzyme. He is also a member of the board of the Rutgers University Foundation and the Keck Graduate Institute.
A panel of industry leaders will share with the audience emerging areas in biotechnology and opportunities for aspiring young scientists. Moderated by Paul R. Meers, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, Biotechnology Undergraduate Program Director, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University.
This group features seven amazing biotechnology alumni selected from the past 25 years who highlight diverse career experiences and the breadth of the fast-paced advances in biotechnology since 1991. Each graduate will speak about his/her career path and current work, including words of wisdom/advice for current students.
This panel will highlight alumni who continued their education in Rutgers' new Master's in Business and Science Program. The panelists will discuss how combining studies in business and science led to unique internship and career opportunities. Moderated by Michael A. Lawton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biotechnology and Genomics Concentration Coordinator, Master in Business and Science Program, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University.
This all day symposium is a free event! Pre-registration is required.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all registrants. An alumni dinner reception is offered at $40 per person (optional) and includes open bar (beer/wine only).
Parking: Parking will be available in the Douglass Parking Deck (no permit required).
Accommodations: Hotel accommodations are available at The Heldrich for the Rutgers University rate of $169/night for Thursday, March 31 and $149/night for Friday, April 1. You may also wish to consider the Hampton Inn in North Brunswick or Rutgers University Inn on Cook Campus.
Sponsorships are welcome and necessary to offer a world class colloquium free and open to the community. If sponsorships exceed the event costs, the remaining funds will support an Undergraduate Research Enrichment Fund. For questions about sponsorships or the enrichment fund please contact Rachel Karl at firstname.lastname@example.org or (848) 932-3593.
Sponsorships are considered gifts and are tax deductible under the Rutgers University Foundation 501(c)3 (less the price of included dinner tickets).
Dr. Barbara Zilinskas, Professor Emerita, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
The exciting new world of Biotechnology in the 21st century has developed as a result of the convergence of biological, physical and mathematical sciences to solve problems in ways never before imagined. The breathtaking advance of DNA sequencing is one example of the power of this approach. In the Rutgers Biotechnology B.S. Degree Program, students are trained in a broad range of basic sciences as the foundation for many important real-world applications.
Rutgers has been at the forefront of this biotechnological revolution as it has evolved over the past several decades. The New Jersey Department of Higher Education approved the B.S. degree program in biotechnology at Cook College (now the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) in September 1989. It was one of the first in the country and has received national recognition as a model curriculum.