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New Jersey’s Resume

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Enabling market entry for the global life science and healthcare industry by offering a unique commercialization ecosystem composed of an experienced workforce, a dense network of specialized services, financial resources and effective Supply Chain infrastructure, in the middle of the largest Healthcare Market in the US.


  • Global Leader in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries
  • Developed 53% of the new medicines approved by the FDA in 2001
  • Home to 15 of the world’s 20 largest pharmaceutical, medical technology and diagnostics companies including Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, Roche, sanofiaventis,Pfizer, BD, Novo Nordisk, Bayer Healthcare, Daiichi Sankyo, Stryker, C.R. Bard, and GE Healthcare
  • Close to 250 Biotechnology companies in our state including Celgene, ImClone, Genmab, LifeCell, Amicus Therapeutics, PTC Therapeutics
  • The nation’s highest concentration of scientific professionals with 184,000 scientists working statewide as well as 410,000 others including engineers and other specialists
  • 400 new medicines and vaccines currently in clinical trials or awaiting FDA approval for heart disease, cancer and stroke
  • Home of the world’s largest clinical research organizations such as Covance and Pharmanet
  • State-of-the-art patient access facilities in the areas of Neuroscience, Oncology, Pediatrics, Cardiology and Pulmonary Medicine
  • Home of major healthcare foundations – the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Henry H. Kessler Foundation, and the Healthcare Foundation
  • Advanced research at the Cancer Institute of NJ, Stem Cell Institute, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM), Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Waksman Institute, Center for Advanced Food Technology
  • A collaborative network of 14 technology incubators currently with over 500 entrepreneurial clients, graduating over 24 firms since 2004, supported by the NJ Commission on Science and Technology, NJEDA and the Edison Innovation Fund. Those focusing on the life sciences include the North Brunswick Commercialization Center, The Rutgers Food Innovation Center, Camden, Burlington County College High Tech Center, and the Enterprise Development Center at NJIT
  • Access to capital through the 3rd ranked Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Infrastructure


  • Extensive regulatory and commercialization experience in the life sciences
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology laboratory discovery and development capability
  • Ranked 1st in the number of chemists in the US
  • Ranked 2nd in the number of biochemists and biophysicists
  • Ranked 3rd in the number of microbiologists
  • Access to an extensive and capable transportation, distribution and logistics network
  • Within a 6 hour driving proximity to the majority of the US population
  • Extensive Patent track record – Ranked 3rd in the US in patents issued between 2000 and 2004


  • 20 public and private four-year universities, including Princeton and Rutgers
  • Two top engineering schools – NJIT and Stevens Institute
  • UMDNJ, the largest health care university in the US has eight schools on five campuses
  • Strong continuing education opportunities including UMDNJ Biopharma and the Rutgers MBS program
  • Network of 21 public two-year community colleges with life science career programs
  • Ranked 8th in the US for educational achievement of individuals age 25 and older
  • Ranked 7th in the US in the number of Ph.D. scientists and engineers per 1,000 workers


  • Named one of World’s Top 5 Growth Markets for Biotech by Fierce Biotech
  • Ranked 1st in FDA new drug approvals and 4th in new medical device approvals
  • Awarded 3 Federal workforce grants (2 focusing on life sciences) totaling $15 million, making NJ, the “Most WIRED” State in the US
  • Ranked the 5th most competitive state in the US, State Knowledge Economy Index
  • Ranked 1st in Industry Funded R&D to Life Sciences ($4.8 billion)


  • New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the nation.
  • Over 25% of NJ’s population speaks a second language at home.
  • Nearly one million NJ residents are fluent in Spanish.
  • Other language fluency includes Italian, Portuguese, Polish, German, French, Greek, Arabic, Hungarian and Russian.
  • Asian Language fluency includes Chinese, Indic languages, Tagalog, Korean and Japanese.


  • Swimming, canoeing, kayaking and boating on 127 miles of coastline beaches and rivers
  • Birding on the Atlantic Flyway and some of the widest varieties of fishing opportunities anywhere
  • Agri-tourism, Gardening and Arboretums…We are the Garden State!
  • Enjoying outdoor activities in 39 state parks, 11 forests and 57 historic sites
  • Sports include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, biking and golfing
  • Fan of five professional teams, eight minor-league baseball teams, horse and car racing
  • Visiting world-class theater, music, dance and arts in New Jersey as well as nearby New York City, Philadelphia, the casinos and boardwalk in Atlantic City
  • Patron of New Jersey’s museums including Liberty Science Center and Camden Aquarium
  • Shopping at the myriad of shopping malls and outlets (most shopping mall/sq. mi. in the country)


  • www.state.nj.us/scitech/techninc
  • www.state.nj.us/njbusiness/industry/life/index.shtml
  • www.njeda.com
  • www.bionj.org
  • www.hinj.org
  • www.heldrich.rutgers.edu
  • www.milkeninstitute.org

Last updated 04/09/09

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