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PR # 57 October 5 , 2007

NJ LEADERS TO MEET WITH INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE OFFICERS AT CONSUL PROGRAM SET AT RVCC

New Jersey leaders from business, government and academia are invited to meet with commercial officers representing over 25 global markets at the Fourth Annual Consul Program for New Jersey Life Sciences, to be held Thursday, October 18.

The event, which is open to the public, will offer morning sessions beginning at 9 a.m. at Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) North Branch Campus. It will continue with an afternoon program beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Stanton Ridge Country Club in Whitehouse Station. The afternoon will include an international luncheon followed by individual discussions between New Jersey leaders and consular officials. Roundtrip bus transportation to and from the luncheon will be provided.

The event is being hosted by the New Jersey Commerce Commission, Raritan Valley Community College and RVCC?S Center for International Business & Education (CIBE). Financial sponsors of the Consul Program are: Lowenstein Sandler, PC; the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA); and JCP&L: a FirstEnergy Company.

The program plays an important role for stimulating economic growth in New Jersey and the region by strengthening relationships with commercial officers and other Consular officials from more than 25 countries. Consular officials are based in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, and some are visiting New Jersey for the first time. The event will enable New Jersey leaders to meet with officials from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Romania, Slovakia, Taiwan and many other economies that are expected to send representatives.

The morning program includes two parts. The first part, ?Expansion of Life Sciences in New Jersey,? will feature speakers from Bayer, Eisai, Novo Nordisk and the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey. It will be followed by ?Incubation and Commercialization in New Jersey? with speakers from the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, The WIRED Program and the Genesis Project.

The afternoon program is designed to nurture relationship building in order to pursue business projects. Meeting opportunities are available between specific organizations and country officials during the Business to Consular Discussions part of the program. All participants must pre-register online for the event. For a detailed program agenda and online registration, visit www.raritanval.edu/cibe/events.htm.

For additional information, contact Professor Ellen Lindemann, 908-526-1200, ext. 8348. The cost is $45, or $25 for incubator tenants, and includes a continental breakfast and the international luncheon. There is no charge for Consular officials, government officials and academics.

Supporting organizations include the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey, the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, New Jersey Technology Council, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service and the Somerset County Business Partnership, together with other leading New Jersey organizations.

Confirmed speakers at the event include:

* Kevin J. Drennan, Executive Director, New Jersey Commerce Commission
* Sylvester Di Diego, Conference Chairman & President, Strategy Dynamix, LLC
* Jacki Belin, Dean of College Advancement, Raritan Valley Community College
* Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula
* John Nicholson, Treasurer, Bayer Health Care Pharmaceuticals
* Robert Feeney, Director, Investor & Government Relations, Eisai, Inc.
* Stephen McGill, Associate Director of Government Affairs, Novo Nordisk
* Debbie Hart, President, Biotechnology Council of New Jersey
* Dr. H. Louis Cooperhouse, Director, Rutgers Food Innovation Center
* Dr. Eli Mordechai, Medical Diagnostic Laboratories, LLC (Genesis Project)
* Dr. David L. Finegold, Dean, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (WIRED Program)

The Center for International Business & Education (CIBE) serves the commercial and academic communities for their international needs on a global and local basis. Established in 1988, CIBE provides businesses with programs, including roundtable discussions, international business conferences (promoting exports) and the Annual Consul Program (promoting inward direct investment). In 1995, CIBE won the President?s E-award for ?outstanding contribution to the Export Expansion Program of the United States of America.? CIBE also advises RVCC on international curriculum issues and offers International Career Expos and student internships. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu/cibe .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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