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PR # 57 October 13, 2008

NJ LEADERS TO MEET WITH INTERNATIONAL CONSULAR OFFICIALS AT CONSUL PROGRAM FOR NJ LIFE SCIENCES AT RVCC

New Jersey leaders from business, government and academia are invited to meet with Consular officials (commercial, technology and education) representing over 20 global markets at the Fifth Annual Consul Program for New Jersey Life Sciences, to be held Thursday, October 16.

The event, which is open to the public, will offer morning sessions beginning at 9 a.m. at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch. It will continue with an international luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the Trump National Country Club in Bedminster. The afternoon program, from 2:30-4 p.m. at RVCC, will include individual discussions between New Jersey leaders and Consular officials. Roundtrip bus transportation to and from the lunch will be provided.

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

The program plays an important role in stimulating economic growth in New Jersey and the region by strengthening relationships with commercial officers and other Consular officials from more than 20 countries, as well as with global business executives and CEOs of emerging technology companies. Consular officials are based in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. The event will enable New Jersey leaders to meet with officials from the Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Flanders, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The morning program will include remarks from RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill, followed by an industry update from Debbie Hart, President of BioNJ. The session on ?Innovation and Collaboration in Business? will feature speakers from sanofi-aventis, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and UMDNJ?Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The next session, ?Innovation in Education,? will include presentations by Bergen County Academies.

Caren S. Franzini, CEO of New Jersey Economic Development Authority, State of New Jersey, will be the featured speaker during the luncheon.

All attendees must pre-register online. For a detailed program 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 $75 per person ($25 for incubator tenants/small business owners) and includes a continental breakfast and the international luncheon. There is no charge for Consular officials, government officials and academics.

Supporting organizations include BioNJ, 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, New Jersey Small Business Development Centers and many other leading New Jersey organizations.

Confirmed speakers at the event include:

* Sylvester Di Diego, Conference Chairman & President, Strategy Dynamix, LLC
* Dr. Casey Crabill, President, Raritan Valley Community College
* Debbie Hart, President, BioNJ
* Janis Lewandowski, Economic Development Manager-NJ, JCP&L: a FirstEnergy Company
* Dr. Marc Bonnefoi, Scientific Site Director for Bridgewater R&D Site, sanofi-aventis
* Dr. Shiv Krishnan, Senior Director, Partnering and Innovation, sanofi-aventis
* Dr. Graham K. Jones, Discovery Research Strategy, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
* Dr. Judith A. Ladd, Director, Industry and Academic Alliances, UMDNJ?Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
* Stanley U. North, III, Esq., Partner, LeClairRyan Law Firm
* Dr. Robert G. Pergolizzi, Director, Stem Cell Research Laboratories, Bergen County Academies
* Jasmin Sadegh, Student Scientist, Bergen County Academies
* Caren S. Franzini, CEO, New Jersey Development Authority, State of New Jersey
* Peter R. Reczek, Executive Director, New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology

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 40 years, offers more than 90 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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