South Jersey Technology Park hosts guests from three continents, part of BIO International

South Jersey Technology Park hosts guests from three continents, part of BIO International


Guests came to the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University from Italy and Thailand, Germany and China, India and Australia – and more – on June 3.

About 30 people traveled via bus from Philadelphia as part of a South Jersey tour sponsored by BioNJ during the BIO International Convention being held in Philadelphia.

Jeanne Nevelos, executive director of SJTP, and Dr. Beena Sukumaran, vice president for Research, presented an overview of SJTP and of Rowan University. Afterward, the guests cycled through presentations at/by researchers in the Virtual Reality Center, the Orthopedics Research Center and ReGelTec, Inc. to learn more about work that faculty and students are conducting and about the capabilities at the facility.

John Slotman, vice president for Government Affairs for BioNJ, said, “We’re showing off that New Jersey has a vibrant life sciences ecosystem.” He added that a goal of the tour was to demonstrate the opportunities for individuals and companies to “plant roots” in New Jersey.

For Tatiana Sharipova, on staff at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow, the tour was a time to learn from an organization similar to hers, which brought 18 startup companies to BIO International. “I wanted to see the link between academics and the innovation center and industry,” she said.

The South Jersey tour also included a visit to the Coriell Institute to meet with representatives from that internationally renowned organization, Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. The event highlighted the many ways that South Jersey institutions cross-collaborate on topics such as medical education and basic scientific research and work together to tackle one of the most pressing health emergencies of the day: the opioid crisis. The tour also demonstrated the important role that clinical care and biomedical research institutes play in achieving scientific excellence, improving health and driving the region’s economy.

The BIO International Convention is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), according to the organization. BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in the United States and more than 30 other nations that are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products, according to BIO’s website. More than 16,000 people from 74 countries were expected to attend the 2019 conference.