The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City has long been viewed as an innovative center where science comes to life. Next May, it will be the place where some of the top life science executives, investors, academic collaborators and business professionals come together.
On Wednesday, BioNJ announced it is moving its 14th annual BioNJ BioPartnering Conference to the Liberty Science Center on May 14, 2024.
BioNJ CEO Debbie Hart said it’s a perfect match.
“We can’t think of a more exciting venue to host our 14th annual BioPartnering Conference,” she said. “Entrepreneurs are the engine and fuel for new company creation — driving the next generation of therapies, diagnostics and tools in life sciences. And, for the last three decades, the Liberty Science Center has nurtured young scientists and shepherded future leaders in its mission to foster new innovation.
“Jersey City is the perfect backdrop for this important meeting where life sciences companies, large and small, will gather to explore collaboration opportunities.”
As the industry’s signature partnering event in the Northeast, BioNJ’s BioPartnering Conference attracts all the pieces of the life sciences ecosystem from around the globe — with the goal of fostering productive partnerships and facilitating investment opportunities.
BioNJ officials said the Liberty Science Center offers a spacious, state-of-the-art venue to accommodate the important and numerous elements of the conference, including 1-1 partnering, company and startup pitch presentations, Industry Connections (where entrepreneurs can meet with representatives from large biopharma companies — expanded for 2024), exhibits, plenary sessions and networking.
The event will serve as a preview of the future as it comes on the heels of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s recent commitment to invest $20 million in a new innovation hub as part of Liberty Science Center’s SciTech Scity.
EDA CEO Tim Sullivan said the state is eager to do its part in creating an innovation economy.
“BioNJ’s annual BioPartnering Conference offers incredible opportunities to innovative New Jersey entrepreneurs and highlights the pioneering work of life sciences and technology companies in the state,” he said. “Jersey City is quickly becoming a premier destination for inventive companies, making the Liberty Science Center an ideal location for this influential event.”
Want to pitch?
Applications for company pitch presentations for the 2024 BioNJ BioPartnering Conference will open Jan. 16, 2024. Click here for more information. Or contact Pavita Howe, vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship, at PHowe@BioNJ.org.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said the city is eager to host the event.
“During this pivotal moment in Jersey City’s history, we are clearly making our mark in establishing Jersey City as a sought-after destination for transformative science and technology, and we welcome BioNJ as our newest partner on this front,” he said. “I am especially grateful for our JCEDC team and LSC’s Paul Hoffman, who worked together to help make this a reality.”
Hoffman said he is eager to use the event as a showcase.
“We look forward to welcoming BioNJ’s preeminent 2024 BioPartnering Conference to the Liberty Science Center and introducing attendees to SciTech Scity, the 30-acre innovation campus we are now building that will focus on home health care, biomedical science, planet care and artificial intelligence,” he said.
Hart is happy to see the community come together.
“We are ecstatic to have the Jersey City Economic Development Corp. join our elite group of conference partners, including JPMorgan, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Morgan Lewis,” she said. “We are grateful for Jersey City Economic Development Corp.’s support in bringing this important event to the Liberty Science Center in 2024. The mission of the BioPartnering Conference is in complete alignment with that of Jersey City and the Liberty Science Center — to build a vibrant innovative hub.”