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Student and Young Professionals

INTERPHEX is pleased to partner with the ISPE New Jersey chapter and host theStudents and Young Professionals Program.

A special program has been designed to facilitate high quality education and career development. With networking opportunities and focused course content, Students and Young Professionals will gain valuable insight into the pharmaceutical industry.

To participate in the Young Professional/Student program, registration for INTERPHEX is required. During the registration process, please list the school you are attending or your company name in the “Company” field. On the “registration category” page, you will have the option to choose the program you are interested in. There is no cost to attend either INTERPHEX or Young Professional/Student Program.

Young Professionals

Students Track


8:00am – 9:00am: Registration & Networking
9:00am – 11:00am: Morning Session
11:00am – 1:30pm: Activity on Show Floor
1:30pm – 3:30pm: Afternoon Session
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Show Floor / Track Closes

Young Professionals Track - Room 1E13

An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Engineering for Young Professionals
A review of important background information necessary for a clear understanding of the Pharmaceutical Engineering field. Sessions will include a historical overview of pharmaceuticals, discussion of Pharmaceutical Discovery, Research & Development, and clinical trials culminating in an introduction to Lean Six-Sigma manufacturing.

Overview of Drug discovery, Development and Clinical Trials
Joseph Manfredi, President & CEO, GMP Systems, Inc.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:00am – 11:00am
Room 1E13

Mankind has been seeking relief from various afflictions for thousands of years with the quest for safe, high quality remedies dating to prehistoric times. This session will offer a brief overview of drug history including a review of drug discovery methods, drug formulation and development and testing required, including multi-phase human clinical trials, necessary for FDA approval to market these drugs within the US. This session is tailored to Young Professionals recently entering the health sciences industry.

Overview of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing using Process Analytical Technology and Lean Six-Sigma Concepts and Methodologies
Robert Lechich, Director, Pfizer, Inc.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 1E13

Pharmaceutical manufacturing, for many decades, has used final product testing to ensure safe and effective products are delivered to patients. This process is often costly, time consuming and inefficient resulting in rejection of entire batches and lots of finished goods. Lean Six-Sigma manufacturing and PAT (Process Analytical Technology) seek to assure each step in the process is correct, suitable, ensures product quality and minimizes waste. This session will provide an overview of these concepts targeted to young professionals in the health sciences industry.

Students Track – Room 1E12

Planning for Your Career in the Health Sciences Industry – A Student Perspective
A full day workshop suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students to increase their knowledge of the Pharmaceutical Industry, Network with industry executives, meet and learn from industry HR personnel and hone their interviewing and resume skills. Presentations will be informative and interactive with time allotted for resume critiquing.

Making a Positive "First Impression"
Dave Novak,Northeast Area Manager, ProPharma Group
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:00am – 11:00am
Room 1E12

This session will provide students with the needed tools to assure they are empowered. Sessions will focus on mastering the skills necessary to make a positive first impression. Learn interactively about preparing and making an "elevator speech". Gain insight into the best methods for cross generational interaction, networking with industry executives, HR personnel and peers and learning the best techniques for interviewing. This session will assist students at all stages with the critically important task of assuring they are perceived positively.

Creating a Career Plan
Nancy Tomoney, Vice President, PSC Biotech
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 1E12

This session will begin with a discussion of the best practices for developing a career plan followed by career insights from a number of industry executives describing their specific career path into the health sciences industry with highlights of their experiences and accomplishments. Additional subject matter will include tips for; applying for a job, use of social networking, resume preparation, and submission. Time will be provided to allow industry professionals to critique the resumes of individual students who wish to have this feedback.

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