New Jersey Life Sciences Week, a statewide exploration of careers in life sciences, and Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide look at small business and youth entrepreneurship, come to the area next week.

Both celebrations primarily are aimed at college students, but Life Sciences Week, held at Rider University beginning on Monday, November 17, and Global Entrepreneurship Week, held at Princeton University beginning on Tuesday, November 18, feature manyfree events open to all members of the public.

Life Sciences Week: Themed “Growing Life Sciences in the Garden State,” the Rider program is designed to raise awareness of the bioscience industry, promote science programs at colleges, and encourage both students and career-changers seeking professions in the field and is co-sponsored by Integra LifeSciences of Plainsboro.

Things kick off at Rider with a presentation by university professor Phillip Lowry, “Biochemistry of Cellular Metabolism” — a lecture he repeats on Wednesday, November 19, and Friday, November 21, at 9 a.m. — and continue with a 1 p.m. lecture by Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study, “Domesticated Biotechnology.” See Interchange, page 4.

On Tuesday, Rider professor Jonathan Yavelow, with a sign language interpreter, leads the “Biotechnology for Non-Scientists” lecture at 8 a.m., and again at 6:45 p.m.

At 6 p.m. an information session for the graduate-level teacher preparation program — a roundtable with high school teachers who have switched careers from industry — takes place in Rider’s Sweigart Boardroom.

On Thursday, November 20, Yavelow repeats his Tuesday lecture at 8 a.m. At 4 p.m. Ann Marie Hill of the state Cancer Commission leads a lecture on cancer research and the diseases affects of survivors. For more information, call 609-896-5000.

Entrepreneurship Week: Princeton University plays host to the region’s events for Entrepreneurship Week, all of which take place at the Frist Center on Tuesday, November 18. Themed, “Starting a Company: From Idea to Reality,” the day kicks off with a welcome message by Princeton’s Kristin Appleget and the keynote speech, “The Uncommon Individual,” by Integra LifeScience founder Richard Caruso at 8:30 a.m.

The day features a quintet of workshops starting with “Writing a Business Plan … Are You Crazy?” by Rider professor Ron Cook at 9:30 a.m. (see story on page 10).

At 10:30 a.m., Kathleen Coviello of the state Economic Development Authority leads the workshop, “Funding the Future: Securing Early Stage Capital,” which offers an overview of funding options and tips on how to get it.

At 11:30 a.m. Jeff Callahan of Sandler Training asks, “Not Getting the Referrals You Want?” and answers, “It’s All Your Fault;” and at 12:45 p.m., Tom Szaky of TerraCycle offers a workshop on “How to Leverage PR and Negative Cost Marketing.”

The day concludes with a 1:45 p.m. workshop by Alex Cohen of ClickEquations: “Using Internet Marketing to Start Your Business.”

For more information call 609-392-3800 or visit http://newscenter.absnj.com/2008/10/359/.

Life Sciences Week Events at Rider and RVCC

Monday, November 17

9:10 a.m.: “Biochemistry of Cellular Metabolism,” Phillip Lowrey, Rider, free. Science and Technology Center, jkutcher@rider.edu. 609-896-5000.

1 p.m.: “Domesticated Biotechnology,” Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, free. Bart Luedeke Center, jkutcher@rider.edu. 609-896-5000.

Tuesday, November 18

8:15 a.m.: "Bio-Talent: Strategies for Regional Economic Growth," David Socolow, commissioner of NJDOL, free. Raritan Valley College, North Branch, www.raritanval.edu/biotalent. 908-526-1200.

6:45 p.m.: “Genetics and Biotechnology for Non-Scientists,” Jonathan Yavelow, Rider, free. Science and Technology Center, jkutcher@rider.edu. 609-896-5000.

Thursday, November 20

8 a.m.: “Genetics and Biotechnology for Non-Scientists,” Jonathan Yavelow, Rider, free. Science and Technology Center, jkutcher@rider.edu. 609-896-5000.

4 p.m.: “Cancer Research Update,” Ann Marie Hill, Commission for Cancer Research, free. Science and Technology Center, jkutcher@rider.edu. 609-896-5000.

Friday, November 21

9 a.m.: “Biochemistry of Cellular Metabolism,” Phillip Lowry, free. Science and Technology Center, jkutcher@rider.edu. 609-896-5000.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Events at Princeton

Tuesday, November 18

8:30 a.m.: “Starting a Company: From Idea to Reality,” free, sponsored by Integra Life Sciences Frist Center. 609-392-3800.

8:30 a.m.: “Starting a Company: From Idea to Reality,” free all-day event sponsored by Integra Life Sciences. Features five seminars. Frist Center. 609-392-3800.

9 a.m.: “The Uncommon Individual Foundation,” Richard Caruso, Integra Life Sciences, keynote speaker of welcome session, free. Frist Center. 609-392-3800.

9:30 a.m.: “Writing a Business Plan … Are You Crazy?” Ron Cook, Rider University, free. Frist Center. 609-392-3800.

10:30 a.m.: “Funding for the Future: Securing Early Stage Capital,” Kathleen Coviello, NJ Economic Development Authority, free. Frist Center. 609-392-3800.

11:30 a.m.: “Not Getting the Referrals You Want? It’s All Your Fault,” Jeff Callahan, Sandler Training, free. Frist Center. 609-392-3800.

12:45 p.m.: “How to Leverage PR and Negative Cost Marketing,” Tom Szaky, TerraCycle, free. Frist Center. 609-392-3800.

1:45 p.m.: “Fast and Furious: Using INternet Marketing to Start Your Business, Alex Cohen, Click Equations, free. Frist Center. 609-392-3800.

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