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April 2, 2014

Dear Mayor,

As you know, The New Jersey State League of Municipalities and We Work for Health’s Mayors Committee on Life Sciences was created to promote economic development and innovation, educate legislators, policy makers and the public about the importance of the life sciences industry to New Jersey and its local communities, and benchmarked best practices within host communities that help grow and nurture the industry.

In support of our mission and in response to a recent Battelle/PhRMA study that highlighted the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), we are pleased to announce the creation of the Mayors Committee on Life Sciences STEM Certificate program. The award will honor educators and students who are spearheading this important academic pursuit throughout the state.  Individual schools, academic or extra-curricular programs, teachers and/or students can be recognized for their efforts based on the following criteria K-12:

  • Offering a STEM-centered program of study in academic curriculum;
  • Supporting scholarships for teachers and students to pursue further education in STEM related fields;
  • Sponsoring or hosting science fairs or technology competitions;
  • Hosting summer academic camps with STEM specific curriculum;
  • Note: Programs do not need to be supported by the biopharmaceutical industry to be recognized.

This packet contains all the materials needed to promote this program to your community and local schools. Please find enclosed:

Electronic files of the above materials can be downloaded from We are also planning an event to celebrate all award recipients in June or July – we will distribute the details on that as soon as they are available.

We hope you will join us by promoting this exciting new program to your municipality and engaging with your local teachers and students to recognize their efforts in this important discipline.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Lucy Montgomery at or 215.262.8624.


Mayor Joseph Pannullo
Chair, Mayors Committee on Life Sciences and Co-Chair, We Work for Health New Jersey
Mayor Suzanne Walters
President, New Jersey State League of Municipalities





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