Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship Celebrates 20 Years of Helping Entrepreneurs and Innovators Succeed

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at the Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, NJ

MADISON, N.J. (April 7, 2010) - Fairleigh Dickinson University's Rothman Institute of  Entrepreneurship will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Tuesday, April 27,  with a gathering that honors distinguished entrepreneurs and innovators who  have been involved in the institute's world-class programming. The event  will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, N.J.,  and will include awards, dinner and the 12th Richard M. Clarke Distinguished  Entrepreneurial Lecture, delivered by John Crowley, founder and CEO of  Amicus Therapeutics. 

Crowley's company, Amicus Therapeutics, is a 100-person publicly-held  biopharmaceutical company working on the development of drugs to treat a  range of human genetic diseases. His involvement in the biotech industry  stems from the 1998 diagnosis of his two youngest children with Pompe  disease, a rare and fatal neuromuscular disorder. Crowley embarked on his  journey as an entrepreneur to find a treatment that would save his  children's lives - and the lives of thousands of others - parlaying his  personal struggles and determination into a series of highly successful  business biotech ventures. His story inspired the recent film,  "Extraordinary Measures," (2010) which stars Harrison Ford and Brendan  Fraser. 

The co-chairs of the Celebration Committee are Al Koeppe of the Newark  Alliance and Joan Verplanck of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. 

The event will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by the keynote  address, awards, and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $250 and various  sponsorship options are available. The Park Avenue Club is located at 184  Park Avenue, Florham Park, New Jersey.  

For more information or to receive a formal invitation, call the Rothman  Institute at (973) 443-8842. For ticket and sponsorship information, visit  www.fdu.edu/ri20.  

About Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship

Part of the Silberman College of Business since 1989, the mission of the  Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurship is to teach and support  entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit  communities. An outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum taught by an  excellent faculty has helped make the academic program among the top 20 in  the nation (as ranked by the Princeton Review).  

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