Chairman of Novartis, Dr. Daniel Vasella, to Present at FDU

MADISON, NJ (October 25, 2010) — Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship will host Dr. Daniel Vasella, chairman of the board of directors for Novartis AG, on November 11, 2010, for the fifth annual CEO Innovation Lecture. The event will be held in Hennessy Hall, at FDU’s College at Florham in Madison, NJ from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Vasella’s presentation, “Improving the Practice of Medicine: The Role of Drug Discovery & Health Care Systems,” runs from 8 to 9 a.m. and will be preceded by breakfast and registration at 7:15 a.m.

Vasella recently took the position as chairman of the board of directors for Novartis. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Novartis’ CEO and executive member of the board of directors. During his tenure as CEO, he led Novartis through a period of dynamic growth, propelling Novartis into the ranks of the world’s most successful healthcare companies. Vasella also strategically refocused Novartis’ portfolio to include pharmaceuticals, vaccines and diagnostics, generics, and consumer health.

As Chairman and CEO, Vasella has enhanced Novartis’ corporate governance policies and also Novartis on the New York Stock Exchange. He strengthened Novartis’ research capacity by creating the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research and the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation.

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).

The public is invited to attend and registration is required. Pre-registration is $50 and $75 at the door (space permitting). For more information or to register, call the Rothman Institute at 973-443-8842. FDU’s College at Florham is at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J.

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