Above from left to right: Geoffrey Weinman, Dean of FDU's Becton College; Michael Avaltroni, Dean of FDU's School of Pharmacy; Richard Byrd, vice president and general manager of BD, Sheldon Drucker, FDU President; Vincent Forlenza, CEO and President of BD; Robert Hallenbeck, vice president and general counsel of BD; Peter Woolley, Provost of the FDU Florham Campus; cut the ribbon at FDU's School of Pharmacy's new Sterile Compounding Training Center.
Members of the BD leadership team and Fairleigh Dickinson University community gathered on Friday, March 13, 2015 to cut the ribbon for the brand new Sterile Compounding Training Center. The new center was funded from a $1 million pledge from medical technology company, BD. The equipment is a closed system transfer device that can be used for handling chemotherapy drugs without risking exposure to healthcare workers.
“What we do here is anticipate the future of pharmacy — this sterile compounding facility is a snapshot of that. It provides a service to our students and to the healthcare industry at large,” said Michael Avaltroni, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “We're excited about a new and innovative opportunity to develop cutting edge partnerships that advance the profession and bring new learning opportunities to our students.”
CEO and President of BD, Vincent Forlenza, was presented with a monogrammed white coat at the ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the long-standing relationship between BD and FDU.
Dating back to the University’s founding in 1942, Fairleigh Dickinson University and BD have had a deep and intertwined history. The original members of BD included Maxwell W. Becton and Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Sr., who were integral members of the start of FDU. Since then, BD has made multiple grants and has continued to be instrumental in the transforming the University.
FDU’s School of Pharmacy — New Jersey’s first pharmacy school associated with a private university and only the second pharmacy school in the state — offers a doctor of pharmacy degree and several master’s degree options. The school’s curriculum incorporates innovative technology and a global perspective, preparing students to address individual patient care needs and work in health-care product and service industries, public and private health-care organizations, academic institutions and state and federal regulatory agencies.
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