Our company has had a long-standing presence in New Jersey. Over a century ago, E.R. Squibb & Sons relocated from Brooklyn to New Brunswick and became one of the first life sciences companies established in New Jersey. The move helped solidify the state’s reputation as a great place to do business and a rich source for scientific innovation.
As both a business leader and a resident, it was a pleasure to meet with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week at our Lawrenceville campus. I was proud to share with him the work our talented team of scientists is doing to help develop and deliver transformational medicines for patients. I also had the opportunity to learn more about his road map to drive economic development throughout the state.
The governor shared his new economic blueprint, which includes a strong commitment to fostering diversity throughout the state; investing in STEM education in underserved communities; and continuing to drive innovation, including plans to build an Innovation hub in New Brunswick. These priorities are very much aligned with the focus of our company in New Jersey and around the world.
I was very proud to share the significant achievements of our Global Procurement organization in developing a robust slate of diverse suppliers that help our company achieve our important mission. Governor Murphy was so impressed with how we have cultivated partnerships with small businesses owned by women, veterans, people of color and those with disabilities, that he requested we meet with his administration to share best practices in building and maintaining such relationships to support these companies.