Monmouth County Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande and Mary Pat Angelini honored two local women for their contributions in the field of life sciences. Sandy Gould of Tinton Falls and Dr. Margaret Fisher of Monmouth Medical Center were each presented with resolutions on the floor of the General Assembly.
“Sandy Gould has been a leader in research at Merck Labs for the past 28 years” said Assemblywoman Casagrande. “Researchers work tirelessly behind the scenes and don’t often get recognized for the critical work they do. Sandy worked on the technology transfer for the rotavirus, for which she holds a patent. She has also worked in the Department of Immunology on research related to numerous diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and HIV.”
“Dr. Margaret Fisher is the first female chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch” said Assemblywoman Angelini. “She is also a world renowned pediatric infectious disease consultant and Professor of Pediatrics at the Drexel University College of Medicine. We are truly fortunate to have someone with her expertise right here in Monmouth County. “
Each March the General Assembly celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing and honoring the women who have helped shape our lives. Because of a high concentration of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device companies and research hospitals, New Jersey is a world leader in the life science field. Fifteen women were recognized in total.
Assemblywomen Casagrande and Angelini were pleased to honor Sandy Gould and Dr. Fisher as two outstanding women who have made significant contributions in this important industry.