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MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College business students Matthew Chiusano and David Howard, both seniors in the Anisfield School of Business, helped develop a corporate presentation that was awarded several top honors at a recent entrepreneurial competition held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Howard also was part of the presentation team for BioCurrent Technologies, a sustainable nanomaterials company based in Upper Saddle River, which competed in the annual 1st Pitch Life Science New Jersey event. BioCurrent CEO Mark Miller, who led the presentation team, initiated the idea of collaborating with Ramapo College’s students.

Professor Rick Nunez, who teaches the Entrepreneurship course, explained that the students prepared an “Elevator Pitch” for BioCurrent.

“It was an assignment that was part of a larger, semester-long project in which students developed an idea, formed teams to translate the idea into a well-conceptualized business, and then crafted a business model around that business concept,” Nunez said, adding that teams then presented their models to the class in a 5-minute Elevator Pitch. The team with the most promising idea was then selected to represent Ramapo College in competition.

BioCurrent was named “Best in Show” by the audience and “Most Fundable” by the panel of investors.

“Both Matthew and Howard are hard-working, earnest students who’ve proven themselves inside and outside of the classroom. I was thrilled when they took on this challenge, although it involved a great deal more work than the regular in-class project,” said Nunez. “Both were a little nervous at the onset, as the scope of this project was outside of their comfort zone. However, their determination and the opportunity to work with a seasoned entrepreneur allowed them to overcome their initial anxiety. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

1st Pitch NJ is sponsored by Mid Atlantic Bio Angels (MABA), a group of active investors who hear presentations from life science companies to determine potential investment possibilities.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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