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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

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Vendors Event: HINJ and Somerset County Business Partnership to Host 2017 Life Sciences Vendors Procurement Conference on November 2

New Brunswick, NJ, August 23, 2017 — The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey’s (HINJ) annual Life Sciences Vendors Procurement Conference is scheduled for Thursday, November 2 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Raritan Valley Community College, Route 28 and Lamington Road, North Branch, NJ.

The event — entitled “How to Do Business with Pharma and Medical Technology Companies” — will be co-sponsored by the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) with support from Eli Lilly and Company and Allergan.

Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset) will be the special guest speaker at the event that aims to educate businesses, large and small, on trends on procurement and issues of importance to the industry. Continue reading

Rutgers Cancer Institute and National Cancer Institute Scientists’ DNA Repair Research Bolstered with $4 Million in Multi-Source Support

New Brunswick, NJ, August 23, 2017 — Cancer researchers have learned that by sharing their knowledge and forming strategic partnerships, they can more rapidly advance their discoveries leading to drug development, clinical trials and ultimately new therapies for cancer patients.

Thanks to $4 million in combined support, including $2 million in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, physician-scientists at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are embarking on a new collaboration with the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) intramural Center for Cancer Research (CCR). NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health. Continue reading

Op-Ed: NJ Assn. of State Colleges and Universities’ Dr. Michael Klein Urges ‘Modernize Contracts Laws for NJ’s State Colleges, Universities’

Dr. Michael Klein

Trenton, NJ, August 23, 2017NJ Spotlight on August 14 published the following op-ed by Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., executive director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities:

The ideal college, according to President James Garfield, was having Mark Hopkins, the president of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, “on one end of a log and a student on the other.”

Times have changed a bit since Garfield graduated from Williams in 1856. To be sure, professors and their classrooms are important, but so too are libraries, laboratories, computers, and high-speed connections to the Internet.  Continue reading

Event: Online Registration Open! HINJ to Host 2017 Life Sciences Celebration on October 12 in Trenton

New Brunswick, NJ, August 22, 2017 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) will honor meritorious leadership in and contributions to New Jersey’s life sciences community at HINJ’s Life Sciences Celebration 2017, which will be held Thursday, October 12 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton.

Online registration for the free event is now open.

HINJ’s 2017 honorees are: Continue reading

Rutgers RWJ’s Dr. Gaurav Gupta Puts a 3D-Printed Skull Bone into Patient’s Head

Dr. Gaurav Gupta and patient Christopher Cahill

New Brunswick, NJ, August 22, 2017 — MaryLynn Schiavi reports in USA Today that a decade ago, the idea of printing parts of the human body through 3D printing was still in the realm of science fiction.

But on March 28, Dr. Gaurav Gupta, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, successfully inserted a 3D-printed skull implant into patient Christopher Cahill, of New Brunswick, during a four-hour surgery.

Cahill suffered an injury to the frontal lobe in early 2017 that resulted in life-threatening brain swelling.  After emergency surgery relieved the swelling, Gupta determined that Cahill’s skull was unusable because of an infection in the skull. Continue reading

Vendors Event: HINJ and Somerset County Business Partnership to Host 2017 Life Sciences Vendors Procurement Conference on November 2

New Brunswick, NJ, August 21, 2017 — The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey’s (HINJ) annual Life Sciences Vendors Procurement Conference is scheduled for Thursday, November 2 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Raritan Valley Community College, Route 28 and Lamington Road, North Branch, NJ.

The event — entitled “How to Do Business with Pharma and Medical Technology Companies” — will be co-sponsored by the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) with support from Eli Lilly and Company and Allergan.

Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset) will be the special guest speaker at the event that aims to educate businesses, large and small, on trends on procurement and issues of importance to the industry. Continue reading

Trump Signs FDA User Fee Agreement into Law; PhRMA and BIO Applaud the Move

Washington, DC, August 21, 2017 — President Donald J. Trump on Friday signed into law a funding package for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that also takes steps to lower drug prices.

The FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017 reauthorizes a program in which drug and medical device makers pay the FDA a fee for every new product application.  The agency uses those funds to hire more people and speed up approvals.

The user fee program must be reauthorized every five years. The current program expires at the end of September, and if it hadn’t been signed into law before then, the agency would have had to lay off workers. Continue reading

Trump Administration Unveils First Blueprint for Federal Investment in Science and Tech; Departs from Its Budget Request

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, August 21, 2017 — Jeffrey Mervis reports in Science that President Donald J. Trump on August 17 translated his campaign promise to “make America great again” into his administration’s first blueprint for federal investment in science and technology.

The White House on issued a four-page memo telling federal agencies that their research dollars should be focused on delivering short-term dividends in strengthening national defense and border security, the economy, and “energy dominance,” as well as improving public health. Continue reading

NJIT Researcher Throws a Global Ham Radio ‘Party’ to Study August 21 Solar Eclipse

Newark, NJ, August 20, 2017 — When a solar eclipse plunges the United States into darkness August 21, New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Nathaniel Frissell, Ph.D., will be stationed directly along the shadow’s path, leading one of the largest ionospheric experiments in the history of space science from the back porch of a cabin in Gilbertsville, Kentucky.

With a 102-foot wire antenna, he will contact a network of ham radio operators he’s assembled around the world to test the strength and reach of their high frequency signals as one measure of the eclipse’s impact on Earth’s atmosphere.

More than a week in advance, nearly 200 operators — from New Jersey, to Tennessee, to Wyoming in the U.S. and at far-flung locales such as Chile, Greece and India — are already signed on to be “citizen-scientists” that day by recording their contacts with one another. Their number grows daily. Continue reading

NJ Lawmakers Establish Legislative Manufacturing Caucus to Fund Expansion of Technical and Vocational Schools

Trenton, NJ, August 19, 2017 — Vince Calio reports in NJBIZ that vocational and technical workers in the state are set to get a large boost from the government.

State lawmakers on August 15 created the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, which will work over the next year to create legislation that would issue municipal bonds to fund the creation and expansion of technical vocation schools in the state.

Those schools are generally designed to train workers without four-year college degrees for careers in manufacturing, and give them a path to a four-year degree. Continue reading