Who We Are

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.

Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Coalition Draws Attention to Plight of Those with Rare Diseases

Monroe Township, NJ, December 12, 2013 ― Andrew Kitchenman reports on NJ Spotlight that New Jersey pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers and patient advocates are working together — in a newly-formed group called NJ Rare — to solve the vexing challenge of finding treatments for diseases that affect relatively few people and therefore are the focus of less research.

People with rare diseases face a wide range of challenges, including having few in-network doctors who specialize in treating their conditions; waiting for medications approved to treat their conditions; expenses for both treatments and existing drugs, and even waiting years to even receive a diagnosis. ) Continue reading

ACA Not a Cure-All for Patients with Rare Diseases, Experts Say

Somerset, NJ, December 12, 2013 ― Tom Zanki reports in NJBIZ that despite inroads made by the Affordable Care Act to improve prospects for people struggling with rare diseases, patient advocates say much work remains.

Better diagnosis and affordability top the list.

“It’s a really good starting point, but there are so many issues we still need to tackle,” Julie Raskin, co-chair of NJ Rare, an advocacy network for New Jersey’s rare disease population, said at a panel Wednesday at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township.

The panel was organized by the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) to brainstorm solutions for patients with rare disease, generally defined as disorders afflicting 200,000 or less people. There are about 7,000 such diseases, mostly genetic disorders. Continue reading

Three Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of National Academy of Inventors

New Brunswick, NJ, December 11, 2013 ― Three faculty members of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI):  Joachim Kohn and Kathryn Uhrich, professors in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Richard Mammone, professor in the School of Engineering and the Rutgers Business School.

The academy, which was founded three years ago, announced its 2013 fellows on Dec. 10.  They include 143 inventors who collectively hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents. Among them are 69 members of the National Academies, six recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and nine Nobel Laureates. Continue reading

Rutgers Is Top School Nationwide for Chemistry R&D Funding

New Brunswick, NJ, December 10, 2013 ― For the second year in a row, Rutgers University leads U.S. universities in federal funding for chemistry research and development, according to an article in a leading industry publication.

And for the first time, Rutgers ranks tops in the nation for chemistry research and development funding from all sources – including federal, state, industry, foundation and institutional. Continue reading

New Jersey EDA Has Given 54 Tech and Biotech Firms About $60 Million in Assistance

Trenton, NJ, December 6, 2013 ― The Star-Ledger’s Tom De Poto reports that New Jersey has awarded 54 tech and biotech companies about $1.1 million each through its Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer program.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority yesterday said since the program was established in 1999, about $770 million has been awarded to more than 490 companies.

The program lets companies sell tax losses or research and development tax credits for at least 80 percent of their value to raise cash to finance their growth and operations. Continue reading

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Inaugural Chancellor Begins New Job

New Brunswick, NJ, December 6, 2013 ― In Dr. Brian Strom’s eyes, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) has an opportunity that occurs rarely in higher education:  the chance to create “a perfectly shaped health care system” that serves an entire state, reports Jeff Tolvin. 

“We can create it for New Jersey,” Strom told an audience of faculty and staff gathered in Newark to welcome Strom on Monday, December 2, his first official day as the inaugural chancellor of Rutgers RBHS.

Strom, a renowned epidemiologist, award-winning teacher and clinician and longtime academic leader at the University of Pennsylvania, also met with faculty and staff in a similar “town hall” setting in Piscataway later that day. Continue reading

HINJ and NJLSVA Host Annual Procurement Conference; Presentations Now Available

New Brunswick, NJ, December 3, 2013 — The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) hosted the 2013 Procurement Conference on November 13 at Pfizer Inc. in Peapack, NJ.

The forum focused on: 

  • The latest trends in pharmaceutical industry outsourcing
  • Issues in Washington, DC and Trenton that impact New Jersey’s greater life sciences community
  • Resources and programs offered by the State of New Jersey to grow vendors’ businesses

The following Procurement Conference presentations now are available to download:

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Christie Administration Releases More ‘Recovery4Jersey’ Grants; $7 Million in Hiring Incentives for NJ Businesses

Trenton, NJ, December 2, 2013 — Recovery4Jersey helps Garden State businesses rebuild by allowing you to hire the people you need to do the work you need done.  To offset your hiring costs, this on-the-job training program will reimburse you 50 percent of your new workers’ wages.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Commissioner Harold J. Wirths has announced the availability of $7 million in hiring incentives under “Recovery4Jersey,” a program offering wage reimbursements to New Jersey employers who take on and train unemployed workers. Continue reading

Opinion: Top-Notch Facilities on the Way for NJ Colleges

Trenton, NJ, December 2, 2013The Record has published the following guest opinion column by Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., executive director/CEO of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities:

 One year ago, more than 1.5 million New Jersey residents voted in favor of the Building Our Future bond referendum.  The bond issue was approved last November by 62.7 percent of all who cast a ballot.

To the voters of New Jersey, the leaders of the state colleges and universities are deeply grateful.  These institutions now want to solidify their trust and confidence as we construct facilities backed by the bonds.  We want New Jerseyans to know that their decision was the right one, providing a smart and worthy investment of precious public dollars. Continue reading