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: February 2014

Drew University Names MaryAnn Baenninger as Next President

Madison, NJ, February 25, 2014 — MaryAnn Baenninger, president of the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, has been selected as the next president of Drew Univeristy, the university board of trustees announced yesterday.

A psychology professor who has led the private liberal arts college in St. Joseph, Minn., since 2004, she was formerly executive associate director with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in Philadelphia and a tenured faculty member at The College of New Jersey. She’ll take over on July 21. Continue reading

AdvaMed Survey Reveals Impact of Medical Device Tax; Job Loss, Reduction in R&D

Washington, DC, February 19, 2014 — The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) yesterday released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax.  The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. 

To provide information on the real-world impact of the tax in the first full year of implementation, AdvaMed conducted an online survey of member companies at the end of 2013.  The survey responses were generalized to the industry as a whole based on the ratio of revenues of responding companies to revenues of the overall industry. Continue reading

Rothman Institute Announces 11th Annual Idea for NJ High School Students

Madison, NJ, February 19, 2014 — The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, which is affiliated with Fairleigh Dickinson University, is pleased to announce the eleventh annual New Jersey Idea Competition.

Students are given the challenge to create a business idea and submit it to a panel of judges comprised of university professors and experts in business and entrepreneurship.

Students with the most innovative ideas and business proposals will be awarded cash prizes and recognized at our awards ceremony, where they will get to connect and network with other high school students from across New Jersey who are creative and innovative, as well. Continue reading

Attention High School Science Writers! CuriousYOUNGwriters Announces Program for Science Writers

February 18, 2013 — Calling all high school students who are interested in both science and writing!  Between March 1 and April 1, 2014, curiousYOUNGwriters (cYw) is accepting applications from new student authors/storytellers. 

CuriousYOUNGwriters (cYw) is an innovative high school science collaborative that is located at the intersection of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and ART (steAm). 

Working with multi-functional creative transfer teams, students research, write and publish compelling digital stories featuring unusual animal models that are helping to solve some enduring medical mysteries.  Continue reading

Report Warns U.S. Predominance in Science and Technology Faces Asian Challenge

Washington, DC, February 14, 2013 — According to The New York Times, the United States’ predominance in science and technology is fading, a report released this month by the National Science Board warns. 

The report underscores what a powerhouse the U.S. remains in knowledge- and technology-intensive industries, including high-tech manufacturing, energy and pharmaceuticals.  All in all, those industries account for about 40 percent of American economic output, more than in any other developed country, it finds.

But with the rise of increasingly competitive emerging economies, the report suggests, underinvestment in research and development — in part because of federal cutbacks — might translate into a less dominant, less productive American economy in the future. Continue reading

Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Host Health & Wellness Fair on March 14

Newark, NJ, February 11, 2013The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey will host an Annual Health & Wellness Fair on Friday, March 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saint Peter’s University’s Mac Mahon Student Center in Jersey City, NJ.

In promoting its March 14 event, the Chamber has highlighted the following: Continue reading

Independent College Fund of NJ to Host Undergrad Research Symposium March 24; Seeks Researchers to Attend, Support

Summit, NJ, February 10, 2013 — The Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) is celebrating 60 years of partnering with corporate and philanthropic leaders to strengthen New Jersey’s independent colleges and universities by offering its first Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 24, 2014, at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

ICFNJ is seeking to secure support of this important initiative across the multiple fields in which students may find future employment or career opportunities.

ICFNJ is asking companies with a New Jersey presence to send a researcher to attend the Symposium on Monday, March 24 and interact with the students during the poster presentation of their funded research projects.   Continue reading

Dr. Howard L. Kaufman to Oversee Clinical Trials Operation at Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ

New Brunswick, NJ, February 6, 2014 ― Aiming to enhance its clinical research program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is welcoming Howard L. Kaufman, MD, FACS, as Associate Director for Clinical Science.

Dr. Kaufman, who is nationally recognized for his work in cancer immunology, is a recipient of major grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) and most recently was the associate dean at Rush Medical College and director of the Rush University Cancer Center in Chicago.

Kaufman, who also will serve as the Chief Surgical Officer at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has worked with national and international collaborators over the past two decades on cancer vaccine therapy research targeting melanoma and prostate cancer.  As the principal investigator of numerous studies funded through research grants from the NIH, NCI, pharmaceutical companies and philanthropic entities, Kaufman has extensive experience in developing clinical trial protocols. Continue reading

Rutgers to Host 2014 Rare Diseases Day Event on February 25

New Brunswick, NJ, February 6, 2014 ― You are invited to join Rutgers University for an event to celebrate and support individuals who have Rare Diseases on Tuesday, February 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at both Newark and Piscataway Campuses. 

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Chancellor Brian Strom will be presenting opening remarks followed by several speakers.  Events will be held simultaneously and connected online. Continue reading

Rutgers Unveils New Five-Year Strategic Plan

New Brunswick, NJ, February 5, 2014 ― The Star-Ledger’s Kelly Heyboer reports that after 18 months of meetings, debate and public arguments, Rutgers University yesterday unveiled an ambitious new long-term plan designed to make the school one of the top research universities in the nation.

The new strategic plan, Rutgers’ first in nearly 20 years, is timed to coincide with the university’s 250th anniversary in 2016.  

The 59-page strategic plan — titled “Our Moment: A Strategic Plan for the New Rutgers“ — will serve as a blueprint for the state university over the next five years as it tries to improve everything from its national rankings to the happiness of undergraduates on its campuses, said Rutgers President Robert Barchi. Continue reading