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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.

Monthly Archives: August 2014

Rutgers Cancer Institute Research Reveals Mechanism Behind Cell Protein Remodeling

New Brunswick, NJ, August 28, 2014 ― The remodeling of a kitchen or bathroom changes the appearance of the room and improves its functionality.

As investigators at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers and Princeton Universities have demonstrated, a similar concept comes into play in remodeling proteins found within a family of cancers that does not respond well to cancer-treating drugs — cancers driven by what is known as activated Ras.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than a third of all human cancers are driven by mutations in the Ras family of genes.  When Ras is activated, it promotes tumor growth but also activates autophagy which helps to sustain that growth.  Continue reading

Gov. Christie Says University Merger Aiding NJ’s Pharma, Biomedical Sectors

Trenton, NJ, August 22, 2014 ― When Rutgers University officially merged with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) on July 1, 2013, it brought all medical, nursing and dental schools under the Rutgers umbrella.  New Jersey 101.5 reported that Governor Chris Christie believes the move has helped strengthen the state’s pharmaceutical industry.

While New Jersey remains a central location for pharmaceutical companies, Governor Christie said some have departed because of the state’s high taxes.  But now with the merger, he said, “it’s one-stop shopping for the pharmaceutical industry and the biomedical industry.” Continue reading

NJ Statewide Recovery Rally Set for September 20 at Rutgers

Piscataway, NJ, August 21, 2014 ― September is National Recovery Month.  New Jersey’s grassroots recovery support community is pleased to announce a family-friendly statewide Recovery Rally event at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway on Saturday, September 20.

The prevention, treatment and recovering communities are uniting to raise awareness, create synergies and serve as the “tipping point” for effectively addressing the disease of addiction.

For event information, including sponsorship opportunities and the event flyer, click here.

Somerset County Business Partnership to Host ‘Smart Future Conference’ October 17

Bridgewater, NJ, August 20, 2014 ― The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) will host “Smart Future Conference: How Technology Being Developed In Somerset County Will Help You To Live, Work & Play Smarter” on Friday, October 17 at AT&T, 1 AT&T Way, 1 Room 5B- 213Q, Bedminster, NJ.

Somerset County is a hub for innovative technologies.  Conference attendees will see and experience the future of innovation and learn how to transform your business and gain a competitive edge. Continue reading

Rutgers Experts Discuss Ebola’s Risk for Americans, Lessons from Medical History

New Brunswick, NJ, August 18, 2014 Rutgers Today’s Rob Forman reports that the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has Americans concerned about their health and safety.

Rutgers Today asked Rajendra Kapila, an infectious disease physician at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and Janet Golden, a medical historian at Rutgers University-Camden, how concerned Americans should be about a potential outbreak in this country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency in an effort both to contain the spread of the virus, which is considered 90 percent fatal, and to warn people about its seriousness.  A WHO official has said it is likely that the worst of the outbreak is yet to come. Continue reading

NJ Department of Health to Sponsor ‘Cancer Prevention Summit’ September 18

Edison, NJ, August 15, 2014 ― The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is sponsoring a free conference, “New Jersey Cancer Prevention Summit,” on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Pines Manor in Edison from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

You are invited to join key cancer prevention, care and treatment stakeholders to explore shifting the focus from disease treatment to disease prevention through healthy living. Continue reading

PhRMA Publishes 2nd Annual National Health Survey of Americans’ Health Attitudes, Trends

Washington, DC, August 14, 2014 ― The majority of Americans report they have had a good year when it comes to their personal health and are paying more attention to their health compared to just a few years ago, according the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) From Hope to Cures: PhRMA’s Second Annual National Health Survey.

The survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates, polled 1,207 Americans. Among the key findings:

  • 66 percent of Americans report they have had a good year when it comes to their own health, while 63 percent report it has been a good year for their family’s health.
  • 58 percent of Americans report they are paying more attention to their health now compared to just a few years ago with weight management, diet and exercise topping the list of personal health concerns.
  • Only 20 percent, however, report it was a good health year for Americans overall. Continue reading

Federal Government’s $10 Billion Search for Health Care’s Next Big Ideas

Washington, DC, August 11, 2014 The Washington Post today reported that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was supposed to mend what President Barack Obama called a broken health care system, but its best-known programs — online insurance and expanded Medicaid for the poor — affect a relatively small portion of Americans.

A federal office you’ve probably never heard of is supposed to fix health care for everybody else.

According to the Post, the ACA created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to launch experiments in every state, changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid, building networks between caregivers and training them to intervene before chronic illness gets worse. Continue reading

Making an IMPACT: $600K Gift to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Fuels Unique Clinical Trial Initiative

New Brunswick, NJ, August 5, 2014 – The method of treating cancer patients who have genomic abnormalities with drugs designed specifically to target those abnormalities has resulted in higher response rates than have been previously seen.

Often times these discoveries are made as part of a clinical trial.  Patient participation in clinical research studies contributes to the advancement of scientific discovery and the development of the next generation of cancer treatments.  Innovation of clinical trial design and the need to assess and streamline established processes for developing and executing these studies is more important than ever before.

A $600,000 gift from Jewels of Charity is fueling a comprehensive clinical trial initiative at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey that will address those needs.

The effort is known as the Institutional Multidisciplinary Paradigm to Accelerate Collaboration and Translation (IMPACT).  Continue reading

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Publishes ‘Cancer Connection Monthly’

New Brunswick, August 4, 2014 — Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) has published the August 2014 issue of its Cancer Connection Monthly e-publication.

Articles include:

  • Survival Benefit Lacking for Older Prostate Patients Treated with Hormone Therapy
  • Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Director Honored for Oncology Accomplishments
  • $600K Gift Fuels Unique Clinical Trial Initiative