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: March 2015

HHS Takes Strong Steps to Address Opioid-Drug Related Overdose, Death and Dependence

Washington, DC, March 28, 2015 ― U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on Thursday announced a targeted initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin related overdose, death and dependence.

Deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and currently outnumber deaths from car accidents in the United States.

The President’s FY 2016 budget includes critical investments to intensify efforts to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, including $133 million in new funding to address this critical issue. Continue reading

NJBIZ Publishes 2015 Power 50 Health Care List

Somerset, NJ, March 26, 2015 ― Each year, NJBIZ determines the 50 most powerful people in the state’s health care industry.  The 2015 list, which was published in the March 23 print issue of NJBIZ, includes hospital executives, attorneys, doctors, policymakers and more.

This year’s Top 10 were: Continue reading

New Report Presents U.S. and New Jersey Counties’ Health Rankings

Princeton, NJ, and Madison, WI, March 26, 2015 ― The 2015 County Health Rankings released yesterday, show that premature deaths are dropping, with 60 percent of the nation’s counties seeing declines.

The sixth annual rankings are a joint project of the New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.  A rich resource of local-level data, the rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. Continue reading

GEN Publishes 2015 ‘Top 10 Biopharma Clusters’ Ranking; New York-New Jersey No. 3

New Rochelle, NY, March 25, 2015 Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) has published its Top 10 US Biopharma Clusters List for 2015.

The new rankings include the same 10 regions as last year’s GEN List, but the top seven occupy slightly different positions.

According to GEN, the top ten biopharma clusters today are: Continue reading

Lt. Governor Guadagno Salutes NJBIZ’s 50 Best Women in Business

Trenton, NJ, March 25, 2015 ― Celebrating the important role of women in the state’s business community, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Monday night joined NJBIZ for its 10th annual 50 Best Women in Business Awards in Somerset.

During her remarks, Lt. Governor Guadagno shared her best tips for women in business, including developing a supportive circle of women colleagues and writing your own rulebook for the business you know best. Continue reading

HHS’s ‘Positive Spin’ Aims to Encourage HIV Prevention, Testing and Treatment

Washington, DC, March 25, 2015 ― The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released Positive Spin, a comprehensive digital educational tool that uses personal storytelling to promote the importance of getting people with HIV into treatment.

The project, which was developed by AIDS.gov with input from federal agencies, health care professionals, persons living with HIV and community-based HIV organizations, is available at https://positivespin.hiv.gov. Continue reading

CDC: 2 of 3 with Invasive Cancer Surviving 5-Plus Years

Washington, DC, March 24, 2015 ― Two out of three people diagnosed with cancer survive five years or more, according to a CDC study published in the March 12 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The report found that the most common cancer sites continue to be cancers of the prostate (128 cases per 100,000 men), female breast (122 cases per 100,000 women), lung and bronchus (61 cases per 100,000 persons), and colon and rectum (40 cases per 100,000 persons).

Among these common cancer sites, five-year relative survival was 97 percent for prostate cancer, 88 percent for breast cancer, 63 percent for colorectal cancer, and 18 percent for lung cancer. Continue reading

Kaiser Family Foundation Analysis: Half of U.S. Households Eligible for a Tax Subsidy Under Obamacare

Menlo Park, CA, March 24, 2015 ― Half of U.S. households eligible for a 2014 tax subsidy under the Affordable Care Act would owe a repayment to the government, while 45 percent would receive a refund, according to estimates from a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The analysis – which is a simulation based on historical patterns of income volatility among all households eligible for ACA premium subsidies — estimates that the average repayment amount would be $794, and the average refund would be $773. Continue reading

Save the Date: 2015 Women’s Caregiver Retreat Set for May 12

Mercerville, NJ, March 24, 2015 ― The 2015 Annual Women’s Caregiver Retreat will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center in Mercerville, NJ.

This annual event, in recognition of National Women’s Health Week, targets women caregivers who are caring for ill or disabled children, elderly parents, friends, neighbors or other relatives, as research shows that this population is at risk of neglecting their own health while meeting the demands of caring for someone else. Continue reading

NYT: On 5th Anniversary of Obamacare, No End to Debate

Washington, DC, March 23, 2015 The New York Times reports that when President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago today, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the health care law improved their lives.

The White House ceremony on March 23, 2010, was an applause-filled celebration. “When I sign this bill,” Obama said, “all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform.” Continue reading