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: May 2015

NJ Department of Health: Measles Exposures Related to Confirmed Case; Department Urges Residents Update Vaccinations

Trenton, NJ, May 28, 2015 ― The New Jersey Department of Health has identified a person confirmed to have measles who may have exposed people at a funeral home in Fords, Middlesex County on May 11 and 14.  The individual was unaware they were contagious while visiting the funeral home.

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that can cause serious medical complications.

As a result, the Department recommends that anyone who visited Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Ave., Fords, on Monday, May 11, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and on Thursday, May 14 between 1:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., contact a health care provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness.   Continue reading

New AARP Report Finds Generic Drug Prices Dropping More Slowly

Washington, DC, May 28, 2015 ― The new Rx Price Watch Report released today by AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) shows a number of popular generic drugs had substantial price increases, with some prices going up as much as 1,000 percent.  Overall, retail prices for generic prescription drugs widely used by older Americans fell an average of 4 percent in 2013.

Although generic drug prices have been consistently declining over the past several years, the latest annual data available showed the smallest average annual decline since at least 2006, a sign that the era of falling prices for generic drugs could be coming to an end. Continue reading

Event: BioPharma Research Council to Host Free Webinar on ‘Big Data Meets the Patient’ June 4

Tinton Falls, NJ, May 28, 2015 ― The BioPharma Research Council (BRC) will host a Webinar on Thursday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m. that entitled “Big Data Meets the Patient.”  Registration is free.

Technology advancements within the life sciences field have been unprecedented in the history of humankind.  No place has this had more of an impact than in disease clinical assessment and drug discovery.

During its June 4 Webinar, BRC’s guest speakers will present information on the following: Continue reading

Pharmalot: U.S. Supreme Court Says Pharmaceutical Industry Must Pay for Drug Take-Back Programs

New York, NY, May 27, 2015 The Wall Street Journal’s Pharmalot blog reports that, in a setback to drug makers, the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday denied an industry request to review a lawsuit filed over a drug take-back program in Alameda County, California.

The pharmaceutical industry had been fighting a three-year-old ordinance that requires drug makers to underwrite the costs of a program in which consumers can drop off unwanted medicines.

Fearing still more local governments would pass such ordinances and create added expenses, three industry trade groups — the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) — filed a lawsuit and argued the local law was unconstitutional.  Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Recognizes Stroke Awareness Month; Tips and Resources Are Available

Trenton, NJ, May 27, 2015 ― May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the New Jersey Department of Health is highlighting the devastating health effects of the condition and encouraging residents to be alert for the signs of stroke.

“Stroke is an important public health challenge and despite advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, stroke remains the 3rd leading cause of death in New Jersey and it is the number one cause of disability in our state,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd. Continue reading

HHS Awards $112 Million to Help 5,000 Primary Care Professionals Advance Heart Health

Washington, DC, May 27, 2015 ― Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell yesterday announced awards of $112 million to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states to improve the heart health of their nearly 8 million patients.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care, will help primary care practices in both urban and rural communities use the latest evidence to encourage Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier People. Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: House’s Cures 2015 Bill Holds Promise for ‘Personalized Medicine’

Montclair, NJ, May 26, 2015 ― Andrew Kitchenman reports in NJ Spotlight that the U.S. House’s 21st Century Cures Act is attracting bipartisan support — including from New Jersey sponsors Reps. Frank Pallone (D-6)  and Leonard Lance (R-7) — and draws praise across New Jersey’s research community, as well as its biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

They see its goals of increasing medical research funding and speeding the approval of new drugs and medical devices as essential to promoting therapies that will serve patients and promote the state’s biotech and pharma companies.

Lance sponsored a section of the bill that would ease limits on the amount of money that the Food and Drug Administration can spend to test drugs.  That would increase the speed at which the FDA can approve drugs. Continue reading

U.S. Department of Commerce Awards $500,000 Grant for Planning Innovation Park@Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ, May 24, 2015 ― The effort to build an innovative technology park in New Jersey where academic and industry researchers can collaborate received a boost on May 22 with the announcement of a nearly $500,000 federal grant to Rutgers University to continue planning the proposed Innovation Park@Rutgers.

Jay Williams, assistant secretary for economic development in the U.S. Department of Commerce, came to Rutgers University–New Brunswick to share news of the grant to which is one of 10 awarded by the department this week to U.S. universities. Continue reading

Event: ‘Ready to Work New Jersey Employer Summit’ Set for May 28 in Jersey City

Trenton, NJ, May 23, 2015 ― The New Jersey Community Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development will host “Ready to Work New Jersey Employer Summit” on Thursday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Culinary Conference Center at the Hudson County Community College in Jersey City.

The purpose of the event is to identify potential employers with job openings willing to give adequately trained and skilled long-term unemployed in New Jersey a chance to work with salary subsidy from the grant. Continue reading

Rep. Lance Hails Committee Passage of 21st Century Cures Initiative; Package Included Protection of NJ Life Science Resources

Washington, DC, May 22, 2015 ― Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) today hailed the work of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for its unanimous approval of bipartisan legislation, the 21st Century Cures Act (#Cures 2015).

Congressman Lance — a member of the Health Subcommittee and involved in the years-long process that led to the Committee’s action on Thursday—has long championed the fight for opening the innovation pipeline and bringing biomedical innovation to market faster and ensuring regulatory agencies and the private sector have the tools to create in the 21st century.

The 21st Century Cures Act included Lance’s legislation, the FDA Safety Over Sequestration Act (FDA SOS Act), which exempts Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fees from sequestration and puts those resources back for the approval of drugs and medical devices. Continue reading