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: June 2015

Bill to Permit Drug Court Completion with Medication-Assisted Treatment Heads to Governor Christie

Trenton, NJ, June 29, 2015 ― Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway M.D., Raj Mukherji, Shavonda Sumter and Angelica Jimenez to permit successful completion of drug court programs notwithstanding use of medication-assisted treatment was approved 76-0 Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

The bill now goes to Governor Chris Christie for consideration.

The bill (A3723) concerns the use of medication-assisted treatment by individuals involved in the state’s special probation drug court program as an alternative to incarceration. Continue reading

Bill to Make Cost-Effective Biological Drug Alternatives More Widely Available Heads to Governor

Trenton, NJ, June 28, 2015 ― Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Daniel Benson, Shavonda Sumter, Angel Fuentes and Nancy Pinkin to make it easier for consumers to obtain more cost-effective, “generic” versions of biological medicines used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, psoriasis and various forms of cancer was approved 75-0 Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

The bill now goes to the governor. Continue reading

June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day; NJ Dept. of Health Provides Resources

Trenton, NJ, June 26, 2015 ― New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd urges New Jersey residents to get tested for HIV as part of the annual National HIV Testing Day Observance, held June 21- 27.

“Testing is the only way to know if you have HIV,” said Commissioner O’Dowd.  “Early detection is key to getting into treatment, managing HIV and having the best quality of life.  There are highly effective treatments available which can dramatically improve longevity and quality of life for those living with HIV.” Continue reading

230 Members of U.S. House of Representatives Have Signed onto 21st Century Cures Act

Cures 2015Washington, DC, June 26, 2015 ― A majority of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives — 230 members, both Republican and Democrat, to be exact — have added their names as co-sponsors of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, signaling their support for this “exceptional” and “transformational” bill.

The success of 21st Century Cures stems from its focus on patients as well as its transparent and collaborative approach. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) brought everyone to the table — patients, researchers, innovators, care givers, regulators, and members — spending a full year listening about how best to help patients. Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies for 6.4M People, Including 172K Jerseyans

Trenton, NJ, June 25, 2015 ― In an eagerly awaited decision that could have undermined the viability of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to uphold the federal subsidies that enable 6.4 million people to buy health coverage, including 172,345 in New Jersey, reports Susan K. Livio in The Star-Ledger.

If the subsidies had not been upheld, it would not only have been bad news for the 172,345 people who bought cheaper policies using the federal subsidies.

There are also roughly 136,000 other people who bought their own coverage in a marketplace with rates based on the the larger pool, and they, too could have seen their premiums soar. Continue reading

U.S. Health and Human Services Dept. Celebrates Innovation Award Winners Across the Department

Washington, DC, June 25, 2015 ― The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced the seven winners of the 2015 HHS Innovates Awards.

This annual award program, in its eighth round, recognizes creative solutions developed by HHS employees in response to some of the nation’s most challenging problems in health, health care and government. Winners this year reflected a number of collaborative innovation projects representing seven different operating divisions (winners listed below). Continue reading

Lt. Governor Guadagno Welcomes Life Science Companies to Business Roundtable; Event Focuses on Life Sciences as Engine of Innovation

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno speaks at the NJPAC "Life Sciences as an Engine of Innovation" Roundtable in Newark, NJ.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno at NJPAC-HINJ Life Sciences Business Roundtable

Trenton, NJ, June 24, 2015 ― Highlighting New Jersey’s leadership as a home for innovation and the “Medicine Chest of the World,” Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno yesterday addressed the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Business Partners “Life Sciences and New Jersey’s Innovation Ecosystem” Roundtable, presented in association with the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ).

“New Jersey truly provides one-stop shopping for your R&D needs,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno.  “We have built a vibrant innovation community—from Angel Investors to incubators, from Fortune 500 companies to research institutions — that works in supportive collaboration to drive growth and discovery in our state.”

“This ‘innovation ecosystem’ uniquely positions New Jersey to strengthen its domestic and global biotech market share in the coming years,” Lt. Governor Guadagno said. Continue reading

NJBIZ Names 2015 Healthcare Heroess

Somerset, NJ, June 23, 2015 NJBIZ has named the 2015 Healthcare Heroes awards, which honor the best individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in New Jersey.  Today, the s were named during a breakfast ceremony held in Somerset.

The Healthcare Heroes honorees were: Continue reading

Governor Christie Announces Departure of Health Commissioner, Treasurer and Banking Commissioner

Trenton, NJ, June 22, 2015 ― Working to ensure state government continues to deliver results and reform for the people of New Jersey, Governor Christie today announced the departure of three long-serving cabinet members, along with new leaders for those posts.

State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd and Banking and Insurance Commissioner Ken Kobylowski will leave the administration over the next several weeks. Continue reading

Event: NJPAC and HINJ to Present ‘Life Sciences and New Jersey’s Innovation Ecosystem’ Business Roundtable June 23

aNew Brunswick, NJ, June 22, 2015 ― The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) will present a business roundtable, “Life Sciences and New Jersey’s Innovation Ecosystem,” on Tuesday, June 23 from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. at NJPAC at One Center Street, Newark, NJ.

New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno will open the event with remarks.  Elected as the state’s first Lieutenant Governor in 2009, Guadagno leads the Christie Administration’s efforts to improve New Jersey’s economic vitality, encourage job growth, streamline government and make businesses feel welcome again in New Jersey.

Following the Lt. Governor, HINJ President and Chief Executive Officer Dean J. Paranicas will moderate a panel featuring:

  • Vincent A. Forlenza, Chairman, President & CEO, BD (Becton, Dickinson & Company)
  • Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D, R.Ph., Senior Vice President, Research and Economic Development, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey