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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: October 2015

HINJ Honors Four at Life Sciences Celebration 2015: Rep. Lance, Dr. Nils Lonberg, Deborah Brown and David Knowlton

hinj_logo_high_resNew Brunswick, NJ, October 30, 2015 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) this morning honored four for their contributions in public service, life sciences research, patient advocacy and health care policy.  The awards were presented at HINJ’s Life Sciences Celebration 2015, which was held at the Wyndham Garden Trenton.

The recipients of HINJ’s 2015 honors were:

  • The Honorable Bob Franks Public Service Award:  HINJ presented the Honorable Bob Franks Public Service Award — named in honor of the late former U.S. Congressman and HINJ President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Franks — to U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7) for his leadership in protecting patients and scientific research and the advancement of global human health.  Mr. Lance, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, played a key leadership role in passage of the House’s 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) in July 2015. Continue reading

Rutgers Dedicates New Food, Nutrition and Health Institute to Help Solve Serious, Preventable Health Problems

New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and HealthNew Brunswick, NJ, October 29, 2015 ― Rutgers University on October 27 dedicated the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH), a universitywide hub for interdisciplinary research whose mission is to make New Jersey the “Healthy State” and a model for the nation.

The nearly 80,000-square-foot facility on the George H. Cook campus, Rutgers-New Brunswick, is supported by a $10 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $10 million from an anonymous donor and $35 million from the state’s Building Our Future Bond Act of 2012. Continue reading

COUNTDOWN! HINJ to Host Life Sciences Celebration October 30; Four to Be Honored

hinj_logo_high_resNew Brunswick, NJ, October 28, 2015 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) will honor meritorious leadership in and contributions to New Jersey’s life sciences community at its 2015 Life Sciences Celebration, which will be held Friday, October 30 at the Wyndham Garden Trenton from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

HINJ’s 2015 honorees will be:

  • The Honorable Bob Franks Public Service Award: Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7), Member, US House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Research: Nils Lonberg, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Oncology Discovery Biology, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Governor Christie Names Ford M. Scudder as State Treasurer

Trenton, NJ, October 28, 2015 ― Governor Chris Christie yesterday named Ford M. Scudder, currently the Chief Operating Officer of Laffer Associates, as New Jersey State Treasurer. A Princeton native, Scudder replaces Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff who departed from the Administration in July.

In making the announcement, Governor Christie said, “With over a decade of private sector experience at one of our country’s premier economic research and analytical institutions, Ford Scudder brings important insights and management experience to our seasoned team of Treasury professionals.” Continue reading

Obamacare Insurance Rates Rise 5 Percent in New Jersey

ObamacareNewark, NJ, October 27, 2015 ― Lindy Washburn reports in The Record that New Jersey consumers who buy health coverage through the Affordable Care Act can expect a 5 percent increase next year in the popular benchmark plan — less than the average for the 37 states that use HealthCare.gov, and a slower rate of increase than private employers have seen.

In Bergen and Passaic counties, a 25-year-old will pay $255 monthly before tax credits for the lowest-premium silver plan.

A 45-year-old will pay $367 and a 55-year-old $567, before tax credits, for that coverage.  ilver plans are the most popular level of insurance and cover an average of 70 percent of health expenses. Continue reading

New Jersey Surges to the Top in Biotech Growth Potential Category

New Jersey signPrinceton, NJ, October 26, 2015 ― New Jersey’s dominance in biotechnology was validated with a top ranking nationally in the Biotech Growth Potential category in Business Facilities Magazine’s Annual Rankings Report released on July 31.

New Jersey surged to the top of the annual biotech growth assessment as a result of its ability to attract new players and grant funding, leverage its world-class research hubs, and its ability to support startups and develop new industry clusters.

Home to 14 of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies and largest clinical research organizations, New Jersey also was ranked #2 in Biotech Strength (Drugs/Pharma) in the Annual Rankings. Continue reading

The Hill and PhRMA Host Policy Discussion on Personalized Medicine

Precision Medicine 8Washington, DC, October 25, 2015 The Hill reports that in an era of personalization—where music apps filter songs based on listener preferences and online ads populated based on user search history — healthcare is the next frontier.

Scientific advances are transforming healthcare and ushering in a new era of personalized – or precision — medicine.  This approach makes it possible to account for each patient’s genetics, health history and lifestyle as researchers develop and doctors prescribe individualized treatments.

Such data-driven medicine has far-reaching policy implications, from regulations to delivery systems. Continue reading

PhRMA Report: Eliminating Hepatitis C Could Reduce Future U.S. Health Care Spending by $115 Billion Over Decade

Washington, DC, October 24, 2015 ― The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) reports that a new study by Milliman on the clinical burden of hepatitis C projects that the incremental cost of hepatitis C to the U.S. health care system is projected to be $115 billion over the next decade.

The report estimates that, in the absence of a cure for hepatitis C, more than 350,000 patients would be living with advanced stages of the disease — including 100,000 more with cirrhosis of the liver and 250,000 more patients with end stage liver disease — by 2025. Continue reading

Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ Establishes Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science

BoraieGanesan_rotNew Brunswick, NJ, October 23, 2015 — Helping to propel groundbreaking research in the field of precision medicine at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science has been established.

The chair is named for New Brunswick developer Omar Boraie (photo left), who has made a $1.5 million pledge to support it.

Considered the gold standard in higher education, endowed chairs express the commitment of a university to an academic discipline at the highest levels — and ensure its continued support and progression. Continue reading

Governor Christie Takes Action to Help Prevent Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse

Chris Christie official portrait 2013Trenton, NJ, October 23, 2015 — Adding to the Administration’s broad-based approach of preventing and treating drug addiction, Governor Christie took action this month to prohibit the sale of medications containing dextromethorphan, a substance found in more than 120 over-the-counter cold medications, to any person under the age of 18 unless they have a prescription.

The legislation, A-622/1469 (Moriarty, Diegnan, Wimberly, Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora, Sumter, Angelini, Munoz/Barnes), addresses the growing problem of teenagers overusing or abusing dextromethorphan to get high, leading them down a path of addiction in the future. Continue reading