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Monthly Archives: January 2016

PhRMA Launches Biologics and Biosimilars Online Resources

Pills red white blueWashington, DC, January 31, 2016 ― Biological medicines often represent the cutting-edge of biomedical research and have revolutionized the treatment of a variety of medical illnesses and conditions that presently have no other treatments available.

A biosimilar product is exactly what its name implies — it is a biologic that is “similar” to another biologic drug already approved by the FDA.

To help increase awareness and understanding of the important scientific, regulatory and reimbursement policies for these medicines, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has launched a new section of our website today that provides educational resources on these topics. Continue reading

Rutgers Q&A: Zika Virus Poses Scare for Pregnant Women; Dr. Joseph Apuzzio Outlines Steps to Take

New Brunswick, NJ, January 30, 2016 ― The outbreak of the rare Zika virus in South America, Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of Africa and the probability that it will spread to most countries in the Americas, have sparked fear in pregnant women.

The virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.  Some countries have advised women not to become pregnant now, with health officials in El Salvador advising women of reproductive age there to delay pregnancy until 2018. Continue reading

CDC Says in Full Outbreak Mode in Response to Zika

Zika mosquitoAtlanta, GA, January 30, 2016The New York Times reports that U.S. disease detectives have moved into full outbreak mode over the Zika virus, assembling a team of hundreds of experts to try to better understand its impact as it spreads in the Americas.

On Sunday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dedicated an emergency operations center staffed around the clock to address Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, agency officials told Reuters. Continue reading

House E&C Chair: As VP Biden Works on a ‘Moon Shot’ to Cure Cancer — ‘We Have a Rocket Ship Ready to Go/

Research 1Washington, DC, January 29, 2016In an opinion piece published yesterday on Huffington Post, U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) write:

In President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, a new “moon shot” to cure cancer was launched into orbit, and Vice President Joe Biden is at the controls.

The talk of a “moon shot” is the exact mindset that we need — and America can and should lead the way.  And the good news is, we’re already half way there. Continue reading

Event: NJII to Host ‘Transatlantic Workforce Development and Job Creation’ Business Forum March 24

NJIT's Innovation InstituteUniversity Heights Newark, NJ, January 29, 2016 —The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) will host “Transatlantic Workforce Development and Job Creation,” a business forum on March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at NJIT in Newark.

New Jersey is home to world-class pharmaceutical, biotech, health care, medical device companies, and other knowledge-intensive firms and their related R&D.  These companies are actively seeking ways to partner with European companies to enhance transatlantic competitiveness through technical tie-ups and cooperating on technology and innovation.

Join NJII for a discussion of issues and challenges in workforce development and job creation for the success in the transatlantic economic development.  Continue reading

President Creates Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Task Force; Aims to Remove Bureaucratic Hurdles, Support Scientific Advances

Cancer Research blueWashington, DC, January 28, 2016 ― Michael D. Shear reports in The New York Times that President Obama this morning signed a presidential memorandum creating a White House task force on cancer, the first step in what Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has called a “moonshot” to cure the disease, administration officials said.

The president appointed the Vice President to lead the panel, which will include representatives from at least 13 cabinet-level departments and government agencies.

Those agencies are the Departments of Defense, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Energy, and Veterans Affairs.

Members will also represent the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Continue reading

HINJ’s Haskell Berman Named to Chair NJBIA’s Innovation and Technology Committee

Haskell Berman

Haskell Berman

Trenton, NJ, January 27, 2016 ― Haskell Berman, Senior Vice President – State Affairs at the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), has been named as chair of New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) newly created Innovation and Technology Policy Committee.

NJBIA’s committee will complement the work of the Innovation New Jersey, a coalition that was co-founded in 2010 by HINJ and NJBIA.

The new NJBIA committee will develop and advocate for policies that promote investment in research and development, collaboration between industry and higher education institutions, and entrepreneurship that will proliferate New Jersey’s standing as a global research hub and retain the economic benefits the state has come to rely. Continue reading

New Jersey Senate and Assembly Committee Members Assigned for 2016 – 2017

Trenton Capital Dome  MoonTrenton, NJ, January 27, 2016 ― Committee assignments in both the Senate and Assembly have been announced for the 217th New Jersey Legislature.  Members of the 2016 – 2017 Legislature were sworn into office on January 12.

2016 – 2017 Senate Committees

  • Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee (SBA, Group 2) — Paul A. Sarlo (Chair), Brian P. Stack (Vice Chair), Peter J. Barnes, Jennifer Beck, Anthony R. Bucco, Sandra B. Cunningham, Linda R. Greenstein, Kevin J. O’Toole, Steven V. Oroho, Nelida “Nellie” Pou, M. Teresa Ruiz, Samuel D. Thompson, Jeff Van Drew — Aide: Catherine Z. Brennan/Howard K. Rotblat 609-847-3835 or OLSAideSBA@njleg.org
  • Senate Commerce Committee (SCM, Group 2) — Nia H. Gill (Chair), Raymond J. Lesniak (Vice Chair), James Beach, Gerald Cardinale, Thomas H. Kean, Nicholas P. Scutari — Aide: Philip R. Gennace/Todd W. Moore 609-847-3845 or OLSAideSCM@njleg.org Continue reading

Event: NJ Chamber to Host 79th Walk to Washington & Congressional Dinner February 25-26

Trenton, NJ, January 27, 2016 ― All aboard!  The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce will host its annual must-attend business and networking event for New Jersey’s political and business leaders at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (via chartered train) in Washington.

Last year, the Chamber hosted hundreds of business executives and decision makers, Gov. Christie and key members of his leadership team, members of our Congressional Delegation, 40 members of the state Legislature, and over 20 news media outlets. Continue reading

Event: NJ Tech Council to Host ‘Innovation Forecast 2016’ February 11 in Princeton

Mount Laurel, NJ, January 27, 2016 ― The New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC) will host “Innovation Forecast 2016” at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at 100 Stellarator Road in Princeton from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (with a reception to follow).

The forum will highlight innovation throughout the region from small to large companies and will feature keynote speaker Julie Bauer, President of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, as well as presentations from leading innovators.  Continue reading