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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: April 2016

Montclair State University Names Dean for New Nursing School

Montclair State U squareMontclair, NJ, April 30, 2016 ― Kelly Heyboer reports in The Record that, with demand surging for registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees, one of New Jersey’s largest universities is adding a new nursing school.

Montclair State University announced Wednesday it has appointed the founding dean of a new School of Nursing scheduled to open in the fall.

Janice Smolowitz, currently a senior director at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, will take office next month, university officials announced.

The nursing school will open in the fall with a “RN to BSN” degree program, which is designed for current registered nurses to earn a bachelor of science degree.  Other degree programs are scheduled to begin rolling out in 2017, campus officials said. Continue reading

On Capitol Hill, A Battle Brews Over Administration’s Medicare Part B Pilot Program

Medicare 1Washington, DC, April 29, 2016 ― Peter Sullivan reports in The Hill that an Obama administration Medicare Part B proposal, aimed at fighting high drug prices, is facing a backlash on Capitol Hill.

Republicans say the pilot program that would change how Medicare pays for certain drugs should be scrapped.

Meanwhile, congressional Democrats are expressing serious concerns and seeking changes, but generally do not want to terminate it completely.

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) told The Hill that he plans to introduce a bill today that would block the program; he expects some Democrats to support it. Continue reading

HINJ Portal Highlights Member Companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Activities

CSR chasing arrowsNew Brunswick, NJ, April 29, 2016 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) has updated its online portal to HINJ member companies’ myriad corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, including their corporate philanthropy, patient outreach initiatives and sustainability/green practices.

Launched in November 2014 and promoted via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, HINJ’s CSR online portal has become one of the most-visited areas of the association’s website.

The portal — “HINJ Members’ CSR Activities” — is accessible by clicking on the second tab under the HINJ homepage’s Corporate Social Responsibility menu. Continue reading

President Wants $1.9B to Fight Zika; Some House Republicans Are Unconvinced

Zika mosquitoWashington, DC, April 28, 2016 ― The Associated Press today reports that President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request for emergency money to combat the Zika virus has been sitting before Congress for more than two months—and there’s no obvious path forward despite a growing threat in the hot summer months and increasing public anxiety.

The administration has already transferred almost $600 million of unused Ebola funds and other money to fight Zika in the near term.  However, it says more is urgently needed to control the mosquitoes that spread the virus, manufacture vaccines once they are developed, and produce more accurate testing for the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said recently that no local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in the U.S., but there have been 388 travel-associated cases. Continue reading

Governor Christie Announces Collaboration with New York in Fight Against Drug Addiction

Opioid Abuse 1Trenton, NJ, April 27, 2016 ― Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday that the States of New Jersey and New York have joined forces in the national fight against heroin and opioid addiction by sharing data to track prescription sales of narcotic painkillers and other drugs that often lead to addiction.

“New Jersey and New York share a close relationship in which our residents regularly travel between the states for business and pleasure,” Governor Christie said.  “Today we’re coming together for another purpose — to fight the devastating scourge of drug addiction.”

“By tracking the sale of prescription opioids across our state lines, doctors and prescribers in New Jersey and New York can work together to identify addicts seeking new places to feed their devastating habit,” the Governor said. Continue reading

HHS Sponsors New Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Development

HHS Logo blueWashington, DC, April 27, 2016 ― A broad spectrum antibiotic that could become the first of its kind to treat specific Gram negative and Gram positive infections as well as tularemia, a bioterrorism threat, will undergo the last steps in development with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Under an 18-month, $20 million agreement between ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and Basilea Pharmaceutica International Ltd, the company will conduct Phase 3 clinical studies of the antibiotic, Ceftobiprole, in treating specific Gram-negative and Gram-positive infections. BARDA has the option to extend the agreement for up to a total of four-and-a-half years and up to a total of approximately $100 million.

The Phase 3 studies are necessary to apply for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. In addition, Basilea will evaluate Ceftobiprole’s potential as a treatment for tularemia, which can cause deadly pneumonia infections and could be used as an agent of bioterrorism. Continue reading

EDA: Tech Meetups in Northern New Jersey Encourage Networking Among Entrepreneurs

Recovery Sign-postTrenton, NJ, April 26, 2016 ― Understanding that networking is vital to fostering innovation within the Garden State, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) routinely promotes events and gatherings through which entrepreneurs can share information and learn from one another.

New Jersey’s many technology Meetups create an atmosphere of collaboration and, through frequent events, provide a platform for entrepreneurs to discuss topics that affect their businesses.

Meetup organizers often invite industry leaders to these events to provide attendees insight into areas relevant to New Jersey’s thriving technology industry. In addition to in-person events, Meetup websites offer members an online forum to communicate, leading to a free-flowing exchange of ideas. The Meetups are free to join, but there may be fees for specific events. Continue reading

Christie Administration Recognizes Medical Laboratory Week

Cancer Research blueTrenton, NJ, April 26, 2016 ― New Jersey Acting Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett recognizes National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24-30, by commending New Jersey’s laboratory professionals who play a vital part in every aspect of healthcare, including medical diagnosis and public health prevention.

“Every day, New Jersey’s laboratory professionals play a vital role in health care and especially in protecting the public’s health,” Acting Commissioner Bennett said.

“Laboratory professionals,” Bennett added, “work at commercial and hospital laboratories as well as the Department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratory (PHEL) and conduct tests daily that help residents manage chronic disease, ensure drinking and recreational water is safe, detect and report disease outbreaks, and work closely with local, state and federal agencies in maintaining vigilance against bioterrorism.” Continue reading

Governor Christie Highlights One-Stop Resource for Substance Use Disorders

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Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, April 25, 2016 ― Advancing his commitment to a smarter, more effective approach in how the State supports individuals with substance use disorders, Governor Chris Christie on Friday visited the Interim Management Entity (IME), a one-stop resource managed through Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in Piscataway.

The IME, which has been operational since July 1, 2015, coordinates addiction treatment services with statewide providers to ensure accessible and appropriate care.

“Today, someone seeking assistance and looking for addiction resources no longer has to search endlessly for help,” said Governor Christie.  “With our IME call center, we’ve moved away from fragmented treatment options to a single point of entry for individuals in crisis and their families.” Continue reading

NJBIZ: Five N.J. High Schools Ranked in U.S. News & World Reports’ Top 100 Ranking

Students boy with glasses formulaSomerset, NJ, April 25, 2016 ― Andrew Sheldon reports in NJBIZ that U.S. News & World Report released its rankings for the top high schools in the country. Five of those schools represented in the Top 100 are located in New Jersey.

The highest-ranked school in New Jersey was the High Technology High School in Lincroft, which was ranked nationally at No. 11.  Close on its heels was Biotechnology High School in Freehold, ranked No. 14.

At No. 48, Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School in Jersey City was the third-ranked N.J. school, with its Teterboro neighbor, Bergen County Technical High School, ranked No. 61.

The last high school to break the national Top 100 was Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, at No. 92. Continue reading