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: April 2016

NJBIA Says Job Growth Stats Show NJ Economy Moving in Right Direction; New Job Training Centers Will Keep Economic Momentum Going

NJBIA Logo - CROPPEDTrenton, NJ, April 24, 2016 ― The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, representing 20,000 New Jersey businesses, hailed new government data released today indicating another round of solid monthly job gains in March, saying it showed the state’s economic recovery is sustained and accelerating.

The number of New Jersey residents reporting to have jobs reached a record high 4.37 million in March, according to the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development, citing preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private-sector employers have added 265,000 jobs since February of 2010 at the height of the recession, the department said.

“The $2.3 billion in NJBIA-backed business tax cuts and reforms that have been enacted by the Governor and Legislature are allowing our businesses to make the investments they need for the future, and that is creating new jobs,” NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka said. Continue reading

Princeton’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund Supports Research that Can Make a Difference

Princeton, NJ, April 23Princeton, 2016 ― Five projects — ranging from a way to make the Internet of Things more secure to a new strategy for discovering antibiotics — have been awarded funding through Princeton’s Intellectual Property Accelerator (IPA) Fund.

The projects were chosen for their potential to become technologies or products that can benefit society.

Awarded annually by the Office of Technology Licensing, the fund supports research activities that help demonstrate the potential for a technology to transition from a university research project to a product or service that can improve people’s lives.

The funding of up to $100,000 per project will go to support proof-of-concept work, data collection, the construction of prototypes and other activities aimed at exploring the capability of the technologies. Continue reading

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Hold Summit on Key Challenges

Healthcare Today 5Princeton, NJ, April 22, 2016 ― Members of New Jersey’s various healthcare communities — hospitals, health plans, physicians and life sciences — gathered yesterday at the New Jersey Hospital Association for a daylong event to discuss the key challenges facing the healthcare delivery system.

The New Jersey Healthcare Stakeholder Summit focused on the importance of collaboration across sectors, which all share the goal of providing high-quality, cost-effective healthcare services that are accessible to all.

The event was a joint effort of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), the New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) and the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA). Continue reading

HINJ’s ‘By the Numbers’ Portal Showcases Life Sciences’ New Jersey Economic Impact

New Jersey signNew Brunswick, NJ, April 21, 2016 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) has updated and expanded “New Jersey Life Sciences: By the Numbers,” the association’s compilation of information from HINJ and third-party sources on the life sciences sector’s significant impact on New Jersey’s economy.

HINJ’s By the Numbers includes economic-impact data from a number of resources, including the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Choose New Jersey and We Work for Health New Jersey, among others.

HINJ’s expanded By the Number page is the latest offering on HINJ.org, which was relaunched in February 2013 as part of HINJ’s strategic plan to build a dynamic communications capability that delivers relevant, robust and timely information to internal and external stakeholders. Continue reading

CDC Publishes Life Expectancy Report; U.S. Life Expectancy Holds at 78.8 Years; Females Outlive Males

Grandparents Baby AsianAtlanta, GA, April 21, 2016 ― How long is a child born today in the United States expected to live?

According to new data released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy at birth for the total U.S. population is 78.8 years.

Broken down by gender, males are forecast to live 76.4 years, and females 81.2 years.  Those numbers did not change from past CDC reports.

The agency also reported: Continue reading

Thursday! HINJ Partners to Host ‘NJ Healthcare Stakeholder Summit’ April 21 in Princeton

Healthcare Today 3New Brunswick, NJ, April 20, 2016 ― Join the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), the New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) and the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) on Thursday, April 21 for their “New Jersey Healthcare Stakeholders Summit,” a collaborative discussion on the Affordable Care Act and the challenges and opportunities in today’s healthcare sector.

The summit will be held at the New Jersey Hospital Association Conference and Event Center at 760 Alexander Road in Princeton, NJ (directions) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The first-of-its-kind event will feature a keynote presentation by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Ubl. Continue reading

Rutgers Scientists Identify Biological Pathway that Could Explain Why Asthma Therapies Are Ineffective

Asthma 1New Brunswick, NJ, April 20, 2016 ― Scientists from Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania have identified a biological pathway that could explain why current asthma therapies often prove ineffective.

The discovery has the potential to lead to new treatments for many of the 25 million people in the U.S., including seven million children, who suffer from the chronic condition.

Researchers Reynold A. Panettieri, inaugural director of the clinical and translational science institute at Rutgers, and Edward E. Morrissey, director of the Penn Center for Pulmonary Biology, determined that when certain genes in mice were inactivated, the mice developed an asthma-like condition, exhibiting airway hyper-responsiveness, or AHR, a classic sign of asthma. Continue reading

Local Zika Outbreaks in U.S. Is ‘Likely,’ Says U.S. Official Dr. Anthony Fauci

Zika VirusWashington, DC, April 19, 2016 ― The United States is likely to see outbreaks of the Zika virus, with perhaps dozens or scores of people affected, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Sunday, Reuters has reported.

To date, the U.S. has seen more than 350 cases of people who were infected abroad and then returned to the country but has yet to confirm a case where someone was infected within its borders.

That is likely to change, said Fauci.  “It is likely we will have what is called a local outbreak,” he said on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Continue reading

Rutgers Cancer Institute: Poor Responding Gynecologic Cancers Get Boost from Genomic Profiling

Rutgers CINJ LogoNew Brunswick, April 19, 2016 ― Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey examining gynecologic cancers that poorly respond to therapy shows genomic profiling can help identify alternate and targeted treatments.

The findings are being presented as part of a poster presentation by members of the Rutgers Cancer Institute precision medicine team at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) which begins this weekend in New Orleans.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 71,500 women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer each year in the United States, with 26,500 deaths from one of these diseases.  Continue reading

Small Businesses Throughout New Jersey Benefit from EDA Programs

Recovery Sign-postTrenton, April 19, 2016 ― As the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) continues its efforts to raise awareness of State resources available to small businesses and not-for-profit entities, organizations across New Jersey are realizing the benefits of EDA programs.

Espinosa Beef and Provisions Inc. in Hudson County, C&A Marketing in Middlesex County, and Millville Rescue Squad in Cumberland County are all investing and expanding in New Jersey with support from these programs.

“It’s encouraging to see such a diverse group of businesses recognizing benefits of financing options offered by the State,” said EDA Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen. “Small businesses and not-for-profits create jobs and provide valuable resources to our residents and communities.” Continue reading