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: October 2016

New Jersey Innovation Institute President & CEO Donald H. Sebastian Named to ‘Made in New Jersey’ Honor Roll

Dr. Don Sebastian

Dr. Don Sebastian

Newark, NJ, October 31, 2016 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) and New Jersey Business magazine named Donald H. Sebastian, Ph.D., President & CEO at New Jersey Innovation Institute, to the Made in New Jersey Honor Roll.

In addition to Dr. Sebastian, others added to the Made in New Jersey Honor Roll included Untied States Senator Cory Booker, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and United States Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.

Dr. Sebastian has been a staunch advocate for the importance of manufacturing to a robust technology-based economy for over 30 years.  Continue reading

NJIT Names Honorees for Gala Celebration 2016; Singer-Actress Vanessa Williams to Headline November 11 Event

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Newark, NJ, October 30, 2016 — Celebration 2016, the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) annual fundraiser for campuswide scholarship endowment funds, will be held Nov. 11 at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange.

The event will be headlined by Vanessa Williams, Emmy Award- and Tony Award-nominated actor and singer and 1983 Miss America.

Since its inception in 1995, Celebration has raised nearly $5 million in endowed scholarship funds, ensuring that top-quality higher education is accessible to talented, motivated students. Continue reading

Newark Introduces City-wide Initiative to Create a ‘Smart City,’ Better Connecting Resident to Each Other and the World

connected-worldNewark, NJ, October, 29, 2016 — Newark officials on October 17 joined with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university, and corporate partners to announce a long-term program that would help propel the city into becoming one of the most technologically-connected cities in the nation.

Newark is taking the necessary steps toward becoming a “Smart City,” as part of a sweeping White House initiative that brings together academia, government and business to innovate and create the next generation of urban technology and infrastructure. Continue reading

Vendors Event: Morris Co. Chamber and HINJ to Host ‘How to Do Business with Pharma and Medtech Companies’ November 1


Florham Park, NJ, October 28, 2016 — The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) is partnering with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on a breakfast meeting for its members on “How to Do Business with Pharma and Medical Technology Companies on Tuesday, November 1.

The program will be moderated by HINJ President and CEO Dean Paranicas and will feature procurement executives from Pfizer and Celgene.

The event will be held from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the College of St. Elizabeth at 2 Convent Road, Morristown.

To register, click below.

New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame 2016 Honorees Include Rutgers Engineer, Two Alumnae

Rutgers SealNew Brunswick, NJ, October 28, 2016 — A Rutgers-New Brunswick faculty member and two alumnae — Fernando Muzzio, Jennifer Therkorn and Annmarie Previte Sabb — of the university are among those who were honored last night by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, which is housed with the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Fernando Muzzio, a distinguished professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in Rutgers School of Engineering, received the organization’s Inventor of the Year award. Continue reading

Opinion: For Medical Miracles, Empower Life Sciences Companies — Don’t Vilify Them

Medical Innovation 6Washington, DC, October 28, 2016Former United States Senator Tom Coburn, M.D., and Paul Howard, Ph.D., director of health policy, Manhattan Institute, and co-author of the new book, “Unlocking Precision Medicine,” write in The Hill:

“We can do virtually anything,” Vice President Joe Biden told the Cleveland crowd. “Your children are going to see more progress in the next 15 years than we’ve seen in the last 75 years.”

With these words, Biden opened the Cleveland Clinic’s medical innovation summit on Monday. The progress he spoke of is in the fight against cancer, where the next generation of American cures is set to radically shift the medical landscape. Continue reading

Commonwealth Fund Study: Health Coverage Eats Up 9 Percent of NJ Household Budgets

Obamacare Health InsuranceNewark, NJ, October 27, 2016 — Kathleen Lynn reports in The Record that New Jersey workers paid an average of $4,900 for family health coverage last year, up from about $3,000 in 2006, a new report from the Commonwealth Fund said on Tuesday.

That increase came even though the growth of health premiums slowed in the years after the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — was enacted in 2010.

The rise was even more painful when measured as a share of family incomes, researcher David Radley said. Continue reading

Christie Touts ‘World Class’ Cancer Care in NJ at Groundbreaking of New MD Anderson Cancer Center In Florham Park

dirt-shoveling-dirtFlorham Park, NJ, October 26, 2016— Alex Napoliello reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that Gov. Chris Christie and medical officials gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial groundbreaking of a new medical center that will expand cancer care in the state.

Expected to open in 2018, the Summit Medical Group’s new MD Anderson Cancer Center in Florham Park is an extension of the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

Christie said the new center is indicative of the growth of health care around the state, especially in the aftermath of the merger between UMDNJ and Rutgers University. Continue reading

New CDC Study Shows Changes in Breast Cancer Death Rates by Age Group

CDC LogoAtlanta, GA, October 26, 2016 — Breast cancer death rates among women decreased during 2010-2014, but racial differences persisted, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The findings show changes for death rates from breast cancer by age group for black and white women, the groups with the highest death rates in the United States.

“Our latest data suggest some improvement for black women when it comes to disparities,” said Lisa Richardson, MD, Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Continue reading

R&D Council Announces 2016 Edison Patent Award Winners; Special Individual Honorees for Marcus Weldon, Caren Franzini and Nariman Farvardin

Edison Patent AwardChatham, NJ, October 26, 2016 — The Research & Development Council of New Jersey is proud to announce the 12 winners of the 2016 Edison Patent Awards.  Winners will be honored at the 37th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony & Reception on November 3 at the Liberty Science Center.

AdvanSix (Honeywell), ExxonMobil, Immunomedics, Lockheed Martin, Merck, NJIT, Nokia Bell Labs, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Rutgers University (recipient of two awards, one co-owned with Matinas BioPharma), Siemens and TE Connectivity will be awarded for innovative patent work spanning 11 R&D categories.

Those categories include agriculture, biotechnology, defense, drug delivery technology, enabling technology, energy, industrial process, industrial product, medical device, medical technology and telecommunications. Continue reading