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.

Choose NJ’s RFP Watch

Choose New Jersey’s RFP Watch provides up-to-date information on business opportunities throughout the Garden State at a cost that is affordable for all companies – with a place of business in New Jersey – large and small.

To learn more click here

Monthly Archives: October 2016

AdvaMed Recommits to Fostering Early-State Innovation; New Report Highlights Challenges to Medtech Entrepreneurship

advamed-logo-croppedWashington, DC, October 25, 2016 — The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) on October 17 affirmed its commitment to advancing a comprehensive set of policy objectives to invigorate the innovation ecosystem for early-stage device and diagnostics companies.

A new report — “A Future at Risk:  Economic Performance, Entrepreneurship, and Venture Capital in the U.S, Medical Technology Sector” — released at the association’s annual meeting, outlines significant warning signs that, if left unaddressed, could hamper long-term growth and entrepreneurship.

Some key signals identified in the report, based on a number of independent sources on medtech industry trends, include: Continue reading

New Jersey Has Country’s 2nd-Best High School Graduation Rate

New Jersey pin horizontalTrenton, NJ, October 25, 2016 — Adam Clark reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that New Jersey high schools posted the second-best four-year graduation rate in America in 2014-15, according to new data released by the White House.

The 89.7 percent graduation rate for New Jersey students was topped only by Iowa, which saw 90.8 percent of its students graduate from high school within four years of starting ninth grade.

High school graduation rates are difficult to compare because each state has different requirements for graduating from high school. New Jersey is in the minority of states that require students to pass exit exams in math and English before they can graduate. Continue reading

Event: Somerset Co. Business Partnership and HINJ to Host Workplace Wellness Workshop November 9; Focus on Medication Adherence

BWorkforce Healthy 2ridgewater, NJ, October 24, 2016 — The Somerset County Business Partnership, in collaboration with the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) and Healthier Somerset, will present “Achieve a Healthier, More Productive Workforce: The Value of Medication Adherence” on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, from 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

The session will take place at the New Jersey Center for Excellence, 1041 US Highway 202/206 in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The event is an element of the Business Partnership’s Workplace Wellness initiative that provides public and private sector employers and employees the information and resources necessary to reduce costs, decrease employee turnover, and improve productivity. Continue reading

Celebrating a Day of Revolutionary Thinking at Rutgers; Notable Alumni from Across the Globe Return to Their Alma Mater

Rutgers 250 AnniversaryNew Brunswick, NJ, October 24, 2016 — It’s been a remarkable 12 months for Rutgers.

In May, President Barack Obama punctuated Rutgers’ yearlong 250th birthday celebration, becoming the first sitting president to deliver the university’s Commencement Day address.

A series of memorable activities throughout the year focused the university community on students, faculty, staff and administrators of the distant past and the present whose special achievements greatly impacted and enriched the Rutgers legacy. Continue reading

NJBIZ Industry Insights: NJ Tech Council Sponsors Innovation Video Contest for High School Students

James C. Barrood

James C. Barrood

New Brunswick, NJ, October 24, 2016James C. Barrood, CEO and president, NJ Tech Council, writes for NJBIZ:

I happened to visit the Thomas Edison Laboratories in West Orange this past weekend with my two young daughters. It was fantastic: if you’ll pardon the light-bulb pun, a truly “illuminating” experience.

Even though I’ve studied Edison’s life and even once produced a video about him, I was delighted to learn several new things about our state’s most legendary innovator. For example, I never knew he was involved in making portable batteries for electric cars. Continue reading

CDC Announces Supplemental Funding Opportunity for Continued Zika Response in 2017

CDC LogoAtlanta, GA, October 23, 2016 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing the availability of about $70 million in supplemental funding to states, cities, and territories to support continued efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus.

The funding, distributed through CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Cooperative Agreement, will further support activities to protect the health of Americans, especially pregnant women, including epidemiologic surveillance and investigation, improving mosquito control and monitoring, and strengthening laboratory capacity.

Funding also will support participation in the US Zika Pregnancy Registry to monitor pregnant women with Zika and their infants. Continue reading

New Jersey Health Foundation Awards Innovation Grant to NJIT Biomedical Engineer

Medical Technology 2Newark, NJ, October 23, 2016 — New Jersey Health Foundation (NJHF) has awarded a $50,000 Innovation Grant to Tara Alvarez, PhD, to help create a 3-D virtual reality therapy game for children suffering with binocular vision dysfunction, announced James M. Golubieski, president.

Dr. Alvarez is a professor of biomedical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD), which is frequently under diagnosed, is a condition in which a person’s eyes can’t align to focus on a close target, causing significant eye strain as the muscles constantly struggle to re-align. Continue reading

Assemblyman Zwicker Tours Manufacturer, Discusses Innovation and Job Creation in New Jersey

Asm. Andrew Zwicker

Asm. Andrew Zwicker

Princeton, NJ, October 23, 2016 — On October 13, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) toured the UTC Aerospace Systems Sensors Unlimited business and led a roundtable discussion on creating jobs and growing New Jersey’s economy with innovative technologies.

Sensors Unlimited is a major supplier of shortwave infrared technology, products and imaging solutions.

The tour and roundtable, one of many Zwicker is having, highlighted the importance of high tech industries to fuel economic growth and job creation.  Zwicker, a physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, listened to what the business needs to continue to grow and be successful. Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: Industry Voices Op-Ed: ‘New Jersey’s Universities Are Key to Innovation and the State’s Prosperity’

NJ SpotlightMontclair, NJ, October 21, 2016 — NJ Spotlight on October 3 published the following op-ed that was authored by:

James Barrood, President and CEO, New Jersey Technology Council
Thomas A. Bracken, President and CEO, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Anthony S. Cicatiello, President, The Research & Development Council of New Jersey
Debbie Hart, President and CEO, BioNJ
Dean J. Paranicas, President and CEO, HealthCare Institute of New Jersey
Michele N. Siekerka, President and CEO, New Jersey Business & Industry Association

They wrote:

New Jersey is the cradle of American innovation in such transformative fields as telecommunications, the life sciences and chemicals, and is home to many iconic companies.  These industries have produced countless advances that have benefitted society enormously while driving our state’s economy for well over a century.

Much progress has been made in recent years to meet their needs and those of other industries and retain the substantial socioeconomic benefits New Jersey derives from a robust innovation economy.  Continue reading

Minority Leader Pelosi Predicts 21st Century Cures Bill ‘Will Pass’ This Year

Capitol Dome HEALTHCAREWashington, DC, October 21, 2016 — Sarah Ferris reports in The Hill reported that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is predicting that the latest version of the 21st Century Cures bill would have enough votes to pass this year.

Pelosi said during a press conference on Wednesday that she would “build consensus” on a new version of the medical cures bill, which is expected to come up in a lame-duck session of Congress.

The bill passed almost unanimously in the House last summer but has stalled in the Senate over concerns on how to pay for a half-decade’s worth of new research spending, totaling roughly $9 billion. Continue reading