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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Obamacare Health Exchange Enrollment Jumps, Even as GOP Pledges to Gut

Obamacare Health InsuranceWashington, DC, December 22 2016 — Robert Pear reports in The New York Times that about 6.4 million people have signed up for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said Wednesday, as people rushed to purchase plans regardless of Republican promises that the law will be repealed within months.

The new sign-ups — an increase of 400,000 over a similar point last year — mean the health care coverage of millions of consumers could be imperiled by one of the first legislative actions of Donald J. Trump’s presidency. Continue reading

Drug Companies Await FDA Guidance on Off-Label Uses of Medicines

FDA blueWashington, DC, December 22, 2016 — Sarah Chacko reports in The Hill that doctors commonly prescribe drugs to treat conditions the medications weren’t designed for, but for drug makers, discussing such “off-label” uses can lead to trouble.

As a result, drug makers have been pushing both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and lawmakers to draw clearer lines around communicating about unapproved uses of their products, particularly since it affects what companies can tell insurers.

Such information is used to negotiate prices for covered medical products and their place in certain payment models. Continue reading

BioNJ to Honor Fred Hassan with 2017 Dr. Sol J. Barer Award Honoree for Vision, Innovation and Leadership

bionj-2017-galaTrenton, NJ, December 22, 2016BioNJ has announced it will honor Fred Hassan, Partner and  Managing Director, Warburg Pincus and Former Chairman of the Board & CEO, Schering-Plough, as the 2017 Dr. Sol J. Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership recipient.

Named for Dr. Sol J. Barer, Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Celgene Corporation, the Dr. Sol J. Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership recognizes outstanding research and business leaders who have made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the life sciences industry in New Jersey and throughout the world. Continue reading

Opinion: Rush Holt: Lawmakers Need to Use a Scientific Approach to Formulating Views

The Hon. Rush Holt

The Hon. Rush Holt

Washington, DC, December 21, 2016Rush Holt, a physicist who serves as the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), executive publisher of the Science family of journals, and former New Jersey Congressman, writes in The Star-Ledger:

Throughout this election cycle, and certainly since Election Day, many Americans are wondering whether what binds us together can overcome what divides us politically.

Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that many of our fellow citizens are feeling more estranged from their countrymen and their government than they ever have. Continue reading

NJ Department of Health Reminds Residents About Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Department of Health NJTrenton, NJ, December 20, 2016 — The New Jersey Department of Health would like to remind residents about the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure during cold weather and winter storms.

Carbon monoxide (often referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning material containing carbon. High levels of carbon monoxide can cause brain damage and death. It cannot be seen, heard or smelt which is why it has been nicknamed the “silent killer.”  Continue reading

Repeal of Obamacare’s Unpopular Mandate Could Cause Marketplace Chaos

obamacare-repeal-3Washington, DC, December 20, 2016 — Peter Sullivan reports in The Hill that immediate repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate next year could cause chaos in the market and threaten coverage for some of the healthcare law’s enrollees, experts warn.

Congressional Republicans have not yet said whether they intend to scrap the mandate right away, but the bill they unsuccessfully pushed last year — and are now using as a blueprint for 2017 — abolished the mandate immediately.

The mandate is one of the most unpopular parts of the law, and Republicans have long decried it as an infringement on freedom, with people forced to buy a product they might not want. Continue reading

NJBIA Supports State Commission to Promote Higher Ed, Business Partnerships

NJBIA Logo - CROPPEDTrenton, NJ, December 19, 2016 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) on December 19 said it supports legislation that will foster greater cooperation between business and academia through a new Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships. The bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate today.

“To compete in today’s high-tech global economy, businesses and higher education have to work more closely together,” said NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Melanie Willoughby. Continue reading

SSTI: 50 State Table Reveals University R&D Change Over Five Years

R&D 5Westerville, OH, December 19, 2016 ― Robert Ksiazkiewicz reports in the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) news blog that nearly half of the U.S. states and the District of Columbia saw a 10 percent or greater increase in higher education R&D expenditures from FY 2010 to FY 2015.

Five of those states — Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Utah — saw at least a 20 percent change, according to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey for 2015.

Between FY10-15 overall U.S. research and development (R&D) spending at U.S. universities grew 12.1 percent, from about $61.2 billion to $68.7 billion. Continue reading

Global Survey Finds Little Progress in Science Education; U.S. Ranked 25th

stem-4New York, NY, December 18, 2016 — Paul Hannon reports in The Wall Street Journal that high-school students in many parts of east Asia continue to have a better command of science and other subjects than their counterparts in the rest of the world, but there is little sign that increased spending on education is producing better results in most countries.

That is a worrying development for the long-term economic outlook, since most economists believe that growth is partly driven by improvements in education levels—or what they call human capital—although the strength of the relationship is uncertain.

Students in Singapore had the highest average score in science, followed by their counterparts in Japan, Estonia, Taiwan and Finland, in triennial testing of 540,000 15-year-olds across 72 countries and regions during 2015. Continue reading

New Jersey’s Manufacturing Sector Benefits from Economic Development Authority Board Action

nj-eda-economicTrenton, NJ, December 17, 2016 — Three manufacturing sector projects expected to create a total of 390 new jobs were approved by the Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) for tax credits under the Grow New Jersey (Grow NJ) Program. Advanced under the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act (EOA), Grow NJ is the State’s main job creation and retention incentive program.

“Manufacturing is one of several key industries targeted for growth under the EOA,” said EDA Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen.  “Manufacturers are particularly important to the State’s economy for the career opportunities they offer, but also for the trade activity they spur and the important goods they provide that fuel other industries.” Continue reading