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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Opinion on Rare Disease Day 2017: ‘It’s Time to Close the Innovation Gap on Rare Diseases’

Washington, DC, February 28, 2017On Rare Disease Day 2017, Jennifer Nieto Carey, Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Alliance Development at California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), and Julia Jenkins, Executive Director of the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, write in The Hill:

This week, more than 300 rare disease patients and advocates will descend upon Washington to call on Congress and the new administration to take critical actions to close the innovation gap for the 95 percent of rare diseases that currently do not have one single FDA-approved therapy.

A rare disease affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Yet, there are more than 7,000 such conditions affecting 30 million people, more than half of whom are children. Around a third of these children do not live beyond age five.  Continue reading

Surge of NJEDA Approvals Closes Out Active 2016 for State’s Angel Investor Tax Credit Program

Trenton, NJ, February 28, 2017 — The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) recently announced the approval of a record-breaking 251 applications through the state’s Angel Investor Tax Credit Program in 2016, representing the injection of more than $96 million in private capital into technology and life sciences companies throughout the Garden State.

In the fourth quarter of 2016 alone, the EDA approved 198 applications. Continue reading

HINJ’s ‘Value of Medical Innovation’ Portal Showcases How Life Sciences Is Saving Money — And Lives

New Brunswick, NJ, February 27, 2017 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) continues to update its Value of Medical Innovation, a fact-driven, consumer-friendly digital library that delves into the myriad benefits of research-driven medical innovation, which saves money — and saves lives.

Introduced in September 2015, HINJ’s Value of Medical Innovation presents statistics from a number of resources, including the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), U.S. government sources and various medical research organizations. Continue reading

NJ Tech Council’s 2017 Innovation Forecast at Bell Works Highlighted NJ’s Collaborative Companies

Holmdel, NJ, February 27, 2017 — Andrew Sheldon reports in NJBIZ that NJ Tech Council President Jim Barrood said he couldn’t imagine holding the group’s 2017 Innovation Forecast anywhere but Bell Works.

“We are back in this historic (place) that is being reimagined and looking amazing,” he said. “This is a great symbol for New Jersey.”

It mirrored the goal of the event, according to Barrood. Continue reading

Princeton University’s Keller Center’s 12th Annual Innovation Forum Awards $30,000 to Researchers and Innovators

Princeton, NJ, February 26, 2017 — Princeton University’s Keller Center in partnership with Princeton’s Office of Technology Licensing hosted the 12th Annual Innovation Forum on February 15, showcasing the research of Princeton faculty and students.

Angel investors, venture capitalists, and the surrounding entrepreneurial community attended the pitch event.

“It was terrific to have such a diversity in the innovations presented at the Forum,” stated Cornelia Huellstrunk, Executive Director of the Keller Center. “The teams did an exceptional job and expertly answered the informed and pointed questions asked by the judging panel.” Continue reading

Event: NJ Rare Disease Alliance Commemorates Global Rare Disease Day 2017 on February 27; Focus on Innovation, Research and Access

Glen Ridge, NJ, February 25, 2017 — The New Jersey Rare Disease Alliance, dedicated to improving the lives of the more than 800,000 rare disease patients in New Jersey, will hold its annual Rare Disease Day commemoration on Monday, February 27, at the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA), 10 West Lafayette Street, Trenton from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

The event is co-sponsored by BioNJ, the HealthCare Institute of NJ (HINJ) and the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD). Continue reading

Report to NJBIA Members: Halting New Jersey’s Millennial Brain Drain

Trenton, NJ, February 25, 2017New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., writes:

A year ago, NJBIA released its outmigration study detailing the significant economic impact of taxpayers leaving the state.

Our data was used to drive a discussion about the state’s changing economy over the past decade and the need to begin the process of comprehensive tax reform in order to make New Jersey competitive and affordable. Continue reading

Rutgers University Students and Alumni Receive 14 Fulbright Grants

New Brunswick, NJ, February 24, 2017 — Rutgers University students and alumni received 14 Fulbright grants this year, putting the university on the list of top producers among research institutions across the nation.

The highly competitive awards, administered by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, offer students and young professionals the opportunity to pursue graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Of the 14 Rutgers students and alumni who earned the award this year, three are using their Fulbright grants to conduct research and 11 are engaged in English-teaching assistantships. Continue reading

Event: Hunterdon County’s Inaugural Hackathon Set for April 28-29 Aims to Ignite Technology Growth

February 24, 2017, Flemington, NJ — Hunterdon County Economic Development, Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and Flemington Community Partnership are partnering to host Hunterdon County’s first-ever hackathon, HackHunterdon.

The 24-hour marathon tech product creation competition will take place on April 28-29 at the Feed Mill Station in Flemington, NJ.

“HackHunterdon’s hackathon is a primary piece of a collaborative, long-term effort to encourage small business and innovation growth in Hunterdon County,” said Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce President Chris Phelan. Continue reading

Congressional Health Committee Leaders from Both Parties Write: ‘Vaccines Save Lives’

Washington, DC, February 23, 2017 — Jessie Hellmann reports in The Hill that top lawmakers from both parties are signing onto a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter to members of Congress to say that “vaccines save lives.”

While the letter did not mention President Trump, he has publicly questioned the effectiveness of vaccines and whether they are linked to autism.

The letter was signed by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate’s health committee, respectively. Continue reading