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Monthly Archives: March 2017

HHS Secretary Defends Proposed Cuts at NIH; GOP and Democrats Skeptical

HHS Secretary Tom Price

Washington, DC, March 31, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price on March 29 defended the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to medical research, saying that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget is plagued by unnecessary expenses.

The remarks came a day after reports that the administration had proposed an additional $1.2 billion cut to the NIH for the current fiscal year, on top of a suggested $5.8 billion cut for 2018.

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Mayor Pannullo Opinion: Drug Importation Threatens Backbone of New Jersey’s Economy

The Honorable Joseph Pannullo

East Hanover, NJ, March 31, 2017In an op-ed published in The Record on March 22, East Hanover Mayor Joseph Pannullo wrote:

Millions of Americans’ lives are riding on the success of a few New Jersey companies.

Garden State pharmaceutical firms account for nearly 30 percent of all diabetes and heart disease treatments in development.  These two diseases alone kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.  And they’re driving U.S. healthcare costs through the roof.

Those treatments may never reach patients if some in Washington push forward with a plan to allow patients to import foreign prescription drugs.   Continue reading

Somerset County Business Partnership and Rutgers Enter Innovative Partnering Framework

Bridgewater, NJ, March 30, 2017 — The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) on March 17 announced it had entered into an innovative partnering framework with Rutgers University.

The goal of the partnership is to build stronger connections between Rutgers University and the Somerset County business community by improving communications and building strategic member programs.

Under the partnership, the SCBP and Rutgers will strive to develop activities that address the business needs and challenges of the SCBP members; workforce development, talent acquisition and ways to leverage faculty expertise are considered key areas of focus. Continue reading

White House Proposes NIH Cuts for Medical Research This Year

Washington, DC, March 29, 2017 — Anna Edney reports in Bloomberg that President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed cutting $1.23 billion this fiscal year from research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to a White House document sent to congressional appropriators.

The reduction is part of $18 billion in cuts that the administration wants in fiscal 2017, which ends in October.

Most of the proposed reductions at NIH would come from research grants, with $50 million specifically taken from a program meant to support biomedical research in states that typically get less agency money. Continue reading

Rutgers-Chaired Study Committee Announces Recommendations for Eliminating Viral Hepatitis

Dr. Brian Strom

New Brunswick, NJ, March 29, 2017 — Viral hepatitis could become rare — and approximately 20,000 deaths annually in the U.S. could be eliminated — if federal and state agencies make the disease a priority, according to recommendations of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced today in Washington, D.C.

“Many people suffering from viral hepatitis are not in contact with the health system, so the elimination strategy must give as much attention to the delivery of services as to the services themselves,” said Brian L. Strom, M.D., M.P.H., a renowned epidemiologist and the chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, who headed the committee of scientists selected by the Academies which studied the issue and developed the recommendations. Continue reading

Liberty Science Center Expansion Wins Key Vote from Jersey City Council

Jersey City, NJ, March 29, 2017 — Terrence T. McDonald reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that a plan to build a $276 million science and technology complex near Liberty Science Center cleared another major hurdle at the City Council’s March 22 meeting when the council voted to transfer 12 acres of city-owned land intended for the complex.

The 6-3 vote came after 11 p.m. at the end of a four-hour public hearing in front of a crowd that initially numbered about 150.

The action transfers the city land to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, which intends to sell the property to SciTech Scity, a new arm of Liberty Science Center, for $10. Continue reading

Gov. Christie Reportedly Will Join White House Opioid Effort; Part of Effort Led by Jared Kushner

Governor Chris Christie

Washington, DC, March 28, 2017 — The Associated Press reports that Gov. Chris Christie is expected to join a White House effort to combat opioid abuse.

A White House official said Monday that the governor would work on an opioid task force that will be announced later this week.  The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans in advance.

The Governor has dedicated his final year in office to curbing heroin and prescription drug addiction in New Jersey, advancing an ambitious policy agenda. Continue reading

NJIT’s Biomedical Engineering Program Ranked #1 Best Value in New Jersey

Newark, NJ, March 28, 2017 — The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) offered the best value biomedical engineering program in 2016 for undergrads in New Jersey according to BestValueSchools.com.

This program is also ranked eighth nationally. NJIT’s biomedical engineering program is part of the Newark College of Engineering (NCE), the oldest and largest professional engineering school in the United States. Continue reading

Trump Establishes White House Office of American Innovation; Jared Kushner to Head Office

Jared Kushner

Washington, DC, March 27, 2017 — Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker reports in The Washington Post that President Trump today planned to unveil a new White House office with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Continue reading

Stevens Names Dr. Jean Zu as Dean of Schaefer School of Engineering & Science

Dr. Jean Zu

Hoboken, NJ, March 27, 2017 — Christophe Pierre, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stevens Institute of Technology announced that Jean Zu, Ph.D., P.Eng., an accomplished scholar of mechanical vibrations and dynamics, and mechatronics, has been named the new dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Science (SES) at the university following an international search.

Zu, currently chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, will begin her appointment at Stevens on May 1, 2017. Continue reading