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: July 2017

Patients and Families Make Emotional Plea at Senate Hearing for Diabetes Research Funding

Washington, DC, July 27, 2017 — Summer Park reports on Roll Call that families and advocates delivered an emotional plea for more diabetes research funding before Congress on July 26.

People with type 1 diabetes, including over 160 children, were on hand for a hearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Those testifying urged lawmakers to extend the Special Diabetes Program, which funds research into type 1 diabetes.  The program will run out of funds this September if lawmakers don’t act. Continue reading

NJIT Assistant Professor Alice Lee Focuses on ‘A Heart Attack in a Petri Dish’

Newark, NJ, July 25, 2017 — In petri dishes in her campus laboratory at New Jersey institute of Technology (NJIT), Assistant Professor Alice Lee is developing colonies of cardiac cells, formed into chambers, that pump and contract like a human heart.

Derived from stem cells, these primitive organs will help her achieve a research milestone:  to observe in microscopic, real-time detail how the heart repairs itself after injury.

Lee must first induce an “attack” by damaging the tiny proto-hearts with a frozen rod, thus mobilizing sequential, cell-based repair crews that clear the injury site of debris, and then in a second phase, recruit materials and tools from the neighboring tissue to mend the damage. Continue reading

McKinsey & Company Study Suggests Ways NJ Could Bolster Economy; State Has Failed to Live Up to National Figures

New York, NY, July 24, 2017 — Meg Fry reports in NJBIZ that global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. on July 18 released a new study examining New Jersey’s post-recession economy and suggestions on how businesses and organizations in the state could most effectively work together to add more than 250,000 jobs and $150 billion to the economy over the next decade.

Fry reports that the nonpartisan analysis, titled “Re-seeding the Garden State’s Economic Growth,” not only drew from the most current economic and business data but also from 70 influential business leaders across public, private and social sectors and a survey of the state’s business community. Continue reading

VP Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden Launch Biden Cancer Initiative; Aims to Make Progress in Cancer Prevention, Detection, Treatment, Care

Dr. Jill Biden and Joe Biden

New York, NY, June 23, 2017 — President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on June 26 launched the Biden Cancer Initiative, their new venture to continue the fight to make progress in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and care.

The launch event was highlighted by Vice President and Dr. Biden joining members of the Biden Cancer Initiative Board of Directors for a conversation about the mission of the Initiative, the issues it will address, and the promise of what they hope to accomplish together.

The Biden Cancer Initiative will develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes. Continue reading

New Jersey Educators Convene at NJIT for STEM Education Forum

Newark, NJ, July 22, 2017 — More than 50 educators from throughout New Jersey convened at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Central King Building July 13 for a special forum focused on STEM.

The event, “Providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for All in an Era of Tightening Budgets,” was hosted by the university’s Center for Pre-College Programs. Continue reading

NJ Innovation Institute Recruiting Cohort for Health IT Connections Program — Business Development for ‘Scale-up’ Health IT Companies

Newark, NJ, July 21, 2017 — The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is calling for applications to participate in the seventh cycle of the successful Health IT Connections program, set to kick off October 6, 2017.

The Health IT Connections program was established in 2014 to grow the health IT cluster in the region by supporting growth-stage health IT entrepreneurs through intensive training and mentoring.

In addition, the program helps drive cluster growth by connecting businesses to new customers, strategic partners and suppliers.  The program is funded in part from JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business ForwardSM initiative.  No fees or equity is required by entrepreneurs to participate. Continue reading

New Jersey High School Students Explore STEM Programs at The College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, NJ, July 20, 2017 — Rising high school seniors across New Jersey applied for the opportunity to spend a week at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Fourteen students were chosen from a pool of dozens of applicants to participate in the week that began on July 9.

Erin Colfax, program director, explained the purposes of the week of intensive learning. Continue reading

Rutgers Researcher Receives $4.4 Million Investment to Develop Cancer Therapy

Dr. Scott Kachlany

New Brunswick, NJ, July 20, 2017 Scott Kachlany, Ph.D., a Rutgers School of Dental Medicine researcher, has received a $4.4 million commitment in venture capital to bring a potential therapy for cancer and autoimmune diseases closer to human clinical trials, he announced yesterday.

Dr. Kachlany’s company, Actinobac Biomed Inc., is slated for funding from the California-based Kairos Ventures, which will pay for the final stages of preclinical development before his therapeutic technology, called Leukothera, is tested on humans.

Leukothera is based on Kachlany’s discovery that an oral bacterium, which causes periodontal disease, can produce a protein that can be used to kill leukemia cells in animals. Continue reading

Sixers Innovation Lab in Camden Officially Opens to Entrepreneurs; Four Companies Taking Space

Camden, NJ, July 19, 2017 — Vince Calio reports in NJBIZ that the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 18 at the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers’ training facility in Camden.

The 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Innovation Lab is located at the base of the 76ers’ business operations facility.

It is opening its doors with four startup companies that will receive coaching and guidance from Seth Berger, the lab’s managing director.  Berger is also the founder and former CEO of startup sneaker and sports apparel company AND1. Continue reading

Former VP Biden to Keynote Stockton University’s 2017 Hughes Center Honors; Six New Jersey Leaders to Be Recognized November 9

Galloway, NJ, July 18, 2017 — Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker when Ambassador William J. Hughes receives the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hughes Center Honors on Nov. 9, 2017.

The Hughes Center Honors are awarded for professional excellence and a commitment to public service, civility and bipartisanship which reflect the life and career of Ambassador Hughes, who served as U.S. ambassador to Panama and as a U.S. congressman for 20 years.

The event, which is open to the public, will start at 5:30 at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club. Continue reading