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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: October 2017

3-D Printing Advances Make the Technology More Useful for Surgery, Implants, Creating Drugs

New York, NY, October 25, 2017 — Aili McConnon reported in The Wall Street Journal that Mayo Clinic is part of a web of organizations racing to find ways to use 3-D printing to improve health care.

Some research institutions, including the Mayo Clinic, have set up on-site printing labs in partnership with such makers of 3-D printers as Stratasys, 3D Systems and Formlabs.

McConnon reports that General Electric Co. and Johnson & Johnson are diving in, too, with GE focused on 3-D printers and translating images from various sources into 3-D objects, and J&J focused on developing a range of materials that can be used as “ink” to print customized objects. Continue reading

Rutgers Research: Antibiotics from a ‘Molecular Pencil Sharpener’; Discovery Could Lead to New Antibacterial Agents and Drugs

New Brunswick, NJ, October 24, 2017 — Picture a brand-new, unsharpened pencil. The graphite at its core can’t be used for writing until a pencil sharpener chews away its wooden tip.

Now picture microcin B17, an antibiotic that kills E. coli bacteria. Before being activated, it lies embedded in a structure called a prodrug, like the core of an unsharpened “molecular pencil.”

Todd B. Bates reports that now, for the first time, scientists at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and other institutions have discovered a “molecular pencil sharpener” that chews away its outer coating to release the powerful antibiotic. Continue reading

American Association for the Advancement of Science Adopts Statement Binding Scientific Freedom with Responsibility

Washington, DC, October 24, 2017 — Anne Q. Hoy reports that the freedom to pursue science, apply its findings and share its discoveries is linked to the obligation of the scientific community to conduct its work with integrity and keep the interest of humanity as a core tenet, according to a new statement adopted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Board of Directors.

The AAAS Board of Directors adopted the “Statement on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility” on October 12 to govern the organization, its members and guide scientists across the globe – the first known such position adopted by a scientific organization, according to members of the AAAS committee that developed the statement. Continue reading

NJ Launches ‘65 by ’25: Many Paths One Future’ Campaign; Higher Ed, Labor, Educators Business Partner for Competitive, Innovative Garden State

Princeton, NJ, October 24, 2017 — More than 100 education, business and industry leaders took part in the official launch September 19 of New Jersey’s 65 by ’25: Many Paths, One Future campaign at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Headquarters in Princeton.

With the pace of innovation rapidly accelerating, New Jersey must provide real economic opportunities for residents by supporting and creating pathways for everyone to acquire the skills and education that will help them secure rewarding careers.

According to the latest data available, 50.2 percent of New Jersey’s workers have some level of education or training beyond high school — well short of the 65 percent economists say will be needed by 2025 to meet the demand for a skilled labor workforce equipped with high-quality, industry-valued post-secondary credentials. Continue reading

HINJ, PhRMA, Others Challenge NJ Attorney General’s Push to Limit Compensation to Prescribing Doctors

Dean J. Paranicas, President and Chief Executive Officer, HINJ

Trenton, NJ, October 23, 2017 — WHYY Public Radio Philadelphia’s Joe Hernandez reports that, in a new push to fight the opioid crisis, New Jersey officials are trying to stop the flow of legal but highly addictive painkillers at the source: doctors.

A proposed rule change by N.J. Attorney General Christopher Porrino would restrict the amount of money and other compensation drug companies can give out to doctors and other prescribers.  In doing so, state officials hope medical professionals will feel less pressure to prescribe opioids created and sold by the same companies that ply them with gifts and food.

But at a Thursday public hearing in Newark, representatives of the state’s pharmaceutical and medical industries criticized the potential rule change, questioning why it would apply to all drugs and claiming it would damage patient care and drive providers out of state. Continue reading

Former Gov. Kean to Chair Liberty Science Center’s $25 Million Capital Campaign

Jersey City, NJ, October 23, 2017 — On January 25, 2018, Liberty Science Center will commemorate its 25th year with the official VIP celebration of the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.

The event will honor the lead supporters of a new 25th Anniversary $25 Million Campaign that the Center announced on October 16.

Former New Jersey State Governor and Founding Governor of LSC Thomas H. Kean will chair the campaign. Continue reading

Princeton Neuroscience Institute Join with 19 Other Laboratories to Create Virtual Mega-Laboratory; Aims to Probe the Brain’s Deepest Secrets

Princeton, NJ, October 23, 2017Princeton Neuroscience Institute researchers are joining with scientists from 19 other laboratories around the world to create the $15 million International Brain Laboratory (IBL).

Two Princeton neuroscience labs — led by Jonathan Pillow and Ilana Witten — are joining forces with researchers from Europe and the United States to crack the code on how the brain makes choices, by studying the activity and interactions between individual neurons across its different areas.

IBL researchers come from the United States, Great Britain, Portugal, France and Switzerland. Continue reading

The 10 Mega-Gifts that Helped Rutgers Do Something It Has Never Done

New Brunswick, NJ, October 22, 2017 — Kelly Heyboer reports on The Star-Ledger that nearly 50,000 alumni, students and friends donated money to Rutgers University over the last year, giving the state university the most lucrative fundraising year in its history, school officials said.

Rutgers raised $209.1 million in the last fiscal year, an 11 percent increase over the previous record set in 2015, the university announced Monday.

The donations ranged from small checks written by new graduates to multi-million-dollar donations from wealthy alumni and foundations for scholarships, research and the sports program. Continue reading

Rutgers Scientists Working on CRISPR Technology That Could, Literally, Change the World

New Brunswick, NJ, October 21, 2017 — CRISPR…what’s that?  Senior correspondent David Cruz reports on “NJTV News” that CRISPR is emerging technology that you might be hearing about it yet have little understanding that it has the potential to change pretty much everything and everyone in the world.

Peter Romanienko, the managing director of the Genome Editing Core Facility at Rutgers University, explained, “CRISPR is a programmable nucleus, so the power of it is.

And what makes it work so well for gene editing and some of the techniques we use is this protein can use this small segment of RNA to find a site in the genome and cut it.  And by making this DNA break in the genome is what allows us to introduce sequences and repair.” Continue reading

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Dedicates RBHS-South in Blackwood; Expands Rutgers’ Partnership with Camden County College

Blackwood, NJ, October 20, 2017 — With a snip of a scarlet ribbon, Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences Chancellor Brian Strom officially opened the new RBHS-South campus in South Jersey.

On the grounds of Camden County College, the campus hosts graduate and undergraduate School of Health Profession programs in three disciplines, as well as a School of Nursing bachelor’s degree program.

“The partnership between Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Camden County College offers more health science education in a collaborative environment,” said Chancellor Strom at the event held on the campus October 12. Continue reading