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.

Academia

Zwicker on biotech report: Public dollars, leveraged with private dollars, are key to innovation

Andrew Zwicker, who earned his Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins and serves as the head of the Science Education Department of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, knows a little bit about funding. That is why the Democratic Assemblyman from the 16th District said he is optimistic about the direction the state is going. Zwicker served as vice chair of the state’s Biotechnology Task Force, which released a 44-page report June 13 on how to reinvigorate the state’s life science industry the right way.

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Rutgers center launches program for minority retailers

From ROI-NJ

The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers University has started a new program aimed at helping African-American and Latino retailers and restaurateurs to grow in New Jersey’s cities.

The center said Friday in a news release that the launch of the Black and Latino Urban Entrepreneurship Retail Acceleration Program, or BLUE-RAP, would help members of the community thrive, purchase property and open additional locations in downtowns and other areas of places like Newark, New Brunswick and Jersey City.

“The participating BLUE-RAP entrepreneurs will gain critical skills to help them manage and grow their urban business ventures,” Lyneir Richardson, the center’s executive director, said in a prepared statement.

“They’ll receive intensive executive education, training, financial counseling and ongoing mentoring over a six-month period. They’ll also be introduced to thought leaders in such areas as finance, marketing, accounting and site selection who will share valuable ideas to help them improve profits, become loan-ready, expand to new locations, survive potential disruption from unexpected market forces and continue to be a part of the revitalization in their communities.”

Over its 10-year history, the center has assisted 370 New Jersey business owners who have contributed more than $80 million to local economies, it said.

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Rutgers-Camden’s New Nursing and Science Building’s Labs Offer Greater Learning and Research Opportunities

Camden, NJ, November 22, 2017 — “It’s been a long time coming,” says Danny Bubb, professor and chair of the physics and chemistry departments, as he gives a tour of the cutting-edge science labs in the new Rutgers University–Camden Nursing and Science Building (NSB).

Jeanne Leong reports that in the NSB, located at Fifth and Federal Sts. in Camden, the three new state-of-the-art physics labs provide students and faculty with access to resources including a high-powered microscope, laser systems, and a vibration-free work table only a few other colleges and universities even have.

“These new labs allow us to be very innovative with how we deliver our curriculum to engage students,” says Bubb. Continue reading

Rutgers-Led Research May Lead to New Treatments for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Nerve Injuries

Robert O’Hagan

New Brunswick, NJ, November 13, 2017 — Todd B. Bates reports that inside cells, protein “motors” act like trucks on tiny cellular highways to deliver life-sustaining cargoes.

Now a team led by Rutgers University–New Brunswick researchers has discovered how cells deploy enzymes to place traffic control and “roadway under construction” signs along cellular highways.

“To stay alive and function, every cell in our body needs to transport cargoes to the place they’re needed inside the cell, in the right amount and at the right time,” said Robert O’Hagan, lead author of a new study and assistant research professor in the Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey and the Department of Genetics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Continue reading

Rutgers-Newark Opens $59 Million State-of-the-Art Life Sciences Center

Newark, NJ, November 7, 2017 — Rutgers University-Newark celebrated the new Life Sciences Center (LSC II) on November 2, with a grand opening event for the $59 million, state-of-the-art, five-story science complex located on University Avenue in downtown Newark.

LSC II is the front door to the sciences quad, a contiguous, multi-building teaching and research complex that is home to the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN). Continue reading

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

Princeton, NJ, October 28, 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

Dr. Jeetu Eswaraka Named Assistant Vice President for Comparative Medicine Resources at Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development

Dr. Jeetendra (Jeetu) Eswaraka

New Brunswick, NJ, October 26, 2017 — Jeetendra (Jeetu) Eswaraka, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM, who joined Rutgers University’s Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) earlier this month as Assistant Vice President for Comparative Medicine Resources, brings a decade and a half of experience leading lab animal research programs in the biopharmaceutical industry.

“I am excited to welcome Jeetu to ORED and Rutgers, and look forward to strengthening and streamlining our operations to be of greater service to the Rutgers research community,” said Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D., R.Ph., Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Rutgers University. Continue reading

Princeton University Scientists Demonstrate Path to Linking the Genome to Healthy Tissues and Disease

Dr. Barbara Engelhardt

Princeton, NJ, October 25, 2017 — Rachel Nuwer reports that our genomes help to determine who we are — the countless variations between individuals that encode the complexity of tissues and functions throughout the body.

Since scientists first decoded a draft of the human genome more than 15 years ago, many questions have lingered, two of which have been addressed in a major new study co-led by a Princeton University computer scientist:

  • Is it possible, despite the complexity of billions of bits of genetic information and their variations between people, to develop a mechanistic model for how healthy bodies function?
  • Furthermore, can this model be used to understand how certain diseases emerge?

On Oct. 11, scientists came the closest yet to delivering an answer of “yes.” 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

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