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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.

National Journal: NJ Working to Build a Diverse New Generation of Science, Tech Innovators

Washington, DC,  September 19, 2014 ― Writing in National Journal, Anthony Cicatiello, president of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, and David Hodges, director of the Governor’s STEM Scholars, write that New Jersey — the state that gave the world the light bulb, the silicon transistor, and the antibiotic streptomycin — is working now to lead the way again.

“In New Jersey,” Cicatiello and Hodges write, “the clustering of highly educated people, top companies, and world-renowned research universities has made it one of the premier places in the country for biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemical production, and knowledge creation.”

“People like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, institutions like Rutgers and Johnson & Johnson, and inventions like the transistor and phonograph all helped the state become a hub for innovation.”

“Despite the institutional advantages that New Jersey possesses, however,” Cicatiello and Hodges continue, “it is still challenged by the same forces assailing the nation.  In this country, one of the perennial problems that educators, politicians, and business leaders talk about is a STEM student and worker shortage.

“The problem is illustrated by the country’s stagnant performance in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s comprehensive survey, which found the American education system performing at roughly the same level as countries like Russia, Portugal, and Hungary. STEM educators were particularly alarmed; in science, the United States ranks 21st, a below-average number among wealthy industrialized nations.”

They point out that, “for New Jersey and other states, the problem is especially acute.  By 2018, New Jersey will need to fill more than 269,000 STEM jobs.  This problem is made worse by young people leaving the state to attend college and older individuals leaving New Jersey in their retirement years.”

“In 2008, New Jersey led the nation with a net loss of 27,343 students who left the state to go to college. If past patterns hold, many will not return to the state to work or live. By 2018, New Jersey will also bear a large portion of the 2.4 million job vacancies that baby boomers will create when they retire from positions in STEM fields.”

According to Cicatiello and Hodges, “One way New Jersey is addressing this problem is through the Governor’s STEM Scholars Program, a unique public-private partnership developed among leading companies, the Governor’s Office, the New Jersey Department of Education, and the secretary of Higher Education.”

“The program comprises a diverse group of 50 of the best and brightest high school and college students from communities across the state. It exposes them to all New Jersey has to offer in STEM,” they continue.  “Rather than rely on chance encounters, the program is giving these scholars a comprehensive introduction to all the STEM clusters in the state.

For the complete National Journal story, click here.