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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.

NJ Tech Weekly: Can Tech Industry and Universities Work Jump-Start Innovation?

West Caldwell, NJ, March 26, 2013 — As Esther Surden reports in New Jersey Tech Weekly, the good news is:  intellectual property (IP) — in the form of patents on everything from life sciences discoveries to digital technology — originates at New Jersey’s universities on a frequent basis.  

The bad news is:  It is often difficult for entrepreneurs to acquire this knowledge and “run with it” to create a product or service that will start an industry, or even just a solid great company, here in New Jersey.

Surden writes that many of the barriers are culture-related and stem from differing points of view in academia and industry.  However, a new report focuses on how academia, industry and the state can work together to address many of the issues that challenge greater, more successful collaboration between the Garden State’s higher-education institutions and the private sector.

The report— “Building Bridges II: Breaking Down Barriers — Perspectives from Academia and Industry on Building a New Jersey Innovation Ecosystem” — was written by the New Jersey Policy Research Organization (NJPRO) and Innovation NJ.  The report makes 15 specific recommendations to address five specific challenges.

 On March 13, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno went to Rutgers to announce that New Jersey would act on one of the report’s recommendations:  the creation of a New Jersey Council on Innovation.  The council will be charged with advising the state’s Partnership for Action on how industry and academia can better work together to improve the state’s economy and attract more federal funding.

To read Surden’s full NJ Tech Weekly story, click here.