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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.

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Awards & Honors

Mayors Committee on Life Sciences Patient Courage Award Presented to Ralph Wehmann in Alpine

(L. to r.) Ralph Wehmann, Alpine Mayor Paul Tomasko and Dean Paranicas

Alpine, NJ, November 28, 2017 —The Mayors Committee on Life Sciences on November 20 presented its Patient Courage Award to Alpine resident Ralph Wehmann, in recognition of his strength in the face of adversity and commitment to helping others.

The honor was presented by Dean J. Paranicas, who serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) and a Co-Chair of We Work for Health New Jersey, during the Alpine Mayor and Council meeting.

Mr. Wehmann’s battle with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) began in 2012. It was not his first brush with a life-threatening illness, so it came as no surprise to those that know him that he fought back with the same determination and positive spirit he had demonstrated previously. Continue reading

R&D Council of NJ Presents 2017 Edison Patent Awards and Special Recognitions Honors

Jersey City, NJ, November 3, 2017 ― The Research & Development Council of New Jersey presented its 2017 Annual Edison Patent Awards on November 2 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.

The 2017 Edison Patent Award winners were:

  • Biomaterials: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Biomedical: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • Energy: Siemens Energy
  • Environmental: BASF
  • Imaging Systems: Princeton Plasma Physical Laboratory
  • Industrial Process: ExxonMobil
  • Information Technology: Avaya
  • Instrumentation: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Materials: Honeywell
  • Medical: Ethicon
  • Pharmaceutical: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmaceutical: Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Technology Transfer: Princeton University
  • Telecommunications: Nokia Bell Labs

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National Academy of Engineering Honors NJIT’s Dr. Louis Lanzerotti for His ‘Extraordinary Impact’ on Science and Policy

Dr. Louis Lanzerotti

Newark, NJ, October 31, 2017 — Tracy Regan reports that Louis Lanzerotti, Ph.D., a distinguished research professor of physics best known for shedding light on the space environment around Earth and its impact on hardware in space and critical infrastructure on the ground, received the 2017 Arthur M. Bueche Award from the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his “extraordinary impact on the engineering profession.”

Named in memory of Bueche — the top technical officer for General Electric Co., an advocate for science and technology adept at applying research to benefit society, and an adviser to universities, presidents and international organizations — the annual award recognizes pivotal contributions not only in the arena of science and technology, but in public policy as well. Continue reading

Mayors Committee on Life Sciences Presents Patient Courage Award to David Dubin in Haworth

(L. to r.) Mayor John Smart, David Dubin and Dean Paranicas

Haworth, NJ, October 27, 2017 — During the Haworth Borough Council meeting on Tuesday night, the Mayors Committee on Life Sciences presented its Patient Courage Award to Haworth resident David Dubin, in recognition of his strength in the face of adversity and commitment to helping others.

The honor was presented by HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) President and Chief Executive Officer Dean J. Paranicas, who serves as a Co-Chair of We Work for Health New Jersey.

Mr. Dubin has Lynch syndrome and is a three-time cancer survivor.  Lynch syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that increases the risk for certain types of cancers.  He was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997 but did not undergo genetic testing until the cancer returned in 2007. Continue reading

PhRMA Announces 2017 Research & Hope Award Honorees; Releases ‘Medicines in Development for Mental Illnesses Report’

Washington, DC, October 11, 2017 — As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) yesterday announced it is recognizing and honoring five individuals who are working tirelessly to advocate for patients, fight stigma surrounding mental illnesses and advance research at our 2017 Research & Hope Awards.

In addition, PhRMA said that America’s biopharmaceutical companies are committed to alleviating the considerable burden of mental illness and bringing cutting-edge medicines and new treatments to patients.

According to a new report — “Medicines in Development for Mental Illnesses 2017 Report” — released on October 10, there are more than 140 medicines in development to treat mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and more. Continue reading

Stockton University’s Hughes Center to Honor Six on November 9; Former VP Biden to Present Special Honor

Galloway, NJ, October 11, 2017 — The Hughes Center Honors will recognize six outstanding New Jersey leaders at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club on Thursday, November 9.

Among those honored will be the late Jim Whelan, who served as a City Councilman and Mayor of Atlantic City and later a state Senator until his death in August.

“We mourn the loss of Sen Whelan, but welcome the opportunity to honor his memory and share his legacy as we recognize the accomplishments of all our honorees,” said Sharon Schulman, executive director of the Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University. Continue reading

R&D Council of NJ Names 2017 Edison Patent and Special Recognition Honorees; Event Set for Nov. 2

Chatham, NJ, September 28, 2017 ― The Research & Development Council of New Jersey will present its 2017 Annual Edison Patent Awards on November 2 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.

The 2017 Edison Patent Award winners — which include Merck & Co., Inc. and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, member companies of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) — are:

  • Biomaterials: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Biomedical: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • Energy: Siemens Energy
  • Environmental: BASF
  • Imaging Systems: Princeton Plasma Physical Laboratory
  • Industrial Process: ExxonMobil
  • Information Technology: Avaya
  • Instrumentation: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Materials: Honeywell
  • Medical: Ethicon
  • Pharmaceutical: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmaceutical: Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Technology Transfer: Princeton University
  • Telecommunications: Nokia Bell Labs

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SSTI Recognizes Outstanding Initiatives Driving Regional Prosperity, Innovation; NJ Innovation Institute Among 2017 Honorees

Washington, DC, September 22, 2017 — From teaching high school students in rural western Kentucky how to become entrepreneurs to connecting entrepreneurs with a worldwide network of partners in a virtual hub, organizations are finding innovative ways to build regional prosperity.

Four outstanding examples — including New Jersey Innovation Institute’s Health IT Connections program — were recognized September 14 by the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), a national organization working to strengthen initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Continue reading

2017 Lasker Awards Announced: HPV Researchers and Planned Parenthood

New York, NY, September 6, 2017 — Laurie McGinley reports in The Washington Post that The Lasker Awards, among the most prestigious in medicine, will go to two National Cancer Institute (NCI) researchers whose work led to the development of vaccines that prevent cervical cancer, and to Planned Parenthood for providing “essential health services and reproductive care” to millions of women, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation said today.

In announcing the awards, sometimes referred to as “America’s Nobels,” the foundation lauded the recipients’ efforts to protect and enhance women’s health.

The foundation’s praise of Planned Parenthood seemed designed to counter attacks on the nonprofit by President Donald J. Trump and top congressional Republicans, who want to end all federal funding to the organization. Continue reading

NJIT Senior University Lecturer Osama Eljabiri Is Recipient of America’s Highest Honor for Public Service

Newark, NJ, August 2, 2017 — Last summer, 55 students from across the state of New Jersey attended a statewide cybersecurity boot camp run by Senior University Lecturer Osama Eljabiri via Real World Connections (RWC), a STEM education program Eljabiri created over a decade ago.

“It was a huge success,”  Eljabiri recalls. “It was the first time NJIT offered a cybersecurity camp to high school students. The students left in tears because they did not want the program to end.”

Eljabiri’s tireless efforts to catalyze interest in STEM-related fields by providing enrichment opportunities to thousands of New Jersey middle school and high school students has earned him a 2017 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award. Continue reading