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.


New Report: Fewer U.S. Children Lack Access to Healthcare

doctor-kid-2Washington, DC, November 19, 2016 — As a growing number of U.S. children have gained health insurance over the past decade, fewer kids are missing out on things like physicals and dental exams, a recent study suggests.

Steep declines in the number of uninsured have been well documented, largely as a result of growth in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

But the current study offers fresh evidence that kids are not only getting insured — they’re also becoming more likely to receive the care they need. Continue reading

Medical Innovation: Fewer Children Are Dying of Cancer; Death Rates Down 20 Percent

Cancer Research blueWashington, DC, October 11, 2016 — Nicholas Bakalar reports in The New York Times that children are dying less often from cancer, with substantial declines in all races and age groups, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Bakalar reports that from 1999 to 2014, the overall deaths from childhood cancer fell by 20 percent. The rate among 1- to 19-year-olds went down to 2.28 per 100,000 population, from 2.85.

Adolescents 15 to 19 were the most likely to die, but their rate fell by 22 percent.

There were no significant differences in the death rates of white and black children with cancer. Among whites, the rate declined 17 percent; among blacks, 23 percent. The death rate for boys was about 30 percent higher than that for girls. Continue reading

CDC Estimates 1 in 68 School-Aged Children Have Autism; No Change from Previous Estimate

Autism kid handsAtlanta, GA, April 4, 2016 ― An estimated 1 in 68 (14.6 per 1,000) school-aged children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a CDC report published last week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary.

This report shows essentially no change in ASD prevalence, the proportion of school aged-children with ASD, from the previous report released in 2014.

However, it is too soon to know whether ASD prevalence in the United States might be starting to stabilize.  CDC will continue tracking ASD prevalence to better understand changes over time. Continue reading

CMS Announces $32 Million to Help Get Eligible Children Enrolled in Health Coverage

Kid Mom PharmacistWashington, DC, November 17, 2015 ― The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced $32 million in available funds to support efforts to reach out to families with children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and help get them covered.

The funds will support activities aimed at alerting families to the availability of free or low-cost health coverage under Medicaid and CHIP, identifying children likely to be eligible, and assisting families with the application and renewal process. Medicaid and CHIP provide comprehensive coverage to the nation’s most vulnerable children. Continue reading

Study Debunks Link Between Autism and Childhood Vaccines

Newark, NJ, April 22, 2015 ― Kathleen O’Brien today reports in The Star-Ledger that a large study released Tuesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds no link between autism and childhood vaccines, even for those with an older sibling who has autism.

The study, which was led by Anjali Jain of the Lewin Group, determined the vaccination history and autism diagnoses of more than 95,000 children by accessing the insurance claims database of a large commercial health plan. Continue reading

National Infant Immunization Week Highlights Importance of Childhood Disease Protection

Trenton, NJ, April 21, 2015 ― Raising awareness about the importance of childhood immunizations in protecting children, families and communities, New Jersey Department of Health State Epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan will visit the Center for Health Education, Medicine, & Dentistry (CHEMED) during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), an annual observance held since 1994.

CHEMED, a federally qualified health center, will focus on boosting immunization rates in their clinic for those children birth through age two years with a goal of vaccinating approximately 600 children by the end of NIIW.

This event will be held on April 22 at 11:30 am at CHEMED, 1771 Madison Avenue, Lakewood. Continue reading

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Doubles Commitment to Helping Children Grow Up at a Healthy Weight

Princeton, NJ, February 10, 2015 ― Recognizing that obesity remains one of the biggest threats to the health of our children, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced it will commit $500 million over the next ten years to expand efforts to ensure that all children in the United States — no matter who they are or where they live ― can grow up at a healthy weight.

Building on a $500 million commitment made in 2007, the nation’s largest health philanthropy will have dedicated more than $1 billion to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.   Continue reading