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.


National Organizations Support Outreach Efforts for NIH’s ‘All of Us’ Research Program

Bethesda, MD, November 29, 2017 — Fourteen national community groups and health care provider associations have partnered with the All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, to help raise awareness about the program — an effort to engage 1 million or more volunteers across the country to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research.

This inaugural group of organizations will receive a combined $1 million to help educate their communities about the benefits of participation in this landmark project to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine.

“We want to build long-term relationships with our participants based on transparency and trust. These organizations will help us in that effort,” said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program at NIH. Continue reading

NIH Awards to Test Ways to Store, Access, Share and Compute on Biomedical Data in the Cloud

Bethesda, MD, November 23, 2017 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on November 6 announced that 12 awards totaling $9 million in Fiscal Year 2017 will launch an NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase.

A data commons is a shared virtual space where scientists can work with the digital objects of biomedical research, such as data and analytical tools.  The NIH Data Commons will be implemented in a four-year pilot phase to explore the feasibility and best practices for making digital objects available through collaborative platforms.

This will be done on public clouds, which are virtual spaces where service providers make resources, such as applications and storage, available over the internet. Continue reading

Nine Colleges and Universities Establish the New Jersey Big Data Alliance

Data finger touchNew Brunswick, NJ, January 19, 2017 — Andrew Sheldon reports on NJBIZ that nine of the state’s top colleges and universities have signed a memorandum of agreement to formally establish the New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA).

The aim of the NJBDA is to bring together the diverse advanced cyberinfrastructure resources and talent housed at the state’s universities, colleges and NJEDge.Net, according to a news release.

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president for economic development at Rutgers and a founder of the NJBDA, said the agreement was a step toward making the Garden State a leader in an emerging field. Continue reading

Stevens Institute Startup Offers Hope for Improved Diabetes Care Through Data

Stevens Institute of TechnologyHoboken, NJ, August 22, 2016 — It began with a conversation.

Justin Williams ’15, then a junior electrical engineering student at Stevens Institute of Technology, who was planning on a career in the defense industry, was talking with a friend diagnosed with diabetes about her daily routine of logging meals, monitoring blood sugar, taking medication — and about a hospital-paging device that had suddenly malfunctioned.

“I told her there had to be a better way,” he recalls, “and she just said, ‘you’re an engineer, why don’t you come up with something?’” Continue reading

Event: BioPharma Research Council to Host Free Webinar on ‘Big Data Meets the Patient’ June 4

Tinton Falls, NJ, May 28, 2015 ― The BioPharma Research Council (BRC) will host a Webinar on Thursday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m. that entitled “Big Data Meets the Patient.”  Registration is free.

Technology advancements within the life sciences field have been unprecedented in the history of humankind.  No place has this had more of an impact than in disease clinical assessment and drug discovery.

During its June 4 Webinar, BRC’s guest speakers will present information on the following: Continue reading

R&D Council’s Cicatiello on Long-Term Data Protection Critical for Future of NJ’s Biotech Sector

Newark, NJ, October 20, 2014 Writing in today’s Star-Ledger, Anthony S. Cicatiello, president of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, writes:

A trade deal being brokered thousands of miles from New Jersey could have a profound effect on our state’s financial future.

Representatives from the United States and other Pacific-Rim countries will meet in Australia this month to continue negotiations on a major new international free-trade agreement. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is expected to foster trade among the United States and some of the major economies of the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

But in order to complete the deal, negotiators will have to come to agree on a number of vexing issues. One especially important to the New Jersey economy is protection of intellectual property. A key sector of our economy could be fatally undermined if U.S. negotiators don’t stand firm. Continue reading

NJ Big Data Alliance to Host Inaugural Symposium, ‘Partnership in Big Data,’ April 23 at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ, March 25, 2014 — The New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA) will launch officially at its inaugural symposium, entitled “Partnerships in Big Data:  Pathways to Transformative Innovation in New Jersey,” on Wednesday, April 23 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Rutgers’ Livingston Hall in the Livingston Student Center, 88 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway.

The New Jersey Big Data Alliance is a consortium of higher education institutions that was initiated by the Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development to address the challenges posted by the deluge of digital data.  Continue reading

NJ Quality Health Care Quality Institute Partners to Present ‘Big Data and Health’ Conference April 4

Pennington, NJ, March 14, 2014 — The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and The Nicholson Foundation, will host “Big Data and Health: Implications for New Jersey’s Health Care System,” on Friday April 4, 2014.

The day-long event will be held at Dodds Auditorium Robertson Hall in Princeton, NJ.

Designed to promote an understanding of big data and health, this conference will highlight ways that “big data” techniques are currently being used in the health sector across the county, explore their potential to improve health care in New Jersey, and examine the potential privacy risks and cost implications. Continue reading