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.

Department of Health (DOH)

Gov. Christie Nominates Cathleen Bennett to Serve as Commissioner of Health Department

Cathleen BennettTrenton, NJ, December 15, 2015 ― Governor Chris Christie’s office on Monday nominated two of the seven temporary members of his cabinet to full terms, including Cathleen D. Bennett to head the New Jersey Department of Health.

The Governor also nominated Richard T. Hammer as transportation commissioner.  The state Senate must confirm the Governor’s nominations.

Bennett began serving as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health on August 3, 2015, when Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd stepped down to pursue a private-sector position. Continue reading

New Jersey Celebrates Health Center Week with Ocean County Kickoff Event

Trenton, NJ, August 10, 2015 ― For 50 years, community health centers have provided care to millions of residents, offering patient-focused, coordinated services to families and individuals in need of preventative and primary care.

As part of National Health Center Week, a total of 63 events are planned across New Jersey this week to honor the extraordinary work of these centers.  A kickoff event is scheduled on Monday, August 10 at Ocean Health Initiatives in Lakewood from 12 to 3 p.m. Continue reading

June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day; NJ Dept. of Health Provides Resources

Trenton, NJ, June 26, 2015 ― New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd urges New Jersey residents to get tested for HIV as part of the annual National HIV Testing Day Observance, held June 21- 27.

“Testing is the only way to know if you have HIV,” said Commissioner O’Dowd.  “Early detection is key to getting into treatment, managing HIV and having the best quality of life.  There are highly effective treatments available which can dramatically improve longevity and quality of life for those living with HIV.” Continue reading

Governor Christie Announces Departure of Health Commissioner, Treasurer and Banking Commissioner

Trenton, NJ, June 22, 2015 ― Working to ensure state government continues to deliver results and reform for the people of New Jersey, Governor Christie today announced the departure of three long-serving cabinet members, along with new leaders for those posts.

State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd and Banking and Insurance Commissioner Ken Kobylowski will leave the administration over the next several weeks. Continue reading

New Jersey Health Officials Urge Residents to Avoid Dangers of Extreme Heat

Trenton, NJ, June 12, 2015 ― With temperatures expected to reach into the high 80s to low 90s over the next few days, the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH)  are encouraging residents to take steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition and heat exhaustion can also require hospital care,” said Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd.  “In extremely hot weather, it is vital to drink plenty of fluids, spend time in cool places and reduce or reschedule any physical activity.  And please remember to check on elderly family members and neighbors to make sure they are safe.” Continue reading

NJ Department of Health: Measles Exposures Related to Confirmed Case; Department Urges Residents Update Vaccinations

Trenton, NJ, May 28, 2015 ― The New Jersey Department of Health has identified a person confirmed to have measles who may have exposed people at a funeral home in Fords, Middlesex County on May 11 and 14.  The individual was unaware they were contagious while visiting the funeral home.

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that can cause serious medical complications.

As a result, the Department recommends that anyone who visited Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Ave., Fords, on Monday, May 11, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and on Thursday, May 14 between 1:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., contact a health care provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness.   Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Recognizes Stroke Awareness Month; Tips and Resources Are Available

Trenton, NJ, May 27, 2015 ― May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the New Jersey Department of Health is highlighting the devastating health effects of the condition and encouraging residents to be alert for the signs of stroke.

“Stroke is an important public health challenge and despite advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, stroke remains the 3rd leading cause of death in New Jersey and it is the number one cause of disability in our state,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd. Continue reading

Health Commissioner O’Dowd and Children and Families Commissioner Blake Offer Tips Safe Summer Tips

Trenton, NJ, May 21, 2015 ― Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd and Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake Offer Tips for a Safe Summer Season

As the unofficial start of summer approaches, the New Jersey Departments of Health (DOH) and Children and Families (DCF) are reminding residents and their families to take precautions to be safe in the water and protect against the sun’s ultraviolet rays-especially in infants and children. Continue reading

NJ Department of Health Recognizes Women Caregivers; National Women’s Health Week May 10-16

Trenton, NJ, May 12, 2015 ― New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd today recognized the commitment of caregivers in our state during the 11th annual Women Caregivers Retreat.

This event, which is held annually during National Women’s Health Week, is sponsored by the Department of Health, Family Support Center of New Jersey, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and AARP. Continue reading

NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Awards $6.3M in Grants for Research

Trenton, NJ, May 8, 2015 ― New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd announced today more than $6.3 million in grants for scientific research to develop treatments and cures for disabilities associated with traumatic brain injury.  These grant awards are approved by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research.

In New Jersey, approximately 175,000 New Jersey residents suffer from traumatic injuries that damage the brain, and 12,000 new injuries occur each year that require inpatient or outpatient treatment.  The economic consequences of physical disabilities due to traumatic brain injury are enormous. Continue reading