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.


Report to NJBIA Members: Halting New Jersey’s Millennial Brain Drain

Trenton, NJ, February 25, 2017New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., writes:

A year ago, NJBIA released its outmigration study detailing the significant economic impact of taxpayers leaving the state.

Our data was used to drive a discussion about the state’s changing economy over the past decade and the need to begin the process of comprehensive tax reform in order to make New Jersey competitive and affordable. Continue reading

MedTech Industry Lost Nearly 29,000 Jobs While Device Tax in Effect, U.S. Commerce Reports

Washington, DC, February 9, 2017 — The U.S. medical technology industry saw its jobs ranks fall by nearly 29,000 while the medical device excise tax was in effect, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Specifically, from 2012 to 2015, the number of U.S. medtech jobs declined from 401,472 to 372,638 – a loss of 28,834 jobs or a 7.2 percent decrease for the time period.

“These numbers reveal just how devastating of an impact the device tax had on our industry and underscore the urgent need for permanent repeal,” said Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). Continue reading

SSTI: Nearly 8.6 Million U.S. STEM Jobs in 2015, Reports U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Westerville, OH, February 1, 2017 ― The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) reports that approximately 6.2 percent of U.S. workers (nearly 8.6 million people) were employed in STEM jobs in May 2015, according to “STEM Occupations: Past, Present and Future” from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Of those nearly 8.6 million people, nearly half (45 percent) are employed in computer occupations. Continue reading

Report: U.S. Consumer Tech Industry Supports Over 15 Million Jobs, $414 Billion in Taxes

technology-touchArlington, VA, January 9, 2017 — The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ on December 15 released a new report that details just how significantly the consumer tech industry drives U.S. economic activity and American jobs.

In 2015, the tech industry supported 15 million jobs, generated $413 billion in taxes and created $3.5 trillion in total economic output, according to CTA’s U.S. Economic Contribution of the Consumer Technology Sector report.

“Our new study underscores the fact that the consumer technology industry is a critical component of our nation’s economy, accounting for total economic activity that amounts to over 10 percent of U.S. GDP,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. Continue reading

Sen. Steve Oroho Bill to Streamline Workers’ Compensation Claims Signed Into Law

steve-oroho-senatorTrenton, NJ, November 17, 2016 — Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to speed up the processing of workers’ compensation claims was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

“By standardizing procedures and setting a hard deadline, we can streamline this process for everyone involved,” Senator Oroho said. “This will ensure no money is tied up for too long, whether it’s the party making the claim or the one paying it out.”

The bill, S-2136, establishes a 60-day deadline for the payment of workers’ compensation claims. No such deadline currently exists. Continue reading

R&D Employment in the U.S.: Big Companies Dominate R&D Jobs, But Small Businesses Devote a Greater Share of Operations to R&D

R&D 5Arlington, VA, November 15, 2016 — The National Science Foundation reports that companies active in research and development (R&D) employed 1.5 million scientists, engineers, researchers, managers, technicians, support staff and other R&D workers in 2013, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

Although R&D workers account for just over 1 percent of total business employment in the Unites States, they play a vital role in creating the new ideas and technologies that keep companies competitive, create new markets and spur economic growth.

The three largest industry groups in terms of domestic R&D employment in 2013 were: Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: Is Governor Christie Resolved to End Bi-State Tax Deal with Pennsylvania?

Tax 1040Trenton, NJ, November 8, 2016 — John Reitmeyer today reports on NJ Spotlight that Governor Chris Christie said over the summer that he wasn’t fully committed to his decision to scrap a longstanding tax agreement with the state of Pennsylvania that has allowed commuters in both states to pay personal income taxes where they live instead of where they work.

But with the start of the next tax year now getting closer, it’s looking more and more like the bistate pact will indeed be allowed to expire.

Reitmeyer reports that, across the river in Pennsylvania, state officials have already begun informing taxpayers that the arrangement with New Jersey, which has been in place for nearly 40 years, will be coming to an end as of December 31, 2016. Continue reading

Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Report: ‘Eds and Meds’ Will Add Jobs in South Jersey

Medical Innovation 6Camden, NJ, June 17 ― Kim Mulford reports in the Courier-Post that demolition continued Tuesday at the future site of the Joint Health Sciences Center on Broadway and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

A new research and educational building will rise there, where a row of shops and a take-out restaurant once lined a busy block near Cooper University Hospital.

Expected to open in 2018, the building is the first phase of work by the Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors to link the two institutions and create a walkable campus downtown, using $50 million in state funding. Continue reading

Job-Seeking Ph.D. Holders Look to Life Outside Academia; 38% New Doctorate Recipients Are Jobless

Graduate 1New York, NY, June 17, 2016 ― Douglas Belkin reports in The Wall Street Journal that there is a conversation taking place across dozens of research universities that is aimed at preparing doctoral candidates entering the job market for a jarring reality: Their Ph.D. doesn’t deliver the bang for the buck it once did.

The percentage of new doctorate recipients without jobs or plans for further study climbed to 39% in 2014 from 31% in 2009, according to a National Science Foundation survey released in April.

Median salaries for midcareer Ph.D.s working full time fell 6% between 2010 and 2013. Continue reading

BIO’s New Bioscience Report Shows Industry Creating Jobs, Driving Innovation in U.S. and New Jersey

BIO Logo New NameWashington, DC, June 9, 2016 ― At its BIO International Convention this week in San Francisco, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) released a study — “The Value of Bioscience Innovation in Growing Jobs and Improving Quality of Life 2016” — that shows increased employment within the United States bioscience industry for the last four consecutive years.

The report also shows that New Jersey’s economy is 89 percent more concentrated in the biosciences than the national average and this high degree of specialization spans four of the five major industry subsectors: drugs and pharmaceuticals; research, testing, and medical labs; bioscience-related distribution; and medical devices.

The report also shows impressive U.S. bioscience industry strength and resilience, with employment growth of nearly 10 percent since 2001.  Among technology sectors the bioscience industry has been a leading performer over this period. Continue reading