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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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NJIT’s $21 Million State-of-the-Art Life Sciences and Engineering Center Opens for Innovation

NJIT President Joel Bloom (second from left) and Gov. Chris Christie

Newark, NJ, November 24, 2017 — An array of innovation-focused New Jerseyans – scientists, student researchers, alumni, company executives and elected officials — gathered on campus on September 21 to hail the much-anticipated opening of NJIT’s new Life Sciences and Engineering Center, a $21 million state-of-the-art research facility focused on the future of health care.

Governor Chris Christie helped cut the ribbon on the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s $19 million Life Sciences and Engineering Center, funded by $13.5 million in state Higher Education Capital Facilities grants, including Building Our Future Bond Act (GO Bond) funds. Continue reading

Gov. Christie Names Christopher Rinn Acting Health Commissioner; Succeeds Departing Cathleen Bennett

Christopher Rinn

Trenton, NJ, November 9, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie yesterday thanked New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett for her public health and health care accomplishments, and appointed Assistant Commissioner Christopher Rinn as Acting Commissioner.

“During Commissioner Bennett’s tenure,” Governor Christie said, “the Department achieved public health accreditation, opened adoption records dating back to the 1940s, coordinated health policies across eight Departments through the Population Health Action Team, funded pediatric autism medical homes, and successfully integrated the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) into the agency from the Department of Human Services.” Continue reading

PhRMA Announces Support for Seven-Day Script Limit on Opioid Medicines for Acute Pain

Washington, DC, October 3, 2017Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO Stephen J. Ubl on September 27 issued the following statement regarding patient access to opioid medications:

“As part of our commitment to advancing a multifaceted solution to address the opioid crisis, today PhRMA is announcing it supports policies limiting the supply of opioids to seven days for acute pain treatment.

“We are taking this step because we believe the worsening opioid epidemic demands additional solutions, with new protections for patients. Continue reading

Gov. Christie, Pharma Executives and Federal Leaders Discuss Public-Private Partnership to Address Opioid Epidemic

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, September 19, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie, chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, yesterday joined Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, and Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a commission member, in a roundtable at the War Memorial with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to advance a public-private partnership that can address America’s epidemic of addiction.

Governor Christie said, “The public and private sectors must join together to address this public health crisis and act quickly to stop an epidemic delivering a death toll equivalent to America enduring another 9-11 attack every two and a half weeks.” Continue reading

Montclair State Receives Official Designation as Public Research University; Fourth State University with Research Designation

Montclair, NJ, September 12, 2017 — On July 21, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation designating Montclair State University as a public research university.

New Jersey now has four public research universities: Montclair State, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Rowan and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Already classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a research doctoral institution, and classified by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education as a doctoral degree-granting institution, this latest acknowledgement formally recognizes the very substantial transformation that has occurred in recent years at New Jersey’s second largest university. Continue reading

Christie Administration Announces $500,000 Grant Opportunity to Integrate Health Care for Military, Veterans and First Responders

Trenton, NJ, August 17, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health yesterday announced a $500,000 grant opportunity to support a pilot program to integrate primary care, behavioral health, palliative care, hospice and telehealth services for military persons, veterans and first responders.

This one-year grant opportunity is available to New Jersey hospitals, healthcare systems, federally qualified health centers, or state university providers of behavioral health services.

Military personnel, veterans and first responders often deal with primary care and behavioral health challenges. Offering the integration of healthcare across the continuum will help create a seamless system of care. Continue reading

NJ Economic Development Authority Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Caren Franzini

Caren Franzini

Trenton, NJ, August 8, 2017 — Emily Bader reports in NJBIZ that Governor Chris Christie yesterday signed legislation — Assembly 4713, Burzichelli, D-3, /Prieto, D-32 — to rename the New Jersey Economic Development Authority headquarters at 36 W. State St. in Trenton to the Caren Franzini Memorial Building.

Franzini, who died last January 25, led the EDA for nearly two decades and has made significant contributions toward improving the Garden State’s business climate, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association said.

Franzini joined the EDA in 1991 as its deputy director, and became head of the agency from 1994 to 2012 before founding her own firm, Franzini Consulting LLC in Lambertville. Continue reading

Gov. Christie Signs Law that Will Boost Collaboration Between Businesses and Higher Ed

Trenton, NJ, August 8, 2017 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s (NJBIA) efforts to promote collaboration between businesses and higher education received a boost yesterday when Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation expanding eligibility for businesses under the Grow NJ program.

Sponsored by Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31), and Assembly members Gary Schaer (D-36) and Pamela Lampitt (D-6), the new law provides base and job-creation tax credits for a business partnering with a higher education institution located within three miles of each other. Continue reading

White House Opioid Commission Urges Trump: ‘Declare a National Emergency’ on Drug Overdoses; Chaired by Gov. Christie

Washington, DC, August 1, 2017 — Christopher Ingraham reports in The Washington Post that the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, chaired by Gov. Chris Christie, issued a preliminary report on Monday stating that its “first and most urgent recommendation” is for the president to “declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act.”

“With approximately 142 Americans dying every day,” the report notes, “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.” Continue reading

Governor Christie Swears in Kimberley Harrington as State Education Commissioner

Kimberley Harrington

Trenton, NJ, July 14, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie on July 12 presided over the swearing in of Kimberley Harrington as New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner.

Harrington had been Acting Commissioner for the past nine months.  Her nomination as commissioner was approved by the State Senate in June.

“Kimberley’s body of experience and deep devotion to providing New Jersey students with the highest quality education make her a perfect choice to lead the Department of Education as Commissioner,” said Governor Christie.  “I am pleased to have her as part of my cabinet and working to strengthen educational opportunities for all New Jersey students.” Continue reading