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.

Governor Christie

Governor Christie Partners with Community Colleges to Create New Economic Opportunities for All Residents

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, March 23, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie on March 20 announced a new partnership with the state’s 19 community colleges to provide all New Jerseyans with new pathways to economic opportunity through an expansion of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s “Career Connections” network.

Governor Christie made the announcement at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, where state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Acting Commissioner Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph. D., Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, and presidents from New Jersey’s community colleges convened to sign the agreement, setting a goal to increase the percentage of New Jersey residents who have earned employer-valued certificates and college degrees to at least 65 percent by 2025. Continue reading

Christie Administration Continues Commitment to New Jersey’s Healthcare System

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, March 11, 2017 — Governor Christie’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget invests $705.1 million in New Jersey’s healthcare system including support for charity care, medical education and quality improvement.

The proposed budget includes:

  • $252 million for charity care
  • $166.6 million for the hospital incentive program known as Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP)
  • $218 million for Graduate Medical Education (GME)
  • $30 million increase from last year’s budget to support our teaching hospitals
  • $43.8 million for University Hospital
  • $24.7 million for Hospital Mental Health Offset Payments

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Gov. Christie Nominates Kimberley Harrington to Serve as State’s Education Commissioner

Kimberley Harrington

Kimberley Harrington

Trenton, NJ, January 26, 2017 — Adam Clark reports in The Star-Ledger that Gov. Chris Christie on January 23 nominated acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington to formally serve as the state’s school chief during his final year in office, according to

Harrington, who has been acting commissioner since September, is a former teacher and administrator.  She began working for the state Department of Education in 2012 as director of academic standards.

Former Education Commissioner David Hespe, who became acting commissioner in February 2014 and was confirmed in December 2014, resigned to work for the Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso law firm in Whippany. Continue reading

Gov. Christie, Lawmakers Move on Aggressive Bill to Tackle NJ Addiction Crisis

Drug Abuse help 2Trenton, NJ, January 25, 2017 — Susan K. Livio reports in The Star-Ledger that far-reaching legislation Gov. Chris Christie outlined in his State of the State address that would prevent opioid addiction and reduce economic barriers to inpatient drug treatment is expected to get a hearing as early as next week, one of the prime sponsors of the bill confirmed Monday.

Gov. Christie, in his Jan. 11 speech, said he wanted the Democrat-controlled legislature to pass the insurance bill within 30 days, while ordering Attorney General Christopher Porrino to quickly adopt rules limits opioid prescriptions.

Though still in the draft stage, the aggressive bill requires insurance companies to admit addicts without delay into an inpatient treatment program regardless of their ability to pay, for a maximum of six months, according to Senate Health Committee Chairman Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), one of bill’s prime sponsors. Continue reading

Governor Christie Launches ‘Help Is Within Reach’ Campaign; Unveils ReachNJ.gov and Helpline for Treatment, Services

Helpline christiesTrenton, NJ, January 20, 2017 — Further strengthening his commitment to helping those with substance abuse disease, as stated in his 2017 State of the State Address, Governor Chris Christie today launched a campaign to promote access to treatment and services for those impacted by addiction.

The new website, ReachNJ.gov, and helpline, 1-844-REACH-NJ, are designed to help those in need identify, prevent, treat and recover from substance abuse.

In this ad and throughout the campaign, Governor Christie will continue to emphasize that New Jersey is making it easier for residents to find resources available to them by going to the website or calling the help line. Continue reading

Gov. Christie Signs Executive Order Declaring Opioid Drug Abuse a Public Health Crisis; Creates Drug Abuse Task Force

Governor Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, January 18, 2017 — Intensifying his Administration’s commitment in the fight against substance abuse, Governor Chris Christie yesterday signed Executive Order 219 declaring the opioid epidemic a public health crisis in New Jersey.

The action requires the marshalling of all appropriate resources to combat its harmful effects on state citizens.

“We must take aggressive action to get this insidious crisis under control so I am calling together all resources of state government in order to save lives,” said Governor Christie. Continue reading

Governor Christie Delivers 2017 State of the State Address; Focus Is on Combatting Drug Addiction

Governor Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, January 10, 2017Governor Chris Christie delivered his 2017 State of the State Address this afternoon before members of the State Legislature. 

The following is the Governor’s address as Prepared for Delivery today:

This is the seventh time I have had the honor to step before the Legislature and the people of New Jersey to perform one of my duties as Governor. Article V, Section I, Paragraph 12 creates the constitutional requirement to report on the State of the State. As the one person independently elected by all New Jerseyans to state government, the Governor is the only person truly able to give the people this report.

For me, service to the people of this state has been my central responsibility every day of my life for the last fifteen years, first as U.S. Attorney and now as Governor. As I enter my eighth year as Governor, it is my honor and privilege to report on the State of the State I call home for me and my family. Continue reading

Governor Christie Signs Oroho Bill to Remove Red Tape from Pharmaceutical Industry

Sen. Steve Oroho

Sen. Steve Oroho

Trenton, NJ, December 7, 2016 — Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to ma

ke the registration process easier for pharmaceutical companies is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

The measure came out of the New Jersey Red Tape Review Commission.

“The seemingly never ending list of regulations and rules has handcuffed business in this state for far too long,” Senator Oroho said. Continue reading

Gov. Christie Saves Pennsylvania Reciprocity Agreement After Achieving Over $250M in Taxpayer Savings

Governor Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, November 22, 2016 — Governor Chris Christie announced today that he is now able to save the income tax reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania, thanks to health benefit reforms enacted since the FY17 budget passed.

In September, the State Health Benefits Commission and Plan Design Committee identified and enacted healthcare reforms to save State taxpayers over $200 million for Calendar Year 2017 ($100.5 million for Fiscal Year 2017). 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