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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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Healthcare

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to Medical Research and Health Care

Washington, DC, May 24, 2017 — Alison Kodjak and Rob Stein report on NPR that President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget unveiled Tuesday doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, programs to fight infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The 2018 budget, which is entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” restates the goals of the “skinny budget” the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates. Continue reading

Event: Rutgers to Host 3rd Women’s Healthcare Innovation and Leadership Showcase on June 14

Piscataway, NJ, April 19, 2017 — The third Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Women’s Healthcare Innovation and Leadership Showcase (WHILS) will take place on Wednesday, June 14 at Rutgers University.

WHILS 2017 will be held at Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the Kessler Teaching Building, 675 Hoes Lane West in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The conference is supported by a founding in-kind sponsorship from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a gold sponsorship from the Rutgers University Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences (iJOBS) program. Continue reading

Christie Administration Recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day from April 16 to 22

NJ Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett

Trenton, NJ, April 14, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health is marking National Healthcare Decisions Day by encouraging New Jersey residents to discuss their healthcare preferences and plans for end-of-life care decisions with their physicians and family.

This year, National Healthcare Decisions Day will be celebrated all week long, from April 16 to 22.  The national theme for 2017 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

“Advance care planning offers benefits for individuals and their families,” Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said.  “Individuals have the comfort of knowing that their treatment preferences will be honored and families of patients are relieved from making difficult decisions without knowing what their loved one desired.” Continue reading

U.S. News & World Report’s State Rankings Are in—And New Jersey Did Quite Well

Trenton, NJ, March 3, 2017NJBIZ reports that the state rankings are in.  And for all the jokes — and all the problems with taxes and pensions and infrastructure — New Jersey did quite well.

In the first U.S. News & World Report ranking of the 50 U.S. states, released Tuesday morning, New Jersey came in at No. 14 overall. Even better, it ranked higher than New York (No. 17), Delaware (20) and Pennsylvania (30).

The states were judged on seven categories: Health care, education, crime and corrections, infrastructure, opportunity, economy and government. Continue reading

NJ Health Care Quality Institute and Rutgers-Eagleton Explore Jerseyans’ Comfort with Alternatives to the Emergency Room

New Brunswick, NJ, February 23, 2017 — The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), in partnership with the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, released a poll exploring where most New Jerseyans receive their health care, what their comfort levels are receiving care in a variety of settings, such as urgent care centers, private physician offices, and emergency departments, and under what circumstances they would seek care at alternate locations.

This poll, released on February 22, is the latest in the Health Matters series, a partnership between the two organizations that studies New Jerseyans’ attitudes on a variety of health-related issues. Continue reading

HINJ’s ‘Value of Medical Innovation’ Portal Showcases How Life Sciences Is Saving Money — And Lives

New Brunswick, NJ, February 18, 2017 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) continues to update its Value of Medical Innovation, a fact-driven, consumer-friendly digital library that delves into the myriad benefits of research-driven medical innovation, which saves money — and saves lives.

HINJ’s Value of Medical Innovation presents statistics from a number of resources, including the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), U.S. government sources and various medical research organizations. Continue reading

Monmouth University Poll: Health Care Is Top Concern of U.S. Families; Biggest Concern for 25 Percent

West Long Branch, NJ, February 8, 2017 — Paying for health care has emerged as the top concern of American families, according to the latest national Monmouth University Poll.

Two years ago this concern was clustered with job security and other household bills as causing the most anxiety for American households.

Half the country feels that their current financial situation is stable, but the remainder are more likely to feel that they are struggling to keep their finances afloat than say their situation is improving.  Continue reading

NJ Department of Health Seeks 2017 Population Health Heroes

Trenton, NJ, February 3, 2017 — New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett today announced that the Department is seeking applications for its first Population Health Heroes Awards to recognize New Jersey’s innovative leaders who are making system, policy and environmental changes that improve health.

“Across the state, there is incredible work being done to keep the well healthy, support those at risk for health problems and prevent those with chronic conditions from getting sicker,” Commissioner Bennett said. Continue reading

Drugmakers Announce $50 Million Investment to Fight Chronic Diseases in Poor Countries

Lab 3 VerticalDavos, Switzerland, January 19, 2017 — Reuters reports that two decades after they were spurred into action to tackle AIDS in Africa, global drugmakers said yesterday that they would invest an initial $50 million over three years to fight cancer and other non-communicable diseases in poor countries.

Twenty-two companies — including Pfizer, Merck, Novartis, Roche, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline — will contribute funds and expertise to the project, which is backed by the World Bank. Continue reading

NIH Reports Biomarker in Blood May Help Predict Recovery Time for Sports Concussions

NIH in BlueBethesda, MD, January 11, 2017 — Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that the blood protein tau could be an important new clinical biomarker to better identify athletes who need more recovery time before safely returning to play after a sports-related concussion.

The study, supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) with additional funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), published online in the Jan. 6, 2017 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Continue reading