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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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Innovation Ecosystem

Opinion: New Jersey Is Headed for 21st Century with Gov.-Elect Phil Murphy

Governor-Elect Phil Murphy

Washington, DC, November 15, 2017 — The Hill published the following opinion piece by Douglas Singleterry and Zenon Christodoulou on November 11:

New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy grew up several miles southwest of Kendall Square.  With proximity to MIT, this section of Cambridge has been hailed as the “most innovative square mile on the planet” due to the number of tech startups.

Last year, a study confirmed that Boston rivals Silicon Valley as the nation’s premier location for digital innovation.  “Before Silicon Valley, there was New Jersey,” Murphy reminded Garden State voters throughout the gubernatorial election.   Continue reading

U.S. News & World Report Ranks 8 New Jersey Colleges Among Best; Princeton Again No. 1

Newark, NJ, September 15, 2017 — Payton Guion reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that New Jersey has eight colleges ranked among the top schools in the country, according to the 2018 list from U.S. News and World Report, up from seven that made the grade in last year’s rankings.

Rowan University is the newcomer of the N.J. schools that made the list, coming in at 171 after not being ranked last year.

In ranking the top national universities, U.S. News considered 311 institutions. 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

Choose New Jersey CEO Michele Brown: ‘Access to Lab Space, Funding and Partners Help Biotech Companies Grow in Garden State’

Michele Brown (Photo: NJBIZ/Aaron Houston)

Trenton, NJ, August 1, 2017Choose New Jersey, Inc. led a delegation representing more than 20 New Jersey organizations — including top life sciences companies, universities, trade associations, state officials — as it showcased New Jersey’s assets and resources for biotechnology companies at BIO International 2017, which was June 19-22 in San Diego, California. 

Prior to the BIO event, Choose New Jersey President and Chief Executive Officer Michele Brown in June wrote:

When Hurel Corporation outgrew its incubator space at the Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) in North Brunswick, New Jersey in 2016, it marked an important milestone for the biotechnology company. Continue reading

Opinion: Assemblyman Gary Schaer on Life Sciences, New Jersey and ‘A Blueprint for Tomorrow’

Asm. Gary Schaer

Trenton, NJ, July 3, 2017Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, in May shared the following with Innovation New Jersey readers:

Each time we tackle the state budget, we are reminded that it is a living, breathing document that, at its core, should fundamentally reflect our priorities.  As we enter final deliberations in crafting this year’s state budget, that reminder is all the more potent.

One of the reasons New Jersey’s economy lagged far behind most of the nation after the Great Recession is because we failed to make the proper investments to capitalize on our strengths and leverage our assets to grow our economy.  We cannot expect to move forward and grow as a state without planting the proper seeds.  Continue reading

PhRMA Releases ‘Research in Your Backyard’ for New Jersey; PhRMA, HINJ and WWFH-NJ Host Discussion Focused on Biopharma Research in Garden State

New Brunswick, NJ, June 28, 2017 — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today released a new report titled “Research in Your Backyard: Developing Cures, Creating Jobs, Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials in New Jersey,” which finds that 25,127 New Jersey patients participate in clinical trials around the state, generating $617 million in economic growth.

The report was released at an event co-hosted by PhRMA, the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) and We Work for Health New Jersey (WWFH-NJ) that was held at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

In addition to a presentation of the new PhRMA report, the event featured a panel discussion of industry experts that was moderated by HINJ President and Chief Executive Officer Dean J. Paranicas: Continue reading

NPR All Tech Considered: Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Reigned as Nation’s Center of Innovation

Washington, DC, June 28, 2017Laura Sydell on June 5 reported on National Public Radio (NPR) on New Jersey’s history of innovation:

People from New Jersey are used to defending their state.

But, in fact, New Jersey has a history to brag about. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, the phonograph and the movie camera there. Many decades later, Bell Labs invented the transistor in the state. Continue reading

Rutgers-New Brunswick Rated One of Top 100 Research Universities in the World; Ranked No. 31 in U.S.

New Brunswick, NJ, June 26, 2017 — NJBIZ reported that Rutgers-New Brunswick was one of 37 universities in the United States to be ranked among the Top 100 research-intensive universities in the world, according to the prestigious CWTS Leiden Rankings.

Rutgers ranked No. 77 in the world, but No. 31 among schools based in the United States.

Rutgers was behind Cornell (No. 26), Washington University in St. Louis (27) and New York University (29). Continue reading

Choose New Jersey Showcases State’s Assets, Resources at BIO International 2017 This Week

Princeton, NJ, June 22, 2017 — A delegation representing more than 20 New Jersey organizations, including top life sciences companies, universities, trade associations, State government and Choose New Jersey, Inc. is showcasing New Jersey’s assets and resources for biotechnology companies at the New Jersey Pavilion (Booth #1737) at BIO International 2017, June 19-22 (2017) in San Diego, California.

During the world’s largest biotechnology conference, members of the New Jersey delegation are holding business meetings with executives representing companies in North America, Europe and Asia interested in learning more about the benefits of a New Jersey location. Continue reading

NJBIA’s Melanie Willoughby on ‘NJ’s Innovation Ecosystem Taking Shape’

Melanie Willoughby

Trenton, NJ, June 18, 2017In the June “Innovative State” issue of New Jersey Business, the monthly magazine of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Melanie Willoughby, NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer, writes:

In today’s business world, anyone with a car can be a taxi-cab company, anyone with a house can be a hotel, and we all can walk around with desktop computers in our pockets.

Few people predicted these developments, but those who shape their organizations to be innovative are in a stronger position to take advantage of whatever changes are in store in the future. Continue reading