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.


HINJ President Testifies at Inaugural Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee

Dean J. Paranicas, President and Chief Executive Officer of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), testified February 1 at the inaugural hearing of the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee.

Dean J. Paranicas, President of HINJ, testifying Feb. 1 in Trenton

Paranicas said the panel will play a valuable role by focusing on the needs of New Jersey’s innovation economy, “which has a long legacy as a global leader spanning more than a century in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and food processing, all of which have their roots here.”

The state has made tremendous progress to foster innovation and research in recent years, he said, but more needs to be done. Along with offering specific recommendations, the HINJ President said: “A state’s attitude goes a long way in setting the tone.  In our case, New Jersey needs to embrace the life sciences as Texas embraces oil and gas and Michigan embraces the automobile industry.”

Paranicas commended Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for establishing the committee and expressed appreciation to Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker for agreeing to serve as Chairman and to the Committee members for their participation.

The full text of Paranicas’ testimony is posted on the HINJ website here.

Rutgers Names David Kimball as VP for Innovation and Research Commercialization of Office of Research and Economic Development

Dr. David Kimball

New Brunswick, NJ, November 25, 2017 — Rutgers University on October 23 announced the appointment of David Kimball, Ph.D., as vice president for innovation and research commercialization of the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED).

Most recently, Dr. Kimball led translational science and research commercialization as associate vice president in ORED.

“I am delighted to announce David’s promotion to Vice President of Innovation and Research Commercialization,” said Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D., R.Ph., Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Rutgers University. Continue reading

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

Morris County Economic Development Corp. Hosts ‘Growth and Innovation Forum’

Parsippany, NJ, November 13, 2017 — TapInto reports that the Morris County Economic Development Corporation on November 3 hosted it annual Growth and Innovation Forum at the Sheraton Parsippany where a full house of business leaders learned about the latest developments in Innovation strategies throughout the region.

The keynote speaker was John Stecher, the Chief Innovation Officer of Barclays Capital who spoke about the importance of community in technology innovation and business growth.

Also presenting was Aaron Price, Founder & CEO of Propelify which is a mostly online community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and technologists who empower each other with the tools, knowledge, and people to turn ideas into action. Continue reading

NJ Launches ’65 by ’25: Many Paths One Future’ Campaign; Higher Ed, Labor, Educators Partner with Business for Competitive, Innovative and Prosperous State

Princeton, NJ, November 12, 2017 — More than 100 education, business and industry leaders took part in the official launch in September of New Jersey’s 65 by ’25: Many Paths, One Future campaign at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Headquarters in Princeton.

With the pace of innovation rapidly accelerating, New Jersey must provide real economic opportunities for residents by supporting and creating pathways for everyone to acquire the skills and education that will help them secure rewarding careers.

According to the latest data available, 50.2 percent of New Jersey’s workers have some level of education or training beyond high school — well short of the 65 percent economists say will be needed by 2025 to meet the demand for a skilled labor workforce equipped with high-quality, industry-valued post-secondary credentials. Continue reading

R&D Council of NJ Presents 2017 Edison Patent Awards and Special Recognitions Honors

Jersey City, NJ, November 3, 2017 ― The Research & Development Council of New Jersey presented its 2017 Annual Edison Patent Awards on November 2 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.

The 2017 Edison Patent Award winners were:

  • Biomaterials: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Biomedical: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • Energy: Siemens Energy
  • Environmental: BASF
  • Imaging Systems: Princeton Plasma Physical Laboratory
  • Industrial Process: ExxonMobil
  • Information Technology: Avaya
  • Instrumentation: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Materials: Honeywell
  • Medical: Ethicon
  • Pharmaceutical: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmaceutical: Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Technology Transfer: Princeton University
  • Telecommunications: Nokia Bell Labs

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Senator Booker Sponsors Legislation to Advance Small-Business Accelerators and Incubators

Senator Cory Booker

Trenton, NJ, November 2, 2017 — John Reitmeyer reports on NJ Spotlight that a major element of President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the federal tax code involves corporate tax-rate cuts that are supposed to lead to more business investment and hiring.

But a bipartisan group of lawmakers — including New Jersey’s Cory Booker — is backing legislation that follows a different approach to economic growth by investing directly in the development of small businesses and startups.

Reitmeyer reports that a measure introduced in October in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives calls for $6 million in additional funding to go to the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) to help maintain the agency’s Growth Accelerator Fund for another five years. Continue reading

Princeton University Panel Concludes that Mix of Biotech, Data Science Is Promising for Better Health and Business Growth in NJ

Princeton, NJ, November 1, 2017 — Steven Schultz reports for Princeton University’s Office of Engineering Communications that companies and academic institutions of New Jersey have a unique opportunity to solve health care problems and grow new businesses at the intersection of biotechnology and data science, a panel of leaders from industry and academia concluded at a conference convened by Princeton University on Oct. 25.

The event was organized by Princeton University’s Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations with the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

“It is a critical time in New Jersey,” said Debbie Hart, president and CEO of BioNJ, an industry group for biotechnology and life sciences companies. “We are at a tipping point where there are a number of things stacked up about to happen that will make a big difference.” Continue reading

Event: Morris County Economic Development Corp. to Host Innovation Forum on November 3; Barclays Chief Innovation Officer to Keynote

Florham Park, NJ, October 25, 2017 — The Morris County Economic Development Corporation will hold its first Annual Innovation Forum on Wednesday, Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Sheraton Parsippany located at 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany, NJ.

The keynote speaker will be John Stecher, Chief Innovation Officer at Barclays.  He will speak about how he manages the process of innovation and change management within his organization.

Attendees will learn how companies in Morris County are innovating to drive business growth and providing value to customers.  They also will learn how to apply these strategies to their business and share innovative approaches your company is taking. Continue reading

Stevens Institute of Technology Team Named Finalist in 2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition

Hoboken, NJ, October 17, 2017 — A Stevens Institute of Technology Senior Design team has been named one of only six undergraduate finalists for the 2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition, which honors the nation’s top collegiate inventors.

The students devised CerebroSense, a device that can monitor and measure exposed brain tissue from a distance, which reduces complications during and after open-brain surgery.

The Senior Design team, who have all graduated, includes David Ferrara, Andrew Falcone and Maria De Abreu Pineda. Continue reading