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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.

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Innovation

NJBIA’s Innovation Summit 2017: Reinvent Your Business to Compete in the 21st Century Economy

Newark, NJ, October 5, 2017 — NJBIA’s Steve Wilson reports businesses need not be discouraged about the marketplace challenges of the 21st century economy. The innovation they need to take advantage of new technologies and new processes is well within their reach if they are willing to embrace change.

At NJBIA’s Innovation Summit on September 27, three long-established companies and the U.S. military showed how they are using innovation to not just survive, but to lead the way for change.

“We are about to go through an era that’s been called disruptive technology,” said Don Sebastian, president and CEO of the NJ Innovation Institute. “The cliff notes version is: You’re likely to become a dinosaur replaced by mammals.” Continue reading

Event: NJBIA to Host 2nd Annual Innovation Summit on September 27; Focus on ‘Reimagining Your Company to Drive Innovation’

Trenton, NJ, September 25, 2017 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) will host its second annual Innovation Summit on Wednesday, September 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the National Conference Center at 399 Monmouth St., East Windsor, NJ.

The theme of the summit is “Reimagining Your Company to Drive Innovation.”

The half-day event will bring together thought leaders and feature both successful venture capitalists and internationally recognized CEOs who will tell their story on what it takes to cultivate innovation in your business. Continue reading

SSTI Recognizes Outstanding Initiatives Driving Regional Prosperity, Innovation; NJ Innovation Institute Among 2017 Honorees

Washington, DC, September 22, 2017 — From teaching high school students in rural western Kentucky how to become entrepreneurs to connecting entrepreneurs with a worldwide network of partners in a virtual hub, organizations are finding innovative ways to build regional prosperity.

Four outstanding examples — including New Jersey Innovation Institute’s Health IT Connections program — were recognized September 14 by the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), a national organization working to strengthen initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Continue reading

Hundreds of Thousands Rallied, But Where Does the March for Science Go Now?

Washington, DC, September 19, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that the hundreds of thousands of people who rallied on the National Mall and in cities worldwide for the March for Science in April came to be noticed.

It was a march meant to demonstrate enthusiasm and political clout, and by those measures, organizers believe they succeeded.

But as two dozen of them met in New York the following month for a debrief, they faced an obvious reality: A grass-roots organization that was quickly formed to plan a singular event was not, at least immediately, equipped for far-reaching and long-term science advocacy. Continue reading

Rutgers’ Business Portal Aims to Serve Innovation-Driven Corporate Community

New Brunswick, NJ, September 6, 20117 ― Rutgers University’s Corporate Engagement Team in 2015 launched a completely new version of its Business Portal, a website designed in consultation with industry leaders to serve New Jersey’s corporate community.

Rutgers’ new Business Portal offers users easy access to four key areas — research, technology licensing, professional development and recruiting — and provides two robust internal search functions and clear pathways to Rutgers’ Corporate Engagement Team, Office of Research Commercialization and Rutgers Translational Sciences. Continue reading

Accenture Opens Innovation Center in Florham Park; Helping Clients Explore Business Applications of 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Robotics and More

Florham Park, NJ, August 29, 2017 — Senior correspondent Brenda Flanagan reported on “NJTV News” that there’s a 3-D printer hard at work in Accenture’s newest innovation center.

The just-opened Florham Park facility uses cutting edge tools to help solve business dilemmas. It turns out, this gadget can save time and money in unexpected places said Jenn Stefanowicz, associate manager for digital acceleration capability at Accenture. Continue reading

Trump Administration Unveils First Blueprint for Federal Investment in Science and Tech; Departs from Its Budget Request

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, August 21, 2017 — Jeffrey Mervis reports in Science that President Donald J. Trump on August 17 translated his campaign promise to “make America great again” into his administration’s first blueprint for federal investment in science and technology.

The White House on issued a four-page memo telling federal agencies that their research dollars should be focused on delivering short-term dividends in strengthening national defense and border security, the economy, and “energy dominance,” as well as improving public health. Continue reading

Opinion: Assemblymen and Stevens President Urge ‘Restore Funding to Turbocharge NJ’s Research and Development’

Trenton, NJ, August 16, 2017Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Dr. Nariman Farvardin, president of Stevens Institute of Technology, write on innovation and Assembly No. 5123 in an op-ed published on August 15 in The Star-Ledger:

One need only to look at the top performers in the S&P 500 — Amazon, Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Facebook — to confirm an indisputable fact about our modern economy: Technological innovation is the key driver of economic growth.

Policymakers who ignore technology’s disruptive impact on markets, industries and jobs do so at their constituents’ peril. (Think Amazon’s impact on the retail industry.) Continue reading

Inventions and Startups: The 20 Most-Successful Kickstarter Projects Based in the Garden State

Newark, NJ, August 7, 2017 — Erin Petenko reports in The Star-Ledger that Kickstarter has been an outlet for the dreams of New Jersey inventors and startups since the site first launched in 2009.

Projects headquartered in the Garden State have raised $16.7 million from nearly a quarter-million backers, leading to at least 1,400 successful projects, according to data gathered from the Kickstarter website.

The top projects have a certain brainy bias in geography: Princeton topped the list in most funds raised for projects, while Jersey City projects had the most backers. Continue reading

U.S. Senate Appropriations Advances Spending Bills; Would Fund Regional Innovation at $21 Million

Westerville, OH, July 30, 2017 ― Jason Rittenberg on July 27 reported on the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) news blog that

Over the past week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has passed bills to fund commerce and science, transportation, energy and water and agriculture. Regional Innovation Strategies would be funded at $21 million, an increase of $4 million over FY 2017.

Other innovation proposals received mixed support, as the Senate cut $3.2 billion from commerce, justice and science funding and another $400 million from agriculture. Continue reading