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 Partners with PILMA and WWFH-NJ to Host Life Sciences-Organized Labor Training Facility Tour for Rep. MacArthur

(L. to r.) HINJ CEO Dean Paranicas, IUOE Local 85 Business Manager Greg Lavelee, Sen. Steve Sweeney and Rep. Tom MacArthur

New Brunswick, NJ, June 27, 2017 — The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), along with the Pharmaceutical Industry-Labor Management Association (PILMA) and We Work For Health – New Jersey (WWFH-NJ), hosted an organized labor training facility tour for Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ-3rd) on May 12.

New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester) also attended the event, which was held at the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 825 Training Grounds in Dayton, NJ.

To view a video from the tour — including brief comments from Congressman MacArthur and Senate President Sweeney — please click here. Continue reading

Opinion: Labor Leader Greg Lalevee on ‘Workers Win When Jersey Drug Companies Innovate’

Greg Lalevee

Springfield, NJ, June 21, 2017The Record/NorthJersey.com on June 15 published the following opinion piece by Greg Lalevee, Business Manager, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825:

New Jersey’s nickname, “Medicine Chest of the World,” is backed up by the numbers.

Our state is home to more than 3,000 life sciences establishments.  Thirteen of the world’s top 20 biopharmaceutical companies have made the Garden State their U.S. headquarters.

These firms are innovating and saving lives every day — and they couldn’t do it without help from supportive government policies and New Jersey’s well-trained and talented union workforce. Continue reading

Governor Christie Announces Departure of Long-Serving Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths

Harold Wirths

Harold Wirths

Trenton, NJ, July 19, 2016 — Governor Chris Christie yesterday announced the departure of one of his longest serving cabinet members, Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths, who has been at the helm of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development since February 2010 and who will leave office next month.

The Governor will be nominating Commissioner Wirths to serve on the State Parole Board.

“I am grateful for the dedication and strong sense of public service Hal has brought to my administration,” said Governor Christie.  “He demonstrated great leadership during an economic downturn when our Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund was bankrupt and the Great Recession hit its peak.” Continue reading

Opinion: Ironworkers President on ‘The Link Between Innovation and Job Creation’; Calls on Congress to Protect Innovation

Eric Dean -- Ironworkers and PILMAWashington, DC, January 23, 2016Eric Dean, general president of the Ironworkers International and chairman of the Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association (PILMA), writes in The Hill:

“As the general president of the Ironworkers union, representing 130,000 skilled craft workers in North America, one of my most important responsibilities is to help protect the jobs of highly skilled workers.

“The men and women who are members of my union, Ironworkers International, have undergone rigorous apprenticeship training. They have dedicated long nights, days and weekends to hone their craft and earn the right to return to the job site the next day.  Continue reading

National Business Survey Finds Health Care Benefits Cost Increases to Hold Steady in 2016

Washington, DC, August 12, 2015 ― Health care benefit cost increases at large employers are expected to hold steady in 2016, due in large part to changes employers are making to their benefit programs.

At the same time, nearly half of large employers say if they don’t take additional measures to control costs, at least one of their health plans will reach the threshold that triggers the “Cadillac” excise tax under the Affordable Care Act in 2018, according to an annual survey released today by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of 425 large U.S. employers. Continue reading