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.

NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)

Report to NJBIA Members: Halting New Jersey’s Millennial Brain Drain

Trenton, NJ, February 25, 2017New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., writes:

A year ago, NJBIA released its outmigration study detailing the significant economic impact of taxpayers leaving the state.

Our data was used to drive a discussion about the state’s changing economy over the past decade and the need to begin the process of comprehensive tax reform in order to make New Jersey competitive and affordable. Continue reading

Save the Date! ‘New Jersey Rare Disease Day 2017’ Set for February 27 in Trenton

Rare Disease DayTrenton, NJ, January 29, 2017 — New Jersey’s rare disease community will gather to celebrate Rare Disease Day 2017 on Monday, February 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) at 10 West Lafayette Street in Trenton.

The half-day event will be sponsored by BioNJ, the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), New Jersey Rare Disease Alliance and NORD.

The morning will begin at 9:00 a.m. with coffee, pastries and networking, followed by speakers from the rare disease community, including patients, patient advocates, legislators, biomedical healthcare professionals and life sciences community leaders. Continue reading

NJBIA 2017 Business Survey: $15 Minimum Wage and the Rush to Automation

NJBIA Logo - CROPPEDTrenton, NJ, January 6, 2017 — A $15 minimum wage would usher in a rush to automation for minimum wage jobs as businesses look for ways to cut costs to cover the higher pay, according to New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) President and CEO Michele Siekerka.

This year’s NJBIA Business Outlook Survey (BOS) asked member companies about the impact of a proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Seventy percent said it would have an impact, with 34 percent saying they would need to reduce staff, 28 percent saying they would reduce employees’ hours, and 34 percent saying they would raise prices. Continue reading

NJBIA Supports State Commission to Promote Higher Ed, Business Partnerships

NJBIA Logo - CROPPEDTrenton, NJ, December 19, 2016 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) on December 19 said it supports legislation that will foster greater cooperation between business and academia through a new Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships. The bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate today.

“To compete in today’s high-tech global economy, businesses and higher education have to work more closely together,” said NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Melanie Willoughby. Continue reading

NJBIA Supports College Affordability Bills that Clear Committee

Students boy with glasses formulaTrenton, NJ, December 15, 2016 — Making college more affordable is an important business issue.  That’s why the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) is supporting four college-affordability bills that were released by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

The bills are designed to ease the debt burden many students face upon graduation.

“An affordable college education is critical for the state economy, particularly in helping New Jersey maintain its competitive edge in having a highly educated workforce,” said NJBIA Director Andrew Musick. Continue reading

NJBIA’s Innovation Summit 2016: Rounding Out the First Year of NJBIA’s Innovation and Technology Policy Committee

innovationsummitnfNewark, NJ, November 13, 2016 Tyler Seville, Director of Technology and Workforce Development at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), writes:

For those that missed it last week, NJBIA hosted the Second Annual Innovation Summit at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on November 2nd.  The event was well received by the attendees, speakers, sponsors and press.

The event was kicked off by keynote speaker Bob Hugin, executive chairman of Celgene Corporation, who discussed the importance of advocating for innovation in New Jersey: Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Are Resurgent in New Jersey; State’s Universities Are Leading the Way

New Jersey signHoboken, NJ, November 9, 2016 — Laurie Peterson reports on NJ Spotlight that it has almost become an adage: New Jersey was once the center of innovation in the country but no longer.  That title is now held by California, or Massachusetts, or New York, or even Washington.

But recently, funding, professional support, and office space for entrepreneurs have been springing up all over the state — for those who know where to find them. Universities are helping to lead the way.

A number of New Jersey universities are seeing it as part of their role to encourage business incubation. Continue reading

NJBIA’s Innovation Summit: Panel Explores ‘Entrepreneurships: Innovating Business at Every Level’

innovationsummitnfTrenton, NJ, November 4, 2016 — George N. Saliba reports in New Jersey Business that A second panel discussion at NJBIA’s Innovation Summit on November 2 focused on tech-centric entrepreneurship in the Garden State and beyond.

The presentations revealed that New Jersey faces challenges as well as opportunities in this realm, including, but not limited to issues surrounding: startup funding, higher education’s role in fostering entrepreneurship, and the proliferation of Millennials who aim to start their own companies.

Dennis M. Bone, director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, Montclair State University, moderated the panel. Continue reading

Celgene Executive Chair Bob Hugin Urges Entrepreneurs to Advocate on Innovation Issues at NJBIA’s Innovation Summit

Bob Hugin

Bob Hugin

Princeton, NJ, November 3, 2016 — Steven Wilson reports in New Jersey Business that creating a successful innovation environment is critical to New Jersey’s economic future, so entrepreneurs, investors and researchers all need to become better advocates for the policies that will support New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem.

That was the message from Bob Hugin, executive chair of Celgene Corporation and the keynote speaker at NJBIA’s second annual Innovation Summit yesterday in Princeton.

“It’s important for all of us to be stronger, more forceful advocates for the issues about the innovation ecosystem of New Jersey,” Hugin told a crowd of about 150 at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. Continue reading

New Jersey Innovation Institute President & CEO Donald H. Sebastian Named to ‘Made in New Jersey’ Honor Roll

Dr. Don Sebastian

Dr. Don Sebastian

Newark, NJ, October 31, 2016 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) and New Jersey Business magazine named Donald H. Sebastian, Ph.D., President & CEO at New Jersey Innovation Institute, to the Made in New Jersey Honor Roll.

In addition to Dr. Sebastian, others added to the Made in New Jersey Honor Roll included Untied States Senator Cory Booker, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and United States Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.

Dr. Sebastian has been a staunch advocate for the importance of manufacturing to a robust technology-based economy for over 30 years.  Continue reading