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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.

NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)

NJ Spotlight: Industry Voices Op-Ed: ‘New Jersey’s Universities Are Key to Innovation and the State’s Prosperity’

NJ SpotlightMontclair, NJ, October 21, 2016 — NJ Spotlight on October 3 published the following op-ed that was authored by:

James Barrood, President and CEO, New Jersey Technology Council
Thomas A. Bracken, President and CEO, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Anthony S. Cicatiello, President, The Research & Development Council of New Jersey
Debbie Hart, President and CEO, BioNJ
Dean J. Paranicas, President and CEO, HealthCare Institute of New Jersey
Michele N. Siekerka, President and CEO, New Jersey Business & Industry Association

They wrote:

New Jersey is the cradle of American innovation in such transformative fields as telecommunications, the life sciences and chemicals, and is home to many iconic companies.  These industries have produced countless advances that have benefitted society enormously while driving our state’s economy for well over a century.

Much progress has been made in recent years to meet their needs and those of other industries and retain the substantial socioeconomic benefits New Jersey derives from a robust innovation economy.  Continue reading

Event: NJBIA to Host 2nd Annual Innovation Summit on November 2; Celgene’s Bob Hugin to Keynote

innovationsummitnfTrenton, NJ, October 16, 2016 ― The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) will host its Second Annual Innovation Summit on Wednesday, November 2 at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The day will begin with a keynote address from Celgene’s Executive Chairman Robert Hugin, who will discuss the international corporation’s New Jersey roots and secret to its Garden State success.

Mr. Hugin’s keynote will be followed by two expert panel discussions on:

  • Finding Funding: Venture Funds, Angel Investing and NJ Capital
  • Entrepreneurships: Innovating Business at Every Level Continue reading

NJBIA: Brain Drain: How to Keep New Jersey’s Best and Brightest in the Garden State

NJBIA Logo - CROPPEDTrenton, NJ, October 8, 2016 Tyler Seville, Director of Technology and Workforce Development at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), writes:

The Brain Drain. Unfortunately, it’s nothing new. Since the early 1980s, elected officials and business leaders alike have been expressing their discontent with New Jersey high school graduates moving out of state to pursue higher education.

Students who could have gone to Rutgers, Rowan or the NJIT end up going across one of the rivers to Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York to schools like the University of Delaware, Penn State and NYU. Continue reading

NJBIA Publishes 2016 Health Benefits Survey; Employers Continue to Offer Coverage in the Face of Premium Rate Increases

NJBIA Logo - CROPPEDTrenton, NJ, October 5, 2016 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s 2016 Health Benefits Survey shows that members are overwhelmingly continuing to offer healthcare coverage to their employees.

However, in order to continue to offer benefits members are shifting more costs on to employees. And they are continuing to take lower profits so that they might offer good benefits.

Eighty-five percent of those surveyed indicated they offer employee health benefits while 83 percent offer coverage to attract and retain employees.  To do so, 33 percent said they took a lower profit or suffered a loss; 29 percent froze or limited wage increases; and 15 percent postponed or reduced business investments.

These actions mirror the results of our last survey in 2014. Continue reading

NJBIA Supports New Jersey Bill to Promote Business and University Collaboration in Science, Tech

NJBIA Logo - CROPPEDTrenton, NJ, October 3, 2016 — Kathleen Lynn reports on NorthJersey.com that a bill that would encourage business and college leaders to work together on science and tech research was approved Thursday by the state Senate Higher Education Committee.

The measure has already been passed in the state Assembly.

The bill would set up the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships, a 10-member group that would support collaboration between colleges and industry on high-tech, pharmaceutical and science innovation.

The commission would include the state labor commissioner, the state secretary of higher education, the chief executive of the Economic Development Authority, 10 members appointed by the governor and four members appointed by the state Legislature. Continue reading

Event: NJBIA to Host Second Annual Innovation Summit on November 2

Innovation button touch 2Trenton, NJ, September 25, 2016 ― The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) will host its Second Annual Innovation Summit on Wednesday, November 2 at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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

The Summit, designed for both local startups and legacy corporations, also will highlight the resources our state’s six research universities and state and local government have to offer.  Continue reading

Event: Save the Date! NJBIA to Host Second Annual Innovation Summit on November 2

Innovation button touch 2Trenton, NJ, September 1, 2016 ― The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) has announced that it will host its Second Annual Innovation Summit on Wednesday, November 2 at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

The half day event will bring together thought leaders and feature speakers ranging from successful venture capitalists to internationally recognized CEOs.

This NJBIA Innovation Summit also will highlight the different resources around our state as well as provide insights and networking opportunities with some of the top academic and industry leaders in the defense, life science and the technology industries.

Additional details regarding registration and partnership opportunities will be forthcoming.

 

NJBIA Advocates for Budget Line to Create a Statewide Asset Database for Higher-Education Institutions’ Research, Resources

NJBIA Logo - CROPPEDTrenton, NJ, June 29, 2016 — In a June 25 letter to Governor Chris Christie, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) requested that the Christie Administration support a line item in the State’s FY 2017 budget that would create a statewide asset database on the state’s higher-education institutions’ research and resources assets.

The line item was included in the budget that passed by both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature on Monday, June 27.

NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Melanie Willoughby wrote in her June 25 letter to the Governor: Continue reading

NJBIA Chief: Recapturing Our ‘Innovative State’ Stature

Innovation Ahead signNewark, NJ, June 11, 2016 ― Michele N. Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), writes that long before there was a Silicon Valley, there was Menlo Park.  Long before Tesla Motors, there was Bell Labs.  Long before Apple developed the iPhone, RCA was inventing the transistor.

New Jersey once was synonymous with the idea of innovation, and while other areas may claim to be today’s drivers of innovation, none of them have the history of unrivaled ideas and inventions that is New Jersey’s.

New Jersey is poised to recapture its stature as the “Innovative State,” Siekerka says. Continue reading

NJBIA: New Partnership to Foster Innovation in NJ Receives Approval of Assembly Higher Education Committee

Innovation Ahead signTrenton, NJ, May 26 2016 ― The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) reported that a new partnership to foster innovation in New Jersey received the approval of the Assembly Higher Education Committee last week.

A-1668, which establishes the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships, would promote innovation by helping businesses and academia work more closely together.

NJBIA supported the bill, which was first introduced last session in the Senate, now S-354.

The commission would bring together leaders in academia, business and state government to identify and stimulate academic-business collaborations to advance economic development and employment. Continue reading