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 Council of Innovation

New Jersey Gives Innovation a Zone of Its Own; Focus on Academic, Corporate and State Collaboration

Montclair, NJ, July 8, 2013 — In a lengthy NJ Spotlight story, Tara Nurin reports that, as New Jersey looks for new ways to attract and retain high-paying jobs in a climate where seemingly every state competes for the same or similar companies, legislators and pro-business forces are heavily promoting collaboration between academia and industry as a way to attract investment and cut the time it takes to get a product or process out of the lab.

Increasingly, the state is offering tax credits and other incentives to encourage businesses to locate near universities.  The result, Nurin reports, is an “innovation zone,” where institutions of higher education lend research, facilities, and talent to neighboring companies, with the goal of reducing time to market — and time to profit. Continue reading

NJBIZ: Universities Say Public, Private Must Partner in Changing Landscape

Somerset, NJ, April 5, 2013NJBIZ’s Melinda Caliendo reports on higher-education institutions, the private sector, the changing innovation-driven business and research landscape and how New Jersey is responding.

Public-private partnerships are just “how the modern university works,” according to Joel Bloom, president of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Bloom told Caliendo that NJIT is partnering with private business to get construction projects done, to give entrepreneurs a steady place to start their own empires and to deliver innovative research that can be applied and commercialized.

Recognizing the need to advance corporate and academic partnerships, Caliendo reports that a fourth arm has been added to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s Partnership for Action:  Rochelle Hendricks, secretary of higher education. Continue reading

NJ Tech Weekly: Can Tech Industry and Universities Work Jump-Start Innovation?

West Caldwell, NJ, March 26, 2013 — As Esther Surden reports in New Jersey Tech Weekly, the good news is:  intellectual property (IP) — in the form of patents on everything from life sciences discoveries to digital technology — originates at New Jersey’s universities on a frequent basis.  

The bad news is:  It is often difficult for entrepreneurs to acquire this knowledge and “run with it” to create a product or service that will start an industry, or even just a solid great company, here in New Jersey.

Surden writes that many of the barriers are culture-related and stem from differing points of view in academia and industry.  However, a new report focuses on how academia, industry and the state can work together to address many of the issues that challenge greater, more successful collaboration between the Garden State’s higher-education institutions and the private sector. Continue reading

Lt. Governor Guadagno Announces Creation of Council on Innovation

Council Aims to Improve Collaborative Opportunities with Industry and Academia

Trenton, NJ, March 14, 2013 — Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno yesterday announced the formation of a new Council on Innovation to advise the State’s Partnership for Action on how industry and academia can better work together to improve New Jersey’s economy and attract more federal funding.

Creation of the Council is among 15 recommendations in a report released yesterday by New Jersey Policy Research Organization (NJPRO) and InnovationNJ.  

In addition, Lt. Governor Guadagno announced Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks as the newest member of the New Jersey Partnership for Action. Continue reading

Innovation NJ and NJPRO’s ‘Building Bridges II’ Provides Recommendations for NJ ‘Innovation Ecosystem’

Lt. Governor Guadagno Announces Creation of ‘NJ Council on Innovation

Piscataway, NJ, March 13, 2013 — Academia, industry and government need to take action that will make it easier for New Jersey businesses and institutions of higher education to collaborate to discover and commercialize innovative new products, processes and services, according to a new report by the New Jersey Policy Research Organization (NJPRO) Foundation and Innovation NJ.

At a press conference held today at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJPRO and Innovation NJ released their latest research publication, Building Bridges II:  Breaking Down Barriers — Perspectives from Academia and Industry on Building a New Jersey Innovation Ecosystem

The report is intended to serve as a catalyst to encourage academia, industry and the state to work together to meld their respective research and development (R&D) assets in ways that build out New Jersey’s “Innovation Ecosystem” and affirm the state’s historic role as a global leader in innovation. Continue reading