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 Department of Education

Governor Christie Swears in Kimberley Harrington as State Education Commissioner

Kimberley Harrington

Trenton, NJ, July 14, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie on July 12 presided over the swearing in of Kimberley Harrington as New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner.

Harrington had been Acting Commissioner for the past nine months.  Her nomination as commissioner was approved by the State Senate in June.

“Kimberley’s body of experience and deep devotion to providing New Jersey students with the highest quality education make her a perfect choice to lead the Department of Education as Commissioner,” said Governor Christie.  “I am pleased to have her as part of my cabinet and working to strengthen educational opportunities for all New Jersey students.” Continue reading

Christie Administration Releases 2017 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending

Trenton, NJ, April 26, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Education last month released the 2017 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending.

“The annual spending guide is a tool designed to provide transparency to New Jerseyans about how schools spend their taxpayer dollars to educate students,” said Acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington.

The Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending includes two types of total expenditures for school districts’ annual budgets: Continue reading

New Jersey Is Progressive in Promoting STEM Education and Job Training

Trenton, NJ, March 21, 2017 — Lisa Goulian Twiste writes in New Jersey Business, the monthly magazine of the NJBIA, that the term STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) first caught on in the late 1990s, referring to education policy and curriculum designed to improve competitiveness in science and technology related subjects.

It was around this time the US began to see declining enrollment and graduates in STEM related fields, leading educators to increase programming at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels.

Almost two decades later, New Jersey is among the most progressive states in promoting STEM across grade levels, as government agencies, universities and corporations work together to advance education and programming. Continue reading

Gov. Christie Nominates Kimberley Harrington to Serve as State’s Education Commissioner

Kimberley Harrington

Kimberley Harrington

Trenton, NJ, January 26, 2017 — Adam Clark reports in The Star-Ledger that Gov. Chris Christie on January 23 nominated acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington to formally serve as the state’s school chief during his final year in office, according to

Harrington, who has been acting commissioner since September, is a former teacher and administrator.  She began working for the state Department of Education in 2012 as director of academic standards.

Former Education Commissioner David Hespe, who became acting commissioner in February 2014 and was confirmed in December 2014, resigned to work for the Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso law firm in Whippany. Continue reading

NJ Department of Education Assistant Commissioner/Chief Academic Officer Kimberley Harrington Becomes Acting Commissioner

Trenton, NJ, September 10, 2016 — Tyler Seville reports in New Jersey Business that state Education Commissioner David Hespe will step down at the end of September, and Kimberley Harrington, the Department’s Assistant Commissioner/Chief Academic Officer, will become Acting Commissioner.

Hespe will begin exploring new career opportunities in teaching and learning, according to the Christie administration.

“For over two years, David Hespe has been working for the betterment of New Jersey’s students, educators, and schools,” said Governor Christie.  “Unquestionably, New Jersey’s students are more college and career ready and in better position to succeed thanks to the tireless efforts of Education Commissioner David Hespe.” Continue reading