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.


William Paterson University Unveils Preakness Hall, Part 1 of $31 Million Renovation Project

Wayne, NJ, October 4, 2017 — Arthur Augustyn reports in NJBIZ that William Paterson University officially opened its new academic building, Preakness Hall, which was partially funded by New Jersey’s “Building Our Future” bond act.

The state contributed $7 million to the project with an estimated overall cost of $31 million for renovating and updating key academics facilities on the William Paterson campus.

Preakness Hall replaces the university’s 50-year-old Hunziker Wing and has been modernized to include kinesiology laboratories, 14 smart classrooms with 133-inch high-definition projectors, a 90-seat auditorium, a writing center and faculty offices for the Departments of English and Philosophy. Continue reading

At BioNJ Roundtable, Biopharmaceutical Executives Share What’s Behind Drug Pricing

Newark, NJ, October 3, 2017 — Vince Calio reports on NJBIZ that it’s no secret that biopharmaceutical companies have become the target of heavy criticism from politicians and consumers due to high drug prices, especially at a time when health care reform in the U.S. has become a hot-button topic.

The topic is especially of interest in New Jersey, given that some of the state’s largest employers are biopharmaceutical companies including Kenilworth-based Merck; Johnson & Johnson, headquartered in New Brunswick; and Celgene, located in Summit. Continue reading

NJ Tech Council’s James Barrood on ‘Blockchain: Changing the World, Starting in New Jersey’

Jim Barrood

New Brunswick, NJ, September 28, 2017NJ Tech Council President and CEO James Barrood writes in NJBIZ on the topic of blockchain:

By now, you’ve probably heard that “blockchain will change the world.” Notwithstanding massive recent hype, it almost certainly will. And its impact will be even larger right here in New Jersey, because we’re at the heart of many of the industries it’s likely to transform.

The web is now packed with introductions to blockchain, but here’s the minimum you need to know. It offers a powerful new way to track value, transfer ownership, and confirm transactions securely, without a centralized authority to supervise, act as a bottleneck, or charge high fees for doing so. Continue reading

HINJ Named Among ‘Best Lobbying Firms’ in NJBIZ’s First Readers Rankings Survey

New Brunswick, NJ, September 20, 2017 — The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) was among the New Jersey companies, organizations and universities named in NJBIZ’s inaugural “Readers Rankings” survey.

In a special supplement published with NJBIZ’s September 18 issue, HINJ was named as one of the “Best Lobbying Firms,” along with Gibbons PC, Princeton Public Affairs Group and Public Strategies Impact LLC, with which HINJ tied for #3.

HINJ member companies Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co., along with Rutgers University, were reader-ranked as the “Best Life Sciences Companies.” Continue reading

Montclair State Designated ‘Public Research’ University; Readies Launch of $22 Million Computer Science Facility

Montclair, NJ, September 5, 2017 — Vince Calico reports in NJBIZ that Montclair State University, after being designated a Public Research University by Gov. Chris Christie in July, is preparing to launch a 40,000-square-foot computer science facility in the fall of 2018, and is setting its sights on other major expansion projects.

The school is on a roll in terms of academic prestige: Christie signed legislation July 21 giving Montclair State the Public Research University designation just one month after the college was ranked among the best schools for the money by Money Magazine.

In addition to the prestige, the new designation allows Montclair State to once again enter into public-private partnerships to construct new facilities and make financial aid available to hundreds of more students. Continue reading

Hackensack Meridian and NJ Innovation Institute Cut Ribbon on Agile Strategies Lab, First Health Care Incubator in State

Newark, NJ, August 28, 2017 — Anjalee Khemlani reports on NJBIZ that Agile Strategies Lab — a partnership between Hackensack Meridian Health and New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) — held a ribbon-cutting August 15, officially opening the first incubator for health care in New Jersey.

The incubator, which Khemlani first reported on March 9, is located in Newark.  It is being funded by $25 million from the health system and is designed as a space where a “Shark Tank”-like expert panel will hear pitches that aim to solve health care issues. Continue reading

NJ Lawmakers Establish Legislative Manufacturing Caucus to Fund Expansion of Technical and Vocational Schools

Trenton, NJ, August 19, 2017 — Vince Calio reports in NJBIZ that vocational and technical workers in the state are set to get a large boost from the government.

State lawmakers on August 15 created the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, which will work over the next year to create legislation that would issue municipal bonds to fund the creation and expansion of technical vocation schools in the state.

Those schools are generally designed to train workers without four-year college degrees for careers in manufacturing, and give them a path to a four-year degree. Continue reading

Robert and Laura Garrett Gift $2.65 Million to Endow Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian Med School Dean’s Post

Robert and Laura Garrett

Hackensack, NJ, August 3, 2017 — Anjalee Khemlani reports in NJBIZ that Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO Robert Garrett and his wife, Laura Garrett, have provided a $2.65 million gift in honor of the new Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine’s founding dean, Dr. Bonita Stanton.

Dr. Stanton was appointed to the Robert C. and Laura C. Garrett Endowed Chair for the School of Medicine Dean.

“Endowed chairs are among the highest honors conferred in academia, and the $15 million in support of endowments at Hackensack University Medical Center reinforces its role as one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the country,” the health system said in a statement. Continue reading

Partnership Between Drug and Glass Companies Means More Jobs for New Jersey

Vineland, NJ, August 2, 2017 — Bill Gallo, Jr. reported on NJBIZ that a collaborative effort among giants in the pharmaceutical and glass industry will mean new jobs in South Jersey, officials say.

Drug manufacturers Merck and Pfizer have joined with Corning Glass in creating a new, stronger glass packaging for injectable drugs, Valor Glass.

Corporate officials say Corning is making an initial investment of $500 million and creating 1,000 new U.S. jobs as the first part of a planned investment of $4 billion and 4,000 new high-tech jobs. Continue reading

Sixers Innovation Lab in Camden Officially Opens to Entrepreneurs; Four Companies Taking Space

Camden, NJ, July 19, 2017 — Vince Calio reports in NJBIZ that the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 18 at the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers’ training facility in Camden.

The 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Innovation Lab is located at the base of the 76ers’ business operations facility.

It is opening its doors with four startup companies that will receive coaching and guidance from Seth Berger, the lab’s managing director.  Berger is also the founder and former CEO of startup sneaker and sports apparel company AND1. Continue reading