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.

President Donald Trump

Trump Selects Alex Azar to Serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Alex Azar

Washington, DC, November 14, 2017 — President Donald J. Trump yesterday announced his nomination of Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive and a top health official during the George W. Bush administration, to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In announcing that he is nominating Azar to be secretary of the government’s largest civilian department, the president turned to a health policy insider and conservative thinker.

Azar spent a decade at Eli Lilly and Co., including five years as president of Lilly USA, its biggest affiliate, before stepping down in January to work as a health-care consultant. Continue reading

Dr. Norman Sharpless Sworn in as Director of the National Cancer Institute

Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless

Bethesda, MD, October 19, 2017 — Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, M.D., took the oath of office October 17 to become the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. H

Dr. Sharpless succeeds Harold E. Varmus, M.D., who stepped down as director in March 2015. Douglas R. Lowy, M.D., has been NCI’s acting director since April 2015.

“It is an honor to welcome Dr. Sharpless to the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health,” said Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan. Continue reading

Eric Hargan Sworn In as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Department

HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan

Washington, DC, October 12, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Eric Hargan has been sworn in as Deputy Secretary.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Hargan to fill the No. 2 position at HHS on October 4, just days after Secretary Tom Price resigned.

The 57-to-38 Senate vote was largely along party lines.  Seven Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) supported the nomination, according to The Hill. Continue reading

Trump Signs a Memorandum Expanding Access STEM and Computer Science Education for K-12 Students; Seeks to Invest $200 Million to Boost Instruction

Washington, DC, October 3, 2017 — Moriah Balingit reported in The Washington Post on that President Donald J. Trump wants the U.S. Department of Education to invest $200 million to boost U.S. classroom instruction in computer science and STEM — science, technology, engineering and math.

Balingit reported that the President announced the initiative on September 25 while flanked by about 50 schoolchildren and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Ivanka Trump, his daughter and White House adviser. Continue reading

Hundreds of Thousands Rallied, But Where Does the March for Science Go Now?

Washington, DC, September 19, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that the hundreds of thousands of people who rallied on the National Mall and in cities worldwide for the March for Science in April came to be noticed.

It was a march meant to demonstrate enthusiasm and political clout, and by those measures, organizers believe they succeeded.

But as two dozen of them met in New York the following month for a debrief, they faced an obvious reality: A grass-roots organization that was quickly formed to plan a singular event was not, at least immediately, equipped for far-reaching and long-term science advocacy. Continue reading

Trump’s Tech Council Moves ‘Full Steam Ahead’ Despite Tension with Silicon Valley

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, September 9, 2017 — Melissa Quinn reports in The Washington Examiner that President Donald J. Trump signaled a willingness to forge a relationship with Silicon Valley in the weeks before assuming the presidency, and his administration has since sought input from the industry to advance its tech policy goals.

But though the broader tech community is aligned with the president on issues such as modernization of government IT systems and removing barriers to innovation, Silicon Valley has continued to split with the administration over several of Trump’s policy decisions. Continue reading

Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams Sworn in as 20th U.S. Surgeon General

Surgeon General Jerome Adams

Washington, DC, September 6, 2017 — In being sworn in on Tuesday as the nation’s 20th surgeon general, Jerome Adams, M.D., said his motto will be “Better health through better partnerships.”

That’s something Indiana’s former health commissioner said he learned from Vice President Pence, the man who administered Adams’ oath of office Tuesday, three years after having appointed Adams to the state job while serving as Indiana’s governor.

Dr. Adams replaces Sylvia Trent-Adams, who has been acting surgeon general since Mr. Trump ousted Dr. Vivek Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration. Continue reading

President to Nominate Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino as U.S. Drug Czar

Rep. Tom Marino

Washington, DC, September 5, 2017 — The White House on Friday announced that President Donald Trump will nominate Congressman Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, to head the the Office of National Drug Control Policy — a position better known as the nation’s drug czar.

In Congress, Marino has worked to expand access to treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction.

The 64-year-old congressman lives outside Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and is a former county prosecutor who served as U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania’s Middle District under President George W. Bush. Continue reading

Trump Administration’s R&D Memo Directs Agencies to Emphasizes Basic Science

President Donald Trump

Westerville, OH, August 28, 2017 ― The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) blogs that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 17 released a memorandum on research and development (R&D) priorities that directs agencies to prioritize basic science and lower costs in their FY 2019 budget requests.

R&D investments should be made in military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance and health.

The memo repeatedly encourages officials to identify, and divest of, research areas where industry is ready to make their own investments toward commercial development. Continue reading

Modern Healthcare Names 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2017; Senators Collins, McCain and Murkowski Top List

Senators Susan Collins, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski

Washington, DC, August 24, 2017 — Harris Meyer reports in Modern Healthcare that three Republican senators — Maine’s Susan Collins, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Arizona’s John McCain — decided their party’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be bad for the states they represent.

Resisting tremendous political pressure, the three voted against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stripped-down ACA repeal bill.

In doing so, they dramatically reshaped the epic political battle over the future of the ACA, which has been bitterly fought over by Republicans and Democrats since it was passed by Democrats on a party-line vote in March 2010. Continue reading