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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.

President Obama

President Obama Fights for Obamacare as Republicans Stand Firm on Vow to Repeal

Obamacare Health InsuranceWashington, DC, January 5, 2017 — Glenn Thrush and Robert Pear report in The New York Times that the bitter divide over the fate of the Affordable Care Act played out at the highest levels on Wednesday as President Obama urged Democrats on Capitol Hill to fight to maintain his signature domestic achievement while President-elect Donald J. Trump warned Republicans to let Mr. Obama’s imperiled program “fall of its own weight.”

As the Senate began debate over the fate of the law, Republicans made clear, more powerfully and explicitly than before, their intention to repeal it.   Continue reading

Congress Passes 21st Century Cures Act; President Obama Praises Bill to Accelerate Medical Innovation

21st-century-cures-blueWashington, DC, December 8, 2016 — Mike DeBonis reports in The Washington Post that Congress passed sweeping legislation yesterday that boosts funding for medical research, eases the development and approval of experimental treatments and reforms federal policy on mental health care.

The 94 to 5 Senate vote Wednesday followed a 392 to 26 House vote last week.

The bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, now heads to the desk of President Obama, who praised the bill Wednesday and said he would sign it. Continue reading

President Obama Says Health Care Law Worked, But Improvements Needed

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Washington, DC, October 20, 2016 — The Associated Press reports that President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans “now know the financial security of health insurance” because of the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s worked,” he said, even while allowing that the program isn’t perfect. “No law is.”

Less than two weeks before the Nov. 1 start of the enrollment period for Affordable Care Act health plans, Obama flew to a south Florida college to kick off a push by the administration to encourage more people to sign up, with a particular emphasis on young adults. Continue reading

President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers; Four New Jersey Educators Honored

white-house-apWashington, DC, September 19, 2016 — President Obama last month named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

These awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 8.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country.

The New Jersey honorees were: Continue reading

STAT: Scientists Present Sweeping Recommendations for VP Biden’s Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Initiative

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

Washington, DC, September 8, 2016 — Dylan Scott reports on STAT that a panel of top scientists on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to bet big on tumor profiling and immunotherapy treatments in its cancer moonshot — two areas that are viewed with great promise, but still face unanswered questions about their ultimate effectiveness.

Scott reports that the experts are recommending the creation of a new national network that would allow cancer patients across the U.S. to have their tumors genetically profiled and included in a new national database — one of several recommended steps that they say would significantly speed the progress of cancer research in the United States.

The panel also is urging the creation of a network to coordinate clinical trials using immunotherapy, the promising new treatment that turns the body’s immune system against the disease. Continue reading

President Obama Signs Bill to Address Opioid Addition Despite Its Shortcomings

Opioid Abuse 2Washington, DC, July 25, 2016 The Hill reports that President Obama signed a bill aimed at addressing opioid addiction Friday, though he called out Republicans for the measure’s shortcomings.

Lawmakers in both parties reached a compromise over the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, though Senate Democrats held out hope until the final hour that they could win more funding for treatment.

“This legislation includes some modest steps to address the opioid epidemic,” Obama said in a statement.  “Given the scope of this crisis, some action is better than none. However, I am deeply disappointed that Republicans failed to provide any real resources for those seeking addiction treatment to get the care that they need.” Continue reading

President Obama Writes on Precision Medicine as ‘Medicine’s Next Step’

Obama smiling flagBoston, MA, July 8, 2016 — President Barack Obama wrote the following opinion piece in The Boston Globe on July 7:

Health care is always personal. As science and technology have advanced, it’s become possible to make it personalized as well, giving us the tools to better understand, prevent, and treat everyone’s individual health needs.

We wouldn’t buy a pair of glasses that doesn’t match our eyesight, and though plenty of people break their arms, everyone gets fitted for their own cast.  Our health care should be customized for us. Continue reading

Obama Administration Helps Grow STEM and ‘Making’ in U.S. Education

STEM 1New York, NY, June 9, 2016 ― T.J. McCue writes in Forbes that STEM education is an important aspect of how we remain competitive as a nation.  Last year, President Obama announced over $240 Million in new STEM commitments during the 2015 White House Science Fair in May.

It was part of a much larger initiative from the “Educate to Innovate” campaign that has over $1 billion in financial and in-kind support for STEM programs.  The administration’s attention on makers and making is part of the national movement kicked off by Make magazine and its founder Dale Dougherty.

Despite a desire for there to be more commitment, financial and otherwise, to supporting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the USA, there is actually quite a bit. You can read the full White House factsheet here – filled with 10-plus pages of STEM goodness. Continue reading

President Obama on Science: ‘It Is Fun. I Love This Stuff.’

Innovation Ahead signWashington, DC, May 21, 2016 ― The Associated Press’ Darlene Superville reports that President Barack Obama declared science “is fun” on May 19 as he recognized 17 leading scientists and innovators for work helping put “countless revolutionary discoveries within our reach.”

Obama paired the honors with a renewed pitch for encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The President announced a new advisory board to solicit suggestions from youngsters on how the government can support budding scientists and innovators. Continue reading

Obama Administration to Launch Microbiome Initiative, Heeding Scientists’ Calls

STATWashington, DC, May 13 ― The White House is set to launch a new national program Friday to study microbiomes found on the human body and across different ecosystems, following calls from scientists to unlock the secrets of the microbes that have a big impact on people’s health and the environment, reports David Nather on STAT News.

The new National Microbiome Initiative will start with a federal investment of $121 million in funding from several agencies and will include private support from more than 100 outside organizations, including $100 million over four years from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to a White House fact sheet that was posted online on Thursday.

The new initiative is the latest in a series of Obama administration programs to advance medical science. It has already launched the Precision Medicine Initiative, which is trying to accelerate research into treatments tailored to individual patients; the BRAIN Initiative, the project to map the human brain; and Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer research effort, which is now getting underway. Continue reading