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.

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Choose New Jersey’s RFP Watch provides up-to-date information on business opportunities throughout the Garden State at a cost that is affordable for all companies – with a place of business in New Jersey – large and small.

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STEM Education

JerseyCAN’s New Report Explores STEM Innovations in NJ and Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs

Trenton, NJ, October 19, 2017JerseyCAN last week released a new report, Preparing the Children of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow: A Window into STEM Education in New Jersey, highlighting STEM innovations across New Jersey.

JerseyCAN met with over 70 individuals and organizations leading pioneering work in STEM education including: superintendents, principals, teachers, students, think tanks, foundations, corporate leaders, scientific institutions, the military, state leaders and academics. Continue reading

The College of New Jersey Cuts Ribbon on $76 Million, State-of-the-Art STEM Complex

Ewing, NJ, October 17, 2017 — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann, and The College of New Jersey President R. Barbara Gitenstein took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 12 to officially open the college’s new, state-of-the-art STEM building, Chemistry addition, and Forum.

The cost of the project, which broke ground in July 2015, was $76,211,000, including $40 million provided through the Building Our Future Bond.

An additional $1.075 million in funding came from the New Jersey Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund. The college funded the balance through a variety of sources, including philanthropy. Continue reading

HINJ Hosts Life Sciences Celebration 2017; Honors Six for Meritorious Contributions

New Brunswick, NJ, October 13, 2017 ― Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) yesterday morning honored four individuals, a nonprofit patient advocacy organization and a public high school for their meritorious contributions in public service, medical innovation/human health, patient access/advocacy and STEM education.

The recipients of HINJ’s fifth annual honors — presented at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple — were:

The Honorable Bob Franks Public Service Award

The Honorable Diane Allen
Member, New Jersey Senate (Burlington)

HINJ honored Senator Allen for her nearly 22 years of distinguished legislative service that has earned her a reputation as being one of the most effective patient advocates in the New Jersey Senate.  In the past year alone, Senator Allen, who will retire from the Senate in January, authored laws relating to elder abuse; domestic violence; improved support for veterans challenged with addiction and mental health issues; and the expansion of telemedicine, which is revolutionizing patient access to health care. Continue reading

WSJ Analysis Finds Nine of 10 Largest College STEM Programs Increased Share of Women Graduates

New York, NY, October 13, 2017 — Melissa Korn reports in The Wall Street Journal that as more high-paying jobs require a degree and expertise in things like computer coding or mechanical engineering, colleges and universities are racing to fill a pronounced void in qualified candidates.

One place they are making extra effort is among women.

The U.S. Labor Department estimates there will be 510,900 engineering job openings in the U.S. by 2024, and another 426,900 software development and programming jobs will be available, all requiring at least a bachelor’s degree. Continue reading

College of Saint Elizabeth Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Help Underrepresented Populations Pursue Biology

Morristown, NJ, October 6, 2017 — The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) is one of six collaborating higher education institutions awarded a $4.4 million National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant to help traditionally underrepresented populations of undergraduate students to pursue and succeed in the field of biology.

Sixty percent of the funding is for student scholarships, and forty percent will enhance academic programming and advising support.  The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholars Program will begin in January 2018 for a five-year period. Continue reading

Montclair State University Researchers Receive NSF INCLUDES Award; Project to Develop Paths to STEM Success for Underrepresented Groups

Montclair, NJ, October 5, 2017 — Montclair State University researchers have received an NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) grant to expand STEM opportunities for historically underrepresented low-income, minority and women students.

A two-year grant of $300,000 funds the NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilot, “Sustainability Teams Empower and Amplify Membership in STEM” (S-TEAMS).

Nested within the University’s PSEG Institute of Sustainability Studies’ Green Teams program that is offered in partnership with New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS). S-TEAMS will promote collaborative STEM change that increases diversity among public-private partners. 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

NJIT’s $21 Million State-of-the-Art Life Sciences and Engineering Center Opens for Innovation

NJIT President Joel Bloom (second from left) and Gov. Chris Christie

Newark, NJ, September 25, 2017 — An array of innovation-focused New Jerseyans – scientists, student researchers, alumni, company executives and elected officials — gathered on campus on September 21 to hail the much-anticipated opening of NJIT’s new Life Sciences and Engineering Center, a $21 million state-of-the-art research facility focused on the future of health care.

Governor Chris Christie helped cut the ribbon on the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s $19 million Life Sciences and Engineering Center, funded by $13.5 million in state Higher Education Capital Facilities grants, including Building Our Future Bond Act (GO Bond) funds. Continue reading

Choose New Jersey Program Helps Students Begin Professional Careers Close to Home

Trenton, NJ, September 14, 2017 — While New Jersey colleges and universities are actively building facilities and creating programs to attract and retain students, New Jersey businesses are doing their part, too.

Choose New Jersey, though its Smart Students Choose New Jersey program, is helping high-achieving students who choose to advance their education in-state begin their professional careers close to home.

Thirty New Jersey college students who graduated from high schools in Newark and Camden had the opportunity to intern at businesses and non-profits in the Garden State this summer as part of the Smart Students program. Brianna Amos and Katherine Penafiel, interns at PSE&G, were among them. Continue reading

Montclair State Receives Official Designation as Public Research University; Fourth State University with Research Designation

Montclair, NJ, September 12, 2017 — On July 21, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation designating Montclair State University as a public research university.

New Jersey now has four public research universities: Montclair State, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Rowan and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Already classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a research doctoral institution, and classified by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education as a doctoral degree-granting institution, this latest acknowledgement formally recognizes the very substantial transformation that has occurred in recent years at New Jersey’s second largest university. Continue reading