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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.

U.S. Health & Human Services (HHS)

President-Elect Trump to Nominate Rep. Tom Price to Serve as Health and Human Services Secretary

Rep. Tom Price

Rep. Tom Price

Washington, DC, November 29, 2016 — Robert Pear reports today in The New York Times that President-elect Donald J. Trump has picked Congressman Tom Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Pear reports that if Mr. Trump’s wanted a cabinet secretary who could help him dismantle and replace President Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, he could not have found anyone more prepared than Rep. Price, who has been studying how to accomplish that goal for more than six years.

Congressman Price, an orthopedic surgeon who represents many of the northern suburbs of Atlanta, speaks with the self-assurance of a doctor about to perform another joint-replacement procedure.  He knows the task and will proceed with brisk efficiency. Continue reading

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

Washington, DC, November 18, 2016 — A new Surgeon General’s report released on November 16 finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns.

Nearly 21 million Americans — more than the number of people who have all cancers combined — suffer from substance use disorders.

The new report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. Continue reading

HHS Secretary Burwell Forecasts 13.8 Million Americans Expected to Select Marketplace Plans During Upcoming Open Enrollment

Obamacare 3Washington, DC, October 19, 2016 — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced that she expects 13.8 million individuals to sign up for coverage through the Marketplaces during the upcoming Open Enrollment, showing continued robust growth.

The projection was announced as part of her remarks highlighting the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) success in dramatically expanding access to coverage, and describing the Marketplace’s role in the Administration’s work to create a smarter health care system that puts Americans at the center of their care. Continue reading

U.S. Health and Human Services Sponsors Commercial Manufacturing Tests for Ebola Vaccine

HHS Logo blueWashington, DC, October 4, 2016 —  An Ebola vaccine will take the next critical steps in development under a $24.75 million contract through May 2020 between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and BioProtection Systems Corp. (BPS) of Ames, Iowa.

“The Ebola epidemic of 2014 and 2015 was just the latest outbreak of this potentially deadly disease and we cannot predict when or where the next outbreak will occur,” explained BARDA Acting Director Dr. Richard Hatchett.

“We can prevent future epidemics by acting quickly and decisively to complete development of Ebola vaccines and treatments for use worldwide. As a global public health threat and a potential bioterrorism threat, Ebola remains a priority.” Continue reading