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.


Pew Study: Trump’s Vaccine Views Are at Odds with Those of Most Americans

Washington, DC, February 3, 2017 — Lena H. Sun reports in The Washington Post that the criticism of vaccines voiced by President Donald J. Trump and some other public figures is at odds with the attitudes of most Americans, who overwhelmingly support requiring public school children to be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday.

Overall, 82 percent of Americans support requiring students in public schools to be vaccinated for those three diseases. Continue reading

CDC Report: 732,000: American Lives Saved by Vaccination

Vaccine kid surprise faceAtlanta, GA, September 15, 2015 ― Nicholas Bakalar reports in The New York Times that the vaccination of children from 1994 to 2013 will prevent 732,000 early deaths in the US, according to an August 29 estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In another report published last month, the agency announced that 90 percent of children under age 3 were vaccinated against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and chickenpox in 2014.

However, fewer than 90 percent received DTaP — the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis — or the vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae Type B, pneumococcal disease, hepatitis A and rotavirus.  Continue reading

Rutgers Researchers Seek Physicians’ Help to Increase HPV Vaccinations in Newark

New Brunswick, NJ, September 10, 2015 ― Rutgers researchers are seeking the help of pediatric physicians to develop a plan to improve the frighteningly low rate of Newark-area adolescents getting vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, a known risk factor for several cancers.

“Adolescent patients treated by pediatricians consistently have higher HPV vaccination initiation rates than adolescents treated by other specialists,” said Rula Btoush, associate professor at the School of Nursing, who leads a collaborative team that includes researchers from the School of Public Health. Continue reading

U.S. Government’s Vaccine-Injury Program Payouts Rise; Compensates When Vaccinations Improperly Injected

Washington, DC, August 25, 2015 ― Ianthe Jeanne Dugan today reports in The Wall Street Journal that a government program that pays people hurt by vaccinations recently doled out more than $1 million to Latasha George, a Louisiana nurse.

In addition, Katherine Brooks, an Indiana emergency-room doctor, received $92,500. Roberta Livolsi, a retired Pennsylvania housekeeper, got $75,000.

Why?  Each of these three patients was deemed victims of the flu shot — but their injuries had nothing to do with what was in the syringe.  Rather, they were among dozens that have been diagnosed with “Sirva,” or shoulder injury related to vaccine administration.  They were hurt by how the shot was given, not the contents of the vaccine. Continue reading

AMA Backs No Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Reasons or Personal Choice; Could Impact NJ Bill

Trenton, NJ, June 10, 2015 ― Tim Darragh reports in The Star-Ledger that the American Medical Association (AMA), the premier national physician organization in the country, may have just given a boost to supporters of a bill in the New Jersey legislature that would limit the exemptions parents would be able to cite to let their kids skip school vaccination requirements.

The New Jersey legislation, S1147, was voted out of committee in the Assembly and the Senate.  The state senate may take it up later this month. Continue reading

Study Debunks Link Between Autism and Childhood Vaccines

Newark, NJ, April 22, 2015 ― Kathleen O’Brien today reports in The Star-Ledger that a large study released Tuesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds no link between autism and childhood vaccines, even for those with an older sibling who has autism.

The study, which was led by Anjali Jain of the Lewin Group, determined the vaccination history and autism diagnoses of more than 95,000 children by accessing the insurance claims database of a large commercial health plan. Continue reading

NJ Legislators Seek to Stem Rising Tide of Religious Exemptions to Vaccines

Trenton, NJ, March 10, 2015 ― Andrew Kitchenman today reports in NJ Spotlight that more and more New Jersey parents are citing religious exemptions as a way to keep their children from being vaccinated, and state legislators are seeking to head off the trend before it grows.

New Jersey lawmakers want to have parents looking to opt out from the statewide vaccine mandate submit a statement swearing that inoculations violate their religious beliefs.

They claim that this would save children’s lives.  It would also roll back the state to the status quo before a 2008 rule change made it easier to avoid vaccinations on religious grounds. Continue reading

Governor Christie Says He’s a ‘Complete Supporter’ of Vaccinations

Newark, NJ, February 26, 2015 ― Appearing last evening on New Jersey 101.5’s “Ask the Governor” program with Eric Scott, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that he is a “complete supporter” of mandatory vaccines.

The Governor said he was surprised by the reaction to comments he made about vaccinations while on a trade mission to the United Kingdom earlier this month. Continue reading