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.

Choose NJ’s RFP Watch

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.

To learn more click here

Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan Dedicate $3 Billion for Initiative to Rid World of Major Diseases by End of Century

zuckerberg-and-chan

Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan

San Francisco, CA, September 22, 2016 ― Ariana Eunjung Cha reports in The Washington Post that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician, yesterday announced a $3 billion effort to accelerate scientific research with the wildly ambitious goal of “curing all disease in our children’s lifetime.”

Cha reports that the many components of the initiative include creating universal technology “tools” based on both traditional science and engineering on which all researchers can build, including a map of all cell types, a way to continuously monitor blood for early signs of illness, and a chip that can diagnose all diseases (or at least many of them).

The money will also help fund what they referred to as 10 to 15 “virtual institutes” that will bring together investigators from around the world to focus on individual diseases or other goals — an idea that has the potential to upend biomedical science.

Cha writes that being a scientist in academia today can often be a solitary endeavor as the system is set up to encourage colleagues to keep data exclusive in the hopes that this strategy helps them be more competitive at getting publications and grants.

But as more Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like Zuckerberg are seeking to make their mark in the biological sciences, they are emphasizing the power of collaboration and openness.

A centerpiece of the new effort, called Chan Zuckerberg Science, involves creating a “Biohub” at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay campus that will bring together scientists from Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley and UCSF.

In making the announcement, Zuckerberg wrote:

Priscilla and I just shared our next major focus for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Can we help scientists to cure, prevent or manage all diseases within our children’s lifetime?

I’m optimistic we can. And I hope you’ll join us on this journey to a better future.

Medicine has only been a modern science for about a century, and we’ve made incredible progress so far. Life expectancy has increased by 1/4 of a year per year since then, and if we only continue this trend, the average will reach 100 around the end of this century.

Today, just four kinds of diseases cause the majority of deaths. We can make progress on all of them with the right technology.

Throughout history, most scientific breakthroughs have been preceded by the invention of new tools to help us see problems in new ways — like the telescope, the microscope and DNA sequencing.

It’s not hard to imagine the modern tools required to accelerate breakthroughs in today’s four major disease area. So we’re going to focus on bringing scientists and engineers together to build these new tools and technologies.

Today, we announced a few steps in this direction:

Dr. Cori Bargmann, a world-renowned expert in neuroscience and genetics, is joining the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to lead this initiative. We are thrilled to welcome her.

We are committing to invest $3 billion over the next decade in this initiative to help scientists cure diseases.

Our first project is creating the Biohub. We’re investing $600 million in a new research hub to bring scientists and engineers together from Stanford, UCSF, Berkeley, and the world-class engineering team we’re building at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, in order to build some of the new tools I mentioned above.

The science initiative is a long term effort. We plan to invest billions of dollars over decades. But it will take years for these tools to be developed and longer to put them into full use. This is hard and we need to be patient, but it’s important.

This is about the future we want for our daughter and children everywhere. If there’s a chance that we can help cure all diseases in our children’s lifetimes, then we will do our part. Together, we have a real shot at leaving the world a better place for our children than we found it.