COVID-19 in New Jersey

FDA approves J&J vaccine — 70,000 doses headed to N.J. in coming days

Tom Bergeron (New Brunswick) | ROI-NJ

The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use approval to the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Saturday — a move that likely will result in shots of the vaccine being given in New Jersey in the next few days. The announcement is all but certain to have a dramatic impact on the ability to vaccinate — and, thus, the ability to get back …

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which requires just one shot, is on track to become third allowed for use in US

Karen Weintraub | USA Today

A government advisory committee is likely to give a thumbs up Friday to a third COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way to increased supply of the much-in-demand vaccines. The new vaccine, from drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, offers a few advantages over the two that have been administered to 45 million Americans since mid-December, although it may be somewhat less effective. The J&J vaccine requires only one shot; …

New Manufacturing Facility to Create 90 Million Masks Per Month

New Jersey Business

Hudson Holdings Group opened a manufacturing facility that will make up to tens of millions of protective masks a month, a move to protect lives and create jobs as America fights the COVID-19 pandemic. The Piscataway-based company’s approach is distinctive as a made-in-America solution to an urgent problem, bringing the mass production of high-quality, low-cost disposable masks to a space …

Innovating During COVID-19: New Jersey’s Next Era in Life Sciences

Choose New Jersey | Area Development

Following 150 years of global leadership in life sciences, cell and gene therapy (CGT) is rapidly accelerating within the New Jersey ecosystem. As winter began to wane this year, the world was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unprecedented levels of interest in cell and gene therapies have followed, with research and development (R&D) facilities testing different potential solutions, such as …

For Gonzalez, the ability to pivot products meant everything

Anastasia Bergeron | ROI-NJ

Jessica Gonzalez has been a fixture on the entrepreneurship scene in New Jersey for nearly a decade — or since her first company, InCharged, turned the need for phone charging into a marketing opportunity for major brands. Her latest venture, VendX — what she calls “experiential vending machines”  — experienced growth as part of the most recent Newark Venture Partners‘ cohort. Then COVID-19 hit. …

N.J. Devils, Pru Center launch virtual fundraiser to benefit Newark Working Kitchens

Emily Bader | ROI-NJ

The New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center, in partnership with Investors Bank and RWJBarnabas Health, announced Friday morning the details for Donate a Plate, a virtual fundraiser benefitting Newark Working Kitchens. Newark Working Kitchens is a free meal delivery service launched in April to create jobs and assist city residents from facing food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are grateful to Investors Bank and RWJBarnabas Health …

The Future of Commercial Real Estate in a COVID-19 World

Jim Pytell | New Jersey Business Magazine

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 will affect the future of commercial real estate in New Jersey, but the question is to what degree? For many of us, the days of commuting into midtown Manhattan or to a New Jersey suburban office park for work seem like a lifetime ago, but what does the digitalization of the workforce mean for companies …

COVID-19 Forcing Developers in New Brunswick, Elsewhere to Rethink Collaborative Spaces

Chuck O'Donnell | Tap Into New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the future of collaborative spaces, such as the massive one planned for downtown New Brunswick, the president of DEVCO said Tuesday. Chris Paladino said the virus that has resulted in almost 14,000 confirmed deaths in the Garden State will likely impact the design of projects such as The Hub, a mixed-use …

RUCDR Infinite Biologics to Provide 30,000 Rapid Response COVID-19 Tests Per Day

Jim Pytell | New Jersey Business Magazine

At what was his 100th COVID-19 press briefing, Gov. Phil Murphy today announced that RUCDR Infinite Biologics, a unit of Rutgers’ Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, will provide 30,000 rapid-response saliva-based coronavirus tests per day. “Having these tests means we now have 30,000 tests a day that come with a 48-hour turnaround. As test turnaround has lagged nationally given …

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