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NJ approves film tax breaks for 3 producers who filmed during COVID

Carly Wronko

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on March 10 approved some of the few awards for media productions during the pandemic under a lucrative and popular tax break program meant to lure the film and television industry. All three awards combined totaled $1.32 million, according to the Wednesday board agenda. Known formally as the NJ Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program, …

Rutgers researchers create rapid test (1 hour) that detects coronavirus variants

Carly Wronko

Researchers at Rutgers University feel they have developed a time-saving test to help the world in its battle with the variant strains of COVID-19. And they are not charging health care organizations to use it to conduct testing. David Alland, Padmapriya Banada, Soumitesh Chakravorty, Raquel Green and Sukalyani Banik announced Monday that they have designed a new rapid test that can detect …

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Biden says Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine

Carly Wronko

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that pharmaceutical giant Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine. The decision comes as the administration works to ramp up production of J&J’s single-shot vaccine. Senior administration officials said Sunday the U.S. government would ship J&J’s entire inventory of 3.9 million doses this week, adding that supply would be “uneven” in the following weeks. Some 16 million more …

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

Carly Wronko

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 …

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

Carly Wronko

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

Carly Wronko

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 …

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

Carly Wronko

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 …

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For Gonzalez, the ability to pivot products meant everything

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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

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

Carly Wronko

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 …