#b#Contracts Awarded#/b#

Amicus Therapeutics, 5 Cedar Brook Drive, Cedar Brook Corporate Center, Cranbury 08512; 609-662-2000; fax, 609-662-2001. John F. Crowley, CEO. www.amicustherapeutics.com

Amicus Therapeutics, which develops therapies to treat genetic diseases, has received a $500,000 grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The money will be distributed over two years, to help Amicus continue its Parkinson’s research.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Old Queens Building, 83 Somerset Street, New Brunswick 08901; 732-932-1766. Richard L. McCormick, president. www.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers University has entered an agreement with Intellectual Ventures, a business development and investment firm based in Bellevue, Washington, to create the Rutgers IP Development Fund.

The agreement provides funding to faculty, based on a competitive application process, and provides for a dedicated person to manage the process. It also applies for financial incentives and other initiatives designed to encourage the submission and development of new ideas. The deal makes it possible for researchers to develop and patent inventions and share in profits if that invention is commercialized.

Michael Pazzani, vice president of research and graduate and professional education at Rutgers, called the deal “an additional way to get early-stage technologies to the market.”

He expects the arrangement to more quickly match technologies with potential commercialization partners. “The faculty will also learn about market needs and have the opportunity to create solutions to ongoing problems through their research,” he said.

The commercialization program is similar to one that has been in place at Princeton University for much of the past decade. Several area businesses, such as Universal Display Corp., a Ewing-based developer of OLED technology, and Liquid Light, which is working on the conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels, have been born from Princeton’s program.

#b#Crosstown Move#/b#

Infinix Corporation, 4390 Route 1 North, Suite 213, Princeton 08540; 609-936-0101; fax, 609-936-0202. Uday Nadkarni, president. www.infinixcorp.com

Infinix, which provides IT and healthcare staffing services, vendor management, recruitment, outsourcing and offshore software development, has moved from 666 Plainsboro Road to Route 1.

Infinix’s main product is called Matchboard, a web-based software that offers online collaboration among employees, job candidates, and staffing services. It also is used for customer relations management.

Entech Solar, 423 Riverview Plaza, Trenton 08611; 609-883-6003. David Gelbaum, CEO. www.entechsolar.com

Entech Solar, a Texas-based full-service international solar energy technology developer, has moved its New Jersey office from Ewing to Trenton’s Riverview Plaza.

eSystems Inc., 4390 Route 1 North, Suite 301, Princeton 08540; 609-945-7437; fax, 609-537-0070. Ashish Mukherji, CEO. www.esystems-inc.com

eSystems, an IT systems integration and design development firm, has moved from 103 Carnegie Center to 4390 Route 1.

#b#Acquisitions#/b#

Accutest Laboratories, 2235 Route 130, Building B, Dayton 08810; 732-329-0200; fax, 732-329-3499. Vincent Pugliese, CEO. www.accutest.com

Accutest, which conducts air, water, and soil testing, has acquired Houston-based Southern Petroleum Laboratories Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

Southern Petroleum operates an environmental testing laboratory for petroleum, industrial, and engineering clients in the Gulf Coast and central regions of the country.

#b#New In Town#/b#

The Sheridan Law Firm LLC, 116 Village Boulevard, Suite 200, Princeton 08540; 609-520-1030. Dan Sheridan, owner. www.sheridanlawllc.com

Dan Sheridan has opened a Village Boulevard location for his businesses and real estate law firm.

Sheridan, an attorney for 26 years, earned his bachelor’s from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and his J.D. from Seton Hall.

#b#Arrested#/b#

Michael Clegg, 30, of East Windsor was charged on December 9 with theft for allegedly bilking the Princeton Hampton Inn on Route 1 out of $140,000. South Brunswick police said Clegg, who had been the manager of the hotel since 2005, submitted vouchers to the hotel from a phony catering company, Mercer Catering, that he had formed. Clegg is being held on $50,000 bail.

#b#Deaths#/b#

David Scott, 56, on December 9. A former director of sports medicine at Rutgers, he was an anesthesiologist at Princeton Anesthesia Services since 1996.

John Barton Young, 74, on December 7. An independent filmmaker for National Geographic, he co-founded the Cetana Educational Foundation for developing human resources in Myanmar with his wife, Lois.

Shoichi Yoshikawa, 76, on November 4. An internationally known leader in fusion energy research, he was one of the chief scientists at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Plainsboro, where in 1968 he invented a new type of magnetic bottle to confine fusion plasmas called the Spherator. He also encouraged the construction of the tokamak fusion test reactor at PPPL.

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