Mergers

The Acclaim Group LLC, 15 Roszel Road, Suite 109, Princeton 08540; 609-452-2100; fax, 609-452-2199. Robert P. Sobol, principal. Home page: www.acclaim-group.com.

Robert Sobol, founder of the R.P. Sobol & Co. property management and commercial real estate firm, has merged his company with the Acclaim Group.

Based in Cranford, the Acclaim Group is a national tenant representation firm specializing in negotiations between landords and lessees, site analysis, and disposition services.

Sobol announced the merger in September and will be staying on as manager of Acclaim’s Princeton office, at his company’s former address. Sobol says that the deal enables him to expand his company’s services and provides the advantages of broad backing from the larger, more established Acclaim Group.

Extra Space Storage, 3600 Quakerbridge Road, Trenton 08619; 609-631-8040; fax, 609-631-8076. Home page: www.quakerbridgeselfstorage.com.

Quakerbridge Self Storage, run by the husband and wife team of Ron and Thereas DiMaria, has been acquired by Extra Space Storage, a national chain of self storage units. Extra Space took over in May.

New in Town

Huntington Learning Center, 2271 Route 33, Suite 106, Hamilton Square 08690; 609-631-0008; fax, 609-631-0009. Mark Kance MEd, center director.

Huntington Learning Center, a national chain of supplemental learning centers, has opened location in Hamilton’s Golden Crest complex. The center focuses on K-12 tutoring in math and language and SAT preparation courses.

Mt. Cook Pharma Inc., 214 Carnegie Center, Suite 100, Princeton 08540; 609-297-2100; fax, 609-275-4893. Alan Joslyn, president and CEO. Home page: www.mtcookpharma.com.

Mt. Cook Pharma, a firm involved in developing medicines for urological problems, has opened offices in Carnegie Center.

The firm was founded in 2006 and designed to combat the growing incidence of urological disorders found in the aging Baby Boomer population. The company cites as its main targets overactive bladder, lower urinary symptoms associated with benign prostate hypertrophy, and bladder cysts and crystals. The latter is often misdiagnosed as a chronic urinary tract infection, but is becoming a more known disorder affecting older adults, primarily.

Alan Joslyn, who joined the firm last March, serves as president and CEO. Prior to taking over at Mt. Cook, Joslyn was senior vice president of R&D at of Penwest Pharmaceuticals in Danbury, Connecticut, and vice president of global drug development for internal medicine at Johnson & Johnson.

Joslyn received his bachelor’s degree in biology and medicinal chemistry and his doctorate in biochemical pharmacology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Eboo Versi, the firm’s chief medical officer, received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in reproductive physiology from the Oxford and his medical degree from the Cambridge. Versi has served as senior vice president of development at Plethora Solutions, vice president of medical affairs at Yamanouchi (now Astellas), and director of urology and women’s health at Pfizer. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and was chief of division at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and associate professor at Harvard before joining Mt. Cook in August, 2007.

Crosstown Move.

Law Offices of Alan B. Zublatt, 100 Overlook Center, Suite 2105, Box 510, West Windsor 08550; 609-951-0600; fax, 609-375-2133. www.zublatt.com.

The law firm of Alan B. Zublatt has moved from 4301 Route 1 to the Overlook Center. The full service firm’s specialties include land use, real estate, zoning, telecommunications, and municipal law

Expansion

Veterinary Surgical and Diagnostic Specialists, 34 Trenton-Lakewood Road, Clarksburg 08510; 609-259-8300. Daniel Stobie, DVM, chief veterinarian. Home page: www.vsds.net.

VSDS, a 24-hour emergency pet care hospital in Millstone, has announced plans to move to Robbinsville and expand its facilities six-fold by 2010.

Sweetwater Construction Corporation of Cranbury is handling the construction, which will begin in spring 2009. The new veterinary specialty hospital and emergency trauma center will be housed in a $9 million, 33,000-square-foot facility specialty at 315 Robbinsville-Allentown Road.

Set to open in May, 2010, the hospital is expected to employ 183, including 37 specialists and emergency clinicians, and treat about 375 animals a week, according to Brie Messier, Hospital Administrator.

The hospital will be fully staffed and prepared to admit emergency cases around-the-clock, seven days a week, and provide critical care in a specialized intensive care unit.

Deaths

Carlyle W. Crane Jr. on October 28. He worked for Bloomberg Financial Services as a market researcher.

John J. Gorman, 74. A CPA, he was an accounting professor at Rider and also ran his own company.

Armand L. Ruderman, 80, on October 27. He practiced medicine in Ewing for more than four decades, retiring in 1998.

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