Management Move

The New Jersey Council of Children’s Hospitals had named Connie F. Meyers to serve as its new executive director. The organization is an academically-oriented trade association representing New Jersey’s 10 children’s acute care hospitals and two pediatric rehabilitation hospitals.

A former Mercer County chief of staff, Meyers has served as senior government affairs manager in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for Schering Plough and director of government affairs for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group.

The Council of Children’s Hospitals, which is affiliated with the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, with which it shares offices, is involved in supporting its members in providing technologically sophisticated pediatric care, training physicians and health care professionals, advancing medical innovation through medical and health services research, promoting evidence-based medicine to improve safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of the children’s health care system, and maintaining a strong safety-net to ensure the uninsured and the underserved children have access to health care.

Meyers, who is a graduate of NCNJ and Rutgers Law School, has been business advocate and senior vice president of the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission and worked on the creation of Prosperity New Jersey.

New Jersey Council of Children’s Hospitals, 154 West State Street, Trenton 08608; 609-656-9600; fax, 609-656-9611. Connie F. Meyers, executive director. Home page: www.njcth.org.

Name Change

TD Bank, 883 Route 206, Princeton 08540; 609-430-0721; fax, 609-430-9463. Martin R. Hernandez, assistant vice president/branch manager. Home page: www.tdbank.com.

The transition of Commerce Bank, a group of retail banks along the Atlantic seaboard known for doing business outside of traditional banker’s hours, to TD Bank is complete.

In a deal announced in October, 2007, Canadian banking giant Toronto Dominion acquired Commerce for $8.5 billion in cash and stock. The deal effectively doubled Toronto Dominion in size by adding Commerce’s 460 mid-Atlantic branches to its holdings. TD now owns nine former Commerce branches in the Princeton area.

Commerce attracted attention not only for its late-night and Sunday hours, but also for its branding — identical off-white buildings with lots of glass and bright red lettering. During the past couple of weeks the red has given way to TD’s forest green while television ads featuring Regis Philbin have sought to assure Commerce customers that nothing has really changed.

Positive Results

Agile Therapeutics Inc., 366 Wall Street, Princeton 08540; 609-683-1880; fax, . Thomas M. Rossi, president. Home page: www.agiletherapeutics.com.

Agile Therapeutics’s convenient contraceptive product moved closer to market after a successful end-of-Phase 2 meeting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company is now moving forward with its Phase 3 program to gain marketing approval.

Called AG200-15, the contraceptive is a low-dose contraceptive patch that offers women a once-weekly form of birth control, and will be marketed as a more convenient contraceptive alternative to the birth control pill.

The company says that its market research, conducted last April with approximately 1,500 women of reproductive age, indicates that 80 percent of women who would consider using the patch prefer the weekly contraceptive to the pill by a 4-to-1 margin. More than 30 percent of women who use birth control reported dissatisfaction with their current contraceptive methods — with a lack of convenience cited as a leading reason.

With its contraceptive patch, Agile is targeting the $6 billion global ($2.5 billion U.S.) hormonal contraceptive market.

Crosstown Moves

Law Offices of Marc A. Deitch, 33 Imlaystown Road, Upper Freehold 08526; 609-259-9555. Marc Deitch, principal. Home page: www.mad-attorney.com.

Marc A. Deitch, who specializes in real estate law, has moved his practice from Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road in Hamilton to Allentown. The move comes almost exactly one year after Deitch moved to Hamilton.

Aetna Inc., 3 Independence Way, Princeton 08540; 800-872-3862. Home page: www.aetna.com.

Aetna Life Insurance Company has signed a new seven-year lease for 41,766 square feet at 3 Independence Way. It is the new location for Aetna employees who had worked in Cranbury.

Alternative Mortgage & Investment Corporation, 707 Alexander Road, Suite 208, Princeton 08540; 609-452-1400; fax, 609-452-7080. Kurtis Baker, president. Home page: www.amic.net.

Alternative Mortgage and Investment Corp., a 22-year-old commercial and residential lending firm, has moved from 743 Alexander Road to 707 Alexander Road.

Microagility, 707 Alexander Road, Suite 208, Princeton 08540; 609-716-9020; fax, 609-716-9024. Sajid Khan, principal. Home page: www.microagility.com.

Microagility, a 10-person boutique project management consulting firm, has moved from Plainsboro Road to Alexander Road.

The company provides consulting services to companies in a number of industries.

ZRG Inc., 100 Overlook Center, Second Floor, Princeton 08540; 609-275-6600; fax, 609-275-6677. Steve Tosches, managing director. Home page: www.zrgroup.com.

ZRG, an executive search firm, has moved from Lawrence Commons to Overlook Center.

An international firm headquartered in Roxborough, Massachusetts, ZRG specializes in consulting and advisory services for executives and personnel services to companies in Latin America and Europe.

Leaving Town

Charles B. Chernofsky, 4499 Route 27, Kingston 08528.

Charles Chernofsky, a consultant to the advertising and direct marketing industries, has moved his single-person practice to Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Chernofsky says he had considered staying in Kingston, but found “a better deal” in Bensalem. He can still be reached at CherDen220@aol.com.

Order Execution Services LLC, 194 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542. Home page: www.tradeoes.com.

Order Execution Services, a financial services firm, has vacated its downtown Princeton office and consolidated operations in company headquarters at 744 Broad Street, 22nd Floor, Newark 07102. The phone: 973-368-1251.

Out of Business

Cena, 4110 Quakerbridge Road, Quakerbridge Village Commons, Lawrenceville.

Cena, a school-style restaurant offering workshops and gourmet to go, has closed its doors after only 10 months.

The school was part of a national chain of school-type restaurants founded in Spokane, Washington, in 2003. When Lisa Sloan opened the Lawrenceville site in January, her story was featured in U.S. 1’s sister paper, the West Windsor-Plainsboro News on March 7. At the time Sloan described the concept as being “for people who love to cook, but may be out of ideas, or may not want to shop for ingredients.”

Sloan also has a private psychotherapy office on Clarksville Road (The News, September 22, 2006). Cena continues to operate in other locations in the United States and Canada.

Deaths

D. Richard Ensor, 69, on November 23. He was a senior manager with Firmenich for 38 years.

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