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Companies on the Move
When Bristol-Myers Squibb bought the DuPont Pharmaceutical
portfolio last year, it laid off most of the employees and closed
both Delaware laboratories. But some ex-DuPont scientists have landed
on their feet. With technology licensed from DuPont, George Li of
CombiPhos Catalysts offers highly active, air-stable homogeneous catalysts
for making pharmaceuticals at his Deer Park Drive research lab.
Li earned his undergraduate degree in China and earned his PhD in
chemistry from Northwestern, then worked as team leader at DuPont.
Last year he licensed the technology he was working on and started
this firm. Used by more than 100 companies in 12 countries, the product
uses combinatorial technology to effect catalysis — molecular
bonding — for making pharmaceuticals and other products. He opened
the two-person lab in October.
Using combinatorial technology the firm manufactures and sells a wide
variety of these catalysts, which were invented by Li. The company
is also using new combinatorial technologies to commercialize highly
active and air-stable chiral/achiral catalysts.
"These catalysts can efficiently mediate a wide variety of organic
transformations, especially for the cross-coupling reactions involving
in aryl halides," says Li.
M, Princeton 08542-0220. George Li, owner. 908-281-7168; fax, 908-281-9698.
EduNeering, based at University Square, has new contracts
for online learning in the areas of security and pharmaceutical regulation.
It is teaming with a security agency to develop online courses to
train management to recognize and deal with security issues. New York-based
Citigate Global Intelligence & Security is helping to write the series
focusing on counter-terrorism, threat assessments, security policies
& procedures, and intellectual property protection (www.citigategis.com).
EduNeering also has the first online training course in a series entitled
Computerized Systems Inspections in the Pharmaceutical Industry. To
address Food and Drug Administration regulatory requirements, EduNeering
tapped the expertise of Sion Wyn of ISPE, an international society
for Life Science professionals (www.ispe.org).
This course is part of the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs’ Virtual
University (ORA U), which Eduneering develops and maintains. Through
ORA U, the FDA enforcement staff and FDA authorized agents can take
more than 90 web-based courses in such areas as Basics of Investigation,
Food and Drug Law, and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). EduNeering
also provides a learning management system that documents and retains
the records for all training conducted by the agency.
The company provides technology-based learning solutions for more
than 250 clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, medical device,
food processing, energy and general manufacturing industries.
Princeton 08540. Don Deieso, president & CEO. 609-627-5300; fax, 609-627-5330.
Home page: www.EduNeering.com
203, Robbinsville 08691. Derek Fisher, operations manager. 609-584-5271;
fax, 609-584-7498. Www.gsc-global.com
This hydrology and environmental consulting firm expanded with a two-stage
move from 6,000 feet on South Gold Drive to 11,000 square feet on
AAA Drive. With 32 people, it is hiring several entry level professionals
with engineering, geology, environmental degrees. Meanwhile it hopes
to get a two-year sublease on its 6,000 feet on South Gold.
Derek Fisher is regional office manager and is also in charge of a
14-person office in Jessup, Maryland. The son of educators in Monmouth
County, Fisher majored in civil engineering at Bucknell University,
Class of 1991, and has an MBA from Monmouth University. He worked
for Matrix Engineering in Red Bank (where he met his fiancee, who
has a human resources job) and came to Geologic Services in 1995.
Geologic Services was founded in 1981 by a husband-wife geology team
in Hudson, Massachusetts, and has seven offices. For major petroleum
companies, it investigates and clean up petroleum spills and other
contaminated sites. Among its competitors is the former IT Corp. (now
part of the Shaw Group) in Horizon Center.
Unlike the IT Corporation, Geologic Services has resisted the tendency
to grow quickly by buying up other companies. It is now employee owned,
so that profits are distributed in the form of stock.
Among the clean-up methods used are soil excavation (digging up the
impacted soil), soil vapor extraction (pulling volatile organic compounds
out of the ground, treating them, and discharge the air into the atmosphere),
ground water pumping (pumping the contaminated groundwater, treating
it, and discharging it to a sewer system or storm sewer), and bioventing
(adding oxygen to the subsurface to facilitate natural remediation),
Bioremediation, using bacteria to clean up the pollution, is used
on an experimental basis.
08540. Michael Smagula, eastern sales manager. 609-716-1100; fax,
609-716-6800. Home page: www.thasegawa.com
The regional sales office of the Tokyo-based maker of essences, fragrances,
seasonings, extracts, and colorings, has leased 5,500 square feet
at 307 College Road East, a move from Princeton Meadows Office Center.
The company is based in Cerritos, California. Tom Stange and Vince
Marano of National Business Parks represented the landlord, Lawrence
08540. Richard H. Wildnauer, president. 609-520-0715; fax, 609-520-0849.
The skin care company has taken more space at 307 College Road East
and extended its Research Way lease through 2010 for a total of 30,000
square feet at College Park at Princeton Forrestal Center. It focuses
on therapeutic skin care and patented alpha-hydroxy acid formulations
and also includes TriStrata Inc., PolyStrata Pharmaceuticals, and
Tri-Strata Technology Inc.
08628. Karen Clark, acting CEO and president. 609-538-0700; fax, 609-538-0833.
The managed care company expanded by moving 280 employees from 275
Phillips Boulevard to a Hilton realty property, 210 Silvia Street,
in West Trenton. With this move the firm consolidated its Trenton,
Camden, and Bloomfield offices. Meanwhile Velvet G. Miller has left
the post of CEO and the former chief operating officer, Karen Clark,
is serving as acting president and CEO. The program is a partnership
of Horizon Healthcare of NJ, a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue
Shield, and Mercy Health Plan.
Center, Suite 300, Lawrenceville 08648. Mary Gatch, CFO and executive
vice president. 609-896-1800; fax, 609-896-1811. Www.petersons.com
Peterson’s has bought California-based CyberEdit for an undisclosed
sum. CyberEdit’s online essay instruction and editing (www.essayedge.com)
and resume-writing services (www.resumeedge.com) is expected supplement
Peterson’s suite of college and graduate-school planning solutions.
Peterson’s, a provider of books and online resources focusing on the
educational-search, test-preparation, and financial-aid markets, is
part of the Thomson Corporation of Canada.
Road, Plainsboro 08536. Sanjeev Agarwal PE, president. 609-452-9700;
fax, 609-452-9701. Home page: www.ehvacdesign.com
This engineering firm has moved from 55 Princeton Hightstown Road
to 1,100 square feet on Plainsboro Road. Its president, Sanjeev Agarwal,
graduated from Bhopal University in 1983 and came to the United States
to work for CUH2A and Kelder & Gilligo. Agarwal is married and has
a school-aged daughter. Active in the American Society of Plumbing
Engineers, he is a licensed Professional Engineer. His father and
four of his six uncles are engineers, and his brother, Raj Rajeev
Agarwal, has his own firm, TechFab International, also at this location.
Agarwal founded his own firm two years ago and does mechanical and
electrical design and plumbing systems — including fire alarms
— for office buildings, schools, and restaurants. Among his recent
designs were the closed circuit television system for Passaic High
school closed circuit television design, the HVAC system for the Amalfi’s
restaurant (with interior design by Saphire Associates), an electrical
upgrade for Princeton Radiology, and a new medical center in Jamesburg.
He also worked for Con Edison in New York City.
5366, Princeton 08543-5366. Gary Bleacher, operations manager. 732-631-6003;
fax, 732-631-6007. Home page: www.pt.fdah.com
Now that Wyeth has closed the former American Cyanamid site to humans,
95 researchers moved their offices and labs from Quakerbridge Road
to Deer Park Drive, Princeton Corporate Plaza. For now, the cows and
pigs remain at their old stomping grounds, but Gary Bleacher, the
farm manager, hopes to move them to a farm in Hunterdon County soon.
When American Home Products bought American Cyanamid, Cyanamid was
doing agricultural research for both animals and crops. American Home
Products sold the crops division to BASF (which then moved those jobs
to North Carolina and Germany) and kept the animal health division
under the Fort Dodge name. Recently American Home Products changed
its corporate name to mirror that of another company it owns, Wyeth.
Plaza, Suite 105, Cranbury 08512. Thomas Richman, manager. 609-409-1300;
fax, 609-655-2887. Home page: www.cbplans.com
The three-person benefit planning company moved from 8 South River
Road last month. It offers benefit plans for small to medium-sized
08512. Dennis Huang, president and CEO. 609-860-8430; fax, 609-860-8432.
The web-based beauty supply company has moved from 2553 Route 130
to Corporate Drive, but it uses the Route 130 mailing address. Phone
and fax are the same.
B, Princeton 08540. Robert Medina, president. 609-219-0556; fax, 609-219-0566.
The engineering firm moved from 3,500 square feet at 15 Princess Road
to Emmons Drive. Headquartered in Hackettstown and founded in 1989
it does environmental permitting and land surveying.
Lawrenceville 08648. Joseph Asir. 609-620-0949; fax, 609-620-0955.
In August the Village of Lawrenceville welcomed yet another new business.
Princeton Immigration Group, a boutique immigration law firm, relocated
from Princeton to 2665 Main Street.
Road, Plainsboro 08536. Irwin M. Behren, certified financial planner.
609-655-4333; fax, 609-655-8449.
Irvin Behrens, a financial planner and investment advisor, moved his
office from Constitution Center on Route 130 North to Princeton Meadows
Office Center. Royal Alliance Associates is the broker/dealer with
which he does stock trading. He went to Brooklyn College and has an
MBA in finance from New York University plus a CFP designation and
an insurance license.
Before going into financial planning, Behrens was a corporate controller
for smaller companies and worked for IBM and Korvettes. Among his
services are tax planning and tax preparation, and he represents 14
companies for long term care insurance.
Edison State College, Trenton 08608. Rush Russell. 609-695-1997; fax,
609-777-3207. Home page:
Children’s Futures has awarded $366,852 in new grants to four more
local agencies, bringing its total support for Trenton’s prenatal,
early childhood and parenting programs to more than $3 million.
The newest grants will support the Trenton School District, Homefront,
the National Council on Aging, and the First Book-Mercer program.
They are geared to improve child health and development and outcomes
for children from birth to three years old. These programs complement
a series of activities already underway in Trenton, including the
establishment of neighborhood parent/child centers in each ward, and
initiatives to engage fathers in parenting, reduce substance abuse,
improve quality in child care and promote literacy.
Children’s Futures is an RWJ Foundation-funded initiative to strengthen
early childhood development in Trenton.
Trenton Business & Technology Center, Trenton 08608. Dana Hutchins,
president. 609-656-7700; fax, 609-396-8603. Home page: www.inforest.com
Inforest Communications of Trenton has completed a major redesign
of the International Furnishings and Design Association website (www.ifda.com).
Founded in 1947 and headquartered at Creative Marketing Alliance on
Clarksville Road, the IFDA is the only all-industry association whose
members provide products and services within the furnishings and design
industry. Inforest offers digital communication tools, web-based E-commerce
and database systems, online marketing tools, promotion and performance
Business Park, Pennington 08534. Quentin T. Kelly, chairman and CEO.
609-818-0700; fax, 609-818-0720. Home page: www.worldwater.com
The water management and solar energy company did a $2.5 million deal
with Millennium 3 Opportunity Fund, a Roseland-based venture capital
group. The VC has contributed $250,000 so far, and the additional
investment will follow after the due diligence period is complete.
WorldWater is a principal supplier of renewable energy and remote
water supply for emerging nations and is now getting into the California
mainstream power market to provide energy solutions for agriculture,
refrigeration, and water utilities. "Our breakthrough technology
— solar pumping systems capable of driving several hundred horsepower
motors — has opened important new business opportunities in the
water and alternative energy fields," says Quentin T. Kelly, CEO
Among its contracts for AquaMax solar technology is one for $891,000
to operate a 300-horsepower compressor pumping system for a food processing
cooler at a farm in Edison, California. The AquaMax operates by itself
or in combination with an electric grid of diesel generators. It saves
unused self-generated solar electricity and "banks it," literally
running the meter backwards for later use. This system is to be installed
by the end of this year. Another system will drive a 50-horsepower
irrigation pump to light up outer buildings of a ranch in Firebaugh,
Park 400, Suite 100, Cranbury 08512. Winthrop Cody, president. 609-918-2500;
fax, 609-918-1328. Www.expertplan.com
The web-based application service provider for Internet-based retirement
planning services has closed a $4.35 venture capital funding. Late
last month Philadelphia-based Liberty Venture Partners bought Series
B Preferred stock, and Liberty’s co-founder, David J. Robkin, joined
the ExpertPlan board.
John Hancock and Putnam Investors are among the 20 clients who have
chosen ExpertPlan’s web-based "self service" model, which
empowers plan participants to manage their own accounts, eliminates
third-party errors, and reduces costs and the administrative burdens
on the financial professional and the plan sponsor. The web program
also offers online access to marketing materials and proposal requests.
08540-6681. Chris Kuebler, chairman and CEO. 609-452-8550; fax, 609-452-9854.
Home page: www.covance.com
Covance has launched the first on-screen system for digital electrocardiograms
to use in clinical trials, called Digitography. It puts waveform measurement
on screen — reproducible interval measurement with good resolution,
says Eileen Daniel, general manager for Central Diagnostics at Covance.
Once Covance gets the original digital ECG signals, technicians in
Reno, Nevada, verify the quality of the signal in real-time and cardiologists
analyze the ECG through an on-screen-reading station.
Road, Cranbury. Www.inx3.com
Information Infrastructures Inc. has closed its Cranbury office and
calls are being taken at its headquarters at 1285 Avenue of the Americas,
Suite 3501, New York 10019-6028, 888-922-INX3. The firm focuses on
IBM’s WebSphere MQ family of products — a messaging middleware
Road, Marlborough 01752. Bill Owen, COO. 877-872-2379; fax, 508-229-4404.
Home page: www.kewill.com
Kewill’s 20-person office has closed at 2555 Route 130 and has moved
to the company’s North American headquarters in Marlboro, Massachusetts.
It has software that helps companies manage the order-to-delivery
process (U.S. 1, February 18, 1998). Formerly known as Evcor Distribution
Plus, the company was sold by founder Stephen H. Cooper to Kewill,
a London-based firm, in 2001.
"We still have some Princeton employees working from home offices,"
says Bill Owen, COO. "We will continue to support our customers
within the region." Kewill has 150 employees in the United States
and five other regional offices, including one in Chicago.
Marlton 08053. 800-486-6152; fax, 846-596-1705. Www.libertymutual.com
The insurance office at 10 Schalks Crossing Road has closed and Lillian
Rodriguez, sales representative, is handling calls from an office
08618. Andrew L. Jaeger, president/CEO. 609-538-4061; fax, 609-538-4057.
The NJDOT Credit Union has changed its name to reflect its broader
membership. It has two branches, one on State Street and one on Parkway
Avenue in Ewing, formerly known as Parkway Financial Credit Union.
With 17,000 members it has $112 million in assets and plans a merger
with a state employee credit union, the State Credit Union of Trenton,
Communication Data, a software systems firm in West Trenton.
been an engineer-supervisor for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor at
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
of the New Jersey Credit Union League.
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