Online Educators


Crosstown Moves

Contracts Awarded

Funding Announced

Product Launched

Leaving Town

Name Changes


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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the November 13, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

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.

CombiPhos Catalysts Inc., 1 Deer Park Drive, Suite

M, Princeton 08542-0220. George Li, owner. 908-281-7168; fax, 908-281-9698.

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Online Educators

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 (

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 (

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.

EduNeering Inc., 100 Campus Drive, University Square,

Princeton 08540. Don Deieso, president & CEO. 609-627-5300; fax, 609-627-5330.

Home page:

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Geologic Services Corporation, 1 AAA Drive, Suite

203, Robbinsville 08691. Derek Fisher, operations manager. 609-584-5271;

fax, 609-584-7498.

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.

T. Hasegawa USA Inc., 307 College Road East, Princeton

08540. Michael Smagula, eastern sales manager. 609-716-1100; fax,

609-716-6800. Home page:

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

Zirinsky Associates.

NeoStrata Company Inc., 4 Research Way, Princeton

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.

Horizon Mercy, 210 Silvia Street, West Trenton

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.

Peterson’s, 2000 Lenox Drive, Princeton Pike Corporate

Center, Suite 300, Lawrenceville 08648. Mary Gatch, CFO and executive

vice president. 609-896-1800; fax, 609-896-1811.

Peterson’s has bought California-based CyberEdit for an undisclosed

sum. CyberEdit’s online essay instruction and editing (

and resume-writing services ( 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.

Princeton Engineering Services Inc., 501 Plainsboro

Road, Plainsboro 08536. Sanjeev Agarwal PE, president. 609-452-9700;

fax, 609-452-9701. Home page:

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.

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Crosstown Moves

Fort Dodge Animal Health, 9 Deer Park Drive, Box

5366, Princeton 08543-5366. Gary Bleacher, operations manager. 732-631-6003;

fax, 732-631-6007. Home page:

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.

Creative Benefits Plans Inc. (CBPlans), 101 Interchange

Plaza, Suite 105, Cranbury 08512. Thomas Richman, manager. 609-409-1300;

fax, 609-655-2887. Home page:

The three-person benefit planning company moved from 8 South River

Road last month. It offers benefit plans for small to medium-sized


Folica Beauty Supplies, 8 Corporate Drive, Cranbury

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.

Medina Consultants PC, 29 Emmons Drive, Building

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.

Princeton Immigration Group, 2665 Main Street,

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.

Yorkshire Financial Services Inc., 666 Plainsboro

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.

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Contracts Awarded

Children’s Futures, 101 West State Street, Thomas

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.

Inforest Communications, 36 South Broad Street,

Trenton Business & Technology Center, Trenton 08608. Dana Hutchins,

president. 609-656-7700; fax, 609-396-8603. Home page:

Inforest Communications of Trenton has completed a major redesign

of the International Furnishings and Design Association website (

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


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Funding Announced

WorldWater Corp. (WWAT), 55 Route 31 South, Pennington

Business Park, Pennington 08534. Quentin T. Kelly, chairman and CEO.

609-818-0700; fax, 609-818-0720. Home page:

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

of WorldWater.

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,


ExpertPlan, 50 Millstone Road, Windsor Corporate

Park 400, Suite 100, Cranbury 08512. Winthrop Cody, president. 609-918-2500;

fax, 609-918-1328.

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.

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Product Launched

Covance Inc. (CVD), 206 Carnegie Center, Princeton

08540-6681. Chris Kuebler, chairman and CEO. 609-452-8550; fax, 609-452-9854.

Home page:

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.

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Leaving Town

Information Infrastructures Inc., 379 Princeton-Hightstown

Road, Cranbury.

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


Kewill Electronic Commerce Inc., 100 Nickerson

Road, Marlborough 01752. Bill Owen, COO. 877-872-2379; fax, 508-229-4404.

Home page:

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.

Liberty Mutual Group, Route 73 South, Suite 325,

Marlton 08053. 800-486-6152; fax, 846-596-1705.

The insurance office at 10 Schalks Crossing Road has closed and Lillian

Rodriguez, sales representative, is handling calls from an office

in Marlton.

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Name Changes

Credit Union of New Jersey, 7 Dunmore Avenue, Ewing

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,

in December.

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Howard J. Ramberger, 56, on November 3. He owned Kronos

Communication Data, a software systems firm in West Trenton.

Eugene "Buck" Taylor, 73, on November 6. He had

been an engineer-supervisor for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor at

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Michael R. Puca, 77, on November 6. He had been the director

of the New Jersey Credit Union League.

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