New in Town

CollaFirm LLC, 7 Deer Park Drive, Suite M-7, Princeton 08540; 508-740-7855. Surendra Batra, owner. Home page:

Surendra Batra, former vice president of product development at Integra LifeSciences, has opened his own research company on Deer Park Drive.

CollaFirm, which develops collagen-based technologies and products for implants and surgical applications, is the latest endeavor for Batra, who until last March spent eight years with Providence-based Davol. At Davol Batra served as chief consultant of all collagen-based agents used in general surgical applications — an avenue that represented 18 percent of parent company C.R. Bard’s total sales, amounting to $350 million in 2006.

Batra helped Davol develop Bard CollaMend, an all-natural biological implant for tissue repair, and the absorbable collagen hemostatic sponge, Avitene.

From 1992 to 1999 Batra oversaw regenerative product development at Integra, where he was involved in researching, developing, and obtaining FDA approval for absorbable collagen surgical products including INTEGRA Artificial Skin, Helitene, and BioMend. Prior to that he was chief scientist and manager of R&D for Integra’s West Chester, Pennsylvania, subsidiary, ABS Life Sciences, and chief scientist at Norristown-based Semex.

Batra earned his bachelor’s in physics, math, and chemistry from Agra University in 1965. He earned his master’s degrees in organic chemistry from Meerut University in 1970, and in medical biochemistry from Maulana Azad Medical College in New Dehli in 1977. In 1983 Batra received his Ph.D. in invented and synthesized radioactive azidoacridine studies at Reading University in England. He also holds a post-doctorate in enzymology and protein chemistry from the University of Delaware.

Allos Therapeutics Inc., 302 Carnegie Center, Suite 102, Princeton 08540; 609-751-0726; fax, 609-936-3760. Angela Ogden MD, vice president medical affairs. Home page:

Colorado-based pharma research firm Allos Therapeutics has opened an office in Carnegie Center.

Focused on developing and commercializing innovative small molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer, Allos’s key product is PDX, a cancer drug currently in the evaluation stage. In February the company announced the results of its phase 2 trials of the drug, which concluded that 27 percent of test subjects “achieved a response as assessed by central independent oncology review.”

The company also is developing RH1, which is in its first phase of research. According to a company statement, “RH1 is a small molecule chemotherapeutic agent that is bioactivated by the enzyme DT-diaphorase, or DTD, which is over-expressed in many tumors relative to normal tissue, including lung, colon, breast and liver tumors.”

Earlier this month Allos released its 2008 fiscal report, which stated that the company lost $51.7 million, compared to a net loss of $39.4 million, in 2007. Net cash used in operating activities during 2008 was $42.9 million. Cash, cash equivalents, and investments in marketable securities as of December 31 totaled $84.0 million.

The Princeton office is overseen by Angela Ogden, who previously has served as vice president of global medical affairs at Abraxis Oncology, executive director of global medical strategy for Johnson & Johnson, senior director of medical affairs at BMS, and director of Pharmacia. She received her M.D. from the University of Louisville in 1982.

Management Moves

KSS Architects LLP, 337 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542; 609-921-1131; fax, 609-921-9414. Michael Shatken, managing partner. Home page:

KSS Architects, which specializes in the design and planning of educational institutions, government facilities, commercial and industrial buildings, and corporate interiors, has named Merilee Meacock and Scot Murdoch as principals. Andrew Tucker has been promoted to director of sustainable design, a new position the firm created to reflect its growing practice in environmentally-responsible design.

Meacock has designed many of the firm’s academic and education projects for clients such as Rutgers University and Kean University. She also has a specialty in the K-12 market and has worked with the Eden Institute, the Calais School, and the Cranbury School.

Murdoch has supervised the transformation of hundreds of acres of brownfields into productive industrial sites throughout the region and designed millions of square feet of commercial buildings and distribution centers for clients such as AMB Property Corporation, Forsgate Industrial Partners, ProLogis, and Matrix Development Group. His most recent projects include Hyundai North America’s NE Distribution Center in South Brunswick, AMB Property Corporation’s Pulaski Distribution Center in Jersey City, and Portview Commerce Center in Elizabeth.

Tucker, one of the firm’s first staff members to earn LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council, has worked on projects that include Kean University’s Center for Academic Success, a new campus center at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and a new academic building at Westminster Choir College.

Reed Smith LLP, 136 Main Street, Suite 250, Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton 08540-5799; 609-987-0050; fax, 609-951-0824. Patrick E. Bradley, NJ market managing partner. Home page:

Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, has named Nanette Mantell managing partner of the firm’s Princeton office. In addition, she recently assumed the position of vice chair of the firmwide Life Sciences Health Industry practice group.

A 1977 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, Mantell joined Reed Smith in 2000. Her practice serves pharmaceutical, biotech, and other companies operating in the life sciences industry.

Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton 08541; 609-921-9000; fax, 609-734-5410. Kurt F. Landgraf, president. Home page:

Educational Testing Service, the world’s largest educational research and assessment organization, has announced that Michael Kane will become the first holder of the Samuel J. Messick Chair in Test Validity.

The position is intended to advance the field of educational measurement and contribute to the improvement of ETS products and services by providing intellectual leadership, conducting and disseminating research, and providing consultation to ETS staff and clients, especially in the practice and theory of test validation. Kane will leave his position as research director at the National Council of Bar Examiners to accept this position at ETS on September 1.


Esselte Corporation, 490 Heller Park Court, Dayton.

Esselte, the world’s largest supplier of office products, has closed its Dayton distribution facility, costing the area 25 jobs. The company continues to operate several locations around the world.

GE Healthcare (GE), 101 Carnegie Center, Princeton 08540; 609-514-6000; fax, 609-514-6572. John Chiminski, president and CEO, medical diagnostics. Home page:

Layoffs announced by GE Healthcare in January have affected the company’s Princeton location, taking away approximately 100 jobs here.

Though GE would not announce how many jobs would be lost overall, the company issued a statement in mid-January saying that cuts would be felt companywide. “Positions will be eliminated across our various locations and business units,” the announcement stated. “We regret the loss of any jobs but in the current economic climate we need to make tough decisions that are prudent and put the safety of the company first.”

A year ago, GE’s Princeton location employed about 400. Now there are roughly 300 employees.

Crosstown Moves

Aptek Solutions Inc., 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 225, Plainsboro 08536; 609-799-3399; fax, 732-658-4525. Ramana Reddy, principal. Home page:

Aptek Solutions has moved from 55 Princeton-Hightstown Road to Plainsboro. A company representative says that its new offices are about the same size, and that the move was made because of rising rents at its former location.

The company provides staffing for the IT industry.

Accel Video Productions, 47 Weber Avenue, Hillsborough 08844; 908-281-4060 John Robert Markert, president. Home page:

John Markert has moved Accel Video Productions from Thornton Way in Belle Mead to Hillsborough. Markert has worked in the corporate video market for 25 years. He provides digital video acquisition, non-linear editing, duplication, DVD, and web video. Soon, he says, the company will begin acquiring, editing, and distributing HD video.

BioWa Inc., 212 Carnegie Center, Suite 101, Princeton 08540; 609-919-1100; fax, 609-919-1111. Nobuo Hanai, president and CEO. Home page:

Biowa, a biotechnology company, has moved its offices to those of its parent company, Kyowa Pharmaceuticals, in Carnegie Center. Biowa had been operating on Emmons Drive. BioWa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Japan’s leading pharmaceutical and largest biotech company.

The firm licensed its technology to GlaxoSmithKline in December. Under the terms of the agreement, GlaxoSmithKline will provide non-exclusive commercial rights to use the technology. In return BioWa will receive technology access fees and may receive milestone payments and royalties.

eBusiness Application Solutions Inc., 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 455, Plainsboro 08536; 609-897-1355; fax, 609-897-1356. Swetak Shah, manager business development.

Swetek Shah has moved the New Jersey office of eBusiness Application Solutions from 55 Princeton-Hightstown Road to Plainsboro.

A software configuration and quality assurance company, EBAS has offices in California, Chicago, Delaware, Maine, and India.

Maya Marketing LLC, 37 Dempsey Avenue, Princeton 08540; 609-924-8185; fax, 609-924-9848. Teri McIntire, principal.

Marketing specialist Teri McIntire has moved Maya Marketing from Nassau Street. The firm specializes in marketing for clients with commercial real estate assets.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey 334 River Road, Box 886, Hillsborough 08844; 908-371-1111; fax, 908-371-1441. Marc Bouvier, executive director. Home page:

The Northeast Organic Farming Association has moved its administrative offices from Pennington to Hillsborough. NOFA is part of a multi-state collaborative of farmers, retailers, processors, educators, and researchers in the organic farming industry.

Leaving Town

Cambrex Corporation (CBM), 661 Route 1 South, Technology Center of New Jersey. Home page:

Cambrex, a supplier to the life sciences industry, has left North Brunswick’s Commercialization Center for East Rutherford.

The move takes 30 workers to Meadowlands Plaza. The company can now be reached at 201-804-3000.

Data Vision Research Inc., 114 Straube Center Boulevard. Ronald Vangi, president. Home page:

Marketing research support firm Data Vision Research has moved to Las Vegas.The firm provides custom software products, database design, and other services to assist the market research industry.The company now can be reached at 702-656-4110.


Frank T. Ruane, 61, on March 11. He had worked in the title insurance business for many years with General Land Abstract Co. at 2 Research Way and more recently at Fidelity National Title Insurance Co. at 3705 Quakerbridge Road.

Robert Edward Smith, 86, on February 22. He was a vice president at Educational Testing Service.

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