Edited by Scott Morgan

Grants Received

Thomas Edison State College, 101 West State Street, Trenton 08608-1176; 888-442-8372; fax, 609-984-8447. George A. Pruitt, president. www.tesc.edu.

TESC, which specializes in distance learning, has received a $250,000 grant from the federal Department of Education to expand the ways in which college courses are delivered. The school will use the two-year grant to integrate cloud computing — Internet-based applications that can be accessed anywhere at any time — into its course system, and lessen technical issues for students.

The school expects to develop 40 new courses, configured for delivery via flash drives, by 2011. TESC introduced flash drive, which allows students without steady access to a computer to finish assignments offline and link up to submit them.

College president George Pruitt said the grant allows TESC to deliver its courses to students “all over the world, even where broadband Internet access is limited.” TESC has hundreds of students who live in remote rural areas and who serve abroad in the military.

Pruitt said the college is developing a second-generation of flash drive-based courses that use cloud computing technologies to store course content for mobile students. The goal is to develop programs that can be accessed on the students’ schedules.

Henry van Zyl, the college’s vice provost of directed independent adult learning, said the grant will make the school “able to reach a level of flexibility and access that is unprecedented, and that goes beyond recreating the online experience in an offline setting.”

PD/LD Inc. (Photo Diode-Laser Diode), 30-B Pennington-Hopewell Road, Pennington 08534; 609-564-7900; fax, 609-564-7901. Vladimir Ban, president. www.pd-ld.com.

PD-LD, a Pennington-based developer of photonics and diode technology, has received a $495,000 grant from the Edison Innovation Clean Energy Fund to develop a Raman solar analyzer, which will be used to improve the manufacturing of solar cell panels and evaluate existing panels to ensure optimum efficiency.

The analyzer will evaluate solar cell materials in solar cell panels and assess their structure, composition, and uniformity. PD-LD plans to develop the analyzer over the next 18 months


NexMed (USA) Inc. (NEXM), 89 Twin Rivers Drive, East Windsor 08520; 609-371-8123; fax, 609-426-9116. Vivian Liu, CEO. Home page: www.nexmed.com.

NexMed, a developer of transdermal and topical drugs, announced on November 23 that it will acquire San Diego-based contract research organization Bio-Quant for $21.1 million by year’s end. NexMed is the developer of Alprox-TD and Femprox creams for ED and female sexual arousal disorder, respectively.

Bio-Quant conducts research for in vitro and in vivo drug discovery, as well as pre-clinical development services. The deal is expected to give NexMed a revenue generator and outlet for its testing.

Bassam Damaj, co-founder of Bio-Quant, will become CEO of NexMed, replacing Vivian Liu. Liu, who became NexMed’s CEO in 2007, will stay on as executive vice president, and lead the business development and licensing efforts for the firm’s clinical programs. Mark Westgate will remain as NexMed’s CFO.

The deal is awaiting NexMed shareholder approval.

New in Town

Strayer University, 3150 Brunswick Pike, Suite 100, Crossroads Corporate Center, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-406-7600; fax, 609-771-8636. Michael Volpe, campus dean. www.strayer.edu.

The national college, with more than 70 campuses catering to working adults, has opened a campus in Lawrenceville.

The school offers bachelor’s degree programs in high demand technical and business fields such as accounting and information systems, plus an MBA program.

The campus’ dean is Michael Volpe, a human relations and communications professional who began his career as an assistant manager and training manager at Chemical Bank in 1982. Volpe, who holds a bachelor’s in American history and a Ph.D. in communications from Temple, plus a master’s in classics from Penn State, has worked as a consultant and customer service professional at more than a dozen companies.

OmniComm Systems (OMCM), 1100 Cornwall Road, Suite 111, Monmouth Junction 08852; 732-960-2820. Ken Light, general manager. www.omnicomm.com.

OmniComm Systems, the Florida-based developer of data capture software for the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, has opened an office in Monmouth Junction.

According to Ken Light, general manager, the facility will offer training, project management, software development, customer care, and consulting services. The location, says Light, puts the company equidistant from Rutgers’ New Brunswick campuses and Princeton University. “This office gives us access to the broad pool of clinical research and technology professionals,” he says.

Light is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton, where he received his bachelor’s in accounting in 1980. He also holds a master’s in computer science from Fairleigh Dickinson. A veteran of the lifesciences industry, Light has also held positions at BusinessEdge Solutions and Oracle.

OmniComm is the developer of TrialMaster, a software that allows clinical trial sponsors to collect, send, and analyze patient histories, dosages, and adverse events.

Name Changes

Omnivest Group, 47 Hulfish Street, Suite 210, Princeton 08542; 609-986-1007; fax, 609-921-1731. Tom Sowanick and Frits Besselaar, co-presidents. Home page: www.omnivestgrp.com.

Clearbrook Partners, a wealth management firm for high-net worth clients that was once part of Clearbrook Financial, is now an independent firm with a new name.

OmniVest split from Clearbrook Financial at 600 College Road East in March, but has kept the same personnel, according to service manager Ruby Schmidt.

Frits Besselaar and Tom Sowanick are co-presidents of the firm. Besselaar holds a bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Richmond and a master’s in real estate development and finance from Columbia. In 1991 he founded Princeton Investment Advisors to invest the assets of his family, which founded one of the first pharmaceutical contract research organizations in Princeton.

Sowanick, who also is the firm’s CIO, once served as CIO of the Private Client Group at Merrill Lynch, where he also was in charge of global macro research. He earned his bachelor’s in economics and literature from American University, and pursued graduate studies in economics from the same school.

Crosstown Moves

ProFACT Proteomics, 1 Deer Park Drive, Monmouth Junction 08852; 732-246-1190; fax, 732-246-3118. David Golub, CEO. www.profactproteomics.com.

ProFACT Proteomics, an early-stage cancer drug developer, has moved from the EDA’s Commercialization Center for New Technologies to Deer Park Drive.

The company applies proprietary proteomics technology — the large-scale study of proteins — toward the development of therapeutics, diagnostics, and medicines principally for cancer.

ProFACT was founded in 2004 by David Golub, former CEO of LigoChem Inc.; COO Matthew Kuruc, former president of Affinity Technologies who holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Rutgers; and Swapan Roy, the firm’s chief science officer.

Leaving Town

PDQ Press, 43 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction; 609-799-2800..

Commercial printer PDQ Press has merged with Fenn Four Press and moved its operations to Philadelphia. The Princeton Junction telephone number still works.


Richard Feldman, 66, on November 21. He was a podiatrist for 30 years with offices in Philadelphia, Hamilton, and Ewing.

Vincent Fanelli, 43, on November 21. He was a chemist at Firmenich from 2000 to 2005.

James Crowley, 79, on November 18. Crowley worked in the administrations of presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson and was chief executive of the Delaware Valley United Way.

Constantine Pavlides, 62, on November 17. He was the founder of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, a networking group that meets at the Princeton Hyatt, and former CEO of StrikeForce Technologies in Edison.

Richard Albert, 63, on November 17. He served as supervising engineer of the Delaware River Basin Commission from 1975 to 2000. In 2000 he became restoration director for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. He also ran Albert Scientific, which markets a stream pebble classification tool..

Warren Simmons, 82, on November 15. A retired executive for R.H. Macy & Co., he served on the boards of McCarter Theater, the New Jersey Symphony, the Blairstown Project, and the Dean’s Advisory Board at Rider.

Ward Campbell, 56, on November 12. He was a science teacher in the Princeton School District and an environmental project manager for brownfield redevelopment in New Jersey.

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