Edited by Scott Morgan
MedAvante Inc., 100 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 106, Hamilton 08619-; 609-528-9400; fax, 609-528-9405. Paul Gilbert, CEO. Home page: www.medavante.net.
MedAvante, which conducts video conferenced psychometric trials for central nervous system drugs, has been contracted to provide psychiatric rating services for a five-year, $25 million study of schizophrenia on behalf of the National Institute of Mental Health. The multi-center study is part of the NIMH-funded Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project.
The study will use MedAvante’s Remote Centralized Ratings services, the company’s proprietary methodology for reducing the risk of failures in CNS clinical trials. Study teams will connect subjects with MedAvante’s raters, who will interview patients by live, two-way videoconference to assess how well the treatment works.
The study will focus on improving the outcome of early phase schizophrenia by ensuring that a full range of intervention options are available following diagnosis.
New in Town
Megna Law Firm, 196 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Building 2, Suite 14A, Princeton Junction 08550; 609-378-5482; fax, 609-378-5492. William Megna, owner. Home page: www.megnalawfirm.com.
Definitive Insurance Management, 196 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Building 2, Suite 14A, Princeton Junction 08550; 609-378-5482; fax, 609-378-5492. William Megna, president. Home page: www.definitive-ins.com.
Attorney William Megna has opened a practice and sister business specializing in government agencies and regulatory compliance, insurance, and other regulated financial institutions.
The agency spans the entire spectrum of insurance products and services, including property and casualty, life and health, reinsurance, surplus lines, and captives, and also handles acquisitions, insolvencies, financial examinations, market conduct examinations, HMOs, and MBOs.
Megna, who has been in private practice for more than a decade, was managing attorney for Morris Manning & Martin’s Princeton office, and before that a partner in the firm of Caldwell Megna.
He was also a senior associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Green and McRae.
Megna holds a bachelor’s from Fordham University and earned his J.D. from Seton Hall. He has lobbied insurance issues through the state, including legislation that authorizes multiple employer welfare arrangements, or MEWAs, and a regulation that would allow the sale of specified disease and critical illness insurance in New Jersey.
TyRx Pharma Inc., 1 Deer Park Drive, Princeton Corporate Plaza, Suite G, Monmouth Junction 08852; 732-246-8676; fax, 732-246-8677. Robert White, CEO. www.TyrxPharma.com.
TyRx, which commercializes implantable medical-pharmaceutical devices, has named Robert White its new president and CEO.
White has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the medical technology industry.
He has worked at Medtronic, Instromedix-LifeWatch, ALARIS Medical Systems, Eli Lilly, and General Electric.
Most recently he served as president of Medtronic Kyphon following the $3.9 billion acquisition of the spinal treatment business.
White, who holds an MBA from Cornell and a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, began his career with General Electric. In 1989 he joined Eli Lilly and became the international marketing manager for IVAC in Europe.
At ALARIS Medical Systems, a medical device company, he served as vice president of corporate development, and at Instromedix he served as president and CEO.
White replaces Bill Edelman, TyRx’s CEO since its early start-up days.
Ocean Power Technologies (OPTT), 1590 Reed Road, Building A, Suite 1, Pennington 08534-; 609-730-0400; fax, 609-730-0404. Frederick Dunleavy, chief executive officer. www.oceanpowertechnologies.com.
Ocean Power Technologies, a Pennington-based firm that develops power generation through the use of ocean currents, has a new CEO.
Frederick Dunleavy, OPT’s longtime CFO, has replaced Mark Draper in the company’s top seat, after Draper resigned for personal reasons as of January 15.
OPT announced that it will search for a new CFO, leaving Dunleavy in the CEO seat. Dunleavy has been with OPT sine 1994 and has served as its senior VP and CFO since 2001.
He has also served as the company’s, its treasurer and secretary, and has been a member of the board of directors since 1990.
APL & Associates, 2525 Route 130, Suite 1, Cranbury 08512; 609-426-4100; fax, 609-228-5558. Daniel Laifer, director.
The educational services company has moved to the other side of Cranbury, from 379 Princeton-Hightstown Road.
APL helps educational organizations plan and implement staff development programs aimed at boosting morale, positive communication, time management, organization, classroom management, and instructional techniques.
The firm offers numerous courses and workshops.
Neovision Consulting Inc., 1246 South River Road, Suite 101-B, Cranbury 08512; 609-531-4444; fax, 609-681-5036. Nish Parekh, prinicpal. Home page: www.neovisioninc.com.
Neovision Consulting, an accounting and information technology consulting firm, has moved from Lawrence Commons to Cranbury.
Century Graphics Inc., 100 Tamarack Circle, Skillman.
Anthony Trombino appears to have closed his five-person printing and graphics firm, as well as Century Sound Studios, in Montgomery Knoll. Phone and fax numbers have been disconnected and the office appears empty.
The son of a shoemaker in Manhattan and Brooklyn, Trombino has been in printing and graphics for 30 years. He majored in graphics at New York University and was a rock drummer in the 1960s and ‘70s, playing with Stevie Wonder, Bobby Darrin, and Smokey Robinson. Trombino produced some records with Century Sound Studios, as well as two CDs by tenor Jim Gafgen.
Auction Mojo, 510 Route 130, Royal Plaza, East Windsor 08520; 609-371-0300. Scott Feder, owner. Home page: www.auctionmojo.com.
Auction Mojo, which brokered private sales on eBay, has left its location in Royal Plaza. The phone has been disconnected and the company’s website is down.
Bollinger Inc., 742 Alexander Road, Princeton. Home page: www.BollingerInsurance.com.
Bollinger Insurance, which provides property, casualty, life, and long-term care insurance, has left Princeton, taking five employees to Morristown. The company can still be reached at the Princeton number.
Prestige Wealth Management Group, 2 Tree Farm Road, Pennington. Roy Williams, principal. Home page: www.prestigewealthmanagement.com.
Prestige Wealth Management, a portfolio and wealth management firm that has operated in Pennington since 1994, has moved to Flemington. The firm can be reached at 908-782-0001 or by fax, 908-782-4168.
Pfeiffer of America, 742 Alexander Road, Suite 201, Princeton 08540; 609-987-0223; fax, 609-987-0763. Cindy D’Antonio, vice president, cosmetic sales. Home page: www.pfeiffer.de.
The German cosmetics and pharma company has left its Alexander Road sales office, where 20 people worked. Pfeiffer’s New York headquarters can still be reached at the local number.
Financial Independence Counselors, 5 Independence Way, Princeton. Conant Atwood, owner/president.
After 19 years in Princeton, Conant Atwood has closed his office on Independence Way and moved in with Royal Alliance Associates in West Long Branch. Royal Alliance has been Atwood’s broker and dealer since 1979. Atwood will remain a financial consultant with Royal Alliance, which can be reached at 732-923-1331.
Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Region, 10 Centre Drive, Jamesburg.
The Boy Scouts of America has closed its regional offices, relocating some of the former Cranbury site’s 23 employees to Texas and some to cyberspace.
According to BSA, which is headquartered in Irving, Texas, regional directors are now largely working out of their homes.
Other staff has been relocated to Irving as part of a consolidation.
A new Northeast regional director has been named but will not be installed until February. Calls can be directed either to the national headquarters at 800-631-5799, or to deputy regional director Kendrick Miller at 630-596-7828.