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Princeton 08543. Dale R. Pfost, CEO. 609-750-2200; fax, 609-750-2250.
Ninety Orchid employees will lose their jobs, about half of them in
Princeton. As of April 1, Orchid had 175 workers in Princeton, and
630 overall. A satellite laboratory at 501 Forrestal Road will close,
as will one that is located on the FMC campus. The company’s 33,000
square foot R&D laboratory at 303 A College Road will stay, as will
the 21,000 square foot offices at 4390 Route 1 North.
The seven-year-old company offers production services and technologies
of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) scoring and genetic diversity
analysis. It will shift its SNP scoring services to Dayton, Ohio,
the home of GeneScreen, a company that Orchid acquired at the end
of 1999. GeneScreen was an early testing site for paternity and
DNA services and has a fully accredited lab for genotyping for
trials and legal determination, whereas Princeton’s laboratory has
not attained that status.
Dayton also has a skilled and somewhat less expensive work force,
notes Barbara Lindheim, vice president of strategic communication,
and new technologies freed up capacity. "We have a new generation
of technology that is faster and less expensive to operate," says
Barbara Lindheim, vice president of strategic communication. "It
makes sense to centralize. The first generation equipment could do
25,000 tests in 24 hours, but now we can handle 140,000 samples in
one eight- hour shift."
Orchid BioComputer recently doubled its size with the purchase of
LifeCodes Corporation, one of the largest providers of forensics in
the United States. That purchase included facilities in Stanford,
Nashville, Lansing, and the Maryland/DC area.
"Wall Street thought our burn rate was too high, and we took a
real hit when we had to raise money at $2.50 a share," says
"When you buy businesses like the businesses you already have,
it makes sense to consolidate."
08540. Lisa Drakeman, CEO. 609-430-2481; fax, 609-430-2482.
Lisa Drakeman, CEO of Genmab Inc., has moved her company out from
under the roof of Medarex (which her husband heads) to the entire
20,000 square-foot second floor of 457 North Harrison Street. Medarex
remains at 707 State Road. Joe Boiseau of GVA Williams represented
the landlord and Buzz Woodworth of Keller, Dodds & Woodworth
The Copenhagen-based biotechnology firm also has a laboratory in the
Netherlands. The company focuses on the creation and development of
human antibodies for the treatment of life threatening and
Box 5241, Princeton 08543-5241. John P. Phelan, CEO. 609-243-4200;
American Re has moved its information technology and broker market
groups into new space, 40,000 square feet on 150 College Road west
in the Patrinely building. The firm is a direct writer of reinsurance
with 14 domestic and 16 international offices, and it also has
at 655, 675, and 685 College Road East.
212 Carnegie Center, Suite 206 C, Princeton 08540. Joseph Mahon,
609-919-6345; fax, 609-520-8731.
In April Joseph Mahon moved his three-person law office out of
Executive Center and into its own suite. He had been with Hill Wallack
for nine years but joined Cooper Perskie in June 2001. He and his
associate, Sarah Burke Haley, work on tax law and estate law. Cooper
Perskie is based in Atlantic City and has offices in Cherry Hill,
Cape May Courthouse, and Northfield.
Mahon majored in American civilization and English literature at Penn,
Class of 1977, and has law degrees from Rutgers and New York
08540. Craig Muhlhauser, president and COO. 609-627-7200;
Exide Technologies has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal
bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware. It declared debts of $2.5
billion against assets of $2 billion. The manufacturer of batteries
for autos, boats, RVs, and lawn and garden tools recently moved from
Reading, Pennsylvania, and has 35 administrative employees at the
Carnegie Center. The stock was delisted from the New York Stock
and is trading on the OTC Bulletin Board.
Two publishers’ representatives, Herb Druker and Lewis
Edge, have moved out of Research Park, Druker to Pennsylvania and
Edge to his home. Druker has moved his 27-year-old company to an
closer to his home in Pennsylvania, partly because maintaining a
office has become costlier, partly because he no longer has a Hearst
client that requires him to be in New Jersey. His company represents
publishers, chiefly educational ones. Careers in Colleges, a New
magazine distributed through guidance counselors to 750,000 high
students, is one of his major clients.
Edge took advantage of the potential for a virtual office and moved
to Cleveland Road in early March. He has sales people in North
Pennsylvania, and New York, plus a part-time support person. Edge
is an alumnus of Georgia Tech, Class of 1964, and had been general
manager of Nassau Broadcasting. He founded his firm in 1986 and has
the exclusive contract for space sales in the New Orleans-based Sugar
Journal, the preeminent magazine in the cane, beet sugar, and corn
sugar industry. His firm also represents Momentum, the official
of the National Catholic Education Association, and other education
"Times change," he says. "Since the ’60s I had always
been writing and published in national magazines, so moving to print
was a natural transition. Education has always been a passion of mine,
and we have dealt with some venerable education publications."
PA 19034. Herbert A. Druker, president. 215-540-0543. E-mail:
West, Princeton 08540-7420. 609-333-1110; fax, 609-466-6952.
Pennington 08534. 609-466-2000; fax, 609-466-2622.
The Pennytown Shopping Village was erroneously listed for sale in
the real estate listings published on April 17. It is not for sale.
Currently available for lease is 1,400 square feet. The 60,000 square
foot complex has both retail and professional space, with onsite
and a bank.
102, Princeton 08540. Neal Schonhaut, managing attorney. 609-580-3700;
The U.S. 1 Directory 2002-2003 lists an incorrect telephone number
for Archer & Greiner.
Borough mayor, he served three administrations as state Commissioner
of Labor and Industry and owned a bookshop on Nassau Street.
Pools and Spas in Robbinsville.
he had worked at Gallup & Robinson. Services will be Saturday, April
27, at 4 p.m. at Trinity Church in Princeton.
Conte’s Bar and Pizzeria on Witherspoon Street. Services will be
April 25, at 10:15 a.m. at Kimble Funeral Home.
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