Contracts Awarded

Kaplan EduNeering, 202 Carnegie Center, Suite 301, Princeton 08540; 609-627-5300; fax, 609-627-5330. Lisa Clune, president. www.kaplaneduneering.com.

The federal Food and Drug Administration has given the test preparation company a five-year extension on its cooperative research and development agreement to expand the learning resources of the Office of Regulatory Affairs’ virtual university.

FDA originally co-developed the virtual university, known as ORA U, with EduNeering in 1999, nearly a decade before the company’s acquisition by Kaplan, to train the agency’s food, drug, and medical device investigators.

It is the only learning technology agreement of its kind between the FDA and a private-sector company.

Lisa Clune, president of Kaplan EduNeering, said that ORA U is based on ComplianceWirer, the firm’s “software as a service” (SaaS) technology. The technology provides access to nearly 500 courses — including food safety and good manufacturing practices — exams, and documents used by investigators, including 145 courses written or reviewed by the FDA and co-developed with the firm.

According to Kaplan, more than 30,000 federal, state and local investigators have been trained through ORA U since 1999.

Kaplan EduNeering last May acquired Eatontown-based RedHawk Communications, a corporate ethics and compliance training and communications company (U.S. 1, May 14, 2008).

New Initiative

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Old Queens Building, 83 Somerset Street, New Brunswick 08901; 732-932-1766. Richard L. McCormick, president. Home page: www.rutgers.edu.

On October 27 Rutgers unveiled its $10 million, seven-acre solar energy facility on its Livingston campus in New Brunswick — one of the largest renewable energy systems on a single campus in the country.

According to spokesman E.J. Miranda, the 1.4-megawatt solar farm generates approximately 11 percent of the electrical demand for the campus and is expected to reduce the university’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,300 tons per year. It is expected to save Rutgers more than $200,000 in its first year of operation.

According to the school, $4.9 million will be subsidized by a rebate through the state Board of Public Utilities’ Clean Energy Program.

The unveiling coincides with the BPU’s naming of Rutgers as 2009 Energy Educator of the Year. The award recognizes a number of Rutgers projects and initiatives in recent years, such as its replacing of all lighting with high efficiency lighting and sensors, a five-year projects expected to reduce Rutgers’ carbon monoxide output by more than 23,000 tons a year and save the school more than $5 million.

Acquisitions

William Gallagher Associates, 116 Village Boulevard, Princeton Forrestal Village, Suite 310, Princeton 08540; 609-228-1600; fax, 609-228-1666. Michael Andersen, principal. Home page: www.wgains.com.

Insurance and risk management firm William Gallagher Associates (WGA) has acquired RPG Insurance Administrators of Medfield, Massachusetts.

RPG provides risk management solutions to medium and large-sized healthcare organizations including hospitals and physician practices. WGA, headquartered in Boston,built its healthcare industry practice over the past few years.

Name Changes

KantarHealth, 101 College Road East, Second Floor, Princeton 08540; 609-806-4100; fax, 609-806-4101. Elaine Riddell and Lynnette Cooke, co-CEOs. Home page: www.kantar.com.

As the result of a multi-company merger last year, TNS Healthcare is now operating as KantarHealth. TNS was a medical marketing company. The merger creates a medical marketing and consulting company, now one of the biggest in the world. Last October Wausau Paper WPP acquired TNS and combined the company with Consumer Health Sciences, MattsonJack, and Ziment to form KantarHealth.

The newly minted company is led by co-CEOs Lynnette Cooke, formerly CEO at Ziment, and Elaine Riddell, previously the CEO at TNS. Richard Martin, formerly COO at MattsonJack, is COO at KantarHealth. Kantar Group, the company’s parent, now has 40 offices throughout the world, and is headquartered in New York City. The Princeton office has 50 employees.

Crosstown Moves

Virani, 5 Vaughn Drive, Suite 104, Wing B, Princeton 08540; 609-452-0950. Purvi Virani, president. http://viraniconsulting.com.

The 10-year-old IT consulting firm has moved from Plainsboro to Vaugh Drive. The firm targets the insurance and reinsurance industries.

APL & Associates, 2525 Route 130, Cranbury Plaza, 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.

Leaving Town

Cambridge Integrated Services Group Inc., Cedar Brook Corporate Center, Cranbury 08512; 609-655-8383. Dilip Keshu, president. Home page: www.cambridgeintegrated.com.

A year after England-based business processor company Xchanging announced it would acquire 75 percent of the fully diluted share capital of competitor Cambridge Integrated Solutions, Cambridge has been renamed and has closed its 55-person facility in Cranbury.

Some of the employees from the Cranbury location have been relocated, but no one at the company could provide details. Xchanging has dozens of offices worldwide, including several in Pennsylvania.

Cambridge provided its services to a blue-chip customer base and was listed on the Bombay, National, Madras, and Ahmedabad stock exchanges in India. Xchanging acquired Cambridge, which also was headquartered in England, for approximately 83 million pounds $113 million).

According to Xchanging, the addition of Cambridge “delivers greater scale, broader international reach, and a number of platforms for significant future growth.” In particular, the acquisition is expected to create a strong market presence in the United States.

Parelec Inc., 5 Crescent Avenue, Building C-2, Box 236, Rocky Hill 08553-0236; 609-279-0072; fax, 609-252-1288. Geva Barash, CEO. Home page: www.parelec.com.

The thick-film manufacturing company, bought out by G&W RFID LLC last August, appears to have left its offcies in Rocky Hill. Phone and fax numbers have been disconnected and attempts to E-mail the company have been returned as invalid addresses.

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