#b#Acquisition#/b#

WIRB Copernicus Group, 212 Carnegie Center, Suite 301, Princeton 08540. 609-945-0101. Donald A. Deieso, chairman and CEO. www.wcgclinical.com.

WIRB-Copernicus Group, a clinical research consulting firm, has made an agreement with Karmadata, the Massachusetts-based market leader in clinical trial database and decision support applications.

Under the terms of the agreement, WCG will acquire a suite of proprietary applications designed to facilitate the management of clinical trial data, as well as an exclusive license to use Karmadata’s extensive global library of clinical trial investigator and site data.

“Our clients continue to look for ways to accelerate patient access to innovative medicines by increasing the productivity of the drug development process,” said Donald A. Deieso, CEO of WCG. “Through the acquisition of Karmadata’s proprietary clinical trials database and big data technologies, we will be able to help them drive an even greater return on investment in the conduct of clinical trials.”

#b#Rebranding#/b#

Ibis Plaza Office Suites, 3505-9 Quakerbridge Road, Ibis Plaza, Box 3199, Hamilton 08619. 609-528-2528. Christopher Jerjian, president. www.ibisplaza.com.

Ibis Plaza Office Suites has re-branded its recently acquired office building in Mount Laurel as Kiwi Offices, previously known as Ibis Express. Owner Christopher Jerjian said it was the first of many Ibis properties to be marketed under the Kiwi brand. The location will begin leasing the furnished micro offices in late July for rents starting at $495 a month.

Jerjian said the name was picked to be short and catchy, and noted the Kiwi, like the Ibis, is a flightless bird, and that he wanted the Ibis name to be associated with conventional offices.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

New Jersey Charter Schools Association, 1 AAA Drive, Suite 206, Hamilton 08691. 609-989-9700. Carlos Perez, president and CEO. njcharters.org.

A trade group promoting charter schools has changed suites in the office building where it is located. All other contact information is the same.

#b#Leaving Town#/b#

CenterPoint Group, 300 Alexander Park, Princeton.

CenterPoint Group, a supply chain management company, has moved to Mount Laurel.

Envimetrics, 100 Forrestal Road, Princeton. 908-256-5033. Deborah Efthimion, president. www.envimetrics.com.

Envimetrics, an instrumentation company based on plasma technology, has left its Forrestal Road office and moved to Bedminster.

Meta Pharmaceutical Services LLC, 250 Phillips Boulevard, Ewing.

Meta Pharmaceutical Services, a pharmaceutical marketing consulting company, has changed its name to MNG Direct and moved to Bensalem, Pennsylvania. It changed its name in 2015 after being acquired by Insignia Capital Group.

#b#Expansions#/b#

WithumSmith+Brown, 506 Carnegie Center, Fourth Floor, Princeton 08540. 609-520-1188. Leonard H. Smith CPA, shareholder in charge. www.withum.com.

The move of WithumSmith–+Brown, an accounting firm, from Vaughn Drive to Carnegie Center, reported in U.S. 1 last week, also came with a major expansion.

Withum now occupies 30,000 square feet at Carnegie Center.

The new headquarters at 506 Carnegie Center, Suite 400, accommodates more than 110 employees and is one of five offices in New Jersey. Other locations include Morristown, New Brunswick, Paramus, and Red Bank. All of the Princeton office phone numbers and fax numbers will stay the same.

“This move represents an exciting time for Withum,” said Tom Suarez, partner-in-charge of the firm’s corporate office headquarters. “Our new location will accommodate our continuing growth and help facilitate the future expansion of our service lines and practice areas. This ultimately enhances our ability to serve our clients at the highest levels.”

The company is one of the 30 largest accounting and consulting firms in the nation.

Hovione LLC, 40 Lake Drive, East Windsor 08520. 609-918-2600. David Hoffman, president of U.S. operations. www.hovione.com.

Hovione, a Portugal-based pharmaceutical company is expanding its facility on Lake Drive in East Windsor. The company has broken ground on the project, which will more than double the size of its 24,000 square-foot plant and add 60 employees.

The expansion, first announced last fall (U.S. 1, October 7, 2015), will expand the company’s drug-making capabilities. Hovione manufactures active ingredients and what are called intermediate products that are then used by other drug companies to make final products.

The company has had a plant in East Windsor since 2002.

“The expansion in East Windsor is a very exciting moment for us, for our customers and for the local community. This is an important step to strengthen our continued commitment to the pharmaceutical industry and to the patients by bringing innovative technologies and services to the pharmaceutical industry,” said Marco Gill, general manager of Hovione New Jersey. “This site will provide a unique offering in drug substance, spray drying, and drug product manufacturing services. East Windsor Township has been very supportive of Hovione throughout the years and this was a key element in investing further. Therefore, we are excited to strengthen our presence in East Windsor and creating highly qualified jobs in the local community.”

The company said in a press release that it expects the facility to be operational by mid-2017.

#b#Deaths#/b#

Eric Norland, 67, on May 19. He was president of Norland Products, a maker of fiber optic products and adhesives in Cranbury that was founded by his father.

Sarah Murdock “Tink” Bolster, 88, on May 19. She started swimming at 40 and spent much of the rest of her life promoting the sport. In 1972 she founded Princeton Area Masters, a competitive fitness swim program for adults.

Walter F. Conover Jr., on June 11. He owned the Nassau-Conover Motor Company in Princeton.

Morton White, 99, on May 27. He was a professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Brian H. Bruel, 71, on May 29. He was a professional in the financial industry and founded his own company, Wealth Strategies LLC in Lawrenceville in 2000.

Gillett Griffin, 87, on June 9. He was curator of pre-Columbian and Native American art at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Emily Van Ness Schurin, 68, on June 14. She wrote for the New York Times, the Nation, and several area newspapers. She later worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and taught journalism at Rutgers.

Caroline Moseley on June 18. She was a writer and editor at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study and served as editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

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