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Princeton commuters can now take a direct bus service to New York, thanks to a New York-based startup called OurBus. The company says it is using Princeton as a pilot route for its service. The route picks up passengers at the Kendall Park Roller Skating lot on Route 27, stops in Franklin Township, and arrives in New York at 8:15 a.m., stopping at Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, and Madison Park.
Co-founders Manmeet Virdi and Narinder Singh said they founded the service after years of commuting.
“OurBus is a point-to-point service,” said Virdi in a statement. “Taking OurBus saves commuters up to an hour every day, allowing them to spend more time at home with their families.”
Singh, whose background is in transportation and logistics, said OurBus fares are about half of what competing options charge. OurBus works with charter companies with excess capacity and uses buses that are available during the off-hours of urban routes and airport shuttles.
The company hopes to use its technology to become a platform for commuters, neighborhoods, and municipalities to create their own bus routes, using an algorithm that automatically creates conveniently placed stops.
Once the route has been requested, charter companies use the platform to bid to offer service. The company founders believe this will allow commuter groups to create the routes they need without having to wait years for transportation agencies to offer desired services.
OurBus said it hopes to have 75 routes in New Jersey by the end of the year. The company is online at www.ourbus.com.
Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, Box B, Trenton 08690. 609-586-4800, Jianping Wang, president. www.mccc.edu.
Mercer County Community College has broken ground on a $1.2 million lab for the study of advanced manufacturing technology. The 3,000-square-foot lab will allow students to learn how to use the increasingly advanced robots and computer-controlled machines that are used in modern factories, including lathes, mills, saws, grinders, and presses.
Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies, 675 Route 1 South, Technology Center of NJ, North Brunswick 08902. 732-839-1881. Lenzie Harcum, manager. www.njtechcentre.com.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has named Lenzie Harcum manager of its Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) on Route 1 in North Brunswick.
The CCIT is a business incubator featuring lab space as well as a variety of resources to support startups.
Among his many duties as CCIT manager, Harcum will be responsible for all aspects of developing and administering CCIT programming.
Harcum previously worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he served as vice president of the agency’s life sciences and healthcare team. He also spent several years leading the University of North Carolina’s technology program. Harcum received his MBA from Campbell University in North Carolina and his bachelor of science in business from East Carolina University.
“With nearly two decades of experience in both the life sciences and economic development fields, Lenzie brings a breadth of knowledge to his position at CCIT,” EDA CEO Melissa Orsen said. “Having such a talented individual at the helm of our life sciences incubator has the dual benefit of increasing CCIT’s visibility and providing yet another resource to help emerging companies grow at CCIT and beyond.”
Derma Sciences Inc. (DSCIOB), 214 Carnegie Center, Suite 300, Princeton 08540. 609-514-4744. Edward J. Quilty, CEO. www.dermasciences.com.
Derma Sciences, a Carnegie Center-based tissue regeneration company focused on advanced wound and burn care, has appointed Russell Olsen as president of advanced wound care. Olsen is CEO of BioD, a regenerative medicine products company Derma Sciences acquired earlier in August.
Olsen joined BioD in 2013 as chief operating officer and was named CEO in 2014. BioD is developing products derived from placental/birth tissues for use in orthopedic, spine, and ophthalmic applications. He was previously president of both Straumann and Keystone Dental, dental implant companies, and was an executive at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Smith & Nephew, and also served as CEO of CloudDDS, a dental technology company.
“I am committed to the continued transformation of Derma Sciences into an innovative, customer-centric advanced wound care company focused on delivering exceptional service and clinically differentiated products to our customers and the patients they serve, and increasing shareholder value,” Olsen said.
Derma recently parted ways with its longtime CEO Edward D. Quilty following the failed clinical trial of its main clinical product, a honey-based bandage (U.S. 1, January 6.)
Eric Harrison Fields, 78, on August 20. He founded Spartan Aviation and served as a pilot for governors Cahill, Whitman, and other notables. He was appointed assistant secretary of state by Richard Nixon. Fields incorporated the Northern New Jersey Credit Adjustment Bureau in 1961 and was appointed an officer of the civil court.
Bruce Freitag, 73, on August 20. He retired in 2015 as director of maintenance at the South Brunswick Public Library.
Charles Rue Jr., 89, on August 17. He was partner and president of Charles E. Rue & Son Insurance, which later became Rue Insurance in Hamilton.
Antonio “Tony” Nini, 56, on August 16. He was a financial advisor with Nottingham Insurance in Hamilton among other brokerages. He previously was a DJ who founded TNTertainment.
Arthur Robinson, 81, on August 17. He was a lacrosse coach and later associate director of athletics at Princeton University. After retiring he was a fundraiser for educational and nonprofit groups and founded the Canon Group, which managed capital campaigns.