#b#Can Wrong Zip Code Mean Early Death?#/b#

In a map illustrating the harsh inequalities of life in the Route 1 Corridor, Virginia Commonwealth University has shown that people who live in Trenton can expect to die 14 years earlier than their counterparts in affluent West Windsor.

The study, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was meant to show how geographic factors can have a severe influence on health. The life expectancy of someone born in 08611 (Trenton) is just 73 years old compared to those born in 08550 (West Windsor), just a short drive up Route 1, who live to 87 on average.

VCU made the maps using statistics from state and local health agencies and data from the Census Bureau and the CDC.

The ZIP code is linked to a complex web of factors that mostly boil down to income. The report indicated that low income areas usually have lower quality schools and worse jobs available. Cheaper housing tends to be unsafe, unhealthy, and overcrowded, and local restaurants tend to serve worse food with few fresh fruits or vegetables.

“Opportunities for residents to exercise, walk, or cycle may be limited, and some neighborhoods are unsafe for children to play outside. Proximity to highways, factories, or other sources of toxic agents may expose residents to pollutants,” the report said.

Residents of poor neighborhoods also have a hard time getting to doctors and good hospitals, with expensive or unreliable public transit separating them from good jobs, healthcare, childcare, and social services. Furthermore, social segregation and physical barriers like highways often isolate poor communities.


Necsel Communication & Instrumentation Systems , 30-B Pennington-Hopewell Road, Pennington 08534. 609-564-7900. William F. Mackenzie, CEO. www.pd-ld.com.

PD-LD, a manufacturer of lasers located on Pennington-Hopewell Road, has been acquired by Necsel, a Milpitas, California-based laser company. PD-LD specialized in lasers for fiber-optics and other devices used in communications, test equipment, and the medical field.

“This is an exciting time in the laser industry as the fields of applications continuously expand. As part of Necsel we look to grow much faster with the strength of a worldwide market leader and expansive sales force,” said Uri Abrams, general manager of Necsel Communication and Instrumentation.

#b#Management Moves#/b#

Amrep Corporation (AXR), 300 Alexander Park, Suite 204, Princeton 08540. 609-716-8200. Peter Pizza, CFO. www.amrepcorp.com.

AMREP Corporation has appointed Robert Wisniewski executive CP and CFO, starting in November. Clifford Martin, currently VP and CFO, will return to his former role as treasurer of the company and CFO of its Palm Coast Data LLC subsidiary. Palm Coast Data is a fulfillment and marketing services provider, while AMREP’s other subsidiary, AMREP Southwest Inc., is a developer and real estate holder in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

“I know Bob well and have worked closely with him in the past,” said Edward B. Cloues II, chairman of AMREP. “He possesses strong finance and accounting skills, is an executive of the highest integrity, and has a proven record of public company leadership in the finance area. Bob will be a great asset to AMREP as we strive to build the company.”

Wisniewski previously held senior level accounting and finance positions at various Coperion entities, which manufacture process and material handling equipment and systems and are subsidiaries of Hillenbrand Inc. and at K-Tron International Inc. He has a bachelors degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a CPA who spent 11 years at Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) earlier in his career.

Derma Sciences Inc. (DSCIOB), 214 Carnegie Center, Suite 300, Princeton 08540. 609-514-4744. Stephen T. Willis, interim 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 LLC, a regenerative medicine products company Derma Sciences acquired earlier in August.

“I am delighted Russ Olsen is expanding his role on our executive team from head of our BioD subsidiary to president of advanced wound care, our largest, fastest growing and highest margin business segment,” said interim CEO Stephen T. Wills. “Having worked closely together over the past six months, I have seen many instances where Russ demonstrated his exceptional experience encompassing the tissue regeneration, wound care and pharmaceutical industries. He is an accomplished sales and marketing executive with a proven track record of building successful companies, launching and growing brands, and creating value for shareholders.”

Olsen joined BioD in 2013 as COO 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, two 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 failure in a clinical trial of its main clinical product, a honey-based bandage (U.S. 1, January 6, 2016.)

#b#Distribution Facility Sold on Cabot Drive#/b#

Cushman & Wakefield has arranged the sale of a 600,600 square foot distribution facility located at 401 Cabot Drive in Hamilton. The building is mostly occupied by Colgate-Palmolive, which uses it as a regional distribution hub.

The property, built in 2006, has 169,260 square feet available for lease.

Andrew Merin, David Bernhaut, Brian Whitmer, Kyle Schmidt, Andrew MacDonald, Stan Danzig and Jules Nissim of Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller and buyer.

#b#New in Town#/b#

US Dfulube LLC, 433 Wall Street, Princeton 08540. 609-917-4418.

US Dfulube LLC, an import/export business, has opened an office on Wall Street.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

Haveson and Otis, 192 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542. 609-921-0090. Hal K. Haveson, partner. www.havesonandotis.com.

Hvaerson and Otis, a law firm, has moved from 194 to 192 Nassau Street.

Garden State Legal Services Corporation, 600 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-530-4333. Myron Weinstein, president.

Garden State Legal Corporation has moved from Franklin Corner Road to Route 206 (Lawrenceville Road) in Lawrenceville.

ALK Technologies Inc., 1 Independence Way, Princeton 08540. 609-683-0220. Barry Glick, CEO. www.alk.com.

ALK Technologies, a company that makes GPS-based navigation software for business applications, has moved from North Harrison Street to 1 Independence Way.

Digital Brand Expressions LLC, 100 Overlook Drive, Second Floor, Princeton 08540. 609-688-8558. Veronica ‘Niki’ Fielding, president. www.digitalbrandexpressions.com.

Digital Brand Expressions, a search marketing and consultancy service, has moved from Morgan Lane in Plainsboro to Overlook Drive in Princeton.

T.Y. Lin International/Medina, 101 Grovers Mill Road, Suite 101, 08648, Lawrence. 609-838-6425. James Lester, branch manager. www.tylin.com.

T.Y. Lin International, an international engineering consulting firm, has moved its local office from Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton to Grovers Mill Road in Lawrence.


John Miranda, 57, on August 28. He was athletics director and supervisor of physical education at Princeton High School.

Bruce Raymond, 66, on August 27. He worked at Church & Dwight in the research and development department for 40 years and held eight patents.

Richard Levine, 57, on August 23. He worked for TIAA and was a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

Anthony C. Jaruszewski, 34, on August 24. He was employed by the New Jersey Division of Taxation.

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