#b#Bai Brands Adds Timberlake to Team#/b#
Bai Brands, 1800 East State Street, Hamilton 08609. 609-586-0500. Ben Weiss, CEO. www.drinkbai.com.
Bai Brands has snagged a celebrity connection from Justin Timberlake, above, who has invested in and been given the title “Chief Flavor Officer” at the health drink company. Bai has been expanding and engaged in an advertising blitz last year, spending $60 million on marketing, including Super Bowl ads.
The company said Timberlake would work with Bai executives on new flavor innovation, product launches, marketing campaigns, and digital content.
“I’ve been a fan of Bai for a long time and when I met Ben and his team, it became clear that I should be involved with this brand,” said Timberlake in a statement. “As a father and someone who is cautious about what my family and I consume, I love what Bai stands for. This partnership was created from a shared desire to help people put better ingredients in their bodies without sacrificing taste.”
The Boehm Showroom, 25 Princess Diana Lane (off North Olden Avenue), Ewing 08638. 609-392-2207. Robert Arace, Showroom Manager.
The Boehm Porcelain Company has reopened, a year after being purchased by a Cleveland businessman and art museum owner.
Richard A. Barone, a businessman who is putting together the Museum of American Porcelain Art in Cleveland, bought the company in 2015 and reopened the gallery this week. Boehm was founded in 1950 by artist Edward Marshall Boehm and had been evicted from its headquarters under the previous ownership.
Robert Arace, Boehm Showroom’s manager, said the molding, assembly, and painting of sculptures by artists would resume at the Princess Diana Lane showroom, which will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays by appointment.
“The loyal and dedicated staff with decades of experience in sales, design, and production is all back to work to continue operations moving forward. They are and have been responsible for the creative artistry and distinctive beauty for each and every one of the hand-crafted, American-made Boehm porcelain sculptures,” the company said in a prepared statement. “Boehm Porcelains are part of the collections of world famous institutions such as the White House, the Vatican, and Buckingham Palace.”
The company also has a restoration division that can repair broken porcelain sculptures of all kinds.
#b#Fast Tracked Pharma#/b#
Chromocell Corporation, 685 Route 1 South, Technology Center of New Jersey, North Brunswick 08902. 732-565-1113. Christian Kopfli, CEO. www.chromocell.com.
The FDA has given “fast track” designation to a neuropathy pain drug being developed jointly by Chromocell and a Japanese company, Astellas Pharma. Chromocell has completed an early stage safety trial of the drug, and the fast-track designation could help expedite its FDA review. If successful, the new drug would be an alternative to opioid painkillers.
Soligenix (SNGX), 29 Emmons Drive, Suite C-10, Princeton 08540. 609-538-8200. Christopher J. Schaber, president and CEO. www.soligenix.com.
The drug company has been granted “small and medium enterprise” designation by the regulatory agency of the European Union. The status given by the European Medicines Agency gives Soligenix financial and regulatory incentives that could help it bring some of its drugs to market. It currently has a drug in late stage trials in the EU that is meant to treat oral mucositis, a painful and debilitating side effect of chemotherapy.
Robbinsville Township, 2298 Route 33, Robbinsville 08691. 609-918-0002. David Fried, mayor. www.robbinsville-twp.org.
Robbinsville Township council meetings will no longer be held in a trailer, as the government finally has a permanent home. The township has moved its municipal building from Washington Boulevard to Route 33, ending a decade-long period in which township government services were located in leased office space.
The saga began in 2006 when the town hall was located in an old elementary school on Route 130 next to the police station, library, and senior center. When mold was discovered in the building, officials decided to demolish rather than rehabilitate the building and leased office space from Sharbell Development Corporation on Washington Boulevard.
Township offices moved to a corporate building next to dentists’ and doctors’ offices where they remained until last week. In the meantime, the township searched for a permanent home.
Rather than rebuild on the site of the elementary school, officials chose to collaborate with Roma Bank, which at the time was building a three-story headquarters in Town Center. The township was to occupy the top floor of that building. That project was cancelled in 2013 when Roma merged with Investors Bank.
The town went back to the drawing board and continued with the Route 33 site, which is located in a mixed-use development with shops and townhouses. The new $3 million one-story town hall there opened last week. The police and municipal court are still located on Route 130.
Hamilton USA, 600 College Road, Princeton 08540. 609-349-7708. Seraina Macia, CEO. www.hamiltongroup.com.
Insurance company Hamilton USA has hired insurance industry veteran Michael Garceau COO.
“I am delighted to welcome Michael to Hamilton USA,” said CEO Seraina Macia. “Having worked with him in the past, I know first-hand the significant strengths, both strategic and tactical, that he brings to his new position. As we identify the many opportunities represented by the $500 billion U.S. P&C market, Michael will play a key role in ensuring the decisions we make are executed in a sound and sustainable manner.”
Garceau’s most recent position was COO of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Region at AIG. He also worked at XL Group, Zurich North America, and Chubb. He has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic in New York and a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State.
William G. Bowen, 83, on October 20. He was an economics professor who oversaw the first admission of women to Princeton when he was provost and later president there. He also pushed for the integration of blacks, Jews, and other groups. He also served as president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for almost two decades and wrote numerous books on education reform, such as “Lesson Plan,” (U.S. 1, September 7, 2016) that pressed to improve academia for poor and minority students.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel.
Stuart Altmann, 86, on October 13. He was a scientist and an artist, working as a professor at Princeton while pursuing ceramics as an avocation. Together with his wife, Jeanne, he once traveled to Kenya to study baboons as a field biologist.
Albert E. Beaton III, 56, on October 17. He was a crisis clinician at Princeton House Behavioral Health.
Venkatesan Perry, 84, on October 15. He was a researcher and a scientist who grew up in rural India, earned a doctorate at Columbia University, and worked as a scientist for Western Electric, General Cable, and Bell Communications Research.
Renee La-Marre Sumners, 51, on October 15. She was a municipal court judge for the city of Trenton.