New at Woodrow Wilson

The president of Columbia University Teachers College, Arthur E. Levine, has been named the sixth president of the Princeton-based Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He succeeds Robert Weisbuch, a former English teacher from the University of Michigan who is now president of Drew University.

Nancy Weiss Malkiel, chair of the board of trustees, says that Levine will lead the effort to "find effective ways to recruit, prepare, and support exceptional arts and science undergraduates for careers as secondary school teachers and catalysts for change in urban public schools."

With a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo, Levine has earned a national reputation for educational equity and education reform. In 1998 he co-authored "When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today’s College Student," and he also wrote "Beating the Odds: How the Poor Get to College, Higher Learning in America." In 1981 Levine and the late Ernest L. Boyer wrote a Carnegie Foundation essay, "A Quest for Common Learning: the Aims of General Education."

From 1957 to 1971 money from the Ford Foundation fueled the selection and support of more than 15,000 Woodrow Wilson Fellows. Among the ranks of Woodrow Wilson Fellows are nine Nobel prize winners, 20 MacArthur Fellows, and more than 500 winners of other major prizes, including the Guggenheim fellowships and the Pulitzer prize. In 1982 the foundation established a leadership program for teachers in high school, and it has broadened that program to include teachers in all grades.

"I can think of no better pulpit from which to continue the fight for educational equity in America, both in our public schools and in higher education, and to improve the way that schools of education prepare teachers, school leaders, researchers and policymakers," said Levine in a prepared statement.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 5 Vaughn Drive, Suite 300, CN 5281, Princeton 08543-5281; 609-452-7007; fax, 609-452-0066. Home page: www.woodrow.org

Expansions

Pfeiffer of America, 742 Alexander Road, Suite 201, Princeton 08540; 609-987-0223; fax, 609-987-0763. Cindy D’Antonio, vice president, cosmetic sales. Rich Sica, vice president, pharmaceuticals. Home page: www.pfeiffer.de

On December 16 the Bohrens vans pulled up to 12 Roszel Road and moved a sales office of a German pharmaceutical and cosmetics firm from a two-suite condo to a building owned by Princeton Insurance Company on Alexander Road. Peter Dodds of Garibaldi Morford & Dodds represented Pfeiffer in both transactions.

The firm focuses on metered dose delivery systems for liquid and powder formulations. Rich Sica is vice president of pharmaceuticals and Cindy D’Antonio is vice president of cosmetics. This office opened in 1985 and has 14 employees.

ClinPhone Inc., 7 Roszel Road, Third Floor, Princeton 08540; 609-524-4100; fax, 609-520-0633. Howard Goldberg, president. Home page: www.clinphone.com

ClinPhone will double in size by moving its U.S. headquarters to 42,136 square feet at Windsor Corporate Park. ClinPhone has clinical interactive voice response (IVR) systems for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients.

Tom Romano of GVA Williams Buschman represented ClinPhone and Romano and Steve Tolcash represented the landlord in the lease transaction. The new address will be Building 100/200 at 50 Millstone Road. Windsor Corporate Park has 287,000 square feet of Class A space, distributed among four buildings, and it is now 85 percent leased.

Resources Global Professionals (RECN), 105 Carnegie Center, Suite 100, Princeton 08540; 609-936-4502; fax, 609-936-0253. Susan Reed, client service director. Home page: www.resourcesconnection.com

Resources Global Professionals, formerly Resources Connection, has moved to larger offices at 105 Carnegie Center, Suite 100, from 502 Carnegie Center, Suite 104. The professional services firm has a staff of eight in the office as well as other associated staff. It focuses on accounting and finance, human capital management, and information technology professionals, also audit solutions, supply chain, and legal.

Robert Half/AccounTemps (RHI), 700 Alexander Park, Suite 200, Princeton 08540; 609-987-0786; fax, 609-987-0166. Jeanie Sharp, branch manager. Home page: www.roberthalf.com

Robert Half/AccounTemps has moved from 116 Village Boulevard in Forrestal Village to Alexander Park. The firm offers permanent and temporary jobs, particularly in the accounting and administrative areas.

On Roszel Road

Southport Financial Group Inc., 15 Roszel Road, Box 7647, Princeton 08540-7647; 609-720-9300; fax, 609-720-9304. Alfred H. Frezza, Leon F. Gonzalez, and Robert A. Van Derhoef. Home page: www.southportgroup.com

Southport Financial Group moved from Hoboken to Roszel Road in September. Equally owned by its three principals, it offers capital financing, management services, and real estate development. "The firm was created as a vehicle for the pursuit of specialty projects, and the generation of new business ventures with which Southport will maintain a continuing affiliation," according to the website. The principals decline to provide additional information, other than that five people occupy 1,200 square feet, and space has been subleased to Chelsea Rhone LLC.

Chelsea Rhone LLC, 15 Roszel Road, Princeton 08540; 609-524-4028. Michael Repoli. Home page: www.chelsearhone.com

Chelsea Rhone’s program administration and systems division moved from shared office space in Forrestal Village to subleased space on Roszel Road. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it develops and manages insurance alternatives, specifically alternative risk transfer (ART) and alternative risk financing programs for clients seeking alternatives to the traditional insurance market.

According to the website, the company has can create single parent and association captives, risk retention groups, mutual insurance companies, and group pooling arrangements.

In particular, it works with difficult risk groups such as professional liability polices for nursing homes, medical malpractice for physician groups, and liability policies for special manufacturing products.

New in Town

Customer Strategy Consulting Inc., 195 Nassau Street, Suite 12, Princeton 08540; 609-688-6888; fax, 609-688-6848. David Kalmar, CEO. www.customerstrat.com

A strategic marketing research consulting firm moved to Nassau Street earlier this year. David Kalmar (an alumnus of Princeton University with a PhD from Yale) is the president and founder, and Abby Leafe, the managing director, went to Penn and the Newhouse School of Syracuse University.

American Capital Financial Services, 196 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Suite 7, West Windsor 08542; 609-897-1150; fax, 609-897-1160. Jason Bezer. www.amcaploans.com

American Capital Financial Services, a home mortgage company, opened an office earlier this year at Windsor Office Park, 196 Princeton-Hightstown Road. The company has agents throughout the United States and offers application online.

Earthbound Farm, 115 Melrich Road, Suite 1, Cranbury 08512; 609-409-6119; fax, 609-409-5141. Sarah Dempsey, manager. Home page: www.ebfarm.com

The largest grower and shipper of organic produce opened a distribution center at Exit 8A. Earthbound Farm started out as a 2.t acre backyard garden, and it was the first company to put pre-washed salads on retail shelves. Based in San Juan Bautista, with a corporate office in Carmel Valley, California, the firm also has warehouses in Indianapolis, and Atlanta Georgia.

Its products also include organic fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, and snacks. They can be found in Costco Wholesale, Wal-Mart, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods – and in fact are carried by 72 percent of supermarket and club store chains.

Start-ups

Biotech Support Group LLC, 675 Route 1 South, Technology Center of New Jersey, North Brunswick 08902; 732-246-3110; fax, 732-246-3118. Swapan Roy, CEO. Home page: www.biotechsupportgroup.com

Swapan Roy opened a two-person laboratory at the Technology Center of New Jersey earlier this year. It does and proteomic sample preparation and enrichment products based on proprietary technology – surface chemistry of electrolytes.

Karver Consulting Services, Box 6252, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-716-9049; fax, 609-482-4111. Keith Blackman. www.karverconsulting.com

Keith Blackman, a certified management accountant, opened his own practice earlier this year to focus on small to medium-sized businesses and start-ups. With more than 15 years experience, he is certified as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, a Great Plains Professional, and an instructor in training techniques. He had been a division controller for a nationally ranked homebuilding company and a financial controller for a multi-national aluminum and steel produce.

Downsizing

Staffing Alternatives, 211 College Road East, Princeton 08540; 609-452-0022; fax, 609-452-0212. Tony Quesada, client services manager. Home page: www.staffingalternatives.com

At the end of 2005 the employment agency is scheduled to move from 1,800 square feet on College Road to 1,230 feet in suite 905 at Ibis Plaza, 3525 Quakerbridge Road. Phone and fax remain the same. The agency focuses on office support and light industrial staffing.

Stock News

Voxware Inc. (VXWR.OB), 168 Franklin Corner Road, Suite 3, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-514-4100; fax, 609-514-4101. Tom Drury, CEO. Home page: www.voxware.com

Voxware has done a reverse stock split, with one share equaling 150 shares and its trading symbol on the OTC Bulletin Board has changed. Now Voxware hopes to get listed on Nasdaq’s capital market. Voxware has voice-driven logistics solutions for warehouse operations and supply chains.

Ownership Change

CHN Solutions, 3525 Quakerbridge Road, Ibis Plaza, Hamilton 08619; 609-631-0474; fax, 609-631-0492. Leonard V. Weinman, senior vice president. Home page: www.chn.com

The name is the same, but the parent company has changed. CHN Solutions’ parent, Selective Insurance Group, sold it to Consolidated Services Group (CSG) for $16 million in cash.

Len Weinman, formerly president and CEO of CHN Solutions, now becomes senior vice president of CSG. CHN Solutions will keep its 350 employees and its 247,000 square-foot space on Quakerbridge Road.

Formerly known as Alta Solutions, it is a preferred provider organization with a managed behavioral health network and employee assistance programs.

CSG is based in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and has other offices in Cherry Hill and Connecticut. This purchase doubles the size of the firm to about $60 million in annual revenue. Selective Insurance, a public company that trades on Nasdaq as SIGI and is based in Branchburg, will remain CHN’s client.

According to a press release, CSG is in the property and casualty medical claims management business for some large auto liability, general liability and workers’ compensation insurers. CHN Solutions represents several major insurers, third-party administrators, and many municipal and school board joint insurance funds in the New Jersey and New England regions.

Name Changes

Home123 (NCEM), 116 Village Boulevard, Suite 307, Princeton 08540-5799; 609-720-1166; fax, 609-720-1918. Tracey Turner, branch manager. Home page: www.home123.com

The mortgage company has changed its name from New Century Mortgage Corporation to Home123. Home123 is a subsidiary of New Century Mortgage. Corporate offices are in California, and New Jersey branches are in Parsippany and Morris Plains.

Princeton Financial Group, 812 State Road, Suite 102, Princeton 08540; 609-430-1020; fax, 609-430-1027. Hector J. Colon, investment advisor representative.

John Diehl left the Princeton Diehl Financial Group and moved to California. Hector Colon’s business has reverted to its original name, Princeton Financial Group. The four-person office moved to a different suite within the same building. It does taxes and investments, insurance, and residential and commercial mortgages.

Virtus Group LLC, 352 Wall Street, Research Park, Princeton 08540; 609-683-0585; fax, 609-683-0623. Howard J. Mimnaugh, president. Home page: www.virtus-group.com

Earlier this year Howard Mimnaugh added two partners, Tim Lenihan and Brian Lovett, to the accounting firm that bore the Mimnaugh name, and changed the name. Founded in 1990, the company has a total of seven people at this location.

Patents Awarded

Genmab Inc. (GEN), 457 North Harrison Street, Princeton 08540; 609-430-2481; fax, 609-430-2482. Lisa Drakeman, CEO. Home page: www.genmab.com

Genmab recently announced that it has a U.S. patent for HuMax-HepC, a fully human antibody currently in pre-clinical development to prevent reinfection with the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) after liver transplantation. HuMax-HepC binds to a common site on diverse strains of the virus. In pre-clinical studies, the antibody prevented the HCV from attaching to susceptible cells.

The firm creates and develops human antibodies for the treatment of life threatening and debilitating diseases, and it administers clinical trials.

Zargis Medical Corp. (SPDE), 2 Research Way, Princeton 08540; 609-734-4747; fax, 609-734-6565. Shahram Hejazi, president and CEO. Home page: www.zargis.com

Zargis Medical Corp. announced last month it had a new patent for a multi-modal cardiac diagnostic decision support system and method. It is a method of extracting and evaluating features from cardiac acoustic signals and a means for determining whether or not the sounds are innocent or indicative of disease based on expert rules.Inventions covered by this patent could help a doctor to discriminate between pathological and innocent heart murmurs. Though the technology was developed at Siemens Corporate Research, the firm is a majority-owned subsidiary of Speedus Corp (NASDAQ: SPDE). Zargis currently controls 12 patents and patent applications.

Contract Awarded

Accumed Inc., 2572 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-883-1818; fax, 609-883-2288. Yogsh Besai, quality control manager. Home page: www.accumed.org

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority loaned Accumed $350,000 to buy a manufacturing warehouse at 66-72 Princeton Street in Trenton. The EDA made a five-year loan at 3 percent fixed interest. Accumed makes generic over the counter drugs. Accumed did not return several calls for more information.

Sarnoff Roundup

Sarnoff Corporation, 201 Washington Road, Box 5300, Princeton 08543-5300; 609-734-2000; fax, 609-734-2040. Satyam Cherukuri, president & CEO. Home page: www.sarnoff.com

Sarnoff Corporation is doing its part to keep New Jersey in the forefront of technology news. Last month it launched the SVD2000, a new mobile system that can sense hazardous stray voltage coming from, for instance, manhole covers or lamp poles. The system works from a moving vehicle.

Utilities could use this system to look for electricity leaks from utility lines that can be fatal to pedestrians and pets. The SVD2000 can detect an electrical charge at levels as low as five volts, according to a press release. It can screen objects up to 25 feet away while passing them at 15 miles per hour.

Also in November Sarnoff signed a five-year strategic agreement with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company of Fairfax, Virginia. Sarnoff will look for markets in the electronics and optics fields for EMRE’s portfolio of mesoporous materials, including new nanomaterials.

"Sarnoff and ExxonMobil considered eight possible startup projects and chose three for initial exploration," said John Riganati, vice president of technology strategy for Sarnoff, in a press release.

Leaving Town

Duramed Research Inc. (Barr Laboratories) (BRL), 265 Livingston Street, Northvale 08748-3339; 201-784-7082; fax, 609-897-9636. Home page: www.barrlabs.com

Duramed Research Inc. is closing its site at 109 Morgan Lane in Plainsboro at the end of December and moving 20 of its 50 employees to 265 Livingston Street, Northvale, NJ 07647 (201-784-7802); the other 30 employees were laid off. The company already owns the Northvale site, which offers more room to expand. Duramed, a subsidiary of Barr Laboratories Inc., was founded in January 2000 to focus on proprietary products for Barr.

The company was formerly known as Enhance Pharmaceuticals, and it manufactured intrauterine and intravaginal devices. It also focused on polymer-based drug deliveries. It was bought by Barr Labs for $44 million in cash in 2002. Barr Labs is based in Pomona, New York.

Deaths

Martin John Brown, 81, on December 9. He had worked for Western Electric on Carter Road.

Ernest George Schwiebert, 74, on December 10. He was an architect, writer, and a well-known fly fisherman.

Mary Lou Sauer, 52, on December 12. She was a massage therapist at New York Sports Club.

Mario R. D’Antonio, 79, on December 17. He was founder of a textile company in Trenton.

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