Pharma Moves

Caxton Expands To Alexander


Crosstown Moves

Name Changes

Contracts Awarded


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These articles by Barbara Fox were prepared for the January 17,

2001 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Web-based Trials By ClinPhone

Using telephone and Internet technology to conduct


trials has helped ClinPhone, the pharmaceutical services firm, to

prosper. Its headquarters office in the United States has expanded

from 2,100 feet at Princeton Commerce Center on Emmons Drive to 6,200

square feet at 1009 Lenox Drive. It also opened a Chicago office and

will expand to the West Coast in the next few months.

"We tripled our staff over the last year, with 25 altogether,

and we expect to almost double again," says Howard Goldberg, vice

president. He has 16 people in Princeton, and will add six or seven

in the project management and administrative capacities and business

development in the near future. Nearly 150 people work in the United

Kingdom for the parent company, Clinphone Group Ltd., which also has

another subsidiary, MarketPhone.

ClinPhone offers electronic trial management services to support


and biotechnology companies during clinical research. It takes data

directly from doctors and patients and manages data electronically

to cut down on a tremendous volume of paperwork. It also does more

traditional services such as supporting randomization and clinical

supply inventory management.

"We believe we are the leader in electronic trial management,"

says Goldberg, "and have done close to 500 studies, including

many large trials. We work with almost all the major pharmaceutical

and biotechnology companies in 70 different countries and 35 different


Goldberg went to the State University of New York at Stony Brook,

Class of 1977, has his PharmD from the University of the Pacific,

and spent four years at Covance (U.S, June 23, 1999).

ClinPhone uses a hybrid data capture instrument that works on or


and can be synchronized with the web at a later time. "With our

system you do not have to be logged onto the web. The form resides

on a local PC and synchronizes like a palm pilot." For this


it partners with CB Technologies, based in Westchester, Pennsylvania.

Last June ClinPhone launched its version of CB’s MetaTrial. "We

can capture information from a patient and synchronize that with our

case report form," says Goldberg, "whereas plain vanilla


does not go beyond the doctor’s desk."

Only 10 to 15 percent of all clinical trial firms use telephone or

web-based services, by Goldberg’s count. "We have far more


with the telephone-based services than anyone else, and we are the

only ones that have integrated the services. We have educated our

customers as to the value of these services and now we are seeing

it take off, which is why we have grown so much in the last year or


ClinPhone, 1009 Lenox Drive, Suite 107,


08648. Howard Goldberg, vice president. 609-620-7000; fax,


Home page:

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Covance (CVD), 206 Carnegie Center, Princeton


Chris Kuebler, chairman and CEO. 609-452-1408; fax, 609-452-9375.

Home page:

Covance is selling its New Hampshire-based pharmaceutical packaging

services business to Fisher Scientific International.

Newton Interactive, 2425 Pennington Road,


08534. Debra Newton, president. 609-818-0025; fax, 609-818-0045.

Formerly known as Newton Resource Group, this company’s new name is

Newton Interactive, to reflect its core focus — digital media

solutions, specifically Internet-based technologies, for the


industry. This year it was named as both an Inc 500 company and a

Forbes Fast 500.

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Caxton Expands To Alexander

The Princeton office of Caxton Corporation, the


management and trading firm, has just expanded from Enterprise Drive

to Alexander Court, a two-story, 40-000 square foot building developed

by Nexus Properties, close to Princeton Junction train station.


will be a single tenant in the building," says John Forbes, the

CFO and the senior person in this office.

"It will be very convenient for us because we often need to go

to New York," says Forbes (no relation to the magazine mogul).

Doug Petrozzini of Grubb & Ellis in Edison represented Caxton, which

chose the single-building format, with its redundant systems, for

security and privacy "as well as for the fact that, in the big

complexes, they try to put in a clause that says they can move


says Forbes. "With our systems, we can’t move. We even have a

generator out in the back."

Forbes went to Middlebury College, Class of 1975, and has an MBA from

Babson College; he has been with Caxton for 11 years. Based in


Caxton does commodities and securities trading and financial


services for offshore institutions and individuals. While the trading

takes place in New York — and proximity to the Princeton Junction

train station will be handy — the Princeton office does most of

the administration. This office is at 76 employees and continually

adding recruiting, accounting, operations, IT and systems people,

says Forbes.

Internal staff at Caxton planned the move, which involved setting

up telecommunications lines between the two buildings for the previous

month so the systems computers could move first.

Sheila Nall, Kathy Chorni, and Brian Guz of KSS Architects on


Street designed the earthtone interiors — coppers, blues, greens,

and natural cherry wood — and chose new wood furniture by Tuohy.

American Seating furnished the cubicles. French limestone for the

lobby and staircase will complete the building, but at the time of

the move, the weekend of January 12 to 14, the limestone had yet to

arrive and the limestone had not arrived. "They tell us they can

install it over a weekend," says Forbes. "We think Nexus and

KSS Architects did a great job."

Caxton Corp., 731 Alexander Road, Princeton 08540.

John Forbes, CFO. 609-419-1800.

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Cranel Inc., 101 Interchange Plaza, Suite 301,

Cranbury 08512. Mike Trautman, vice president. 609-860-9910; fax,

609-860-9909. Home page:

The northeast regional sales office for an Ohio-based systems


and computer backup storage systems company has moved from Village

Boulevard in Forrestal Village to Exit 8A. It represents such


brands as Storage Tech, ADIC, Hitachi Data Systems, Veritas Software,

and Sun Microsystems.

"As an integrator, we sell to Fortune 100 and 500 clients for

data backup and online storage," says Mike Trautman. "We


solutions from multiple manufacturers and takes full responsibility

for support and implementation of that solution. We sell, install,

and service equipment.

The son of a Baptist minister in Columbus, Ohio, Trautman went to

an Ohio school, Cedarville College, graduating in 1984 and going to

work for this company shortly thereafter. He and his wife have two

school-aged children.

Bala Consulting Engineers, 50 Millstone Road,


Corporate Park, Building 300, Suite 100, Cranbury 08512. Gregory J.

DeMarco PE, vice president. 609-490-8950; fax, 609-490-8955. Home


The engineering design and consulting firm moved from 321 Clarksville

Road to Windsor Corporate Park and has a new phone and fax. It focuses

on manufacturing/process facilities and R&D — HVAC, electrical,

plumbing, fire protection, structural, process, procurement, and


Historic Building Architects LLC, 312 West State

Street, Trenton 08618. Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner, principal.


fax, 609-393-4333.

The architectural firm has moved from a Princeton address with a box

number to downtown Trenton and has a new phone and fax. In addition

to Trenner, Michael Calafati and Maribel G. Beas belong to this firm,

which focuses on architectural preservation and materials


Gary Mertz Architect, Box 1016, Pennington 08534.

609-737-7976; fax, 609-730-8296.

The four-person architectural firm expanded from 65 South Main Street

to 750 square feet at a location in Lawrence Township and is using

a post office box address. "We have done a number of additions

and fitouts for Lakeview Child Centers (owned by Robert Wood Johnson

Medical Center) and have just gotten a contract for an adult day care

center in Orange," says Mertz.

He is breaking ground on a 3,500 square-foot house on Delaware Avenue

in Pennington and recently designed a 40,000 square foot building

for Joe Pintinalli in Lawrence. His work on Tom and Mary Evslin’s

home on Library Place was featured in Better Homes & Gardens in April,


Transformation Systems/TRANsys, 731 Alexander Road,

Princeton 08540. Krishna Swamy, president. 609-514-0049; fax,


Home page:

The Oracle-based computer consulting firm is expanding from 5,000

square feet at Princeton Commerce Center to 6,100 square feet at 731

Alexander Road. Tom Romano of Buschman & Company represented the


and Bill Barish of Commercial Property Network represented the tenant.

The firm does client/server applications on Oracle platforms, in five

United States locations, offshore operations in India.

W.W. Grainger (GWW), South Middlesex Avenue,


at 8A, Cranbury 08512. Doug Scalice. 609-860-9090.

The tool and equipment distributor is expanding in CenterPoint at

8A by leasing 40,000 square feet at 17 Middlesex Avenue — separate

from its 250,000 square foot warehouse. The warehouse was a


and sale transaction with Matrix Development Group. John Tesser of

Colliers Houston represented Grainger, which is based in Skokie,


and is traded on the New York stock exchange.

Patrick J. Connelly, who directs asset management for Matrix, says

that his available portfolio at that park has only 86,000 square feet

at one location. This is a zone distribution center for industrial

and commercial equipment and supplies for the company based in Skokie,


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CPASNET.COM, 3625 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton


Cornell Rudov, president. 609-890-0800. Home page:

The marketing services firm moved to Quakerbridge Road. Its clients

include accounting and legal firms; it also creates interactive


to assist professionals in marketing. A Pittsburgh native, Rudov


in political science at Grinnell College in Iowa, Rudov, and was most

recently head of the marketing division at Druker, Rahl & Fein.

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Name Changes

AMEC Inc., 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 5, Suite

105, Lawrenceville 08648-2203. Larry Capelli, senior vice president.

609-620-0101; fax, 609-620-0120. Home page:

Morse Diesel, a construction management firm, changed its name to

that of its parent company, based in the United Kingdom.

Nextera Enterprises (Sibson & Company), 600


Park, Suite 208, Princeton 08540. Donald Gallo, principal.


fax, 609-520-0369. Home page:

Sibson & Company expanded last summer from the Carnegie Center to

24,000 square feet at Alexander Park, and now it is officially


its name, to be known as Nextera Enterprises. In 1998 it was acquired

by Nextera, which also has Lexecon and Nextera Interactive as separate

business units.

"Collaboration among these groups has led to a diverse team of

consultants with services that are particularly attuned to these times

of great change," says Janet Dow, market relations manager.


are approaching the marketplace as a unified company with more than

600 consultants who have expertise in human capital and technology


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Contracts Awarded

Songbird Hearing Corporation, 5 Cedar Brook Drive,

Cedar Brook Corporate Center, Cranbury 08512. Fred Fritz, president

and CEO. 609-409-4500; fax, 609-409-4510. Home page:

The Sarnoff Corporation spinoff has acquired $45 million in private

capital to advertise its signature product, the world’s first


hearing aid and to distribute it to Canada, Europe, and Japan (U.S.

1, May 17, 2000).

iPhysicianNet, 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 115,

Princeton 08540. Robert L. Maio, vice president, sales and service.

609-275-8818; fax, 609-275-8819. Home page:

The web-based healthcare firm landed a multi-year contract to supply

videoconferencing and E-detailing capabilities to primary care


on behalf of representatives of Aventis Pharmaceuticals, the seventh

big pharmco to join this network. iPhysicianNet claims to have 8,000

primary care physicians in its network, and its other clients include

AstraZeneca, Pharmacia, and Novartis (U.S. 1, November 1, 2000).

Energy Photovoltaics, 276 Bakers Basin Road, Box

7456, Princeton 08543. James F. Groelinger, CEO. 609-587-3000; fax,


The solar photovoltaic company received $14 million in equity funding

from a group that now has a controlling interest in the company and

has made a top management change. In the group are investors from

Stamford, Connecticut (; Houston, Texas


and Mannheim, Germany ( — this is a "sticky site from which

it is difficult to exit). The money will be used to


thin-film PV module manufacturing processes, for marketing and sales

activities, and for R&D to help EPV be a world leader in this


technology. The new CEO is James F. Groelinger, former senior vice

president at CHI Energy Inc.

FrontLine Technologies Inc., 3131 Princeton Pike,

Building 4, Suite 206, Lawrenceville 08648. Kris Subramaniam,


609-912-0004; fax, 609-912-0307.

The 40-person IT consulting company designed and installed a mission

critical E-service system for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging,

a 400-person agency funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

The Consumer and Provider System (CAPS) was a three-year job to


and automate the work of eight departments including provider billing,

departmental workflow, and wait list management. The system also does

internal and external statistical reports, says Peter Gust, vice


of technology.

PharmaSeq Inc., 11 Deer Park Drive, Princeton


Plaza, Suite 204, Monmouth Junction 08852. Wlodek Mandecki, president

and CEO. 732-355-0100; fax, 732-355-0102. Home page:

After a two-year collaboration with the Sarnoff Corporation, Wlodek

Mandecki announced his firm has made its first fully functional


nanotransponder using a chip measuring six nanoliters, less than

1/000 the size of a grain of rice.

This DNA chip achieved a record of being the smallest, externally

powered, monolithic integrated circuit that can transmit its identity

code by radio frequency. It will help develop microchip systems for

DNA assays and is suitable for high-throughput assays in biology,

medicine, combinatorial chemistry, and drug discovery.

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James Peter Geiss, 50, on December 19. A Chinese scholar,

he was treasurer of Pro Re Nata Inc. on Murray Place and editor in

chief of the PRN Interactive Profile.

Cheng Liao, 27, on January 2. He was a doctoral candidate

in computer science at Princeton University.

Judith Ferrell Kunz, 53, on January 5. She had been vice

president of human resources at Opinion Research Corp.

Robert I. Hill, 82, on January 9. He had been a lab


at Princeton University.

Natalie A. Wurpel, 75, on January 10. She was an


assistant at McGraw Hill and a receptionist for Dr. Brian Lavery.

Anne Marie Callaghan Forker, 52, on January 10. She had

worked at Buschman Partners on Lenox Drive.

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