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Packing his bags

While in talks with Chris Christie about becoming the governor-elect’s chief of staff two years ago, Richard Bagger downloaded a job description from the website of the National Governors Association. The document lists the many hats a chief of staff must wear — including chief strategist, crisis coordinator and headhunter. At the end is a ...

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Celgene purchases Mass. biotech in 350M cash deal

Summit-based biotech firm Celgene Corp. announced today it will buy privately held biotechnology company Avila Therapeutics Inc., of Bedford, Mass., for $350 million in cash, plus up to $575 million more in milestone payments. Avila’s research and development platforms will complement Celgene’s work in hematology and immune inflammatory diseases, which is a growing area at ...

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Christie backs UMDNJ overhaul Barer sees research, business benefits to mergers

Gov. Chris Christie today endorsed a major overhaul of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University. The changes would improve the state’s research climate, as well as business-university ties, according to Sol Barer, chairman of the advisory committee that recommended the changes. The UMDNJ committee report recommended focusing UMDNJ in ...

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Watson pays nearly 400M for Australian maker of generic drugs

Parsippany-based Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Tuesday became a major player in the southeast Asian and Australian generic drug markets with an acquisition valued at more than $393 million. Watson said Tuesday it has acquired Ascent Pharmahealth Ltd., the generic arm of Strides Arcolab Ltd. The deal instantly makes Watson the fifth-largest generic drugmaker in Australia ...

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RWJ inks joint venture for outpatient center

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital said Tuesday it will convert its outpatient department into a physician joint venture, in partnership with Regent Surgical Health. The new model allows local surgeons to become partners in the hospital’s ambulatory surgical pavilion, which opened in 2010. In a statement announcing the move, Paul Storiale, the hospital’s senior vice president ...

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Atlantic Health applies to form regional accountable-care organization

Atlantic Health System today announced it has submitted an application to create a regional accountable-care organization, in hopes of participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ shared savings program. Called ACOs, accountable-care organizations represent a new approach to health care delivery that seeks to coordinate medical care, engage patients in their own wellness, ...

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Forging stronger bonds between businesses, universities

The Chris Christie administration wants to build stronger ties between higher education institutions and businesses — and observers are hoping the governor revisits a proposal to do just that. A bill Christie recently declined to sign would have required universities to create a list of their assets, including research, which would be available to the ...

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Home-health care firms embrace maturing, expanding industry

As the population ages and more intense home-health care needs are required, two New Jersey firms announced Thursday they are making changes to prepare for the upcoming influx of patients. Moorestown-based Bayada Home Health Care, formerly called Bayada Nurses, updated its name to reflect the varied home-health care professionals it employs, including occupational therapists, social ...

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Quest Diagnostics faces gender discrimination suit

A $100 million class-action lawsuit was announced today against Quest Diagnostics Inc. and its Ameripath Inc. subsidiary, alleging Quest systematically discriminated against female employees. The suit alleges that high-ranking Quest officials foster an environment hostile to the success and advancement of female employees and promoting an “old boys’ club” attitude, giving junior male employees disproportionate ...

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UMDNJ symposium offers doctors strategies to treat obesity

Faced with an increasing number of patients struggling with unhealthy weight, medical practitioners met Wednesday in Newark at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to discuss ways to address the obesity issue from both a care and a business standpoint. “You have a condition that many insurances don’t recognize,” said Dr. Jeff ...

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A change for HR as time-intensive health issues require more outside expertise

As New Jersey businesses begin wrangling with decisions over health care coverage for their employees by 2014, the profile of human resources departments is likely to change. One expert said some of the HR functions at small and midsize companies will increasingly be outsourced, especially benefits management. Don Mallo, general counsel and former vice president ...

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Reform may hurt business retention in the Garden State

One of the biggest inducements to keeping and attracting the brightest, best and most talented employees is by offering generous health care coverage, experts said. That could shape how employers attract and recruit when the landscape shifts in 2014. “It’s a major factor for the retention and recruiting of top talent,” said Don Mallo, general ...

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