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40 Emerging Companies Share More Than $35 Million through New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program

The NOL Program has helped Agile Therapeutics secure funding to support operations during its IPO process.  Al Altomari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Agile Therapeutics, is pictured above.

TRENTON (October 3, 2016) – Continuing its commitment to bolster the Garden State’s robust technology ecosystem, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) announced today that 40 New Jersey technology and biotechnology companies have been approved to share over $35 million in Fiscal Year 2017 through the State’s Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer (NOL) Program.
Administered by the EDA and the New Jersey Department of Treasury's Division of Taxation, this competitive program enables eligible technology and biotechnology companies to sell New Jersey tax losses and/or research and development tax credits to raise non-dilutive cash to finance their growth and operations. 
“Entrepreneurs have long touted the NOL Program as critical to the continued growth of their companies,” EDA Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen said. “We routinely hear from the industry about the positive effects the program has on providing them with working capital they need to hire new employees or to further their development.”
Agile Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company in Princeton that focuses on the development of innovative women’s healthcare products, has repeatedly benefited from the NOL Program. The funding has helped Agile Therapeutics support operations during its IPO process.
“This program has been an important part of our overall funding strategy and we are very appreciative to have been a recipient of this valuable source of non-dilutive financing,” said Al Altomari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Agile. “Proceeds from the program have supported the advancement of our Phase 3 clinical study for our novel once-weekly low dose combined hormonal contraceptive patch that we expect to complete by the end of this year. Programs like this help make it possible for scientific advancements to take place here in the Garden State and we appreciate the strong support that New Jersey provides to our industry.”
Since the program was established in 1999, more than 500 unique businesses have been approved for awards totaling over $905 million. Sixteen companies are participating in the NOL program for the first time this year. Twenty-one companies have previously participated in other programs and initiatives offered by the State, such as the Angel Investor Tax Credit Program, the EDA’s semi-annual New Jersey Founders and Funders event, and additional resources available through the EDA’s Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) in North Brunswick.
The following companies are among the 40 approved. A complete list of NOL award recipients can be found following this article and at http://www.njeda.com/press-room.
ContraVir Pharmaceuticals is new to the NOL Program this year. Located in Edison, the biotechnology company is developing a cure for Hepatitis B through a combination of anti-viral compounds. The company’s pipeline also includes FV-100, which demonstrated the potential to reduce the prevalence of shingles-related pain in a Phase 2 clinical study and is currently in Phase 3 development. 
“ContraVir is very excited to participate in this valuable program,” said James Sapirstein, CEO of ContraVir. “The funds will be used to move our clinical programs forward as well as increase our employee footprint in New Jersey. I relocated our company from out of state in order to take part in the NOL Program. We believe it will help to sustain the growth of our company and advance the development of our antiviral therapies.”
Hurel Corporation is another first-time participant. The company provides high-functioning, long-enduring in vitro liver models and microfluidic assay (testing) platforms that improve the predictive reliability of pre-clinical drug development and help reduce costly late-stage attrition in drug-makers' pipelines. After graduating from CCIT earlier this year, Hurel moved into its own dedicated laboratory space within the Technology Center of New Jersey’s campus in North Brunswick.
“Funding from the NOL will enable us expand our sales and marketing reach, and to continue to develop our prototype microfludic assay platform, trade-named HurelFlow™,” Hurel Chairman and CEO Robert Freedman said.
Vitals provides employers and health plans with cost and quality transparency tools that help consumers shop for health care. Based in Lyndhurst, the company also operates Vitals.com, a website that helps over 11 million consumers each month search for the best quality doctors in their areas. 
“It’s a fantastic program and we’ve been active participants in it for a number of years now,” Vitals Chief Financial Officer Bryan Perler said of the NOL Program. “Our ability to sell net operating losses for cash enhances the company’s ability to invest even further in our technology and innovation for the future.”
Watchful Software is a four-year-old technology company headquartered in Marlton and producing data-centric security solutions that help banks and other financial institutions keep customers’ personal data safe from online hackers.
“Watchful Software is participating in the NOL program for the second year as we establish our business,” company CEO Tom Frommack said. “This ‘pay it forward’ approach has allowed us to accelerate our growth globally and has helped us manage our cash flow enabling us as entrepreneurs to compete and expand. We believe programs of this type help emerging companies expand and represent an enlightened approach to fostering business development in key growth sectors.”
To learn about these resources, visit http://www.njeda.com/tls and follow @NJEDATech on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Company                                          Municipality                      County
Acuitive Technologies, Inc. Allendale Bergen
Advaxis, Inc. Princeton Mercer
Agile Therapeutics Inc. Princeton Mercer
Angel Medical, Inc. Shrewsbury Monmouth
Applied Water Management, Inc.  Hillsborough Somerset
Avlino Inc. Holmdel Monmouth
Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. Warren Somerset
BrilliantLight Power, Inc. Cranbury Middlesex
Cancer Genetics, Inc. Rutherford Bergen
CircleBlack, Inc. Princeton Mercer
Connotate, Inc. New Brunswick Middlesex
ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Edison Middlesex
CytoSorbents Medical Monmouth Junction Middlesex
Edge Therapeutics, Inc. Berkeley Heights Union
Elite Laboratories, Inc. Northvale Bergen
Enteris BioPharma, Inc. Boonton Morris
EOS Energy Storage Edison Middlesex
Flowonix Medical Inc. Mt. Olive Morris
Fusar Technologies, Inc Jersey City Hudson
Hemispherx BioPharma New Brunswick Middlesex
Hurel Corporation North Brunswick Middlesex
Matinas BioPharma, Inc. Bedminster Somerset
MDx Medical Inc. Lyndhurst Bergen
Nanotech Industrial Solutions Woodbridge Middlesex
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. Pennington Mercer
OncoBiologics Inc. Cranbury Middlesex
Rive Technology South Brunswick Middlesex
Roka BioScience, Inc. Warren Somerset
Scivantage, Incorporated Jersey City Hudson
Sight Logix, Inc. Princeton Mercer
Solidia Technologies Piscataway Somerset
Soligenix, Inc. Princeton Mercer
Svelte Medical Systems, Inc. New Providence Union
TAXIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc Monmouth Junction Middlesex
TelVue Corporation Mt. Laurel Burlington
Turnpoint Medical Devices Basking Ridge Somerset
United Silicon Carbide, Inc. Monmouth Junction Middlesex
Vitals Lyndhurst Bergen
Vydia, Inc. Holmdel Monmouth
Watchful Software, Inc. Marlton Burlington
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