Columbus, OH - According Colin Edwards, "Industry investment in research and development (R&D) indicates, literally, how invested each state’s businesses are in creating new products and processes. To better-understand industry’s commitment to innovation, business R&D can be viewed as a percentage of each state’s private sector gross domestic product (GDP), providing a measure of research intensity. This measure highlights substantial differences in the orientation of states’ businesses toward research, with some states seeing an investment rate of less than 1 percent while others are above 5 percent. The metric further reveals a broad trend that businesses in many states have stagnated their investments in R&D relative to the overall performance of the economy.
New Brunswick, NJ - The pioneering researcher led the development of the first approved coronavirus saliva test. Andrew Brooks, 51, a research professor who led the creation of the first coronavirus saliva-based test, which received FDA emergency approval last spring and has played a significant role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, died unexpectedly on Saturday. More than four million rapid response tests, which were the first approved for home use, have been performed since March, earning Brooks and his lab's pioneering work recognition in The New York Times, CNN and other national media outlets.
New Brunswick, NJ - Today, Rutgers University Libraries are launching a new SOAR research repository to improve worldwide discovery and access to Rutgers scholarship. SOAR: Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers is our institutional repository, dedicated to collecting and providing access to Rutgers research. Developed in 2015, SOAR supports the Rutgers Open Access Policy and serves as a platform to showcase and provide public access to Rutgers scholarship. Works deposited by Rutgers scholars are made available through the SOAR website and indexed by Google Scholar and other search engines where they can be discovered and read by researchers worldwide.
Trenton, NJ - According to Christopher Emigholz, "The wide breadth and rich depth of the unprecedented, more than $14 billion multi-year “New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020” (P.L.2020 c.156) makes the law a potentially transformative economic development tool. It passed the Legislature on Dec. 21, 2020 and was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy at a ceremony with NJBIA in attendance on Jan. 7, 2021. The statute took effect immediately, but as a practical matter only becomes active after the New Jersey Economic Development Authority promulgates the rules and regulations that will govern it."
Glassboro, NJ - A Rowan University researcher has won an award from the University City Science Center’s Proof-of-Concept Program, which works with regional academic and research institutions to prepare their most promising life science and health care technologies for commercialization. Dr. Iman Noshadi, a chemical engineering assistant professor in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, is one of three awardees who will implement their proof-of-concept plans and award funding on their projects with assistance from the Science Center in Philadelphia. The other two awardees represent The Pennsylvania State University and Temple University.
Columbus, OH - Concluding its final phase of the Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS), the U.S. Census Bureau released findings comparing responses from early in the pandemic to those collected the first week in January. From early responses collected in April 2020 to those collected this winter, business expectations of a return to normal level of operations have shifted so that there are many businesses with expectations at opposite extremes: businesses with expectation of a short-term return to normal and those facing long-term challenges.
Columbus, OH - According to Kevin Michel, "A recent study exploring the science underlying all 356 pharmaceutical drugs approved by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research since 2010, found each drug is based on life science investments the public sector has made through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, $230 billion, nearly 40 percent of the $586 billion the federal government has put into NIH over the past decade, can be tied to the development and success of those pharmaceuticals, contend the authors of Government as the First Investor in Biopharmaceutical Innovation: Evidence from New Drug Approvals 2010-2019. "
Newark, NJ — Denarra Simmons knew she always wanted to live in Newark. "It's a good place," the senior scientist with Merck says of her home city, where she raises her family on the same block her mother grew up on. Education was a top priority in their household, where it was viewed as a crucial tool for "social mobility." But even in her family, there's a certain level of distrust when it comes to the coronavirus vaccine and the role of researchers such as herself – particularly in the pharmaceutical industry.
Philadelphia, PA - According to Knowledge@Wharton, "A pair of newly published research papers co-authored by Wharton management professor David H. Hsu benchmark and explore commercialization drivers of academic science. The papers find that university research has produced pathbreaking innovations across many disciplines, many of which have been commercialized successfully. Yet, on average, universities capture 16% of the value they help create through licensing revenues or equity stakes in the startups their research spawns. Furthermore, some researchers and universities are much better able to commercialize their discoveries compared to others, even holding constant the discovery itself."
Chatham, NJ - The Research & Development Council of New Jersey is now accepting 2021 Edison Patent Award Nominations. Deadline for nominations is May 28, 2021. Winners will be honored at the 43rd Edison Patent Awards Ceremony on November 18th. Nomination forms and more information can be found at here.
New Brunswick, NJ - The New Jersey STEM Pathways Network (NJSPN) is a strategic public-private alliance leading the state's efforts in improving access to and quality of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. In 2018, the Heldrich Center was contracted by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey to evaluate the implementation of NJSPN and its — at the time — four local ecosystems.
According to STAT, an unexpected side effect of the tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented opportunity for innovation in mental health care, largely due to the rapid expansion of telehealth and the increased demand for mental health services.an unexpected side effect of the tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented opportunity for innovation in mental health care, largely due to the rapid expansion of telehealth and the increased demand for mental health services.
Galloway, New Jersey - According to Stockton University, it’s not often that a boat sinking is good news. But this month three boats were intentionally sunk off the Jersey shore to create an artificial reef and fish habitat at the Little Egg Reef, and a research project for Stockton University.
Rutgers–Camden Receives $3.5 Million Gift From Faculty Member to Create Program for High-Achieving Students
Camden, New Jersey - According to Rutgers University, a $3.5 million gift – the largest ever received by Rutgers University–Camden – is launching a new program to attract students to Rutgers Law School in Camden who have distinguished themselves academically and demonstrated a commitment to public service.
Washington D.C. - According to SSTI, resident Joe Biden’s nominees to economic and energy roles have experience with regional growth initiatives. Readers of the Digest may be familiar with some of the names, as we have covered their activities in their previous roles. The nominees of the president’s economic team include former Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Don Graves as deputy secretary; Isabel Guzman nominated to become administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA); former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm for secretary of energy; and, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who also previously served as the agriculture secretary, to again lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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