New Brunswick, NJ - Nanotechnology developed at Rutgers University-New Brunswick could boost research on stem cell transplantation, which may help people with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, other neurodegenerative diseases and central nervous system injuries. The nanotechnology platform, which uses special tiny rods for sensing, allows researchers to confirm the identity of human stem cell fates and their biomarkers, or biological molecules, without destroying them, according to a study in the journal ACS Nano. That's been a major issue during pre-clinical research on stem cells because it limits further analyses and biomedical applications.
Washington DC - According to Robert Atkinson, "Economists have long shown that investments in research and development, from both government and the private sector, are critical in driving innovation, productivity and growth. R&D investment is even more important today because many U.S. competitors are seeking to compete in innovation-based industries, including by expanding research funding and putting in place generous R&D tax incentives."
Washington DC - According Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, "A spike in cyberattacks in recent months has left state and local governments reeling. Baltimore faces more than $18 million in losses following a May ransomware attack. Several Florida cities were hit in June. And Los Angeles police data was hacked in late July. A 2018 report from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) found one unidentified state undergoing 300 million attacks a day -- up from 150 million two years before. Cybersecurity and risk management is at the top of CIOs' list of 10 priorities for 2019, according to an annual NASCIO survey."
Trenton, NJ - According to Alex Wolmart, The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development on Tuesday announced $6 million in funding through UPSKILL: NJ Incumbent Worker Training Grant. The goal of the grant is to help employers in the state train and develop a highly skilled workforce. To meet current and future skill requirements of high-wage, middle- and high-skill jobs, employers are awarded grant funding on a competitive basis to provide cost reimbursement assistance to train employees.
Newark, NJ - According to Lilo Stainton of NJSpotlight, "DrugTracker will scour social media posts, text messages and geospatial data for mention of drug activity, allowing aid organizations to respond more quickly to hot spots. A new online tool to help better track and respond to changing patterns in illegal drug sales and consumption — in real time — is being developed in New Jersey and could be available free of charge by next spring to eligible communities, nonprofit organizations and policymakers."
Columbus, OH - According to SSTI, "The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced awards for Conceptualization Grants (CG) for Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes, which are large-scale interdisciplinary research projects that aim to advance the frontiers of quantum information science and engineering. The CG awards, up to $150,000 each, are to support teams as they work toward the overall challenge research theme and focus areas for a future Challenge Institute proposal. The next phase will fund 5-year Challenge Institute awards to establish and operate Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes. "
Inc.‘s annual ranking of the top American companies is back, and 128 from New Jersey made a place for themselves on it. The New York City-based business magazine released Wednesday the annual Inc. 5000, a ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private businesses in the nation. Of the 128 New Jersey businesses that ranked, five made it into the Top 200. When compared to last year, Garden State companies on the list declined by 18 from 146. Please read more here.
A campus-based health care startup with a device that employs virtual reality gaming to correct a vision dysfunction – technology designed and developed by a professor and a team of students, now alumni, in a biomedical engineering lab at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) – has received a $500,000 commitment from Foundation Venture Capital Group, LLC, an affiliate of New Jersey Health Foundation (NJHF). OculoMotor Technologies (OMT), which at an earlier stage in its development received two $50,000 innovation grants from NJHF to advance the device, is the first NJIT-originated company to secure equity capital from the organization’s related venture group. Please read more here.
NJTC eager to benefit from marriage with Propelify: With Price on board, council aims to lead N.J.’s innovation economy
As he sat near one of the leading technological minds in the world during a panel discussion last Thursday, Aaron Price got the ultimate challenge. “You can be the glue that brings all of this together,” Nokia Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon told him. Weldon was speaking of the New Jersey technology ecosystem — an amalgamation of scientists, entrepreneurs, investors and companies that has been fractured in a way that defies the state’s rich history. Price’s new job is, in fact, to help bring it all back together. Please read more here.
For a startup that is less than a year old, Princeton-based Offchain Labs is moving fast. The startup, founded by Edward Felten, former deputy U.S. chief technology officer and now a computer science professor at Princeton, and two Ph.D. students there, Steven Goldfeder and Harry Kalodner, raised $3.7 million in a seed round led by Pantera Capital, with backing from Compound VC, BlockNation and others. Please read more here.
Thomas Edison State University Awarded NRC Scholarship Grant: Funding Supports Education in Nuclear Science, Nuclear Engineering and Safety
Trenton, NJ - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has awarded more than $341,000 in scholarship funding to Thomas Edison State University to benefit qualifying students enrolled in nuclear power, nuclear safety and related engineering and technology programs.
Trenton, NJ - According to the “Manufacturing Score Card 2019” compiled by Ball State University’s Center for Business & Economic Research, New Jersey improved from “B+” to “A” for its productivity and innovation as a result of a relative increase in manufacturing productivity from the previous year. Meanwhile, New York State received a “C+” for productivity and innovation this year, unchanged from 2018. Pennsylvania received a “C”, also unchanged.
Newark, NJ - New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has been named a top college according to The Princeton Review in the newest edition of its college guide, "The Best 385 Colleges," a designation only 13% of America’s four-year colleges have earned. NJIT also received honors as a top college in the Northeast region and a Best Value college.
New Brunswick, N.J. — New Jersey’s state government has received an infusion of scientific expertise thanks to the appointment of Rutgers University Eagleton Science Fellows to assist with issues from maternal health outcomes to climate change resiliency.
Newark, NJ - The Cancer Health Justice Lab (CHJL) at the Rutgers School of Public Health has launched a series of educational programming on cancer information, prevention, and treatment. Run by Pamela Valera, assistant professor of urban-global public health, and students at the Rutgers School of Public Health, the multidisciplinary research lab is committed to addressing the inequity of cancer prevention resources and practices in underserved communities.
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