It was with great fanfare on Dec. 5 that NJIT opened its newest research facility, the Microfabrication Innovation Center (MIC), where Sagnik Basuray and other technologists will be able to create their own nano- and microelectronic sensors and microfluidic devices on campus.“Faculty and students will be able to test, validate and translate innovative medical device and biosensor technologies to improve diagnosis and treatment of critical diseases and advance detection and remediation of pollutants,” Atam Dhawan, senior vice provost for research, said at the ribbon-cutting Thursday. Please read more here.
The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) honored Prof. Jay A. Tischfield of Rutgers University–New Brunswick at a Dec. 9 event, “in recognition of innovative and creative leadership in genetics research, scholarship and commercial collaborations.” Tischfield, who is CEO, founder and scientific director of RUCDR Infinite Biologics and the Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Distinguished Professor of Genetics at Rutgers, received the 2019 HINJ Research Recognition Award. Please read more here.
Jersey City, NJ - SciTech Scity, Liberty Science Center’s planned campus to launch and grow dozens of world-changing science and technology companies and reimagine K-12 science education, received a major boost last night when Paul Hoffman, LSC president and CEO, announced a gift of $10 million from distinguished philanthropist, statesman, and real estate developer Frank J. Guarini.
Trenton, NJ - George Saliba of NJ Business Magazine, "The Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science – which includes the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Princeton University – today officially celebrated receiving a $29 million grant last March from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for becoming part of the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program. Total funding over the next five years swells to approximately $45 million when the local institutions’ own, voluntary financial commitments are included."
Galloway, NJ - Entrepreneur and philanthropist John F. Scarpa has pledged $8 million to the Stockton University Foundation. It is the largest gift in the university’s history. The gift from The John F. Scarpa Foundation, courtesy of John and Jana Scarpa, will target two primary initiatives, Stockton’s expansion of its Academic program in Atlantic City and its Health Sciences program at its mainland campus and create an unrestricted fund for other university needs.
According to Jason Rittenberg of SSTI, "Across the U.S., the federal government provided 53 percent of R&D funding at institutions of higher education in FY 2018. Those institutions provided 26 percent of the funding themselves, and most of the remainder was provided by a mix of nonprofit organizations (7 percent), industry (6 percent), and state and local government (5 percent). The specific contributions varied from state to state, however, with some relying more on specific relationships to support R&D within the state."
Trenton, NJ - According to Nicole Sandelier of NJBIA, "The jobs of the near future are astonishingly different from the jobs of the recent past. Advancements in technology and artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming economies around the world and requiring businesses to rethink workforce strategy. The rapid adoption of new technologies has companies preparing for the creation, transformation and elimination of jobs."
Washington DC - According to ITIF, "Relatively few of the benefits of economic growth in the last decade have gone to less-educated workers. The median inflation-adjusted salary for a worker with a high-school degree who has not attended college increased by less than 1 percent from 2008 to 2017 (inching from $37,596 to $37,960). Moreover, non-college-degree workers earn just 56 percent as much as the median worker with at least a bachelor’s degree."
Somerville, NJ - Freeholder Pat Walsh, seated at far right, is pictured with girls who participated in the third annual STEM program sponsored by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women. Also pictured, at left, are SCCSW Commissioners Stella Ayala, Smriti Agrawal and Aparna Virmani; at right are Commissioners Beverly Briggs-Lawson, Vaseem Firdaus and Marti Kalko, and Commission Chair Janice Fields.
A longtime supporter of scientific research conducted at universities in New Jersey and across the nation, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) was awarded for his leadership recentlly by Rutgers University, Princeton University and The Science Coalition. Rutgers University-New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher Molloy joined Pablo Debenedetti, dean for research at Princeton University, to present Pallone with The Science Coalition’s Champion of Science Award at a conference hosted by Rutgers’ Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS).
Molloy praised the congressman, a Rutgers Law school alumnus, for his longstanding support of the university and his commitment to environmental science and medical research. “Representative Pallone’s steadfast commitment to science has been integral to the success of research at Rutgers,” Molloy said. “Our university is the number one recipient in New Jersey of funding from NIH, and Rep. Pallone has been a fierce advocate in ensuring this crucial partnership continues. We could not be more grateful and proud to present him with this award.”
Throughout his congressional career, Pallone has advocated for doubling the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As then-ranking member on the Energy and Commerce Committee, he was a key proponent of the 21st Century Cures Act, which added over $2 billion to the NIH budget. Now as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he has strongly supported various research initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic, increase research into cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as encourage the development and deployment of new technologies to deliver cures to patient populations. Please read more here.
Columbus, OH - According to Mark Skinner of SSTI, "The importance of business and industry R&D investment for competitiveness and economic growth is a well-entrenched dictum of national and state innovation policy across most of the developed world. Approaches for incentivizing increased research expenditures fall into two broad categories, direct grants and subsidies to offset R&D costs or R&D tax credits companies may take post-investment for research expenditures. Direct subsidies or competitively awarded grant programs optimally target specific activities, desired outcomes and performance milestones (e.g., the SBIR/STTR programs). A new paper looks at which approach – direct subsidies or R&D tax credits – actually works better for achieving at least one of the stated policy goals: increasing competitive, private R&D investment?"
Trenton, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced the creation of the New Jersey STEM Strategic Advisory Board that was developed by the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network (NJSPN). This inaugural Board was launched by the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network, an initiative of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, and will provide leadership and expertise for a statewide STEM (“Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”) vision in education and workforce. It also plans to fund innovative STEM programs with data-driven results. The Board includes business and philanthropic leaders and will seek to continue to grow over the course of the year.
Columbus, OH - According to Colin Edwards of SSTI, "Expenditures in higher education R&D (HERD) grew in FY 2018, increasing by $4.1 billion over FY 2017, the largest year-over-year increase since FY 2010-2011 according to an SSTI analysis of recently released data from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. For the 10-year period from FY 2009 to FY 2018, HERD grew by 38.4 percent nationally, representing an increase of nearly $22 billion. Higher education R&D expenditures grew the fastest over this 10-year period in the District of Columbia (78.2 percent), Connecticut (65.5 percent), Washington (59.5 percent), and Utah (59.3 percent). The largest absolute gains over the same period were seen in California ($2.5 billion increase), New York ($2.3 billion), and Pennsylvania ($1.6 billion). "
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Named for Dr. Sol J. Barer, Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Celgene Corporation and former BioNJ Chairman, the Dr. Sol J. Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership recognizes outstanding research and business leaders who have made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the life sciences industry in New Jersey and throughout the world. BioNJ honors Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman of the board and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., as the 2020 Dr. Sol J. Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership recipient. Please read more here.
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