Trenton, NJ - According to Dillan DiGiovanni, "On February 21, more than 50 people attended an Emerging Tech Trends event hosted by the New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC). The meeting was sponsored by Google, ORS Partners (Audubon, Pa.) and Maestro Technologies (Trenton), and took place at Maestro headquarters."
Trenton, NJ - According to Samantha Marcus of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, "It’s microscopic. It wallows in dirt. And it’s on the fast-track to the top in Trenton. The state Senate voted Thursday to designate Streptomyces griseus as the official state microbe.
Trenton, NJ - According to George Saliba of NJ Business Magazine, "With current economic incentive programs set to expire on June 30, Gov. Phil Murphy and others today outlined details for the proposed New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund (NJIEF), one of five incentive program “pillars” aimed at growing the state’s innovation economy."
Columbus, OH - According to Robert Ksiazkiewicz, "Both female-founded startups and female investors have seen slow progress over the past 10 years, and still face an uphill battle for equality in the venture capital industry. While the deal count for companies founded solely by women has more than quadrupled since 2008, the share of venture dollar invested has remained nearly flat, hovering around 2.0 percent over the same time, according to PitchBook. Similarly, only 10 percent of VC ‘decision-makers’ are women, up from 5.7 percent in 2016."
Columbus, OH - More than 50 current and former program awardees, along with 11 tech-based economic development-focused organizations led by SSTI have signed letters supporting the Regional Innovation Strategies program at EDA. Since 2014, when the program first received funding, EDA has funded 180 projects across nearly every state, D.C., and Puerto Rico. In FY 2019, Congress appropriated $23.5 million. These projects have supported specific regional activities, including mission-focused seed investing in Kansas, maritime tech demonstrations in Washington, and incubator services in Florida.
Student teams from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Cornell University received funding to develop sustainable technologies to help solve environmental and public health challenges. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $45,000 in funding Tuesday for three student teams through its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants program. Read more here.
Set for Tuesday, April 16, this daylong event for entrepreneurs and startups will be held in Rutgers Clinical Academic Building, 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick. The morning session, 8:45 a.m. to noon, is on FDA Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Used in Healthcare. The afternoon session, 12:30-3 p.m., is on Precision Medicine and Big Data: The Nexus for Discovery! Details are posted here.
Imagine smart materials that can morph from being stiff as wood to as soft as a sponge – and also change shape. Rutgers engineers have created flexible, lightweight materials with 4D printing that could lead to better shock absorption, morphing airplane or drone wings, soft robotics and tiny implantable biomedical devices. Their research is published in the journal Materials Horizons. Read more here.
Princeton Institute for Science & Technology of Materials (PRISM) Annual Research Symposium, March 26-27, 2019
Keynote and featured presenters are 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient, F. Duncan M. Haldane, Professor of Physics, Princeton University; Craig B. Arnold, PRISM Director and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Alison Sweeney, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania; Romain Fardel, PhD, Materials Team Lead, Modern Meadow; Michael G. Hack, PhD, Vice President and General Manager of OLED Lighting & Custom Displays, Universal Display Corporation; and Jan Ringnalda, PhD, Principal Scientist, Materials & Structural Analysis, Thermo Fisher Scientific Company. Read more here. [Note: InnovationNJ members can attend at no cost; contact Haskell Berman, email@example.com, of Ed Tate, firstname.lastname@example.org.]
From New Jersey Business
Newark-based New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), a New Jersey Institute of Technology Corporation, signs an industry participation agreement with Pall Corporation to support the development of its BioPharmaceutical Innovation iLab. The partnership will support two key Centers at NJII that will advance the manufacturing of new cell and gene therapies: the Cell and Gene Therapy Development Center and the Center of Advanced Biologic Manufacturing. Read more here.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has been talking about the Innovation Evergreen Fund since October, but no legislation has yet been passed to create the tax incentive-based venture capital contribution system. Facing a June 30 deadline of the sunsetting of existing tax incentives, and aiming to pass his own new incentives, Murphy has taken the idea on the road, pitching the fund to any startup-heavy region — even overseas in Berlin and Tel Aviv. He pitched the idea again Wednesday a little closer to home, at the Commercialization Center for Innovative Technology incubator in North Brunswick. Read more here.
April 3, 5-7:30 p.m.
Rutgers School of Public Health
683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Food is a necessary component of our lives but how do the foods we consume affect our health, both as individuals and as communities? Join us for an evening of conversation between industry experts, academics, and community leaders to discuss the relationship between the foods we consume, the food cultures within which we exist, and our well-being.
Innovation is one of the biggest drivers of U.S. economic growth, but certain states, according to WalletHub, deserve more credit than the others for dominating the technology era of today. WalletHub has ranked New Jersey as the 12th most-innovative state when compared to the rest of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key indicators of innovation-friendliness. The Garden State was also ranked No. 11 in WalletHub’s ‘Human Capital’ category, which includes metrics like share of STEM professionals and AP exam scores. Read more here.
From The New York Times
As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in American life, universities across the United States have been devising ways to teach students how to grapple with the consequences on society. Now, 21 leading universities are banding together to promote their various programs. On Monday, the schools announced that they had formed a new organization called the Public Interest Technology University Network.
Members of the group include Princeton, Arizona State University, the City University of New York, Harvard University, Howard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. Their goal is to train the next generation of software engineers, policymakers, civic leaders and social justice advocates to develop, regulate and use technology for the public good. In other words, the group aims to both humanize technologists and technologize humanists. Read more here.
Pamela Frank said the plan is in a proverbial box, wrapped up and with a nice red bow, too. “Here it is,” she said of the legislation she is championing. She just hasn’t had any takers. And she’s not sure why. Frank is CEO of ChargEVC, a nonprofit trade association and coalition of diverse stakeholders with the shared interest of accelerating and expanding the use of zero-emission vehicles (better known as electric vehicles) in the state. She said she is becoming frustration by the slow road her group is facing. Read more here.
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