New Brunswick, NJ - The effort to build an innovative technology park in New Jersey where academic and industry researchers can collaborate received a boost today (May 22) with the announcement of a nearly $500,000 federal grant to Rutgers University to continue planning the proposed Innovation Park@Rutgers.
Washington D.C. - The second in SSTI’s series on basic research, this article focuses on the ways that the funding sources of R&D and basic research have changed over time. Ultimately, the nature of basic research – long horizons, unknown rewards, and high costs – indicates why some sectors, namely the private sector, may seek shorter term options. A better understanding of the changing nature of funding sources for basic research may be useful in understanding the current state of research and development in the U.S.
Washington D.C. - "Technology has potential to radically improve our lives." That is the last line in Congressman LoBiondo's recent OpEd in the Courier Post. He discussed the importance in investing aerospace technologies and the United States as well as New Jersey are ready to lead in their industry. Below is his original article.
Madison, NJ - The Medical Innovation Impact Index (MI3), a new method for evaluating the impact of regulation on medical innovation, has been developed at the Initiative for Patient Centered Innovation (iPCI) of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The inaugural MI3 Alert pertains to new FDA (Food & Drug Administration) draft guidance documents and a Senate proposal for accelerating the approval of certain medical devices.
Washington D.C. - According to SSTI, "Innovation in the United States, once a hallmark of economic success, finds itself resting on an increasingly weak foundation, according to an article in The New York Times. The author, Eduardo Porter, suggests that two trends – increased international competition and a stagnant R&D-to-GDP ratio – pose key challenges for the U.S."
Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners, will host the NJ MarketShift Design Forum 2.0 on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Forsgate Country Club.
Washington D.C. - According to the Bergen Patch, "U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and John Hoeven (R-ND), today introduced the Commercial UAS Modernization Act, legislation that sets interim operating guidelines for commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, and creates a framework to promote American innovation in the rapidly growing field."
Washington D.C. - According to the State Science & Technology Institute, "The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) released a notice of intent to issue two future Federal Funding Opportunities (FFOs) in 2016 for the recompetition of state MEP centers in 22 states. Each state MEP center provides manufacturing extension services to primarily small- and medium-sized manufacturers in their respective state."
Washington D.C. - According to Steve Charles, "For the federal government, 2015 is quickly turning into the year of cybersecurity. Though heralded with less fanfare, it’s also the year of cybersecurity for the state and local market. That’s because the feds are pushing cyberthreat information-sharing among companies and among governments, spanning the public and private sectors."
Washington D.C. - The Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet announced during National Small Business Week 2015 that the SBA is crowdsourcing the official logo for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, “America’s Seed Fund” and has made major improvements to the www.sbir.gov website.
Washington D.C. - The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Aspen Institute have partnered and will competitively select six groups from across the country comprised of industry, government, education, workforce, and economic development leaders, each of which is pursuing employer-driven talent development strategies that promote economic growth and opportunity in their regions. Through a $500,000 grant from DOC’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) will lead the initiative, providing technical assistance and leadership development resources.
Kansas City, MO - Jason Wiens and Chris Jackson of the Kauffman Foundation discuss intellectual property in a new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest released this week. The Kauffman Foundation contends that while intellectual property protections can increase productivity and firm valuations, they also can be inefficient and hinder innovation if they are too weak or too strong.
Washington D.C. - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ) as a Legislator of the Year for 2015. Representative Lance will receive the award this evening in conjunction with BIO’s Legislative Day Fly-In. “New Jersey is a leader in biotechnology. Representative Lance has been an invaluable partner to the biotechnology community within our state and the industry at large”
Santa Monica, CA – Faster Cures, a research center at the Milken Institute, summarized their recent webinar on April 7th and offers an in-depth explanation on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) initiative. The webinar speakers highlight that “under the fifth authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) to hold at least 20 disease-specific meetings to better understand patients' experiences with symptoms, impacts on daily living, and available therapies.”
Washington D.C. - The National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a framework to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data funded by NSF grants. The plan, entitled nsToday’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries, will require that NSF-funded research presented in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions be deposited in a database within one year of publication for the public to download, read, and analyze.
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