Columbus, OH - According to SSTI, "The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is recommending a set of bold actions to help ensure continued American leadership in Industries of the Future (IotF), comprising artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science (QIS), advanced manufacturing, advanced communications, and biotechnology. The three pillars underpinning these actions are: enhancing multi-sector engagement in research and innovation; creating a new institute structure that integrates one or more of the IotF areas and spans discovery research to product development; and ensuring the availability of a qualified, diverse IotF workforce."
Washington DC - According to Doug Brake of ITIF, "U.S. broadband networks weathered the COVID-19 surge in traffic better than most peer nations. The pandemic should galvanize policymakers to ensure broadband can serve as an essential lifeline for everyone, including low-income and rural residents."
The Innovative State: With a rich history of innovation, NJ is well-positioned to face COVID-19 challenges
Trenton, NJ - According to Judith Sheft, NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY, "Innovation is all about the execution and implementation of an idea. It is the process that brings a spark of creativity or invention to life to address real individual or societal needs. As the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, I am continually inspired by the advances taking place throughout the state, and the people and businesses that make up our robust innovation ecosystem."
Five Early-Stage Technology & Life Sciences Businesses Receive $700,000Through NJ Entrepreneur Support Program
Trenton, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced it has supported 12 investments totaling more than $700,000 into five small businesses through the newly-created New Jersey Entrepreneur Support Program. These are the first companies to benefit from the program, which is designed to support New Jersey’s COVID-19-impacted small businesses in the Garden State’s innovation ecosystem.
Trenton, NJ - New Jersey is being touted as a national leader at the BIO Digital International Convention taking place this week. Released earlier today, BIO/TEConomy’s report, “The Bioscience Economy: Propelling Life-Saving Treatments, Supporting State & Local Communities,” analyzes the bioscience industry’s economic footprint across the nation. The study details each of the biosciences subsectors including, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care technology systems, agriculture and therapeutic devices.
NJ Assemblywoman Carol Murphy pushes for expanded 5G network, will ‘help usher our state into the 21st century’
Trenton, NJ - According to NJ Globe, "Three Assembly Democrats have introduced legislation to help expand 5G internet networks throughout New Jersey. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Mount Laurel), Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Voorhees) and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton) would create statewide regulations to ease the process."
U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative strong but future threatened by rise in global R&D competitors
Columbus, OH - According to SSTI, "The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released its report on the state of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) — authorized by the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 to coordinate the nanotech-related R&D activities of 26 federal agencies — finding that although the U.S. has maintained a strong program it is increasingly challenged by international competitors. Specifically, the report names China as the primary contender for the U.S.’ spot at the top and attributes its success to strong Chinese leadership and commitment to substantial investment in the field. "
Columbus, OH - Accordint to Ellen Marrison, "With efforts underway to return people to jobs, the time is ripe to rethink our approach to the workforce. Instead of returning to the way things were, now is the time to re-think the kind of country we want to have says Carl Van Horn, founding director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Van Horn and Jane Oates, president of WorkingNation, presented their ideas for workforce recovery and lessons learned from the Great Recession during a Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Center of Workforce Development webinar yesterday."
New Brunswick, NJ - According to Esther Surden, "It’s been a long journey, but the Black and Latino Angel Investment Fund of New Jersey is about to hear pitches from the first three entrepreneurs hoping for investment. The fund, started by Lyneir Richardson, executive director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at Rutgers Business School in Newark, has 10 angel investors and has raised $500,000 so far. The angels want to invest at the pre-seed level in companies headed by Black and Latino founders in the Newark area. The fund continues to look for new angel investors to join on this journey."
Washington DC - According to ITIF, "The Trump administration has rightly made a big push to get more foreign companies to locate operations in the United States and get American-headquartered multinationals to move more work back onshore. There is even a branch of the Department of Commerce – Select USA – whose job is to promote such activity."
How China’s Mercantilist Policies Have Undermined Global Innovation in the Telecom Equipment Industry
Washington DC - According to ITIF, "The telecommunications equipment industry serves wireless and wireline providers, including for voice, data, and video. The industry is technologically sophisticated, yet nowhere near mature. In the wireline industry, both switches and cabling regularly improve in speed and capacity. Each new generation of wireless technology—now moving into its fifth, known as 5G—brings order-of-magnitude improvements in wireless networks."
Trenton, NJ - According to Esther Surden, "The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) announced that 14 early-stage companies will receive funding through the New Jersey Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Support programs. The grant programs are designed to enhance New Jersey’s innovation economy by providing technical and financial support to small businesses in New Jersey that are pursuing, or participating in, the federal SBIR and STTR grant programs."
Rutgers Signs Agreements to Advance Gene Therapy Research for Congenital Muscular Dystrophy with Santhera Pharmaceuticals
Piscataway, NJ – The fight against muscular dystrophy is now stronger as Rutgers University signs two agreements with Santhera Pharmaceuticals to advance pioneering research for the treatment of congenital muscular dystrophy. The agreements – one licensing agreement and a research collaboration – complement the ongoing research of Peter Yurchenco, professor of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and a pioneer in a novel gene therapy approach for the treatment of LAMA2-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy (LAMA2 MD or MDC1A).
Washington DC - According to Joanne S. Eglovitch, "The biopharmaceutical industry is collaborating with academia in an initiative launched last year in the hope that by teaching university classes, industry experts can help to fill a widening workforce gap in cell and gene manufacturing, continuous manufacturing and combination products. There is a shortage of workers in these areas and more partnerships with academia are needed to address the problem, say industry officials and a representative of academia at a recent meeting."
Washington DC - According to Konni Lorenz, "Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) will be led by the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). CyManII will lead a national consortium with partners from industry, universities, and three DOE National Laboratories (Idaho, Oak Ridge, and Sandia). Its focus: to make U.S. manufacturing more energy efficient and cyber secure by tackling two key obstacles in manufacturing: securing automation and securing supply chain networks. Over five years, the institute will leverage up to $70 million in federal funding, subject to appropriations, and will be matched by over $40 million in private cost-share commitments"
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