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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Biden’s Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Summit: World’s Smartest Computer to Help Treat 10,000 Veterans with Cancer

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

Washington, DC, June 30, 2016 ― Laura McGinley reported in The Washington Post that IBM’s supercomputer Watson, known for its “Jeopardy” prowess, is teaming up with the Department of Veterans Affairs in a bid to revolutionize cancer care for veterans.

Under the IBM-VA partnership, Watson technology will be provided free for two years to the VA’s precision-oncology program.  The artificial intelligence system will analyze genomic information, pinpoint cancer-causing mutations and help identify potential treatments for as many as 10,000 patients.

The IBM-VA partnership is one of dozens of initiatives being that was announced Wednesday as part of Vice President Biden’s all-day cancer summit at Howard University in Washington. Continue reading

NJBIA Advocates for Budget Line to Create a Statewide Asset Database for Higher-Education Institutions’ Research, Resources

NJBIA Logo - CROPPEDTrenton, NJ, June 29, 2016 — In a June 25 letter to Governor Chris Christie, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) requested that the Christie Administration support a line item in the State’s FY 2017 budget that would create a statewide asset database on the state’s higher-education institutions’ research and resources assets.

The line item was included in the budget that passed by both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature on Monday, June 27.

NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Melanie Willoughby wrote in her June 25 letter to the Governor: Continue reading

Christie Administration Announces Award of $180 Million for 35 Higher-Education Construction Projects at 32 Institutions

Rochelle Hendricks

Rochelle Hendricks

Trenton, NJ, June 29, 2016 — New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks has sent the State Legislature her certified list of 35 higher-education capital construction project grants that will boost technology, support the health sciences and renovate laboratories and classrooms at 32 institutions across New Jersey, benefiting thousands of students.

In making the announcement on June 28, Governor Chris Christie said, “We have made an historic commitment to funding higher education in this State, which is continued today with the award of a second round of grant funding to ensure that New Jersey’s colleges and universities have some of the best facilities in the nation.”

The projects were submitted to the Legislature for further consideration, and the list of recommended project grants can be found here. Continue reading

Rutgers’ Business Portal Is Designed to Serve Innovation-Driven Corporate Community

Rutgers business portalNew Brunswick, NJ, June 29, 2016 ― Rutgers University’s Corporate Engagement Team in 2015 launched a completely new version of its Business Portal, a website designed in consultation with industry leaders to serve New Jersey’s corporate community.

Rutgers’ new Business Portal offers users easy access to four key areas — research, technology licensing, professional development and recruiting — and provides two robust internal search functions and clear pathways to Rutgers’ Corporate Engagement Team, Office of Research Commercialization and Rutgers Translational Sciences.

Rutgers is a vital research partner for New Jersey business and industry.  The university’s faculty members — many of whom are global leaders in their fields — and research staff can assist New Jersey companies in collaborations built around the its specific goals. Continue reading

Cooper Medical School’s Founding Dean Leaving to Be President of University of the Sciences

Paul Katz

Dr. Paul Katz

Camden, NJ, June 28, 2016 ― Anjalee Khemlani reports in NJBIZ that Paul Katz, the founding dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, is leaving to be the new president of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

The University of the Sciences board of trustees named Dr. Katz the college’s 25th president.  He will begin on September 1, 2016.

“Over the course of more than 40 years in health care and higher education, Dr. Paul Katz has gained invaluable experience and has demonstrated skilled and visionary leadership, which will be a tremendous benefit to University of the Sciences,” said board Chair Marvin Samson. Continue reading

STAT News: Six Former Commissioners Say FDA Should Be Independent Agency

FDA blueWashington, DC, June 28, 2016 ― Give the FDA independence and elevate its status.  That’s the message from six former commissioners who led the FDA for a combined 32 years, reports Helen Branswell on STAT News.

The FDA is currently part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Making it a Cabinet-level organization or finding another way to give it more autonomy would be a step in the right direction for public health, the former commissioners argued.

The newly confirmed FDA commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf, listened to their arguments but declined to comment on their call to elevate the stature of the FDA. Continue reading

R&D Council of New Jersey Chair Dr. Troy Sarich on ‘New Jersey’s Living Legacy of Innovation’

Innovation Ahead signTrenton, NJ, June 27, 2016 ― Dr. Troy C. Sarich, who serves as Chairman of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey and as Vice President of Real World Evidence at Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company, writes in New Jersey Business that “fostering innovation in New Jersey has been one of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey’s primary objectives since its inception.”

Dr. Sarich continues:

Founded in 1962, the council serves as a forum, facilitator and promoter for New Jersey’s STEM economy and its leaders.

The council’s main objectives include advocating for a prosperous research & development environment in the state, promoting innovation within the private and public sectors, and encouraging excellence in STEM education through scholarships, standards reform, and student initiatives. Continue reading

Application for 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available; Due September 28

Green 2Trenton, NJ, June 26, 2016 ― The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is pleased to announce that the application for the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is now available.

Completed applications must be received at NJDEP by September 28.

The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey’s premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. Continue reading

Rutgers Board of Trustees Elects 2016-2017 Officers; William E. Best Elected Chair

William Best

William Best

New Brunswick, NJ, June 25, 2016 — William E. Best, a senior vice president at PNC Bank, this week was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees.   The Belle Mead, N.J., resident’s term as a Charter Trustee runs through 2017.

Best had been co-vice chair of the Board of Trustees.  He succeeds Frank B. Hundley, a financial services industry executive from Flemington, N.J., as chair.

Heather Taylor, from North Brunswick, N.J., a director and certified public accountant with EisnerAmper, LLP, will serve as co-vice chair for a second straight year.

Jose Piazza, a resident of Belle Meade, is the other Board of Trustees co-chair. At Verizon, he is vice president-finance operations. His term as a Charter Trustee runs through 2017.

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NJ Department of Health Encourages HIV Testing as Part of National HIV Testing Day Observance

HIV Ribbon and WordsTrenton, NJ, June 24, 2016 — New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett is encouraging residents to get tested for HIV as part of annual National HIV Testing Day on June 27.

“Testing is critical to determine your HIV status. Early detection is key to managing the disease,” Commissioner Bennett said. “Some people are living with HIV and do not know it. They risk not receiving the medical care they need to stay healthy and unknowingly passing HIV to others.” Continue reading