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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development Publishes 2015 Report; Focuses on Year Two at ‘The New Rutgers’

Rutgers Research Report 2015 published 2016 - SMALLNew Brunswick, NJ, July 30, 2016 — Rutgers University’s Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) has published its 2015 annual report, “Research at the ‘New’ Rutgers,”

The university’s annual research and development (R&D) expenditures last year totaled $677 million, ranking it among the top 20 public universities nationally, according to the new report.

In his introductory letter, Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D., R.Ph., Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development, said, “one of the most extensive mergers in higher education history occurred just two years ago, when Rutgers integrated most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into our almost 250-year-old institution.  Our research and economic development initiatives continue to grow and evolve at a strong pace, due in part to the integration, both in terms of size and breadth.” Continue reading

HHS Forges Unprecedented Partnership to Combat ‘Superbugs’ Resistance

Superbug definitionWashington, DC, July 29, 2016 ― To address one of the greatest modern threats to public health — antibiotic resistance — the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Wellcome Trust of London, the AMR Centre of Alderley Park (Cheshire, United Kingdom), and Boston University School of Law will create one of the world’s largest public-private partnerships focused on preclinical discovery and development of new antimicrobial products.

Made possible through a cooperative agreement, the partnership promotes innovation and could provide hundreds of millions of dollars over five years to increase the number of antibiotics in the drug-development pipeline.

The Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator, or CARB-X, represents a global innovation project for antibiotic products research and development. Continue reading

Calling, Dr. Robot! A New Crop of Robots to Vie for Space in the Operating Room

Surgical RobotChicago, IL, July 28, 2016 ― Reuters reports that even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world.

Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries—more than double current levels—is expected to be performed with robotic systems, with surgeons sitting at computer consoles guiding mechanical arms.

Companies developing new robots also plan to expand their use in India, China and other emerging markets. Continue reading

Cooper Cancer Center Looks to Expand Its Research, Geographic Reach

MD Anderson Cooper Cancer facilityCamden, NJ, July 27, 2016 ― Katie Jennings reports on Politico New Jersey that three years into a partnership with Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center, the president and CEO of Cooper University Health Care said the South Jersey health system is focused on expanding the geographic reach of its cancer services, as well as its research capabilities.

“We want to expand cancer care in our state, not just in our traditional local market,” Adrienne Kirby told POLITICO New Jersey.

Earlier this month, Cooper, located in Camden, opened a 30-bed inpatient unit to match the patient experience at the flagship outpatient facility which opened in 2013, Kirby said. Continue reading

FDA Clarifies Medical Device Tracking Rule with Draft Guidance

Medical Devices 4Washington, DC, July 26, 2016 ― Sarah Chacko reports in The Hill that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance on Monday for identification tags that will track medical devices from manufacturers to users.

The guidelines come as the number of medical devices required to meet the tracking regulations is expected to grow this fall.

The agency is phasing in requirements for unique device identifiers (UDIs) in an effort to better track medical devices, from pacemakers to condoms.   Continue reading

NJBIA: Final Analysis of New Jersey’s FY 2016-2017 Innovation Budget Signed by Governor Christie

Innovation button touch 2Trenton, NJ, July 26, 2016 ― Tyler Seville, Director of Technology and Workforce Development at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), writes in New Jersey Business Earlier this month, New Jersey’s FY 2017 Budget went into effect after several changes from Governor Christie’s originally proposed budget.

According to the Governor’s press release, the budget includes $34.5 billion in state appropriations, a 2.1 percent increase over the fiscal year 2016 budget. Continue reading

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Selected for CMS Initiative Promoting Better Cancer Care

Cooper MD Anderson LogoVoorhees Township, NJ, July 25, 2016 ― The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has selected MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper as one of nearly 200 physician group practices and 17 health insurance companies to participate in a care delivery model that supports and encourages higher quality, more coordinated cancer care.

The Medicare arm of the Oncology Care Model includes more than 3,200 oncologists and will cover approximately 155,000 Medicare beneficiaries nationwide.

“We are proud to have been selected to participate and further advance the delivery of high-quality care for patients with cancer,” said Generosa Grana, MD, director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Continue reading

President Obama Signs Bill to Address Opioid Addition Despite Its Shortcomings

Opioid Abuse 2Washington, DC, July 25, 2016 The Hill reports that President Obama signed a bill aimed at addressing opioid addiction Friday, though he called out Republicans for the measure’s shortcomings.

Lawmakers in both parties reached a compromise over the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, though Senate Democrats held out hope until the final hour that they could win more funding for treatment.

“This legislation includes some modest steps to address the opioid epidemic,” Obama said in a statement.  “Given the scope of this crisis, some action is better than none. However, I am deeply disappointed that Republicans failed to provide any real resources for those seeking addiction treatment to get the care that they need.” Continue reading

NY Times Includes Newark’s Triangle Park in Its ‘Many Faces of Innovation in U.S. Cities’

Newark Triangle ParkNew York, NY, July 25, 2016 The New York Times reports that innovation has always been a messy business, a twisting path of colliding ideas and accidental discoveries.  What has changed over time is not how we innovate but where we innovate.

Bruce J. Katz, who founded the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and is an author of the “Metropolitan Revolution,” said it had shifted from research parks and suburban corporate campuses to companies that work with networks of researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.

And innovation isn’t limited to start-ups.

Cities are undertaking groundbreaking projects to remake themselves physically, culturally and economically. Continue reading

Princeton University’s Bonnie Bassler, Pioneer Biologist, to Receive NJ Chamber’s Alice H. Parker Women Leaders in Innovation Award

PrincetonPrinceton, NJ, July 24, 2016 ― Dr. Bonnie Bassler, whose work at Princeton University is changing the face of medicine and laying the groundwork for new antibiotics, will receive the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Alice H. Parker Women Leaders in Innovation Award, the N.J. Chamber announced today.

Bassler, who is Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology and Chair of Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology, will receive the award on Sept. 22 at an evening reception and ceremony at the National Conference Center in East Windsor.

Bassler, who also is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and her associates discovered that bacteria “talk” with one another through a chemical process called “quorum sensing.” Bacteria use quorum sensing to coordinate their invasions of plants, animals and people. Continue reading