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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Event: NJBIA to Host 2nd Annual Innovation Summit on September 27; Focus on ‘Reimagining Your Company to Drive Innovation’

Trenton, NJ, September 25, 2017 — The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) will host its second annual Innovation Summit on Wednesday, September 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the National Conference Center at 399 Monmouth St., East Windsor, NJ.

The theme of the summit is “Reimagining Your Company to Drive Innovation.”

The half-day event will bring together thought leaders and feature both successful venture capitalists and internationally recognized CEOs who will tell their story on what it takes to cultivate innovation in your business. Continue reading

NJIT’s $21 Million State-of-the-Art Life Sciences and Engineering Center Opens for Innovation

NJIT President Joel Bloom (second from left) and Gov. Chris Christie

Newark, NJ, September 25, 2017 — An array of innovation-focused New Jerseyans – scientists, student researchers, alumni, company executives and elected officials — gathered on campus on September 21 to hail the much-anticipated opening of NJIT’s new Life Sciences and Engineering Center, a $21 million state-of-the-art research facility focused on the future of health care.

Governor Chris Christie helped cut the ribbon on the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s $19 million Life Sciences and Engineering Center, funded by $13.5 million in state Higher Education Capital Facilities grants, including Building Our Future Bond Act (GO Bond) funds. Continue reading

NJEDA Internships Provide Real-World Experience Within New Jersey’s Innovation Ecosystem

Trenton, NJ, September 25, 2017 — As part of its commitment to developing the next generation of technology and life sciences leaders, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) Technology and Life Sciences (TLS) team offered two college interns the opportunity to experience New Jersey’s vibrant innovation economy firsthand this summer.

The interns benefited from working at the EDA’s Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) in North Brunswick, a nationally respected incubation facility dedicated to life sciences and biotechnology companies.

EDA summer internships offer college students multi-faceted, real-world learning opportunities designed to prepare them for a fast-paced work environment. Continue reading

PhRMA’s New ‘Let’s Talk About Cost’ Campaign Convenes National Dialogue on Medicine Costs

Washington, DC, September 23, 2017Robert Zirkelbach, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), in July posted on the association’s blog, The Catalyst:

Discussions about costs are important. We recognize that many are struggling to access the medicine they need and have important questions about their medicine costs.  And we want to help find the answers.

We recognize that many are struggling to access the medicine they need and have important questions about their medicine costs. And we want to help find the answers. Continue reading

SSTI Recognizes Outstanding Initiatives Driving Regional Prosperity, Innovation; NJ Innovation Institute Among 2017 Honorees

Washington, DC, September 22, 2017 — From teaching high school students in rural western Kentucky how to become entrepreneurs to connecting entrepreneurs with a worldwide network of partners in a virtual hub, organizations are finding innovative ways to build regional prosperity.

Four outstanding examples — including New Jersey Innovation Institute’s Health IT Connections program — were recognized September 14 by the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), a national organization working to strengthen initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Continue reading

Rutgers Research: A Fat-Regulating Enzyme Could Hold the Key to Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer, Other Diseases

Dr. George Carman

New Brunswick, NJ, September 21, 2017 — Todd B. Bates reports for Rutgers Today that It had already been known that the enzyme known as phosphatidic acid phosphatase plays a crucial role in regulating the amount of fat in the human body.  Controlling it is therefore of interest in the fight against obesity.

But scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick have now found that getting rid of the enzyme entirely can increase the risk of cancer, inflammation and other ills. Their findings were published online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry last month.

“The goal of our lab is to understand how we can tweak and control this enzyme,” said George M. Carman, Ph.D., Board of Governors professor in the Department of Food Science in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Continue reading

Rutgers Business School Team Wins $1 Million Hult Prize; Former President Clinton Presents ‘Nobel Prize for Students’

Former President Bill Clinton presents 2017 Hult Prize to Rutgers team

New Brunswick, NJ, September 21, 2017 — Susan Todd reports that a team representing Rutgers Business School won the $1 million Hult Prize for social entrepreneurship on September 16.

The award, which was announced by former President Bill Clinton, capped off 11 months of entrepreneurial effort with a polished, convincing pitch about the ability of its rickshaw transportation business to improve the lives of refugees overseas.

Student Gia Farooqi, new graduates Hasan Usmani and Moneeb Mian, and alumna Hanaa Lakhani created the Roshni Rides startup as a way of answering the 2017 Hult Prize Challenge of developing a business capable of restoring the dignity of one million refugees by 2022. Continue reading

HINJ Named Among ‘Best Lobbying Firms’ in NJBIZ’s First Readers Rankings Survey

New Brunswick, NJ, September 20, 2017 — The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) was among the New Jersey companies, organizations and universities named in NJBIZ’s inaugural “Readers Rankings” survey.

In a special supplement published with NJBIZ’s September 18 issue, HINJ was named as one of the “Best Lobbying Firms,” along with Gibbons PC, Princeton Public Affairs Group and Public Strategies Impact LLC, with which HINJ tied for #3.

HINJ member companies Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co., along with Rutgers University, were reader-ranked as the “Best Life Sciences Companies.” Continue reading

NJ Launches ’65 by ’25: Many Paths One Future’ Campaign; Higher Ed, Labor, Educators Partner with Business for Competitive, Innovative and Prosperous State

Princeton, NJ, September 20, 2017 — More than 100 education, business and industry leaders took part in the official launch yesterday of New Jersey’s 65 by ’25: Many Paths, One Future campaign at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Headquarters in Princeton.

With the pace of innovation rapidly accelerating, New Jersey must provide real economic opportunities for residents by supporting and creating pathways for everyone to acquire the skills and education that will help them secure rewarding careers.

According to the latest data available, 50.2 percent of New Jersey’s workers have some level of education or training beyond high school — well short of the 65 percent economists say will be needed by 2025 to meet the demand for a skilled labor workforce equipped with high-quality, industry-valued post-secondary credentials. Continue reading

Rutgers NJ Medical School Research: Memory Decline After Head Injury May be Prevented by Slowing Brain Cell Growth

New Brunswick, NJ, September 20, 2017 — Robin Lally reports on Rutgers Today that the excessive burst of new brain cells after a traumatic head injury that scientists have traditionally believed helped in recovery could instead lead to epileptic seizures and long-term cognitive decline, according to a new Rutgers New Jersey Medical School study.

In the September issue of Stem Cell Reports, Viji Santhakumar, Ph.D., associate professor in Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, and her colleagues, challenge the prevailing assumption by scientists in the field that excessive neurogenesis (the birth of new brain cells) after injury is advantageous. Continue reading