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NJ Innovation Institute Opens Agile Strategy Lab in Renovated Central King Building

Newark, NJ, June 9, 2017 — The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners.

Through its Innovation Labs (iLabs), NJII brings NJIT expertise to key economic sectors, including healthcare delivery systems, bio-pharmaceutical production, civil infrastructure, defense and homeland security, and financial services.

Once home to thousands of Newark Central High School students, the Central King Building on the NJIT campus exemplifies intelligent, creative and economically impactful urban redevelopment that serves students, industry and the local community. Continue reading

Study: NJ Would See Job Loss Under House GOP’s Obamacare Repeal and Replace Proposal

Washington, DC, June 19, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NewJersey.com that New Jersey would lose more jobs than all but five other states under the House Republican health care bill, according to a study released June 14.

The Garden State would lose 42,000 jobs by 2026, behind only New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, and Illinois, according to the study by George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that supports efforts to increase health coverage.

Overall, according to the study, the 10 states with the largest job losses by 2026 are:

  1. New York (86,000)
  2. Pennsylvania (85,000)
  3. Florida (83,000)
  4. Michigan (51,000)
  5. Illinois (46,000)
  6. New Jersey (42,000)
  7. Ohio (42,000)
  8. North Carolina (41,000)
  9. California (32,000)
  10. Tennessee (28,000).

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Rutgers Board of Governors Elects Sandy Stewart to Serve as Chair; Mark Angelson Vice Chair

Sandy J. Stewart

New Brunswick, NJ, June 19, 2017 — The Rutgers Board of Governors on June 15 selected two business leaders with strong ties to the university as the new leaders of the governing body.

Sandy J. Stewart, the current vice chair of the board and a highly respected biotech industry entrepreneur and scientist, was elected to serve as chair.

Mark A. Angelson, a 2014 gubernatorial appointee to the board, was elected to serve as board vice chair. He brings experience in law, business, government and international education. Continue reading

Trump Names Dr. Norman Sharpless to Serve as Director of National Cancer Institute

Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless

Washington, DC, June 19, 2017Science reports that President Donald Trump on June 9 announced his intention to appoint Norman “Ned” Sharpless, M.D., to be the next director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Sharpless would succeed Harold Varmus as the head of NCI.

Sharpless, 50, is a physician and currently director of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  He also holds an academic appointment at the university’s school of medicine. Continue reading

NJBIA’s Melanie Willoughby on ‘NJ’s Innovation Ecosystem Taking Shape’

Melanie Willoughby

Trenton, NJ, June 18, 2017In the June “Innovative State” issue of New Jersey Business, the monthly magazine of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Melanie Willoughby, NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer, writes:

In today’s business world, anyone with a car can be a taxi-cab company, anyone with a house can be a hotel, and we all can walk around with desktop computers in our pockets.

Few people predicted these developments, but those who shape their organizations to be innovative are in a stronger position to take advantage of whatever changes are in store in the future. Continue reading

Fairleigh Dickinson University Dedicates Ronald J. Doerfler Center for Innovation and Project Based Learning

Madison, NJ, June 17, 2017 — Fairleigh Dickinson University’s new center for innovation and project based learning was dedicated in the memory of Ronald J. Doerfler BS’62, MBA’72 (Metro), who, together with his wife Krys, made a generous gift to make its construction possible.

The center is located in the Monninger Center at the Florham Campus in Madison.

Doerfler, who served on the University’s Board of Trustees, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and then a MBA from the University. Continue reading

Inspira Health Network Launches Innovation to Accelerate Development of Patient-Focused Products

Mullica Hill, NJ, June 16, 2017 — Anjalee Khemlani reports in NJBIZ that Inspira Health Network is joining the growing trend of health care providers investing in innovation.

The health system announced Wednesday the establishment of the Inspira Innovation Center.

The center will focus on accelerating development and implementation of patient-focused products and technologies, according to a company statement. Continue reading

NIAID Scientists Discover Rare Genetic Susceptibility to Common Cold

Washington, DC, June 16, 2017 — Scientists have identified a rare genetic mutation that results in a markedly increased susceptibility to infection by human rhinoviruses (HRVs) — the main causes of the common cold.

Colds contribute to more than 18 billion upper respiratory infections worldwide each year, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, identified the mutation in a young child with a history of severe HRV infections. Continue reading

Rutgers Researchers Invent Lab-on-a-Chip Technology That Could Lead to Wearable Biosensors

Dr. Mehdi Javanmard

New Brunswick, NJ, June 15, 2017 — Imagine wearing a device that continuously analyzes your sweat or blood for different types of biomarkers, such as proteins that show you may have breast cancer or lung cancer.

Rutgers engineers have invented biosensor technology — known as a lab on a chip — that could be used in hand-held or wearable devices to monitor your health and exposure to dangerous bacteria, viruses and pollutants.

“This is really important in the context of personalized medicine or personalized health monitoring,” said Mehdi Javanmard, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Continue reading

NJEDA Urges Emerging Tech and Life Sciences Companies to Apply for Funding

Trenton, DC, June 15, 2017 — Brandon Scalea reports in The Star-Ledger that an application administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) is available for early-stage companies to gain access to capital.

The New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer (NOL) Program is targeted to up-and-coming technology and life science companies in the state. The online application is due June 30.

Kathleen Coviello, EDA director of technology and life sciences, said all eligible companies should take advantage of this opportunity. Continue reading