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Innovation

Trump Administration Unveils First Blueprint for Federal Investment in Science and Tech; Departs from Its Budget Request

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, August 21, 2017 — Jeffrey Mervis reports in Science that President Donald J. Trump on August 17 translated his campaign promise to “make America great again” into his administration’s first blueprint for federal investment in science and technology.

The White House on issued a four-page memo telling federal agencies that their research dollars should be focused on delivering short-term dividends in strengthening national defense and border security, the economy, and “energy dominance,” as well as improving public health. Continue reading

Opinion: Assemblymen and Stevens President Urge ‘Restore Funding to Turbocharge NJ’s Research and Development’

Trenton, NJ, August 16, 2017Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Dr. Nariman Farvardin, president of Stevens Institute of Technology, write on innovation and Assembly No. 5123 in an op-ed published on August 15 in The Star-Ledger:

One need only to look at the top performers in the S&P 500 — Amazon, Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Facebook — to confirm an indisputable fact about our modern economy: Technological innovation is the key driver of economic growth.

Policymakers who ignore technology’s disruptive impact on markets, industries and jobs do so at their constituents’ peril. (Think Amazon’s impact on the retail industry.) Continue reading

Inventions and Startups: The 20 Most-Successful Kickstarter Projects Based in the Garden State

Newark, NJ, August 7, 2017 — Erin Petenko reports in The Star-Ledger that Kickstarter has been an outlet for the dreams of New Jersey inventors and startups since the site first launched in 2009.

Projects headquartered in the Garden State have raised $16.7 million from nearly a quarter-million backers, leading to at least 1,400 successful projects, according to data gathered from the Kickstarter website.

The top projects have a certain brainy bias in geography: Princeton topped the list in most funds raised for projects, while Jersey City projects had the most backers. Continue reading

U.S. Senate Appropriations Advances Spending Bills; Would Fund Regional Innovation at $21 Million

Westerville, OH, July 30, 2017 ― Jason Rittenberg on July 27 reported on the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) news blog that

Over the past week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has passed bills to fund commerce and science, transportation, energy and water and agriculture. Regional Innovation Strategies would be funded at $21 million, an increase of $4 million over FY 2017.

Other innovation proposals received mixed support, as the Senate cut $3.2 billion from commerce, justice and science funding and another $400 million from agriculture. Continue reading

Sixers Innovation Lab in Camden Officially Opens to Entrepreneurs; Four Companies Taking Space

Camden, NJ, July 19, 2017 — Vince Calio reports in NJBIZ that the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 18 at the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers’ training facility in Camden.

The 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Innovation Lab is located at the base of the 76ers’ business operations facility.

It is opening its doors with four startup companies that will receive coaching and guidance from Seth Berger, the lab’s managing director.  Berger is also the founder and former CEO of startup sneaker and sports apparel company AND1. Continue reading

AAAS CEO Rush Holt Urges U.S. Secretary of State to Name New Science & Technology Adviser

The Hon. Rush Holt

Washington, DC, July 15, 2017 — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson must act swiftly to appoint a respected scientist or engineer as his science and technology adviser upon the departure Vaughan Turekian, who has effectively presented the views of the global scientific community and helped incorporate scientific findings into foreign policy considerations, said Rush Holt, the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in a statement issued July 13.

“We urge Secretary Tillerson to ensure this progress continues by promptly naming a new science and technology adviser as well as to maintain the existing fellowship programs that bring young and established scientists and engineers to contribute to the important work at the State Department,” said Holt, who is a former New Jersey Congressman.   Continue reading

Poll Respondents Appreciate Innovation’s Economic, Social Benefits And Call For More Protections

Washington, DC, July 12, 2017Mark Grayson, deputy vice president of public affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), posts on the association’s blog, The Catalyst, that, increasingly, economists and international organizations are recognizing innovation as one of the most important drivers of economic and social progress and stability.

In fact, a report released earlier this year from the Global Intellectual Property Center, declared a robust innovation environment as “essential to the success of any 21st century economy.”

However, Grayson says it’s not just think tanks and academics acknowledging the value of innovation — the public is as well.  Continue reading

NPR All Tech Considered: Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Reigned as Nation’s Center of Innovation

Washington, DC, July 8, 2017Laura Sydell on June 5 reported on National Public Radio (NPR) on New Jersey’s history of innovation:

People from New Jersey are used to defending their state.

But, in fact, New Jersey has a history to brag about. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, the phonograph and the movie camera there. Many decades later, Bell Labs invented the transistor in the state.

Geography favored New Jersey. On one end, it borders New York City, and on the other end is Philadelphia. That means easy access to Wall Street financing, transportation and industry headquarters. Continue reading

New Jersey Business Magazine Shines Spotlight on ‘The Innovative State’

Trenton, NJ, July 4, 2017 — The annual June 2017 “Innovative State” edition of New Jersey Business magazine, a publication of New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), includes an array of articles spotlighting the many high-tech industries, academic institutions and organizations that make the state a true center for research and development.

A separate feature article examines employees benefits, and an entire special section is devoted to what colleges and universities offer the business community in the innovation sphere.

Please click here to view the entire June edition.

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SSTI: U.S. House Appropriations Bills Would Make Major Cuts to Innovation

Westerville, OH, July 1, 2017 ― Jason Rittenberg reports on the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) news blog that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee began releasing FY 2018 “markup” budget bills at the end of June, and the proposals would cut billions in non-defense spending.

EDA would lose $117 million in program funding, SBA’s entrepreneurial development programs would lose $34 million, NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership would lose $30 million, and Energy’s ARPA-E would be eliminated, among other cuts. Continue reading