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Technology

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

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

Rutgers Launches TechAdvance Funding Program to Advance Inventions Toward Commercialization

New Brunswick, NJ, June 29, 2017 — The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) announces TechAdvance, a new fund created to advance Rutgers technologies toward commercialization.

The fund offers grants of up to $100,000 for promising technologies in areas including life science, physical science, engineering, agriculture and IT that have strong potential for commercial success but are “too early” for investors or industry partners. 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

Officials Break Ground for First of Seven Buildings at Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park

Galloway, NJ, May 25, 2017 — Federal, state, county, municipal and university officials today broke ground for the first of seven buildings at the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park (SARTP) in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., a major step in diversifying the region’s economy.

The $17.2 million, 66,000-square-foot building is being constructed in the 58-acre park, located adjacent to the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, the nation’s premier air transportation laboratory, and the Atlantic City International Airport. Continue reading

Event: Jersey Technology: See It, Live It, Accelerate It at NJ Tech Council’s ‘Jersey Innovation Week’ May 15-20

 New Brunswick, NJ, May 15, 2017NJ Tech Council President and CEO James Barrood writes in NJBIZ on Jersey Innovation Week, May 15-20:

New Jersey is one of the world’s leading global centers of transformative technology and innovation.

But even within our high-tech industries, many don’t realize the breadth and vigor of New Jersey’s technology communities. And outside our industries, many stakeholders and citizens have only the vaguest sense of New Jersey’s many deep wellsprings of innovation.

We thought: Maybe you just have to see it to believe it. So, we’ve made that easy — at the first-ever Jersey Innovation Week, May 15-20. Continue reading

Report: North American Robotics Market Surges 32 Percent in Unit Volume

Ann Arbor, MI, May 6, 2017 — North American robotics companies posted the strongest ever first-quarter results, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.  Both robot orders and shipments achieved record levels.

An all-time high total of 9,773 robots valued at approximately $516 million were ordered from North American robotics companies during the first quarter of 2017.  This represents growth of 32 percent in units over the same period in 2016, which held the previous record. Continue reading

President Trump Leaves Science and Technology Jobs Vacant

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, April 4, 2017 — Cecilia Kang and Michael D. Shear reported in The New York Times that on the fourth floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the staff of the White House chief technology officer has been virtually deleted, down from 24 members before the election to, by Friday, only one.

Scores of departures by scientists and Silicon Valley technology experts who advised President Trump’s predecessor have all but wiped out the larger White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

President Trump has not yet named his top advisers on technology or science, and so far, has made just one hire: Michael Kratsios, the former chief of staff for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley investor and one of the president’s wealthiest supporters, as the deputy chief technology officer. Continue reading

Event: Hunterdon County’s Inaugural Hackathon Set for April 28-29 Aims to Ignite Technology Growth

February 24, 2017, Flemington, NJ — Hunterdon County Economic Development, Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and Flemington Community Partnership are partnering to host Hunterdon County’s first-ever hackathon, HackHunterdon.

The 24-hour marathon tech product creation competition will take place on April 28-29 at the Feed Mill Station in Flemington, NJ.

“HackHunterdon’s hackathon is a primary piece of a collaborative, long-term effort to encourage small business and innovation growth in Hunterdon County,” said Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce President Chris Phelan. Continue reading