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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

Study: 46% of U.S. Innovators Are Immigrants or Children of Immigrants, Underscoring How Attracting the World’s Best and Brightest Contributes to U.S. Economic Growth

 

Washington, DC, February 13, 2017 The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading U.S. science and tech policy think tank, on February 3 released the following statement from its president, Robert D. Atkinson, regarding President Trump’s expected executive order on the H-1B visa:

As President Trump continues to weigh possible reforms to the H-1B visa system, we urge him to consider the vital role that high-skilled immigrants play in the U.S. economy.

A 2016 ITIF study found that: Continue reading

Scientists, Researchers Organize ‘March for Science’ on April 22; Message for Trump ‘Listen to Evidence’

Washington, DC, February 7, 2017 — Nicholas St. Fleur reported in The New York Times that within a week of its creation, the March for Science campaign had attracted more than 1.3 million supporters across Facebook and Twitter, cementing itself as a voice for people who are concerned about the future of science under President Donald J. Trump.

Now, hoping to transform that viral success into something approaching the significance of the women’s march last month, the campaign has scheduled its demonstration in Washington for Earth Day, April 22. Continue reading

Tech Think Tank Report: To Spur Long-Term Growth, Trump Infrastructure Plan Should Focus More on ‘Innovation Infrastructure’ Than Concrete and Steel

itif-information-technology-innovation-foundationWashington, DC, January 11, 2017 — A traditional infrastructure plan that invests in roads and bridges could increase employment in the short term, but the incoming Trump administration and new Congress also should focus on “innovation infrastructure” to spur long-term economic growth, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

ITIF, the leading U.S. science and tech policy think tank, urges policymakers to invest in the building blocks of innovation—such as R&D and tech-enabled “smart” infrastructure—because they can serve as the foundation of a more robust economy in the long run. Continue reading

Report: U.S. Consumer Tech Industry Supports Over 15 Million Jobs, $414 Billion in Taxes

technology-touchArlington, VA, January 9, 2017 — The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ on December 15 released a new report that details just how significantly the consumer tech industry drives U.S. economic activity and American jobs.

In 2015, the tech industry supported 15 million jobs, generated $413 billion in taxes and created $3.5 trillion in total economic output, according to CTA’s U.S. Economic Contribution of the Consumer Technology Sector report.

“Our new study underscores the fact that the consumer technology industry is a critical component of our nation’s economy, accounting for total economic activity that amounts to over 10 percent of U.S. GDP,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. Continue reading