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Morristown Medical Center’s nearly 1,600 nurses can develop ideas for new medical products at the new incubator. Learn more in this week’s Innovation NJ Update.

Atlantic Health Launches Nursing Incubation Center Morristown Medical Center, a part of Atlantic Health System, has launched the Center for Nursing Innovation, an internal incubator in which the hospital’s nearly 1,600 nurses can develop ideas for new medical products. Much of the funding for the center is coming from fundraising events from the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center. Mildred Kowalski, the hospital’s top nurse researcher, said that a space has been carved out across the street from the hospital for the new center, and that it will work closely with the AHa! program – an internal incubation program for all of Atlantic Health’s employees that was launched last October.

Recent Research: SBIR Funding Influencing Outcomes The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program dubs itself as “America’s largest seed fund.” Three recent research articles add to the existing literature on the program. First, a study finds that SBIR supports high-risk efforts to convert R&D. A second study suggests that SBIR awardees are more likely to locate in denser regions but in less dense neighborhoods in those regions. A third study finds that SBIR awardees from federal agencies with more diverse workforces tend to perform better. For the economic development community, these findings may influence the way SBIR-related services such as entrepreneurial assistance programs and matching grants are delivered.

Executive Women of New Jersey Honor Judith Sheft from the New Jersey Innovation Institute at Biennial Salute to the Policy Makers Gala Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) honored Judith Sheft, associate vice president technology & enterprise development, New Jersey Innovation Institute @ NJIT alongside 31 of New Jersey’s most influential and accomplished women leaders at the organization’s signature biennial gala, ‘Salute to the Policy Makers.’

2018 NJBIA Cybersecurity Summit The Internet of Things – Transforming Your Business, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 2018 NJBIA Cybersecurity Summit is the forum for technology leaders and business executives who are seeking the latest tools, information and insights to unlock real value and help their business grow. Event highlights: 1) Earn Education Credits, 2) Learn how to create new revenue streams through connected services, 3) Find out how to use digitization to reduce operation costs, 4) Identify the Latest Trends in IoT, and 5) Network and Win an Echo Dot.

Rutgers Researchers Create a 3D-Printed Smart Gel that Walks Underwater, Moves Objects Rutgers University-New Brunswick engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections. Soft materials like the smart gel are flexible, often cheaper to manufacture than hard materials and can be miniaturized. Devices made of soft materials typically are simple to design and control compared with mechanically more complex hard devices.

NJIT’s Top Student Researchers Take Center Stage at Dana Knox Student Research Showcase Last month, the work of NJIT’s top student researchers was put on display at the 2018 Knox Student Research Showcase: A Glimpse Into the Future. The showcase, which annually honors outstanding research done at NJIT by its graduate and undergraduate students, awarded Najmaddin Akhundov first place among this year’s graduate researchers for developing a computational model to track and control invasive species that threaten the environment.

Battling Noise Pollution is a National Challenge at Rutgers Eric Zwerling has led America’s last noise control center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick for 28 years, and fighting noise pollution remains an uphill battle. “People don’t consider noise a real environmental issue,” said Zwerling, director of the Rutgers Noise Technical Assistance Center. “But I consider what I do to be the ultimate embodiment of the mission of a land-grant university – taking science and putting it in the hands of people who will improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people across this state and the world.” Noise in some ways can be as noxious as smoke. Noise disrupts sleep, conversations and quality of life, and it’s linked to stress-related illnesses, high blood pressure, hearing loss and lost productivity, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.

Upcoming Events

The Future of Work – Part 4
When: Monday, June 4, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 9 Independence Way, Princeton

NJ TECH Council CFO AWARDS
When: Friday, June 8, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Where: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, 201 Village Blvd, Princeton

HackHunterdon
When: June 9 – 10Where: Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 New Jersey 31, Flemington

The Internet of Things – Transforming Your Business
When: Friday, June 15, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, Newark Liberty International Airport, 1 Hotel Road, Newark

3RD ANNUAL PRECISION MEDICINE LEADERS SUMMIT
When: Jun 26 – 28, 2018
Where: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, 2 Exchange Pl, Jersey City