Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition Launched
According to SSTI, “The Lab-to-Market (L2M) subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on the Science and Technology Enterprise is launching a $325,000 prize competition to highlight successful examples of innovation ecosystems, particularly existing resources that support underserved communities or remarkable responses to the pandemic environment. There are three categories for applicants with an informational webinar scheduled for Sept. 25, before the portal opens on Sept. 30.”

HINJ Honors Assemblyman Benson with Bob Franks Award
HINJ recognized Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-14) with the Bob Franks Public Service Award for demonstrating the spirit of public service that Franks exemplified while in public office and as president and CEO of HINJ.

Tabbetha A. Dobbins, Ph.D., to Lead Rowan’s Division of University Research and School of Graduate Studies
Appreciated as a mentor and champion for students, faculty and her fellow researchers, Dr. Tabbetha A. Dobbins is a passionate educator and an internationally recognized expert in materials science and engineering.

Public-Private Collaboration Fuels the U.S. Biopharmaceutical Ecosystem
America’s biopharmaceutical companies are at the heart of a robust research and development (R&D) ecosystem that develops more innovative medicines than any other country in the world. In recent years, rapid advances in scientific discovery have ushered in a new era of medicine, transforming our ability to treat, and in some cases cure, some of the most challenging diseases, including cancer, rare diseases and autoimmune conditions.

R&D Council of NJ Announces 2020 Thomas Edison Patent Award Winners
The Research & Development Council of New Jersey announced the 2020 Thomas Edison Patent Award winners, along with the special individual honorees. These honorees include Merck Research Laboratories President Dr. Roger Perlmutter, former Rutgers Waksman Institute President Joachim Messing (posthumously), and former Kean University President Dawood Farahi.

New Report Highlights Trends in Habits, Outcomes of Angel Investing
According to SSTI, “A recent report by PitchBook indicates that angel investing is seeing fewer unique participants and a greater share of activity from groups than individuals. The same report provides an analysis of startup outcomes based on whether the company began with an angel or venture capital (VC) round and finds companies with angel backing initially look stronger but have a more mixed record over the long-term.”

William Paterson University Awarded $1M Scholarships-in-STEM Grant
William Paterson University has been awarded a five-year $1 million Scholarships-in-STEM grant from the National Science Foundation, which will support WP students majoring in mathematics and computer science through scholarships and mentoring.

STEM Programs Cost More, but Are Worth Investment for NJ
According to Joel S. Bloom is president of New Jersey Institute of Technology, “In today’s world, technology is both indispensable and inescapable. Just about every facet of our society is changing rapidly due to technological innovation. Whether in health care or communication or finance or transportation or any other market sector, all major business enterprises are, at their core, technology companies.”