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The past decade has brought rapid growth of the smart cities movement – improving critical public service delivery, while reducing cost over the long run. This week’s Innovation NJ update looks at the next step–exchanging data…

Murphy Encourages Intl. Research Universities to Create Footprint in NJ
Gov. Phil Murphy has reached out to more than 20 of the world’s leading international research universities to encourage them to create a global footprint in New Jersey. In a letter to foreign universities across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia, Governor Murphy emphasized his commitment to reclaiming New Jersey’s leadership in the global innovation economy.

New Jersey Innovation Institute Launches its Cell & Gene Therapy Center
The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), an NJIT Corporation, recently conducted a cell and gene therapy manufacturing roundtable to launch its Cell and Gene Therapy Development Center at NJIT and address key industry manufacturing challenges.

Rebuilding New Jersey’s Innovation Economy
According to the New Jersey Business magazine, “Venture capital is essential for developing the economy of the future. Some of the most successful and prosperous businesses today did not exist 15 years ago, and now technologies such as voice command software and artificial intelligence are redefining our expectations as consumers and business owners.”

Upcoming Webinars to Educate Technology and Life Sciences Startups
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) has announced it will be hosting a series of informational webinars for entrepreneurs to learn about NJ Ignite, a new program that provides rent support for technology and life sciences companies moving to incubators, accelerators, or other collaborative workspaces in New Jersey.

Balancing STEM Training and Retraining Needs
According to Mark Skinner, “As the National Science Foundation announces awards for five new regional academic centers to encourage underrepresented populations to pursue and attain college degrees related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a recent working paper from two Harvard researchers finds an explanation for the popularly perceived persistent shortage of STEM workers: changes in technology.

Monmouth University’s New Institute for Health and Wellness to Impact Community Health Monmouth University launched its new Institute for Health and Wellness (IHW) with the hiring of its founding director, Belinda Anderson, Ph.D., M.A. Ed. on Sept. 18.

Upcoming Events


HealthTech Hackathon
When: Oct. 5 – Oct. 7

Where: Stevens Institute of Technology, 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken

Third Annual Beyond Value Frameworks Workshop
When: Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Amicus Therapeutics Inc., 1 Cedarbrook Drive, Cranbury

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: New Jersey Institute of Technology, 323 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark

Digital Transformation of Life Sciences Home
When: Thursday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: 333 Thornall Avenue, Edison

EDS & MEDS: The Expanding South Jersey Ecosystem
When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden