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Innovation NJ logoFormer NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Melanie Willoughby was named executive director of the New Jersey Business Action Center in the in the N.J. Department of State.

Melanie Willoughby Named Executive Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center Melanie Willoughby was named executive director of the New Jersey Business Action Center, announced Secretary of State Tahesha Way. Housed within the N.J. Department of State, the Business Action Center’s mission is to help create and retain jobs while encouraging private capital investment in the Garden State. Willoughby previously served as government affairs director at the state Department of Community Affairs during the Brendan Byrne administration; president of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association; and chief government affairs officer of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.

Research Relationships Between University Scientists, Industry Lead to Promising Results In February 2004, the anti-cancer drug Alimta, developed by late chemistry Professor Emeritus Edward Taylor in collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, was approved by the FDA for the treatment of several forms of deadly lung cancer. Fourteen years later, not only is Alimta still saving lives, but Princeton University continues to reap the benefits of Taylor’s work.

Morris County Manufacturing Exec Named SBA’s N.J. Small Business Person of the Year The second-generation owner of a maker of analytical instrumentation was honored as the Small Business Administration’s 2018 New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year. Richard Spanier, co-founder of Rudolph Research Analytical, was honored at a ceremony at the company’s office in Washington Township, Morris County.

EDA Accepting Applications for 2018 Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer (NOL) Program Technology and life sciences companies in the Garden State seeking to raise non-dilutive capital can now apply to the state’s 2018 Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer (NOL) Program. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) today announced that applications are being accepted online through June.

Healthcare Leaders Discuss Disruption and Innovation According to NJ Business magazine, “Last Friday, the 2018 New Jersey Healthcare Stakeholders Summit was held at the New Jersey State Hospital Association’s (NJHA) headquarters in Princeton. The joint conference brought together representatives spanning New Jersey’s various healthcare communities, and those in attendance witnessed collaborative discussions about the state of healthcare, including the challenges and opportunities that the industry faces.

35 NJ Companies Land in Top Spots on Forbes Best Employers List Forbes released its annual America’s Best Employers list for 2018, and 35 New Jersey-based companies made it into the rankings. The list was created by Forbes in partnership with Statista to identify companies liked best by employees. Forbes and Statista divided the list, creating rankings in two categories: the top large companies in the U.S. with more than 5,000 employees and the top midsized companies with 1,000 to 5,000 employees. The lists ranked the 500 large and 500 midsize employers with the highest recommendation. Two New Jersey companies were ranked in the Top 100 in the large companies list and three New Jersey companies were ranked in the Top 100 for the midsized companies list.

Most Americans Look to Research Universities for Innovation Leadership, finds Polsky Center An overwhelming majority of Americans are looking to research universities to be the foremost drivers of innovation at a time of anxiety over global competition, according to a new Innovation Indicator survey from the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago.


Disrupt NNJ: Future of Work – Innovation in Talent, Technology & Business

When: Thursday, May 10, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: The Atrium,100 Campus Drive, Florham Park

Life Sciences Central TIP
When: Tuesday, May 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies, 675 U.S. Highway 1,North Brunswick

When: Thursday, May 17Where: Hoboken Waterfront Development Department, 94 Washington St., Hoboken

Innovative E-tail Summit
When: Monday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: New Jersey Institute of Technology, 323 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark

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

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 Rd, Newark