Newly Elected Governors Support Innovation Strategies in NJ and VA
Washington DC – The innovation economy is a featured component of both newly elected governors’ agendas, with each showing support for TBED-related initiatives in their platforms. In New Jersey, Governor-elect Phil Murphy (D) has pledged to reclaim the state’s innovation economy while in Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam (D) proposed a new workforce development plan focused on “the new-collar jobs of the 21st century.”

NJIT Research: Studying Blind Cavefish for New Knowledge of Sight Since joining the Department of Biological Sciences in 2014, Assistant Professor Daphne Soares has asked probing questions about how brain circuits change over time. She does that by studying blind cavefishes and their closest living surface relatives in the Middle East, Asia and South America.

NJ Has 16 of the Fastest Growing Tech Companies, According to Deloitte Deloitte released the 2017 Technology Fast 500™, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy technology companies in North America. New Jersey represented 16 out of 79 companies listed from the tristate area. In total, 16 percent of the companies on the list are from the tristate area, second only to Silicon Valley at 18 percent.

RCBC Earns $1.2 Million Workforce Development Grant The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development selected Rowan College at Burlington County’s (RCBC) Workforce Development Institute to oversee the state’s Transportation, Logistics & Distribution Talent Development Center. RCBC will receive $1.2 million to serve as a center of excellence in the Transportation, Logistics & Distribution industry sector. The center will create new career pathways and provide for training for people to advance in this growing field.

States’ ability to thrive in new economy measured; NJ ranks 8th in State New Economy Index While traditional economic development within the states has shifted to an economy more reliant on innovation, many policy discussions remain mired in acknowledging just some of the more recognized tech-based regions, says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in its latest report. However, as economic indicators reveal that all states’ economies incorporate some degree of innovation as a driver of their economy, the 2017 State New Economy Index measures states’ capacities to function in this new economy.

Women in STEM: 2017 Update from ESA In March, the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) released the first in a series of reports updating and expanding its previous work examining the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. That first report, “STEM Jobs: 2017 Update,” provided an overview of STEM workers and their earning power. This second report provides a more detailed look at the gender dynamics of the STEM economy. America’s STEM workforce is crucial for generating new ideas, receiving and commercializing patents, and providing the flexibility and critical thinking required in the modern economy.

New Jersey Founders and Funders All Stars Event to Feature Panel of Successful NJ Entrepreneurs An upcoming event designed to connect New Jersey entrepreneurs directly with investors will feature a panel of experts sharing trials, successes, and lessons learned along the path of growing startup technology and life sciences companies. Hosted by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), New Jersey Founders and Funders All-Stars will be held on  Dec. 6 at the newly completed 32,600-square-foot Biotechnology Development Center on the Technology Centre of New Jersey campus in North Brunswick.

Rutgers-led Study Shows Promise and Potential Peril in Reversing Hearing Loss Want to restore hearing by injecting stem cells into the inner ear? Well, that can be a double-edged sword. Inner ear stem cells can be converted to auditory neurons that could reverse deafness, but the process can also make those cells divide too quickly, posing a cancer risk, according to a study led by Rutgers University-New Brunswick scientists.