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A look at the next generation of wireless networks and 5G technologies was presented by U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance and FCC Commissioner Michael Reilly on Friday. Get this story and all of the news with this week’s Innovation NJ update.
Rep. Leonard Lance Promotes 5G Internet, Economy at Bell Labs Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) used a tour of historic Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill to showcase the work of the U.S. House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, on which he serves as the Vice Chair. On hand to welcome Rep. Lance were New Providence Mayor Al Morgan and Bernardsville Mayor Kevin Sooy.
Rutgers RWJ’s Dr. Gaurav Gupta Puts a 3D-Printed Skull Bone into Patient’s Head MaryLynn Schiavi reports in USA Today that a decade ago, the idea of printing parts of the human body through 3D printing was still in the realm of science fiction. But on March 28, Dr. Gaurav Gupta, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, successfully inserted a 3D-printed skull implant into patient Christopher Cahill, of New Brunswick, during a four-hour surgery.
Stevens Secures National Science Foundation Funding to Address Underrepresented Students in STEM The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $450,000 to Stevens Institute of Technology for a two-year exploratory Discovery Research Pre K-12 project, with the goal of developing a high school multimedia curriculum to increase the interest and knowledge of science and engineering, especially for young women and groups historically underrepresented in STEM learning and careers.
Trump Administration’s R&D Memo Directs Agencies to Emphasizes Basic Science The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) blogs that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 17 released a memorandum on research and development (R&D) priorities that directs agencies to prioritize basic science and lower costs in their FY 2019 budget requests. R&D investments should be made in military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance and health.
Rutgers Cancer Institute and National Cancer Institute Scientists’ DNA Repair Research Bolstered with $4 Million in Multi-Source Support Cancer researchers have learned that by sharing their knowledge and forming strategic partnerships, they can more rapidly advance their discoveries leading to drug development, clinical trials and ultimately new therapies for cancer patients. Thanks to $4 million in combined support, including $2 million in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Accenture Opens Innovation Center in Florham Park; Helping Clients Explore Business Applications of 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Robotics and More Senior correspondent Brenda Flanagan reported on “NJTV News” that there’s a 3-D printer hard at work in Accenture’s newest innovation center. The just-opened Florham Park facility uses cutting edge tools to help solve business dilemmas. It turns out, this gadget can save time and money in unexpected places, said Jenn Stefanowicz, associate manager for digital acceleration capability at Accenture.
Hackensack Meridian and NJ Innovation Institute Cut Ribbon on Agile Strategies Lab, First Health Care Incubator in State Anjalee Khemlani reports on NJBIZ that Agile Strategies Lab— a partnership between Hackensack Meridian Health and New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII)—held a ribbon-cutting August 15, officially opening the first incubator for health care in New Jersey. The incubator, which Khemlani first reported on March 9, is located in Newark. It is being funded by $25 million from the health system and is designed as a space where a “Shark Tank”-like expert panel will hear pitches that aim to solve health care issues.
Drew University Unveils Line-up for 2017-2018 Speakers Series: deGrasse Tyson, Bee, Axelrod and Vice President Biden What do Neil deGrasse Tyson, Samantha Bee, political mastermind David Axelrod and former Vice President Joe Biden have in common? They’re all appearing soon at Drew University. Each is a guest of the school’s Drew Forum speaker series, which begins in September with popular astrophysicist Tyson and ends in March with Biden, the 47th vice president of the United States.

Upcoming Events

Healthcare Businesswomen Assn. Northern NJ’s “Lessons from the Shark Tank: How a Pop Culture Phenomenon Spurs Innovation and Leadership Development”
When: Wed, Sept. 13, 5 pm – 9 pm
Where: KPMG, 150 JFK Parkway, Short Hills

New Jersey State Library’s ‘2017 Futures Conference’
When: Sept. 25 – 26, 2017
Where: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City

Chemistry Council of NJ’s Inaugural Hal Bozarth Memorial Golf Outing benefiting STEM Education
When: Mon, Oct. 2, 9 am – 6 pm
Where: Old York Country Club, 228 Old York Rd, Chesterfield

NJ Innovation Institute and Columbia University’s “Biopharmaceutical Product Development & Data Science Symposium”
When: Tue, Oct. 10, 8 am – 5 pm
Where: NJIT, Campus Center Atrium, 150 Bleeker St., Newark

BioNJ’s Fifth Annual CEO Summit
When: Fri, Oct. 27, 7 am – 4 pm
Where: Bridgewater Marriott, 700 Commons Way, Bridgewater