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NJIT to Start Programs in Cell and Gene Therapy
According to David Hutter of NJBIZ, “The New Jersey Institute of Technology will collaborate with the New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT corporation, to offer a professional science master’s degree program and professional graduate certificate in the rapidly expanding field of cell and gene therapy. Students be able to begin taking the 30-credit master’s degree in spring 2020 as part of NJIT’s Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science’s pharmaceutical chemistry master’s program.”

Judith Sheft Chosen as Executive Director of Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) has named Judith A. Sheft as its executive director. Sheft, who has an extensive background in fostering opportunities for early-stage New Jersey companies and for the next generation of New Jersey entrepreneurs, will officially take the helm of the CSIT beginning Jan. 13, 2020.

NJ’s First Chief Innovation Officer: Public Entrepreneurship and Policy Engineering
According to Beth Simone Noveck, New Jersey’s First Chief Innovation Officer, “Science and technology have progressed exponentially, making it possible for humans to live longer, healthier, more creative lives.

State Benefits from Scientists with Rutgers’ Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship
According to Megan Schumann, “When Shin-Yi Lin gave birth to her eldest child in a New Jersey hospital eight years ago, she experienced difficulties New Jersey’s mothers can face in getting appropriate maternity care – a doctor who made a racist comment during her labor, a rush toward a Cesarean birth, and uneven breastfeeding support. She used her skills as a researcher to learn how to be a better advocate for herself during her two later pregnancies.”

Useful Stats: GDP by County and Industry Contribution
According to Colin Edwards of SST, “This edition of Useful Stats examines the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ first full release of county-level gross domestic product (GDP) data. Specifically, this analysis considers total county GDP in 2018 and the contributions to each county’s GDP by industry.”

NJEDA Begins Accepting Micro Business Loan Program Applications
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is now accepting applications for its Micro Business Loan Program. Designed to provide financing to early-stage and micro businesses in New Jersey, the pilot program makes financing of up to $50,000 available to for-profit New Jersey businesses, who can use the financing for working capital or to purchase equipment.

American Cancer Society Investing Billions in Research: NJ scientists making inroads thanks to ACR funding
More than 1,600 people die from cancer each day in the United States, so what does it take to outsmart cancer? Research. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has invested more than $4.9 billion in cancer research since 1946, all to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients’ quality of life.

Princeton Catalysis Initiative Announces 10-Year Collaboration with Janssen
Janssen Research & Development, LLC has joined the ranks of industry members of the Princeton Catalysis Initiative (PCI), a funded commitment by Princeton University to foster interdisciplinary collaborations to accelerate the discovery of new research areas of catalysis.