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We know a hard hit to the head can give you a concussion, but how is a mystery. Now a Stevens Institute researcher is shedding light on the issue. Find out more in Innovation NJ update.

Stevens Researcher Identifies How Hit to the Head Leads to Concussion Taking a hard hit to the head can give you a concussion, but how has largely remained a mystery. Now, Stevens Institute of Technology researcher Mehmet Kurt has found that the key difference between impacts that lead to concussions and those that do not has to do with how—and more importantly where—the brain shakes. The work, reported today in Physical Review Letters, could have an enormous payoff in the long run, including better helmet designs and the development of technologies that can diagnose a concussion on the sidelines in real time. By better understanding the biomechanics of the brain during an impact, researchers could better diagnose, treat and prevent concussions.

NJII To Offer Bundled Innovation Services Outside of Newark According to NJBIZ: The New Jersey Innovation Institute, a corporation of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is seeking to bundle its innovation services and sell them to healthcare systems throughout the state. Tomas Gregorio, a senior executive director for NJII’s Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab, said the institute is seeking to set up smaller innovation hubs within space owned by healthcare systems or create new spaces for those systems.

New Jersey Biotechnology Task Force Hears Testimony from Renowned Innovation Expert New Jersey Biotechnology Task Force recently heard testimony from internationally recognized innovation expert Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of Biomedical Growth Strategies LLC. The task force was established to develop policy recommendations to retain and attract new biotechnology companies to New Jersey and encourage greater collaboration between industry and academia.

Amenities, Proximity to Major Cities and Universities Draw Sunnylife Pharma to CCIT
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) recently welcomed Sunnylife Pharma Inc. as one of its newest tenants at the Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) in North Brunswick. Founded by a team of former Merck scientists, Sunnylife Pharma Inc. is a contracted research services organization focused on the unmet medical needs of cancer patients, as well as people suffering from cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Sunnylife Pharma helps drug-discovery companies worldwide reduce research and development costs by assisting with an array of pre-clinical research chemistry-related services.

Faculty Research Day @RowanUniversity Showcases Work By Dozens Of Faculty, Physicians Across All Campuses Megan Atwood stood behind a vivid collection of children’s books, animatedly chatting about her work, which includes the “Dear Molly, Dear Olive” series for children ages 5 to 7. For an author, there was nothing unusual about that — except possibly the venue. Atwood was one of close to 80 professors and physicians who presented their studies and accomplishments on March 28 during Rowan University’s first Faculty Research Day.

OP-ED: An Investment in STEM Is An Investment in NJ’s Future STEM education must be maximized, and we must make sure that women, blacks and Latinos are among those that receive this essential training. This month, we are celebrating New Jersey’s commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in honor of NJ STEM Month. Throughout the state, students, schools, parents, businesses, employees, and program providers will be promoting STEM activities and showcasing their work.

FDU collaborates with Bergen County Technical Schools on Autonomous Drone Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies is collaborating with Bergen County Technical Schools (BCTS), Teterboro, on a cutting-edge project to develop a drone that can navigate a building autonomously. Over the last year, a team comprised of Nicolas Elefther and Matthew Sarisky, both instructors from BCTS, and Sai Sankar, the research coordinator for STEM at Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, have been working together to design and build a prototype.

NJ Manufacturers Identify Challenges, Solutions for Skills Gap  New Jersey manufacturers are struggling with skilled-labor recruiting because neighboring states are offering lucrative financial incentives to woo college grads from the Garden State. The challenging trend was noted during New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program’s state of manufacturing event in Trenton on Wednesday. “This is the start of something that we did not know how it was going to turn out,” NJMEP CEO John Kennedy said of the second annual event. “Last year, we hosted 300 [companies] and 65 politicians. The event was not to be a complaint session. It is to have a conversation.”


Upcoming Events


NJTC’s Venture Conference

When: Thursday, April 12, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Harborside Atrium, Jersey City


Career Conference: Putting Theory and Research into Practice

When: Friday, April 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Middlesex County College, Edison


City of Camden….A Growing Economic Force!
When: Monday, April 16Where: Kroc Center, Camden


Lerner Annual Healthcare Symposium
When: Wednesday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Rutgers Business School – 1 Washington Place – Newark


Biotech Venture Funding from Foundations
When: Wednesday, April 25, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: CCIT, 675 US Highway One, North Brunswick


2018 Economic Policy Forum – A Tale of Tech Cities: Innovation & Urban Revitalization
When: Monday, April 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark

5th Annual New Jersey Big Data Alliance Symposium
When: Monday, April 30Where: The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Rd, Ewing