Innovation NJ logoRowan University and Rutgers University were recently awarded $1.4 million in healthcare training grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read this story and more in Innovation NJ’s weekly update.

HHS unveil $1.4M health care training grants for Rowan, Rutgers
Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled $1.4 million in grants for Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden’s medical research and job training programs, U.S. Representative Donald Norcross, D-NJ, announced Aug. 23. Rowan will receive $400,000 from the HHS’ Health Careers Opportunity program for career training in osteopathic medicine, and $525,436 from the federal department’s Primary Care Champions program to train primary care doctors. Rutgers University-Camden will receive $475,905 from the HHS’ National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for its research in toxic dental chemicals.

NJ Commission on Science, Innovation & Technology Re-established
Trenton – A state commission that once spearheaded the creation of academic high-tech centers and spurred collaboration between the state’s institutions of higher education and private industry was reborn on Aug. 16 with the signing of Assembly Bill 3652 by Gov. Phil Murphy. The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, formerly known as the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, “will promote the state as a home for academic and technological research and development and commercialization,” the governor said at the bill signing held at the Biotechnology Development Center (BDC) in North Brunswick.

White House R&D Priorities Updated for FY 2020 Budget Request
Washington, DC – According to SSTI, “On July 31, OMB Director Mike Mulvaney distributed a memo outlining eight priority R&D subjects and five practices for leveraging R&D resources more effectively. The White House intends for the memo to serve as guidance in the development of budget submissions from the executive departments and agencies for FY 2020. Basic and applied research are to be emphasized in the agency R&D plans, which would be a shift from data on recent trends released by the National Science Foundation the day before the Mulvaney memo.

Novo Holdings REPAIR Impact Fund
Denmark – The Novo Holdings REPAIR Impact Fund will be open for proposals from Sept. 4 until Oct. 11 from companies located in the United States and Canada that are developing novel anti-infectives. The templates will resemble those used in the current European proposal round and will be available here. The REPAIR Impact Fund invests in start-ups, early-stage companies and corporate spin-outs in Europe and the United States. The goal is to support ambitious programs addressing antibiotic resistance through a broad range of therapeutic modalities.

NJMEP awarded $250K from National Institute of Standards and Technology
Trenton – The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) has been awarded $250,000 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership to support manufacturers. NJMEP is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides specialized training to New Jersey’s manufacturers. NJMEP enables organizations to enhance their productivity, reduce costs and improve employee performance.

146 NJ Businesses Make Inc. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Companies List
New York – Inc. released its annual Inc. 5000, a ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies throughout the United States, and 146 from New Jersey made the 2018 list, including four in the Top 100 overall. The companies were ranked by their percentage growth in revenue over three years. The four from the Garden State that cracked the Top 100 span all industries, including energy, computer hardware, IT management and advertising and marketing.

NJII Health IT Connections Enters 9th Round
Newark – New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT corporation, has helped more than 90 companies through its Health IT Connections program and now, NJII is putting out the call for new applicants. Entering its fifth year, Health IT Connections works to grow the industry through the support of growth-stage health IT entrepreneurs via training, mentoring and building connections to new customers, strategic partners and suppliers. “The primary goal of our program is the growth and development of the health IT sector in the greater New Jersey/New York region,” Associate Vice President of Technology and Enterprise Development Judith Sheft said.

NYU Professor Chosen as NJ’s First Chief Innovation Officer
Trenton – Beth Noveck, a professor at the New York University School of Engineering, will serve as New Jersey’s first chief innovation officer, a position aimed at bolstering the state’s “innovation economy,” Gov. Phil Murphy announced Aug. 13. “To reclaim our innovation economy, we must have fresh, cutting-edge ideas that will not only bring New Jersey into the 21st century, but also improve the lives of our 9 million residents,” Murphy said.


Upcoming Events

U.S. Data Innovation Day 2018: The Future of Data-Driven Medicine
When: Thursday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: District Architecture Center, 421 7th St NW, Washington, DC

Rowan University’s 2nd Annual Entrepreneurial Masterminds Summit
When: Thursday, Sept.13 – Friday, Sept. 14
Where: Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Glassboro

NJ State Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Women Leaders in Innovation Celebration
When: Thursday, Sept. 20, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: National Conference Center, East Windsor

BioNJ’s Manufacturing Briefing
When: Friday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. – 1p.m.
Where: Rutgers University Busch Student Center, 604 Bartholomew Rd, Piscataway

The MedTech Conference
When: Monday, Sept. 24 – Wednesday, Sept. 26
Where: Philadelphia, PA