The department’s Science and Tech Directorate has issued a guide detailing how individuals, small businesses and large corporations can work with the government. Get the details in the Innovation NJ update…

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Tech Directorate Calls for R&D Partners to Solve Security Challenges The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) news blog reports that the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is looking for partners to help develop scientific advancements and technological innovations that solve homeland security challenges. The directorate is open to a broad range of potential partners, from technology developers and innovators creating ideas in their garages, to small businesses and large corporations, and has issued a guide detailing the ways partners can work with the agency.

Rutgers-Newark Opens $59 Million State-of-the-Art Life Sciences Center Rutgers University-Newark celebrated the new Life Center (LSC II) on Nov. 2, with a grand opening event for the $59 million, state-of-the-art, five-story science complex located on University Avenue in downtown Newark. LSC II is the front door to the sciences quad, a contiguous, multi-building teaching and research complex that is home to the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN).

STEM in America: Where the STEM Jobs Are – And Where They Aren’t Steve Lohr reports in The New York Times that the national priority in education can be summed up in a four-letter acronym: STEM. And that’s understandable. A country’s proficiency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is vital in generating economic growth, advancing scientific innovation and creating good jobs.

Stevens Researchers, Backed by NSF, to Lead Creation of Network to Align AI Tools, Human Capabilities in Every Industry Much of the conversation in the media about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning has focused on the displacement of human workers through automation. But there’s another part of the conversation that has yet to get attention so far – the idea that jobs can be restructured so that AI can augment, rather than replace, humans at work. It’s a concept that Dr. Jeff Nickerson, associate dean of research for the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology and an expert in collective intelligence, hopes to explore further through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

NJIT Engineering Team Wins 2017 Edison Patent Award for Technology to Repair Damaged Spinal Cords Tracey Regan reports that A trio of NJIT-affiliated biomedical engineers were honored Nov. 2 at the 2017 Edison Patent Awards Ceremony for groundbreaking work on nerve growth and repair. Their patent describes a novel strategy for combining a piezoelectric scaffold with neural cells to regenerate nerve tissue in spinal cord injuries. Piezoelectricity is an electrical charge created by mechanical force that is also used in sonar and sound technologies, among others.

NJBIA’s Innovation Summit Focuses on Innovative Advice; Cutting-Edge Innovation Technique, Tactics Presented George N. Saliba reports for New Jersey Business that New Jersey has long been a source for innovation in the medical, pharmaceutical and telecommunications spheres, for example. Yet, today we compete with numerous other states and nations, as the broader innovation landscape continues its rapid evolution. At the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s (NJBIA’s) Innovation Summit, recently held in East Windsor, President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka said, “We have an agenda [at NJBIA that includes] ongoing dialog with policymakers and regulators [and also] bringing together our business community, academic leaders, nonprofits, everyone – all in one room.”

Event: HINJ and Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Medical Device Development Center to Host Patient Perspectives in Research on Nov. 16; Third in Forum Series Please join the Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Medical Device Development Center and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) on Thursday, Nov. 16 for “The Patient’s Perspective: Emotional and Physical Benefits of Medical Devices,” the third in the Rutgers-HINJ Fall 2017 series of educational panels and seminars that focus on the medical device industry. The event will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. (networking at 4:30 p.m.; program at 5:30 p.m.) at Rutgers University BME Auditorium (Busch Campus), 599 Taylor Road, Piscataway.



NJ Economic Development Administration Awards $46M to 39 Companies Continuing efforts to foster the growth of the state’s burgeoning technology industry, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) announced on Nov. 6 that 39 companies have been approved to share over $46 million through New Jersey’s Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer (NOL) Program. Administered by EDA and the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Taxation, this competitive program enables qualified, unprofitable technology and biotechnology companies to sell net operating losses and/or research and development tax credits to raise cash to finance their growth and operations.

Upcoming Events

PharmaVOICE Webinar: Digitizing Clinical Research Processes – The New Frontier

When: Wednesday, Nov. 15; 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar


NJ Tech Council’s 21st Anniversary Awards Celebration
When: Thursday, Nov. 16; 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Somerset, Franklin Township


NJ Department of Health and Rutgers University’s ‘ShapingNJ: Building a Culture of Health in NJ’ – EdisonWhen: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. – 3:30 pm
Where: Pines Manor, 2085 NJ-27, Edison


Envision Conference Princeton
When: Friday, Dec. 1 – 3Where: Princeton University, Princeton


BioNJ’s Third Annual Inspiring Women in STEM Conference When: Friday, Dec 1Where: Sanofi, 55 Corporate Drive, Bridgewater