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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

U.S. Leadership in Medical Innovation Depends on Education and Immigration Policy,...

U.S. Leadership in Medical Innovation Depends on Education and Immigration Policy, Say Experts at Capitol Hill Briefing on 'Education & Immigration: Building Blocks of Innovation'

Council for American Medical Innovation Brings Together Political Leaders, Educators and Policy Experts at First in a Series of Briefings About Achieving "Recovery Through Discovery"

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Irish Innovation Center coming to San Jose

San Jose — The Irish are coming to America — again — this time to a new center slated to open in January in downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square.

Called the Irish Innovation Center, the facility will be located in the Linden Building at 177 W. Santa Clara St. and is expected to house as many as 35 companies looking to build a presence in the United States.

SSTI: U.S. Slips from First Place in Global Competitiveness Rankings

The United States fell from its position as the most competitive national economy according to the World Economic Forum's (WEF) recently released annual Global Competitiveness Report. Switzerland took the top spot as the U.S. fell to a close second place in the weighted ranking system. The report attributed the switch in positions to a number of growing weaknesses that have plagued the U.S. over the past year, while the Swiss economy remained relatively stable. Though the U.S. continues to perform well in measures of innovation, the country declined in indices of its institutional effectiveness and macroeconomic stability. The U.S.'s persistent fiscal deficits and trade imbalances were noted as a particular threat to the nation's mid- and long-term competitiveness.

 

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Hawaii: Innovation and Diversification Key to Future Growth

Hawaii has seen its tourism industry severely impacted by the economic downturn, but there have been some signs of stabilization. Pearl Imada Iboshi, state economist and economics research administrator, says signs of stabilization have shown up in the visitor count data that her department closely watches. “The slight increase in domestic passengers somewhat offsets the international, largely Japanese, market,” she says.

Innovation scavenger hunt next month

Mass. High Tech and Xconomy alert us to a planned Quest for Innovation on Oct. 9, in which teams of "entrepreneurial leaders & startups, universities, industry associations & agencies, entrepreneurial organizations and the New England business community" will fan out across downtown trying to figure out clues related to Boston's role as a leader in innovation over the centuries.

SBIR Agency Profile – USDA

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes competitively awarded grants that are to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefit if successful.

Jobs' Return Brings Ovation: Where's the Innovation?

Steve Jobs' return to the spotlight at yesterday’s Apple music innovation event brought down the house: the legendary CEO received a standing ovation from his crowd. While thin and slightly hoarse, he seemed energized to be back. Jobs got right down to brass tacks and told his audience about his recent liver transplant, much-discussed in the tech tabloids and media as a whole. Said Jobs, “I had a liver transplant five months ago and now I have a liver from a mid-20s person, who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs. I wouldn’t be here without such generosity.” Despite Jobs’ enthusiastic welcome home, Apple’s conference seemed more about ovations than innovation.

BIO Top Brass Meet the Press

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) held a media briefing on Federal policy issues today, with most of BIO's executive staff assembling at BIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. In addition to the media present on site, BIO hosted several more members of the press by teleconference.

Bendis to appear on three panels at NASVF Converence (Sept 14 through 16) in Oklahoma City

The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds conference in Oklahoma City is Sept. 14-16 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. This year is the 16th annual event from NASVF, a global nonprofit that promotes investments in seed and early-stage companies by supporting entrepreneurs and creating jobs from innovative capital programs. The organization connects investors, economic development organizations and tech transfer professionals all looking to create stronger economies and jobs. Presenters and attendees at the two-day event get the chance to share ideas and discuss strategies. The conference regularly draws seed and early-stage fund managers, fund-of-fund managers, state venture capital leaders, angel investment leaders, institutional investors and tech commercialization experts. For an agenda of the conference, including times for sessions and speakers, go to www.nasvf.org/confapp.php.

SSTI: Time to Seize the Moment? Will States and Regions Lead U.S. into Next Economy

This week's Digest covers two new independent reports that separately assess two critical aspects to how well nations are prepared for the economic recovery: competitiveness and educational attainment. The news, obvious in our choice of headlines, may suggest the past year - actually several years - has not been kind to the United States relative to other nations. Reading the articles one will see, however, that it isn't time that is working against the U.S. but rather our progress on several indicators of preparedness for a future based on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. The reports show other nations are succeeding in laying a more solid foundation for their future than the U.S. is preparing for itself.

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