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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.

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(Photo courtesy of the University City Science Center)

As robotics and autonomy companies build Pittsburgh’s reputation as an essential tech hub, life sciences might soon be the next frontier of progress. It’s a time of growing excitement for the field in Pittsburgh. Cognition Therapeutics, a drug discovery company based in the South Side, announced plans earlier this summer for an initial public offering of $50 million, which officially launched this morning. And in June, a million dollar grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation brought the formation of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Alliance, which will likely see more news in the next few months.

Image: In a lab. (Photo courtesy of the University City Science Center)

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She’s a C-suite-level executive with 20 years of experience working in corporate finance. Earlier in her career, she stayed at companies for long periods of time. But in her last few roles, she’s been jumping ship as soon as the going gets tough. Is she leaving too quickly, or has she not yet found the right role?


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Eighteen months into the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S. aviation has finally started to rebound — but the industry that has emerged is different than the industry that was essentially forced into a coma in the first months of the pandemic. A year after their first interview on the state of aviation, Harvard Business Review sat down to discuss the challenges (and opportunities) facing the industry with Jon Ostrower, the editor-in-chief of The Air Current, Courtney Miller, managing director of analysis for The Air Current, and Dan McKone and Alan Lewis, two Boston-based managing directors at L.E.K. Consulting who have experience advising major airlines.


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Most of you business leaders focus first on providing guidance to your team, but neglect self-leadership as an equally important dimension. In my experience, many entrepreneurs rely too much on the perspective of a trusted advisor, or try to emulate a competitor who is getting attention. Personal leadership is setting your own direction and making real decisions first.


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It’s been a little over five years since Title III of the JOBS Act went into effect, paving the way for every American to invest in private companies regardless of net worth. Since 2016, over $514 million has been raised, and I fully expect this pace to dramatically accelerate in 2021 due in part to the new SEC rules that went into effect on March 15.

The new SEC rules specifically allow for the following:


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Even when they are wrong, those who think differently add value to an organisation.

Does this situation sound familiar? You’re sitting in a meeting, and you and your colleagues are energetically discussing how to handle an important issue or challenge. Ideas and suggestions are bouncing around so fast that the designated note-taker can barely keep up. Then a new voice chimes in, belonging to an employee who never talks in such meetings. It’s as if one of the chairs in the conference room suddenly started speaking. The group falls silent and pays close attention, clearly expecting something special.


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In this Nov. 16, 2015 file photo, a worker walks through a section of the Mississippi Power Co. carbon capture plant in DeKalb, Miss.

Rogelio V. Solis | AP

President Joe Biden has pledged to cut America's greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. He intends to meet this ambitious target through a wave of new federal spending and government programs. Yet, our best hope for reducing carbon emissions isn't new government spending. It's a technological sea-change – one that can only come from the private sector.

Government is slowing progress against climate change by imposing regulations that prevent emissions-lowering technologies from reaching the market. If our leaders really want to save the planet, they need to get out of the way of entrepreneurs who can actually do so.

Image: In this Nov. 16, 2015 file photo, a worker walks through a section of the Mississippi Power Co. carbon capture plant in DeKalb, Miss. Rogelio V. Solis | AP

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The digital health sector was growing rapidly. Then the pandemic came.

In this case, it was a story of growth.

Following distancing requirements and loosening regulations, telemedicine became the name of the game for many healthcare systems across the nation. It was an area where Baltimore startups could add value, whether it was the “digital front door” of b.well Connected Health or Tissue Analytics‘ work with healthcare institutions to remotely monitor woundcare patients.


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CHATHAM, N.J., Oct. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: TNXP) (Tonix or the Company), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced it has completed the acquisition of its new research and development center (RDC) located in Frederick, Md. The approximately 48,000 square foot facility will support Tonix’s expanding infectious disease pipeline, including:

  • TNX-1800 – a live virus vaccine designed to protect against COVID-19 
  • TNX-801 – a live virus vaccine designed to protect against smallpox and monkeypox 
  • TNX-3500 – a small molecule antiviral under development to treat COVID-19 
  • TNX-2100 – a peptide based skin test to measure functional T cell immunity to SARS-CoV-2

Tonix purchased the RDC from Southern Research, a collaborating partner on TNX-1800 and TNX-801 development.


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READING, U.K. - Verizon and Unloc have launched the highly anticipated Young Entrepreneurs Challenge 2021. Now in its fourth year, the challenge is open to European entrepreneurs aged between 16-25 years old, who submit their technology-led start-up business concept online. The winner will claim a £10,000 (€11,000) Grand Prize, mentorship and a technology package to launch their business. In addition, they will also receive a ticket to attend the Global One Young World 2022 Tokyo Summit in Japan.


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Artist's conception of a visit to the Eiffel Tower in a version of the JCDecaux City Provider | Citroen photos

French automaker Citroen has shared its vision for the urban mobility of tomorrow, with autonomous movement around town “for everyone,” the company said of its Urban Collëctif concept vehicles, developed in partnership with hotel group Accor and outdoor advertising and street furniture specialist JCDecaux. 

The project is based on the Citroen Skate platform with three service pods — Sofitel En Voyage, Pullman Power Fitness, and JCDecaux City Provider.

Image: Artist's conception of a visit to the Eiffel Tower in a version of the JCDecaux City Provider | Citroen photos

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