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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.

Hand putting coins in jar with money stack step gr J2JTNREWhen the word “angel” comes to mind, one might think of an alleviating presence that guides and assists in accomplishing a goal. When paired with the term “investing”, the role of the angel becomes more financial in spirit. When navigating the uncertainty of the financial realm, especially as an up-and-coming business owner, it can be crucial for a person to have an angel investor backing their endeavors.


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Terrence J. Sejnowski is the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he is the Director of the Crick-Jacobs Center for Theoretical and Computational Biology, and Professor of Biological Sciences (Division of Neurobiology) at the University of California San Diego. He is also Co-Director of the Institute for Neural Computation at UCSD. He is a pioneer in the areas of computational neuroscience and artificial neural networks. Among a number of major awards and honors, Professor Sejnowski is a member of all three United States National Academies (the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine). He was also a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, announced by President Obama on April 2nd 2013.

Image: Professor Terry Sejnowski at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and the University of California San Diego. TERRANCE J. SEJNOWSKI 

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MIAMI, Sept. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- MIAMI Association of Realtors Commercial (MIAMI Commercial) will bring together 15 top speakers to explore the innovations and other rapidly evolving changes impacting commercial real estate including blockchain/cryptocurrency, FinTech and other initiatives, that will continue to transform South Florida CRE today and into the future at its 21st annual Commercial Conference at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1 at The Biltmore Hotel.


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In a corporate environment, the focus of a job interview has long been demonstrating your match to the skills and experience outlined in the job description. In my experience with startups, that is still necessary, but not sufficient. Today’s business world has become totally customer driven, so customer-centric and people abilities really make the difference between winners and losers.


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September 28, 2021 RESTON, Virginia—During a year of unprecedented reliance on intellectual property rights to solve massive global challenges through business collaborations, namely the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 and its profound disruptions of personal and business lives, today the Licensing Executive Society (USA & Canada) announced  that it is making a President’s Award and three Deals of Distinction™  Awards, along with the Frank Barnes Award. The Deals of Distinction Awards are given each year, to recognize major business transactions involving licensing, that exemplify best practices and creativity to achieve strategic business objectives, with a significant impact on advancing innovation in the industry Sectors that comprise LES.  Similarly, the Frank Barnes Award is given each year to celebrate an exceptional individual who embodies the highest cultural values of LES by selflessly investing their time and expertise in developing the careers of others – an outstanding mentor. 


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If the pandemic made anything clear, it was that mental health support and treatment are severely limited. However, just as research into Covid-19 accelerated efforts for treatment for other physical illnesses, it also provided a need and opportunity for mental healthcare innovations.

One such exciting development in mental health support comes from Fisher Wallace and its brain stimulation wearable. This FDA-cleared technology helps treat some of the most common and debilitating mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and insomnia. Wearables like what Fisher Wallace is producing are the next stage for healthcare innovation because they effectively treat the problem without the frustrating and often painful side effects that come with many medications.


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Not that long ago putting customer information in a public cloud was unthinkable. Now, financial institutions large and small are taking the plunge, enabling them to respond to customer expectations 'like a fintech.'

In the middle of the pandemic when the government instituted Paycheck Protection Program loans, Live Oak Bank asked its then-legacy core provider how quickly it could make the changes needed to ramp up PPP lending on a large scale. The answer: It would take six months to change the code.


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Bringing innovation inside an established firm, even one that has created novel ideas in the past, is not as simple as just purchasing bundled external knowledge and expecting it to work wonders at headquarters right away.

Enel CEO Francesco Starace’s mandate was to create long-term sustainable value for all stakeholders. For the energy giant to incorporate novel products and ideas from outside its own business units, Chief Innovability Officer Ernesto Ciorra used open innovation, which required systemic changes in the culture and structure of the multinational. Ciorra’s innovability teams – blending innovation with sustainability – were integrated into each business line.


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As a CEO and founder of a successful and ever-growing business, I am constantly being asked what tips I could give others to scale their own companies. Sitting down in reflection, I began to think of the most effective advice that I could give to encourage those who are trying to scale their business and bring forward more success. A few of these tips I was fortunate enough to be given when I was first starting out, and I am happy to be able to share them with you today.


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If the topic of life sciences comes up, people probably think of gene sequencing and other sophisticated biotechnology research.

What probably doesn’t immediately come to mind is steam. Yet scientists involved in energy-intensive bioscience R&D depend on reliable access to high-pressure steam to both sterilize equipment and maintain optimum temperatures in labs. 

Vicinity Energy, a Philadelphia-based provider of district energy solutions, is using combined heat and power — or CHP — to not only supply the thermal energy needs of high-tech customers, but also to help support the city of Philadelphia’s mission to curb carbon emissions.

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Recent instances of high-profile athletes prioritizing their mental health, along with organized efforts from the sports industry, have triggered an important shift in the narrative of mental health in sports. There is much that company leaders can learn from the sports world’s mental health momentum. The authors present four strategies for leaders seeking to support their employees’ mental health. Stop making assumptions about people’s well-being — instead, just ask. Hiding your vulnerabilities can reinforce the stigma around mental health. Recovery is as important for mental health as it is for physical health. And fostering support networks can unlock a virtuous cycle of employee and organizational growth.


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Our planet and everything that lives on it is buckling under the weight of all the plastic waste we're producing. The volume of these non-biodegradable materials discarded after use is only increasing, so we need new ways to tackle them, and fast.

A new study demonstrates the proof-of-concept of an entirely new approach to plastic recycling, inspired by the way nature naturally 'recycles' the components of organic polymers present in our environment.


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