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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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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 8, 2020-- The CEOs of AstraZeneca (LSE/STO/NYSE: AZN), BioNTech (NASDAQ: BNTX), GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY), today announced a historic pledge, outlining a united commitment to uphold the integrity of the scientific process as they work towards potential global regulatory filings and approvals of the first COVID-19 vaccines.

 

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Sally Allain, MSc., MBA, Head of JLABS @ Washington, D.C. joins Rich Bendis on BioTalk to discuss her career, the decision to open a BioHealth Capital Region location, and their new BLUE KNIGHT™ collaboration.

As Head of JLABS @ Washington, DC, Sally sets the strategic direction and oversees all operational activities for JLABS in the greater Washington metro region, including Maryland and Virginia. In this role, Sally is responsible for the process of evaluating and selecting a strong portfolio of innovators for JLABS @ Washington, DC, and building strategic partnerships with corporate, academic, government and industry organizations that aim to strengthen the region’s life sciences innovation network.

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The World s Most Innovative Countries 2020 INSEAD Knowledge

Necessity is the mother of invention. Indeed, during the global coronavirus crisis, the world needed to move work, education and play to the digital realm very quickly. One example of an accelerated adjustment is how Slack, the online collaboration hub, has managed to innovate to help companies around the world pivot to remote working (as well as hiring, onboarding and training) within days. Innovation in such times is crucial, but may also increase inequalities among countries, sectors and groups of population.

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How Children Are Returning to School in 3 European Countries Time

Around the world, students are returning to school as countries experiment with new educational models and social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While preliminary research suggests children are less vulnerable to COVID-19 than adults, there remain concerns that schools will become breeding grounds for infection.

Image: Teacher Judith Ziegler wears a mask while she is tutoring a pupil at a primary school on August 31, 2020 in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hemmingenin in Germany. Alle Rechte vorbehalten—Germany

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It’s called Operation Warp Speed. And — regardless of one’s politics, one’s level of concern about Covid-19, or one’s views of therapeutics and vaccines — it inarguably ranks as one of the most ambitious scientific endeavors in modern U.S. history.

Is it working?

Roughly five months after top U.S. health officials coalesced around the idea of a public-private effort to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics, an answer to that question remains out of reach. But with billions of federal dollars already spent on the effort, it’s possible to take stock of the initiative’s progress, or lack thereof.

Image: ALEX HOGAN/STAT

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Start-ups struggled for funding in the second quarter of the year as venture capital firms prioritised companies already in their portfolios.

The Irish Venture Capital Association VenturePulse survey published in association with William Fry reports a near 60 per cent slide in first time funding during the second quarter as a handful of start-ups raised their first equity rounds.

Image: IVCA chairwoman Gillian Buckley said the fall in first-time funding rounds was a major concern but was understandable.

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Llabor dayabor Day’s broad roots in the Labor movement are clear: President Grover Cleveland signed legislation on June 28, 1894, designating Labor Day a national holiday in the U.S. as a peace offering following a deadly railroad workers’ strike.

But exactly who should count as the “founder” of Labor Day, which is celebrated on the first Monday in September, has been the subject of debate since the 1890s.

 

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Health Experts Warn Colleges Not to Send Students Home But What if Quarantine Spaces Run Out

During the first week of classes, officials at James Madison University watched warily as the numbers of Covid-19 cases on campus ticked up and the number of beds set aside to isolate infected or exposed students dwindled.

Knowing that each infected student could potentially spread the virus that causes Covid-19 to dozens more, the university decided on September 1, after consulting with the Virginia Department of Health, that the safest bet would be to send students home for at least four weeks. That would give JMU time to work with local health officials to build up its capacity to contain the spread.

 

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If you've ever watched the hit television series That '70s Show, then you know Michael Kelso as the goofy, handsome, and at times brainless high schooler who always seems to have a swarm of girls around him. As for the actor that plays him, there is much more than meets the eye. Aside from becoming one of the most successful actors on TV, Ashton Kutcher has also worked as a producer, started an international human rights organization, and even coached high school football for a time in Los Angeles.

 

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Infographic AI Innovators The Countries Companies Leading in AI Patents insideBIGDATA

With Artificial Intelligence (AI) continually progressing and developing, it’s unsurprising that many companies are aiming to lead in the AI technology market – especially given that the global AI market is on track to be worth over $118 billion by 2022. But which companies are currently leading the way for innovation when it comes to AI?

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“What we call the beginning is often the end,” T.S. Eliot once said, “The end is where we start from.”

Around 6.30 a.m. on February 2, 2006, fire trucks from across Napa Valley bolted to the Oakville, California, site of the oldest and most celebrated wineries in the country. The fire engulfed Bonny’s Chai, the 7000-sq.ft. dairy barn that served as Silver Oak’s original winemaking facility in 1972, the year Justin Meyer and Ray Duncan began their entrepreneurial journey with Silver Oaks Cellars.

Image: Silver Oak Alexander Valley Winery - https://www.industryleadersmagazine.com

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Derin Oyekan is co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Reel, an eco-friendly paper brand, offering bamboo toilet paper with a portion of the business supporting SOIL, a sanitation R&D non-profit in Haiti. Reel, co-founded with Livio Bisterzo, officially launched in the US in March 2019 and has sold over a million rolls of toilet paper, growing almost 1,000% year over year since launch.

Image: Derin Oyekan, Co-Founder of Reel DERIN OYEKAN

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