Assistant Secretary of Defense Zachary Lemnios told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that “While our laboratories are positioned for success today, I believe it’s important to challenge our existing practices and consider new business models.” Besides updating management models, many facilities are in need of physical repair or remodeling.
Read the article at National Defense Magazine for more information.
The Texas State House is studying ways to encourage Texas universities to convert their research into products, companies and, by extension, jobs. The suggestions ranged from creating research parks with more labs to granting tenure to faculty members based on entrepreneurship or the creation of intellectual property.
A 2011 study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute highlights trends in manufacturing worldwide and determined that talented human capital is the single most critical element to success now and in the future. The report, The Future of Manufacturing, found that manufacturers are facing a shortage of skilled workers, which will only worsen as the population ages.
Other key factors identified in the report include the ability to innovate, increased global competition, materials resource competition, and lack of manufacturing infrastructure. Clean energy strategies and energy policies are also high priorities for manufacturers.
The White House has released a National Bioeconomy Blueprint as part of its commitment to strengthening bioscience research. The press release states that, “The Blueprint calls upon Federal agencies to accelerate their efforts to harness the biological sciences for the benefit of the nation.” Five strategic imperatives from the report:
- Support R&D investments that will provide the foundation for the future bioeconomy.
- Facilitate the transition of bioinventions from research lab to market, including an increased focus on translational and regulatory sciences.
- Develop and reform regulations to reduce barriers, increase the speed and predictability of regulatory processes, and reduce costs while protecting human and environmental health.
- Update training programs and align academic institution incentives with student training for national workforce needs.
- Identify and support opportunities for the development of public-private partnerships and precompetitive collaborations—where competitors pool resources, knowledge, and expertise to learn from successes and failures.
The report can be found here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/national_bioeconomy_blueprint_april_2012.pdf