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R&D Council Recognizes 2017 Edison Patent Award Winners and Special Individual Honorees

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey (“Council”) is proud to honor 14 winners of the 2017 Edison Patent Awards. These winners will be honored tonight at the 38th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony & Reception at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

Avaya, BASF, Ethicon, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Merck, NJIT, Nokia Bell Labs, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Siemens and Stevens Institute of Technology will be awarded for innovative patent work spanning 13 R&D categories, including: biomaterials, biomedical, energy, environmental, imaging systems, industrial process, information technology, instrumentation, materials, medical, pharmaceutical, technology transfer and telecommunications.

The R&D Council will also honor the inventor of Solvaldi, a cure for Hepatitis C, Dr. Michael Sofia; former Merck CEO and Regeneron Board Chair, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos; and Bedtime Math Foundation Founder and Overdeck Family Foundation Chair, Laura Overdeck, for their unique contributions to research and development, to growth in business initiative and STEM education.

38th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony & Celebration Full Press Release

38th Edison Patent Awards November 2

On November 2, 2017 the Research & Development Council of New Jersey will honor inventors, research organizations, and STEM thought leaders from across the state in a celebration of Edison’s legacy and today’s innovation.  The event will include 20o guest and will be held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. A unique tribute film will premiere for each winner followed by a celebratory dinner.   To attend and/or sponsor this anticipated event, click on this 38th Thomas Edison Patent Awards Invitation-RSVP Card.  Also, new to the program this year is the opportunity to purchase an ad to highlight your organization and/or congratulate our winners.  For more information, you can contact Council Executive Director Kim Case at or 973.274.8336.

Million Women Mentors-New Jersey Hosts its Second Annual Women in STEM Summit

Last Friday, Million Women Mentors-New Jersey and Cisco hosted the Second Annual Women in STEM Summit in Iselin, New Jersey.  60 attendees gathered at Cisco to be greeted by MWM-NJ Honorary Chair Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and STEMconnector and Million Women Mentor’s Chief Business Development Officer Lorena Fimbres.  Attendees from higher education, industry, non-profit, K-12 as well as students were presented with a series of panels on women and girls mentoring success stories in the Garden State.   Presenters included representatives from Stevens, Cisco, Latinas in STEM, NJIT, Rutgers, Accenture, Johnson& Johnson, Wells Fargo and Stevens.