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September 4, 2012


Looking for Cures Lost in Translation

Surprisingly few of the billions of federal dollars spent on biomedical research go toward translating basic science discoveries into workable therapies. But a brand new NIH program is taking small steps in the right direction.

August 28, 2012


The Networked Energy Web

The U.S. stands at the cusp of a transformation that will connect the ongoing innovations in information technology with the emergence of intelligent, efficient, secure, and cleaner energy networks. We present a framework for understanding and accelerating this transformation.

August 24, 2012


A 21st Century Approach to Manufacturing Innovation

A new manufacturing institute will bring stakeholders together for collaborative innovation, illustrating the differences between traditional industrial policy and 21st century innovation policy.

August 20, 2012

The Hard Path to Open Source Bioinnovation

The “open source” software movement may have created your browser, it you’re using Firefox. But the open source movement in biotechnology is less well-known. This article explains why.

August 16, 2012


The Solyndra Standard

Today’s crash landing of the Defense Department’s $300 million experimental hypersonic scramjet puts the Solyndra bankruptcy in perspective, and illustrates how we need to reconsider how we define “failure” in the technology innovation discourse.

August 2, 2012


Will the World Be Flatter in 3D?

3D printing could herald a manufacturing renaissance in the United States, but only if we invest in the the technically skilled workforce needed to make the most of this potentially disruptive technology.

June 28, 2012


The MIT CityCar And The Future Of Urban Mobility

Researchers at MIT have been working to rethink the urban mobility paradigm–from conventional vehicles operating in cramped, polluted, and dangerous environments, to vehicles specifically optimized for city centers.

May 23, 2012


Crowdfunding – But Not by the Crowd

The JOBS Act seeks to accelerate the rise of Internet-enabled “crowdfunding” as a source of startup capital for entrepreneurs. But the gains may be countered by major growing pains.

April 26, 2012


White House Releases National Bioeconomy Blueprint

The White House today released the long-awaited National Bioeconomy Blueprint, which summarizes emergent trends in biotechnology, and contains five strategic imperatives for government policy moving forward.

April 17, 2012


An American Kodak Moment

A new report from Third Way compares the technological myopia that bankrupted Kodak for failing to anticipate the shift to digital photography and imaging, to the shortsightedness of U.S. clean energy innovation policy.

February 23, 2012


Streamlining the Business and Government Interface

The new portal is a key first step in bringing scattered federal programs together in one place to be more effective in helping business and spurring American innovation.

February 21, 2012


Making the Most of Competition in Federal R&D

At a recent event at the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Dr. Sybil Francis and Dr. Gregg Zachary discussed best practices for managing competition among and between federal research programs.