The Future of Innovation in NJ and Across the Nation

The future of innovation is happening today. This Think Tank with Steve Adubato panel discussion features a conversation about new and emerging technologies taking place here in the Garden State and across the globe that will help us live healthier lives. Experts in the fields of genomics, agriculture, science, and research and development discuss the importance of incubator businesses. Further, they consider emerging health technologies that have the potential to not only treat, but cure disease.

Guests Include:

Kate Merton, PhD, MBA, Head, JLABS @ New York-Boston-Philadelphia
David S. Perlin, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Hackensack Meridian Health, Center for Discovery & Innovation
Andrew Swanson, PhD, Head, Research & Development, Aerofarms
Amy Liao, PhD, President of GENEWIZ


9/7/19 #115






"Welcome to Think Thank. I'm Steve Adubato. We're coming to you from the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in beautiful in Newark, New Jersey. Everything you ever wanted or needed to know about innovation, not just where we are today, but the future of innovation. It's part of a long term series where we've been looking at the whole question... the whole question of innovation and what you need to know. So, let me introduce our guests. First, Kate Merton is the head of JLABS, which is? JLABS at New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. And David Perlin is Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation. Andrew Swanson is the head of research and development at an organization called Arrowfarms. And finally, Amy Liao, is president of GENEWIZ. I want to thank all of you for joining us. The future of innovation. Okay. Let me start with you. Your organization. Describe it. No jargon, no acronyms. What is it? Why does it matter? And what's it connected... how is it connect to innovation? So JLABS is the innovation incubator arm of Johnson & Johnson, essentially. We run a network of global incubators where we invite entrepreneurs to come in and work with us, Johnson & Johnson, our experts, to try and produce products in pharm and devise consumer products, and get them out to patients. Great. Before we move on, I'm going to ask you, Dave, to describe your entity that... is the Center for Discovery and Innovation tied to Hackensack Meridian Health? It is part of Hackensack Meridian Health. What is it? The Center for Discovery and Innovation was developed as a research enterprise to take this incredible Renaissance that we're having in science, take... get those insights, and make it work for patients with cancer, infectious diseases, and acute chronic diseases. Arrowfarms is? It's vertical farming. So it's taking... Vertical farming? Vertical farming. It is taking crops and growing them stacked up on levels up to the ceilings and growing at 365 days a year, giving plants a perfect day, you know, every day. Based where? It's in Newark. Yeah. Over on... Not too far from here? Ironbound is our largest facility. It's the largest in the world, and it turns out.... Your..."