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North Dakota Ranks 13th in Per Capita Bioscience R&D Investment

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A new report issued recently issued by BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization), the world's largest biotechnology organization has North Dakota near the bottom of the list in a number of key bioscience performance metrics as a state still growing an emerging biosciences sector. BIO issued a full report on the state of bioscience jobs and economy among each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

UAS Training Company Expands to Grand Forks

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Simlat, an Israel-based unmanned aircraft systems company announced its plans to expand to Grand Forks on Thursday. The company will open its North American office at the Center for Innovation adjacent to UND.

Grand Forks Herald:

NovaDigm developing life-saving Staph vaccine in Grand Forks

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Feeling that little needle prick in the upper arm is something most people dread, but to NovaDigm Therapeutics, that shot in the arm means huge success for the company. NovaDigm Therapeutics is creating a vaccine that fights infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as Staph infections.

Biopharmaceutical Research Center, STEM Education at Native American Schools, Antarctica

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The state Board of Higher Education recently approved the request for $3 million in funding to expand the Center for Biopharmaceutical Research and Production at NDSU.

According to the Fargo Forum:

"The center has more than $6.6 million in matching funds from the private sector. Officials anticipate that the center will create 40 to 60 jobs. The center also needs approval from the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation Board, the Emergency Commission and the Budget Section. "

Visit: NDSU Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Milken Institute Ranks Region Tops in the Nation in Economic Performance

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Milken Institute recently ranked Fargo #1 and Bismarck #2 among 179 small metropolitan areas in economic performance. Grand Forks placed 25th on the list. The Milken rankings combine measures of short and mid-term job growth, wage and salary growth, high-tech GDP growth, and high tech GDP concentration.

NORTH DAKOTA NICE 2010: National Innovations in Climate and Energy Workshop

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The ND NICE Workshop scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks has been POSTPONED. A new date, most likely in February or March, 2011, will be announced shortly. Please contact Matthew Leiphon or Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett with any questions regarding the postponement.

UND Center for Innovation Receives Third International Honor from National Business Incubation Association

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UND Center for Innovation’s two technology incubators have been designated as a “Soft Landings International Incubator” by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) for the third time - initial designation in 2006 plus two two-year renewals in 2008 and 2010.

NDSU: NASA-related Research Awards, $5 Million Funding for Advanced Nanomaterials

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From NDSU: "Five NDSU faculty received ND NASA EPSCoR research focus area awards totaling $150,000. The recipients are Fardad Azarmi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics; Benjamin Braaten, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Muhammet Kose, professor of chemistry; Jack Norland, assistant professor of natural resources, school of natural resource science; and Xinnan Wang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

North Dakota Economy Expanding

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This months Prairie business cover story features another profile of growth in the upper great plains. The story includes some discussion of research growth in the valley:

The Red River Valley Research Corridor is on its way to becoming a national hub for federal academic research and development activity.

Since 2002, more than $700 million of federal investments in research, training, advanced services and manufacturing contracts have been directed to universities, colleges, and businesses throughout North Dakota.

RRVRC Impact 2010, North Dakota First in Economic Competitiveness

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At October's Milestones & Horizons Summit, we released a report looking at the overall impact of research activities in the Red River Valley Region. Our region has outperformed the rest of the country in academic R&D growth, growing at a rate nearly 60% higher than the national average. The valley has added more than 2,200 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics jobs at the technician level and higher. That's 30% growth in since 2002, a growth rate more than five times the national average.

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