Acting Deputy Secretary Patrick Gallagher yesterday spoke
at the first-ever American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership
Summit in Washington, DC. Co-hosted by the Department of Energy's Energy
Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office and the Council on Competitiveness,
the first annual gathering brought together leaders from government, academia,
industry and more to address national priorities in energy and manufacturing.
Scientists are developing a pill that could be used to cure cat allergies, ridding sufferers of sniffing, sneezing and itchy eyes. Researchers claim they may have discovered a cure for the UK's most common pet allergy and say treatment could be on the market within five years. A team from Cambridge University discovered the trigger that can cause allergic reactions in one in ten people.
Not all of history’s most significant scientists were college graduates when they began their works. In fact, history is full of scientists who have shaped the world due to their work as teenagers. If they were disregarded simply because of their age, many things we take for granted today may not exist.
In an increasingly competitive world, the United States must
invest in its best scientists,
researchers and entrepreneurs so that they innovate here, make things here, and
create good paying, high quality jobs for middle class families. The
Department of Commerce and its bureaus are supporting and fostering innovation at
all stages of product development, from original research through to final
Commerce’s Economic Development Agency has launched two
grant challenges, the i6
Challenge and the Advanced
Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator, to move ideas from the lab and
shop floor to the marketplace at an accelerated rate. Supporting this work is
the Regional Innovation Acceleration
Network, a web-based tool to help economic development professionals promote
entrepreneurship, business development, and technology commercialization in
In April 2010, the Commerce Department launched the Internet
Policy Task Force to ensure that the Internet remains open for innovation.
In doing so, it has produced the Consumer
Privacy Bill of Rights, made important steps forward for a National Strategy for Trusted Identities in
Cyberspace, started a conversation about privacy
concerns within mobile apps, and worked
to combat Botnets that threaten internet security. To ensure continued Internet
security, Commerce has opened a Cybersecurity Center of
I’ve been asked a few times what I think of the Kerry/Lugar startup visa bill designed to create a special immigration category for foreigners who want to come here and start a business. My answer is basically the same as Annie Lowrey’s—this is a find idea but far too restrictive thanks to “inflexible rules about sales, capital investment, and job creation.”