In an op-ed on NJ.com, NJ Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis has cited Princeton's recently announced collaborations with Google, Microsoft and Celgene as examples of the "great advantages our colleges and universities can provide to business and industry within the state."
Writing about the Google artificial intelligence lab to be led by Princeton faculty and set to open in January in downtown Princeton, Smith Ellis noted,
"At the nexus of these two marquee names is a promise: building an economy centered on innovation and strength, and that seeks to lift up and provide meaningful careers for its residents. This collaboration will bring with it extensive research into the myriad possibilities of what artificial intelligence offers across a wide spectrum of computing and industrial concerns. It also will highlight one of the nation’s leading higher education systems, and attract more innovators to call New Jersey home. "
Governor Murphy posted a video to Twitter about the Google AI lab announcement.
Secretary Smith Ellis also recognized the creation of incubator and research space across the state, such as Princeton Innovation Center Biolabs, for "next generation companies."
Princeton is participating in ResearchWithNJ.com, a database that includes select assets of the state's research universities, including researcher profiles, publications and scientific facilities that can be used by industry, government and other academic institutions. This project is being led by the NJ Economic Development Agency as an effort to build industry research collaborations and attract business to the state.
Smith-Ellis's op-ed appeared on NJ.com on December 20, 2018.