2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:1B-7.38 - Findings, declarations
34:1B-7.38. Findings, declarations
2. The Legislature finds and declares that:
a. Biotechnology is an emerging technology that holds great promise for designing living organisms that can be used for the treatment of diseases, and improvements to plants and animals, and to otherwise provide for exceptional advances for the betterment of living things;
b. The development and support of biotechnology is especially important in light of the long-established pharmaceutical industry in the State, the many related university research programs on biotechnology, and the sizable investment, to date, of State funds in academic "centers of excellence," and is also vital to the fulfillment of certain responsibilities of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology;
c. In order for society to appreciate the anticipated potential rewards from emerging technology and biotechnology research, private industry must have access to sufficient financial resources to conduct research and transfer research discoveries into viable, commercial products;
d. As an emerging technology, biotechnology, the biotechnology industry, and the industry's required concomitant facilities face significant obstacles in obtaining financial assistance because of the perceived risk of investing in such new ventures;
e. Because of the substantial employment opportunities that could be created by successful emerging technology and biotechnology industries and the resulting importance of such industries to the State's economic base, the State can best stimulate and encourage private investment in emerging technology and biotechnology by directing the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to provide financial assistance to emerging technology and biotechnology companies located in the State;
f. In considering how to best allocate its resources pursuant to this act, the authority should give due consideration to further supporting emerging technology or biotechnology joint ventures by providing economic development funds and assistance to help stimulate growth in disadvantaged urban areas of the State, where public-private partnerships have already been formed, or will be formed, to promote emerging technology and biotechnology research and product development initiatives.
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