2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:1B-7.42 - Applications for money from fund; criteria; agreements.
34:1B-7.42 Applications for money from fund; criteria; agreements.
6. a. Applications for money from the assistance fund established under this act shall be submitted by emerging technology or biotechnology companies in a form and manner determined by the authority. The authority shall approve or disapprove applications pursuant to the criteria developed pursuant to subsection c. of this section, and may employ any institution of higher education in this State in the approval process.
b. The authority shall enter into written agreements with emerging technology or biotechnology companies approved for financial assistance pursuant to this act, and, as appropriate, with financial institutions concerning the type, amount and terms of the financial assistance provided.
c. The authority shall, in consultation with the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology and any institution of higher education in New Jersey, develop criteria for the approval or disapproval of applications submitted pursuant to subsection a. of this section. Such criteria shall include, but need not be limited to, an evaluation of the emerging technology or biotechnology company's actual or potential scientific and technological viability, a determination that the emerging technology or biotechnology company's principal products or services are sufficiently innovative to provide a competitive advantage, a determination that the proposed financial assistance will result in significant growth in permanent, full-time employment in the State, a determination that the emerging technology or biotechnology company has been unable to secure financial assistance on affordable terms from conventional sources, a determination that the financial assistance provided pursuant to this act demonstrates the prospect of a high rate of return on investment, and the extent to which the applicant's proposed or expanded activities will enhance or diversify the State's capacity and competitiveness in the field of emerging technology or biotechnology.
d. The Department of Commerce and Economic Development and the authority may promote economic development in disadvantaged urban areas of the State, where emerging technology or biotechnology joint ventures have been or will be established.
L.1995, c.137, s.6.
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