Johns Hopkins University APL is one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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It’s the second straight year JHAPL has made the exclusive list. The state-of-the-art research facility is the kind of place where a random conversation between barely acquainted colleagues led them to enter an internal multidisciplinary innovation competition dubbed MOSH PIT (Meet Other Staff Hoping to Propose Innovative Technologies), combining research into navigational planning in brains with autonomous robotic swarms. After winning the competition to earn funding, the researchers scored a grant from the National Science Foundation to help advance the field of swarming technology. Read Full Story

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Aetion cracks top 10 of Fast Company’s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The healthcare company checks in at number 10. The healthcare technology company uses data and predictive modeling to answer questions about how certain treatments will affect different sectors of the population. The company has a separate labs team completely focused on innovation. The labs team, says CEO Carolyn Magill, “makes sure that our scientists have time to do research with academic partnerships to support the latest thinking and participate in peer-reviewed research.” Read Full Story

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The marriage of biology and silicon is poised to unleash (literal) life-changing innovations

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Computing has already transformed labs. Now it is biology’s turn to reinvent tech and every other industry, a top McKinsey researcher writes. Never before have biology and silicon been so well positioned to interact in a way that will unlock new forms of innovation. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said that biology will undoubtedly fuel computing. Conversely, computing is already powering advances in biology. Now is the time for innovators and investors to look carefully at this collision of science and technology that is creating a new frontier. Read Full Story

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Introducing the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

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Here’s how we compiled our second annual list. For the second year, Fast Company is recognizing organizations that have created cultures enabling employees at all levels—not just top executives, computer scientists, or researchers—to innovate. We’ve expanded the list from 50 to 100 companies, schools, and nonprofits of all sizes, from SōRSE Technology, a 30-­person startup, to Siemens, a 173-year-old conglomerate employing nearly 400,000 people worldwide. We’re also introducing a whole new category to this year’s list, having invited companies to nominate internal groups for recognition as Innovative Team of the Year. Read Full Story

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