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Support for innovation networks has led to the successful launch of companies in health, agricultural robotics and more.
By Camille Crittenden, Albany
Camille Crittenden is the executive director of CITRIS (the Research Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society) and the Banatao Institute.
Re “California needs a redistribution of innovation”; May 14, 2021, Comment
Matt Horton of the Milken Institute and Fred Walti of the Network for Global Innovation rightly point to the need for a better distribution of resources to support innovation across California.
Fortunately, there is already a network of accelerators and research facilities across the University of California, particularly its Institutes for Science and Innovation (ISI). The CITRIS Foundry, based at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute, serves founders of students, faculty and alumni of Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, and Merced.
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Specializations on these campuses have led to the start-up of successful companies in healthcare, agricultural robotics, sensor networks and more. The other ISIs with a presence at nine UC campuses have helped pioneer technologies in the biosciences, quantum computing, renewable energy, and advanced network communications among other fields.
State investments in this inclusive innovation infrastructure promise to be well recouped through additional jobs and contributions to various industries essential to California’s future.