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Hub of Innovation

Hub Of Innovation

What are the best ways to solve the pressing challenges of our city, region, country and planet?  The Hub of Innovation profiles a set of breakthrough solutions from the region, nation and around the world. Nominate an innovation!

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Organovo Instrument
Heralding the day of organs on demand

For decades, organ construction seemed an impossible feat, but the companies Organovo and Invetech are providing hope that this vision may soon be realized.
Africa lab
Arming Africa with the tools to create a pharmaceutical infrastructure allowing for sustainable local drug production

Treating the whole person and educating the community 

The Codman Square Health and Education Center is a community-based, outpatient health care and multi-service center. The Center does not simply provide clinical solutions, but promotes a culture of health.

Age Suit

Age mimicking suit aids in designing products for the aged

Joseph Coughlin's AgeLab at MIT has managed to design something rare - empathy. That is the objective behind a suit named AGNES, an acronym for the Age Gain Now Empathy System. 

Boy with blocks
Leadership in autism research, treatment, and public awareness

The Simons Center for the Social Brain (SCSB) at MIT is on track to become a leading force in autism research, treatment, and public awareness.

Enabling access to your genetic profile

23andMe is a retail DNA testing service providing information and tools for consumers to learn about and explore their DNA.

Shape Up Somerville

An integrated community-based approach to reducing obesity in school children 

The "Shape Up Somerville" program sets a precedent in community responsiveness to childhood obesity. 

Happy Person

Mark 10 if you're ecstatic. "Happiness" survey creates powerful new indicator.

The City of Somerville, MA, set a precedent in 2011 by surveying residents on their “happiness.” Researchers hope to correlate ratings of well-being to determine what makes residents more or less satisfied.

Hubway bikes

From ZipCar smart car sharing, to Hubway smart bike sharing - Boston continues to be the Hub of Innovation.  

Hubway, Boston's new bike share system, allows commuters to escape the stress of city driving in exchange for accessible, green transit.
Girl with sign
Uniting collegiate students for just and sustainable food.

The Real Food Challenge is a campaign to significantly increase the abundance of healthy, locally grown food in the collegiate system, putting more money back into wholesome, ecologically sound and humane sources for food (“real food”).
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