Weekly Update - Monday, June 29, 2020

In downtown Buffalo, New York, crossing the border into Ontario, Canada, used to be as easy as driving one mile across the Peace Bridge over the Niagara River. But that's now a forbidden route. In the coronavirus era, New York residents and out-of-state road trippers aren't allowed to cross the border for leisure travel.
When the first coronavirus cases in Chicago appeared in January, they bore the same genetic signatures as a germ that emerged in China weeks before. But as Egon Ozer, an infectious-disease specialist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, examined the genetic structure of virus samples from local patients, he noticed something different.
Impossible Foods founder and CEO Patrick Brown told CNBC on Tuesday that the meat industry is in the midst of a reckoning. As more consumers seek out healthier food options, Brown is convinced that the animal-based market will be obsolete within the next two decades. "From a nutritional standpoint our products match the protein quality and content of the animal products that they replace" and "ours is a clear winner from a health and nutrition standpoint," he said in a "Mad Money" interview.
A few months ago, NASA unveiled its next-generation space suit that will be worn by astronauts when they return to the moon in 2024 as part of the agency’s plan to establish a permanent human presence on the lunar surface. The Extravehicular Mobility Unit—or xEMU—is NASA’s first major upgrade to its space suit in nearly 40 years and is designed to make life easier for astronauts who will spend a lot of time kicking up moon dust. It will allow them to bend and stretch in ways they couldn’t before, easily don and doff the suit, swap out components for a better fit, and go months without making a repair.

How can we maintain strategic innovation in times of crisis?

Gina O’Connor applies her years of research into innovation management into steps that practitioners can take to maintain their strategic innovation efforts even in the face of a global crisis.  Get a quick download from her in this lightning webinar on July 23 at 11-11:30 AM (ET).  Preview her perspective here and register for the webinar.

HeroX can help you with your organization's innovation readiness

The Thrive Quotient is designed to support organizations in identifying what their innovation readiness is.  Innovation is an area where organizations should always have focused, but in today's environment, it's more critical than ever.
When we consider what variables are factored in that assessment, it's not always intuitive.  The content is thoughtfully designed to draw your attention to areas you may want to strengthen.  Team leads should take it, then encourage their respective teams to take it.  It's a fantastic foundation to start meaningful discussions.  It'll create a natural alignment in the narrative, which is critical with any collaboration with your team.  
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What can an empowered R&D team accomplish?

IRI members and a team from Babson College have teamed up to examine the ways in which R&D senior management can structure teams, establish processes, and behave that will facilitate autonomy in R&D teams and allow them to feel empowered to be proactive.  Join this team as they work to find out what specific techniques work best for R&D teams and how organizations have effectively empowered their teams.  Contact Lee Green to learn more.