According to an article in The Boston Globe, the Bay State is heading for more than 4,000 patents awarded in 2003, and inventing more than other high-tech states, including California, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado. Taken from the "Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy", published by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the study chronicles the number of patents awarded per 100,000 residents. The majority of the state's patented innovations are related to biotechnology, medical devices, computer networking, and telecommunications, with only a few inventions available commercially.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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