Report: R&D lags without network
Hemant Pendse operates in a nexus of innovation that ties forestry to high-tech industry. His lab developed a way to extract sugars from wood pulp that could be used to create a renewable jet fuel.
It is a type of synergy that Maine leaders say must be adopted everywhere in the state, if grant and investment dollars are to fund a high-tech economy. Money and R&D, those leaders say, is not enough. Maine must find a way to integrate its skills and resources.