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Ocean Innovation Investing Opportunities
Blue Innovation From the Commonwealth Nations
Source: Secretary General's Paper on Blue Ocean Initiative
Commonwealth Blue Charter
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth nations Patricia Scotland just laid out what she sees as new opportunities to invest in the emerging Blue Ocean Economy. She notes that 95% of the world's oceans are still unexplored. The value of global ocean assets is conservatively valued at $24 Trillion and the global ocean economy is worth $2.5 Trillion a year, according to experts cited by Secretary General Scotland. There is a series of investment opportunity ideas that the 53 Commonwealth nations have signed on to in their new Commonwealth Blue Charter. The Commonwealth nations that span the UK to Canada, Kenya, India and Australia include 1/3rd of all world coastal waters and 42% of all coral reefs within their jurisdictions. Their commitment to the Blue Ocean Charter has the potential of a big impact.
Blue Fashion, Blue Renewable Energy, Blue Fishing, Blue Bonds
Here are a few of the investment opportunities cited by Ms. Scotland. Some are already being initially bankrolled by Commonwealth nations and global investors. Some may be of interest to new investors to take-on the challenges to our oceans and develop ocean sustainability through targeted new innovations. Some notable trends cited by Secretary General Scotland:
Blue Fashion: Kenya is a big leader in this new innovation using marine materials to develop bio-alternative fashion, garments and accessories.
Blue Financing: The Seychelles has pioneered with a number of innovative financing vehicles including Blue Bonds. An example: their blue bond raised $15 Million from global investors to fund ocean economic developments and Climate Change remedies.
Plastic Alternatives: The UK is banning single use plastics. Another example is in Bangladesh, where the Blue Charter Foundation is funding a scientist to develop an alternative to plastic forks, knives and spoons with coconut husk cutlery.
Diversified Sustainable Ocean Traffic and Use: New technology to make ports, fishing and shipping more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Renewable Energy: Expanding the use of clean energy on global oceans through wind, wave and solar energy innovation projects.
The Commonwealth Blue Charter and Secretary General Patrick's ideas and projects are unique and vital. Worthy of global consideration by investors and others for a better planet and push against Climate Change.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…