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Targeted Regional Investment Needed to Boost Black Inventors

Feb. 23, 2022, 10:15 PM

More federal dollars for research and development in areas where Black science and engineering graduates live could help increase the number of Black inventors who own patents, Brookings senior fellow Andre Perry said.

“Not investing in Black talent has always been a harmful moral failure,” Perry said at a webinar hosted by Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox. “An economy built on exclusivity has proven to be a house of cards.”

Perry’s findings showed that the lack of investment in Black innovators is tied to the concentration of federal research and development flowing to a small cluster of states, while a ...