Where is Commerce headed? McKee may give R.I. agency new direction in recovery

PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA
PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA
Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic last June, Daniel J. McKee appeared frustrated. McKee, then Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, took the unusual step of openly criticizing the decision-making of then-Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, a fellow Democrat. He believed he had been ignored by the administration from the start of the coronavirus crisis and publicly…

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