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Mar. 28, 2012
 
 
 



Botox treatment developed in CU lab nets $30 million payout
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The University of Colorado has received a $30 million payout for a Botox treatment that one of its faculty members invented in the late 1990s. The treatment, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August, was developed to treat urinary incontinence in people with neurological conditions, such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis, who have overactive bladders. "Upon that approval, we went to a number of investment organizations that purchase royalty streams and we conducted, in essence, an auction," explained David Allen, the director of CUs Technology Transfer Office. More




Supreme Court ruling throws doubt over countless life-sciences patents
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously declared a company's patents on a medical-testing process invalid, a decision that could affect the patentability of countless numbers of life-sciences inventions developed at universities and other research institutions. Patent claims that merely describe natural phenomena are not patent-eligible, the court said, and the diagnostic procedure outlined in the patents at stake in the case "adds nothing to the laws of nature that is not already present when the steps are considered separately." More
Related story: Supreme Court orders review of patent on cancer gene (The Chronicle of Higher Education )


Columbia University sues Illumina over DNA patents
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Illumina Inc, a gene-mapping company facing a $5.7 billion hostile takeover bid by Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG, was sued by Columbia University on Monday for allegedly infringing five patents related to DNA sequencing. According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware, Illumina commercialized its so-called next-generation sequencing (NGS) products despite knowing about the patents, obtained between 2009 and 2012 and assigned to Columbia. The university said its patents cover NGS technologies that allow rapid and precise DNA sequencing, which are particularly important in using individuals' genomic DNA sequence information as a basis for providing health care. More

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Plastic heals itself, could make gadgets drop-proof
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You just got a brand-new tablet. It's fast, it's sleek, and — oops — it's broken. You dropped it and its plastic shell has cracked. Or maybe you got lucky and there's only a gigantic, ugly gash in its side. We've all been there, experiencing the woe of a broken gadget case. But we might not have to worry about it for too much longer. New research has led to the creation of plastic that heals itself much like skin does, by bleeding. A team of Researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg is responsible for the breakthrough. The new plastic's trick relies on the plastic being designed a bit like a web of chain. When the plastic gets scratched, the chains in that area are severed. More

Breakthroughs may lead to more energy efficient transistors
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Researchers at Penn State and the University of Notre Dame have announced breakthroughs in the development of tunneling field effect transistors (TFETs), a semiconductor technology that takes advantage of the quirky behavior of electrons at the quantum level. Transistors are the building blocks of the electronic devices that power the digital world, and much of the growth in computing power over the past 40 years has been made possible by increases in the number of transistors that can be packed onto silicon chips. But that growth, if left to current technology, may soon be coming to an end. More

Capsule helps decontaminate milk, water and other fluids
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Water, milk and other fluids can be purified of radioactive substances with absorbent nanoparticles, according to a study released at the American Chemical Society annual conference. Arsenic, lead, cadmium and other heavy metals can also be removed with the technology, said Allen Apblett, an Oklahoma State University associate professor of chemistry who led the research team. The Fukuskima nuclear disaster, with its release of radiation that showed up thousands of miles away in food, highlighted the need for the technology, Apblett said. More




GlueX project marks major milestone
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Hard work, patience and a love of physics is the glue that holds an international research team together. A celebration was hosted by the University of Regina as two of its physics professors marked a major milestone in the GlueX project. Researchers from the U of R and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, VA, have been working together for an entire decade and are prepared to enter the next phase — data collection. The Jefferson Lab's GlueX project is attempting to understand the "nuclear glue" that holds all matter together. More

Toyohashi researchers develop micro-hall effect magnetic field sensors
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Researchers at the Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan have announced that they are seeking industrial partners for the commercialization of the Hall effect magnetic field sensors developed by them. The new magnetic field sensors have been developed for operation at high temperatures and in harsh radiation conditions. Hall effect sensors are ideal for speed detection, current sensing, positioning and proximity switching applications and are prominently used in the electronic industry for banknote authentication and optical memory disks. However the use of III-V compound and silicon-based Hall effect magnetic field sensors pose several challenges in critical applications such as nuclear power stations and outer space. More



AUTM announces venture forum winners
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The creation, care and nurturing of academic startups is a high profile aspect of what technology transfer offices do. The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), highlighted this important aspect of the profession by hosting two business plan competitions during the AUTM Venture Forum held during the AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting, March 14 – 17 in Anaheim, CA. More

AUTM debuts GTP at AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting
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The GTP now features nearly 13,000 available technologies. A "How to Use the AUTM GTP" video is available on YouTube. More




Researcher's microdissection device hits the market to fight cancer (Newswise)

Inovio receives U.S. patent for SynCon® H1N1 influenza universal vaccine (PRNewswire)

Developing the next generation of fuel cells (University of Connecticut)

Researchers discover a new path for light through metal (ScienceDaily)

AUTM, NIH data inform discussion on licensing diagnostic tests (AUTM via Newswise)

 


 
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