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Commercialization is not the problem
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Encouraged by critics like Derek Bok, Gaye Tuchman, and Jennifer Washburn (who characterizes market forces and commercial values as "a foul wind [that] has blown over the campuses" of our nation's universities) the commercialization hypothesis has been accepted, often without critical thought, by many members of the academy. They are not big fans of the business community to begin with, and it is convenient to assume our problems come from "outside agitators" like intrusive business people. We in higher education do have major problems with cost and quality, and they need fixing. But commercial forces are not the problem — our own internal practices are. A major factor in the persistence of our cost and quality problems is too much emphasis on public relations and too little emphasis on introspection. More



Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher develops new way to study
single biological molecules

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Sanjeevi Sivasankar, of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory, is developing and building a unique, single-molecule microscope. Cells have surface proteins, called cadherins, that help them stick together. Different kinds of cells have different kinds of cadherins. The typical tools for observing and measuring those proteins focus on tens of thousands of them at a time — providing data on the average molecule in a sample, but not on a single molecule. Sivasankar, an Iowa State University assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, wanted to study them one at a time. More

New semiconductor startup debugs the high-tech
commercialization model

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A Vancouver-based startup claims it has developed a breakthrough technology for debugging chips in the semiconductor industry. Veridae Systems Inc., which includes former members of technology heavyweights PMC-Sierra Inc. and Teradici Corp., also has some lessons about the importance of adapting to the new realities of the venture capital environment with a lean commercialization strategy. The company operates in a very high-tech space, but is run more like a lean Internet startup than a typical multimillion-dollar research-and-development-driven technology operation. Veridae was spun out of doctorate research that the company's CTO Brad Quinton began at the University of British Columbia six years ago. More



Columbia University and Neuromatters, LLC to develop brain-computer interface technology
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Columbia University and Neuromatters, LLC announced that they have entered into an agreement to develop a novel brain-computer interface technology for rapid identification of relevant images. The human brain reacts to images of interest at a pace that is far faster than a person can consciously register. Researchers at Columbia University have developed a technology, "Cortically Coupled Computer Vision," that takes advantage of this near-subconscious ability and pairs it with the processing power and efficiency of computers for rapid identification of images that the brain finds relevant. More

New technique to identify cancer biomarkers
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The University of Liège in Belgium has presented TARGETOME, the most recent of its spin-offs, which is also the first to spring from its applied geno-proteomics centre, GIGA. Based on research carried out by the GIGA-Cancer metastasis research laboratory, led by professor Vincent Castronovo, the Targetome business company is marketing a new technique used to identify biomarkers which are specifically over-expressed in certain cancers and cancerous metastases. This new technique for identifying cancer biomarkers, which has been patented by Castronovo, is the first stage in the development of a new type of diagnosis methodologies and anti-cancer therapies, enabling early detection, efficient localization through imaging of malign lesions and their selective destruction. More

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. resolves litho dispute
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Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has resolved a lithography patent dispute. In June, STC.UNM — the technology-transfer arm of the University of New Mexico — said that it was charging TSMC and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with alleged patent infringement. STC's complaint identified TSMC and Samsung as infringing STC's United States Patent No. 6,042,998, entitled "Method and Apparatus for Extending Spatial Frequencies in Photolithography Images." TSMC denied the charges. TSMC said that it was able to secure a favorable resolution to an International Trade Commission investigation for alleged patent infringement by STC.UNM over its 28-nm process technology. More

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Are clean technologies really that clean?
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Clean tech firms such as solar panel manufacturers and wind turbine companies are compromising their sustainability claims by failing to account for the environmental impact of the materials they use. Rare metals, including lithium, neodymium and gallium, are commonly used to develop clean technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels and batteries, but these materials are increasingly scarce and currently have very low recycling rates. In an attempt to create more sustainable clean tech, Autodesk signed a deal with Granta, a spin-off from Cambridge University that holds detailed information on almost every material in the world. Through the partnership the company is aiming to supply information on different materials' impacts through the company's modeling software. More

Ireland looks to academe to re-ignite its economy
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In an audio research lab strewn with guitars, Dan Barry and his colleagues at the Dublin Institute of Technology, in Ireland, fiddle with a computerized tool that can comb the Irish Traditional Music Archive and locate a jig by its tempo or other traits. An Irish company has already licensed the technology, and the researchers are hoping other companies will follow suit. Across town, on University College Dublin's sprawling campus, Emmeline Hill, a rising-star geneticist, devotes one day a week to her own commercial venture, a year-old university startup company called Equinome. It sells a blood test to locate the "speed gene" in thoroughbreds. Now that the Celtic Tiger of the 1990s has been knocked on its back by the government's debt burden, and Ireland's national budget is in crisis, Irish universities are working harder than ever to produce dividends from their research. More
 


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