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Feb. 9, 2012

Targeted drug hopes to have success attacking multiple cancers
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A newly formed University of Illinois spinoff company could be on to something good with a new drug treatment for cancer that targets an enzyme commonly found in various tumor types. Department of Chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother and a handful of other co-founders of Vanquish Oncology are developing compounds that selectively kill cancer cells by targeting procaspase-3, an enzyme that spurs reactions that kill the cancer cell when it's activated. Procaspase-3 is present in many brain, breast, lung and colon tumors, Hergenrother said. More

No-clump proteins may change drug delivery
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A new form of proteins could improve treatments for cancer and other diseases, and deliver drugs to patients more effectively, researchers report. The protein formulation strategy, discovered by chemical engineering faculty members and students in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, offers a new and universal approach to drug delivery — one that could revolutionize treatment of cancer, arthritis, and infectious disease. "We believe this discovery of a new highly concentrated form of proteins — clusters of individual protein molecules — is a disruptive innovation that could transform how we fight diseases," says Keith P. Johnston, a chemical engineering professor. More

Does GPS need replacing?
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Deep in the bowels of Edinburgh University, scientists are using a much talked-about — and talked-up — cutting-edge communication technology to answer the eternal question: "Daddy, are we nearly there?" Professor Gordon Povey and Wired magazine pin-up Professor Harald Haas believe that visible light communication — or li-fi — can challenge the dominance of GPS, or the Global Positioning System. They believe they can use the light emitted from LED lightbulbs placed in buildings to transmit data, not only to download the latest film to a laptop, but also to tell us where we are with pinpoint accuracy. Just so long as we are in the line of sight of the light source. More

Prototype headphones detect which ear they are in
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Prototype headphones which can tell which ear they are in have been developed by Japanese researchers. The earphones use proximity sensors to detect if they are in the right or left ear in order to play the correct audio. Researchers at the Igarashi Design Interface Project also found a way to tell if two people were sharing — and play a mono mix to each. The team says it could help people enjoy games and movies which depend on users hearing the correct audio stream. More

University of Wyoming professor helps create 'monster' silk
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Watch out, Spider-Man: Your webbing is about to be used for more than fighting crime. University of Wyoming professor Don Jarvis, along with collaborators in Indiana, Utah and Michigan, has developed a revolutionary technique to inject silkworms with spider DNA, resulting in a silk that's several times stronger and more durable than traditional silk. Within the next year or two, researchers say, silkworms could be producing 100 percent spider silk to be used in everything from stronger underwear to artificial tendons to body armor. More

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Sloan-Kettering chief is accused of taking research
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The president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York is in a billion-dollar dispute with his former workplace, a cancer institute at the University of Pennsylvania, over accusations that he walked away with groundbreaking research and used it to help start a valuable biotechnology company. In a lawsuit, the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at Penn described its former scientific director, Dr. Craig B. Thompson, as "an unscrupulous doctor" who "chose to abscond with the fruits of the Abramson largess." The dispute reflects the importance that academic research centers now place on turning discoveries made on their campuses into sources of revenue. Some have engaged in protracted legal battles to ensure compensation for their intellectual property. Yale, for example, won more than $1 million in compensation and legal fees in 2005 from a Nobel laureate it had accused of taking its technology. More

Wireless charging as you drive for electric cars
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A Stanford University research team has designed a high-efficiency charging system that uses magnetic fields to wirelessly transmit large electric currents between metal coils placed several feet apart. The long-term goal of the research is to develop an all-electric highway that wirelessly charges cars and trucks as they cruise down the road. The new technology has the potential to dramatically increase the driving range of electric vehicles and eventually transform highway travel, according to the researchers. More

Hafnium oxide breakthrough paves way for next generation electronic device
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Researchers have developed a unique material that paves the way for next generation electronic and optoelectronic devices, as well as further component miniaturisation. The material is a new form of hafnium oxide — an electrical insulator used in optical coatings, capacitors and transistors — and was developed by Dr. Andrew Flewitt's research group in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. More

Plessey acquires Cambridge GaN-on-Si HB-LED spinoff CamGaN
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Plessey Semiconductors Ltd has acquired CamGaN Ltd, a University of Cambridge spinoff formed in 2010 to commercialize proprietary technology for growing gallium nitride-based high-brightness LEDs on large-area silicon substrates. The acquisition will enable Plessey to exploit synergies with its 6-inch silicon processing facility in Plymouth, U.K., to produce HB-LEDs based on CamGaN's proprietary 6-inch GaN-on-Si technology. The new technique will be commercialized by a new arm of Plessey called Plessey Lighting, which will initially make LEDs on silicon for external manufacturers, but in time, hopes to develop its own light bulbs in-house. More

AUTM Annual Meeting only 5 weeks away — Register today
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Featuring a dynamic format, nonstop dealmaking opportunities and world-class education, the AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting takes place March 14-17 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif., USA. Register now.

AUTM launches global Web-based resource to accelerate industry licensing and commercialization of university technologies
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AUTM launched a dynamic new Web-based resource to facilitate networking, partnership and licensing deals among corporations and universities. AUTM's new Global Technology Portal accelerates how universities and corporations are able to match available cutting-edge technologies with emerging market needs. More

CambridgeIP report: Commercialization of graphene-based technologies driven by players from USA and Asia (Cambridge Network)

Microsemi participates in new research project to reduce CO Emissions (Comtex via MarketWatch)

ASU launches rapid startup school aimed at young researchers and grad students (Digital Journal)

Tasting fructose with the pancreas (EurekAlert)




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