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Drugs developed by Uncle Sam, Ph.D., play an outsized role in medicine
Los Angeles Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
That's the take-away from an article being published in the New England Journal of Medicine that examined the role of "public-sector research institutions" — think universities, hospitals, nonprofits and federal labs like the National Institutes of Health — in drug development. More
Related story: Public sector research responsible for many new drug discoveries, says AUTM president (Newswise)
Related story: The role of public-sector research in the discovery of drugs and vaccines (The New England Journal of Medicine — subscription required)

Michigan researchers develop new organic crystals for lighting applications
The A to Z of Materials    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
University of Michigan researcher Jinsang Kim and his colleagues have developed a new class of material that shines with phosphorescence — a property that has previously been seen only in non-organic compounds or organometallics. Kim and his colleagues made metal-free organic crystals that are white in visible light and radiate blue, green, yellow and orange when triggered by ultraviolet light. By changing the materials' chemical composition, the researchers can make them emit different colors. More

Carbon nanotube transistors could lead to inexpensive, flexible electronics    Share    Share on
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Recently, researchers have been developing carbon nanotube-based thin-film transistors in the hopes of creating high-performance, flexible, transparent devices, such as e-paper and radio frequency identification tags. However, one of the biggest challenges holding back the transistors' performance is a trade-off between the properties of metallic and semiconducting nanotubes that make up the transistors. The researchers, from Nagoya University in Japan and Aalto University in Finland, have published the study in Nature Nanotechnology. More

Unclear patent policies make future of stem cell research murky
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Though patents are meant to encourage innovation, broad stem cell patent protection could slow research in the field, according to a recent report by the Hinxton Group, a body of scientists and public policy experts who study the ethical and legal challenges surrounding stem cell research. The report argues that policies governing the sharing of intellectual property and scientific materials, while beneficial in bringing private investment into underfunded areas of research, may act as legal tripwires. These policies therefore have the potential to slow innovation. More

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Aushon inks development deal with Chinese university
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Aushon BioSystems Inc. partnered up with Peking University Cancer Hospital in China to develop colorectal cancer-detection technology, aiming to predict when colorectal cancer migrates to the liver. Aushon plans to use its suite of protein bio-marker detection technologies to develop predictive diagnostic markers for liver metastases of colorectal cancer, working with Jin Gu, M.D., of Peking University Cancer Hospital. More

Lockheed goes nano with university
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A new Lockheed Martin investment in nanotechnology at the University of Maryland, College Park demonstrates the Bethesda company's continued interest in leveraging its assets. Lockheed has agreed to invest $200,000 to develop a nanowire sensor technology that was created by university faculty. More

University scientists develop realistic soft fish lures
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Two University professors worked with Mystic Tackleworks Inc. to produce improved soft fish lures that better attract fish. The lures, called Attraxx, are now on the market in 42 to 43 small locations, according to James Henry, assistant professor of chemical engineering. Henry said the new lures are better than similar ones on the market. More

Firm develops sulphur-eating bacteria
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Recyclatech Group — a spin off from Edinburgh's Napier University in the United Kingdom — has developed a micro-organism it claims can selectively eat the sulphur atoms out of a vulcanized rubber soup. The company said it is planning its own project in Scotland and has sold a license to a Spanish company Biotyre, which intends to set up an $892,700 pilot plant in Spain with a full-scale plant to come eventually. More

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