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Mar. 8, 2012

University Hospitals touts new $250 million drug development model
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Don't tell University Hospitals that the valley of death doesn't exist for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. The Cleveland-area health system has launched a new $250 million project that it's touting as something that could become a national model for developing promising drugs and bringing them to market. The aim of the new Harrington Project for Discovery & Development is to advance drug candidates through the period that runs from late animal testing to mid-clinical development in which companies find it difficult to attract funding to keep the drug development process going. More

Efficient unmanned aircraft jetting toward commercialization
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Propulsion by a novel jet engine is the crux of the innovation behind a University of Colorado Boulder-developed aircraft that's accelerating toward commercialization. Jet engine technology can be small, fuel-efficient and cost-effective, at least with Assistant Professor Ryan Starkey's design. The CU-Boulder aerospace engineer, with a team of students, has developed a first-of-its-kind supersonic unmanned aircraft vehicle, or UAV. The UAV, which is currently in a prototype state, is expected to fly farther and faster — using less fuel — than anything remotely similar to date. More

Tech transfer efforts show successes but investment challenges loom
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Like every other U.S. state, Maryland has been scrambling to balance its budget and cut spending since the economy soured in 2008. Yet, the state is considering spending more to stoke technology transfer efforts by universities and other institutions, hoping to come out ahead in the long run with jobs and taxes generated by biopharma and other startups. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed a $6.25 million "Maryland Innovation Fund." More

Unilever, Nestlé, Kellogg et al accused of patent infringement over HDL-boosting fats    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some of the biggest names in U.S. food manufacturing — including Nestle, Kellogg and Unilever — have been accused of infringing patents covering fats that alter the ratio of "good" and "bad" cholesterol in the blood. More

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Giving waste water the power to clean itself
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A technique that combines two novel forms of renewable energy — one relying on bacteria and the other on salt water — generates more electricity than either one alone and cleans waste water at the same time. The work is published in Science. Waste water contains a great deal of energy in the form of organic matter, says lead author Bruce Logan, director of the Hydrogen Energy Center and the Engineering Energy and Environment Institute at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Domestic waste water contains nine times more chemical energy than the energy required to treat it — that amount, added to the energy in waste water from livestock and food production, would be nearly enough energy to maintain the entire U.S. water infrastructure, Logan says. More

GHSU spinoff develops chewing gum for xerostomia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An all-natural chewing gum designed to relieve mild to severe symptoms of xerostomia is the first consumer product developed through the Life Sciences Business Development Center at Georgia Health Sciences University. The center, a business incubator that nurtures entrepreneurial enterprises related to biomedical science, is home to Camellix, a company that develops dietary and therapeutic product lines based on green tea technology by Stephen Hsu, Ph.D., a professor in the GHSU College of Dental Medicine. More

FDA raps AeroShot maker Breathable Foods for 'false' labeling
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A Harvard University spinoff that makes a "breathable" caffeine product has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, citing "false or misleading" advertising on the product's label and the company's website. The FDA warned Cambridge, Mass.-based Breathable Foods Inc., a technology startup backed by two Boston-area venture capital firms, in a warning letter to CEO Thomas Hadfield that cited questions about the safety of the AeroShot, a chapstick-sized product that the company launched last fall, and has marketed on billboards near college campuses around Boston. More

Metamaterial discovery opens avenue to new products and industries using negative refraction
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Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to make a low-cost metamaterial that might accomplish negative refraction of light and other radiation — a goal first theorized in 1861 by a giant of science, Scottish physicist James Maxwell, that has still eluded widespread application. Other materials can do this but they are based on costly, complex crystalline materials. A low-cost way that yields the same result will have extraordinary possibilities, experts say — ranging from a "super lens" to energy harvesting, machine vision or "stealth" coatings for invisibility. More

Network with VCs at AUTM
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Read the latest blog by Alan Bentley, Vice President of Meeting Development. The blog details the AUTM Venture Forum to be held at the AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting and how to reach out to venture capitalists at the meeting. More

AUTM Annual Meeting less than 1 week away
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Featuring a dynamic format, nonstop deal-making opportunities and world-class education, the AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting takes place March 14-17 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA., USA. Register onsite in Anaheim. More

Market your technologies or find technologies to license with the AUTM GTP
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The AUTM Global Technology Portal is the newest tool for showcasing academic technologies available for licensing. If you're an AUTM member, you're already signed up. Be sure to add your technologies to the GTP prior to the Annual Meeting to make the most of your networking time. More

Energy-recycling computer technology from University of Michigan goes global through semiconductor firm AMD (The Regents of the University of Michigan)

Fumarate greatly reduces heart attack damage in mice (The University of Oxford)

New 'Skydeck' accelerator inspires startup companies to reach markets faster (University of California, Berkeley)

University of Hawai'i technology will be commercialized (University of Hawai'i System News)


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