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Stanford v. Roche could place technology transfer on shaky ground
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, the federal law that jump-started technology transfer into a $2 billion-plus industry, faces its severest test in the patent dispute pitting Stanford University against Roche Molecular Systems. The case exposed the law's failure to ensure that researchers and other inventors properly protect their intellectual property rights in ways that do not harm the universities that employ them or the government that funds them. More

UT program helps turn technology developed in its labs into products
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An invention created at the University of Toledo (UT) could turn ADS Biotechnology Corp. into one of the next big medical companies. The Sylvania firm is developing a blood volume replacement product to treat trauma patients — a technology that was initially developed by a trio of UT researchers. Todd Davies, the firm's chief executive officer, said it is on track to bring the product to market in seven or eight years. More

Multiple valuation methods are more important than ever for early stage IP engagements
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At the AUTM 2011 Annual Meeting, Ken Levin, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, moderated a discussion on valuation and what industry thinks of the valuations Technology Transfer Officers put on their intellectual property (IP) properties. His advise to these IP managers should be regarded seriously by any appraiser doing IP valuations work. Levin would have done Socrates proud, leading a lively, interactive session, full of noteworthy valuation factors, admissions and omissions, shining a light on the purpose and importance of valuation prior to negotiations for commercialization. More

New adhesive earns patent, may find place in space    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recently patented adhesive made by Kansas State University researchers could become a staple in every astronaut's toolbox. The patent, "pH dependent adhesive peptides," was issued to the Kansas State University Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation responsible for managing technology transfer activities of the university. The patent covers an adhesive made from peptides — a compound containing two or more amino acids that link together — that increases in strength as moisture is removed. More

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Bomb disposal robot ready for front line
Scientific Computing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An innovative, remote-operated bomb disposal robot can be controlled by a wireless device — not unlike a games console — from a distance of several hundred meters. The robot, which can climb stairs and even open doors, will be used by security forces, including the British Army, on bomb disposal missions in countries such as Afghanistan. Experts from the United Kingdom University of Greenwich's Department of Computer & Communications Engineering are working on the project alongside NIC Instruments Limited of Folkestone, manufacturers of security search and bomb disposal equipment. More

Snake anti-venom production project in Pakistan    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Pakistan has launched a unique Snake Anti-Venom Production Project to treat the victims of snake-bite in the country. Head of the Project Dr. Ziaullah Mughul, while describing the important facts regarding the snake-bite incidents in the country told APP that every year around 50,000 people die in Pakistan due to snake-bite. Only five to six percent anti-venom vaccine is prepared by the National Institute of Health against the required 150,000 vaccines per annum and that too is not easily available in the markets. More

Space technology to help test fake liquor without opening bottle
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Researchers are working on adapting a space technology to test liquids such as whisky and fine wines for authenticity — without opening the bottle. The technology, already in use to spot counterfeit medicines by scrutinizing the packaging, relies on detecting the differences between the characteristics of light reflected from printed packaging. The technique was originally developed from a spectrometer built by the Space Research Center for astronomical research. Now researchers at the University of Leicester's Space Research Center and De Montfort University in the United Kingdom are adapting the technology so that a hand-held device can be created to analyze liquids in bottles. More

Phytonix obtains guarded bacteria biobutanol process license
Ethanol Producer Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new photosynthetic bacteria-based process for biobutanol production now belongs to Phytonix. The North Carolina company developed the process with the help of the Angrstrom Laboratories at Uppsala University in Sweden, and recently received global licensing rights. The bacterium used to create the biobutanol only requires CO2, sunlight and water, and, according to Bruce Dannenberg, founder and CEO of Phytonix, the company believes to be "the only biofuels company that incorporates proprietary, patent-pending biosafety guarded technology onto their fuel producing genetically modified organisms." More

Scanning technology enables faster medical diagnosis
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Portable medical scanning technology on a par with Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography could soon find its way into general practitioner surgeries, aiding the quicker diagnosis of various conditions. A team from Oxford University's Department of Engineering Science experimented with combinations of electromagnetic and acoustic waves to refine its technology — now being patented as Oxford Electromagnetic Acoustic Imaging. More

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