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When university startups begin to patent like corporations
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Startup patenting strategies have become as sophisticated as those of incumbent companies and startup patenting costs have reached new heights — the average reported cost of a single patent was $38,000. The survey data on startup patent strategies offers insight into our current university model of startup formation. U.S. universities spinoff hundreds of new startups each year and spend millions of dollars to help their startups get patents. By way of background: A university startup takes shape when an entrepreneur with a passion for the university-owned technology — typically the faculty member or student who invented the technology — licenses it from the university. More

New technology could stamp out bacteria in persistent wounds    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Using an advanced form of a rubber stamp, researchers have developed a way to adhere an ultra-thin antibacterial coating to a wound. The active ingredient, silver, "has been used to prevent and treat infections for ages," says first author Ankit Agarwal, a postdoctoral fellow in chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "But silver can also kill skin cells, and therefore we need to develop materials that deliver antibacterial but nontoxic levels of silver to wounds." More

Regulus gains rights to miRNA data
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Regulus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative new medicines targeting microRNAs, announced that it has obtained exclusive rights from New York University for intellectual property covering methods of use in modulating microRNA-33a and microRNA-33b for metabolic diseases such as atherosclerosis and metabolic syndrome. More

Researchers to develop future body sensor network
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Modern man is surrounded by a multitude of sensors. Today's sensors are simple and made for specific purposes, like measuring temperature, balance, build-up of smoke, or tyre pressure. The common trait of the sensors is that they are all embedded in a closed system. Now researchers at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway, are developing sensors for the future. Their size decreases. They are more robust than today's sensors, communicate wirelessly and even reduce energy consumption to a minimum. But more important: The researchers are connecting all sensors to the future Internet. More

Roche to lead Israel stem cell consortium
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Roche Holding AG is leading the establishment of a stem cell consortium based on intellectual property rights of Israeli universities. The consortium is based on research by Professor Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and Professor Nissim Benvenisty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The consortium may add other operations at Tel Aviv University. More

University of Maine develops golf ball made from lobster shells
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People who like their lobster and to hit the links now have a new way to combine the two, even without dining on the fairway. Researchers at the University of Maine (UMaine) say they have developed a way to turn lobster shells into golf balls. Using ground lobster shell, a natural binding agent, and a golf ball mold purchased on eBay, a UMaine professor and an undergrad student have worked together to come up with a golf ball that flies and feels like the real thing. More

University spinoffs numbers soar in UK
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The number of spinoff companies established each year by U.K. universities increased by nearly half during the second half of the last decade, figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency have shown. The figures show that U.K. universities established 186 formal spinoffs in 2005-2006. But this increased by more than 20 percent, to 226, the following year. Although the number dropped back slightly in each of the next two years (to 219 and 215 respectively), in 2009-2010, it jumped to 273. More

Discovery: Graphene transistors self-cool
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Heat is a sad fact of life for current generation electronics. Any Android, iPhone or BlackBerry user can tell you that smartphones tend to get pretty hot at times. And by today's standards a balmy 85 degrees Celsius, while hot enough to cook an egg, is a pretty "good" operating temperature for a high-powered PC graphics processing unit. But that could all soon change, according to the results of a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. Examining graphene transistors, a team led by mechanical science and engineering professor William King and electrical and computer engineering professor Eric Pop made a remarkable discovery — graphene appears to self-cool. More

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