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Easing contractual burdens on university startups
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The vast majority of startups with roots in a university are formed by alumni or former students, similar to the process that was depicted in the movie "The Social Network." The Zuck had it easy. Since Zuckerberg was a Harvard undergraduate student, not an employee, the university could not lay claim to an ownership stake in Facebook. Had Harvard owned a patent for a core component of Facebook's technology or business method, the plot of "The Social Network" may have been different. More

Bills would extend technology transfer role in Connecticut
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With a growing desire to boost technology transfer efforts in Connecticut, lawmakers are considering several bills that aim to encourage the commercialization of dormant research or technology sitting on the shelves of universities and corporations. The measures include creating an Intellectual Property Factory that would fund university-mentored student teams that work to commercialize research and technology held, but ignored by Connecticut-based companies. More

Non-invasive blood glucose monitor
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People with diabetes could soon have a pain-free way to check their blood glucose levels. Researchers at the University of Missouri — St. Louis (UMSL) have developed a portable, inexpensive non-invasive blood glucose detector; the university has licensed patent rights for the device to St. Louis Medical Devices, Inc., a Missouri company headquartered at UMSL's own startup company incubator — IT Enterprises, to bring the device to market. More

Biodegradable replacement proposed for indium tin
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Combining carbon nanotubes with a conductive polymer could enable transparent conductors that not only replace increasingly short supplies of indium tin oxide (ITO), but which are biodegradable to boot. The new transparent conducting film could be used in liquid-crystal display televisions, cell-phones, laptops and other displays as well as for solar cells. Mass production of flat-panel displays has depleted the worldwide supply of the ITO material used to make the transparent conductors that enable their integrated thin-film transistors. As a result research labs worldwide are searching for a viable substitute, including recent startup C3Nano Inc. Now researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed a replacement for ITO that can be produced with simple solution-based processing at room temperature using widely available carbon nanotubes mixed with a specially formulated latex polymer. More

NDSU technology company develops Android flood app
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A startup company in the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Research and Technology Park has developed a free app for Android phones to provide people with up-to-date flood information. Jake Joraanstad, an NDSU computer engineering student who is the project manager, said the app provides people with news feeds, river levels, road closure maps and other information. The app was created by Myriad Devices, a new company that is primarily made up of students and faculty members from NDSU's electrical and computer engineering department. More

Startup Hadapt aims to focus Hadoop for users
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Hadapt, a new startup that focuses on the open source Hadoop technology and solutions for big data and big analytics has emerged on the scene. At the GigaOM Structure Big Data conference Hadapt's CEO and co-founder Justin Borgman introduced the new company and the Hadapt platform as "the adaptive analytical platform for big data. It's the first analytical database designed for the cloud environment." Borgman said the company comes out of work the founders started at Yale University. More

OpenFlow startup Big Switch Networks lands funding
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A new switching company is about to emerge with big plans for adding the OpenFlow protocol to your network. Big Switch Networks just received $13.8 million in new funding. The company is a bit stealthy right now. But it's proposing OpenFlow, the open source-based programmable control plane protocol, as a foundation for building enterprise and service provider networks, especially those with large data centers. OpenFlow is a 6-year-old project initiated by Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Big Switch Networks, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is led by Guido Appenzeller, a former a Stanford assistant professor. More

Solar startup emerges from stealth
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For Paul Bundschuh, every commercial rooftop with solar panels is a potential customer. Bundschuh, vice president of business development at Ideal Power Converters, is in the business of making relatively small systems that convert solar energy into power for large commercial buildings. The startup, which is going through the Austin Technology Incubator under the University of Texas' wing, is getting closer to bringing its first product to market thanks, in large part, to a pilot project with Austin Energy and the Austin Convention Center. More

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