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Cheap Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Moves Toward Commercialization
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Easy-to-make solar cells that capture light with dyes have garnered an impressive string of scientific awards, including the Millennium Technology Prize in 2010. Yet they've had little commercial impact since their invention in 1988. A novel design reported by Northwestern University researchers last week could change that, delivering a device that eliminates the dye-sensitized solar cell's inherent liability: its leak-prone and corrosive liquid electrolyte. Unlike thin-film and silicon panels, dye-based panels can be produced in cheap roll-to-roll processes akin to printing. So even if they are less efficient than silicon solar cells, they could prove cost-effective. More

University of Utah Startup Could Go Big with Tiny Dots
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"It wasn't planned." In 2005, Jacqueline Siy-Ronquillo began researching quantum dots — manmade semiconductor nanocrystals that emit light — for her doctorate in chemistry at the University of Utah. "We were trying to understand the stability of quantum dots and their behavior when subjected to different environments," Siy-Ronquillo said as she stood near a bank of test tubes in a small lab in the Henry Eyring Building on the U. campus. By 2008, the nature of Siy-Ronquillo's work had changed, thanks to a "chance discovery." "They were studying something very basic," said her husband, Nikko Ronquillo, "and she stumbled upon a process to make quantum dots in better fashion than anybody else can." More

Temporal Wnt Modification Generates Pure Cardiomyocyte Populations from hPSCs
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Researchers have developed a protocol for generating almost pure populations of cardiomyocytes from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) simply by modulating canonical Wnt signaling at defined time points in the differentiation process, using readily accessible small molecule compounds. Sean P. Palecek, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin claim their approach appears far more efficient, reproducible, and inexpensive than existing techniques that require enrichment steps and the use of serum and growth factors. More

Librassay® Opens up Nonexclusive Access to Patents for Molecular Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine

Exclusive licensing practices and related legal skirmishes cry out for nonexclusive access to patents in the diagnostic field of use. MPEG LA is answering that call with Librassay®, a web-based marketplace of nonexclusive patent rights.

“Our role is to help patent owners and users come together in an efficient fashion to hasten transactions that incentivize technology innovation and adoption by balancing reasonable access to patent rights for users with a reasonable return on technology investment for patent owners,” said Kristin Neuman, Executive Director of Librassay®.

BioChip May Make Diagnosis of Leukemia and HIV Faster, Cheaper
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Inexpensive, portable devices that can rapidly screen cells for leukemia or HIV may soon be possible thanks to a chip that can produce three-dimensional focusing of a stream of cells, according to researchers. "HIV is diagnosed based on counting CD4 cells," said Tony Jun Huang, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State. "Ninety percent of the diagnoses are done using flow cytometry." Huang and his colleagues designed a mass-producible device that can focus particles or cells in a single stream and performs three different optical assessments for each cell. They believe the device represents a major step toward low-cost flow cytometry chips for clinical diagnosis in hospitals, clinics and in the field. More

University of Pune with Serum Institute Complete Animal Study on Herbal Vaccine, Adjuvants    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
University of Pune's Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and Serum Institute of India, in a collaborative research programme, have completed an animal study on herbal vaccine, adjuvants. The project was supported by the Department of Science and Technology. In another study, the Pune University, along with US-based BioVed Pharmaceuticals Inc., went on to research blood disorder properties in cancer bearing animals which is ready for commercialization. More

Chinese to Invest in Soybean Production
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William So, a Chinese business man, has initiated the process to invest in soybean production in the Northern region. For a start, Mr. So will provide resources and engage the Chinese University of Hong Kong to partner with the University of Ghana for technology transfer to develop about 10 varieties of soybean adaptable to the local climate. Mr. So, who is the Managing Director of PowerHouse Global Limited, a telecom resources infrastructure company based in Hong Kong, said the beans to be produced would be sold to local Ghanaian farmers. More

NTU Scientists Unveil 2Gbps Wireless Chip for Mobile Devices
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Scientists from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU)'s Virtus IC Design Centre of Excellence have announced a new microchip called Virtus (named after the design center) that promises up to 2Gbps wireless data transfers in mobile devices. This will theoretically allow users to transfer 1GB worth of data in under 5s. Not only would this make copying music and videos to and from phones painless, it could also be used to make streaming content from mobile devices to TVs and projectors more convenient. More

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World's First Carbon-Neutral Higher-Speed Locomotive
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The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) announced plans to create the world's first carbon-neutral higher-speed locomotive. The plan is simple: "create the world's cleanest, most powerful passenger locomotive, proving the viability of solid biofuel and modern steam locomotive technology." The CSR, a collaboration of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) and the nonprofit Sustainable Rail International (SRI), plans to put its technology to the test by attempting to break the world record for steam locomotive speed. More

US Startup Aims to Revolutionize Lithium-Ion Batteries
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Prieto Battery, a spinout from Colorado State University, is on a mission to create lithium-ion batteries that are up to 1,000 times more powerful, 10 times longer lasting and more energy efficient than batteries that are currently available. The startup, which spun out of Colorado State's clean energy commercialization facility Cenergy in 2010, has raised US$5.5 million of a planned US$6.8 million funding round, according to a filing in the US. The battery technology is the brainchild of Amy Prieto, an assistant chemistry professor in the university's College of Natural Sciences. More

Register in Person for the AUTM Software Course
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The AUTM 2012 Software Course will be held June 8 - 9 in Jersey City, NJ, USA. The course is designed specifically for university licensing professionals who work with software and other information assets. The course will provide a survey of basic principles, as well as a study of best practices, emerging models and actual cases, that will benefit both newcomers and experienced practitioners. More

Patenting Process in Foreign Countries: Overview for Administrative & Support Staff
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This webinar will be presented to registered administrative and support staff on June 14 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT. Understanding the patent process in the United States is confusing enough. Administrative and support staff should also understand the process for obtaining patents in foreign countries. Administrative professionals are often relied upon to enter intellectual property assets into the office database and then to track correspondence and deadlines relating to that same process. Not doing so properly could result in the loss of intellectual property rights. More

Actium Research and Mcmaster University Collaborate to Commercialize Stem Cell Technologies

The Flexible Display Center Produces Largest Flexible Color OLED Display Manufactured with Mixed Oxide Thin Film Transistors
(Marketwire via MarketWatch)

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory Launches New Line of Test Tools to Optimize Product Development
(Business Wire)

MSU Research Leads to New Lines of Winter Wheat
(Montana State University)

Boston Heart Diagnostics Launches New Genotype Test to Identify Those at Increased Risk for Developing Debilitating Myopathy as a Side Effect from Prescription Use of Statin Drugs
(PRNewswire via Boston Business Journal)

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