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Cleveland Clinic, Ohio State University Announce Landmark Alliance to Commercialize Medical Breakthroughs
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The Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University on Tuesday announced a unique partnership that could drive economic development in the state and accelerate the availability of life-changing medical technologies. The partnership creates the largest medical commercialization network in Ohio, according to those involved. "There really can be no more significant alliance than this teaming of our two institutions up and down I-71," said Chris Coburn, executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the hospital's corporate venturing arm. "We'll help to change the face of innovation in the state." The institutions will now assess their technologies that are ripe for commercialization and continue to collaborate as they explore other medical breakthroughs. The use of electrical stimulation to relieve and cure disease — a process called neuromodulation that both institutions have explored — will be among the first research areas the clinic and OSU will target under the partnership. More

Grants for Funding University Technology Transfer Introduced in Congress
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Companion bills were introduced in Congress April 25 of this year with little fanfare (particularly in comparison to the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act) but they have the potential to provide significant funding for university-related startup companies. The bills, H.R. 4720 and S. 2369, are entitled the "America Innovates Act of 2012" and are sponsored by Reps. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Timothy Bishop (D-NY) in the House of Representatives and Sens. Frank Lautenberg, Jerrod Brown (D-OH), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in the Senate. They have been referred to their respective committees (the House Sub-Committee on Technology and Innovation and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation), but it is unlikely that they will receive positive action in this election year. More

Biofuels Project at Wisconsin-Stevens Point Earns Patent
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The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology made advancements with its biofuels program recently when it announced a patent for a process to produce biofuels from plant fibers. "This gives us an economically viable way to use grass, trees or wood waste to make renewable fuels and chemicals," said Eric Singsass, associate professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Singsass is a co-inventor of the process, along with Don Guay, associate professor of paper science and engineering. The process includes breaking down the biomass, which is grass, trees and wood waste, and separating the three chemical byproducts that result. They are cellulose, lignin and hemi-cellulose, he said. Once separated, the chemicals can be converted into multiple products such as plastics, ethanol, rubber and pharmaceuticals, Singsass said. More

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University of Nottingham Partners with Chinese Motor Manufacturer
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The University of Nottingham has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese vehicle manufacturer, FAW, to conduct research into low carbon technologies. The research project, worth up to £1m over three years, will investigate the development of thermal management and heat transfer technologies for low carbon vehicles. Such technology is key to the development of hybrid electric vehicles and pure electric vehicles, which rely on electric and electronic components that normally only operate effectively at certain temperatures. Work will commence later this year, at research laboratories in the Faculty of Engineering at University Park in Nottingham. Li Jun, president of the R&D Centre of FAW Group Corporation, represented the Asian motor firm at the signing of the MoU. As president of the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies (FISITA), Li was also given an honorary professorship at the university, marking his contribution to the motor industry. More

Chirp App Sends Smartphone Data Via 'Digital Birdsong'
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An app that transmits data via a burst of "digital birdsong" aims to simplify the way users share images and other files between smartphones. Chirp plays a two-second long noise that sounds as if it was made by a robotic bird. When heard by other devices it triggers a download. The software was developed by Animal Systems, a spin-off business from University College London (UCL). It is free to use, but companies will be charged a fee for add-on services. At the moment users are limited to sending pictures, website links or 140-character text messages. These appear in a feed similar to Facebook's timeline. More

Neurostimulation Field Sparking Investor Interest
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Shock waves are starting to flow through Northeast Ohio's neuro-stimulation community, which is attracting significant interest from investors and deep-pocketed medical device companies. Since 2005, the region has created or attracted at least six companies focused on neurostimulation, two of which have been sold for a combined $120 million. Two more startups are in the works at Case Western Reserve University, and others are bound to follow, according to several people in the region's neurostimulation field. They say the neurostimulation business — which is based on the idea of using electricity to treat medical conditions ranging from paralysis to pain to depression — is primed for expansion. They also believe Northeast Ohio has what it takes to capitalize on that expected growth because of the research and talent flowing out of CWRU and the large number of neurostimulation procedures conducted at local hospitals. More

Research Grant to Develop Medical Polymer-based Nanocomposites for Use As Surgical Implants
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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has awarded a grant worth £1.2 million to researchers at The University of Nottingham to engineer nanomaterials for medical applications. The project at The University of Nottingham will focus on the development of medical polymer-based (plastic) nanocomposites to be used as surgical implants that will be gradually break down and get absorbed by the body safely once the job is completed. By this manner, these nanomaterials could substitute metal implants used in bone surgery. Pro Vice Chancellor Chris Rudd intends to develop a safe and efficient way of producing nanomaterials, which can be utilized as vehicles for bone tissue regeneration and drug delivery. The four-year project will start from October 2012. By the end of the project, the scientists anticipate developing demonstration models so that the research can be advanced to the clinical study stage. More

Biosensors — The Canary in a Coal Mine Worth $13 Billion
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When Tony Turner started studying the arcane area of biosensors 30 years ago, the market for those devices was worth only $5 million a year and he used to see one research paper on the subject every two years. Now a professor at Linkoping University in Sweden running a department dedicated to bioelectronics, Turner says a study he led at Cranfield University in Britain found the devices now generate annual sales of $13 billion and spawned 6,000 research papers last year. Biosensors use biological material combined with an often portable detector to diagnose disease or pick up pollutants in the environment. Companies have been quick to exploit the potential of a technology that can detect and track diseases from diabetes to cancer, but demographic changes and economics suggest this market could balloon in years to come. More

New Lab Working on Security Shoe Sole to ID People
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A new lab is working to perfect special shoe insoles that can help monitor access to high-security areas, like nuclear power plants or special military bases. The concept is based on research that shows each person has unique feet, and ways of walking. Sensors in the bio-soles check the pressure of feet, monitor gait, and use a microcomputer to compare the patterns to a master file for that person. If the patterns match the bio-soles go to sleep. If they don't, a wireless alarm message can go out. "It's part of a shoe that you don't have to think about," said Marios Savvides, head of Carnegie Mellon University's new Pedo-Biometrics Lab, in Pittsburgh, PA. The lab, which has $1.5 million in startup funding, is a partnership with Autonomous ID, a Canadian company that is relocating to several U.S. cities. Todd Gray, the company president, said he saw the potential when his daughter was in a maternity ward decorated with representations of different baby feet all along a wall. More

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Drugmaker Sifts Small Molecules to Find Potential New Medicines
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The Tucson area's biotech industry has yet to produce a new, billion-dollar blockbuster drug. But the way things are going at French drug giant Sanofi's research center in Oro Valley, it may only be a matter of time. Using technology developed by University of Arizona scientists more than 20 years ago, about 80 scientists are busy sifting through libraries of millions of drug like molecules, synthesizing molecules with promise, analyzing them and shipping them off to Sanofi drug centers worldwide. And those efforts are paying off. In the past decade, the Oro Valley center has produced more than 40 new candidate drug compounds for Sanofi's drug-development pipeline, and two are in active clinical trials for cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis, research director Ken Wertman said at a recent event held for VIPs and media. More

Register Now for the AUTM 2012 Eastern Region Meeting: Sept. 12 — 14
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The AUTM 2012 Eastern Region Meeting, Revolutionary Ideas and Liberating Collaborations, will take place Sept. 12 - 14 in Philadelphia, PA USA, at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. Join your colleagues to discuss practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships, culminating in successful company formation or product commercialization. More

AUTM Leadership Forum for Advancing Discoveries, Nov. 13 — 14
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The AUTM Leadership Forum for Advancing Discoveries takes place Nov. 13 — 14 at The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa, CA USA. The AUTM Leadership Forum for Advancing Discoveries is a high level forum for seasoned technology transfer professionals from around the world. The goal of the forum is to connect university professionals with industry colleagues to discuss taking a leadership role in accelerating commercialization. More

The AUTM 2012 Western Region Meeting, Nov. 15 — 16
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The AUTM Western Region Meeting will take place immediately following the Leadership Forum, Nov. 15 – 16, 2012. Plan to attend both events to maximize your networking opportunities! The AUTM 2012 Western Region Meeting encourages interaction between colleagues from the western United States. Join other AUTM Western Region members in beautiful Napa Valley, California for an exciting program of educational and networking events designed to provide insights for experienced and new technology transfer professionals. More

Florida Tech Connect Program Awarded Grant for Starting Technology Companies
(University of Florida)

University of North Dakota Scientist Scores Another Patent in Study of Nanoparticles
(University of North Dakota)

University of Virginia Engineers Are Designing, Building Mechanical Ray
(University of Virginia)

MSU Attracts NASA Attention with Computer System for Space
(Montana State University)


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