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7 ways companies miss out on huge opportunities
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More often than not, companies manage to lock themselves into unnecessarily narrow market segments and, in so doing, lock themselves out of huge growth opportunities. It's so prevalent, it's like an epidemic out there. You see it all the time. It's entirely understandable. Conventional wisdom dictates that startups, for example, having to maintain a razor-like focus if they want to succeed. But so many companies fall into this trap that entrepreneurs — and those who advise them — have got to take a more balanced approach, conventional wisdom be damned. More

University of California and Wisconsin file briefs in stem cell case
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Both the State of Wisconsin and the University of California filed amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs in the stem cell case before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The Court is considering whether a lower court was wrong to issue a preliminary injunction halting stem cell research. The University of California's brief argues that the plaintiffs in the case, adult stem cell researchers James L. Sherley and Theresa A. Deisher, should not have standing in the case because grants are not issued to individual principal investigators. It also advances other arguments that have been argued previously. Instead, grants are issued to institutions, such as MIT and the University of California (or Sherley's workplace, the Boston Biomedical Research Institute). More

Failure is fine, if you learn from it
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Could it be that Silicon Valley's secret to success is failure? While that sounds counterintuitive, Vivek Wadhwa, director of research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University, makes a pretty compelling case in a TechCrunch column contrasting Silicon Valley's reaction to business failure to attitudes in Japan and Germany. It isn't failure itself that's a predictor of success, of course, but the cultural acceptance of failure as a natural bump along the road to success. Failure carries a heavy stigma in Japan, writes Wadhwa, which has made it tough for technology entrepreneurs to get startups off the ground. More

University's impact on city: $750 million-plus
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The University of Guelph has a tremendous economic impact on the City of Guelph in Canada, returning more than $750 million to the community each year in direct and indirect spending, according to new figures released by the University. The University of Guelph's faculty, staff, students and visitors spent an estimated $400 million in Guelph, according to an internal review by the University's Office of Resource Planning and Analysis. Students alone spent $105 million. "We've always known that the University of Guelph contributes to the quality of life of our community, but these figures show just how significant an impact we have on the economic vitality of the City of Guelph," said president Alastair Summerlee. More

New acoustic early warning system for landslide prediction
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A new type of sound sensor system has been developed to predict the likelihood of a landslide. Thought to be the first system of its kind in the world, it works by measuring and analyzing the acoustic behavior of soil to establish when a landslide is imminent so preventative action can be taken. Noise created by movement under the surface builds to a crescendo as the slope becomes unstable and so gauging the increased rate of generated sound enables accurate prediction of a catastrophic soil collapse. The technique has been developed by researchers at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey, through two projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. More

Technology transfer infrastructure
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The agency system is the key to China effectively enabling technology transfer. Unlike marketing-oriented agencies in the United States, the technology transfer infrastructure in China features a public-institute-oriented agency system, which includes government agencies, academic institutions, R&D centers, university-based research centers, national scientific and industrial parks, and the China Technology Transfer Exchange. The collaborative relationship between universities and industry has been given high priority and support as it functions to enhance the effectiveness of the national innovation system. Chinese universities undertake a wide spectrum of profitable and industrial research projects, emulating the technology licensing offices at U.S. universities. Some technology transfer offices were established either within or outside of the universities to handle all issues relating to intellectual property management and transferring technology developed in their laboratories. More

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Transfer Technology: What Gatorade and Google have in common
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Gatorade is a refreshing sports drink enjoyed by millions around the world. Few consumers realize that university research was the genesis for this successful product and the University of Florida has received over $150 million in royalties since the product was invented. J. Robert Cade, a University of Florida professor of medicine and physiology, and a team of four researchers developed Cade's Cola to help athletes stay energized during competitions in the hot, humid Florida climate. A football coach had expressed frustration that his players had trouble with their endurance late in their games. Researchers realized that the athletes were losing as much as 10 pounds in a single practice session. More

UTHealth, BioHouston sign collaborative agreement
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and BioHouston, Inc. announced a new agreement to boost services to biomedical entrepreneurs and new bio-tech startups in Houston. The agreement that was signed by executives for the two nonprofits calls for greater collaboration between the organizations' technology incubators and joint efforts to promote services. "We saw the opportunity to expand wet lab facilities and collaborate at the same time," said Jacqueline Northcut, president and CEO of BioHouston. "By combining services and physical resources, we can provide greater value for medical entrepreneurs in Houston." More

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