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The enactment of Bayh-Dole, an inside perspective
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The fact that the Bayh-Dole Act passed was amazing. That it passed in a lame duck session of Congress with its principal author defeated, the U.S. Senate changing hands, and a sitting president thrown out, was a miracle. Even then success was not assured. The bureaucracy was waiting to undermine the implementing regulations. Yet the new law survived, strengthening the economy while improving public health and well-being. Success depended on slipping through a narrow window of opportunity. More

Annual Meeting hotel deadline extended to Dec. 15
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Reserve Your 2011 Annual Meeting Hotel Room Now. AUTM has negotiated with Caesars Palace Las Vegas an early-bird rate of $179 per night, single or double occupancy for classic rooms located in the Roman and Centurion Towers. Deluxe rooms are available in the Palace and Augustus Towers for an additional cost. These early-bird rates are being offered through Dec. 15, so book today. All rates are based on availability and subject to state, city and tourism taxes. To reserve a room at the discounted rate, call Caesars reservations at +1-866-227-5944, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and mention that you're an AUTM attendee. If you prefer, click here to make your reservations online.

The AUTM 2011 Annual Meeting, Improving the Odds, will be held Feb. 27 - March 2, at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas. The meeting offers more networking opportunities than ever before. Register by Jan. 11 and save $70!

New breakthrough in pyrolysis sector promises to speed commercialization
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A team of researchers from University of Massachusetts Amherst reported in Science that they have developed a new process to produce key chemical intermediates from pyrolytic bio-oils. According to the researchers, “the new process could reduce or eliminate industry’s reliance on fossil fuels to make industrial chemicals worth an estimated $400 billion annually.” The intermediates, including benzene, toluene, xylenes, ethylene and propylene are used in the manufacturing of solvents, detergents, plastics and fibers. More

UCSF works with Anacor Pharmaceuticals and New York Blood Center to discover drugs for river blindness
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Anacor Pharmaceuticals, the University of California San Francisco, Sandler Center and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute of the New York Blood Center announced the establishment of a research and development collaboration to discover new drug therapies for the treatment of river blindness (onchocerciasis), a parasitic disease that is the second leading cause of infectious blindness worldwide, and is most prevalent in Africa. The collaboration will combine Anacor's novel boron-based chemistry platform and drug discovery and development capabilities with the Sandler Center's expertise in neglected disease biology and drug discovery and the LFKRI's expertise in onchocerciasis. More

Ohio University to turn algae into fuel
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Oil from algae can be used to make fuel, but unlike bio-fuels made from soybeans, algae doesn't need clean water to grow. Scientists say because they are simple, single-celled organisms, they grow much faster than more complicated plants. The project hopes to create an academic center at Ohio University focused on algal systems engineering and commercialization. More

Texas lawmakers could eliminate incentive funds
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State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committe, thinks the funds should remain in place as long as the governor’s office is removed from the equation. During the 2009 legislative session, Pitts took issue with a $50 million grant awarded to Texas A&M University — Perry's alma mater — to build a pharmaceutical research lab, grilling the governor’s office on the money and asking Texas A&M officials why they chose the Enterprise Fund to secure funding. No matter who administers the funds after the 2011 session, both will likely have less money to hand out, with lawmakers trimming billions of dollars from the next state budget. But Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger says they're still a worthy investment for the Legislature and taxpayers. “We can see the return on those investments — whether that means the emerging technologies into the marketplace here in Texas, the commercialization of those technologies here in Texas, as well as continuing to attract businesses from all over the country,” Cesinger says. More

Cleantech startup targets wave power
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One area of renewable energy which is still in an infancy stage is wave power. This form of clean energy, which harnesses the ever present motion of waves to generate power, is said to have the potential globally to generate between two and four trillion kilowatt hours per year, meeting about 10 percent of the worldwide energy demand. One cleantech startup looking to cash in on this form of renewable energy is Columbia Power Technologies. More

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The Jackson Laboratory manages thousands of mouse models for the worldwide biomedical research community. Many are accepted by our repository at no cost and donor institutions may reserve commercial use rights. Learn more

Fusion IP partner MedaPhor signs first US distribution agreement for ScanTrainer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fusion IP said that MedaPhor, which is one of its Cardiff based portfolio companies, has signed its first U.S. distribution agreement for its ultrasound training simulator ScanTrainer. The non-exclusive agreement with Florida based Rotherfield Technologies LLC will enable ScanTrainer to access the vast U.S. market for ultrasound training. Fusion invests in new companies and technology that are formed from university research. The intellectual property originates from Cardiff University and the University of Sheffield both in the United Kingdom. More

Capital ideas drive deals in London's unsung sectors
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In a basement lab of the Bessemer building in Imperial College London a machine is churning out cement. It may not be much to look at, but the cement being produced here could turn out to be a revolutionary product earning millions for Novacem, the company that's developing it. Novacem's innovative product, which requires less energy to produce than traditional cement and which actually captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it sets, could revolutionise the global cement and construction industries, turning them from environmental pariahs responsible for up to 5 percent of the world's carbon emissions into carbon-sequestering paragons. More

Virtual-reality arm peeks at brain functions
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A virtual-reality technology invented in Canada could improve how health workers assess people suffering from brain injuries and brain diseases. The KINARM combines a chair with robotic arms and a virtual-reality system that allows researchers to guide patients through tasks, such as hitting balls with virtual paddles. Once the tests are done, the system gives a detailed report on how the patient differed from normal. Queen's University is commercializing the technology along with BKIN Technologies. More

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