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AUTM survey: University licensing strong
despite economy    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
According to the AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2009, 596 new companies were formed as a result of university research, which is one more than the 595 formed in 2008 and 41 more than the 555 formed in 2007. The increase, while modest, does come despite a downturn in the U.S. and global economy, proving that even during a down economy good technology and innovation can and does create jobs. The AUTM survey also shows that invention disclosures continue to rise, patent applications are up, and during fiscal year 2009 there was a surprisingly high increase in foreign filings over fiscal year 2008. More

Cash advance: Imperial to back others' spinoffs
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The commercialization arm of Imperial College London is to provide financial backing to entrepreneurial academics from other leading institutions. Imperial Innovations, which is a publicly listed company, has raised financial backing worth £140 million in an attempt to grow its business and expand its reach. The money primarily will be used to commercialize inventions and ideas inspired by research at Imperial. However, for the first time Imperial Innovations will also provide commercial support and investment for companies established on the back of work carried out at other leading research institutions, including the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and University College London. More

Seed planted at universities sprouts research-based startups
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It is not an exaggeration to say that the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 restructured the way small businesses, universities and nonprofits develop and commercialize new technologies from federally funded university research. The act permits universities, nonprofits and small businesses to retain the right to inventions developed through federally funded research. In other words, it allows universities to move discoveries to the public and become part of the nation's "innovation ecosystem." More

University of Michigan, technology companies celebrate new Detroit patent office    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The University of Michigan and tech companies in the Ann Arbor region will have better access to federal intellectual property resources after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said it would open its first satellite office in Detroit in 2011. The University of Michigan lobbied the federal government to choose Michigan for its first satellite office, Gov. Jennifer Granholm said on a conference call with reporters. The office is the first of several satellite operations where U.S. patent examiners will seek to expedite assessment and approval of patent applications. More

Isis participates in new startup company developing novel
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Isis Innovation Ltd, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, has announced its participation in the formation of IXO Therapeutics Ltd, a new biotechnology company formed to research and develop novel medicines from natural sources for the treatment of immune-mediated and inflammatory diseases. The new company, a startup from the Natural Environment Research Council and focused on the development of Intellectual Property derived from both NERC and the University of Oxford, aims to develop recombinant protein products that will treat inflammation and diseases that affect the body's immune system. More

Israel and Singapore to develop new nanomaterials
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Two prominent Israeli academicians, Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Shlomo Magdassi and Ben-Gurion University professor Robert Marks, look forward to spending a year on this island republic off the Malay Peninsula, in the framework of a five-year collaboration. Magdassi and Marks are partnering with professor Ma Jan of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University to head up a new research center focusing on energy efficiency. Scientists from the three universities will work together to develop new nanomaterials to enhance the efficiency of existing energy and water management technologies. More

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Zcube licenses technology developed by Arizona State University
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Zcube, Srl, the research venture of Italian pharmaceutical leader Zambon Co., SpA, and Arizona Technology Enterprises, the technology venturing arm of Arizona State University, have entered into a licensing agreement that will allow Zcube to use ASU technology to develop and commercialize next-generation medical devices that can better monitor and treat chronic respiratory diseases like asthma. More

University of Nebraska-Lincoln wheat program gets boost
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NUtech Ventures of Lincoln, Neb., has reached a licensing agreement with Bayer CropScience AG, a German company, for joint research to improve wheat crops. The agreement includes $2 million for an endowed professorship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Under the agreement, Bayer will establish the first North American wheat breeding station near Lincoln and support research and education programs at UNL. More

Beamsteering for mobile devices could cut power consumption in half    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When turned on, today's smart phones and other wireless devices radiate power in all directions while searching for communications nodes. But this omni-directionality can pose problems, such as limiting network capacity by causing interference among devices, as well as unnecessarily consuming power. However, if mobile devices could transmit power in a specific direction rather than all directions, researchers estimate that it could cut each device's power consumption by half. Now, a team from Rice University has developed a beamsteering technique for smart phones, Netbooks, and e-book readers that transmits power in one direction only. More

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