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Pressure on academics to generate alternative income for universities
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University academics are increasingly being expected to develop links with businesses to boost their institution's income. The pressure to create alternative commercial funding streams is expected to rise cuts hit the sector. For some academics the move to engage with business has been easy. More

Elana receives FDA approval for lifesaving bypass device
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Dutch medical device manufacturer, Elana bv, announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a humanitarian device exemption, enabling a lifesaving cerebral bypass. Elana bv is a corporate spinoff from the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands. "The Elana Surgical Kit may help those with a rare condition for whom there previously was no treatment option," said Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The company expects that annually a thousand patients worldwide are eligible to be treated with the device. More

Scientists invent iMobot
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Scientists at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) have reported the invention of an intelligent, reconfigurable modular robot. According to the report the project is headed for commercial development with the help of a grant from the National Science Foundation. Graham Ryland and professor Harry Cheng hope their "iMobot" will be a useful research and teaching tool. They also say the technology could be used in industrial applications for rapidly prototyping complex robotics — and may eventually form the basis of robots for search-and-rescue operations in difficult terrain. UC Davis has filed a patent on the robot. More

Korea, Israel collaborate on nanoparticles
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Ink from silver-coated copper particles for printed electronics marks the first commercial joint venture between a technology transfer office of an Israeli University and a Korean company. The deal gives a leading Korean printing firm the rights to an Israeli innovation in producing conductive ink. More

Minnesota startup aims to treat clogged arteries with ultrasound
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International Cardio Corp. is licensing University of Minnesota technology that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound technology to treat clogged arteries in a noninvasive way. Donald Knight, the president of the Chaska, Minn.,-based startup, said that he has a brother who nearly died during an angioplasty procedure. "Angioplasty is an effective procedure, but it carries risks," Knight said. "My goal is to develop a noninvasive alternative to angioplasty." More

Report details impact of University of Utah's startups
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A new report by the University of Utah pegs the economic impact of the school's startup companies over the last 40 years at $754 million, responsible for more than 15,000 jobs. The analysis by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research examines 188 companies and invention licenses created since 1970. More

Colorado startup VetDC targets biotech breakthroughs for pets
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A Colorado State University spinoff is tackling a pet project: Developing biotech innovations for dogs and cats. VetDC Inc., based in Fort Collins, Colo., is working with pet owners as well as veterinarians at the university's Veterinary Teaching Hospital to produce and market veterinary products. The startup will focus primarily on anti-cancer initiatives but also will take aim at unmet veterinary needs related to eye care, infectious diseases and other ailments. More

Device coating startup Biotectix buys intellectual prperty from Chameleon BioSurfaces
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Biotectix is putting some of its new financial firepower to work. The Ann Arbor, Mich.,-based startup, a spinoff from the University of Michigan, said that it acquired the intellectual property portfolio of Chameleon BioSurfaces in Cambridge, England. Biotectix is developing polymer materials designed to improve how implantable medical devices interact with the body and tissues, over time, such as by enhancing stability and preventing foreign body reactions to the devices. More

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