Science Market Update

Science "Speed Teching" Drives Rapid Commercialization in Utah

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Fri, May 25, 2012

We've heard for a while now about the aggressive, determined way Utah is working to grow its biotech economy, particularly through advancing university research and commercializing the technology that comes out of it. Since getting private capital interested in university science invention is a major step in making that commercialization happen, the University of Utah Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) has come up with an innovative arena for matching inventors with backers, and it looks a lot like...speed dating. They call it science "speed teching," and the first University Innovators Speed Teching Showcase event took place May 22nd in a large conference room at Salt Lake City's Zions Bank.

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Tags: Utah, university of utah, Southwest, Funding, Research Funding, Event, Front Line event, innovative solution, scientist solutions

UCLA Research Wizards Use Gaming to Diagnose Malaria in Telepathology Project

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, May 10, 2012

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Tags: University of California Los Angeles, Medical Device Technology, Ozcan Nano/Bio Photonics Lab, crowdsourcing, Microscopy, Lab-on-a-chip Technology, Southwest, Los Angeles, UCLA, innovative solution, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, BVS

UCSD and Scripps Awarded $10.2M Grant for Optical Disease Research and Therapeutics

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Apr 25, 2012

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has just awarded a major grant to a team of three scientists from the Scripps Institute and the University of California San Diego to develop a novel treatment for diabetic retinopathy and other forms of macular degeneration. The optical research investigators are:

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Tags: University of California San Diego, nanotechnology, Southwest, California, Scripps, Angiogenesis Modulation, San Diego, Funding, innovative solution, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, scientist solutions, BVS

$65M Integrative Science Building Construction Nearing Completion at University of Oregon

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Mon, Apr 09, 2012

The University of Oregon is poised to celebrate completion of Phase II building construction on its Lokey Science Complex on the Eugene campus this fall with the opening of the $65M Lewis Integrative Science Building. The 100,000sf science building will have fully one-third of its space devoted to labs and will be home to strategic research clusters related to the human brain, molecular biology, nanotechnology, and solar energy. It will bring together researchers from across the spectrum of brain research from cognitive development to rehabilitation as well as molecular biologists studying cancer and stem cells and materials scientists working in green nanotechnology and solar energy. The Lewis Building is expected to earn LEED platinum certification, and it will be the most expensive science facility ever built at the University of Oregon. The fundraising effort is nearing completion and labs will be filling with new equipment and supplies soon in preparation for the fall move-in.

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Tags: Bioresearch, UOr, Northwest, New research facilities, University of Oregon, BioResearch Product Faire Event, OR, innovative solution, Eugene, new construction, construction

UIUC "Clever Chemistry" Science Invention Wins Innovation Research Grants

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Tue, Mar 20, 2012

We live in an age obsessed with cleanliness.  Hand washing is at an all-time high, as are sanitizers of every sort.  It's not enough that our municiple water is filtered at a plant somewhere before coming into our homes, no, we need to filter it once more before it's safe to drink.  Yet even that level of screening for contaminants may not be enough. For people living near air force bases there's an additional threat, and it's caused by a specific chemical used in rocket fuel: ammonium perchlorate. Perchlorate has a tendency to end up in the water supply near these bases, and traditional water filters don't do the trick when it comes to screening out the toxin.  Fortunately, two entrepreneurial materials science researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, have come up with a novel filtering material that does screen perchlorate, and they are well on their way to commercializing their invention, thanks to two federal small business awards and the support of the pro-business University of Illinois Research Park.

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Tags: Midwest, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, university research park, Funding, chemistry researchers, innovative solution, chemical supply, laboratory chemicals, NSF, lab chemical

Science Research Finds Innovative Crowdfunding Resource at Petridish.org

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Fri, Mar 16, 2012


In the David and Goliath world of science research funding, young scientists who lack the experience and PI status to pull in funding from sources like the NIH and NSF now have a new resource at petridish.org.  The website, just launched in a beta version, allows scientists to appeal to ordinary folk for funding to support their research, with typically modest goals of $10,000 or less. The nine projects that debuted on petridish.org are almost all led by PhD candidates, post-docs, and staff researchers from top universities, and most are looking to travel to do data collection for life science projects.  These could be tomorrow's big names in science research, getting innovative about moving their research forward now. 

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Tags: 2012 Research Funding, crowdsourcing, biology research, Funding, Science Projects, science research, biotech solutions, innovative solution, scientist solutions, early career funding, science research funding

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Research Facility Named Lab of the Year

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Mon, Mar 12, 2012

 

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Tags: Midwest, New research facilities, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Madison, BioResearch Product Faire Event, laboratory, innovative solution, science buildings, BRPF, green design, university bioresearch, life science partners

University of Pennsylvania Crowd-Sources Map of Philadelphia AEDs

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Thu, Mar 08, 2012

Led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the six-week MyHeartMap Challenge is a trial science research project that uses crowd-sourcing to locate and gather information about automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in Philadelphia. The challenge runs from January 31 to March 13, during which time participants can use a free app on their iPhones or Android phones to take pictures and document the location of publicly accessible AEDs in Philadelphia.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, Northeast, University of Pennsylvania, cardiovascular research, heart disease, crowdsourcing, Philadelphia, BioResearch Product Faire Event, science research, innovative solution, BRPF, MyHeartMap Challenge

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