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NIH Panel to Study Biomedical Workforce Future

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A National Institutes of Health (NIH) working group will study the U.S. biomedical workforce of the future, but with limited input from private companies. Of the 12 members of the panel, only one participant — Garry Neil, vice president of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey — is from the private . . . → Read More: NIH Panel to Study Biomedical Workforce Future

American Express to Open IP Marketplace

The financial services company American Express in New York says it is creating a marketplace for buying and selling intellectual property. The project called Intellectual Property (IP) Zone, now in beta testing, will cover trades involving patents, trademarks, software, and other IP products.

The current beta version works with a closed group of buyers and . . . → Read More: American Express to Open IP Marketplace

Company Tests Stem Cells Creating Liver Cells in Animals

Stem Cells (National Science Foundation)

International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO) in Carlsbad, California says it completed the first animal lab tests of hepatocytes — cells that make up most of the tissue in the liver — derived in the lab from human unfertilized egg stem cells. The results of the tests will be presented . . . → Read More: Company Tests Stem Cells Creating Liver Cells in Animals

Foundations, Duke University Start Biomed Engineering Fund

Duke University in Durham, North Carolina has created a $20 million endowment to encourage research collaborations between bioengineers and clinicians that aims to develop new technologies to improve patient care. Duke’s medical and engineering schools are taking part in the endowment.

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation in Miami, Florida is funding half of the Duke . . . → Read More: Foundations, Duke University Start Biomed Engineering Fund

Occasional posting through the rest of April

We’re going on holiday for a few days and will return to our regular posting schedule in early May. Thank you for visiting Science Business.

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ARPA-E to Fund $130 Million for New Energy R&D

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced the availability of funding of five new research areas in its fourth round of grants for new energy technologies. The projects to be funded will involve rare earth alternatives, biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics.

ARPA-E is modeled after the Defense . . . → Read More: ARPA-E to Fund $130 Million for New Energy R&D

FDA Approves Drug for Rare Blood Vessel Disorders

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Rituxan (rituximab) as a therapy for two rare disorders that cause severe vasculitis or blood vessel inflammation. The drug was developed by Biogen Idec in Weston, Massachusetts, and is manufactured by Genetech in South San Francisco, California.

The diseases approved for treatment by Rituxan — . . . → Read More: FDA Approves Drug for Rare Blood Vessel Disorders

We’re back!

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Science Business had to take a detour in the past two days, while we sorted out issues with our domain name (Hint: check occasionally to see if your domain name registrar is still in business.). During that time we set up shop on the Posterous blogging platform. Here are the items posted at . . . → Read More: We’re back!

U.S. Meat, Poultry Found with Drug-Resistant Staph Bacteria

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A study in five cities by the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona finds drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates. The study’s findings appear in today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

S. aureus is a . . . → Read More: U.S. Meat, Poultry Found with Drug-Resistant Staph Bacteria

Remote-Control Intubation Device Developed for Anesthesia

Remote intubation device with a patient (McGill University Health Centre)

Physicians and engineers at McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada have developed a remote-control system for intubation in anesthesia, and used the device for the first time on a live patient. Endotracheal intubation is a medical procedure in which a tube is placed . . . → Read More: Remote-Control Intubation Device Developed for Anesthesia