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MIT, Intel Corp. to Collaborate on Big Data Research

Massachusetts Institute of Technology will host a new Intel Corporation research center that studies techniques for organizing and making sense of the huge amounts of information generated by Web users and networked sensors. Intel selected MIT from 157 proposals submitted by 55 institutions.

The challenge of big data, as this field is often called, has . . . → Read More: MIT, Intel Corp. to Collaborate on Big Data Research

Company, University Lab Design Thermal Solar Collector

Central receiver tower at the Gemasolar plant (Torresol Energy)

An engineering company in Madrid, Spain, working with a research group at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), has designed a new central receiver for a solar thermal energy plant recently installed in Spain. Sun to Market is an engineering and IT services company in . . . → Read More: Company, University Lab Design Thermal Solar Collector

Biotech, Genome Companies Partner on Microbe Outbreaks

E coli bacteria magnified (USDA Agricultural Research Service/Wikimedia Commons)

Life Technologies Corp. in Carlsbad, California and OpGen Inc. in Gaithersburg, Maryland have agreed to develop systems, technologies, and applications for the management and surveillance of microbial outbreaks in the public health and infectious disease markets. Life Technologies is a biotechnology company developing diagnostic systems, . . . → Read More: Biotech, Genome Companies Partner on Microbe Outbreaks

Medical Device Company Lands $30M for Clinical Trials

(WomensHealth.gov)

Kona Medical Inc., a medical device developer in Bellevue, Washington, has secured $30 million in series C venture funds, the third financing cycle after initial start-up. The round was led by an undisclosed large-cap medical technology company, and joined by existing investors Essex Woodlands, Domain Associates, Morgenthaler Ventures, and BioStar Ventures.

Kona Medical, . . . → Read More: Medical Device Company Lands $30M for Clinical Trials

Light-Triggered Anti-Bacterial Technology Developed

Acinetobacter bacillus (CDC.gov)

Researchers at University of California-Santa Cruz have developed a method for eradicating drug-resistant bacteria from wounds and skin infections, using light to trigger the release of the chemical nitric oxide. The team led by biochemistry professor Pradip Mascharak published its findings online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (paid . . . → Read More: Light-Triggered Anti-Bacterial Technology Developed

Synthetic Platelets Developed for Therapies, Diagnostics

Nishit Doshi (UC Santa Barbara)

Chemical engineers at University of California-Santa Barbara, with colleagues at Scripps Research Institute and Sanford-Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California, have developed synthetic blood platelets for therapeutic and diagnostic uses. Their findings appear online in the journal Advanced Materials (paid subscription required).

The team led by research scientist Nishit . . . → Read More: Synthetic Platelets Developed for Therapies, Diagnostics

Challenge Seeks Regional Advanced Manufacturing Solutions

(Commerce.gov)

Six U.S. federal agencies, including National Science Foundation, are funding a new challenge that seeks ways of building a region’s manufacturing capabilities. In addition to NSF, the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge — the third of these competitions — is supported by Economic Development Administration and National Institute of Standards and . . . → Read More: Challenge Seeks Regional Advanced Manufacturing Solutions

Canadian Universities Get $22M for Automotive Research

Chevy Volt (courtesy, GM)

The AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, a Canadian auto industry research program, will get an infusion of $22 million to fund a series of new projects at Canadian universities for the next two years. The Canadian government will contribute $10 million to the fund, with manufacturers, parts makers, and . . . → Read More: Canadian Universities Get $22M for Automotive Research

Bristol-Myers Squibb Sponsoring Cancer Research Network

T cell, in blue, a key component in the body's immune system (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., a pharmaceutical company in Princeton, New Jersey, has a new collaboration with academic researchers that aims to better understand the science of immuno-oncology, the harnessing of the body’s immune system to fight cancer. The network . . . → Read More: Bristol-Myers Squibb Sponsoring Cancer Research Network

Lean Management Helps Improve Surgery Efficiency, Morale

Carol Bradford (University of Michigan)

Researchers and clinicians from University of Michigan medical school and health system in Ann Arbor adapted lean management concepts from industry to one hospital operating room and found improved efficiency and morale, with implications for increasing hospital capacity and revenues. The results of the study appear online in the . . . → Read More: Lean Management Helps Improve Surgery Efficiency, Morale