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NSF Adding Three I-Corps University Innovation Centers

Steve Blank (SteveBlank.com)

National Science Foundation is adding three regional consortiums under its Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to encourage campus entrepreneurship from university research. The three awards going to university I-Corps nodes in and around San Francisco, Washingon, D.C., and New York City total some $11.2 million.

I-Corps aims to help academic scientists funded . . . → Read More: NSF Adding Three I-Corps University Innovation Centers

Nanoscale Technique Welds Polymer Materials with Light

(NASA.gov)

Physicists and materials scientists at North Carolina State University in Raleigh developed a technique to attach portions of polymers by melting aligned nanoparticles with light waves. The researchers describe their process in a recent online issue of the journal Particle & Particle Systems Characterization (paid subscription required).

The team led by physicists Jason . . . → Read More: Nanoscale Technique Welds Polymer Materials with Light

Robotic Bat Wing Developed to Simulate Flight Dynamics

Flying bat and robotic wing (Brown University)

Biologists and engineers at Brown University in Providence created a robotic bat wing that simulates the aerodynamics of bats, but can also be applied to the design of small pilotless aircraft. The team from the labs of Brown engineer Kenneth Breuer and biologist Sharon Swartz published results . . . → Read More: Robotic Bat Wing Developed to Simulate Flight Dynamics

Artificial Ears with Living Cells Created by 3D Printing

Lawrence Bonassar holds an artificial ear made with 3D printing and injectable molds. (Lindsay France, Cornell University)

Biomedical engineers and physicians at Cornell University in New York developed a process to create artificial human ears from animal cells that resembles real ears, and offers a form on which live cartilage cells can grow. The . . . → Read More: Artificial Ears with Living Cells Created by 3D Printing

Merck, Samsung to Collaborate on Biosimilars

(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. in New Jersey and Samsung Bioepis Co. in Seoul, South Korea agreed on a deal for licensing and taking to market non-branded biologic therapies called biosimilars. While the companies released an outline of the financial arrangements, the dollar amount of the agreement was . . . → Read More: Merck, Samsung to Collaborate on Biosimilars

Informatics Tools Underused to Fight Hospital Infections

Scanning electron micrograph image of MRSA bacteria (Janice Haney Carr, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Researchers at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis report relatively few professionals responsible for controlling hospital-based infections are engaged in or even aware of automated systems designed to share data about these infections. The findings of the survey led . . . → Read More: Informatics Tools Underused to Fight Hospital Infections

Biotechs to Partner on Cancer Therapy, Drug Production

(NIST.gov)

The biotechnology companies iBio Inc. in Newark, Delaware and Caliber Biotherapeutics in Bryan, Texas agreed to combine their plant-based genomic drug discovery and development technologies to produce new therapeutics, beginning with a cancer drug. Financial aspects of the deal were not disclosed.

iBio’s platform, called iBio Launch, uses plant biology to harness gene . . . → Read More: Biotechs to Partner on Cancer Therapy, Drug Production

USDA Funding Research on Sustainable Organic Rice Farming

(Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

Texas AgriLife Research, a division of Texas A&M University in College Station, is conducting research on sustainable techniques to improve yields of high-quality organic rice. The work led by Fugen Dou, a soil and crop science professor at AgriLife’s lab in Beaumont, is funded by two U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . → Read More: USDA Funding Research on Sustainable Organic Rice Farming

Lozenges, Tobacco-Free Snuff Help Tobacco Chewers Quit

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found nicotine lozenges and tobacco-free snuff could get smokeless tobacco users to quit their habits, even when some users started out with no intention of quitting. The team led by Mayo Clinic’s Jon Ebbert published its findings in this month’s issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors (paid . . . → Read More: Lozenges, Tobacco-Free Snuff Help Tobacco Chewers Quit

Lockheed Martin, Nanyang Univ. to Partner on Nanotech Copper

Freddy Boey (Nanyang Technological University)

Lockheed Martin Corp. in Bethesda, Maryland and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will collaborate on research involving a new type of copper based on nanotechnology. The laboratory established under the agreement signed today will have initial funding of $10 million over four years.

The NTU-Lockheed Martin Joint Laboratory at . . . → Read More: Lockheed Martin, Nanyang Univ. to Partner on Nanotech Copper