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What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Richard van Atta (A. Kotok)

12 February 2016. Innovation is important throughout the modern economy, particularly in established industries that may lack the excitement of hot new sectors like biotechnology. A panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS 2016 annual meeting today (12 February) in Washington, D.C. examined ways . . . → Read More: What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Stent Implants Demonstrated to Transmit Brain Activity

Stentrode device (University of Melbourne)

9 February 2016. A team of engineers and medical researchers in Australia show it’s possible to safely implant electrodes in the brain to transmit brain activity with a catheter-delivered stent. A description of the device and delivery process with sheep appears in yesterday’s (8 February) issue of the journal . . . → Read More: Stent Implants Demonstrated to Transmit Brain Activity

Ultrasound Healing Studied for Peripheral Nervous System

Elisa Konofagou (Columbia University)

20 January 2016. A biomedical engineering lab is investigating ultrasound stimulation of the peripheral nervous system as a therapeutic technique for human organs. The research at Columbia University in New York is funded by a four-year $3.33 million grant from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The peripheral nervous system . . . → Read More: Ultrasound Healing Studied for Peripheral Nervous System

Autism App Adapts Facial Analysis Software

The Autism and Beyond app assesses a child’s emotional state while viewing various stimuli. The dots are landmarks automatically placed on a video of the child by the software. (courtesy, Autism and Beyond)

31 December 2015. A research team at Duke University is using facial analysis software routines developed for the U.S. Navy in . . . → Read More: Autism App Adapts Facial Analysis Software

Nanofibers, Stem Cells Studied for Rotator Cuff Repair

Helen Lu (Columbia University)

16 December 2015. An engineering lab at Columbia University is researching a new regenerative process that better integrates human tendon and bone tissue to repair rotator cuff injuries. The team led by biomedical engineering professor Helen Lu is funded by $1.1 million grant from Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs in . . . → Read More: Nanofibers, Stem Cells Studied for Rotator Cuff Repair

Protein Gels Being Devised to Simulate Human Functions

Jin Kim Montclare (New York University)

12 August 2015. New York University’s engineering school is developing a new type of protein-based gel materials that respond to and replicate natural biochemical processes. The three-year project, led by chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Jin Kim Montclare, is funded by a $368,000 grant from the U.S. Army . . . → Read More: Protein Gels Being Devised to Simulate Human Functions

Navy Seeks Graphene Nanoribbons for Electricity Distribution

All electric-powered Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer (U.S. Navy, courtesy of General Dynamics)

20 July 2015. The U.S. Navy wants a more efficient way to distribute electric power on its ships, and believes ultrathin ribbons made of graphene may help them do it. The Office of Naval Research awarded an $800,000 grant to the lab led . . . → Read More: Navy Seeks Graphene Nanoribbons for Electricity Distribution

Institute Developing Engineered Bacteria for Gut Diseases

E. coli bacteria (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

17 June 2015. Engineers and medical researchers at Harvard University are designing genetically engineered bacteria that can diagnose and treat gastrointestinal disorders affecting travelers, as well as people suffering from acute or chronic gut diseases. The team from Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering . . . → Read More: Institute Developing Engineered Bacteria for Gut Diseases

Heart-on-Chip Device Built to Screen Drugs

Heart-on-a-chip device (Anurag Mathur, Healy Lab, Univ. of California-Berkeley)

9 March 2015. A bioengineering team at University of California in Berkeley developed a device with cardiac tissue derived from stem cells that can test drug candidates for potentially toxic effects. Researchers from the lab of engineering professor Kevin Healy published their findings today in . . . → Read More: Heart-on-Chip Device Built to Screen Drugs

RNA Flu Therapy Clinical Trials Complete Enrollment

Influenza ultrastructure illustration (Dan Higgins, CDC)

19 February 2015. Two late-stage clinical trials testing an influenza treatment that disrupts a virus’s genetic replication ability finished recruiting more than 2,000 participants worldwide. The trials are being conducted by MediVector Inc., a drug development company in Boston, for Joint Project Manager Medical Countermeasure Systems, an office . . . → Read More: RNA Flu Therapy Clinical Trials Complete Enrollment