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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

Big Data Project Seeks to Autocomplete Software Code

(Digitalgov.gov)

5 November 2014. A new project led by computer scientists at Rice University in Houston aims to apply big data analytics and data mining for software developers to generate code the same way as search engines anticipate or correct the entry of search terms. The 4 year, $11 million initiative is funded by . . . → Read More: Big Data Project Seeks to Autocomplete Software Code

Ebola-Marburg Vaccine Development, Testing Contract Awarded

Ebola health care workers in Guinea (European Commission-ECHO/USIAD)

31 October 2014. A biodefense unit of the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a contract to vaccine maker Profectus BioSciences Inc. for development and testing of a vaccine protecting against the two major Ebola strains and related Marburg viruses. The $9.5 million contract with the Baltimore . . . → Read More: Ebola-Marburg Vaccine Development, Testing Contract Awarded

Project Developing DNA Antibodies for Infectious Diseases

3-D image of MRSA bacteria (Melissa Brower, CDC)

21 October 2014. The biotechnology company Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. and partners are developing synthetic antibodies based on DNA that generate an immune reaction to prevent infectious diseases, a project funded by Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA. The $12.2 million DARPA grant is . . . → Read More: Project Developing DNA Antibodies for Infectious Diseases

DARPA Funding Development of Brain Implants to Boost Memory

3-D brain wiring illustration (NIH)

9 July 2014. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Defense, is awarding grants to two universities and a national lab to develop devices for implanting in the brain that can sense and restore memory loss. Research agreements totaling $40 million were designated for . . . → Read More: DARPA Funding Development of Brain Implants to Boost Memory

Medical Centers to Develop Brain Signal Tracking, Therapies

(DARPA.mil)

28 May 2014. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and University of California in San Francisco are developing technologies to analyze brain activity and deliver near real-time neural stimulation therapies. The five-year project is funded by grants from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of $30 million and $26 million respectively to Mass. General . . . → Read More: Medical Centers to Develop Brain Signal Tracking, Therapies