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Nature, Merck Establish Science Entrepreneur Prize

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The scientific publisher Springer Nature and drug maker Merck are creating an annual award for early-stage companies spun-off from academic research. . . . → Read More: Nature, Merck Establish Science Entrepreneur Prize

Challenge Seeks Circular Economy Start-Ups

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A challenge competition is seeking new businesses that disrupt the plastics recycling and energy storage industries with ideas based on a circular economy. . . . → Read More: Challenge Seeks Circular Economy Start-Ups

Federal Agency Holds A.I.-Health Outcomes Challenge

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The U.S. agency directing Medicare and Medicaid is sponsoring a challenge competition to spur development of artificial intelligence to predict health care outcomes. . . . → Read More: Federal Agency Holds A.I.-Health Outcomes Challenge

App Created for New, Pregnant Moms in Opioid Recovery

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A smartphone app is being developed to help pregnant women and new mothers with an opioid addiction, by a medical professor and health care technology company. . . . → Read More: App Created for New, Pregnant Moms in Opioid Recovery

Infectious Disease Sequencing Service, Training Launched

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A cloud-based open-source genomic sequencing program is underway to identify the source and nature of infectious diseases anywhere in the world. . . . → Read More: Infectious Disease Sequencing Service, Training Launched

Fully Biodegradable Plastic Straws in Testing

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A university research center and biodegradable plastics company are testing a new type of drink straw that degrades completely after use in normal soil and water conditions. . . . → Read More: Fully Biodegradable Plastic Straws in Testing

Challenges Seek Solutions for Chronic Diseases, Oral Drugs in Animals

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Two new crowdsourcing competitions announced this week are seeking ideas on broadening the scope of drugs being developed for companion animals, and making drugs easier to give to pets and farm animals. . . . → Read More: Challenges Seek Solutions for Chronic Diseases, Oral Drugs in Animals

Pharma Maker Crowdsourcing for Drug Delivery Partners

The global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is looking for collaborators to develop treatments for disease using nucleic acids delivered with cell-penetrating peptides. . . . → Read More: Pharma Maker Crowdsourcing for Drug Delivery Partners

Online Game Harnessed to Combat Foodborne Toxins

A consortium of companies and university labs is recruiting participants in an online computer game to design synthetic proteins to neutralize a toxin that contaminates food crops. . . . → Read More: Online Game Harnessed to Combat Foodborne Toxins

Smartphone Data Reveal Physical Activity Worldwide

A data science team tapped into smartphones of more than 717,000 people worldwide to capture the number of steps they take each day as an indicator of physical activity. . . . → Read More: Smartphone Data Reveal Physical Activity Worldwide