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Nanotech Fiber Material Converts Heat to Electricity

Corey Hewitt (Wake Forest University)

Researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina have developed a fiber-like material with the ability to convert heat, such as body heat, into electric power. The team, which includes researchers from universities in New Zealand and Korea, and the company NanoTechLabs Inc. in nearby Yadkinville, North Carolina . . . → Read More: Nanotech Fiber Material Converts Heat to Electricity

Modified Graphene Found to Dissipate Electronics Heat

Graphene molecular illustration (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Researchers in the U.S., Korea, and China have discovered a modified form of the material graphene with better thermal properties than graphene in its natural state. The team led by Alexander Balandin, an engineering professor at University of California – Riverside, published its findings online in the . . . → Read More: Modified Graphene Found to Dissipate Electronics Heat

Engineered HIV/AIDS Vaccine Approved for Clinical Trials

Chil-Yong Kang (University of Western Ontario)

A vaccine designed to prevent HIV infection based on a genetically engineered virus has received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to start clinical trials. The vaccine is a product of a joint venture between Universiy of Western Onatrio in London and the Canadian subsidiary of . . . → Read More: Engineered HIV/AIDS Vaccine Approved for Clinical Trials

UCLA, Korean Institute Collaborate on Smart Grid R&D

Rajit Gadh visiting Jeju Island, Korea (UCLA)

The engineering school at University of California at Los Angeles and the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) have begun a 10-year partnership to collaborate on smart-grid research and the development of new related technologies. The project, funded on the U.S. side by the Department of Energy . . . → Read More: UCLA, Korean Institute Collaborate on Smart Grid R&D

Biogen Idec, Samsung to Form $300M Biosimilar Venture

(Research.gov)

Biogen Idec, a biotechnology company in Weston, Massachusetts, and the Korean conglomerate Samsung will form a joint venture to develop and market follow-on biologic drugs known as biosimilars. Investments by both companies in the venture will total $300 million.

Samsung will contribute $255 million of the $300 million for an 85 percent stake . . . → Read More: Biogen Idec, Samsung to Form $300M Biosimilar Venture

Electronic Film Implant Designed to Monitor Brain Functions

(Travis Ross and Yun Soung Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Medical and engineering researchers from the U.S., Korea, and China have developed a thin, flexible electronic film that can monitor brain activity without the use of penetrating electrodes. The team’s findings appear online in the journal Nature Neuroscience (paid subscription required).

The film . . . → Read More: Electronic Film Implant Designed to Monitor Brain Functions

Mayo Clinic, Korean Biotech to Collaborate on ALS Research

(National Institute of Drug Abuse)

Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida and SK Biopharmaceuticals in Seoul, South Korea have agreed to develop new treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The collaboration will center around the work of Mayo Clinic’s Leonard Petrucelli, who heads the neuroscience research department at . . . → Read More: Mayo Clinic, Korean Biotech to Collaborate on ALS Research

U.S. Patent Office Signs New, Expanded Reciprocity Deals

(USPTO.gov)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced new or expanded patent reciprocity agreements with Israel, Korea, and the Nordic Patent Institute that covers Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. All of the agreements involve pilot tests of expedited patent examinations between the U.S. and partner countries.

USPTO calls the overall reciprocity program the Patent Prosecution . . . → Read More: U.S. Patent Office Signs New, Expanded Reciprocity Deals

Solvay to Form Research Center at Korean Women’s University

(EWHA Women's University)

Solvay, a chemical company in Brussels, Belgium, says it will locate its Korean research center on the campus of EWHA Women’s University in Seoul. The company’s investment in this venture will total EUR 16.8 million (USD 24.0 million).

Solvay plans to invest EUR 13 million in a Research, Development and Technology . . . → Read More: Solvay to Form Research Center at Korean Women’s University

Korea Boosts R&D Budget, Targets Economic Growth

The Korea Herald newspaper reports today that the Korean government plans to increase the budget for its Ministry of Knowledge Economy by 7 percent in 2011 to KRW 4.5 trillion (USD 3.9 billion), with most of the funds going to research and development that benefits sustainable economic growth.

The plans released today show substantial increases . . . → Read More: Korea Boosts R&D Budget, Targets Economic Growth