AUTM Newsbrief
June. 2, 2011

Startup swap: University offers tuition for stake in business
An upstate New York university is doing more than investing in students. It's investing in their startups. In lieu of tuition, Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., is offering young entrepreneurs with established businesses the chance to attend the school through a combination of financial aid and selling a portion of their business to the school.More

Beetroot-hawthorn berry blend may boost heart health
Researchers from the University of Texas and Neogenis Laboratories report that the herbal blend could improve the status of nitric oxide in the body — nitric oxide is a potent vasodilator, or compound that promotes the dilation or relaxation of blood vessels, thereby easing blood pressure and boosting heart health. The researchers used a "unique formulation from intellectual property" developed by the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and licensed exclusively to Neogenis Laboratories.More

Cerecor takes over cough drug from Fells Labs
Pharmaceutical Business Review
Cerecor has taken over intellectual property assets of FP01, an oral cough medication, from Fells Laboratories. Earlier, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore had licensed FP01 intellectual property to Fells Labs. As per the terms of the current agreement, Fells Labs is entitled to get an upfront payment and additional consideration from Cerecor, upon the achievement of milestone.More

Blood test for depression or not?
The Toronto Star
Japanese researchers claim to have developed a blood test to determine if people have depression — but some experts in are not convinced. Researchers from Human Metabolome Technologies, a startup biomedical company with links to Keio University in Tokyo, announced they had developed a blood test that could determine depression by measuring the amount of phosphoric acid in a patient's blood.More

Chameleon magnets could revolutionize computing
What causes a magnet to be a magnet, and how can we control a magnet's behavior? These are the questions that University at Buffalo in New Nork researcher Igor Zutic, a theoretical physicist, has been exploring over many years. He is one of many scientists, who believe that magnets could revolutionize computing, forming the basis of high-capacity and low-energy memory, data storage and data transfer devices. More

JPL-developed clean energy technology moves forward
A team of scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., in partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, developed a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell technology for future Department of Defense and commercial applications. Recently, USC and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., which manages JPL for NASA, awarded a license to SFC Energy, Inc., the United States affiliate of SFC Energy AG. The non-exclusive license for the technology will facilitate the expansion of the company's methanol fuel cell products into the U.S. market.More

A new dimension in cost-efficient scanning
Business Lexington
An apparent leap forward in the field of structured light illumination technology has emerged from the lab of Dr. Daniel Lau, a University of Kentucky associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, and is now moving toward commercialization. Structured light illumination projects a series of light striped patterns onto an object while a digital camera records the deformation in the patterns to reconstruct a 3-D model of the object's surface.More

Acupressure device eases gag reflex
A startup company formed by a group of current and former students from Miami University is targeting a common problem in dentistry for which there are few effective solutions: The gag reflex. PharynMed was formed earlier this year to commercialize a unique device developed by Dr. Donna Scarborough, an associate professor of speech pathology and audiology at Miami University, and Dr. Michael Bailey-Van Kuren, an associate professor of mechanical and manufacturing engineering.More

Drug may help overwrite bad memories
Recalling painful memories while under the influence of the drug metyrapone reduces the brain's ability to re-record the negative emotions associated with them, according to University of Montreal researchers at the Center for Studies on Human Stress of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital in Canada. The team's study challenges the theory that memories cannot be modified once they are stored in the brain.More