AUTM Newsbrief
June. 23, 2011

Oklahoma researchers battle resistant bacteria
The Oklahoman
With E. coli diagnoses showing up across the United States, and even overseas, an Oklahoma research company's plans for an immune resistant antibiotic couldn't come at a better time. Biolytx Pharmaceuticals Corp. — an early-stage company based on the intellectual property of University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is in the preclinical stages of producing an antibiotic that doctors will use to kill strains of increasingly resistant bacteria, said H. Anne Pereira, associate dean for research for the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.More

University of Michigan researchers create solar power without solar cells
Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a way to make an "optical battery" that generates power from the magnetic components of a light beam. This surprising discovery could eventually rival or replace the traditional semiconductor-based solar cell, according to Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics and Applied Physics.More

To dye for, Green Chemicals seals deal with Harrods
Yorkshire Post
A University of Leeds in the United Kingdom spinout is making headway in the £7 billion hair dye market after signing a deal which will see its hair dye technology used at Harrods department store. Green Chemicals Plc, which has developed "cleaner, greener and safer" dye technology for use in the textile, health, beauty and personal care markets, said it has signed a license deal with upmarket spa and hair treatment firm Urban Retreats.More

Startup Lytro's camera shoots first, focuses later
San Jose Business Journal
A Silicon Valley startup came out of stealth with $50 million in venture backing and a camera technology that lets users refocus pictures after they have been shot. Mountain View-based Lytro Inc. uses technology developed at Stanford University for "light field cameras" that it said it will begin selling later this year. The cameras contain a new light field sensor that captures the color, intensity and direction of every light ray. Software in the camera then processes the picture into a picture file that can be focused anywhere in the photo that the user wants, long after it is shot.More

Michigan State University spinoff firm XG Sciences selling stake to steelmaker
Lansing State Journal
A Michigan State University spinoff company has partnered with one of the world's largest steelmakers, strengthening its operations. High-tech manufacturer XG Sciences Inc. is selling a 20 percent stake to South Korean POSCO, a steel producer with subsidiaries in the energy, construction, logistics, mining and materials markets.More

How vehicle-to-grid technology could get past the pilot stage
Vehicle-to-grid technology — using parked electric vehicles as grid batteries — could help stabilize the grid, while offering electric vehicle owners a profit stream to help cover plug-in cars' extra costs. But tapping into plug-in batteries also presents a host of technical, regulatory and warranty-related challenges that have kept the V2G idea strictly one for pilot projects — until now, that is.More

Hebrew University device uses sonar to help the blind navigate
The Jerusalem Post
The blind and visually impaired could be able to toss away their white canes or at least "see" better with them, thanks to a "virtual cane" developed by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers and patented by Yissum, the university's research and development company. More

Working together to measure conditions for offshore power
Jim McColl's David Brown Gear Systems business is joining forces with Strathclyde University in the United Kingdom and wind farm developer SgurrEnergy to setup a £1.6 million research center to develop equipment for measuring offshore wind conditions. The Center for Advanced Condition Monitoring will look at how to improve the efficiency of offshore wind farms so they require less maintenance, which is expensive and time consuming.More

De Montfort University to develop skin cancer detection tool to save lives
Medical News Today
Hundreds of lives could be saved thanks to a new tool being developed at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom that could help improve the early detection of skin cancer. The university, working in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust's Dermatology Department, has been awarded £75,000 to create a new device to help in the early detection of malignant melanoma skin cancer.More