AUTM Newsbrief
Dec. 8, 2011

University of California and Stanford University rank high in earnings from business spinoffs
San Jose Mercury News
Stanford University and the University of California continue to be fertile breeding grounds for breakthrough technologies, generating many millions of dollars in annual income for two schools that have played a central role in building Silicon Valley. Despite continuing difficult economic conditions, in 2010, Stanford collected $65.5 million from the commercialization of its inventions, up slightly from $65 million in 2009, according to a new survey from the nonprofit Association of University Technology Managers.More

Printed CNT transistor circuits may lead to cheaper OLED displays
While flexible OLED displays have begun appearing in some cellphones, the technology is still too expensive to be widely used in consumer electronics. In one of the latest attempts to enable low-cost mass-production of OLED displays, researchers have fabricated the first complete thin-film transistor circuits printed with a carbon nanotube solution for use with display electronics. They found that these circuits are not only easy to fabricate, but they also work as excellent current switches when connected to OLEDs. The printed transistor circuits were developed by a team of researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles; Aneeve Nanotechnologies, a startup company at UCLA; and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Their work is published in a recent issue of Nano Letters.More

University of Utah researchers find clue to cause of cold sores
The Salt Lake Tribune
Annoyed by frequent cold sores? A gene may be making you vulnerable — but it also may be the key to future remedies. Researchers from the University of Utah and the University of Massachusetts say they have discovered that an obscure gene has variations that can protect against cold sore outbreaks or make them more likely.More

With a leaner model, startups reach further afield
The New York Times
Lee Redden, 26, a Ph.D. student in engineering at Stanford University, recently decided to shelve his education and help found a startup company. His skills lie in a couple of red-hot niches of artificial intelligence, computer vision and machine learning. Yet he is not applying his talents to Internet search, online commerce or intelligence surveillance. Redden's ambitions are further afield — in farm fields, actually. His company, Blue River Technology, is developing a robotic weed killer for organic farms, which shun chemical pesticides. The new venture, he said, is "a great way to bring this technology to agriculture." The startup here points to the latest stage of evolution in Silicon Valley, the world's epicenter of innovation. More

Wind energy breakthrough: Japan designs new wind turbine with triple the output of traditional models
Oil Price
In light of recent events, Japan has been urged to pay more attention to renewable energy sources. Coincidently, in the same month as one of the world's worst nuclear crises devastated Fukushima, an incredibly innovative wind turbine system revealed itself on Kyushu University's campus for field testing. With a promise to generate two to three times the power of traditional models, the new turbine designs exemplify the potential for a cleaner energy future in Japan and around the world, removed from the dangers of nuclear power plants. While energy from wind turbines currently accounts for less than one percent of total power generated in Japan, the new breakthrough in design provides ample reason to ramp up production. Called the 'Windlens,' Yuji Ohya, a professor of renewable energy dynamics and applied mechanics, and his team at Kyushu University have created a series of turbines that could make the cost of wind power less than coal and nuclear energy.More

Bugs as 1st responders
Laboratory Equipment
A device that harvests energy from a bug's movements could allow cyborg insects — rather than humans — to monitor hazardous situations. The principal idea is to harvest the insect's biological energy from either its body heat or movements. The device developed by engineers at the University of Michigan converts the kinetic energy from wing movements into electricity — prolonging battery life. The university is pursuing patent protection for the intellectual property, and is seeking commercialization partners to help bring the technology to market.More

Team finds many benefits with recently patented system that reduces phosphorus in wastewater
Lab Manager Magazine
A team of bioprocessing engineers with Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute has been issued a patent for a system that removes phosphorus from wastewater and addresses environmental regulations. Excess phosphate from both animal and human wastewater is an important environmental problem. It can pollute water resources and cause algae blooms, a problem that was present in many Kansas lakes and reservoirs this summer.More

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