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Breakthrough technology for mine site rehab
The A to Z of Mining    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A breakthrough technology from the University of Queensland in Australia may help to grow vegetation at sites of mining operations where the heavy metal contamination does not allow normal plants to grow. The project is being supported financially by Xstrata Technology. More

Ohio University at the forefront of drug research and development
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Despite all the scary stories that U.S. drug research and development has plunged, that the U.S. will lose the drug race to Israel or other countries, U.S. drug research is actually alive and well. Ohio University recently announced it could get tens of millions of dollars in royalty income from the development of two potential blockbuster drugs to treat ovarian cancer and gigantism, a disorder that can result in enlargement of the hands and feet, facial disfiguration and multiple organ disorders, leading to premature death. More

It came from their lab. But how to take it to the bank?
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are a lot of smart people in universities. Some may even be geniuses. Many of them are certainly good at inventing technologies that will change our lives. But for the most part, universities aren't particularly adept at extracting the full measure of profit from all those innovations. While university technology transfer offices routinely license the intellectual property developed on campus, the schools themselves often aren't very nimble at retaining large stakes in the startups that exploit that property. More

New gel to heal sinus surgery wounds
Biomed Middle East    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers in New Zealand and Australia have collaborated to develop a new gel to heal wounds after a sinus surgery. Emeritus professor Brian Robinson of the University of Otago's Chemistry Department produced the gel; Professor Peter-John Wormald of the University of Adelaide performed the clinical trials. The gel, derived from a polymer named chitosan extracted from crab-shell and squid, has undergone successful trials over the past four years. It could potentially lead to a reduction in the number of post-operative complications which frequently occur following sinus surgery. Leading United States-based medical technology company Medtronic have purchased the patent for the gel application. More

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New venture joins fight against cancer
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Julie Barnes is the chief executive of newly-formed Abcodia, specializing in molecular biomarkers for early disease diagnosis of a range of diseases. The new business has been granted rights to commercialize intellectual property from one of the largest biobanks in the country, at University College London. The aim is to make groundbreaking discoveries and improve diagnosis of many common life-threatening and debilitating ills, including the major cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. More

Legal row between big fertilizer co-operatives ends
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The Ravensdown Company has been trying to patent the application technology for its Eco-n nitrification inhibitor since 2002, when it lodged the application. The product, developed with scientists from New Zealand's Lincoln University, is designed to reduce nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions from grazed pasture, as well as increase production. The New Zealand patent was approved by the Intellectual Property Office in 2009. The other fertilizer co-operative, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, which has a competing product on the market, challenged it in the High Court, which has upheld the patent. More

Purdue research may lead to therapy that delays onset, reduces severity of MS symptoms    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
People suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) may benefit if patent-pending research conducted at Purdue University shows that a decades-old drug approved by the FDA to treat hypertension also can delay the onset and reduce the severity of MS symptoms. Purdue professor Riyi Shi conducts research at his laboratory on how hydralazine affects multiple sclerosis symptoms. A provisional patent has been filed on Shi's research, and commercialization partners are being sought. More

New era dawns for mini synfuels
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South African technology, already demonstrated in Australia and China, is being used to generate liquid fuel from coal and gas but can also be used to make fuel from biomass, including municipal waste. In addition, electricity can be generated as a by-product of the process. Advances in the development of synthetic fuel by the University of the Witwatersrand's Center of Materials and Process Synthesis (Comps) mean that smaller modular plants, which can produce both fuel and electricity, can do so while releasing 30 percent less CO2. Comps has already helped develop a coal-to-liquid fuel demonstration plant in China, in conjunction with Clean Coal Technology, a firm based in South Africa. More

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