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New data reveal university licensing, startup formation remain strong
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In fiscal year 2010 despite a chilly economic climate, university and research institute licensing and startup activity remained strong according to survey data by AUTM. AUTM announces the release of highlights from the AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2010, a report scheduled for release at the end of the year. The survey summary shares quantitative information about and real-world examples of licensing activities at U.S. universities, hospitals and research institutions. More

Tech transfer bill in the House would rewrite key Bayh-Dole provisions
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The Bayh-Dole Act and the more than $2 billion-a-year industry it spawned through technology transfer from academia survived its strongest challenge in June when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Stanford v. Roche case. It held, by a 7–2 vote, that Roche shares ownership with Stanford University in three U.S. patents for a PCR-based test kit to detect and quantify levels of HIV in the blood. Eleven days before that decision was rendered, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would rewrite two of Bayh-Dole's most important provisions. The aim of this bill is to revive the nation's manufacturing sector and create a source of federal funds for science, technology, engineering and math education. More

AUTM announces website to facilitate academic/industry partnerships
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AUTM announced its plans to launch the AUTM Global Technology Portal, a website that aims to actively facilitate networking, partnership and licensing deals among corporations and universities. Though only AUTM members may post their information on the portal, using a simple tool to automatically upload and update information, anyone will be able to search the site for valuable information. The portal should make it much easier for universities and corporations to find each other and begin licensing and partnership discussions. More

Skin in the game
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Commercial ideas generated at universities are kind of like undergraduates. The university cradles them while they're on campus, but at some point they've got to venture beyond its grounds. But with so much pressure on universities to be "economic engines" in their states and regions, to churn out job- and wealth-creating businesses that show returns for the area and the university, some academics are arguing that universities need to hang on for the ride. For that reason, many institutions rent space in incubation centers to startups to give them the infrastructure to get off the ground. More

Study: Lasers stimulate stem cells and reduce heart scarring after heart attack
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After a heart attack or stroke, heart scarring can lead to dangerously paper-thin heart walls and a decreased ability to pump blood through the body. Although the heart is unable to completely heal itself, a new treatment developed at Tel Aviv University uses laser-treated bone marrow stem cells to help restore heart function and health. More

A new look below the surface of nanomaterials    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists can now look deeper into new materials to study their structure and behavior, thanks to work by an international group of researchers led by UC Davis and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and published by the journal Nature Materials. The technique will enable more detailed study of new types of materials for use in electronics, energy production, chemistry and other applications. The technique, called angle-resolved photoemission, has been used since the 1970s to study materials, especially properties such as semiconductivity, superconductivity and magnetism. More

Stick-on electronic tattoos
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Researchers have made stretchable, ultrathin electronics that cling to skin like a temporary tattoo and can measure electrical activity from the body. These electronic tattoos could allow doctors to diagnose and monitor conditions like heart arrhythmia or sleep disorders noninvasively. John A. Rogers, a professor of materials science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has developed a prototype that can replicate the monitoring abilities of bulky electrocardiograms and other medical devices that are normally restricted to a clinical or laboratory setting. This work was presented today in Science. More

South Dakota algae could land on Mars
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On the day mankind sets up house on Mars or Venus or some other planet, there's a good chance that South Dakota researchers helped to pave the way. In its quest to colonize space, NASA has awarded a $750,000, three-year grant to researchers at South Dakota State University, the School of Mines and Technology and Oglala Lakota College to make fuel, oxygen and clean water for colonists. Those researchers already are genetically manipulating cyanobacteria — commonly known as blue-green algae — so that it produces and secretes the renewable carbon molecules necessary for gasoline, jet fuel and diesel. With the NASA money, research will focus on confirming and increasing the production of an energy-dense alcohol and making it robust enough for industrial use. More

Scientist develops sterile variety of invasive plant
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Professor Yi Li's Laboratory in the University of Connecticut's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has developed a seedless variety of the popular ornamental shrub Euonymus alatus, also called "burning bush," that retains the plant's brilliant foliage yet eliminates its ability to spread and invade natural habitats. More

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