Interest: Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) is an organisation for universities and research institutions worldwide. The organisation is both an information service and a forum for raising and discussing issues around the mission of modern universities and research institutions, particularly with regard to the creation, dissemination and preservation of research findings.
Interest: Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development has what it calls an “Accelerator Fund” that has been chugging along for four years now, and it has achieved some notable results. As of last month, the $10 million fund has given out $5.2 million in grants, which have supported more than 30 projects over five annual cycles.
Interest: A start up company founded by a University of Utah medical researcher is developing a feeding tube for patients that reduces the risks and casualties from misplacement. The company, Veritract Inc. in Salt Lake City, was started by John Fang, clinical director of the university’s gastroenterology division.
Interest: Such a bill should encourage the building of more scale firms, lower the cost of capital for financing them, accelerate the development of new commercially relevant ideas, and remove barriers to expansion for new and existing firms alike. Here are some highlights.
Interest: Ohio State spent $716 million on research last year but brought in licensing revenues of just $1.7 million. OU, on the other hand, garnered headlines earlier this year when spinoff company Diagnostic Hybrids Inc. was sold for $130 million. OU pulled in $8.2 million in licensing revenues in its most recent fiscal year.
Interest: The funds are concentrating on relatively modest investments, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000, too small for most professional venture-capital funds. VC firms typically won't invest in early-stage companies with promising ideas but no revenue or customers, said Mark Wdowik, who heads CSU's venture fund.
Interest: Harvard’s expertise and resources will be useless without great students and researchers in whom to invest. To recruit the world’s best, it must offer a superb curriculum and environment for scholarly interaction—these must remain the core function of the University. The quest for the best projects will take the Harvard of 2036 across international and disciplinary boundaries—no longer as a conscious gesture of openness but simply because it will be most productive.
Interest: Now, with a new analysis showing the state ranked an impressive fourth (seriously?) in the nation in job creation over the last year, hiring for biotechnology and medical jobs seems likely to pick up even more.
Interest: According to the Aug. 24 agreement, Timken will contribute resources to establish the Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratory, which will be located in a new facility currently under construction on the UA campus at the intersection of Wolf Ledges Parkway and Carroll Street.
Interest: That’s a lot loftier than other views of entrepreneurship where the goal is to make a fast buck. The core Singularity program (based at the NASA Ames campus in Mountain View, Calif.) trains the entrepreneurs to understand exponential technology, such as Moore’s Law (the prediction made in 1965 by Intel chairman emeritus Gordon Moore that chip transistor counts would double every couple of years).
Interest: The technological and cultural gap between the giants and the start-ups is vast. Enterprise services have commonly featured costly, multiyear licensing agreements, installed software and in- house solutions. But the old model is eroding, disrupted by a new group of Web-based companies that offer their products remotely, through what is known as the cloud.
Interest: The idea behind the eight-acre park is to create a commercial center that can feed off the more than $200 million in research conducted each year by the nearby University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on the Jackson hospital campus.
Interest: In the case of investing, the stereotype is that women are generally more risk averse than men and put their money in more secure investment vehicles. But while the stereotype may impact the decision-making of angel investor groups, it may not be the case among individual investors.
Interest: "These funds will provide critical support to state-level programs that help expand small-business lending and spur private-sector job growth," said Neal Wolin, deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
Interest: The introduction of more technology into district classrooms is a direct result of a $15 million Developing Futures grant from the GE Foundation, aimed at boosting student achievement in math and science and, ultimately, increasing college enrollment.
Interest: The University of Michigan’s Venture Accelerator, a start-up incubator launched in January, is home to three new companies. The accelerator now houses eight start-ups, placing the incubator six to 12 months ahead of schedule to fill the space, according to Jim O’Connell, the director of UM’s Tech Transfer Venture Center.
Interest: The incubator recruits talented people who may have the potential of becoming founders but aren’t required to do so. The incubator takes 80% and the employees/entrepreneurs/founders-to-be take 20%. The incubator invests more money — effectively paying salaries, but they’ll be discounted. This is the risk people take to join, but they’ll receive more equity than they would have otherwise as Employee #1 or #2 at a start-up, and they have the potential to grow into founder roles.
Interest: Nanobiotechnology is the convergence of nanotechnology and life sciences. Applications include therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices. North Carolina owes its nanotechnology emergence largely to the same factors that nurtured Research Triangle Park and the surrounding region: a fortuitous concentration and cooperation of business, government and academia.
Interest: The ARA Scholars program, started last year, annually recruits world-class scientists to the state's research universities. ARA president and CEO Jerry Adams cited Crooks' research and history of commercialization and entreprenbeurship, and called him a virtual business "incubator" unto himself.