Interest: RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative therapies addressing major unmet medical needs using RNA-targeted and immunotherapy technologies, today announced that it was awarded two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Interest: The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award up to $1 million to each of six teams around the country with the most innovative ideas to drive technology, commercialization and entrepreneurship in support of a green innovation economy.
Interest: The institute is a $28-million, 108,000-square-foot facility. The K-State Olathe campus will serve as a center for research, education and commercialization. Students earning master's and doctorate degrees in biosciences and biotechnology will work alongside scientists conducting research on the campus.
Interest: The cultivation of local sources of renewable energy for transportation and the development of a new fuel-cell technology for efficiently converting complex biofuels into energy are promising energy strategies.
Interest: Chemical engineering students at the University of Arkansas have designed a system that can provide 3,000 gallons of clean drinking water per day without the use of electricity. Their design, which could be used to treat water in remote or disaster-stricken areas, recently won the Intel Innovation Award at WERC’s Environmental Design Contest.
Interest: The United States is among the global leaders in smart grid development, which is expected to create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs annually in coming years. In this report, we focus on vendors, examining 125 leading smart grid firms to assess their potential role in creating jobs.
Interest: Two teams led by University of Michigan graduate students swept into one of the country's most prestigious entrepreneurial business plan competitions in Houston and won more than $250,000 in cash and investments.
Interest: Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC) has received a grant worth $3.5 million to speed up the commercialization of its green materials. The grant was awarded by the University of Montana (UM) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Commerce Department. Moreover, Rivertop will invest a private capital amount of $2.5 million for the project.
Interest: University of Michigan researchers, however, may have found an alternative way to harness photonic energy from the sun, and although the technology may not be perfected or deployed for years, it has given environmentalists new hope that clean, reliable energy sources are not so far off.
Interest: The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany was awarded a a multimillion dollar federal grant last week. The grant, totaling $57.5 million, came from the US Department of Energy to create a solar manufacturing consortium.
Interest: The company is taking aim at entrenched players like Blackboard in offering colleges and universities what the industry calls learning management systems. Such software helps teachers manage interactions with students, distribute assignments, grade students’ work and so forth.
Interest: young entrepreneurs with ideas for tech startup companies will be in the spotlight this summer in a new program sponsored by Ohio Third Frontier and Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.
Interest: Using a small block of aluminum with a tiny groove carved in it, a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University is developing an improved "green chemistry" method for making biodegradable polymers.
Interest: The goal is for companies to learn about nanotechnology, an emerging field of science that revolves around manipulating matter at an atomic and molecular scale to create new materials and devices for use in a variety of industries, including: energy, medicine, textiles and electronics.
Interest: Preliminary tallies show more than US$2.5 billion was invested in the global cleantech sector in 1Q11. This represents the strongest first quarter on record for cleantech -- besting last year's previous high of US$1.97 billion.
Interest: Graduate student teams from colleges and universities around the world will gather at Rice University shortly to vie for a million dollars in prizes to help them pursue start up ideas in technology and life sciences.