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Author: Nanowerk


Source: CNSE


Interest: (Nanowerk News) Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20) today was joined by College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros to announce the launch of CNSE's Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, New York, an integral component of the CNSE green energy initiative that will retain 17 green collar jobs, create opportunities to grow the high-tech workforce, and further expand CNSE's growing portfolio of clean energy...


Link: http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=23162.php

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Author: Ann Lolordo


Source: The JHU Gazette


Interest: Jhpiego, a global health nonprofit organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University, will lead a $24.9 million effort to expand its array of simple inexpensive lifesaving technologies to address today’s global health challenges. A cooperative venture with three additional partners, the initiative will leverage the engineering and medical expertise of the university.


Link: http://gazette.jhu.edu/2011/10/24/jhpiego-receives-24-9-mill-to-innovate-lifesaving-tech/

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Author: Alyson Shontell


Source: Business Insider


Interest: Eight of the eleven startups from the incoming class reunited to talk about what has happened in the six months since Demo Day. Some raised financing. Some changed ideas. Some died. We caught up with all eleven startups and found out where they are now.


Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/where-are-they-now-the-11-techstars-startups-6-months-after-demo-day-2011-10?op=1

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Author: Josh Fischman


Source: Wired Campus


Interest: Start-up technology companies have some gripes about higher education. One is that universities routinely make it hard for the public to access basic data, like course catalogs and book prices at the campus bookstore. Another is that when trying to sell services to a college, like a Web service that allows faculty members and students to organize and share their research and online readings, companies can’t find the people who make the purchasing decisions.


Link: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/start-up-companies-tell-white-house-tech-chief-of-struggles-with-colleges/33872?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en

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Author: María Elena Hurtado


Source: SciDev.net


Interest: The report, 'Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities' published earlier this month (6 October), examined the experience of 11 leading public and private research universities in nine countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The top performers shared three key factors, it found. These were: high concentration of talented academics and students, abundant resources and strategic vision and leadership.


Link: http://www.scidev.net/en/science-and-innovation-policy/education/news/world-bank-says-top-research-universities-not-for-all.html

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Author: Sam Kennedy


Source: The Morning Call


Interest: Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a state-funded program that provides assistance primarily to start-ups. It generally announces six to eight rounds of loans each year.


Link: http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-ben-franklin-tech-partners-grant-money-20111024,0,5818927.story

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Author: Robert Trigaux


Source: Tampabay.com


Interest: Next month, entrepreneurs from six Tampa Bay startup businesses churning through a 3-month business accelerator called Gazelle Lab will each make their 8-minute company pitch. The Nov. 17 venue is unusual: on stage at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. No Tony Awards are likely. But funding from a good-sized gathering of investors in the audience may be forthcoming.


Link: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/economicdevelopment/mentors-prepping-six-gazelle-lab-startups-for-stage-debuts/1198371

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Author: Rachel Stern


Source: The Ithaca Journal


Interest: The campus -- on Roosevelt Island -- would be organized around interdisciplinary hubs. "Connective media," "healthier life" and "built environment" are the three hubs at this time, but they are subject to change. These hubs are all applied science programs that would create ideas and products for those sectors in the city, Collins said.


Link: http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20111024/NEWS01/110240361/Cornell-preps-application-land-NYC-tech-campus?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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Author: Spencer Ackerman


Source: Wired.com


Interest: The project started out with a California company called SRI International. With a five-year, multimillion dollar grant from Darpa under the PAL program, SRI developed a system called CALO, for Cognitive Agent that Learns and Organizes. (Check out this handy chart of its architecture.) ”The goal of the project is to create cognitive software systems,” it explained, “that is, systems that can reason, learn from experience.....


Link: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/siri-darpa-iphone/

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Author: Mark Miller


Source: RedandBlack.com


Interest: The UGARF, in turn, uses the money to help fund new research. The revenue from Restasis will be difficult to replace. However, the University’s large and diverse patents will keep it’s licensing revenues well above their levels ten years ago. “We have no products that have generated revenue on the scale of Restasis, yet,” said Lee. “However, UGA has a very successful technology commercialization operation, in fact one of the best university-based programs in the country....


Link: http://redandblack.com/2011/10/23/some-university-professors-build-research-around-potential-patent-licensing/

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Author: Laura Baverman


Source: The Columbus Dispatch


Interest: Coastal venture-capital firms are starting to learn of Ohio’s strengths in health care, information technology, logistics and consumer marketing, Mark Kvamme told readers of The Cincinnati Enquirer in an online chat last week.


Link: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2011/10/23/ohio-needs-to-attract-venture-capitalists.html

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Author: SPARC


Source: SPARC


Interest: Open Access Week, the annual event celebrating the global movement towards Open Access (OA) to research and scholarship, kicks off for the fifth time on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. Coordinated by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and organized by more than 2,000 advocates in countries around the world, the event provides an opportunity to learn about the benefits of Open Access, share new ideas and strategies, and inspire wider participation in establishing Open Access


Link: http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/Digest/Open-Access-Week--Opens-October--78431.asp

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Author: Dustin Walsh


Source: Crain's Detroit Business


Interest: TechTown is home to more than 250 startups and has set its financial roots under Charlton. Smith is set to expand its commercialization efforts when she takes over Nov. 1. "We're going to continue to refine what we do but also focus on launching programs to attract more high-tech, high-growth companies," Smith said.


Link: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20111023/SUB01/310239983/techtown-leadership-change-is-real-life-lesson-for-startups#

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Author: Peter Delevett


Source: MercuryNews.com


Interest: Venture capital firms raised less money last quarter than at any point in the past eight years, according to the National Venture Capital Association in Arlington, Va. Wall Street's cool climate for initial public offerings of stock has made it tougher for venture firms to post the hefty returns they need to coax university endowments, pension funds and other so-called "limited partners" into ponying up for new investment funds.


Link: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_19177118?nclick_check=1

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Author: Marni Jameson


Source: Orlando Sentinel


Interest: Just since May, Daniell's projects have attracted grants totaling $7 million from such diverse groups as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes and Research Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.


Link: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/os-ucf-henry-daniell-20111022,0,1943044.story

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Author: Kristine Porter


Source: Bethlehem Patch


Interest: Ben Franklin Technology Partners hasn’t chosen the new tenants yet, because the budding companies have to show that they have a solid business plan and ideas that could succeed.


Link: http://bethlehem.patch.com/articles/ben-franklin-technology-partners-opens-new-addition-for-business

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Author: Robert Weisman


Source: Boston.com


Interest: Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., the fast-growing Cambridge company, is leading the way. In May it won Food and Drug Administration approval to market a new tablet to treat hepatitis C. And last week the company, which is building a new headquarters on the South Boston Waterfront, filed an application with the FDA for a cystic fibrosis drug.


Link: http://articles.boston.com/2011-10-23/business/30313898_1_cystic-fibrosis-drug-new-drug-hepatitis-c-drug

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Author: The Chronicle with Bloomberg


Source: SF Gate


Interest: $8.4 billion That's how much venture capital was invested in startup companies, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. The total climbed 29 percent as funds raised by consumer Internet companies more than doubled from a year earlier.


Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/22/BUHG1LKNEB.DTL&type=business

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Author: Tom Still


Source: JS Online


Interest: Venture and angel capital has created entire new industries, such as semiconductors, microprocessors and biotechnology, and sparked the formation of companies that have grown into the corporate giants of our time, such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, Genentech, FedEx, Amazon, Amgen, Starbucks, Twitter, Cisco, Intel, eBay, Costco, Medtronic, Staples and Home Depot. Venture-backed companies also grow faster and they tend to weather economic storms more effectively.


Link: http://www.jsonline.com/business/stateleveraged-venture-fund-worth-the-money-132383378.html

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Author: Richard Adhikari


Source: technewsworld.com


Interest: Researchers at Northwestern University have created a hybrid nanomaterial consisting of electrically conductive particles coated with a positively charged chemical and surrounded by negatively charged atoms.


Link: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/And-Now-for-Something-Completely-Different-Nanostuff-Lets-Computers-Remake-Themselves-73529.html

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