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Author: Steven Overly


Source: Washington Post


Interest: Bethesda-based M3D concluded the first week of its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign with more than $2.3 million in the bank from some 8,200 financial backers who want to see production begin on a 3-D printer that consumers can use at home. But the bulk of the supporters — one of whom pledged $5,000 — double as the company’s first customers. A link on the firm’s Web site to “pre-order” the printer directs you to the Kickstarter page where you can contribute the initial retail price of $299.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/crowdfunding-helps-product-companies-with-sales-and-marketing-not-just-fundraising/2014/04/11/a0a904b2-bffa-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html

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Author: Evan Belanger


Source: AL.com


Interest: MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama State University announced today it has garnered a $336,634 from the National Science Foundation to host its Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The REU program will host 10 undergraduate students for 10 weeks in a summer program that will provide hands-on research experience in nanotechnology and biotechnology, said Komal Vig, the principal investigator of the ASU research program.


Link: http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/04/alabama_state_university_garne.html

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Author: Zoran Basich


Source: Wall Street Journal


Interest: Box Inc. has made it official – it plans to go public. The Los Altos, Calif.-based online storage provider’s newly disclosed plans to hold an IPO come three months after the company raised $100 million in funding at a valuation of about $2 billion.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/03/24/box-files-for-ipo-how-big-are-the-venture-capital-stakes/

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Author: University of Maryland BioPark


Source: University of Maryland BioPark


Interest: The University of Maryland (UM) BioPark and UM Ventures announced today that Advanced Metrics, a successful early-stage UM, Baltimore (UMB) startup has moved from offices on the University’s campus to the BioPark. Advanced Metrics is leveraging software development and data expertise to provide solutions for the healthcare industry. It has moved quickly into commercialization since establishment only a year ago.


Link: http://news.gnom.es/pr/umb-health-it-start-up-advanced-metrics-caps-quick-entrance-into-commercialization-with-move-to-university-of-maryland-biopark

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Author: JANE YU


Source: Orange County Business Journal


Interest: University of California, Irvine, has announced the establishment of its Institute for Innovation, the latest in the school’s efforts to foster entrepreneurialism and technology development that will help create commercial applications for the school’s research


Link: http://www.ocbj.com/news/2014/feb/25/new-center-commercialization-research-uci/

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: "Elite research universities act as engines of innovation and progress, not only by engaging in fundamental research but also by helping students and faculty transform discoveries into practices and products that benefit society," Gillman said. "Making this a more strategic focus is especially vital for UCI, given that we're located in a region known for its entrepreneurial spirit. It will also enhance our ability to attract and retain outstanding faculty and students, who increasingly expect ca


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1757276

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Author: Paul Brinkmann


Source: South Florida Business Journal


Interest: There’s a new venture capital expo coming to South Florida on Wednesday, the first ever for the Boca Raton-based Gold Coast Venture Capital Association.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/blog/morning-edition/2014/02/boca-raton-venture-capital-group-to.html

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Author: Kelsey M. Boudin


Source: Olean Times Herald


Interest: Still in its infancy, the START-UP NY initiative looks to boost economic development through cooperation between New York businesses and colleges, both public and private.


Link: http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/article_6fc58a46-9264-11e3-805a-0019bb2963f4.html

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The Royal Academy of Engineering announces plans to back eight UK university innovations with business potential.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3279/rae-to-back-eight-uk-innovations

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The Wellcome Trust’s previously announced £200m evergreen fund launches as Syncona Partners.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3283/wellcome-trusts-200m-evergreen-fund-comes-to-life

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Author: Barry Levine


Source: Top Tech News


Interest: Google is going deeper into intelligence Relevant Products/Services. According to news reports, the technology giant has paid in the vicinity of $400 million to buy artificial intelligence start-up DeepMind Technologies. On its one-page Web site, the London-based DeepMind describes itself as a "cutting edge" AI company, combining techniques from "machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms."


Link: http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xhtml?story_id=123003YKUYI9

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Author: ImmunGene, Inc.


Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/


Interest: ImmunGene, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing antibody-cytokine fusion technology therapies to treat cancer, today announced it has secured $9 million in a milestone-based Series A financing from Ally Bridge Group. Previous investments in the Company were converted into Series A preferred stock. ImmunGene will use the capital to advance its early-stage development products to IND-enabling studies.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/immungene-raises-9-million-in-series-a-financing-230953201.html

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Author: Charles Luzar


Source: Crowdfund Insider


Interest: Back in the spring of 2013, House Bill 2023 was given its first reading on the Washington State legislature floor. Now almost one year later, the bill is picking up steam.


Link: http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2014/01/30298-everything-need-know-washington-states-crowdfunding-exemption/

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Author: NCET2.org


Source: http://center.ncet2.org/


Interest: Now on its ninth run, the NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants is a very practical step-by-step, four-hour online "How-To" workshop over two evenings to help researchers, faculty members, graduate students, post-docs and entrepreneurs create a SBIR company and apply to the NIH SBIR program in April of 2014.


Link: http://center.ncet2.org/index.php?option=com_joomla_lms&Itemid=53&task=details_course&id=119#top

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Author: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Source: The Republic


Interest: NEW ORLEANS — Southern University of New Orleans is breaking ground on a new small-business incubator. The school says the $3 million facility, which will take two years to complete, will allow interaction between classroom education and real-world entrepreneurs. It also will rent space to entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/95198a15982c4793861036b041125f8e/la--SUNO-Business-incubator

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Author: PR Newswire


Source: PR Newswire


Interest: University of Maryland Ventures (UM Ventures) announced today that Dr. Martha J. Connolly has been named director of bioentrepreneurship, a new program supported by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) and the A. James Clark School of Engineering, designed to enhance collaboration between the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) as part of the MPowering the State initiative.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bioentrepreneurship-leader-joins-um-ventures-team-238879481.html

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Author: EIN News


Source: EIN News


Interest: Renaissance BioScience Corp. is pleased to announce that it has exclusively licensed, from the Regents of the University of California, patented and patent pending technology for the development and commercialization of yeast strains that reduce the formation of hydrogen sulfide in wine and other fermented products.


Link: http://world.einnews.com/247pr/373468

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Author: Peter Delevett


Source: SiliconBeat


Interest: For the first Elevator Pitch of the new year, we’re spotlighting a guy who’s taking on a new challenge. Bobby Franklin was named head of the National Venture Capital Association in the fall, replacing 20-year NVCA veteran Mark Heesen. Franklin and I broke bread recently at Silicon Valley’s Four Seasons, and the longtime Capital Hill tech lobbyist was frank about the learning curve he’s facing — while also sounding eager to dive in.


Link: http://www.siliconbeat.com/2014/01/06/elevator-pitch-bobby-franklin-takes-the-reins-of-the-national-venture-capital-association/

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Author: Jessica L. Tozer


Source: Armed with Science


Interest: Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division has thrown the switch on newly renovated “Indoor Ocean”. It’s called the Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) facility, and the recent face-lift will help change the way the Navy understands extremes maritime circumstances.


Link: http://science.dodlive.mil/2013/12/24/top-tech-the-navys-indoor-ocean/

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Author: Christina Farr


Source: http://venturebeat.com/


Interest: The Ellison Medical Foundation has been one of the largest funding sources for promising research into anti-aging technologies. According to the San Francisco Business Times, the New York-based foundation is facing a funding crunch, and so it may shift its focus to other areas.


Link: http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/19/larry-ellisons-foundation-cuts-funding-for-anti-aging-research/

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