In short: News and announcements
Blackrock building new headquarters in Research Park
Startups Blackrock Microsystems and Blackrock NeuroMed are moving into a new $11 million facility at 630 Komas Way in the U’s Research Park. It will help them fulfill worldwide demand for the advanced neuroscience technology they produce. Read more at http://bit.ly/SsEmOJ.
NanoMedic secures $188K SBIR Grant
Founded in 2008 by researchers from the U’s Department of Radiology, Nanomedic recently received a $188,000 SBIR grant to develop pharmaceutical agents for diagnosing and treating age-related diseases.
Researchers find new genetic markers for autism
U researchers from the Department of Human Genetics recently published a paper identifying 24 new copy number variants (CNVs) — missing or duplicated stretches of DNA — with a strong link to autism. Related U startup Lineagen is using the new CNVs in a genetic test for autism. Read more at http://bit.ly/13DVckH.
Navillum honored in national and state competitions
Navillum Nanotechnologies, a startup developing new methods for producing nanocrystals, was a runner-up in the energy efficiency category at the national CleanTech Open. It was also selected as a finalist in the inaugural Utah Governor’s Excellence in Energy Awards. Read more at www.navillum.com.
Wastewater Compliance Systems wins national award
Wastewater Compliance Systems received the Innovative Technology of the Year award from the Water Environment Federation recently. The company sells the Poo-Gloo, a low-cost water treatment device. It now has eight full-scale installations in the U.S., including a recent one in New Mexico, and it has seven active pilot studies around the country. Read more at www.wastewater-compliance-systems.com.
Prestwich publishes in Science Translational Medicine
Glenn Prestwich, a presidential professor of medicinal chemistry and founder of the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars at the U, recently published two articles in Science Translational Medicine. One discussed how faculty mentor student entrepreneurs. The other highlighted the challenges of commercializing biomaterials. Read more at www.sciencetranslationalmedicine.org.
INOTEC completes two pilot studies in Canada
INOTEC, a water-treatment startup, recently completed two pilot studies in Canada. The studies proved that INOTEC’s method, which involves electrifying microbes, could succeed where other technologies have failed. INOTEC is now working toward its first full-scale treatment plant. Read more at www.inotec.us.
Center for Medical Innovation hosts IP Forum, launches website
The U’s new Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) will host an Intellectual Property Forum on March 14 at 4-6 p.m. in the Neurosciences Building (first floor auditorium). Topics include strategy, tools, America Invents Act and attorneys. CMI also launched a website, serving students, faculty and partners. Go to http://cmi.uofuhealthsciences.org.