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Wisconsin Launches New $2M Economic Development Seed Fund, IdeaAdvance

The University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) have created a $2 million seed fund that UW-Extension will administer to help commercialize technology and ideas developed at UW campuses statewide.

UW-Extension and its partners announced the Ideadvance Seed Fund today at a news conference in the State Capitol attended by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and other state officials. Read more…

 
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University of Kansas Alumnus Makes $100K Gift To Support Venture Fund

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University of Kansas alumnus Clay C. Blair III, of Olathe, has made a $100,000 gift for the KU Venture Fund. The university and KU Endowment established the fund to help startup companies move research discoveries from KU into the marketplace with the goal of sparking innovation in Kansas. This is the largest gift for the fund to date.

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Two UCD Research Receive €150,000 each From ERC POC Awards

in Ireland

UCD researchers are the most successful Irish based researchers in the latest round of European Research Council (ERC) ‘top-up’ funding or ‘Proof of Concept’ awards.

Two of the three Irish based researchers who were awarded one of the thirty-four grants announced by the ERC [today] are based at University College Dublin: Professor Frederic DiasUCD School of Mathematical Sciences; and Dr Debra LaeferUCD School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.

The two UCD researchers, who already hold ERC grants, have received up to €150,000 each to bring their pioneering ‘blue sky’ research closer to the market. Read more…

 
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Northwestern INVO Announces Partnership With Children’s Hospital that includes a $200K/yr Gap POC Program

The Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) at Northwestern University announces a new partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center (Lurie Children’s Research Center) to provide invention disclosure, licensing and commercialization support. Read more…

 
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$35K FSU GAP Grant Recipient Aims To Eliminate Preterm Labor

A Florida State University researcher is tackling a new and inventive way to slow down and perhaps prevent preterm labor.

The solution? A pair of goggles.

Specifically, Associate Professor James Olcese is developing goggles — he’s calling them light emitting devices — that could intermittently flash a blue light at a sleeping pregnant mother at risk for preterm labor.  That flash of light could cause a drop in the brain hormone melatonin, which is tied to contractions. Read more…

 
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Natural Gas Vehicle Start-up, Simple Fill, Lands $1M From Ohio State University and Ohio Third Frontier

Simple-Fill, a startup developing technology to allow vehicles running on compressed natural gas to fill up at home, has received an initial investment from a fund backed by Ohio State University and the Ohio Third Frontier program.

Simple-Fill’s CNG technology came from engineers at Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research. Its undisclosed investment came from the newTechnology Concept Fund, a $1 million funding pool for developing technology licensed from OSU. The nonprofit fund is managed by TechColumbus. Read more…

 
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Purdue Research Foundation Creates $15M Fund for Life Sciences Start-ups

Purdue Research Foundation and Cook Medical have created a $12 million evergreen investment fund to financially support life science startup companies tied to Purdue University.

The Foundry Investment Fund, announced Tuesday, will be used to match outside donations to fund companies based on Purdue technology or expertise in the fields of human and animal health and plant sciences. Read more…

 
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U.Va. Spinoff Announces Collaboration with Pfizer, CIT GAP Fund

Neoantigenics LLC, a new biotechnology company founded on discoveries made by Dr. John Herr at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, announced today it has entered into an early-stage research and development collaboration with Pfizer Inc. Read more…

 
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LSU $2M LIFT POC Fund Approved

LSU LIFT, or Leveraging Innovation for Technology Transfer, Fund will support commercialization of faculty intellectual property through small grants for applied research on proof of concept

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LSU President’s Committee on Technology Transfer Recommends New POC LIFT Fund

In order to better advance innovation arising from university research, LSU will adopt a new approach to commercialization and technology transfer, based on the recommendations of the President’s Committee on Technology Transfer, or PCTT. Read more…

 
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