Vanderbilt-powered startup wins NewME Accelerator PopUp event

BioNanovations, a startup company based on technology developed at Vanderbilt, claimed first place at the NewME Accelerator PopUp event held in Memphis June 28-30.

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Apply NOW! 2013 Life Science Tennessee Venture Forum

A good opportunity for new ventures in the life sciences industry opened today. The second annual Life Science Tennessee Venture Forum is now accepting applications for the 2013 competition.

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Vanderbilt opens space at Entrepreneur Center

Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students with innovative ideas and entrepreneurial aspirations will have additional support during the 2013-14 academic year.

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Collaboration between Vanderbilt and startup Femtometrix leads to exclusive deal

An innovative wafer inspection tool developed by a team of Vanderbilt professors and engineers has been licensed exclusively to startup company Femtometrix. The semiconductor wafer-inspection technology based on laser optics was invented by Norman Tolk, Ph.D., professor of physics, Michael Alles, engineer for Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering, and Ron Schrimpf, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering.

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Technology News: Lab on a Chip

The Wall Street Journal recently featured “organs on a chip”, an innovative practice that is helping researchers around the globe dive into a new world of drug discovery.

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Millions of patients now able to benefit from Medicare approved test

Congratulations to a Vanderbilt research collaborator on receiving Medicare approval of a diagnostic test for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

 

Biodesix, the molecular diagnostic company that owns VeriStrat, shared the news via press release:

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Supreme Court rules human genes are not patentable, synthetic are

 "Supreme Court Says Human Genes Aren’t Patentable,” reads a June 13 headline on the

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The crack down on "patent trolls"

Last week, the Obama Administration announced a string of executive actions and legislative recommendations in an attempt to “protect innovators from frivolous litigation and ensure the highest-quality patents in our system,” as stated in the on

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My Cancer Genome unveils mobile app

The My Cancer Genome mobile app is now available on iTunes! MCG DrugList brings the benefits of the nation’s first online information, personalized cancer decision support tool right to your mobile device. Listed features include:

  • Information about new drugs.
  • Up-to-date lists of anti-cancer drug classes and drug targets.
  • Search for specific drugs or groups of drugs.
  • The ability to save favorite searches and drugs of interest.

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New legislation could impact biotech industry

Life Sciences Tennessee released a press release earlier this week about new legislation that many hope will have a positive impact on the biotech industry and the local economy.

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DiaTech Oncology raises $18 million, looks to expand

DiaTech Oncology, a Brentwood-based clinical pathology lab that licensed technology from Vanderbilt in 2009, is popping up in local and national publications after announcing it has secured $18 million in venture financing from investors.

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New Patents: May wraps up with 5 newly issued patents

May proved to be rewarding month for Vanderbilt inventors with five patents issued. The list of newly patented technologies include technologies from a variety of fields such as engineering, healthcare IT  and drug discovery. The technologies do everything from detecting shooter locations from an aircraft to screening for anaphylaxis. Learn more about these technolgoies and other recently patented innovations by clicking on the links below.

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Tips from CTTC: How to publish AND patent

Recently, a question was posed to CTTC about the timing of publishing research and disclosing an invention. Knowing other researchers might have the same question, we decided to share the answer here.

 

Question:  I’ve developed a novel device that helped with a project I am working on.

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National expert leads workshop on SBIR/STTR programs

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to learn the dos and don’ts of Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grant writing from a nationally renowned expert in the field. On Tuesday, May 21, 60+ researchers from Vanderbilt, TSU, MTSU, Lipscomb University, Tennessee Tech, and other Nashville area institutions and businesses got just that.

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New Venture News: InvisionHeart selected to Jumpstart Foundry class of 2013

InvisionHeart, a Vanderbilt spinoff based on a wireless ECG system, has been selected for the Jumpstart Foundry Class of 2013. InvisionHeart will be led by Josh Nickols, Ph.D., MBA and will participate in a 14-week, startup accelerator program.  

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The Power of Collaboration

Collaboration is one of those words you hear daily in a professional setting. Collaboration allows us to bring in different perspectives, to see things from someone else's vantage point. Collaboration encourages the sharing and reforming of ideas so that the best outcome is reached.

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"Wearable Robot" developed at VU garners national attention

NBC, CBSThe Associated Press, numerous local affiliates and various online news outlets were running stories all week about a new “wearable robot” named IndegoTM. The mechanical suit, currently being developed into a commercial version by Parker Hannifin Corporation, is earning favorable reviews for its portability and light weight. IndegoTM weighs a mere 27 pounds, the lightest of all such powered exoskeletons, and can be broken down and transported in a backpack.

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Pharma Pipeline: Compounds, Core Capabilities, Collaboration

Right now, at Vanderbilt University there are dozens of researchers studying small and large molecules and their effects on various diseases, searching for clues that will lead to the next big drug discovery.

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Venture Match 2013 connects entrepreneurs, inventors and investors

Dozens of inventors, entrepreneurs and investors had a chance to "speed date" Tuesday night, thanks to Launch Tennessee and the inaugural Venture Match. The two-hour event gave participants a chance to meet, mingle, explain their technologies or interests, and learn from Vanderbilt professor and entrepreneur Benoit Dawant.

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Joseph Parello, visiting scholar, named Knight of Legion of Honor

Joseph Parello, Ph.D., visiting scholar in the Pharmacology Department, earned the highest possible award for French citizens when he was presented the Insignia of Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the French National Legion of H

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Photos from 2013 Postdoc Research and Shared Services Symposium

CTTC happily participated in the 2013 Postdoctoral Research and Shared Services Symposium earlier today. These sessions are ever-inspiring, as they illustrate the potential impact of academic research institutions.

 

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BIO 2012: The right people, the right time

When you put the right people in the right place at the right time, great things are bound to happen.

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CTTC tours genomics lab, celebrates DNA Day

Friday, April 19, we had the pleasure of touring Vanderbilt's genomics lab as part of DNA Day. In the quick, 30-minute tour, we met a handful of researchers, watched and listened as they demonstrated their stations, and learned how the lab interacts with various departments, insititutes, and other laboratories at Vanderbilt.

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CTTC heads out to TechVille 2013

Tuesday, April 23, CTTC participated in TechVille 2013, a technology conference hosted by the Nashville Technology Council.  We were fortunate to have a trio of Vanderbilt engineers at our booth that included Andrew Sternberg and Barry Templeton, engineers at Vanderbilt's Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, and Richard Hendrick, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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School of Engineering holds Senior Design Day

There's only one way to describe Vanderbilt School of Engineering's Class of 2013:  Innovative. The soon to be engineering grads displayed their impressive inventions to a large crowd Friday, April 19. All 60 projects presented solutions to real-world design challenges reported by companies, organizations and labs.

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