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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Patents, Copyrights, and the Rule of Co-ownership of Chattel

Suppose that two entities jointly own a patent. If the first entity grants a non-exclusive license to a company, must it share the resulting royalty proceeds with the co-owner if there is no contract requiring that it do so? The answer is no.

 

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InvisionHeart team wins TechVenture Challenge, presents strong commercialization plan

A team of five graduate students won the 2013 TechVenture Challenge after they wowed a panel of industry experts with their commercialization plan for InvisionHeart.  The student team consisted of Raymond Lui, Sarajane McMahon, Shen Yin, and Akosua Badu-Nkansah and received guidance from business mentor Josh Nickols, Ph.D.

 

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Entrepreneur Boot Camp draws large crowd, positive reviews

Roughly 80-85 Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students convened at the Cool Springs Life Sciences Center to learn about the university’s policies, practices, and support services surrounding innovation and entrepreneurship. The inaugural Entrepreneur Boot Camp, hosted by Vanderbilt CTTC, CSLSC, and Baker Donelson, included eight whole-group sessions that covered everything from building a framework for a new company to considerations specific to Vanderbilt employees.

 

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A video tour of Vanderbilt's Mass Spectrometry Resource Center

The Mass Spectrometry Research Center at Vanderbilt is a National Research Resource for Imaging Mass Spectrometry. A leader in its field, MSRC serves as a resource for universities, research institutes, and private industry. It regularly hosts a number of training opportunities for fellow scientists and clinicians, including a four-day annual course that will be held in late April.

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New Venture News: Low Vision Readers bring hope to patients

The best part of problem is the solution. And that’s just what Jeffrey Sonsino, assistant professor and ophthalmologist, did when he invented Low Vision Readers. For years, he had been treating patients with macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataract. The biggest complaint he heard from his patients was that they had lost the ability to read. After years suggesting magnifying glasses, bright lights and prisms, he decided to build a pair of prescription based glasses that would serve all three purposes.

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New Venture News: Prime time for entrepreneurs/inventors, network and learn

For the entrepreneurs and inventors in Nashville, this month is perfect for learning the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, sharing your ideas, and connecting with potential partners.

 

First up, the Entrepreneur Boot Camp hosted by CTTC, Cool Springs Life Sciences Center, and  the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. This inaugural event is designed specifically for Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty who are looking to start or join a new venture or have an invention or new technology that could form a new venture. It will be held Wednesday, April 10, from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Cool Springs Life Sciences Center.

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CTTC team tours High Throughput Screening Facility

A team from CTTC recently had the opportunity to tour the High Throughput Screening Facility at Vanderbilt. To say we were impressed is an understatement. The HTS team routinely screens 6,400+ small molecules per day at a single target, and serves as a guide to investigators throughout the drug discovery process.

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New Venture News: NV Director talks supporting startups at national conference

Peter Rousos, director of new venture development with Vanderbilt CTTC, recently served on a panel at the 2013 University Startup Conference. Rousos discussed the rise in student interest in starting companies as well as the various ways CTTC is working to support Vanderbilt innovators and entrepreneurs.

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Tech transfer efforts featured in Reporter

It's not every Friday morning you arrive to work to see a glowing article about the effort and successes of your colleagues in VUMC's newspaper, but that's just what happened this morning.

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Reinventing the wheel for Material Transfer Agreements

As an industry reliant on innovation and technology, it seems obvious that technology transfer would work to simplify many of its own practices and procedures through technology, namely automated systems. Yet often, we catch ourselves relying on age-old processes that take multiple individuals and significant time.

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Driving and supporting innovation

“See a need, fill a need.” It’s the motto professed by Mel Brooks’ character Bigweld of the fictitious robotics powerhouse Bigweld Inudstry in the iconic animated film Robots.

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