Cornell University

As part of the university's commitment to economic development and outreach, CTL hosts a variety of events to create connections between the Cornell campuses, industry members, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Celebration 2013

CCTEC hosted a New Business & Emerging Technology Showcase on April 18, 2013 from 12:30-2:30 pm in the Statler Hotel Ballroom on Cornell's Ithaca Campus. The showcase featured emerging technologies and new business opportunities from the Ithaca campus, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Researchers and business representatives were on hand to discuss the technologies and companies. The New Business & Emerging Technology Showcase is part of the annual Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration event. Celebration is a milestone annual two-day entrepreneurship conference that brings together more than 1,000 alumni, faculty, students, and staff.


For more information on Celebration, click here.


To view photos from the showcase, click here.



Agriculture & Plant Varieties


Grape 'Arandell'

  1. Bruce Reisch
    Horticultural Sciences

    'Arandell' is a mid-season red wine grape characterized by a high degree of natural disease resistance and producing dark red wines with clean, berry aromas. Wines are densely colored, with light to moderate tannins, and exhibit notes of dark berry fruit (blueberry, black cherry), tobacco and hints of black pepper or cedar on the finish. It is moderately hardy and recommended for production under minimal spray programs, with potential for organic management.

    View the poster here.

Grape 'Aromella'

  1. Ralph R. Stephen Luce
    Horticultural Sciences
    Bruce Reisch
    Horticultural Sciences

    'Aromella' is a winter-hardy white wine grape with high productivity potential and excellent aromatic muscat wine characteristics. Wines have notes of pineapple, honeysuckle, citrus peel and floral muscat character. It is a mid-season grape that is recommended for commercial production as a varietal or use in blends.

    View the poster here.

Potato 'Strawberry Paw'

  1. Walter De Jong
    Plant Breeding & Genetics

    'Strawberry Paw' is a bright red skin and white flesh potato. The tubers are big round flattened paws with sweet moist flesh. The potatoes have vigorous growth and high yields. 'Strawberry Paw' is blight and scab resistant.

    View the poster here.

Resistance to Grapevine Fanleaf Virus

  1. Marc Fuchs
    Plant Pathology

    This genetic method creates grape plants that are resistant to fanleaf virus, a disease that causes smaller vines, low fruit yields, and low fruit quality in grapevines. Grape fanleaf virus is spread by nematodes in the soil and therefore is difficult to control in established vineyards. New plants created with this genetic approach offer a solution for established vineyards where this virus can cause losses of up to 80% grape yield.

    View the poster here.

Using Algae Biomass for Animal Feed

  1. Xingen Lei
    Animal Science
    Krystal Lum
    Animal Science
    Karl Roneker
    Animal Science

    Microalgae have recently been explored as new sources of lipids for biofuel, and the residual biomass contains a large amount of protein and other nutrients. This invention offers ways to use defatted algal biomass from biofuel production to replace a portion of soybean and/or corn in animal feed.

    View the poster here.

Life & Medical Sciences


Anti-Nicotine Vaccine for Smoking Cessation

  1. Ronald Crystal
    Medicine
    Robin Davisson
    Cell & Developmental Biology
    Bishnu De
    Institute of Genetic Medicine
    Martin Hicks
    Medicine
    Stephen Kaminsky
    Genetic Medicine
    Jonathan Rosenberg
    Institute of Genetic Medicine

    Anti-nicotine vaccination is an approach to facilitate smoking cessation. A new adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene transfer vector has now been developed to persistently elicit high levels expression of anti-nicotine antibody in animals. Mice treated with this vector made high concentrations of anti-nicotine antibody; nicotine-induced changes in the treated mice were abolished or greatly reduced.

    View the poster here.

Device for Catheter-Less Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

  1. Ashutosh Tewari
    Urology

    During prostate surgery, the bladder is separated from the urethra, and they are reattached at the end of the procedure. During recovery, patients must use a catheter to protect the reattachment and allow it to heal and strengthen. The extended catheterization is uncomfortable and a common cause of post-surgery complications, such as bladder infections. The current invention is a device that enables an alternative procedure to post-surgical catheterization, providing greater comfort, quicker recovery, and fewer post-surgery complications.

    View the poster here.

Magnetic Liposomes

  1. Antje Baeumner
    Biological & Environmental Engineering
    Katie Edwards
    Biological & Environmental Engineering

    This invention is a liposome, or a tiny vesicle with a phospholipid membrane, that features embedded magnetic particles for improved detection, quantification, and identification of analytes in bioanalytical assays. The magnetic liposomes aid to lower the limit of detection for target identification. An added advantage is that this invention can be used with common laboratory assay formats.

    View the poster here.

MALT1 Inhibitors to Treat Lymphoma

  1. Ari Melnick
    Medicine
    Hao Wu
    Biochemistry

    MALT1 is a protease which plays an important role in maintaining proliferation of the most chemo-resistant lymphoma subtype, ABC-DLBCL. A compound library has been screened and compounds which selectively suppress MALT1 activity have been identified. The most potent compound, MI-2, suppresses ABC-DLBCL in cell lines and in animals. MI-2 analogs exhibiting the same trend toward the suppression of ABC-DLBCL but with improved pharmaceutical characteristics have also been identified.

    View the poster here.

Methods to Detect Low Frequency Nucleic Acid Targets

  1. Francis Barany
    Microbiology & Immunology

    This invention teaches the use of combined nuclease, ligation and polymerase reactions to specifically amplify single or multiple nucleic acid targets in an inexpensive and robust manner. These methods may be used for early detection of cancer, prognosis and monitoring cancer recurrence. The use of this technology in non-invasive prenatal diagnosis is also being explored.

    View the poster here.

Non-Invasive Test for Kidney Fibrosis

  1. Ruchuang Ding
    Medicine
    Thangamani Muthukumar
    Medicine
    Manikkam Suthanthiran
    Medicine

    Tubulointerstitial fibrosis is a histologic feature associated with a failing kidney allograft. It is currently diagnosed by an invasive allograft biopsy. Cornell inventors have developed a four RNA diagnostic signature that detects fibrosis in kidney transplants from urine samples. This method provides a convenient, economical, and early diagnosis of fibrosis in kidney transplants.

    View the poster here.

Reprogramming Human Endothelial Cells Into Functional Hematopoietic Progenitors Cells

  1. Shahin Rafii
    Institute of Genetic Medicine
    Vladislav Sandler
    Medicine

    Umbilical cord endothelial cells have been reprogrammed into transplantable multi-lineage hematopoietic progenitor cells. This technology may enable the generation of unlimited supplies of patient-matched, transplantable hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells for the treatment of multiple hematopoietic diseases, potentially replacing and supplementing bone marrow and cord blood transplants. These cells can also be used for toxicity studies and drug screening.

    View the poster here.

Therapeutics Agent Against Metastatic Breast Cancer

  1. Vivek Mittal
    Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Seongho Ryu
    Cardiothoracic Surgery

    There are currently no approved targeted therapies for breast cancer patients with metastasis. It has been discovered that microR-708 (miR-708) is suppressed in human metastatic breast cancers, and inhibition of miR-708 stimulates cell migration in vitro. Agents that enhance the expression of miR-708 suppress tumor cell migration in vivo and in vitro.

    View the poster here.

Treatment and Biomarker for Friedreich's Ataxia

  1. Lata Mahishi
    Burke Medical Research Institute
    Rajiv Ratan
    Burke Medical Research Institute

    Friedreich's ataxia (FA) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by the deficiency of the Fratataxin (FXN) protein and brings neuromuscular degeneration and early death. There is no approved treatment for FA in the US. Cornell investigators discovered that a microRNA, miR-886-3p, is highly up-regulated in FA patients and anti-miR-886-30 treatment in cells increases the FXN protein levels in vitro. This discovery enables the development of therapeutics for FA.

    View the poster here.

Treatment of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

  1. Tao Sun
    Cell & Developmental Biology

    The brain has natural processes of creating new neural cells through its neural progenitor cells. Several neurological and psychiatric diseases (i.e., depression) are rooted in problems with those processes. We have now demonstrated that a specific microRNA (a small snippet of RNA that has a regulatory function) plays an essential role in regulating the activities of neural progenitor cells. This microRNA, miR-17-92, can be used to up-regulate neurogenesis to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders.

    View the poster here.

Vaccine for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

  1. Helene Marquis
    Microbiology & Immunology

    This experimental vaccine has the potential to protect both humans and dogs against cutaneous leishmaniasis, a parasitic vector-borne disease that is spread by sandflies. Considered one of the neglected tropical diseases, leishmaniases are endemic in 88 countries, with an estimated 350 million people at risk and two million new cases annually. Leishmaniasis is second only to malaria in global prevalence. As no commercialized vaccine for leishmaniasis currently exists, this invention offers a potentially important prophylactic approach to control this disease.

    View the poster here.

Vaccine for Marek's Disease Virus

  1. Nikolaus Osterrieder
    Microbiology & Immunology

    A mutated strain of Marek's disease virus (MDV) can be used as an effective vaccine against MDV in poultry. Marek's disease is highly contagious and causes substantial losses in the poultry industry. This vaccine provided complete protection from MDV in trials.

    View the poster here.

Physical Sciences


Empire Robotics, Inc.

  1. Empire Robotics, Inc., is commercializing a platform robotics technology through its first product, a universal robot gripper. This gripper solves a fundamental problem in the $25 billion industrial automation market of gripping and manipulating varied objects. Manufacturers in food processing, auto, consumer goods, and more are the potential customers.

    View the poster here.

Electrically Tunable Nanophotonic Devices

  1. Jun Lin
    Laboratory of Atomic & Solid State Physics
    Michal Lipson
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Summer Sarah
    Physics
    Mohammad Soltani
    Laboratory of Atomic & Solid State Physics
    Michelle Wang
    Physics

    This technology integrates electronic control with optofluidic devices, and enables the tuning and reconfigurability of optofluidics on-chip to address a major limitation of current commercially available optofluidic devices. A chip-scale, high-throughput optical trapping device was also developed for the manipulation of biomolecules and/or micro/nanoparticles. On-chip electronic control can be integrated with the device to enable positioning and tunable locations of the optical traps. The technology empowers biophysical and biomedical research by miniaturizing complex optical and fluidic functions at the micro/nano scale in aqueous environments.

    View the poster here.

Fluorescent Polymer Capable of Detecting Trace Explosives

  1. Will Dichtel
    Chemistry & Chemical Biology
    Deepti Gopalakrishnan
    Chemistry & Chemical Biology

    RDX is one of the most common components of plastic explosives and is frequently used in acts of terrorism because of its low volatility. It poses a major security risk and safety problem throughout the world. In the past, no polymers have been capable of vapor-phase RDX detection. A fluorescent polymer has now been invented that can sense trace amounts of RDX vapor via fluorescence quenching. The polymer fluoresces upon exposure to visible light due to excited states or excitons. When RDX vapor is introduced, the excitons become deactivated, which interrupts or "turns off" the fluorescence of the material. The invention will enable explosive devices and the individuals who prepare them to be identified.

Instant On/Off Material Handling Device for Rapid Assembly

  1. Apoorva Kiran
    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    Hod Lipson
    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    This invention uses electrostatic forces to pick up and instantly place a large number of tiles at the same time with low power consumption. The easy and fast switching mechanism is accomplished via a versatile adhesion method called electroadhesion, which operates independently of the objects' material properties. A similar principle has been used for wall-climbing robots and hanging office items on the wall, and now for the first time it is demonstrated as a multiplexed technology capable of handling as many as 100 millimeter-scale tiles in parallel, illustrating its application in materials handling and assembly.

    View the poster here.

Integrated Chipscale Ultrasonic Communication Links

  1. Serhan Ardanuc
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Amit Lal
    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Most silicon and other semiconductor integrated circuit (IC) chips use conductive wires for in-chip communication links. However, it is desirable to use in-chip wireless communication channels for security purposes. This technology integrates ultrasonic arrays with transistors to transmit signals between critical modules. The links can be changed on the fly during operation and they are free of any physical metal wire making the chip secure against conventional reverse-engineering methods.

    View the poster here.

Low-Power System to Collect and Store Acoustic Data

  1. Harold Cheyne
    Lab of Ornithology
    Richard Gabrielson
    Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    Amanda Kempf
    Lab of Ornithology
    Robert Koch
    Lab of Ornithology
    Raymond Mack
    Lab of Ornithology
    Peter Marchetto
    Lab of Ornithology

    This invention provides a low-cost solution for acoustic data collection over extended time periods and in places where battery replacement or recharging is difficult. One example is the collection of underwater sounds. It combines standard electronic components in a configuration that requires only half the electrical power of commercial acoustic recorders currently available. It is ideal for applications like monitoring wildlife or measuring ambient noise before and after airport construction.

    View the poster here.

Nanomaterials for Additive-Free Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

  1. Don-Hyung Ha
    Materials Science & Engineering
    Richard Robinson
    Materials Science & Engineering

    This invention teaches a simple, robust approach to fabricate nanoparticle assemblies for lithium-ion battery electrodes that are free of polymeric binders and carbon. These additive-free electrodes can maintain high conductivity, and enable new possibilities to reduce the weight and volume of batteries. The technique uses electrophoretic deposition, which binds the metal nanoparticles to the surface of the electrode substrate and to each other in an assembly, creating strong electrical contacts between the particles and current collector. Once attached, the nanoparticles are no longer soluble and are mechanically robust; creating a nanoparticle film that has superior mechanical stability when compared to films fabricated by conventional battery-making methods that require the use of binders.

    View the poster here.

Parallel and Individually Controlled Electro-Osmosis Manipulator

  1. Hod Lipson
    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    Robert MacCurdy
    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    Ashley Macner
    Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
    Paul Steen
    Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

    This electro-osmotic pump uses individually-controlled oscillating water droplets to easily, carefully, and quickly pick and place tiles in parallel. The technology uses the parallel-motion concept to increase efficiency, the self-assembly property of water droplets to pick up tiles with no input other than a change in voltage, and the pick-and-place concept to individually choose tiles to move. The pump can be used with a capillarity-based switchable adhesion device for a variety of handling and pick-and-place applications.

    View the poster here.

Pesticide-Adsorbing Fabric

  1. Juan Hinestroza
    Fiber Science & Apparel Design
    Laura Lange
    Fiber Science & Apparel Design
    S. Kay Obendorf
    Fiber Science & Apparel Design
    Frederick Ochanda
    Fiber Science & Apparel Design

    Composite mats made of nanofibers were developed that can adsorb and slowly release pesticides effectively over long periods of time. The materials were shown to adsorb methyl parathion and could potentially work for other pesticides and chemical agents. The composite mats are light weight, provide a high surface area, and are very "breathable". They can be used as a slow-release system for pesticides in malaria nets, as well as in protective clothing for agricultural workers and soldiers who handle dangerous chemicals.

PicoLuz, LLC

  1. PicoLuz, LLC, is commercializing light sources and ultrafast optical measurement systems based on time lens technology. One of its products based on a licensed Cornell technology solves the challenging problem of measuring ultrafast optical waveforms by using the simplest form of time lens based temporal processing. This system enables optical signal sampling at terahertz bandwidths, such that they can be detected and characterized using standard photo-detectors and oscilloscopes. It also has the capability of measuring non-repetitive waveforms.

    View the poster here.

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