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CTL eNewsletter: December 2010

Cornell Software Now in iTunes Store

The iTunes Store contains over 300,000 applications available for download (Wikipedia, 2010). Recently, CCTEC became one of a handful of university technology transfer offices to offer iTunes applications through the iTunes Store. CCTEC maintains a university account with the store allowing faculty, students, and staff to work through CCTEC to conveniently make their iTunes apps available to the public. For more information on participating in the Cornell iTunes program, please contact Dr. Chidori Boeheim at or 607-254-4460.

The first Cornell iTunes application sold through the iTunes Store is CUPetHealth from the College of Veterinary Medicine. It allows pet owners to manage information about their pets including biographic info, vaccines, medications, and diet. Since its release on September 22, 2010 at an affordable price of $3.99, CUPetHealth has been downloaded by users in multiple countries spreading over three continents ( To purchase a copy of CUPetHealth from the iTunes Store, click here.

Cornell Startup, Pacific Biosciences, Goes Public

Menlo Park, CA - Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) successfully completed its initial public offering of 12.5 million shares of its common stock at $16.00 per share on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, under the ticker symbol “PACB” on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The company raised $200M.

The initial focus of the company is on DNA sequencing and it has introduced a novel third generation sequencing platform called the PacBio RS. PacBio RS uses a proprietary Single Molecule Real Time (SMRT™) technology. SMRT™ enables real-time analysis of biomolecules at the single molecule resolution level. It maintains many of the key attributes of the currently available sequencing techniques while solving many of the limitations of these technologies. Significant improvements include a faster time to result and ease of use.

Pacific Biosciences licensed a technology portfolio, in 2002, invented by Professors Watt Webb and Harold Craighead of Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell University as its foundation technology to develop a novel approach to analyze DNA, RNA and protein at the single molecule resolution level. The portfolio will find many uses in healthcare, agriculture, and clean tech applications.

Radiotherapy Sensitizer for Cancer Treatment

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY - About forty percent of patients with advanced cancer develop metastases in the central nervous system (CNS). In most cases there are multiple CNS metastases, making surgery or localized radiosurgery not feasible. The current standard of care for these patients is radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses x-rays, electron beams, or radioactive isotopes, to target and destroy cancer cells, many of which eventually can develop resistance, rendering this approach ineffective and damaging to normal cells. Compounds that can prevent tumor cells from developing resistance or can increase the tumor cells’ sensitivity to radiation will enhance the effectiveness of radiation therapy.

Dr. Leandro Cerchietti of Weill Cornell Medical College, after researching on the mechanism of radiation resistance development in tumor cells, invented a promising approach to enhance the sensitivity of tumor cells to radiation. The invention teaches the use of a previously known Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) compound to significantly improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy when it is administered to patients at a certain dosage and time prior to the treatment. This invention can enhance the effectiveness of both curative and palliative radiation treatments in many types of cancer, including breast, lung, head and neck, cervical, colorectal, brain, and lymphomas.

Cornell Technology Venture Forum™

Ithaca, NY - CCTEC hosted its fourth annual Cornell Technology Venture Forum™ (CTVF) on October 28, 2010. Emerging technologies and Cornell startups were presented and showcased throughout the full day event. Seven Cornell inventors presented their emerging technologies. They included novel graphene-enhanced covalent organic frameworks, a nanopositioning device, an athletic training device, a chip image sensor for biomedical and security uses, novel polymers for wound healing, a melanoma diagnostic test, and a single molecule drug discovery platform. Six Cornell startups, including iFyber, Odyssey Molecular, ADispell, Zuma BioSciences, Stealth Peptides, and NYAG showcased their businesses and products to potential investors and other attendees.

Attendees heard from investors during a lunch panel that addressed the challenges and approaches to getting businesses funded in today's financial environment. The panel was moderated by Zach Shulman of Cayuga Venture Fund and included Russ Howard of High Peaks Venture Partners, Robin Lockwood of Flybridge Capital Partners, and Bill McCullen of Launch Capital as distinguished panelists.

In addition to the oral presentations, 19 posters of innovations ranging from veterinary medicines, clean energy, medical devices, information technology, drug development, and agriculture were on display throughout the day. Attendees and inventors discussed potential partnering during the poster viewing and breaks throughout the event.

To view the event program, please click here.

Jonathan Zippin of Weill Cornell Medical College presents his research, "Melanoma Diagnostic Test", during CTVF.
Attendees mingle and view posters at the Cornell Technology Venture Forum.


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Recent Events

IP & Pizza™, College of Veterinary Medicine

Date: November 30, 2010

Attendees enjoyed pizza and learned about authorship and copyrights as they relate to software. This event was sponsored by Kalow & Springut.

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Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: November 30, 2010

MBA candidates from the Johnson School learned about an exciting new Cornell technology over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Noah Snavely, Assistant Professor in Computer Science, presented "Building 3D Models from Photos".

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Cornell Technology Venture Forum™

Date: October 28, 2010

Attendees gathered to hear presentations and see posters on emerging Cornell technologies and new companies. A networking reception was held immediately following the day's events.

For more information, click here.

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Understanding Patent Writing

Dates: October 26, 2010

This workshop provided guidelines that allow an inventor to draft a ready to go patent specification, including formal drawings that can be submitted to the patent office. While teaching claim writing was somewhat beyond the scope of the workshop, great amounts of time and money savings can be created by having the inventor, who really understands the invention, draft the specification in a correct form leaving only the claims to a patent agent or attorney. The workshop also included an exercise on making a patent drawing and writing the detailed description of a drawing that was provided.

About the Lecturer: Dr. David R. Fischell, BS '75, PhD '80 A&EP is an inventor and serial entrepreneur who has started 9 medical device companies over the past 15 years. He has 95 issued US patents, most of which he either wrote or participated in the writing of.

Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: October 25, 2010

Christine Tan, Department of Biomedical Engineering, spoke about "Peel-Strips for Separation of Biomaterials" while attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

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BayHelix Reception

Dates: October 7, 2010

CCTEC and the BayHelix group (an organization of Chinese-American executives in the life sciences) held a networking reception at the Cornell Club in New York City. This event was sponsored by Scully Scott Murphy & Presser.

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