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CTL eNewsletter: February 2013

Cornell Startup is Developing Products Based on Stem and Endothelial Cell-Related Technologies

Endothelial cells line every blood vessel in the body, acting as the physical barrier between blood flow and the surrounding tissues. Until recently, little was appreciated with regard to specialized functions from tissue to tissue. We now understand these organ-specific cells support the growth and differentiation of stem and progenitor cells of that organ. This new discovery eluded scientists for decades largely because high quality endothelial and stem cells for research purposes have been very difficult to obtain. Endothelial cells are notoriously difficult to grow and maintain in culture without adding serum and other growth factors that largely mask many of their regenerative abilities. The same serum and growth factors needed to maintain cell viability simultaneously influence the growth of the stem cells in a negative manner.


Cornell startup, Angiocrine Bioscience, Inc., is developing both research and therapeutic products based on a portfolio of stem cell- and endothelial cell-related technologies. Their technologies make it possible to generate organ-specific endothelial cells that can be cultured without troublesome additives, so that they maintain their own in vivo characteristics and can support the in vitro expansion of various organ-specific stem and progenitor cells. Angiocrine will market cells derived from their technology for research purposes. The company also plans to apply their technology to internal programs for developing diagnostic and therapeutic applications. One such application will be to expand the population of stem cells in cord blood samples, thus making cord blood a more viable source for stem cell transplants for treating lymphoma and leukemia.


Angiocrine is led by Dr. C. Geoffrey Davis, an experienced biotechnology executive, and is based on technologies invented in the lab of Dr. Shahin Rafii of Weill Cornell Medical College.


For more information, contact Carol Dempster at cjd44@cornell.edu.





Smartphone Based Mobile Healthcare Accessories

pH2 Smartphone based mobile healthcare accessoriesCornell researchers in the lab of Prof. David Erickson are developing technologies for smartphone based next-generation healthcare. One device being developed, called the pH2 system, is a smartphone accessory that allows users to take measurements of their sweat while running and obtain information such as hydration levels. The sweat sample is taken on a test strip and the test strip is inserted into the accessory. The results are then analyzed and displayed to the user in an app, which also compares the results to normal levels. Fitness enthusiasts could use this device while training to collect more information on their personal physiology, and key in proper race day hydration.


nutriPhone for home testing of vitamin levels
An Erickson Laboratory prototype of the nutriPhone.

Beyond the pH2, the inventors are also developing an affordable point of care monitoring system called the nutriPhone for home-testing of vitamin levels, especially vitamin D. Over 75% of individuals in the United States are deficient for vitamin D, and the ailments associated with these deficiencies cost the US billions every year. The nutriPhone allows the user to analyze a small blood sample obtained by pricking their finger the same way diabetics do routinely. The sample is placed onto a cartridge, which is then plugged into an accessory attached to the bottom of the smartphone. An app on the smartphone provides a read-out with the same data that lab tests currently show. The nutriPhone would enable consumers to test themselves in the comfort of their home, saving time and costs associated with trips to the doctor, and enabling patients to take their health into their own hands.


For more information, contact Marin Teschl at mt439@cornell.edu.





Business Plan Competition

The Cornell Venture Challenge (CVC) is the much anticipated annual Business Plan Competition at Cornell organized by the Big Red Venture Fund, a student-run venture capital fund at Cornell's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Successful applicants will get the chance to pitch new and exciting business ideas to a panel of professional investors and entrepreneurs. Teams compete for cash prizes (non-dilutive funding) to push their ideas forward. CCTEC provides additional matching cash prizes to all winners whose business plans are based on one or more technologies that have been officially disclosed to CCTEC prior to the deadline of 3/2/2013. For official rules and guidelines, click here.





Outreach & Public Affairs

  • The Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club of Weill Cornell Medical College held an event called “Thinking of forming a startup? How to find interesting technologies and interact with tech transfer”. Bruce Toman, Technology Commercialization Liaison Officer, was the guest speaker.

  • Alan Paau, Vice Provost, was invited by the Chilean government in November to review its programs for funding technology development, transfer and entrepreneurship in Chile.

  • In December, Alan Paau, Vice Provost, spoke at the New York Pharma Forum on innovative ways to develop university-industry partnerships for the pharmaceutical industry.  He was the only academic representative on the panel.

  • Ithaca ranked 19th nationally for most patents granted per capita in a recent Brookings Institution report on patenting trends. Alan Paau, Vice Provost, was quoted in various news articles. He also appeared in a video on NewsWatch 16 about the topic and highlighted the contributions of Cornell research in establishing Ithaca as an inventive hub.

  • Alice Li, Director, was invited to review NSF grant proposals in Washington D.C. in February.

  • Alice Li, Director, served on the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP™) Exam Development Committee in Washington D.C. in February.


 


Upcoming Events

Making the Pitch and Legal Considerations:
A Mini Startup Boot Camp Event

Date: February 27, 2013
Time: 3:00PM - 6:30PM
Location: Weill Greenberg Center, Rooms A, B, & C, 1305 York Ave, WCMC Campus


Join us for a panel discussion on making the pitch and a presentation on the legal aspects to consider when forming a company. Have your questions answered by experts and learn key lessons on starting a company. There will also be time for attendees to network with each other and our speakers over drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


For more information and to register, click here.

IP & Pizza™

Date: February 28, 2013
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Location: Room A-126, 1300 York Ave, WCMC Campus


Join CCTEC professionals for a town-hall style meeting to discuss recent court rulings and how they affect patenting of inventions from Weill Cornell Medical College. Pizza, salad, and drinks will be served.


To RSVP, contact Amanda at aa627@cornell.edu.

Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: February 28, 2013
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Location: Weill Greenberg Center, Rooms A&B, 1305 York Ave, WCMC Campus


Come and learn about an exciting Cornell technology over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Prof. Scott Ely, Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, will present a new test for prognosis and personalized therapy in myeloma and lymphoma.


For more information or to RSVP, contact cctecevents@cornell.edu.

Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: March 26, 2013
Time: 5:45PM - 7:15PM
Location: CCTEC Ithaca Office, 395 Pine Tree, Suite 310


Come and learn about an exciting Cornell technology over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Prof. Will Dichtel, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, will present on explosives detection using fluorescent polymers.


For more information or to RSVP, contact Amanda at aa627@cornell.edu.

IP & Pizza™

Date: March 29, 2013
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Location: HEB T49, Ithaca Campus


Join us for a discussion on patenting in the social sciences and patenting designs. Pizza, salad, and drinks will be served.


To RSVP, contact Amanda at aa627@cornell.edu.

Upstate NY TechCareer Connection

Date: April 2, 2013
Time: 12:30PM - 4:30PM
Location: Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY


For Companies - An event that is part job fair, part trade show to promote your company, share information, and highlight any job openings or internships your company may have.


For Attendees - An event featuring experienced panelists who will share their advice in finding a career in science and technology and an exhibitor session with science and technology companies from a 15-county region in Upstate NY.


For more information and to register, click here.

CCTEC New Business & Emerging Technology Showcase™

Date: April 18, 2013
Time: 12:30PM - 2:30PM
Location: Statler Hotel Ballroom, Ithaca Campus


CCTEC's New Business & Emerging Technology Showcase™ will highlight new Cornell businesses and emerging technologies from the Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medical College, and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. This showcase is part of the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration event.


For more information and to register for Celebration, click here.

Cornell Reception at BIO 2013

Date: April 23, 2013
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Chicago Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Room 11A


Cornellians, including alumni, business partners, and friends, are invited to join CCTEC professionals for a night of fun over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. This reception is sponsored by Hodgson Russ, Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, and Cornell Entrepreneur Network.


For more information and to register, click here.

Recent Events

IP & Pizza™

Date: February 20, 2013

Attendees joined CCTEC professionals for a discussion on when you should disclose your invention to CCTEC. Pizza, salad, and drinks were served. This event was sponsored by Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser PC.

Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: February 12, 2013

Attendees learned about a new Cornell technology over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Prof. Anil Netravali, Fiber Science & Apparel Design, spoke about the development of sustainable resins derived from starches and proteins and the fabrication of green composites and nanocomposites.

Inventions Roundtable™ - Ophthalmology

Date: December 5, 2012

This event featured presentations on emerging ophthalmology-related technologies. Invited guests provided feedback in the areas of marketability and applications.

The presentations included:

  • Virus-Mediated Delivery of Bevacizumab for Treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy
    Szilard Kiss, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
  • Method to Reduce Retinal Lipofuscin Buildup
    Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan, Professor, Ophthalmology
  • Inhibiting Ocular Angiogenesis
    Shahin Rafii, Professor, Medicine
  • Accommodating Intraocular Lens Design and Plate for Adapting Third Party Lenses

Click here to view photos from the event.

Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: December 4, 2012

Attendees learned about a new Cornell technology over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Tian Liu, Radiology, spoke about an algorithm and software for generating new images from MRI scans.

Click here to view photos from the event.

IP & Pizza™

Date: December 4, 2012

Attendees joined CCTEC professionals for a town-hall style meeting to discuss patenting genes. Pizza, salad, and drinks were served. This event was sponsored by Kalow & Springut LLP.

To view photos from the event, click here.

IP & Pizza™

Date: November 16, 2012

Attendees participated in a follow up discussion on the new America Invents Act and how it affects inventors. Pizza, salad, and drinks were served. This event was sponsored by Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.

To view photos from the event, click here.

Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: November 14, 2012

Attendees learned about a new Cornell technology over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Professor Lang Tong of Electrical & Computer Engineering presented his technology for large scale charging of electric vehicles.

Click here to view photos from the event.