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CTL eNewsletter: July 2010

Software that Calculates Medical Radiation Exposure

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY - In response to growing concern about the health risks associated with patients' exposure to radiation during CT scans, a team of scientists led by Dr. George Shih of Weill Cornell Medical College has developed a software that enables doctors to calculate patients’ lifetime radiation exposure levels from CT scans. Called Valkyrie, the software automatically compiles radiation dosage data off CT scan reports using sophisticated algorithms to calculate the radiation dose absorbed by the patient, and stores the data in a database. If the amount of radiation absorbed exceeds values determined by the industry, the software alerts the radiologist. The system can also estimate dosages and provide alerts at the time a study is being ordered. The stored data also allows imaging centers to perform quality control checks on their equipment and on their staff.

A benefit of Valkyrie is that it can be used with any CT scanner regardless of manufacturer. Thus, hospitals can use Valkyrie on their existing CT equipment. A major challenge facing hospitals today is that of automating the data about radiation exposure from older CT scanners. Older CT scanners "burn" radiation dose information into the CT image rather than associating numerical data with the image, as the newest models do. The older scanners are still widely used, and as a result, many imaging centers may have to begin manually compiling old data in order to track their patients' exposure history. The Valkyrie system overcomes this limitation by using image processing techniques that automatically extract the dose information from the image in numerical form so it can be automated, saved and tracked. As imaging centers are under more pressure to track patient exposure to radiation, Valkyrie serves a compelling need.

The team includes scientists from Cornell's computer science department and Columbia University.

For more information about licensing Valkyrie, contact Bruce Toman at or 212-746-6187.

Training Device for Linemen

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - A device intended for contact sport training, invented by Cornell assistant football coach Pete DeStefano, could improve upon a current method that uses a “sled”. Sleds are commonly used by football teams to train their linemen, but are cumbersome and heavy. This new Cornell device not only is light and easy to transport but can also provide training for balance maintenance and for proper hand positioning. Football teams of all levels, ranging from youth to professional, could use the device to develop good blocking techniques for warm up sessions and to strengthen essential muscles used in blocking.

The patent-pending device is available for commercial development from the Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization (CCTEC). For more information on this contact sport training device, contact Chidori Boeheim at or 607-254-4460.


Upcoming Events

Drug Development Boot Camp

Date: September 9-10, 2010
Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Weill Greenberg Center, New York City

This two-day program will provide a unique opportunity to obtain hands-on insight into the drug development process from drug discovery (designation of a lead), to registration. The major aspects of development will be considered in detail.

Inventions Roundtable™ - Small Molecule Therapeutics

Date: October 6, 2010
Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM
Location: Weill Greenberg Center, New York City

This event will feature four Weill Cornell Medical College presentations in the area of small molecule therapeutics. Invited guests will provide feedback on marketability and applications.

BayHelix Reception

Date: October 7, 2010
Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM
Location: Cornell Club, New York City

CCTEC and the BayHelix Group (an organization of Chinese-American executives in the life sciences) will hold a networking reception at the Cornell Club in New York City.

Cornell Technology Venture Forum™

Date: October 28, 2010
Time: 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Location: East Hill Office Building, Ithaca Campus

This event will feature emerging technology and company presentations.

Recent Events

Inventions Roundtable™, Green Technology/Energy

Date: July 14, 2010

This half-day event featured presentations on green technology/energy including:

  • Energy Efficient Inorganic Solar Cells
  • Solar All-Angle Latchable Reflector Tiles
  • Strong, Stable Greater Conductivity Lithium Metal Batteries
  • Structurally Precise Materials for Organic Solar Cells
  • Conducting Metal Oxide Catalyst Supports

Attendees provided feedback in the areas of marketability and applications.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Cornell University Reunion

Dates: June 11 & 12, 2010

CCTEC participated in the two-day Cornell Reunion Event to share information on Cornell's technology transfer efforts.

Cornell Reception at BIO 2010

Date: May 4, 2010

Cornellians, including alumni, business partners, and friends, joined CCTEC professionals for a night of fun over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Attendees strengthened their "Cornell Connections", learned about technology opportunities at Cornell University, and heard about the Cornell BioPharma Network - part of CCTEC's Cornellboration™ wikiportal. This reception was sponsored by Miller, Matthias & Hull and Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner.

Click here to view photos from the event.

BIO International Convention

Dates: May 4-6, 2010

CCTEC participated, along with Tompkins County Area Development, in the BIO International Convention in Chicago, IL from May 4 - May 6. CCTEC representatives met with attendees and shared information on technology transfer at Cornell University.