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CTL eNewsletter: November 2012

Exploring the Health Benefits of Nicotinamide Riboside

Nicotinamide riboside, NR, is a form of vitamin B3 that is found in small amounts naturally in many food sources. NR has long been studied, but its effects in mammals were little understood until recently. Dr. Anthony Sauve, Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medical College, found that NR stimulates levels of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) in mammals and helps to convert sugars, fats, and proteins into energy.


Dr. Sauve and his colleagues first invented synthetic methods to produce NR in large quantities. They then developed analytical methods to determine NAD levels in cells, tissues, and organelles to enable studies of the health effects of NR in mammals. His recent studies showed that mice on a high fat diet supplemented with NR produced more NAD, and had better endurance with stronger muscles than mice fed the same high-fat diet but not supplemented with NR. The NR-treated mice also did not display diabetic-related pathologies and had lower cholesterol levels.


For more information, contact Brian Kelly at bjk44@cornell.edu.


Exploring the Health Benefits of Nicotinamide Riboside



Cornell's Apple Rootstock Breeding Program

Cornell Apple Rootstock Breeding ProgramBased at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY, Cornell's apple rootstock breeding and evaluation program is a long-standing collaboration between Cornell University and the United States Department of Agriculture. This program develops apple rootstocks with an emphasis on disease resistance, pest resistance, and productivity.


The GENEVA® series of apple rootstocks conveys fire blight resistance to improve the survivability of the entire tree. The GENEVA® rootstocks allow the growers to prune away the infected branches thus allowing the remaining trees to survive. Regularly, the resistant characteristic persists throughout the rest of the trees for years and minimizes loss throughout the orchards.


In the last 30 years, the apple rootstock program has been issued five plant patents with another five applications pending. Four of the leaders of the GENEVA® Apple Rootstock Breeding Program are Dr. James Cummins (Cornell Prof. Emeritus), Dr. Herb Aldwinckle (Cornell Prof. Emeritus as of Sept. 2012), Dr. Terence Robinson (Cornell Horticultural Sciences), and Dr. Gennaro Fazio (USDA).


Current research of the GENEVA® Apple Rootstock Breeding Program includes: replant disease tolerance evaluation; fire blight resistance evaluation; rootstock performance evaluation in multiple US and International locations; disease screening of wild apple accessions; evaluation of rootstock (traditional and transgenic) effects on scion traits; and genetic mapping and marker assisted selection of desirable traits.


The program will continue to release new and improved apple rootstocks in the future.


For more information, contact Jessica Lyga at jml73@cornell.edu.





Cornell Technology Venture Forum™

Cornell Technology Venture ForumOn October 25, 2012, CCTEC held its sixth annual Cornell Technology Venture Forum™. The day-long event featured oral and poster presentations on emerging Cornell technologies and new businesses (startups) founded on licensed Cornell technologies. Three Cornell startups pitched their new businesses to potential investors and business partners. They included Seraph Robotics, Allovate, and Linnovision. Eleven Cornell inventors made oral presentations on a system for large scale charging of electric vehicles; an elastic squeeze-film total hip replacement; novel catalytic materials and processes for industrial and environmental applications; a system and methods for nutrition monitoring using smartphones; an optimal routing algorithm; a vaccine delivery platform for robust humoral and cellular immune responses; an electrophysiological detector chip for highly parallel measurements on live cells; fast, reversible neuromuscular blockers; nicotinamide riboside fortified foods and beverages; deep brain stimulation treatments of stroke and related comas; and multiphoton endoscopic devices.


More than twenty additional Cornell technologies were presented on posters throughout the event. Presentations throughout the day highlighted Cornell innovations in new energy, plant varieties, agriculture technology, veterinary medicine, medical therapeutics and diagnostics, clean technology, information technology, and new materials. Attendees mingled actively with Cornell inventors to share ideas.


To view selected presentations and pictures of the event, click here.





Startup Boot Camp

Startup Boot CampBudding entrepreneurs gathered to learn how to develop and make a pitch to potential investors and to build an effective management team to operate a startup. The Cornell Startup Boot Camp, held on October 23, 2012 in Ithaca, featured experienced panelists who shared practical advice and answered attendee questions related to technology entrepreneurship. The morning session included interactive panel discussions on "Elements of a Pitch", "Making the Pitch", and "Building a Management Team to Operate a Startup".


A keynote lunch lecture was delivered by James Zhu of Jun He Law Offices, highlighting the various common founder issues that should be considered when starting a new company.


Attendees were then divided up into four working teams based on their areas of interest in the afternoon. Using what they learned in the morning sessions, each team developed a short pitch to present based on an actual Cornell technology. The panelists and CCTEC professionals mentored the teams to develop the pitches. The teams then presented their pitches and received useful feedback from the audience.


The event concluded with a networking reception.


 


Upcoming Events

Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: November 14, 2012
Time: 5:45PM-7:15PM
Location: CCTEC Ithaca Office, 395 Pine Tree, Suite 310


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

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

IP & Pizza™

Date: November 16, 2012
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Location: 226 Weill Hall, Ithaca Campus


Join CCTEC professionals for a follow up discussion on the new America Invents Act and how it affects inventors. Pizza, salad, and drinks will be served. This event is sponsored by Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.

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

IP & Pizza™

Date: December 4, 2012
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 patenting genes. Pizza, salad, and drinks will be served. This event is sponsored by Kalow & Springut LLP.

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

Inventions Roundtable™

Date: December 5, 2012
Time: 9:00AM - 1:30PM
Location: Weill Greenberg Center Rooms B&C, 1305 York Ave, WCMC Campus


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

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

Recent Events

Cornell Technology Venture Forum™

Date: October 25, 2012

The 2012 Cornell Technology Venture Forum showcased emerging technologies and new Cornell businesses from the Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medical College, and New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.

For more information, click here.

To view photos from the event, click here.

Startup Boot Camp

Date: October 23, 2012

Financing and management are important to a successful startup. Attendees learned how to organize a startup and make a pitch to investors from our experts.

For more information, click here.

To view photos from the event, click here.

Seminar & Social Hour™

Date: October 22, 2012

Attendees learned about a new Cornell technology over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Myle Ott of Computer Science presented his technology for detecting deceptive online reviews.

Click here to view a photo from the event.

IP & Pizza™

Date: October 5, 2012

Attendees joined CCTEC professionals for a discussion on the America Invents Act and what inventors need to know. 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: September 28, 2012

Attendees learned about a new Cornell technology over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Anthony Sauve, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, presented his research on the health benefits of nicotinamide riboside.

Click here to view photos from the event.

IP & Pizza™

Date: September 28, 2012

Attendees joined CCTEC professionals for a town-hall style meeting to discuss the America Invents Act and what inventors need to know. Pizza, salad, and drinks were served. This event was sponsored by Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

To view photos from the event, click here.

BayHelix Reception

Date: September 27, 2012

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 reception was sponsored by Scully Scott Murphy & Presser.

Click here to view photos from the event.