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2009 Technology News


January | February | March | April | June | July | August | September | October | November


January

Cornell signs grape research and licensing venture with Sun World International

January 31, 2009

Cornell and Sun World operate two of the world's leading fresh grape breeding programs.

February

Researcher details role of apples in inhibiting breast cancer

February 26, 2009

Studies by Rui Hai Liu support growing evidence that apple phytochemicals inhibit the growth of mammary tumors.

Cornell researchers use cotton candy to create new blood-flow routes

February 27, 2009

Physicians and scientists from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and the Ithaca campus may have developed a way to create engineered tissue that is well accepted by the body.

Cornell researchers develop artificial artery

February 28, 2009

Cornell fiber scientist C.C. Chu and his collaborators develop a high-functioning artificial artery that the human body will accept as its own.

March

New test may predict breast cancer metastasis

March 27, 2009

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have identified a new marker for breast cancer metastasis called TMEM, for Tumor Microenvironment of Metastasis.

World's first nanoscale fluidic (nanofluidic) device with complex 3-D surfaces.

March 30, 2009

A novel device developed by Cornell researchers has a geometry that allows it to manipulate nanoparticles by size.

April

New method to produce critical proteins without using live cells

April 1, 2009

A new method developed by Cornell biological engineers offers an efficient way to make proteins for use in medicine or industry without the use of live cells.

New Biomarker for prostate cancer

April 9, 2009

A newly discovered gene fusion may lead to more accurate tests for prostate cancer.

Cornell University working on low-power memory

April 21, 2009

Research at Cornell University could lead to low-power, high-efficiency memory chips.

Cornell startup, Widetronix, wins New York Creative Core Emerging Business Competition

April 30, 2009

Cornell startup, Widetronix, beats 76 companies to win $100,000 cash prize.

June

Molecule-size capsules can deliver drugs by sticking to targeted cells

June 25, 2009

It is now possible to engineer tiny containers the size of a virus to deliver drugs and other materials to targeted cells in the bloodstream.

July

Exploring collaboration opportunities in agriculture commercialization

July 20, 2009

Chinese Minister of Agriculture, Sun Zhencai, received Cornell Vice Provost, Alan Paau, at the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing, China to explore collaboration opportunities in agriculture technology development and commercialization.

Exploring collaboration opportunities in sustainable development (story is in Chinese only)

July 24, 2009

Cornell Vice Provost, Alan Paau, was received by official of the Hainan Chengjiang Li Minority Autonomous Region in Hainan Island to explore collaboration opportunities in sustainable development for the area. Hainan Island is the second largest island in China. The island is the largest island of the Nansha (Spratly) and the Xisha (Paracel) archipelagos in South China Sea that represent the southern-most province of the country.

August

Cornell genome sequencing startup raises $68 million in new financing

August 13, 2009

Cornell startup, Pacific BioSciences, one of the companies working to advance DNA sequencing technology, brought in $68M in new financing.

Researchers have created the tiniest laser since its invention nearly 50 years ago

August 16, 2009

Cornell's Materials Science and Engineering Department, the Birck Nanotechnology Center, and the Center for Materials Research at Norfolk State have created a nanolaser.

Cornell startup, Novomer, raises $14M in new funding

August 19, 2009

Jim Mahoney, Novomer CEO, says the funding gives the company the cash it needs to ramp up its production process, buy raw materials, and design new products in conjunction with partners.

Cornell makes cancer vaccine for clinical use

August 23, 2009

The Bioproduction Facility at Cornell University has produced the first batch of NY-ESO-1 recombinant protein, a cancer vaccine that will be used in clinical trials for patients facing either ovarian cancer or melanoma.

Mining the web for feelings, not facts

August 24, 2009

Cornell startup, Jodange, offers a service geared toward online publishers that lets them incorporate opinion data drawn from over 450,000 sources, including mainstream news sources, blogs and Twitter.

September

Fabrics that fight germs and detect explosives go to market

September 30, 2009

Cornell startup, iFyber, uses technology developed through a cross-campus collaboration by fiber science professor Juan Hinestroza and Aaron Strickland, a research associate in the Department of Food Science.

October

New center to bring CU agricultural innovations to China

October 31, 2009

A new center may help make such Cornell agricultural advances as transgenic drought- and salt-tolerant rice available in China.

November

Cornell startup, Widetronix, creates 25 year battery

November 22, 2009

Cornell startup Widetronix develops long-lived nuclear batteries powered by hydrogen isotopes for use in implantable medical devices.

The sale of Cornell startup, Kionix, for $233M to ROHM drives valuations in MEMS M&A in 2009

November 23, 2009

This may signal that the MEMS industry will undergo a new wave of consolidation to get into the MEMS industry as it enters in the mainstream markets.

Cornell startup, Metabolon, pushes metabolomics boundaries

November 24, 2009

Cornell startup Metabolon aims to launch a diagnostics business during the next 12-18 months. Metabolon has identified several biomarkers and owns the necessary IP or has patent applications covering both prostate cancer and insulin resistance.

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